Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of e-News - October 28, 2013:

  • Joint City Council/Planning Commission Meeting
  • Halloween Safety Tips
  • Cast Your Vote! Mahaffie Finalist for Best Kept Secret
  • Rabies Vaccination Clinic
     

City Council – Joint Council/Planning Commission Meeting
Released October 28, 2013
The Olathe City Council and the Olathe Planning Commission will hold a joint meeting on Tuesday, October 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  The Planning Commission will brief the City Council on the draft Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and obtain Council feedback prior to initiating the public hearing.  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, November 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 OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Olathe Police Department Offers Tips to Keep Kids Safe This Halloween
Released October 28, 2013
To avoid injury and accidents while trick-or-treating, the Olathe Police Department offers the following Halloween safety tips:

  • Wear light colored or reflective clothing for costumes.
  • Check the costume to see if it is made of a fire resistant material.
  • Make sure children can see well; use face makeup instead of a mask, if possible.
  • Keep costumed children away from pets; pets may not recognize the child and could become frightened.
  • Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers or swords to avoid injury.
  • Ensure younger children are accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
  • Always remind children of the dangers associated with crossing and walking along streets at night.
  • Use a flashlight at night or go out while there is still daylight.
  • Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know with the porch light on.
  • Remind children to avoid open flames from pumpkins or Halloween decorations.
  • Only give and accept commercially wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Examine all treats before letting children eat them.
  • Wash all fruit and cut into small pieces to make sure nothing hazardous has been placed inside.

View the Halloween safety tips video at OlatheKS.org for more information

Cast Your Vote! Mahaffie Finalist for Best Kept Secret
Released October 28, 2013
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm’s Wild West Days is a finalist for the KC Parent’s Family Faves Contest in the Best Kept Secret category. Voting is open until November 15. Visit www.kcparent.com/Giveaways/VoteKCFamilyFavorites2013/ to cast your vote. Winners will be announced in an upcoming issue of KC Parent Magazine.

Rabies Vaccination Clinic
Released October 28, 2013
On Saturday, November 2, the City of Olathe Animal Shelter will offer a microchip and low-cost rabies vaccination clinic for Olathe residents. The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Olathe Animal Shelter, 505 East Sunvale Drive.

Residents can also obtain rabies vaccinations and purchase/renew City of Olathe animal licenses. Microchips are $25.00 and rabies shots are $10.00 for a one-year vaccination. Additional immunizations such as distemper, bordetella, etc. will be available at a reduced rate. Current rabies vaccinations are required to license pets.


This Edition of e-News - October 21, 2013:

• Street Sales Tax Ballots
• Drug Take Back
• Rabies Vaccination Clinic
• Railroad Crossing to Close for Maintenance 10/21 and 10/22
• Trick or Treat Off the Street
• Last Weekend for Mahaffie’s Living History

City Council
Released October 21, 2013
The next regular session Olathe City Council meeting will is planned for Tuesday, November 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). For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk.

Watch the Mail for your Street Maintenance Sales Tax Ballot
Released October 21, 2013
On Wednesday, October 23, the Johnson County Election Office will mail ballots to all registered Olathe voters to consider a 3/8th cent sales tax to fund street maintenance.  Ballots should arrive in mailboxes on Thursday and Friday of this week.  They must be received by the election commission no later than noon on November 12.  The City reminds voters that there will be no mail service on November 11 due to the Veterans Day Holiday, so please consider returning ballots earlier.

The City encourages voters to visit, OlatheKs.org/StreetSalesTax to learn more about the issue.  Additional questions can be directed to Jeff Beal at 971-9050.

Drug Take Back
Released October 21, 2013
On Saturday October 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Olathe Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Olathe City Hall at 100 E. Santa Fe. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In April 2013, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In six previous Take Back events, DEA and the partners took in over 2 million pounds (over a thousand tons) of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose potential safety and health hazards.

The DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (a patient, pet, family member or owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long-term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. For more information and additional disposal locations go to: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

Rabies Vaccination Clinic
Released October 21, 2013
On Saturday, November 2, 2013 the City of Olathe will be offering its micro-chip and low cost rabies clinic for Olathe residents. The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Olathe Animal Shelter located at 505 East Sunvale Drive in Olathe.

