The community safe rooms at the Oswego Junior-Senior High School and Neosho Heights will be available to the mem-bers of the community during tornado warnings or severe weather events with wind speeds predicted to be in excess of 75 mph. and/or any time the tornado warning sirens have been activated. The community safe rooms are constructed in compliance with FEMA stand-ards. These community safe rooms are designated to with-stand the wind speeds generated by an EF-5 tornado.
The community safe rooms are owned and provided by USD 504 first and foremost to protect district students and staff mem-bers. In the event of a storm warning during regular school operating hours, community members will have limited ac-cess to these facilities insofar as space permits.
At times school is not in session, both facilities will be available to the public. Care shall be taken by all who use the facility during a weather event to protect and secure school property, equip-ment and materials. Public ac-cess to the Neosho Heights facil-ity shall be through the double doors located in the walkway between the main school build-ing and the storm shelter build-ing. A sidewalk for this entrance extends from the curved drive-way in front of the main building to the double doors in the walk-way. Primary public access to the Junior-Senior High School will be through a single door located on the south side of the junior high addition. There will be a sidewalk from the parking lot to this entry door. No pets allowed. Only Certified service animals will be permitted. Read More.
For Individuals who have not been in at-tendance at the Council meetings for the past several months, we would like to offer information on the recent utility increases. Many factors have come into play that ne-cessitated the change in rates. The Govern-ing Body commissioned Ranson Financial to conduct rate studies on the water and sewer utilities and worked with them for months while struggling with the decision to increase rates. The water, sewer and re-fuse utilities had been right around breaking even – before 2014. In 2014, we saw all three funds end out the year with a loss. No one on the Governing Body wanted to raise rates. Unfortunately, they were faced with hard figures that necessitated that decision.
The last increase to the refuse rates was in 2006. Each year the transfer station has increased its fees to us by 3%. The last in-crease to the water and sewer rates was in 2011. EPA regulations have required sever-al changes in the operation of water treat-ment plants, especially in the treatment of surface water. Our source of water is the Neosho River and it falls in the category of surface water. Generally the cost of treating surface water is two to three times higher than ground water. Surface water requires several chemicals to remove turbidity and the cost of these chemicals has increased. Surface water requires more monitoring according to EPA regulations. Read More
Labette County is seeking renewal of the 1% countywide sales tax in the November election. This is a renewal of the existing sales tax, not an increase. In order for the voters to make an informed decision, the City provides the following information. With this sales tax, everyone who makes purchases in the county shares in the tax burden, including people from outside the county who make purchases while passing through. The county, as well as the cities within the county, receive this tax revenue. Read More
Events kick off Friday September 26th where all Oswego Alumni are encouraged to attend the OHS Homecoming Football game. Oswegofest festivities will begin Saturday the 27th at 9:00am Downtown Oswego. Craig Cook and The Marauders, along with Rick Cook will be performing from 9:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. There will be lots of food and crafts to enjoy. There will also be Weiner Dog Races and Old time Fire Truck rides through out the day. Any one who wants to register to have a booth set up at Oswegofest can come by the City Office and pick up a form or they can print a registration form off the City’s website. For more registration information you may call Cindy Dean at 620-795-2957. All booth fees are $10. Participants can start setting up at 7:00am. The OHS Alumni Banquet will be held at the Oswego Community Center Saturday evening. Read More