Olathe News Briefs

 

This Edition of e-News - February 25, 2013:

  • Winter Weather Preparation
  • Tuesday Trash Collection Delayed; Transfer Station Closed
  • Teen Council Member to Serve as Youth Delegate on National League of Cities Board
  • State of the City March 1

City Council
Released February 25, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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.


Winter Weather Preparation
Released February 25, 2013
The second major winter storm in less than a week is set to hit the metro Monday afternoon.  If predictions are correct, it could be more significant than the recent storm that left nearly a foot of snow throughout the city.  In preparation for significant accumulation, we can all work together to keep the community safe.

Here’s how you can assist:

  • Stay home whenever possible to alleviate congestion on roadways.  This is critical for both snow removal operations, but more importantly for emergency response efforts.
  • Move vehicles off roadways so snow plows can maneuver more quickly and efficiently.
  • Clear snow on sidewalks adjacent to your property, wherever possible.  Areas and corner lots where City crews are piling snow are currently exempt during this severe weather event.
  • Shovel around fire hydrants so they are visible to emergency responders.
  • Keep children off of streets.  Forts and igloos built close to roads can be mistaken for snow piles.
  • Help neighbors in need.  Volunteer to shovel driveways and sidewalks of neighbors that may have medical conditions, are elderly, or disabled.

During active plowing operations, arterial and collector routes are first priority.  With the exception of emergency requests from police dispatchers, individual requests for snow removal cannot be taken until after major city-wide operations have been completed. 

Residential streets are plowed and treated to “passable”; they are not considered bare pavement routes like arterials. 

The front page of the City’s website continues to serve as a temporary severe weather information page, designed to provide residents with one source for news and information.  Visit www.OlatheKS.orgfor contact information, current updates, the interactive snow plow map, and other helpful resources.   


Tuesday Trash Collection Delayed; Transfer Station Closed
Released February 25, 2013
Tuesday trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day due to the anticipated winter storm.  The transfer station will also be closed.  Visit www.OlatheKS.orgfor updates.


Teen Council Member to Serve as Youth Delegate on National League of Cities Board
Released February 25, 2013
Hannah Leiker, a junior at St. Thomas Aquinas and a member of Olathe’s Teen Council since 2010, was recently appointed as a youth delegate to the National League of Cities (NLC) Council on Youth, Education, & Families. This Council oversees and supports NLC’s Youth, Education & Families (YEF) Institute and is made up of elected officials, national policy experts, and youth delegates from across the country.

The YEF Institute is a national resource that provides guidance and assistance to municipal officials and focuses on five key areas:  1) education and afterschool programs, 2) youth development, 3) early childhood success, 4) safety of children and youth, and 5) family economic success. It collaborates with a broad range of national partners and works with the nation’s 49 state municipal leagues to reach local officials in up to 19,000 cities and towns across America.

Hannah will serve a one-year term on the Council, and during this time she will participate and represent the City of Olathe in various meetings throughout the country, including in Washington, D.C. and Seattle, WA.

“I am very honored and eager to represent Olathe as a youth member on the NLC's Council on Youth, Education, and Families,” Leiker said. “This will be a great opportunity to gain lifelong knowledge in order to help make our cities better.”

For more information on the National League of Cities or the Council on Youth, Education, & Families, please visit www.nlc.org.


State of the City March 1
Released February 25, 2013
Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will deliver the State of the City on Friday, March 1, at the Olathe Holiday Inn.  The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 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 - February 18, 2013:

  • Tips to Keep Children Safe
  • Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie in January
  • Olathe Parks and Recreation Spring Registration Deadlines; Summer Swim Pass Discount
  • Free Tax Assistance from AARP
  • African American Census Research
  • State of the City March 1

Tips to Keep Children Safe
Released February 17, 2013
In light of recent reports of suspicious contacts between strangers and children throughout the metro area, the Olathe Police Department offers these personal safety tips to keep your children safe.

  • Talk with your children about stranger danger and what to do if a stranger approaches them.
  • Teach your children that a stranger is someone they don’t know.
  • Instruct your children to run away and tell an adult immediately if a stranger approaches them.
  • Teach your children not to approach/engage with a stranger who may offer items like candy or pets, or a stranger asking for directions.
  • Talk with your children about strangers often so if they are ever approached by a stranger they know what to do.

For more child safety tips, visit www.olatheks.org/Police/Tips/Child.


Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie in January
Released February 17, 2013
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, will host its annual Winter on the Farm event Saturday, February 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Visitors can discover and help with winter farm chores that may include:

  • Wood sawing
  • Cookstove demonstrations
  • Soap making (the soap is used for our public programs and sold in the gift shop)
  • Maple syrup demonstrations (new)
  • Horse powered wheat threshing
  • Blacksmithing
  • Stagecoach rides (weather and ground conditions permitting)

All activities are included with regular daily admission of $6/adults, $4/kids ages 5-11.  Olathe residents receive $1 off admission with proof of residency.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is open year-round 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. Sunday.  Activities vary seasonally.  Details, including a schedule of winter events, are available at www.mahaffie.org or by calling (913) 971-5111.


Olathe Parks and Recreation Spring Registration Deadlines; Summer Swim Pass Discount
Released February 17, 2013
Don’t miss your chance to register for spring programs or to receive the early discount on annual swim passes.  Important registration dates include:

  • February 22 – Deadline to register for soccer
  • March 15 – Deadline to register for baseball, adult softball, adult flag football, and adult kickball
  • March 15 to April 30 – Early bird registration for summer swim passes.  Save $5 on an individual pass and $10 on a family pass, plus receive a coupon for a free 22 oz. soda for each family member.

For more information about Olathe Parks and Recreation programs and activities visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec.


Free Tax Assistance from AARP
Released February 17, 2013
Lower and middle income taxpayers can receive free tax assistance from AARP volunteers at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park, during the following times:  Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This free service is available on a first-come, first-served basis through April 15. To make an appointment, visit www.kstaxaide.com. Call 971-6888 or visit www.olathelibrary.org  for more information about what documentation to bring with you.


African American Census Research
Released February 17, 2013
Find out how to evaluate census data to learn more about African American ancestors that were free and slaves.  A session will be held at 1:00 p.m. on February 26 at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  To register, visit www.olathelibrary.org or call 971-6888.


State of the City March 1
Released February 17, 2013
Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will deliver the State of the City on Friday, March 1, at the Olathe Holiday Inn.  The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 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 - February 11, 2013:

  • City Offices Closed for Presidents Day Holiday – Trash, Recycling Collection Not Impacted
  • 2012 Development Year in Review Now Available
  • State of the City March 1
  • City of Olathe Preparing for Swim Season      
  • Olathe Parks and Recreation Offers Spring Break Basketball Camp
  • Shamrock Showdown Now Taking Registration
  • Olathe History Day Contest Winners Announced
  • Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop to Host Winter Home School Day February 22

City Council
Released February 11, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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.


City Offices Closed for Presidents Day Holiday
Released February 11, 2013
City of Olathe offices will close on Monday, February 18 for the Presidents Day holiday.  The City’s trash and recycling collection schedule will NOT be impacted.


2012 Development Year in Review Now Available
Released February 11, 2013
The City of Olathe 2012 Year In Review is now available, providing detailed statistics on the permitting and development activity that occurred during 2012.

Non-residential new construction projects totaled 49 and included notable projects like the I-35 Logistics Building, Webco Manufacturing, Red Lobster, QuikTrip, and the Systems Material Handling addition. 

Residential unit figures totaled 508 in 2012, up from 322 in 2011.  This is the highest number of residential units approved since 2007 when Olathe approved 611. The average development cost per unit for single-family residential was $282,013.  


State of the City March 1
Released February 11, 2013
Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will deliver the State of the City on Friday, March 1, at the Olathe Holiday Inn.  The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m.  Tickets are available through the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, (913) 764-1050.


City of Olathe Preparing for Swim Season
Released February 11, 2013
The City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department is hiring seasonal staff for summer pool positions including deck hands, concessions and lifeguards. Apply online at www.OlatheKS.org. Interested in lifeguard certification? Parks and Recreation has one class remaining before summer. Sign up for the ten-session training by calling 971-8563 or visiting www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec.


Olathe Parks and Recreation Offers Spring Break Basketball Camp
Released February 11, 2013
Looking for a great way to keep the kids busy over spring break?  Register your son or daughter for the Olathe Parks and Recreation Spring Break Basketball Camp, March 18-21. Youth in Kindergarten through 8th Grade can enhance existing skills and learn and develop new skills while working to stay fit. According to Vernon Avant, camp instructor and director of Olathe Hoops, “Our goal is to develop leadership and character traits in youth while teaching the game of basketball.”

All sessions will be held at Millcreek Center, 311 E. Park. Call  971-8563 to register.


Shamrock Showdown Now Taking Registration
Released February 11, 2013
The Olathe Parks and Recreation Shamrock Showdown Basketball Tournament will be held March 8-10. Team registration is now open for boys grades 1-8 and girls grades 2-6. Teams will play a minimum of three games throughout the tournament; registration is $160 per team. Contact Parks and Recreation at 971-8563 to register.


