July 2008

There will be a special call meeting on Tuesday, July 29 at 6:00pm for the Council to consider a resolution supporting the County's public safety sales tax.
To view the agenda for this special meeting, click here.
 


 

City of Olathe 6th Development Forum Set for Wednesday, July 30
Released 7/29/08
The sixth Development Forum hosted by the City of Olathe will take place on Wednesday, July 30 from 8:30am - 10:00am in the Olathe City Council Chambers. This Development Forum includes discussion of input received from previous forums, updates on key City development-related initiatives, and topics of interest for future Development Forums. All involved in development in Olathe - developers, contactors, architects, engineers, and others -are welcome and encouraged to attend.
This forum will specifically address the following topics:
● Update on organizational and staff changes within Development Services
● Development Services Department website
● Tips for Customer Service improvements
● Sewer update in the Cedar Creek Watershed
● Community Enhancement tasks and responsibilities
● Status of Neighborhood/Downtown planning
Please contact Sharyn Mueller at (913) 971-8956 if you plan to attend or have any questions.


City Looks Forward to Kick-Off of Comprehensive Plan Update
Released 7/29/08
The City of Olathe last drafted a Comprehensive Plan to guide growth and development in 1997. Over the course of the next year, City officials, EDAW Inc. Design, the consultant awarded the contract, community partners, and most importantly, Olathe residents will work to identify updates. As the timeline for the Comprehensive Plan kicks off, residents will have many opportunities to participate and share their vision for Olathe and help shape the community's future.
Since 1997, when the last Comprehensive Plan was drafted, Olathe has added nearly 30,000 residents. Not only was the population smaller then, it was also much less diverse. Because citizens have changed, citizens' needs have also changed. As a result, it is crucial to have resident input in the upcoming visioning process. Olathe residents should stay tuned for specific dates and times to get involved in the process.

Olathe Parks & Recreation Releases 2008 Fall Recreation Catalog
The 2008 Fall Recreation Catalog is now available. Highlights of this year's catalog include:
• Youth Flag Football League
• Youth Basketball League
• 5th Annual Doggy Dippin!
• Mother/Daughter Self-Defense T.A.K.E. Foundation Seminar
• Swim Lessons
• Tennis Lessons
• Golf Lessons
• Adult Softball and Volleyball Leagues
• Sailing Classes at Lake Olathe
• KinderMusik
• Belly Dancing
• Baby-Sitting Clinic
• Doggy Manners Training
• Selling on eBay

Registration for fall programs begins on Wednesday, July 30. Residents may view the catalog the following ways:
• Subscribe by contacting 971-6263 to provide your name and address
• View the catalog on the City website
• Visit either one of the Olathe Libraries
• Visit the Parks & Recreation office


Annual AquaFest Family Event Set for August 16
Released 7/29/08
Great water fun awaits you at AquaFest 2008, an annual event to celebrate water as a precious resource as well as a never-ending source for fun. The City of Olathe will hold its annual AquaFest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, August 16 at Cedar Lake Park, 15500 S. Lone Elm Rd., located just north of 159th St. on Lone Elm Rd.

This free family event will feature a fun mix of educational opportunities and water-related activities that appeal to all ages.
Among the activities:
• Canoeing and fishing
• Kids Activities
• Water slides and games
• Wildlife exhibits and interactive watershed displays
• And much, much more!

There will also be several classes offered throughout the day, including watercolor and lawn & garden how-tos.
The first 2,000 attendees will receive a free t-shirt.
The Olathe Noon Optimists will have food available for purchase.
Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. In case of rain, the event will be Saturday, Aug 23.

AquaFest is sponsored by the City of Olathe's Municipal Services, Parks & Recreation and Public Works Departments.
For more information, call (913) 971-9311 or go to the City website: www.olatheks.org.


The Olathe City Council will not meet on Tuesday, July 22.
 