Residents will be able to obtain rabies vaccinations and purchase/renew City of Olathe animal licenses at the same time. Microchips are $25.00, and Rabies shots are $10.00 for a one-year vaccination. Additional immunizations such as Distemper, Bordetella, etc. will be available at a reduced rate. Current rabies vaccinations are requirement for licensing pets.

BNSF to Close Railroad Crossing between 159th & Old U.S. 56 10/21 and 10/22
Released October 21, 2013
Beginning Monday, October 21, BNSF will be closing the railroad crossing between 159th Street and Old U.S. 56 for routine maintenance. The crossing will be closed around 8:30 a.m. and will reopen by Wednesday, October 23rd, once work is completed. Message boards and detour signs will be posted during this time to inform drivers of alternative routes.

Although this railroad crossing is designated as a Quiet Zone, please note that trains are required to blow their horns during maintenance activities.

For additional information regarding status of closings, please call Road Safe at (316)778-2112.

Trick or Treat Off the Street
Released October 21, 2013
Children and their families are invited to trick or treat at stations set up on the Mahaffie grounds while also enjoying fall farm activities and hayrack rides.  The event will be held 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26.  Admission is $3 per person for ages 3 and up.  Registration is not required. 

Businesses and organizations are invited to set up a candy station at the event. Mahaffie provides a table, two chairs, and a sign while your organization provides the station staffing and candy! Please call (913) 971-5111 to participate.

For more information about Trick or Treat Off the Street or other Mahaffie events, visit Mahaffie.org.

October 26 and 27 last weekend for 1860s Living History
Released October 21, 2013
The final 1860s Living History weekend at Mahaffie is planned for October 26th and 27th.  Events include stagecoach rides, authentic period cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s cookstove and blacksmithing. 
Beginning Wednesday October 30, exhibits in the Heritage Center are open Wednesdays-Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays noon to 4:00 pm. 
All details of upcoming activities can be found at www.mahaffie.org


This Edition of e-News - October 14, 2013:

  • Library Volunteers Recognized for Making a Difference
  • Dine Out for Olathe Kids on October 16
  • Trick or Treat Off the Street
  • Tiger Cub Scout Day at Mahaffie
  • Cookout to Benefit United Way

City Council
Released October 14, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, October 15, 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 OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Olathe Public Library Volunteers Recognized
Released October 14, 2013
Last year alone, nearly 400 volunteers spent 10,540 hours serving at the two Olathe library locations, helping to continue providing a great customer experience.  On October 25th, the library is recognizing their dedication by hosting a volunteer dinner from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Prince of Peace Parish Hall, 16000 W. 143rd Street.  Youth volunteer certificates and the annual Nancy Quinlisk Chandler Award will be presented.  Volunteer RSVPs will be accepted until October 21, and there are three ways to register.  Library volunteers can call (913) 971-6879, email rpatterson@olatheks.org, or register on-line on the events page at www.olathelibrary.org.

Dine Out for Olathe Kids on October 16
Released October 14, 2013
Residents are encouraged to dine out from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, when more than 20 Olathe restaurants will participate in the third annual “Dining Out for Kids” fundraiser to benefit the Olathe Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.  Participating restaurants will donate 10 percent or more of their dinner proceeds to the Fund.  This year’s campaign goal is $110,000.

The 2013 Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund will benefit 15 local charities serving Olathe children and families. They are:  Catholic Charities, Children’s Shoe Fund, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Cypress Recovery, El Centro, Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County, Johnson County Christmas Bureau, Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, KidsTLC, Marillac Center, Mission Southside, Olathe Public Schools Foundation, Olathe Special Olympics, SAFEHOME, and the Salvation Army.

A complete list of restaurants participating in “Dining Out for Kids” is available on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund website.  No flyer or coupon is necessary. 

Trick or Treat Off the Street
Released October 14, 2013
Children and their families are invited to trick or treat at stations set up on the Mahaffie grounds while also enjoying fall farm activities and hayrack rides.  The event will be held 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26.  Admission is $3 per person for ages 3 and up.  Registration is not required.

