Founded on April 18, 1857, Chetopa was originally an Osage Nation village named after Chief Chetopah, and later the site of the "Golden Spike" of the South, where the MK&T ("Katy") railroad won the exclusive right to cross the Indian Territories (later, Oklahoma).
Our city is now home to a close-knit community sharing true Midwestern values. Welcome to Chetopa!
Effective immediately, when a payment is made using a credit or debit card, there will be a 3% fee added to the payment amount.
In accordance with city policy, the following building permit request is being published: Phillip & Robin Polk to build a 8' x 8' addition to an existing storage building to at 123 N. 13th St., within the City of Chetopa. A hearing on this building permit request shall be held at 7:00 p.m., April 20, 2021 before the Chetopa City Council at City Hall in Chetopa, Kansas. Any person with objections, protests or comments regarding this permit being issued should appear before the City Council at the next scheduled meeting on the 20th day of April 2021.
The City of Chetopa is accepting applications for Pool Manager and Lifeguards for the 2021 pool season. If you are interested in applying for these positions, please come by the city office at 618 N. 11th St., Chetopa, KS to pick up an application. Applications should be turned into the city clerk. For more information, please call 620-236-7511 Option #1 for the City Clerk.
The City of Chetopa was fortunate to receive a KDHE Waste Tire Products Grant in 2020 to replace four old wooden picnic tables with 6’ tables made from recycled tires at our Elmore Park. Previous grant awards have allowed our city to replace other wooden picnic tables and add benches to Elmore Park and Veterans Park. These table additions have improved the appearance of our parks and as we are closing out this grant, we would like to take this time to remind everyone of the issues of waste tires and the options that are available to recycle worn out tires.
According to the EPA and Rubber Manufacturers Association in 2009, some 290 million tires were discarded in the USA each year, but over 80% of these tires are being reused or recycled in some way. Using recycled tires for making benches, picnic tables, fuel for manufacturing cement, rubber-modified asphalt, basketball court flooring, mats and back-fill for retaining walls, roadway repair, etc. has given tires that are no longer suitable for use on vehicles a new life and purpose. Tires are non-biodegradable and they take up valuable space in landfills and can trap methane gases which can cause the tires to bubble to the surface and pollute surface and ground water. The recycling of tires has helped reduce the number of tires in storage that provide shelter for rodents and snakes and is a breeding ground for mosquitoes that can carry diseases. Because many places do not accept old tires, illegal dumping has also become a problem, as these tires pollute areas where they are dumped. Due to heavy metal and other hazardous content, tires pose a risk for the leaching of toxins into the soil and groundwater. Stockpiling tires can also catch on fire easily, burning for a long period of time, creating substantial air and ground pollution.
So the next time that you have to replace a worn out tire, think about the impact of the disposal of that tire on the environment and look around at the ways tires have been repurposed or recycled in your community. Having grants such as the KDHE Waste Tire Products, help small communities such as Chetopa to purchase benches or picnic benches or provide surface materials under playground equipment, which in turn helps our environment by not having these tires laying around. Thank you KDHE for the grant we received. It is much appreciated.
In accordance with city policy, the following building permit request is being published: 1st Christian Church by Pastor Ty Curry to move in a 12' x 24' storage building at 317 S. 5th St., within the City of Chetopa. A hearing on this building permit request shall be held at 7:00 p.m., April 20, 2021 before the Chetopa City Council at City Hall in Chetopa, Kansas. Any person with objections, protests or comments regarding this permit being issued should appear before the City Council at the next scheduled meeting on the 20th day of April 2021.
In accordance with city policy, the following building permit request is being published: Adam Carter to build a 11' x 14' addition to existing home at 1030 Cherry St., within the City of Chetopa. A hearing on this building permit request shall be held at 7:00 p.m., April 20, 2021 before the Chetopa City Council at City Hall in Chetopa, Kansas. Any person with objections, protests or comments regarding this permit being issued should appear before the City Council at the next scheduled meeting on the 20th day of April 2021.