Railroad Grade Project Street Improvement Summary
Released 7/21/08
The last work remaining for the railroad grade separation project entails lowering the four roads passing under the new railroad bridges. Construction updates for each crossing is as follows:
• Park Street has been lowered five feet, and curb and road work is scheduled to be completed and the road opened next week on July 25th. Park Street had been closed since shortly after the project began.
• Loula Street has also been lowered, and street and curb work remains on-going. Loula is expected to re-open to traffic the week of July 28th. Loula has also been closed since shortly after the project began.
• Santa Fe has remained open throughout the project with periodic lane closures. This project will be completed by October 2008. (Construction update provided below)
• Ridgeview Road has remained open throughout the project as well. It is currently reduced to two lanes of traffic while roadwork is complete on two of the four lanes. It will reopen to four lanes of traffic early this week, and the other two lanes will be lowered and reconstructed upon completion of the Santa Fe construction. The project will be complete by October 2008.


Santa Fe Reduced to One Lane from Church St. to Emma St.
Released 7/21/08
As part of the final phase of the railroad grade separation project, Santa Fe will be reduced to two lanes beginning July 28tt while the Santa Fe crossing is lowered. Initially, east and westbound traffic will be routed to the southern two lanes under the railroad bridge while the northern lanes are lowered. Once that work is completed, traffic will be moved to the northern lanes while the southern lanes are lowered. Speed limits of 25 MPH will be enforced.
Work continues on the Park Street crossing and it is anticipated to be open to traffic on July 25. Loula Street is planned to be opened soon after that.


Olathe Parks & Recreation Features Local Fishing Opportunities for National Parks & Recreation Month
Released 7/21/08
Olathe Parks & Recreation has many local opportunities to keep families occupied through the summer months. One such example is fishing at one of Olathe's eleven lakes and ponds. The City's partnership with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks allows for Olathe's superb management and stocking of the fisheries. Fish stocking reports for Olathe lakes and ponds can be found at http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Urban-- Fishing-Program. For length and creel limits for each location, please view the limits posted at each
site or consult the state regulation guide. For a map of brush pile structure and lake contours, please visit: http://www.olatheks.org/parksrec/programs/trails/thingstodo#Fishing.

All gated Olathe parks are open from 6:00am to 10:00pm. Boats must be removed from the water by 9:00pm. The only fishing license needed is a Kansas State Fishing License, no special city permits required. A Kansas State Fishing License is required to fish in all City of Olathe park locations.

The eleven Olathe Parks & Recreation fishing sites are:
o Lake Olathe, 625 Lakeshore Drive.
o Cedar Lake, 15500 Lone Elm (Lake Open during construction on new Lone Elm interchange at I-35)
o Water Works & North Water Works, 610 S. Curtis
o Stagecoach Park, 1205 N. Kansas City Road
o South Frisco, 1100 East Dennis
o Mahaffie Pond, 1031 E. Cothrell
o Prairie Center, 555 N Olathe View Rd
o Black Bob, 14500 W. 151st
o Heatherstone, 12310 S. Pflumm Road
o Oregon Trail*, 110 S Robinson
*Park and pond are closed for renovation. Pond will increase in size and depth and include fishing access structures when completed. Fishing activities can be found at the City's annual AquaFest event, which will be held at Cedar Lake Park on August 16 (Rain Date Aug. 23) from 11:00am to 2:00pm. More information about this event can be found in the Parks and Recreation Fall Active Life program guide. With fishing-related questions, please contact Olathe Park Ranger Paul Krueger at (913) 971-6626.


 

Olathe Residents Have Three Options for Drop-off Recycling
Released 7/21/08
Olathe residents now have another drop-off site option for recycling aluminum cans, tin (steel) cans, cardboard, plastic, and mixed paper (newspapers, advertising mail, magazines, etc.) - the West Olathe Wal-Mart, located at the northwest corner of Parker and Santa Fe streets.

The recycling containers are located on the north side of the store. Residents only have to place their materials in the correct recycling container. Residents are also asked not to leave any materials outside of the containers.
The City of Olathe's other recycling sites:
• Downtown Farmers' Market, Kansas Ave. and Poplar St.
• East Olathe Wal-Mart, southeast corner of 135th St. and Black Bob Rd.

The City's drop-off recycling program is a free and easy way to recycle some everyday items used in the home. Residents can also recycle conveniently at the curb through the City's Bin & Win program for $3 a month. Go to www.olatheks.org/OMS/Recycling/Curbside to sign-up.
For more information about recycling, contact Olathe Municipal Services at (913) 971-9311.


