Mayor Clair Donnelly
Welcome! 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.
Maize City Hall will be closed November 28 and 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday, December 25, 26 and 27 for Christmas and January 1, 2014 for New Years. Emergency Services including the Maize Police Department can be accessed by calling 9-1-1.
Here are a few updates on some Maize happenings from your Administrator:
STREET PROJECT UPDATES:
Maize Road (45th Street to K-96) The “punch list” for correcting some minor issues along this new 5-lane roadway has been completed and traffic is flowing safer and efficiently.
Central Street (Maize Road to Queen Street) The roadway is completed and open.
Maize Road (K-96 to 61st Street) This roadway is also complete and open to traffic. Striping is yet to be completed.
Lakelane Street Paving is complete and residents are enjoying their new street.
Woods-at-Watercress In this new housing development, the curb portion of the roadway has been completed. The roadway paving is to be completed by September 30th. This new housing area has thirty-three new lots for homes.
Some new street construction is scheduled for the fall in these additions.
During the month of July, Maize received over of 8-inches of rain in a very short period of time. Prior to the drainage enhancements along Maize Road, 8-inches of rain would have meant some very serious street, home, and business flooding; however, recent drainage improvements did the job! For the first time in years there was no serious flooding or property damage in the city. While it was a costly project, it will more than pay for itself in the years to come.
FUNDING MAIZE PROJECTS
As reported earlier, funding for the above projects is being completed without any increase in city taxes. Over the past few years, the City Council approved a funding strategy based on growth and development planning and not on requiring tax increases. Actually, the funding plan calls for maintaining current taxes until the growth in the base is sufficient to allow for a city tax reduction.
City staff continues to receive inquires from developers, business owners and possible industrial development, regarding building here in Maize. Staff is actively following up on these inquires.
This year’s new single-family home starts are currently at 61. Now with seven active new housing developments we anticipate this will be a record year for new housing starts.
All departments are functioning in an efficient and professional manner. Employee turnover is very low and an experienced workforce allows us to do more with less. No additional employees will be added during the 2014 budget year
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