Mayor Clair Donnelly
Maize is a unique, progressive city enjoying metropolitan status in a rural
surrounding. We are a
civic-minded community with numerous citizens who volunteer their time for an array of activities. Our city officials and city staff continue to strengthen the value of teamwork and civic loyalty, as we provide essential services ensuring all citizens a secure environment in which to live, work and play. Excellent schools, low crime rate and easy access to the entire metro area makes Maize a unique place to live. Maize, where community counts. We welcome you to Maize and invite you to visit our local businesses.
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.
Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Maize City Hall, 10100 W Grady Ave.
The Maize Fall Festival is around the Corner! Mark your calendars and plan to attend October 10th and 11th. The carnival and other festivities open at 5:00 PM on October 10. You may purchase a carnival ride wristband for the discounted price of $17.00 at the Halstead Bank, 4001 N. Maize Road until 5:00 PM on October 10. They will cost $20.00 at the festival grounds. Parade, Vendor, Amazing Voice Contest and Car Show registration information is available the the Maize Lions Club website.
To meet increasing demands for utility services, an upgrade in the utility infrastructure will be required in the future. Expansion of the existing Wastewater Treatment Plant and additional lines to loop the Municipal Water System are among those upgrades. To fund these upgrades it is necessary to increase utility reserve funds. To accomplish this it is necessary to increase utility rates beginning January 1, 2015.
Rates for water will be adjusted annually beginning January 1, 2015 through January 1, 2019. Rates for sewer shall be a flat rate and will be adjusted annually beginning January 1, 2015 through January 1, 2019.
Here are a few updates on some Maize happenings from your Administrator:
FLAGS ON DISPLAY:
Have you noticed there are flags lining both sides of Maize Road this year? That is thanks to the Maize Lions Club who purchased the flags for Maize Road. Public Works Department installs the flags on holidays. Next time you see a Lions Club member, please remember to thank them for the patriotic display of our national flag.
CENTRAL STREET IS NOW ACADEMY AVENUE:
Beginning July 1st Central Street will be renamed Academy Avenue. This will eliminate any confusion with the county-wide 911 call system. The name change will allow emergency dispatchers to send first responders to the proper location in a timely manner. In the past, first responders were sent to Central & Maize located in Wichita when the emergency was at Central and Maize in Maize. Residents, schools, and businesses along the street selected the name "Academy Avenue." Our thanks to each of them for the input and support.
It’s that time of year when we are again working through the process of developing next year's city budget. Overall the 2015 budget will be much like this year’s. It will be very frugal in nature, while allowing for needed services, caring for personnel, adjusting for the required funding for several major road improvements, and other maintenance requirements.
Several years ago the Council established a policy of maintaining or lowering Maize taxes. The same will be true for the next budget year; there will be no increase in Maize taxes. The City has not raised taxes for several years and has no plans to do so. As the City continues to grow and the tax base increases, the plan is to reduce taxes.
A successful municipal budget is based growth and productivity, not increases in taxes.
The City of Maize is among the fastest-growing communities in Kansas. The population of the City of Maize grew by more than 11 percent between 2010 and 2013, according to new population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. This puts the Maize population at just slightly less than 4,000 residents. Of course when the Maize schools and WSU are in session our daily population increases dramatically. Like three times!
MAIZE HOUSING UPDATE
This year’s new single-family home starts are at forty-eight. This number along with last year’s record eighty-six new home starts provide a very good indication that Maize is the place to live. The City has eight active new housing developments. Homes from $125,000 to almost a $1 million are being constructed.
OTHER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
New commercial and business activities are continuing to unfold. Some examples include:
Sim's Insurance company, 4621 N. Maize Road, just completed a very attractive and functional new addition for their expanding business.
Moxi Junction Coffee House, 319 S. Park, will open their doors for business on July 16th.
Optometric Billing Solutions, 10501 W. Hampton Lakes Street, is in the process of moving to Maize and bringing their sixty-five employees along. We look forward to having them as a part of our community.
Good things are happening!
Public Tornado Shelters are located in the basement of the Community Building at 401 S. Khedive and City Hall, 10100 W Grady Ave. Enter via the storm shelter entrance on the front side of the building near the flag poles.
The Maize Police Department is now providing crime mapping through crimereports.com. Visit our Crimereports.com page for more information and instructions on how to use the site.
2010 Census: 3,420
Year Established: 1870
Year Incorporated: 1886
Zip Code: 67101
Area Code: 316
Sales Tax: 7.15%
School District: 266
2012 Total Mill Levy: 153.812
Census 2010 Demographic Profile Highlights