City of Olathe 6th Development Forum Set for Wednesday, July 30
Released 7/21/08
The sixth Development Forum hosted by the City of Olathe will take place on July 30 from 8:30am - 10:00am in the Olathe City Council Chambers. The goals of these forums are to discuss input received from previous forums, provide updates on key City development-related initiatives, and discover topics of interest for future Development Forums. All those involved in development in Olathe - developers, contactors, architects, engineers, and others -are welcome and encouraged to attend.

This forum will specifically address the following topics:
● Update on organizational and staff changes within Development Services
● Development Services Department website
● Tips for Customer Service improvements
● Sewer update in the Cedar Creek Watershed
● Community Enhancement tasks and responsibilities
● Status of Neighborhood/Downtown planning

Please contact Sharyn Mueller at (913) 971-8956 if you plan to attend or have any questions.


Annual AquaFest Family Event Set for August 16
Released 7/21/08
Great water fun awaits you at AquaFest 2008, an annual event to celebrate water as a precious resource as well as a never-ending source for fun. The City of Olathe will hold its annual AquaFest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, August 16 at Cedar Lake Park, 15500 S. Lone Elm Rd., located just north of 159th St. on Lone Elm Rd.

This free family event will feature a fun mix of educational opportunities and water-related activities that appeal to all ages.
Among the activities:
• Canoeing and fishing
• Kids Activities
• Water slides and games
• Wildlife exhibits and interactive watershed displays
• And much, much more!

There will also be several classes offered throughout the day, including watercolor and lawn & garden how-tos.
The first 2,000 attendees will receive a free t-shirt.
The Olathe Noon Optimists will have food available for purchase.
Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. In case of rain, the event will be Saturday, Aug 23. AquaFest is sponsored by the City of Olathe's Municipal Services, Parks & Recreation and Public Works Departments.
For more information, call (913) 971-9311 or go to the City website: www.olatheks.org.


Construction Update: 127th Street to Remain Closed Through Next Week
Released 7/17/08
Since July 7th, 127th Street has been closed between Renee and Gallery streets for a construction project entailing the City's new Eastbrooke Trail. The trail will run about 1.5 miles. It begins near California Trail Junior High School and connects with the Indian Creek Trail north of 127th Street.
While the road was originally scheduled to reopen today, it is being delayed for repairs to a water transmission line. The new tentative reopening date for 127th Street is July 25. Detours are being provided for area residents to access adjacent neighborhoods. Other drivers using 127th Street are being asked to use 135th Street or 119th Street during construction.
The City regrets any inconvenience this may cause, and would like to assure residents that crews will be working as quickly as possible to complete the project. Residents with any questions are encouraged to contact Project Manager Michael Latka at (913) 971-8541.


 

Construction Update: Ridgeview and Santa Fe Project Postponed / Railroad Grade Separation Not Affected
Released 7/17/08
It was originally reported that the intersection of Ridgeview and Santa Fe would be closed as of Saturday night July 19 in order for Municipal Services crews to perform waterline work in preparation for upcoming street improvements. However, plans have changed, and the road improvements scheduled for this intersection have been postponed to 2009.
This project delay will not affect the Railroad Grade separation project which will have Santa Fe reduced to two lanes beginning July 28 when the Santa Fe crossing is lowered. To review the details of this project, visit http://www.olatheks.org/News/2008/JulyReleases.
Stay up-to-date on Olathe road improvements and construction updates by logging on to http://www.olatheks.org.


Olathe continues as one of America's fastest growing cities
Released 7/14/08
The City of Olathe was recently named by the Census Bureau as the 24th fastest growing U.S. city with a population over 100,000 for the 2006-2007 year. This is two places above where Olathe ranked in last year's estimate. Olathe is the fastest growing city in Kansas and Missouri, and only two other Midwestern cities (both Chicago suburbs) made it into the top 25.
For the full Census report, visit http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/tables/SUB-EST2007-02.xls.


