Forward Thinking from a Full-Service City

The City of Chanute operates under a commission/city manager form of government that was adopted in 1951. The combination of a commission (comprised of a mayor and four city commissioners) and city manager has allowed city business to be conducted in a professional and equitable manner, and this has provided citizens with exceptional services and a high qualify of life. 

graphicChanute government has been pro-active, and the professional guidance it provides with the strong support of the Chanute Area Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street program has allowed businesses to prosper and families to thrive. 

As one of the few full-service cities in Kansas, the City of Chanute offers municipal electric, gas, water, wastewater and refuse. A survey by the Kansas Municipal Utilities revealed that Chanute had one of the lowest overall rates (industrial, commercial and residential classifications combined) in the state. The city is bounded by the Neosho River, which supplies the city with an abundance of water. A U.S. Geological Survey and Kansas Water Office Report showed that Chanute’s water rates were below the average in all categories of water usage in the state. The city has also expanded electrical generation capacity (an additional 50 megawatts of electrical generation has allowed growth in Chanute’s industrial base) and undergone recent wastewater facility improvements. 

City offices are centrally located in the renovated Memorial Building, and utility service can be established at the City Utility Office (101 S. Lincoln). The City of Chanute also operates the Martin Johnson Municipal Airport. The airport is open to the public and serves the requirements of small to mid-size planes with a 4,255-foot runway and taxiway.

Municipal utilities are forming partnerships with both private and public sectors to develop telecommunications in the region.


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