Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of E-News - December 27, 2010:
• City Offices Closed December 31, Trash and Recycling Collection Not Impacted
• Stay Active Despite the Cold
• Christmas Tree Recycling at the Curb

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, for a regular session meeting.

 


Holiday Schedule
Released December 27, 2010
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Friday, December 31, for the New Year’s holiday. Trash and recycling collection will not be impacted. The City’s solid waste transfer station and composting facility will be closed on Saturday, January 1.

 


Stay Active Despite the Cold
Released December 27, 2010
The City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department has a wide array of indoor opportunities for residents to stay active despite the frigid weather. Classes ranging from swim lessons to adult enrichment are available throughout the season, and residents can enroll or get more information by visiting the Parks and Recreation section of the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org.

 


Christmas Tree Recycling at the Curb
Released December 27, 2010
Olathe residents can recycle cut trees by placing them at the curb on their regular trash collection day. Residents can also take trees to the City of Olathe Composting Facility (127th Street and Hedge Lane) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The Composting Facility will be closed on Saturday, January 1.

All ornaments, lights and plastic wrap must be removed from trees before either curbside collection or drop off at the composting facility.

The Parks and Recreation Department will place some of the collected trees in City ponds and lakes for fish habitat. The remaining trees will be ground into mulch for residents to pick up free of charge. For more information, call 971-9311.

 


This Edition of E-News - December 20, 2010:
• Holiday Schedule
• Holiday Break Activities for Kids
• Practice Fire and Life Safety During the Holiday Season
• Take a Pet Home for the Holidays
• Recycle Christmas Trees After the Holidays

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet on Tuesday, January 11 for a regular session meeting.


Holiday Schedule
Released December 20, 2010
City of Olathe offices will close at noon on Thursday, December 23 and remain closed on Friday, December 24 for the Christmas holiday. Trash and recycling collection will not be impacted. The City’s solid waste transfer station and composting facility will be closed on Saturday, December 25.

City offices will be closed on Friday, December 31 for the New Years Day holiday. Trash and recycling collection will not be impacted. The City’s solid waste transfer station and composting facility will be closed on Saturday, January 1.


Holiday Break Activities for Kids
Released December 20, 2010
Looking for activities to keep your child healthy and happy over the holiday break? Consider a Parks and Recreation camp or class. Visit www.OlatheKs.org/ParksRec or click on the links below for more information and to register:

Olathe Parks and Recreation classes make great holiday gifts, too. The Winter/Spring Recreation Activity Guide is full of activities for all ages. Give the gift of health and wellness this holiday season by visiting the Parks and Recreation page of the City’s website for registration details.


Practice Fire and Life Safety During The Holiday Season
Released December 20, 2010
Each year fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 Americans, injure 1,650 more and cause over $990 million in damage, according to the United States Fire Administration.

Ensure a safer and happier holiday by following some precautionary holiday lighting tips:
*Avoid the use of lit candles.
*Use holiday lights that have the mark of an independent testing lab.
*Unplug lights before sleeping or leaving home.
*Discard lights with cracked sockets or frayed cords; these problems can cause an electric shock or fire.
*Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

For more holiday lighting tips, visit www.OlatheKs.org/Fire.


Foster a Pet This Holiday Season
Released December 20, 2010
The Olathe Animal Shelter is still looking to place pets this holiday season as part of the National "Home for the Holidays" pet fostering program. Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are encouraging pet adoption by allowing residents to foster an animal during the holidays in hopes of giving the pet a permanent home.

The program is open to Olathe residents only and pets are currently available for fostering. Those who wish to do so will be allowed to return the animal to the shelter on Monday December 27. Certain restrictions will apply. Contact the shelter for further details.

Animals can be viewed in person at the Olathe Animal Shelter, 505 E. Sunvale Road, or by going to the website, www.olatheks.org/Police/AnimalControl. The Olathe Animal Shelter's regular operating hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The goal for the "Home for the Holidays" program is to get each pet a permanent home during this Holiday season. In 2009, all but two pets found homes for the holidays and the program had 100% adoption of all participating animals.

Olathe residents interested in making this Christmas a happy holiday for a pet in need or those who want more information can contact Olathe Animal Shelter staff in person or at 913-971-6362.


Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Released December 20, 2010
Olathe residents can recycle cut trees by placing them at the curb on their regular trash collection day. Residents can also take trees to the City of Olathe Composting Facility (127th Street and Hedge Lane) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The Composting Facility will be closed on Saturday, December 25 and Saturday, January 1.

All ornaments, lights and plastic wrap must be removed from trees before either curbside collection or drop off at the composting facility.

The Parks and Recreation Department will place some of the collected trees in City ponds and lakes for fish habitat. The remaining trees will be ground into mulch for residents to pick up free of charge. For more information, call 971-9311.


This Edition of E-News - December 13, 2010:
• Snow Brigade Seeking Volunteers
• Take a Pet Home for the Holidays
• Recycle Christmas Trees After the Holidays
• Shop Local at Mahaffie
• Mahaffie to Host Whip Cracking Workshop in January

City Council and Planning Commission to Hold Joint Meeting
The Olathe City Council will hold a joint meeting with the Olathe Planning Commission on Tuesday, December 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall. To see the complete agenda for this special session, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


Snow Brigade Seeking Volunteers
Released December 13, 2010
The City of Olathe Snow Brigade matches volunteers with Olathe elderly and/or disabled residents to assist with snow removal from driveways and sidewalks when there is snow accumulation of two inches or more.

All individual volunteers must complete a volunteer application and undergo a background check before being assigned a resident or residents. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

Those interested in volunteering with the Snow Brigade can visit the volunteer page of the City’s website or call 971-6274.


Olathe Animal Shelter Looks to Place Pets for the Holidays
Released December 13, 2010
The Olathe Animal Shelter will participate in the National "Home for the Holidays" pet fostering program again this year. Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are trying to encourage adoption by allowing residents to foster an animal during the holidays in hopes of giving the pet a permanent home.

The program is open to Olathe residents only and pets are available for fostering starting Friday, December 17. Those who wish to do so will be allowed to return the animal to the shelter on Monday December 27. Certain restrictions will apply. Contact the shelter for further details.

Animals can be viewed in person at the Olathe Animal Shelter, 505 E. Sunvale Road, or by going to the website, www.olatheks.org/Police/AnimalControl. The Olathe Animal Shelter's regular operating hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The goal for the "Home for the Holidays" program is to get each pet a permanent home during this Holiday season. In 2009, all but two pets found homes for the holidays and the program had 100% adoption of all participating animals.

Olathe residents interested in making this Christmas a happy holiday for a pet in need or those who want more information can contact Olathe Animal Shelter staff in person or at 913-971-6362.


Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Released December 13, 2010
Olathe residents can recycle cut trees by placing them at the curb on their regular trash collection day. Residents can also take trees to the City of Olathe Composting Facility (127th Street and Hedge Lane) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

All ornaments, lights and plastic wrap must be removed from trees before either curbside collection or drop off at the composting facility.

The Parks and Recreation Department will place some of the collected trees in City ponds and lakes for fish habitat. The remaining trees will be ground into mulch for residents to pick up free of charge. For more information, call 971-9311.


Shop Local This Christmas at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop
Released December 13, 2010
Shop local this Christmas at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop gift shop. The historic site gift shop offers a variety of items including Civil War items, 19th Century children’s games, stuffed animals, homemade lye soap, and books. The gift shop also offers Christmas items, many with a Western theme, including ornaments, tree lights, and cards. All Christmas items are currently 50% off. The Mahaffie gift shop is open year-round Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Site admission is not required to browse the gift shop. The gift shop is located inside the Heritage Center, 1200 Kansas City Road in Olathe.


Mahaffie to Host Whip Cracking Workshop in January
Released December 13, 2010
This January, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop, 1200 Kansas City Road, will host a Whip Cracking Round-up workshop hosted by Chris Camp the Whip Guy, a popular performer at the Wild West Show. Camp is a three-time world champion whip cracker and two-time Guinness Book World Record Holder.

Workshops will be held Tuesday, January 4, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Each session is limited to the first eight registered participants and are designed for participants ages 10 and up. The workshop includes three hours of instruction, a six-foot nylon whip, an autographed t-shirt, Whip Guy postcards, a souvenir photo and a Whip Guy kazoo. Registration is $99. To register, call 217-891-1680.