Region's Fastest Growing City Again Named One of America's Best Places to Live
Released 7/14/08
Region's Fastest Growing City Again Named One of America's Best Places to Live
The U.S. Census Bureau announced that Olathe, Kansas is the region's fastest growing major city . This was followed by Olathe's ranking in Money Magazine's listing of America's "Best Places to Live".
The current edition ranks Olathe as America's 11th best place to live noting the city's growth as well as major employers such as Garmin, Farmers Insurance, ALDI and Honeywell. When Money Magazine last rated larger cities in 2006, Olathe ranking stood at 13th.
The complete Money Magazine listing can be found at http://money.cnn.com.


 

Olathe Parks & Recreation Kicks Off Activities at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm for National Parks & Recreation Month

 

 

Released 7/14/08
This week, Olathe Parks & Recreation is featuring Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm as part of Olathe's National Parks & Recreation Month celebration. The nationally recognized historic site is celebrated by the National Park Service as the only working stagecoach stop left on the Santa Fe Trail.
Beginning the weekend of July 11, and continuing through the weekend of August 17, Olathe Parks & Recreation will feature living history activities at Mahaffie on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with a focus on special themes for the entire family. Farmin' Fridays will focus on farm chores, giving participants the opportunity to engage in activities such as churning butter, grinding corn, or cutting firewood. On Trailside Saturdays, the focus will be life on the Western trails during which participants might have the opportunity to witness fireside cooking demonstrations, mold bullets, explore the prairie schooner, or learn about oxen. In many 19th Century homes, Sunday was often a day of rest. On Fun Sundays, staff will lead 19th Century games and recreational activities such as croquet, baseball, parlor games, and playing with period toys. Activities will vary each week.

Mahaffie is open Wednesday thru Sunday; Wed-Sat 10-4; Sun, 12-4.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children Friday/Saturday/Sunday and includes stagecoach rides on those three days.
Wednesday and Thursday admission is $4 for adults & $2 for children 5-10.
Olathe residents receive a $1 discount on each person with valid identification.
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Santa Fe reduced to one lane from Church St to Emma St.
Released 7/14/08
As part of the final phase of the Railroad Grade separation project, Santa Fe will be reduced to two lanes beginning July 28tt while the Santa Fe crossing is lowered. Initially, east and westbound traffic will be routed to the southern two lanes under the railroad bridge while the northern lanes are lowered. Once that work is completed, traffic will be moved to the northern lanes while the southern lanes are lowered. Speed limits of 25 MPH will be enforced.
Work is continuing on the Park Street crossing and it is anticipated to be open to traffic on July 25. Loula Street is planned to be opened soon after that.

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Staff Conclude 2009 Budget Presentation/ Council Looks Forward to Public Input
Released 7/14/08
At their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 15 at 7:00pm, the Olathe City Council will hear the concluding elements of staff's 2009 Budget Presentation. This final presentation comes three weeks before the final approval of the budget which will take place after a public hearing on Tuesday, August 5. The public is always encouraged to attend any budget discussion. In addition, comments or suggestions can be forwarded to the city at Budget or by contacting the Mayor or Council Members directly.
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Learn More about the July 15 Olathe City Council Meeting Agenda
Released 7/14/08
http://www.olatheks.org/files/CityDocuments/CityCouncil/agendas/07-15-08.pdf


 

Free Concert in the Park Friday, July 11
Released 7/11/08
This Friday's free summer concert in the park will feature Sam Bush and Chris Hillman. The concert begins at 7 p.m., Friday, July 11 at Frontier Park, 15501 Indian Creek Parkway. Families of all ages are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to relax and unwind. The concert is free; however, refreshments will be available for purchase.
The legendary Chris Hillman will open the concert with his living history of popular music. Chris has been described as a folkie who wound up in the Rock ‘n' Roll Hall of Fame. Sam Bush will then take the stage to perform his bluegrass music. Bush was a founding member of the New Grass Revivial, and has shared the stage with such performers as Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and David Grisman.
Click here to learn more about these artists.
The one remaining concert in this summer's series begins at 7 p.m. on July 25 at Frontier Park and features Liverpool, a Beatles tribute band.
For more information, call 913-971-6263 or visit the Parks & Recreation website. If a sign language interpreter is needed, please call 913-971-6651 at least 72 hours in advance of the concert.
The concert series is sponsored by Farmers Insurance Group and other area businesses.