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Announces Winners of Olathe History Day Contest
Released February 11, 2013
On February 5, Mahaffie served as the local site for the National History Day Contest. National History Day makes history come alive for America’s youth by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural, and social experiences of the past.  

Seventy-five eighth grade students from Chisholm Trail and California Trail Middle Schools made group presentations in categories including Documentary, Exhibit, Paper, Performance, and Website. The theme for this year’s National History Day is Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.

Winners of the Olathe History Day Contest include:

  • Paper: A Day of Terror and Survival, Isaac Ferguson
  • Website: Manhattan Project, Hunter Eisler
  • Documentary: Lincoln, Cole Bellamy
  • Individual Exhibit: Climbing the Ladder of Civil Rights, Nikolas Hernandez; Korean War, Danni Park; Title IX, Kara Griswold; Black Death, Riley Sheffield; and  Battle of Saratoga, Andrew Lovell.
  • Group Exhibits: Dumping of the Tea to be Free, Peyton Boxberger, Abigail Edie, Ally Harper and Kelsey Saunders; The Flappers of the 1920s, Kaiti Butad and Jenna Crum; and Persia vs. Sparta, Braydn McConnaughey and Isaiah Reasby.

Students qualified to advance to the regional competition on February 23 in Baldwin City.


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop to Host Winter Home School Day February 22
Released February 11, 2013
Home school families are invited to participate in Winter Home School Day at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop on Friday, February 22. Weather and ground conditions permitting, activities for ages five and up include sawing wood, visiting the blacksmith, cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s stove, and horse drawn hay wagon rides. Two sessions will be offered: 10:00 a.m. to noon or 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration is required by February 14 by calling 913.971.5111 or visiting www.mahaffie.org. Cost is $5/student and accompanying adults are free.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is open year-round from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Activities vary seasonally.  Details, including a schedule of winter events, are available at www.mahaffie.org or by calling (913) 971-5111.


This Edition of e-News - February 4, 2013:

  • Student Groups Highlight 2012 Volunteer Efforts
  • Students, Educators Benefit from School Programs at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop
  • State of the City March 1         

City Council
Released February 4, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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.


Student Groups Highlight 2012 Volunteer Efforts
Released February 4, 2013
The City of Olathe benefits from great partnerships with volunteers contributing 16,202 hours of service in 2012. 

Volunteers are utilized throughout various City departments. Area Scout Troops, for example, complete a variety of projects year round including planting flowers, performing minor painting projects and related activities that benefit the Adopt-a-Park and Adopt-a-Street programs. Operation Lifeline Police Department volunteers place phone calls to participating elderly and disabled residents to check on their well-being. The program has proven beneficial to qualifying residents who don’t have family members in the area.

This year was unique because a number of student volunteer groups traveled from across the country to provide service in the Olathe community.  The American Jewish Society of Service, comprised of college students from the east and west coasts and Canada, donated 192 hours at Ensor Farm and Museum. The group painted seven barns in 104-degree weather.  A volunteer group from North Dakota State University contributed 84 hours of service beautifying Lake Olathe. 

“Large volunteer groups are a real blessing to us because they expand our capacity, allowing us to complete projects that have a noticeable community impact,” said Volunteers in the Park (V.I.P.) Coordinator Liz Newman. “Many of these projects compete for limited resources so volunteers are a precious commodity to us,” she said.

To learn more about volunteering with the City of Olathe, visit www.OlatheKS.org/Volunteers.


Students, Educators Benefit from School Programs at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
Released February 4, 2013
Spring is around the corner and field trips are booking quickly at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road. Mahaffie offers students an opportunity to discover history where it happened.  Hands-on activities with animals, wagons and a working stagecoach provide a fun visit for students and a valuable teaching tool for educators. Five structured programs are designed to meet curriculum standards for both Kansas and Missouri schools. Two school programs can be taken to the schools.

Programs offered include:

Thanks to an award from the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund, Title I schools in the Kansas City metropolitan area may use scholarship grant funds toward admission fees or transportation costs.. An application is required and grants will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information about Mahaffie education programs, including scholarship fund information, visit www.olatheks.org/parksrec/mahaffie-education-programs or call 913-971-5111.


State of the City March 1
Released February 4, 2013
Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will deliver the State of the City on Friday, March 1, at the Olathe Holiday Inn.  The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m.  Tickets are available through the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, (913) 764-1050.