This Edition of E-News - December 6, 2010:
• Olathe Ranked 49th Safest City in U.S.
• Crime Mapping Available Online
• Local Author Greg Kincaid Visits Indian Creek Branch Library
• 2011 Budget Available Online
• Home Heating Safety Tips

City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGTN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.

Olathe Ranked 49th Safest City in U.S.
Released December 6, 2010
The City of Olathe is considered the 49th safest city out of 400 cities with a population over 75,000 according to the City Crime Rankings 2010-2011: Crime in Metropolitan America report published by CQ Press. In this population category, Olathe and Overland Park share the distinction of being ranked the top two safest cities in the state of Kansas.

The findings are published yearly by CQ Press. Crime rate rankings of cities and metropolitan areas are calculated using six crime categories from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports including motor vehicle theft, aggravated assault, murder, rape, robbery and burglary.


Crime Mapping Available Online
Released December 6, 2010
The Olathe Police Department offers an interactive crime mapping tool that allows citizens to track crime activity in neighborhoods and across the city. The application allows users to search for reported crimes, calls for police service, and specific crime types by date and location. While the crime mapping tool is available to the general public, one of its purposes is to keep residents and business owners in Olathe informed about activities and crime in their neighborhoods and to increase the level of interaction between citizens and the police. According to Crime Prevention Specialist Beth Wegner, the Olathe Police Department relies on citizen involvement to address issues and solve crimes. “The online crime mapping tool is one way to communicate about what is happening in our city and to work together to prevent and solve crimes,” Wegner said.

In addition to providing a hands-on tool to residents, the crime mapping application allows police officers to patrol more efficiently, concentrating crime prevention efforts in areas where crime is trending upward. Visit www.OlatheKs.org/Police for more information and to access the crime mapping tool.


Join Local Author Greg Kincaid December 18 at the Indian Creek Branch Library
Released December 6, 2010
Local author Greg Kincaid will visit the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, on December 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Kincaid will chat about his latest book, Christmas with Tucker, and sign copies of it and A Dog Named Christmas, made into a 2009 Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie and seen by more than 14 million viewers last year.

Kincaid’s latest book is a prequel to A Dog Named Christmas and is set 35 years earlier than the first book which follows the story of George McCray, a young boy dealing with the loss of his father and the dog that comes into his life to offer him a ray of hope and courage.

Kincaid, a local lawyer, has helped to start the Changing Lives through Literature Program and has served as the chairman of the Optimist Oratory Contest for the last seven years.

Either bring your own copies or purchase books on December 18. They make excellent holiday gifts! Register for the event by calling 971-6888.


2011 Budget Available on City’s Website
Released December 6, 2010
Those interested in learning more about the City’s budget can now access the final 2011 Budget online. It is available in the budget section of the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org. The 2011 Budget reflects the challenging economic times, directing resources to fund services most important to residents. Budget comments and suggestions are always welcome and can be submitted to the City at Budget or by calling 971-8600 and asking for the budget office. In addition, residents are encouraged to contact the City Council and Mayor. The direct link to the 2011 Budget is http://www.olatheks.org/Finance/Budget/Operating.


Olathe Fire Department Provides Home Heating Safety Tips
Released December 6, 2010
Heating is the second leading cause of home fires according to the United States Fire Administration. Many home heating fire deaths and injuries are preventable.

As cold weather blankets the metro, follow a few tips to keep your family safe:

• If burning wood in a fireplace or wood burning stove, chimneys or flues should be cleaned frequently by an expert to avoid a build-up of creosote.
• Burn only well-seasoned, dry wood in your fireplace or wood burning stove.
• Dispose of fireplace ashes properly - never put ashes in or near something that could burn, like plastic garbage bags, cardboard boxes, etc.
• SPACE HEATERS NEED SPACE! Keep them away from curtains, blankets, clothes and other items that could catch on fire. Unplug the heater when finished, leaving home or before sleeping.
• Have furnaces checked regularly by an expert.
• Keep all materials, like newspapers, boxes, rags, etc., at least three feet from any heating appliance (fireplace, wood burning stove, furnace, water heater, etc.).
• Always keep children and pets away from fireplaces, wood burning stoves, space heaters, furnaces and water heaters.

For more information about fire safety, visit www.OlatheKs.org/Fire or call Captain Mike Hall at 971-7922 .