Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of E-News - March 28, 2011:
• Mayor Copeland’s State of the City Delivers Downtown Quiet Zone Announcement
• Helmet Head Bike Rodeo Sunday
• City Taking Proactive Approach to Signs
• Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Begins Spring Season with Planting Event
• Auto Burglary Prevention Tips

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet on April 5 for a regular session meeting.

 


Mayor Copeland’s State of the City Delivers Downtown Quiet Zone Announcement
Released March 28, 2011
During his annual State of the City address Friday, Mayor Michael Copeland announced the completion of the Downtown Quiet Zone, effective March 25. As a result, trains are no longer required to sound horns on the western tracks through downtown Olathe.

There are exceptions to the quiet zone regulations. For safety reasons, train engineers are responsible for sounding horns, even within the quiet zone, when workers are within 25 feet of the tracks or when other hazardous situations are observed including the presence of persons, animals, or vehicles.

An average of 120 trains travel though Olathe daily. The 11 crossings on the western tracks running through downtown generated about five hours of whistle noise each day. During the transition to a quiet zone, residents and visitors are asked to be patient as train engineers adjust to the new exemptions.

The Downtown Quiet Zone Project began in 2008 and is budgeted at nearly $6,000,000. The project involved constructing safety modifications at 11 at-grade crossings from Woodland Ave. to Dennis St. For more information about this project, visit the Public Works section of the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org.

 


Helmet Head Bike Rodeo Sunday
Released March 28, 2011
The Olathe Fire Department invites all area children to bring their bikes to the annual Olathe Helmet Head Bike Rodeo on Sunday, April 3, starting at 12:00 p.m. Kids ages 15 and under will receive a free bike helmet while supplies last. All children must be accompanied by a parent. Also stop by Olathe Medical Center’s (OMC) Family Fun Fest for free screenings, health information and lots of family fun activities adjacent to the Bike Rodeo in the OMC Doctors Building II parking lot at 20375 W. 151st Street.

For more information about the Rodeo, call the Olathe Fire Department at 913-971-7900. Also visit www.olathehealth.org for more information about the Olathe Medical Center Family Fun Fest. Thanks to premier sponsors: Atmos Energy, Olathe Fire Department, Olathe Medical Center, the Pilot Club of Shawnee Mission and Safe Kids Johnson County, Med-Act and the Olathe Police Department.

Spanish and American Sign Language interpreters will be available, courtesy of Olathe Medical Center.

 


City Taking Proactive Approach to Signs
Released March 28, 2011
In 2000, Olathe’s citizen survey indicated residents had a raw nerve when it came to temporary signs. The level of resident concern for temporary signs neared the (historically high) level of concern about traffic flow and congestion.

Since that time, the City has refined the temporary sign ordinance and proactively removed signs placed on public property. City staff will conduct a sign sweep this Wednesday, March 30, to remove and dispose of signs clearly placed on public property, including right-of-way and medians.

The City continues to ask political campaigns to make sure volunteers are aware of the City’s sign ordinance and where signs can be legally placed (with owner permission). For more information about the City of Olathe sign ordinance, visit www.OlatheKs.org.

 


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Begins Spring Season with Planting Event
Released March 28, 2011
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, will kick off its spring season with the annual Plowin’ and Plantin’ event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Visitors can get a hands-on look at springtime on an 1860s farm. See how farmers prepared their crops, taste what is cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's stove, take a stagecoach ride and more! Some activities are weather permitting. Admission is $6/adults, $4/children ages 5-11. Olathe residents receive $1 off the price of admission.

The historic Mahaffie house is now open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. In addition to Saturday and Sunday hours, the Heritage Center is open Wednesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Other upcoming Spring activities now open for registration are the Saturday, April 17, historic cemetery tours and the Sunday, May 1, Mother’s Day Tea. Registration is also available for Mahaffie’s Summer History Camps for children entering grades two through six. Visit www.mahaffie.org for details.

 


Auto Burglary Prevention Tips
Released March 28, 2011
Thefts from vehicles can occur anywhere, at any time. This includes places where there is a large concentration of vehicles such as shopping facilities, apartment complexes, gyms, churches, sporting and recreation events, and restaurants as well as a single vehicle parked on a residential street.

The Olathe Police Department suggests the following tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of auto burglary.

• The best advice is simple - Do not leave anything visible (in plain sight) in your vehicle..

• Always lock your doors even if you plan to be away from your vehicle for only a minute.

• Park in well lit areas.

• Always place purchases in the trunk and out of sight before going to the next shopping area to park.

