Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of e-News - February 24, 2014 :

  • State of the City March 7
  • Fight FOG to Prevent Backups
  • The City of Olathe Needs Your Input!
  • Olathe Parks and Recreation Now Hiring Seasonal Positions
  • Olathe Parks and Recreation Offers Lifeguard Training Class
  • Fly Fishing Program at the Olathe Public Library
  • Bird:  The Life and Music of Charlie Parker with Chuck Haddix

City Council
Released February 24, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, March 4, 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.


State of the City March 7
Released February 24, 2014
Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will deliver the State of the City on Friday, March 7, at the Hilton Garden Inn.  The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m.  Although tickets are sold out, the speech will be broadcast on the Olathe Government Network (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).


Fight FOG to Prevent Backups
Released February 24, 2014
Fats, Oils and Grease, also known as FOG, clog sewer pipes much like they clog the human body’s arteries. Over time, placing FOG from grease, oil and food scraps down drains obstructs pipes until wastewater can no longer flow through, which can back up sewage in the home, yard, street, and even your local neighborhood stream. Grease build-ups in sewer lines can create problems in homes and the City’s wastewater collection system, resulting in increased maintenance costs.  

You can help clear the FOG by following these practices in food preparation and cleanup:

  • Scrape food scraps from dishes into a trash can or wipe dry with a paper towel.
  • Remove oil and grease from cooking pans, fryers and griddles. Cool before you skim, scrape or wipe off excess grease.
  • Pour liquid food scraps, such as sauces and milk shakes, into a container and place in the trash can.
  • Pour cooled grease into a grease can or other solid container for disposal, or absorb with paper towels or newspaper. Never pour oil and grease down the drain.
  • Use mesh drain strainers in kitchen drains to catch solid food scraps for disposal in a trash can.
  • Start a compost pile at your home. Include food scraps that are not meat.

Remember: Garbage disposals don’t fight FOG.


The City of Olathe Needs Your Input!
Released February 24, 2014
In an effort to better serve the needs of Olathe residents, the City of Olathe is currently seeking feedback regarding mapping tools on the City’s website. From the snow plow maps to street maintenance maps, the City is looking for ideas to improve your experience.

To share your input and/or great ideas, please complete this short survey to assist the City in meeting your needs.


Olathe Parks and Recreation Hiring Seasonal Positions
Released February 24, 2014
Looking for rewarding work that will have a positive impact on your community?  The City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) offers several seasonal positions for the 2014 outdoor season. Whether you are interested in working in the parks, at one of our outdoor pools or as a youth official or instructor, OPRD is looking for the best to join our team.  Our vision is "Setting the Standard for Excellence in Public Service."  If you have the skills and share our vision, we want to hear from you! View our current openings or fill out a Job Interest Card.


Olathe Parks and Recreation Offers Lifeguard Training Class
Released February 24, 2014
Olathe Parks and Recreation has one final lifeguard training class available before the start of the 2014 outdoor season. Lifeguard Training is a ten-class program beginning March 26. Upon program completion, participants will receive lifeguard certification. This is the first step to working as a lifeguard for Olathe Parks and Recreation both seasonally at the outdoor facilities or year-round when the new Community Center opens in July. Learn more about pre-requisite requirements and register today.


Fly Fishing Program at the Olathe Public Library
Released February 24, 2014
Kevin Kurz of K & K Flyfishers in Overland Park will demonstrate fly fishing techniques during a special  presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on February 25 at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park. Kurz, who has appeared on the TV program, American Outdoorsman, fly fishes around the globe seeking out Pacific Sailfish in Costa Rica, bonefish in the Bahamas, as well as trophy-sized trout everywhere from Montana to Patagonia. Kurz’s shop offers classes in fly fishing, fly tying and free Saturday clinics. Register on the events page at www.olathelibrary.org or call 971-6888.


Bird:  The Life and Music of Charlie Parker with Chuck Haddix
Released February 24, 2014
Chuck Haddix, host the popular “Fish Fry” program on KCUR 89.3 FM and Director of Marr Sound Archives at UMKC, will discuss his recent biography of jazz saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker.  Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing.  The Mission Trail Middle School Jazz Band will perform before the event held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on February 26 at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  Register by calling 913-971-6888 or online at www.olathelibrary.org.


