New City Council Members

Two new council members were sworn in at the May 7, 2015, regular council meeting.  Jim Weeks and Gary Haehn both won positions on the council after the election held in April.  Mr. Weeks has been a resident of New Strawn for many years and has previously served as a council member and mayor for the city.  Mr. Haehn is relatively new to the city and has 30+ years of experience in the field of public education.   Mayor Mark Petterson was also sworn in at the meeting and ran unopposed for the position.  Mr. Petterson has served New Strawn as Mayor since 2003 and was a council member prior to that.  Welcome to the two new members and many ‘thanks’ to ALL for your dedication to our city!


Credit Card and Online Payments Now Accepted

The City of New Strawn can now accept payment via credit/debit cards.  The new KanPay system is up & running and we are able to process MasterCard, VISA, Discover, American Express, Debit and gift cards.  You will pay an additional fee of 2.5% of the total amount billed if you choose to pay with a card.  So, if your bill is $100, you will be assessed an additional $2.50 for the service when the payment is processed.  This fee does NOT go to the City, but is the administrative cost for processing the payment charged by  We can accept credit card payments over the phone, over the counter, and now online here, which will allow you to pay with a card or with an E-check.  We hope this will make paying your bill a little easier and hassle-free.


Plans are underway for Strawnfest 2016! 

This year, the annual event will be held on Saturday, June 25 and will feature some ‘old favorites’ such as the car show and fishing derby, as well as some new activities, including a rib cook-off, for all ages to enjoy!

We will also be kicking off 4th of July celebrations early with a fireworks display by Big Daddy’s Fireworks!

Watch for flyers around town and keep checking back here for an event schedule!


Many enjoy Strawnfest 2016 activities and fireworks

Although the day was hot & muggy, a good-sized crowd turned out to enjoy the fun events planned for Strawnfest 2016.  There were food and merchandise vendors set up throughout the park for most of the day which was a much appreciated and welcome addition!

Registration for the car show, which was sponsored by Trophies & Things, began at 9 a.m. and by noon the east and south side of the city park was filled with classic cars and trucks.  Young and old alike enjoyed ogling the ‘oldies but goodies’ on display throughout the day.  Folks also enjoyed the antique tractor run and were able to get ‘up close & personal’ with the machines when they parked on the south side of the park near the car show.

An old favorite returned this year…the kids’ fishing derby!  Thirty boys and girls gathered at the City Lake at 9 a.m. and fished till 11 a.m., all trying to catch the most fish as possible.  A BIG thanks to Justin Morrison from the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife & Parks, who was on hand to offer expert advice and assist the kiddos as the fish were caught.  Results are as follows:

Age 4 & under:  Tom Vu – 1st Fish Caught; Brennan Buck – Biggest Fish Caught (20” catfish); Elyse Vu – Most Fish Caught in Inches (three fish totaling 33”)

Age 5-6:  Addyj Allen swept all three categories as she was the only one in this age bracket that caught a fish!

Age 7-8:  Chaelee Schmidt – 1st Fish Caught and Most Fish in Inches (two fish totaling 31”); D’Ann Raymer – Biggest Fish Caught (17” bass)

Age 9-10:  Brody Reynolds – 1st Fish Caught and Most Fish in Inches (two fish totaling 17”); Dominic Cauthers – Biggest Fish Caught (16”)

Age 11-14:  Easton Burns won all three categories as, again, he was the only one in his age bracket to catch anything, a 17” and a 6”.

Two three year olds took home the overall prizes for Most Fish Caught in Inches and Biggest Fish Caught;  Elyse Vu with a total of 33” in fish for the day and Brennan Buck who managed to reel in a 20” catfish, the biggest one landed all day!  Congrats to all the kids who participated and also a ‘thank you’ to Coffey Honda Powersports for supplying soda for the thirsty fishermen and a snazzy set of wheels for the derby ‘helpers’ to zip around in!

At 1 p.m. Citizen’s State Bank sponsored a Money Hunt for the kids.  They managed to find a shady spot under a tree and the kids enjoyed searching through a large pile of straw for ‘hidden treasure’.   Citizen’s State Bank also sponsored awards for the Hot Wheels Racing at 1:30.  Many thanks to them for their generosity and time!