Businesses and organizations are invited to set up a candy station at the event. Mahaffie provides a table, two chairs, and a sign while your organization provides the station staffing and candy! Please call (913) 971-5111 to participate.

For more information about Trick or Treat Off the Street or other Mahaffie events, visit Mahaffie.org.

Tiger Cub Scout Day at Mahaffie
Released October 14, 2013
Mahaffie will host Tiger Cub Scout Day on Saturday, October 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tiger Cub Scouts can earn requirements for their Making My Family Special program as well as a special Mahaffie patch only offered during this program.  Program registration is $10 per scout and accompanying adults are admitted free.  Scouts should bring a sack lunch and a water bottle and dress for the weather.  To register, call (913) 971-5111 or email mahaffie@olatheks.org.  Payment is due the day of the event.

Cookout to Benefit United Way
Released October 14, 2013
Let library staff grill your lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on October 17 at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park Street.  Menu items include hot dogs, chili dogs, brats, chili, nachos, chips, treats and sodas.  Wear your favorite school colors or Chiefs red to this outdoor tailgate to support United Way.


This Edition of e-News - October 7, 2013:

  • Protect our Pipes, Pumps and Plants: Think Before You Flush
  • BNSF to Close Several Railroad Crossings for Routine Maintenance
  • Community and Accessible Community Awards Program October 10
  • Fire Open House Showcases Department
  • Dine Out for Olathe Kids on October 16
  • Trick or Treat Off the Street
  • Tiger Cub Scout Day at Mahaffie
  • Fall Festival Book Sale
  • Celebrate National Friends of the Library Week – Enter a Pumpkin Decorating Contest
  • Cookout to Benefit United Way

City Council
Released October 7, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, October 1, 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 OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Protect our Pipes, Pumps and Plants: Think Before You Flush
Released October 7, 2013
Many modern personal and household cleaning products are marketed as “flushable” or “disposable”. However, unlike toilet paper, which breaks down quickly, these products remain intact indefinitely. These items can accumulate in the sewer system or get tangled in sewage pumps when flushed down the toilet. This can clog your home’s plumbing system or the City’s wastewater collection system, resulting in sewer backups that require costly repairs. Flushing these items down the toilet uses excess water and can increase your water bill.

Below is a list of items that should never be flushed down the toilet or washed down a sink. Dispose of these items in your grey SmartCarts:

  • Cleaning wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Feminine products
  • Paper towels
  • Dental floss
  • Facial tissue
  • Cotton swabs and cotton balls
  • Hair

Remember: When in doubt, don’t flush it down.

BNSF to Close Several Railroad Crossings for Routine Maintenance
Released October 7, 2013
On Monday, October 7, and Tuesday, October 8, the BNSF railroad crossings at Dennis, Elm, Mulberry, and Harold Streets will be closed beginning around 6:00 a.m. for routine track maintenance by BNSF. The railroad crossings will open following completion of maintenance. Message boards and detour signs will be posted during this time to inform drivers of alternate routes.

BNSF is also tentatively scheduled to close these railroad crossings again on October 16-18. Once this schedule is finalized, the City will provide further information.

Although these railroad crossings are designated as Quiet Zones, please note that trains are required to blow their horns during maintenance activities.

For additional information regarding status of the closings, please call BNSF Road Safe at (316) 778-2112.

Community and Accessible Community Awards Program October 10
Released October 7, 2013
The public is invited to the 10th annual Community and Accessible Community Awards Program and Reception Thursday, October 10 in the Commons of Olathe North High School (600 E. Prairie Street).  The event, sponsored by the Olathe Human Relations Commission and the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board, recognizes individuals and entities for meritorious service in the pursuit of fostering accessible communities, promoting cultural diversity and advocating human rights which benefit all Olatheans. 

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the awards program at 6:00 p.m.  For more information, call (913) 971-6493.

Fire Open House Showcases Department
Released October 7, 2013
The Olathe Fire Department Open House, featuring free educational activities, demonstrations and refreshments, will take place from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 at Olathe Fire Station No. 1, 501 E. Old Hwy 56.