This Edition of e-News - February 18, 2014:

  • The City of Olathe Needs Your Input!
  • Olathe Community Center Update
  • Olathe Parks and Recreation Now Hiring Seasonal Positions
  • Olathe Parks and Recreation Offers Lifeguard Training Class
  • Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie February 22
  • Children’s Author Kate Klise Coming to the Indian Creek Branch Library February 22
  • Fly Fishing Program at the Olathe Public Library
  • Bird:  The Life and Music of Charlie Parker with Chuck Haddix

City Council
Released February 18, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, February 18, 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.


The City of Olathe Needs Your Input!
Released February 18, 2014
In an effort to better serve the needs of Olathe residents, the City of Olathe is currently seeking feedback regarding mapping tools on the City’s website. From the snow plow maps to street maintenance maps, the City is looking for ideas to improve your experience.

To share your input and/or great ideas, please complete this short survey to assist the City in meeting your needs.


Olathe Community Center Update
Released February 18, 2014
The interior of the Olathe Community Center is quickly taking shape and plans are underway for the grand opening event on July 3. This last week contractors began the installation of the gymnasium floor, continued work on the natatorium, and began placement of the indoor play area.

“Each time we walk through the center there is something new to see or another room completed,” said Brad Clay, Olathe Parks and Recreation Deputy Director. “We are excited to open the doors to the public in just a few months and introduce our community to a new place to get active.”

Staff remains focused on developing programs to serve all ages in the community along with the sale of memberships. Charter member benefits are available with all community center memberships purchased prior to April 30 (view membership rates & benefits). Rentals of the community and party room spaces are also available for events after July 1, 2014. To learn more about rental options please contact OlatheConnect.


Olathe Parks and Recreation Now Hiring Seasonal Positions
Released February 18, 2014
Looking for rewarding work that will have a positive impact on your community?  The City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has several seasonal openings for 2014. Whether you are interested in working in the parks, at one of our four outdoor pools or as a youth official or instructor, OPRD is looking for the best to join our team.  Our vision is "Setting the Standard for Excellence in Public Service."  If you have the skills and share our vision and goals, we want to hear from you! View our current openings or fill out a Job Interest Card.


Olathe Parks and Recreation Offers Lifeguard Training Class
Released February 18, 2014
Olathe Parks and Recreation has one final lifeguard training class available before the start of the 2014 outdoor season. Lifeguard Training is a ten-class program beginning March 26. Upon program completion, participants will receive lifeguard certification. This is the first step to working as a lifeguard for Olathe Parks and Recreation both seasonally at the outdoor facilities or year-round beginning July 2014. Learn more about pre-requisite requirements and register today.


Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie February 22
Released February 18, 2014
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, will host its annual Winter on the Farm event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22.  Visitors can discover and help with winter farm chores that may include sawing wood, cooking, and blacksmithing. Other activities may include horse powered wheat threshing and maple syrup demonstrations.  Stagecoach rides are available if weather and ground conditions permit.  All activities are included with regular daily admission of $6/adult, $4/child ages 5-11.  Olathe residents receive $1 off admission with proof of residency.


Children’s Author Kate Klise Coming to the Indian Creek Branch Library February 22
Released February 18, 2014
Kate Klise, author of the Little Rabbit picture books, the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, and many others, will visit the Indian Creek Branch Library on Saturday, February 22.  Her visit kicks off with a Young Writers’ Workshop for children in grades 3-5 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. She will talk about what makes a good story and how to send characters on a journey as she sets children on the path to writing their very own bestselling book. Registration begins Monday, February 3 via the events page at OlatheLibrary.org or by phone at 913-971-6874.

In the afternoon, Klise will offer a Teen Writing Workshop from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for youth in grades 6-12.  Klise, a former correspondent for People magazine, will teach how to write a classic People magazine-style story that will be useful to use in class or college applications.  Registration begins Monday, February 3 on the library’s events page or by phone at 913-971-6888.