In case of a storm you will seek shelter at:
Community Storm Shelter
529 Locust St
Chetopa KS 67336
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The City of Chetopa has a population of approximately 1,200 people. Chetopa is technically a “city” but to the people that live here it is considered a community. The people living outside the city limits contribute just as much to the community as the people living within the city. The outlying area thrives with farming activity, whether it is from agriculture, pecan harvesting, or livestock farming which includes cattle, sheep, hog, and turkey farms. Due to the large number of pecan trees being harvested in this area the State of Kansas designated Chetopa as the “Pecan Capital.”
The community may be small but it has the ability to support eight churches of various denominations.
The school system provides education to children from preschool age all the way thru high school. The teachers do an outstanding job of inspiring their students to exceed the standard. The teachers are willing to spend a lot of their extra time (and often their own money) to see that those students that go the extra mile are given the recognition and rewards they deserve. The school has been fortunate enough to have several students selected to participate in some very exciting adventures because of their talents. During the summer of 2001 two young ladies had the opportunity to go to Hawaii play softball in the King Kamehameha Softball Classic. Another young man & woman performed throughout Europe during the summer because of their exceptional band/musical abilities. Not to be left out of the fun the high school science teacher and several students went to Costa Rica that summer to tag turtles. During the summer of 2002 another young man and woman from the community again got to participate in the King Kamehameha Softball Classic.
In June of 2005 four of the students in the gifted program qualified for National competition with their history projects and traveled to Washington, D. C. to compete. In June of 2006 three of those same students once again went to Washington, D. C. to the National History Day competition.
The school offers a wide range of extra curricular activities such as: FFA, FCLA, Debate, Scholar Bowl, Band, Music, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Football, and Track.
The community also sponsors numerous activities for the young and old alike, such as: 4-H; Brownies; Girl Scouts; Twirling; Community Choir; Masonic Lodge; VFW; Women’s VFW Auxiliary; Chamber of Commerce; Community Task Force; PTO; Youth Friends; Senior Citizens Center; Volunteer Fire Department; Volunteer 1st Responder Unit; Little League Basketball, Baseball/Softball & Football.
The community unites 2 times a year to celebrate 4th of July, and in the fall, the Pecan Festival. Everyone from the surrounding areas join in the fun.
Chetopa is centrally located between several larger cities within a 3 state area. Within 45 minutes, or less, you can be in Joplin, MO; Vinita, OK; Miami, OK; Parsons, KS; or Coffeyville, KS. Within an hour and half you can be in even larger cities such as Tulsa, OK or Springfield, MO. If you are looking for entertainment, this region offers numerous Indian as well as commercial gambling casinos. Just south of Miami is Grand Lake, which is great for boating, fishing, and jet skiing. In less than 3 hours you can be in Branson, MO, where there is a wide variety of entertainment for people of all ages.
The Neosho River flowing along the east border of the city limits offers something no other Kansas town can. During the annual paddlefish (locally known as “spoonbill”) season this unusual fish swims upstream from Oklahoma to spawn. They give the most daring angler the opportunity to try to snag one of these large fish that weigh anywhere from 20 lbs. to the record weight of 87 ¾ lbs. The season for this fish is a short one that is regulated by the Kansas Fish and Game. It usually starts in Mid-March, when the game warden posts that the season is open, lasting until Mid-May or until the game warden officially closes the season. The river’s water level has a big impact on the paddlefish’s spawning pattern, therefore the season varies to some degree. Once the paddlefish season is over the regular fishing season resumes, where the challenge is to see if a record channel catfish can be caught. The large number of catfish which are taken from the Neosho River contributes to Chetopa being named “The Catfish Capital.”
If hunting is more your bag, then Southeast Kansas offers up the white tail deer, wild turkey, quail, and dove. Of course all must only be hunted within the state-designated seasons and with the proper permits and licenses.
In a small community your neighbors are your friends and family, they are there when you need them. Chetopa is a small community with a lot to offer. We hope you will consider becoming part of our community.