Welcome to Clay Center – “The City Beautiful”

Clay Center is the county seat of Clay County. It is located at the junction of U.S.-24 and K-15, an intersection where you’ll find a strong and vibrant community featuring cultural events, an aquatic park, a city zoo, public library, beautiful golf courses, a municipal airport, retail and specialty stores. You’ll find excitement everywhere you look.


New Resident
No matter what brings you to Clay Center, we are so glad you are here, and want to get to know you! We hope you will feel most welcome in our town. If you have questions, let us know.

Our City offers three beautiful park areas with several attractions for both adults and children to enjoy. Some feature covered picnic areas, shade trees, walking trails and even a zoo.

Aquatic Park
Clay Center Aquatic Park offers something for the whole family with a lazy river, family slide, 1-meter and 3-meter boards and two large slides, all in a heated, zero-depth entry pool.

The mayor and council are the governing body for the City of Clay Center. There are four wards, two council members per ward. The governing body meets twice per month.

Contact Us
View a list of contacts for quick reference. We can be reached by email or phone during regular business hours. You can also stop by our office at 427 Court Street in Clay Center.

Online Payments
Pay fees online for a quick and easy secure transaction. Once you have submitted your payment, you will receive an email from us. Make a payment by phone at (877) 685-4493.

News & Announcements


There are so many beautiful new murals around our town! Visit  their webpage to get the interactive map, news articles, podcasts and more!


The Clay Center Refuse Department will not collect refuse or recycle items on Monday, February 20, 2023 due to the Presidents Day Holiday.  The normal Monday service will be provided on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.  Please have items out early as trash and recycle may be picked up at a different than normal time.


Clay Center – According to the Kansas Department of Revenue Fiscal 2021 Annual Report, Clay County’s Pull Factor for Retail Sales improved by 19.5%, second only to Woodson County with a significantly smaller trade area population.

The KS Dept of Revenue measures the relative strength of the retail trade for the retail business community. The Country Trade Pull Factor (CTPF) is computed by dividing the per capita sales tax of a county by the statewide per capital sale tax. A CTPF of 1.00 is a perfect balance of trade. The purchase of county residents who shop elsewhere are offset by the purchases of out of county customers. CTPF values greater than 1.00 indicates that local businesses are pulling in trade from beyond their home county borders.

Clay County improved from a CTPF in Fiscal 2020 of .78 to a CTPF in 2021 of .93, a 20.21% improvement. Other counties in the area improved as well. Cloud from .97 to .99, Geary from .86 to .90, Marshal from .93 to .94, Riley from .72 to .74, and Washington from .59 to .60.

Grow Clay County Executive Director Natalie Muruato comments, “Clay County has a broad selection of retailers from restaurants, car dealerships, special shops, farm suppliers, and building suppliers. This broad base as well as people realizing during the pandemic that they could get what they need closer to home has built this factor significantly.”  Muruato went on to say, “Clay County has a strong momentum of community pride, community growth, and community investment that will really make a difference in the years to come.”

Clay County and the adjoining counties account for 4.36% of the total state sales tax collections.

To see the full report from the Kansas Department of Revenue, visit Clay County Kansas Pull Factor


Clay Center – According to the Kansas Department of Revenue Fiscal 2021 Annual Report, Clay County’s Pull Factor for Retail Sales improved by 19.5%, second only to Woodson County with a significantly smaller trade area population.





AIP No. 3-20-0010-018-2023

Sealed bids will be received ELECTRONICALLY by the Owner’s Engineer until 2:00 p.m. local time, on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, and then publicly opened via conference and read aloud, for the purchase of Snow Removal Equipment (SRE).

The specified Snow Removal Equipment (SRE) items include the following:

  • Carrier Vehicle (Tractor)
  • Snow Plow Attachment

Copies of the bid documents including technical specifications are on file and may be inspected at the following locations:

  • City of Clay Center City Clerk’s Office, 427 Court Street, Clay Center, KS, 67432 (785-632-5454).
  • Alfred Benesch & Company, 2627 KFB Plaza Suite 102W, Manhattan, KS 66503 (785-539-2202).