Council Highlights
Released 7/7/08
This new feature has been added to the weekly news briefs in order to summarize the highlights of what will be discussed at each week's City Council meeting. The following items will be on the agenda for the Tuesday, July 8 meeting.
• Report on a proposed 600,000 square foot speculative warehouse project and new commercial development near the Lone Elm Interchange
• Discussion of the 2009 Budget
• Update on new hotel/convention center status
• For the complete agenda and details on each item, please visit: http://www.olatheks.org/files/CityDocuments/CityCouncil/agendas/07-08-08.pdf


Olathe City Council encourages citizen participation in the 2009 budget process
Released 7/7/08
July 8 will provide residents with the next opportunity to participate in the 2009 City Budget creation process. Discussions will include an overview of Water and Sewer, Storm Water, and Solid Waste Funds. The discussion is part of the July 8th City Council meeting which will begin at 7:00 pm. In addition, the Council will discuss the city's five-year Capital Improvements Program (CIP), which includes major projects such as: the downtown streetscapes, improved transportation infrastructure across the City, the public safety building expansion, Active Lifestyles endeavors through the Parks & Recreation Department, and general public services improvements related to water and wastewater. The five-year CIP has an overall budget of $309,124,663.
Projects that have been recently completed within the CIP include the 127th Street overpass, BNSF grade separation, College Boulevard improvements, Advanced Traffic Management System Phases I & II, the new parking garage at the intersection of Chestnut and Loula, and the construction of Fire Station No. 7.
The public is encouraged to attend this and any other budget related discussions. In addition, comments or suggestions can be forwarded to the city at Budget or by contacting the Mayor or Council Members directly.


Second major spec warehouse being proposed in Olathe
Released 7/7/08
As the largest spec warehouse built in the area to date is under construction, a second, 600,000 square foot facility is now being proposed for the Olathe. The Olathe City Council will receive a report outlining the request by KH Jensen, LLC that includes a 600,000 square foot facility as well as the prospect for 240 new jobs creating approximately $8,540,000 in new annual wages to the Olathe economy over the next 10 years. This is the latest in a string of major developments in the Lone Elm area that are being driven by the new Lone Elm/I-35 Interchange project. The project is scheduled to be completed sometime over the next 18 - 24 months.
The land in question currently generates just under $320 in annual property tax for the city. With the financial incentives requested (10 year 50% abatement), it is anticipated to generate about $892,000 to the City and $4.3 million to all taxing jurisdictions over the 10-year abatement. When the abatement expires, the project is expected to generate $1.8 million in city tax revenue and $8.5 million to all taxing jurisdictions over a ten-year period. The Council will take formal action on the request at a subsequent regular Council meeting.


Olathe Parks & Recreation feature Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit for National Parks & Recreation Month
Released 7/7/08
July brings two reasons for Olathe Parks & Recreation Department to celebrate-National Parks & Recreation Month, and the official debut of the City of Olathe Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. This is the fourth year that the City of Olathe has put public art on display in the downtown area. Each year, artists submit their art for consideration by the Olathe Public Art & Culture Commission and pieces are selected by a juror. Chosen exhibits are put on display from May until April of the following year, and are accessible to citizens throughout that twelve month period.
This year's exhibit features seven pieces hailing from as close as Tonganoxie, Kansas and as far away as Appleton, Wisconsin. To view the art, residents can tour the downtown area at their leisure, using the map provided on the City's website.
For more information on the 2008 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, contact Teresa Wilson of Olathe Parks & Recreation at (913) 971-6263, or visit the Parks & Recreation website.


City to Offer Second Community Shredding Opportunity
Released 7/7/08
The City of Olathe and Cintas will offer Olathe residents another opportunity to safely dispose of their documents containing personal or sensitive information such as canceled checks, bank statements and credit card receipts. A second shredding event will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12 at the Municipal Services Center, 1385 S. Robinson. The event will be held in conjunction with the July HHW drop-off event . This service will be offered free to Olathe residents. Cintas will provide the shredding service. This event is intended for residential material only. Residents are encouraged to limit their materials to no more than three bags or boxes.