• Store valuables in a secure locker while you work out at the gym. If that is not an option, lock everything in the trunk.

• Maintain a “clutter free” vehicle.

• Remove the garage door opener if you park in the driveway or on the street.. This is a key to your home! If your car has a built in garage door opener, disengage the garage door from the opener. Do this by using the “lock button” on the opener that is attached to the wall. This will not allow the opener to be used while your car is sitting outside the garage. Just remember to unlock it when you want to use it.

Again, the best advice is to not leave anything visible (in plain sight) in your vehicle that you would not want stolen. Even the smallest, most insignificant items left in plain view could result in a smashed window, and a great deal of expense and mess. If you eliminate the opportunity, you reduce the likelihood of crime.

For additional crime prevention tips, contact the Olathe Police Department Community Outreach Unit at 971-7500.

 


This Edition of E-News - March 21, 2011:
• New Trail Dedication and Park Groundbreaking March 26
• Animal Shelter Extends Hours of Operation
• Mahaffie’s Spring Cemetery Tour Highlights Local History
• Treat Your Mother to an Afternoon Tea this Mother’s Day
• Passport to Adventure Program Kicks Off March 26
• State of the City Scheduled March 25

City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, March 22, 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.

 


New Trail Dedication and Park Groundbreaking March 26
Released March 21, 2011
The public is invited to attend the dedication of Olathe’s newest trail, Heritage Trail, as well as the groundbreaking for Manor Park on Saturday, March 26. The ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the site of the future park, 15355 S. Alcan St., The first 50 in attendance will receive a giveaway bag including canna bulbs, wildflower seeds and more. Following the groundbreaking ceremony, a wildlife show will be presented by wildlife naturalists Jackie and Clifton Benke. After the show, attendees are encouraged to explore the trails and boardwalks surrounding the natural wetland.

The Heritage Trail, completed in 2010, is a two-mile trail connecting Black Bob Park with Heritage Park. Olathe now has 18.5 miles of paved linear trails throughout the city. The nine-acre Manor Park is scheduled for completion in early fall 2011 and will feature a playground, shelter, and attractive landscaping.

For more information about Olathe’s parks and trails, visit www.OlatheKs.org/ParksRec.

 


Animal Shelter Extends Hours of Operation
Released March 21, 2011
The Olathe Animal Shelter has extended its hours of operation. The shelter is now open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. The shelter is located at 505 E. Sunvale directly behind the Olathe Police Department. For more information and to view a list of adoptable pets, visit www.OlatheKs.org/Police/AnimalControl.

 


Mahaffie’s Spring Cemetery Tour Highlights Local History
Released March 21, 2011
Tickets are available now for the popular Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site’s annual Spring Cemetery Tours. Mahaffie staff will lead visitors through the historic Olathe Memorial Cemetery exploring the symbols, historical figures and landscapes of the cemetery. Olathe Memorial Cemetery was established in 1865 and is located at 738 N. Chestnut St.

The Spring Cemetery Tour will be held Sunday, April 17, with tours leaving at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. The tours meet at Northview Elementary, 905 N. Walker. The tour will require long periods of walking and refreshments will be provided.

Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 5-11. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm at (913) 971-5111 or by visiting the historic site, 1200 Kansas City Rd., Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m.

 


Treat Your Mother to an Afternoon Tea this Mother’s Day
Released March 21, 2011
In honor of Mother’s Day, the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site will host a Mother’s Day Tea from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, May 1. This event is open to mothers and daughters ages 12 and up. Event participants will learn about 19th Century etiquette, make a craft, enjoy treats, tea and a stagecoach ride. Musical entertainment will be provided.

Tickets are $12 per person, Olathe residents receive $2 off. Reservations may be made by calling the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm at (913) 971-5111, emailing Mahaffie or visiting the historic site, 1200 Kansas City Rd., Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. The registration deadline is Friday, April 29, at 5:00 p.m.

 


Passport to Adventure Program Kicks Off March 26
Released March 21, 2011
The Interpretive Site Coalition will host their annual kickoff to the Passport to Adventure Program on Saturday, March 26, 2011, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Olathe Bass Pro Shop, 12051 Bass Pro Drive in Olathe. The Passport to Adventure program encourages the exploration of Kansas City history, science, and nature during the summer. Visitors to participating sites answer site-specific questions in the passport guide resulting in an exciting adventure hunt. Those who complete their entire passport adventure by September 23 can return the passport for a great prize!