At 2 p.m. the Coffey Co. Library New Strawn Branch sponsored kite flying in the park.  Kids were encouraged to try their hand at flying some homemade kites as well as some ‘fancier’ ones brought from home.  It was so fun to see the kites in the air and watch young and old alike working together to get them ‘up and away’!

Another new event this year was a water gun fight sponsored by the New Strawn Fire Dept.  This proved to be a very popular event as by 3 p.m. temperatures were in the upper 90’s!  We sure do appreciate our volunteer firemen and women!  Free inflatables also arrived at 3 and were a hub of activity until they departed around 7 p.m.

A free picnic of hot dogs, chips, bottled water and ice cream was provided by the city at 4 p.m.  Almost 300 hot dogs were grilled and distributed to hungry folks!

As evening rolled around, live music could be heard coming from the park.  Found Alert, a musical group from the Christian Church of Burlington, performed at 5 p.m. in the sweltering heat and still managed to sound fantastic!  A BIG thanks to them for coming out and sharing their music with us!  At 7 p.m. Highway 75 Band treated folks to some great country sounds!  This band is fairly ‘new’ but knows how to crank out some music that will get you moving and singing along!  Down the road, New Strawn may be able to boast that we were lucky enough to have them play before they made it ‘big’!

The day’s festivities at the park culminated in a fireworks display provided by Big Daddy’s Fireworks.  As usual, Big Daddy did not disappoint and treated folks to a nearly 20 minute show.

After the fireworks were over, folks were encouraged to go down to Buddies Bar & Grill to enjoy a street dance with music provided by The Good Sam’s Club Band.

A final big ‘thank you’ to everyone who donated time, money or other items.  Your generous nature is much appreciated!

























Drive-in movie night Aug. 6

The 3rd annual New Strawn Branch Library Drive-In Movie Night will be August 6th at John Redmond Reservoir Riverside West.  There will be emergency vehicles and large machinery to view, dinosaur activities and a hot dog feed from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  The movie, ‘The Good Dinosaur’ (sponsored by WCNOC), will begin at sunset or roughly 8:30 p.m.  This is a FREE event!  Kiddos are encouraged to come to the library Tuesday, August 2, at 10:30 a.m. to build and decorate their own cardboard car to sit in during the movie!


Council member Anderson resigns

Council member Patty Anderson submitted a letter of resignation at the June 9, 2016, city council meeting.  Anderson, who has served on the council since September of 2014, is moving out of town and her resignation will be effective as of July 31, 2016.   Mayor Petterson appointed Mrs. Anderson to her current council position to fill a vacancy created when her son, Matt Anderson, moved out of town.  Patty’s late husband, Ed, also served as a council member.  We wish Patty much luck and happiness at her new home and say a heartfelt “thanks” for her and her family’s numerous contributions over the years to our community!


Mayor makes new appointments

At the July 14 council meeting, Mayor Petterson recommended the appointment of Carl Ware as the City of New Strawn’s Zoning Administrator and Council approved the appointment.  Mr. Ware, who previously worked for the City of Chanute, has been a resident of New Strawn for approximately six years and will bring invaluable experience to the position.

Mayor Petterson also recommended the appointment of Ron Strawder to the New Strawn Planning Commission & Board of Zoning Appeals.  Mr. Strawder had been serving as an interim Zoning Administrator since the May 12 council meeting but felt he could better serve the community as a planning commission member.  We would like to extend our gratitude to both of these gentlemen for stepping up and volunteering to serve our city in these capacities!


City-wide garage sale Aug. 6

New Strawn will once again be holding our citywide garage sales in conjunction with Burlington’s on August 6.  The cost to have your sale placed on the map will be $1 and the deadline for submitting yard sales will be August 1.  You MUST submit your sale information to New Strawn City Hall and NOT USD 244 Rec Center in order for it to be included on a map; the rec center will NOT include ANY New Strawn yard sales on Burlington’s map (just not enough room).  They will, however, help distribute maps for us.  New Strawn will advertise our sales in the Flint Hills Shopper the week of Aug. 1.


