City of Maize Information
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It's Halloween time! Register today for our 2nd
Annual Halloween Drive Thru. It's only
$5/carload and you get a goodie bag and candy!
We will have the MRC/City building decorated and
the best part is you don't have to leave your
The gavel pound on December 20, 2021 will mark the last
time Mayor Donna Clasen calls the Maize City Council to
order. Donna has served on the Maize City Council for over
24 years. During that time, her fellow Council members
entrusted her with the role of Council President for more
than fourteen of those years. Upon the unexpected passing of
Mayor Clair Donnelly in 2018, it was her duty as president
to step into the leadership position of Mayor to finish out
his term through 2021. Of this transition, current Maize
City Council President Pat Stivers noted, “Donna has met the
challenge and during her four years as Mayor it could be
said Maize has seen its best years. Also, during this time
Donna experienced the loss of her husband but has continued
to represent the citizens of Maize. Maize has been so
blessed to have Donna Clasen!”
While Mayor, Donna championed improvements in the
regional transportation system with her representation at
the Wichita Area Metropolitan Organization. She was the
leading advocate for obtaining funding for the Academy
Avenue project at the regional and state level, a project
that will be constructed in 2022. Councilmember Karen
Fitzmier stated that “Donna gathers information and stands
up for what she believes. Her heart is always with the good
of the City in mind.”
Being the face of the community for Maize was a role
Donna had long prepared. Prior to serving on the Council,
Donna was a member of the Maize Board of Education as well
as the Maize Planning Commission. Needless to say, Donna
Clasen has been instrumental in defining the vision and
policies that have led to the success our city has achieved.
City Administrator Richard LaMunyon added to this sentiment
as he expressed his appreciation for our Mayor during his
annual State of the City Address: “We are all improved due
to the high level of accountability that she held City
Donna raised her family of five in Maize with her
husband, Reynold Clasen. They were a couple of strong faith
who weathered the loss of Carl and Jeanna; two of their five
children. Her daughters, Kristie, Karla and Janet gifted
them with nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and
two great-great grand-children. Donna lost Reynold, the love
and rock of her life, in November of 2020 after sixty-four
years of marriage. Their legacy lives in their children and
grandchildren. In her personal life, Donna champions rights
for special needs children, inspired by her granddaughter.
From the City Administrator - October 2021:
State of the City
At the September City Council meeting it was my privilege,
once again, to provide the annual “State of the City”
address. The rational for this presentation is to summarize
activities during the past year and the expectations of the
next. The report provided a factual outline of unparalleled
growth and development within our City. The City Council and
Staff have been in preparation for this growth influx for
some time. Utilizing prior planning, financial
accountability and a quality team of employees, this
historic development eruption is being managed
professionally and efficiently. Some interesting facts
regarding anticipated population and housing growth include
the 2020 census data listing Maize population at about 6000
residents. This is nearly a 70% growth in 10 years, most of
which occurred in the past 5 years. This is, by far, the
largest increase for any city in the region.
Across the city there are currently eleven active housing
additions under construction and within these developments
are 1400 housing units. Additionally, another three housing
additions are in the pre-construction phase that will
account for another 500 housing units.
Based on national household averages and city growth
patterns, within 5 years Maize is on track to exceed
Of course, this does not include our city’s daily additional
population of 11,000+ daytime residents that encompass
school students and staff, industrial, commercial and
business workers, as well as the hundreds of construction
workers and other visitors to our city.
The next 12-months it’s anticipated Maize will remain as the
#1 developing city in the region and probably the State.
During this time, you may also anticipate continued
enhancements for quality of life items, including street
upgrades, added walkways and parks improvements.
Good things are
still happening in Maize!
In the fall of 2020, the City of Maize applied for a
highly competitive grant through KDOT’s Cost Share Program
for the purposes of installing a crosswalk with pedestrian
activated caution lights on Maize Road just north of Academy
Avenue. With letters of support from Commissioner Lacey
Cruise, Councilwoman Karen Fitzmier and USD 266; the project
was one of a few selected for funding from the entire State.
The KDOT Cost Share Program provides financial assistance
to local entities for transportation projects that improve
safety, support job retention and growth, improve access or
mobility, relieve congestion and help areas across the state
improve the transportation system. The City of Maize was
able to leverage taxpayer funds by matching local funds to
the $45,000 gift from the State.
This summer, Wildcat Construction constructed the
project. This project will compliment the 2022 Academy
Avenue project which will feature wide bicycle and
pedestrian paths on both sides of the street (stay tuned for
an interactive website!).
Growth and development continue at a
record and historic tempo. As a city we are
fortunate to have a “visionary” City Council
that has supported the need for proper
infrastructure, equipment and quality
employees in order to keep pace. Over 1400
new housing units are planned and
construction is ongoing. Commercial
development is ever increasing and an
expansion at the Industrial Park is
anticipated. Maize has established the
foundation required to remain progressive
and a leader in Economic Development
throughout the State..
The City is developing a plan, Maize in Motion, to make
bicycling and walking in Maize easier and safer.
It will identify a future city-wide pedestrian and bicycle
network, along with other improvements (parking, signage, and
in Motion will also suggest linkages to
surrounding communities for regional connectivity. During the
effort, the City, WAMPO, and Core Team will reach out to
community members for feedback on issues, opportunities,
recommendations, and priorities.
Visit the following links to learn more about Maize in Motion
and to provide your opinions on what you would like in a
city-wide pedestrian and bicycle network.
The City of Maize is developing a
Master Plan to create a safe and
walkable core in the community, a place
of identity that lets people know they
are in Maize. Academy Avenue and Park
Avenue were identified as destination
points for reimagining this
experience in Maize. The
first step is to identify a cohesive
community vision for the future of the
district - whether
you live, work, visit, or just travel
through Maize, we want to hear from you!
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Through the integration of its population into every aspect of quality education, civic improvements, community appearance, commerce and recreation, Maize shall preserve its small town atmosphere and become the best small city in Kansas.
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