A complete set of bid documents can be seen or purchased for a non-refundable fee on-line at www.drexeltech.com in their eDistribution plan room.  Information regarding this project can be found in the “Public Jobs” link on the www.drexeltech.com website.  Additional Assistance is available at distribution@drexeltech.com.  Contractors desiring paper copies of the contract documents may also obtain a set of such documents from Drexel Technologies:  10840 West 86th Street – Lenexa, KS  66214 or @ (913) 371-4430.  Bid documents will be shipped only if the requesting party assumes responsibility for all related charges.  Corporate, certified or cashier’s checks shall be made payable to Drexel Technologies, Inc.

A pre-bid meeting will NOT be held in conjunction with this project.

Contractors (Manufacturer’s & Suppliers) bidding need not be pre-qualified but shall be qualified to do the work.

Each proposal must be accompanied by a bid guaranty (per 49 CFR Part 18.36(h)(1)) in the amount of not less than five (5) percent of the total amount of the bid. The bid guaranty may be by certified check on a solvent bank or bid bond made payable to the City of Clay Center, Clay Center, KS.

All proposals submitted in accordance with the instructions presented herein will be subject to evaluation.  Bids may be held by the City of Clay Center, Clay Center, KS for a period not to exceed ninety (90) calendar days from the date of the bid opening for the purpose of evaluating bids prior to award of contract.

Award of contract will be based on the lowest aggregate sum proposal (for the award option that is in the Owner’s best interest based on available Federal Funding) submitted from those bidders that are confirmed as being responsive and responsible. Contractor’s bidding shall bid all items.  The right is reserved, by the Owner, to reject any and all bids and to waive any or all irregularities, technicalities, informality or any information in the bids received.

The successful bidder will NOT be required to furnish separate performance and payment bonds.

Prospective Bidders are hereby advised that award of contract is contingent upon Federal funding assistance under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

Federal Provisions

Each bidder shall be aware and acknowledge that the project is subject to the FAA’s current Federal Contract Provisions as listed below and in the Supplementary Provisions of the contract documents.

Civil Rights – Title VI Notice:

The City of Clay Center, Clay Center, KS, in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (78 Stat. 252, 42 USC §§ 2000d to 2000d-4) and the Regulations, hereby notifies all bidders or offerors that it will affirmatively ensure that any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full and fair opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, or national origin in consideration for an award.

DBE Requirement: This project is subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Part 26 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Participation. It is the policy of the City of Clay Center, Clay Center, KS to practice nondiscrimination based on race, color, sex, or national origin in the award or performance of this contract. The City of Clay Center encourages participation by all firms qualifying under this solicitation regardless of business size or ownership.

Award of contract is also subject to the following provisions:

Each bidder shall be aware and acknowledge that the project is subject to the FAA’s current Contract Provision Guidelines for Obligated Sponsors and Airport Improvement Program Project itemized as follows and included in Article 2 Supplementary Provisions of the contract documents:

  • TITLE 49 United States Code, CHAPTER 501 – Buy American Preference.
  • TITLE VI Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 – Civil Rights Act Of 1964 – Civil Rights Title VI Assurances, Compliance With Nondiscrimination Requirements.
  • DOT Regulation 49 CFR PART 29 – Government-wide Debarment and Suspension.
  • DOT Regulation 49 CFR PART 30 – Denial of Public Works Contracts to Suppliers of Goods and Services of Countries that Deny Contracts to Suppliers of Goods and Services of Countries that Deny Procurement Market Access to U.S. Contractors (Foreign Trade Restriction).
  • Lobbying Of Federal Employees: TITLE 31 United States Code, 1352 – Byrd Anti-Lobbying Amendment, 2 CFR part 200, Appendix II(J) and 49 CFR part 20, Appendix A.
  • Procurement of Recovered Materials: 2 CFR 200.322, 40 CFR Part 247 and Solid Waste Disposal Act.

By:         City of Clay Center, Clay Center, Kansas.

A Community of Distinction

We’ve been featured in the “Communities of Distinction” program, as well as having been chosen as a feature community for “League of Kansas Municipalities.” These feature pieces take viewers into some of the best little cities and town in the United States – towns just like ours. With its quality education system, fiber-optic Internet, modern amenities and retail and specialty stores, Clay Center is a perfect place for individuals and families who want to enjoy the best that small town living has to offer. Check out our town in the videos below!