The day will conclude with a Meet the Author event from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  After her presentation, Klise will sign her books, which will also be available for purchase.  All ages are welcome, but the presentation will be geared toward grades K-5 and space is limited.  Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at Children’s Services at the Indian Creek Branch Library starting at 2:30 p.m. on February 22.


Fly Fishing Program at the Olathe Public Library
Released February 18, 2014
Kevin Kurz of K & K Flyfishers in Overland Park will demonstrate fly fishing techniques during a special  presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on February 25 at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park. Kurz, who has appeared on the TV program, American Outdoorsman, fly fishes around the globe seeking out Pacific Sailfish in Costa Rica, bonefish in the Bahamas, as well as trophy-sized trout everywhere from Montana to Patagonia. Kurz’s shop offers classes in fly fishing, fly tying and free Saturday clinics. Register on the events page at www.olathelibrary.org or call 971-6888.


Bird:  The Life and Music of Charlie Parker with Chuck Haddix
Released February 18, 2014
Chuck Haddix, host the popular “Fish Fry” program on KCUR 89.3 FM and Director of Marr Sound Archives at UMKC, will discuss his recent biography of jazz saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker.  Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing.  The Mission Trail Middle School Jazz Band will perform before the event held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on February 26 at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  Register by calling 913-971-6888 or online at www.olathelibrary.org.


This Edition of e-News - February 10, 2014:

  • City Offices Closed for Presidents Day Holiday
  • Public Meeting Regarding 151st and Lindenwood Stormwater Project February 11
  • Register by February 14 to Enjoy Pancakes with the Presidents
  • Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie February 22
  • Winter Home School Day
  • Sweetheart of a Deal Book Sale February 14-16

City Council
Released February 10, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, February 18, 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.


City Offices Closed for Presidents Day Holiday
Released February 10, 2014
City of Olathe offices will close on Monday, February 17 for the Presidents Day holiday.  The City’s trash and recycling collection remains on schedule.  Need help keeping track of your trash day during holidays? Consider downloading the Olathe Trash Day mobile application or visit OlatheKS.org/TrashDay to sign up for weekly trash day reminders via text, email, Twitter, and phone call. Also, print a customized calendar for your address.


Public Meeting Regarding 151st and Lindenwood Stormwater Project February 11
Released February 10, 2014
An open house is scheduled for the proposed 151st Street and Lindenwood Drive stormwater project on Tuesday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons Room at Indian Trail Middle School, 1440 E. 151st St. The proposed project involves modifying the culverts under 151st Street and 153rd Terrace, relocating utility lines, replacing the existing concrete channel, constructing retaining walls and relocating sanitary sewer lines. Residents with questions or concerns regarding this project are encouraged to attend the meeting or submit questions and/or comments via OlatheConnect.


Register by February 14 to Enjoy Pancakes with the Presidents
Released February 10, 2014
Enjoy pancakes and sausage with President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln on Saturday, February 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Heritage Center, 1200 Kansas City Road. Cost is $7/person ages 3 and up and includes a craft and all of the Winter on the Farm activities. Registration and payment is required for a minimum of 30 people to host this new event. Visit Mahaffie.org or call 913-971-5111 to register by Friday, February 14.


Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie February 22
Released February 10, 2014
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, will host its annual Winter on the Farm event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22.  Visitors can discover and help with winter farm chores that may include sawing wood, cooking, and blacksmithing. Other activities may include horse powered wheat threshing demonstrations and maple syrup demonstrations.  Stagecoach rides are available if weather and ground conditions permit.  All activities are included with regular daily admission of $6/adult, $4/child ages 5-11.  Olathe residents receive $1 off admission with proof of residency.


Winter Home School Day
Released February 10, 2014
Home school families are invited to Winter Home School Day on Friday, February 21. Bundle up and participate in activities such as sawing wood, visiting the blacksmith, cooking demonstrations, and horse drawn hay wagon rides (weather and ground conditions permitting). Activities are open to ages 5 and up. The open house format runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Families can pick up a map in the Heritage Center and explore the grounds and activities. Registration is required by February 13 by calling 913-971-5111 or visiting Mahaffie.org. Cost is $5/home school student and accompanying adults are free.