Activities for children and families include spraying water from a real fire hose, touring the fire station and fire engines, meeting “Sparky” the talking robotic fire dog, learning about crash rescue and the bomb squad, and hearing from experts about fire and life safety. Olathe Police Department officers will conduct child car seat safety checks.  Free flu shots are also available while supplies last.  For more information, visit OlatheKS.org/Fire.

Dine Out for Olathe Kids on October 16
Released October 7, 2013
Residents are encouraged to dine out from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, when more than 20 Olathe restaurants will participate in the third annual “Dining Out for Kids” fundraiser to benefit the Olathe Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.  Participating restaurants will donate 10 percent or more of their dinner proceeds to the Fund.  This year’s campaign goal is $110,000.

The 2013 Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund will benefit 15 local charities serving Olathe children and families. They are:  Catholic Charities, Children’s Shoe Fund, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Cypress Recovery, El Centro, Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County, Johnson County Christmas Bureau, Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, KidsTLC, Marillac Center, Mission Southside, Olathe Public Schools Foundation, Olathe Special Olympics, SAFEHOME, and the Salvation Army.

A complete list of restaurants participating in “Dining Out for Kids” is available on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund website.  No flyer or coupon is necessary. 

Trick or Treat Off the Street
Released October 7, 2013
Children and their families are invited to trick or treat at stations set up on the Mahaffie grounds while also enjoying fall farm activities and hayrack rides.  The event will be held 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26.  Admission is $3 per person for ages 3 and up.  Registration is not required. 

Businesses and organizations are invited to set up a candy station at the event. Mahaffie provides a table, two chairs, and a sign while your organization provides the station staffing and candy! Please call (913) 971-5111 to participate.

For more information about Trick or Treat Off the Street or other Mahaffie events, visit Mahaffie.org.

Tiger Cub Scout Day at Mahaffie
Released October 7, 2013
Mahaffie will host Tiger Cub Scout Day on Saturday, October 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tiger Cub Scouts can earn requirements for their Making My Family Special program as well as a special Mahaffie patch only offered during this program.  Program registration is $10 per scout and accompanying adults are admitted free.  Scouts should bring a sack lunch and a water bottle and dress for the weather.  To register, call (913) 971-5111 or email mahaffie@olatheks.org.  Payment is due the day of the event.

Fall Festival Book Sale
Released October 7, 2013
Stock up on your fall reading at the Fall Festival Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Olathe Public Library at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  The sale runs Friday, October 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, October 12 from noon to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The “Six Bucks a Sack” sale is Sunday only.  Purchase a plastic bag at the door for $6 and fill with materials.  Buy two, get two free.

All materials are sorted by genre.  Choose from western, fiction, children’s, teens, biographies, CDs, Books on CD, videos, mystery, business, cookbooks, inspiration, family, horror and Christmas.  Romance paperbacks are 10 for $1.  There will also be Civil War and WWII materials and some 1940s Time and Newsweek magazines available for purchase.

Cash or check accepted and all sales are final.  Due to space limitations strollers and book carts are not allowed in the room.  For more information, contact Rita Patterson at 913-971-6879 or rpatterson@olatheks.org.

Celebrate National Friends of the Library Week – Enter a Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Released October 7, 2013
Decorate your pumpkin as your favorite children’s book character and enter it into the Friends of the Olathe Public Library pumpkin decorating contest.  You can paint it, dress it, and accessorize it…but don’t carve it!  Registration is limited to the first 15 entries per building with one entry per household.  Register online at www.olathelibrary.org/events  through October 13. 

The pumpkins can be brought to the Olathe Public Library (201 E. Park St.) or the Indian Creek Branch Library (12990 S. Black Bob Road) on October 19 and 20 and they will remain on display October 20-28.  Pumpkins may be picked up October 29-31.

Prizes will be awarded including a year pass to Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm for first prize and a $25 AMC Gift Card for second prize.  All other entrants will receive a Friends of the Olathe Public Library membership and book bag.

Cookout to Benefit United Way
Released October 7, 2013
Let library staff grill your lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on October 17 at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park Street.  Menu items include hot dogs, chili dogs, brats, chili, nachos, chips, treats and sodas.  Wear your favorite school colors or Chiefs red to this outdoor tailgate to support United Way.