From the City Administrator - October 2023
A NOTE OF REFLECTION
This is my final update to our
community as your City Administrator as I look to move on to
ventures yet to be experienced. Scripture
tells us in the book of Jeremiah: "For I
know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to
prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and
a future." So, as I step away from city
management, I harken back to when it all began:
In March 2000, I received a phone call
from Mayor Karen Fitzmier, asking me to consider coming to
Maize and “run this little town.” At the
time I said, “Sure, but only part-time!”
And now we look back in amazement and smile at the
accomplishments and happenings over these past 23 years. The
City Administrator position did not remain part-time. It soon demanded more than full-time dedication as it
grew from a small, seemingly isolated community to the
current successful, thriving and fastest growing city in the
state. Our city provides operations
and services that are built on a firm foundation and are
managed by professional staff who are prepared to meet the
opportunities of the future.
Looking back, it has been an enjoyable, rewarding,
humbling and gratifying adventure! I wish to thank all my
great fellow Maize citizens for your support along the way.
Also, to our current Mayor and Council members, as well as
those who served before you, I thank you for your acceptance
and backing over these many years.
Most especially, a big, warm and loving thank you to my
Maize family of employees! Each of you has a special place
in my heart. The many successes and accomplishments of our
wonderful city over these years are all directly attributed
to each of you. It’s your dedication, competence,
proficiency and teamwork that made each of my days an
May God bless you and keep His arms of protection
Forever grateful to be a part of the team in the City
of Maize - where good things are happening!
Have you ever wondered about the property taxes you pay in Maize and how the Mill Levy effects them? We have created a page to show you where the property taxes
you pay go and how changes to the Mill Levy effects them. While no
one likes paying taxes, property taxes are the primary
source of funding of government entities such as
the city, county, fire district, school district
and others. These funds are ultimately
reinvested back into
the community to provide infrastructure
improvements and the service you expect.
Property Taxes in Maize and how the Mill Levy effects them page to learn more.
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!).
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!
More Information >
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.
"Where Community Counts"
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