Thinking from a Full-Service City
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
utilities are forming partnerships with both private and public sectors
to develop telecommunications in the region.