At the kickoff, participants can visit booths and discover adventures that await them in local history, science and nature centers. Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm and Ernie Miller Nature Center will be present at this year’s kickoff, which includes free admission to explore all of the booths at the Olathe Bass Pro Shop.

 


State of the City Scheduled March 25
Released March 21, 2011
Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will deliver the State of the City on Friday, March 25, at the Olathe Holiday Inn. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are available through the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, (913) 764-1050.

 


This Edition of E-News - March 14, 2011:

• State of the City Scheduled March 25
• Mahaffie Home School Day April 14
• Building Codes Division Relocation This Week
• Spring Activities at Mahaffie

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet on March 22 for a regular session meeting.


State of the City Scheduled March 25

Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will deliver the State of the City on Friday, March 25, at the Olathe Holiday Inn.  The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m.  Tickets are available through the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, (913) 764-1050. 


Mahaffie Offers Home School Day April 14
Registration is open for the annual Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Home School Day on Thursday, April 14.  This event is an opportunity for home school students of all ages to experience Mahaffie’s two most popular school programs.  Typical minimum enrollment does not apply. 

Growing Up Victorian, for pre-kindergarten through second grade, experiences what it was like growing up with 19th century chores and games. Older children can commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with Tragic Prelude.  This program, for third through sixth grades, explores life in Kansas and Missouri during the Border and Civil Wars.  Students may learn how to fire a cannon and write letters with an ink pen.  Each program is limited to 80 students. 

The programs are offered from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Program cost is $5 per student.  Accompanying adults are free of charge. For an extra $1/student, participants can bring their lunch and tour the Mahaffie home and exhibits in the Heritage Center in the afternoon.

To register, send your name, mailing address, phone number, and the number of attending students for each program to Liz Smith at (913) 971-5504 by Friday, April 8.  


Building Codes Division Relocating This Week
The City of Olathe Building Codes Division is relocating from City Hall. On Friday, March 18, the division will close for business at noon.  They will reopen for business at noon on Monday, March 21, at the Fire Administration Building located at 1225 S. Hamilton Circle. 

The Building Codes Division includes Building Inspections, Building Permits, Plan Review and Community Enhancement/Property Maintenance.  For more information, including new telephone numbers effective with the move, visit www.OlatheKs.org/Development/BuildingCodes.


Spring Activities at Mahaffie
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site will offer hands-on living history activities 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday, March 17, Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19.  Historic interpreters will be cooking Irish soda bread in the same space that once served as the dining room for stagecoach passengers in the historic 1860s stone farmhouse.  Stagecoach rides will be offered at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Rides are included with the cost of admission, $6/adults and $4/kids, age 5-11.  Olathe residents receive $1 off each admission.  Visitors wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17, will also receive $1 off their admission.  For more information about other activities at  the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop visit http://www.mahaffie.org/ or call (913) 971-5111.  


This Edition of e-News - March 7, 2011:

• State of the City Scheduled for March 25
• Severe Weather Awareness Weeks Includes Simulated Tornado Watch and Warning: Updated Date
• Celebrate 150 Years of Kansas with Preschool Storytime at Mahaffie
• Chuckwagon Dinner Shows Offer Unique Family Experience
• Library Hosts Savin’ of the Green Book Sale
• Olathe Police Department Offers Spring Crime Prevention Tips
• Building Codes Division Relocating in March

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet on March 22 for a regular session meeting.


State of the City Scheduled for March 25
Released March 7, 2011
Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will deliver the State of the City on Friday, March 25, at the Olathe Holiday Inn. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are available through the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, (913) 764-1050.


Simulated Tornado Watch and Warning March 10
Released March 7, 2011
The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado watch and warning at 1:30 p.m., March 10, in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week. The simulation was originally scheduled for March 8, but was postponed due to Tuesday’s weather forecast. Residents and businesses are encouraged to practice severe weather plans and go to safe areas during the test on March 10. The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio system will be activated and local emergency management agencies will sound the Outdoor Warning System. The City of Olathe provides and maintains 34 warning sirens within the city.

Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 6-12, is designed to prepare residents for severe weather that often strikes in Kansas and throughout the Midwest.

Olathe residents are encouraged to stay prepared for the threat of severe weather. Weather alert radios are one of the most effective means for early storm warning. For information on how to get a weather radio, see Project Community Alert information at www.marc.org/emergency/pca.htm. Olathe residents who follow www.Twitter.com/OlatheFire or like www.Facebook.com/OlatheFire can also receive National Weather Service alerts.