New Council Member

At the October 13 council meeting New Strawn City Council unanimously approved the Mayor’s appointment of Kraig Kirchner to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Patty Anderson in July of this year.  Mr. Kirchner, who has been a resident of New Strawn for twenty-plus years, will serve out Anderson’s unexpired term.  We welcome Mr. Kirchner to the council and thank him for his service to our community!


City Hall Closings

City Hall will be closed on Friday, November 11, in observance of Veteran’s Day.

City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving


Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The New Strawn Community Christian Church will be hosting a community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 13.  The dinner will be held at the New Strawn Community Building at 5:30 p.m. with main dishes provided.  You are welcome to bring side-dishes of vegetables, salads or desserts!


Christmas Open House

The City of New Strawn will be hosting our Christmas Open House on Dec. 5-9.  Stop by City Hall and enjoy some sweet treats and hot cocoa any time between 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.!


Christmas Lighting Ceremony

On Friday, Dec. 2, the City of New Strawn is teaming up with the New Strawn branch of the Coffey County Library system to host a tree lighting.  The even will light the evergreen tree in front of City Hall.  Patrons of the library will be hanging their handmade ornaments on the tree at 5:30 p.m.   Plans are to have several group songs followed by a story and refreshments at the library.  We would like to extend an invitation to all to join us at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd in front of City Hall for this event to kick off the holiday season!


Trash Pick-up

Due to Thanksgiving, trash will be picked up on Saturday, November 26

Christmas will NOT effect trash service in December.  Pick-up will remain on Fridays for the entire month.


Water Rates Increasing in 2017

On December 8, New Strawn City Council approved a water rate increase which will be reflected on the first billing cycle in 2017.  The council had a lengthy discussion at its November meeting about a rate study performed by Kansas Rural Water Association.  The study was prompted by an announcement that the City of Burlington would be increasing its wholesale water rates by 2% on Jan. 1.  Council approved Ordinance 2016-09, an ordinance increasing water rates in the City of New Strawn.  The ordinance can be viewed in its entirety on the ‘News’ page and will raise the maintenance charge for all water users by $5 and increase the per-thousand gallons charge by 4%.  Council may consider a 1% sewer rate increase at the January meeting.  The last sewer rate increase in New Strawn occured in 2005.


December Lawn of the Month

The Stukey family at 1020 Arrowhead snagged the Lawn of the Month prize for December!  Congratulations to them and a BIG ‘thank you’ to everyone else who had awesome displays this year and made Christmas just a little bit ‘brighter’ around town!


Animal License Renewal Time

Just a reminder that it’s time to renew your fur baby’s license for 2017!  The cost is just $2 for neutered and spayed animals and $5 for non-neutered/spayed animals through Jan. 31.  Fees go up to $4 and $10 in February and again in March to $8 and $20.  Please bring proof of rabies vaccination with you.


Annual NSCIO Easter Egg Hunt

NSCIO will be holding the annual Easter egg hunt on April 15 at 10:00 a.m at the Jones Park shelter house area across the street from the Community Building.


NS Fire Dept. Breakfast Fundraiser

The New Strawn Fire Dept. will be holding a breakfast fundraising event on April 15 at 7:00 a.m at the fire department.  Stop by for biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage and other delicious breakfast menu items!



We’re just seven weeks away from Strawnfest 2017, which will be held on June 24 this year.  As usual, we’ve got a fun-packed day planned for all ages with a car show, trail walk, antique tractor parade, kids fishing derby with lots of cool prizes, FREE inflatables, FREE picnic, FREE music provided by Highway 75 Band and we’ll end the festivities with a fireworks show provided by Big Daddy’s Fireworks.  Please click on the link below to view a tentative schedule of events.

strawnfest 2017


City-wide Garage Sale



New Strawn city-wide garage sale will be held in conjunction with Strawnfest this year on June 24.  Maps & advertising for the event will be provided by the city.  Stop by City Hall to sign up to have your sale included on the map.  The cost is only $1.00 (one dollar)!!  The deadline for registration is June 16.



Due to the recent closure of the New Strawn post office, all correspondence with the City of New Strawn should be addressed to the following address:

215 N. Main St.

New Strawn, KS  66839

This address change is effective as of July 1, 2017