Additional preparedness information can be found in Olathe’s Safe Neighborhood Workbook: www.OlatheKs.org/Fire/Forms. Click on SAFE Neighborhood under Preparedness. The workbook is available in English, large print English and Spanish. Residents can also call 913-971-7900 for more information.


Celebrate 150 Years of Kansas with Preschool Storytime at Mahaffie
Released March 7, 2011
Cozy-up with your preschooler for fireside storytime at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm on Friday, March 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The final session in the Happy Birthday, Kansas! series celebrates Kansas’150th birthday. Based on a Kansas theme, the session will include a story, craft, and activity. Admission is $3 per child and children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Register at least one week prior to the session by calling (913) 971-5111 or email Mahaffie. Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop is located at 1200 Kansas City Rd. in Olathe, KS.


Chuckwagon Dinner Shows Offer Unique Family Experience
Released March 7, 2011
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., will offer a unique experience for the whole family with a Chuckwagon Dinner Show on March 19. Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by live music provided by 3 Trails West at 6:45 p.m.

The 3 Trails West band was nominated for best new act at the Western Music Association Awards and recently launched their first self-titled CD. Kansas City musicians Roger Eilts, Leo Eilts, Garry Bury, Jeff Elsloo, and David Kaemmer note the following on their website: “Steeped in the cowboy tradition of singing songs about cattle drives and riding horses, pretty girls back home, nature’s splendor, and livin’ the life of a cowboy, the music of 3 Trails West reflects the romanticism of the western lifestyle and nostalgia of the silver screen cowboy.”

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Reservations are required and available by calling Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop at (913) 971-5111. For more information about 3 Trails West visit www.3trailswest.com.


Library Hosts Savin’ of the Green Book Sale
Released March 7, 2011
The Savin’ of the Green Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Olathe Public Library, is scheduled Friday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, March 12, noon to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 13, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road in Olathe.

A variety of materials sorted by category will be available at the sale. Choose from fiction, mystery, science fiction, gardening, children & teen, romance, history, western, inspiration, old books, travel, large print, DVDs, Books on CD and much more. Videos and music cassettes will be offered for prices ranging from 25 cents to $1.

Featured items include materials about the Civil War and half-price signed books. Featured items are not included in the bag sale.

The popular “Six Bucks a Sack” Sale will be Sunday, March 13, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Purchase a plastic bag at the door and fill with materials; buy 2 bags, get 2 free!

The sale will close early if materials are sold out or if the selection is low. Cash or checks are accepted and all sales are final. Limited space cannot facilitate strollers or book carts. For more information, contact Community Relations Coordinator Rita J. Patterson at the Olathe Public Library at 913-971-6879.


Olathe Police Department Offers Spring Crime Prevention Tips
Released March 7, 2011
As the warm spring weather approaches, the Olathe Police Department wants to remind you of some tips to keep yourself and your home safe during the spring months.

  • Keep doors locked at all times. If you are working in the back yard, keep your front door and garage door closed and locked; and lock your back door when you are in the front yard. Always lock your doors when you leave, even if you only plan to be gone for a few minutes.
  • During the spring weather, many people open windows or sliding glass doors while they are at home. Always remember to close and lock your windows and sliding doors when you go to bed or leave the house.
  • Install motion-activated lights in your front and back yards, so when someone approaches your home, the lights automatically come on, illuminating that person.
  • Put all ladders and other tools back into a secure storage area after you use them. Ladders and other tools can be used by criminals to access your home. Always lock any storage unit or shed you have on your property.
  • Be aware of home improvement scams. If you did not solicit the contractor or salesman who shows up at your door unannounced, do not do business with that person.
  • If a utility representative comes to your house, request identification. True representatives will carry their identification and they will gladly show it to you. Call their company for verification.
  • Always remember to roll up your car windows, take any valuables out of your car, and lock your doors every time you exit your vehicle, even if your vehicle is parked in your driveway.

Being a good neighbor can be one of the best crime prevention tools. Watchful, attentive neighbors can spot criminals and alert the police and the community to their presence. Get involved in your community, and help us keep your spring happy and safe.


Building Codes Division Relocating in March
Released March 7, 2011
The City of Olathe Building Codes Division will relocate from City Hall later this month. On Friday, March 18, the division will close for business at noon. The division will reopen for business at noon on Monday, March 21, at the Fire Administration Building located at 1225 S. Hamilton Circle.

The Building Codes Division includes Building Inspections, Building Permits, Plan Review and Community Enhancement/Property Maintenance. For more information, including new telephone numbers effective with the move, visit www.OlatheKs.org/Development/BuildingCodes.