Sweetheart of a Deal Book Sale February 14-16
Released February 10, 2014
Calling all book lovers! Don’t miss the Sweetheart of a Deal Book Sale February 14-16 at the Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  Choose from fiction, romance, nature, travel, old books, children’s/teens, mystery, biography, cookbooks, inspiration, poetry/arts, how-to, science fiction, audio and miscellaneous.  MP3s are available at the close-out price of $2.  Bound volumes of historic Time, Life, Newsweek and National Geographic will sell for $2 and individual copies of Time and Newsweek are $1.  Everything is sorted by categories.

The sale will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 16.  On Sunday only, purchase a sack at the door to fill with materials for only $6. Buy two bags, get two free!  All sales are final and cash and check are accepted.  Due to space limitations, no strollers or book carts are allowed in the room.

All 2014 Friends of the Olathe Public Library members receive $1 off their purchases (one-time use and not valid at the sack sale).  Memberships are sold at either Olathe library locations or at the book sales. For more information, call Community Relations Coordinator Rita Patterson at 913-971-6879 or Ask a Librarian.


This Edition of e-News - February 3, 2014:

  • Winter Storm Warning in Effect Tuesday Morning (2/4) through Wednesday (2/5)
  • Street Maintenance Receives 2013 Safe and Sustainable Snow-fighting Award
  • Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event February 8
  • Pancakes with the Presidents
  • Teddy Bear Tea Fun for Youth and Adults
  • Sweetheart of a Deal Book Sale February 14-16
  • Children’s Author Kate Klise Coming to the Indian Creek Branch Library February 22

City Council
Released February 3, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, February 4, 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.


Winter Storm Warning in Effect Tuesday Morning (2/4) through Wednesday (2/5)
Released February 3, 2014
City crews are preparing for the winter storm warning in effect Tuesday morning through Wednesday. Maintaining safety for motorists and pedestrians and ensuring fire, medical and police responders can reach citizens in emergencies is the City of Olathe’s ultimate snow removal goal.

Major roadways and collector streets are the first snow removal priority, along with concentration on hills, hazardous intersections, commercial and school areas. Attention to residential streets and cul-de-sacs will follow, only when major roadways and collector streets are accessible. An interactive map with real-time tracking of snow removal operations throughout the City and within specific neighborhoods, will be available during snow events at OlatheKS.org.

Here’s How You Can Help

  • Remain patient—we will ensure that all roads are passable as soon as possible. This is our number one priority.
  • Stay off the roads, if possible. The fewer vehicles on the roads, the faster we can get them cleared and have you on your way.
  • Call 9-1-1 if you have a police, fire, or medical emergency. Requests for emergency snow and ice removal will be directed by emergency service personnel.
  • Park your vehicles in your driveway.
  • Teach your children to stay behind the sidewalks when they see the plow trucks coming.
  • Stay back at least 50’ from the rear of a plow truck so the driver can see you.
  • Avoid passing or driving beside plow trucks.
  • Avoid placing snow from your driveway back into the street. Less snow will then be pushed back into your driveway by passing plow trucks.
  • Remove portable basketball goals, hockey goals, skateboard ramps and other structures from the street. This will enable plow trucks to reach the curb and eliminate damage to the truck or portable structures.
  • Maintain trimmed tree branches along the street.
  • Clear snow from sidewalks and fire hydrants adjacent to your property.

To report areas of concern, please call the Snow Hotline at 971-6010 or submit a request via OlatheConnect. Please keep in mind that the City will take requests for problem areas only after all major arterial and collector streets are treated.


Street Maintenance Receives 2013 Safe and Sustainable Snow-fighting Award
Released February 3, 2014
The City’s Street Maintenance Division has been awarded the 2013 Safe and Sustainable Snow-fighting Award from The Salt Institute, a North American based non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the benefits of salt, particularly in winter roadway safety efforts. The award is given to organizations performing best practices in the fields of winter maintenance and salt storage. Organizations are evaluated on a number of criteria including safety, levels of service, materials usage, tactical operations and environmental stewardship. This award is the fourth the City has received from The Salt Institute, confirming the dedication to winter storm maintenance and innovation demonstrated by those involved in snow fighting operations. The City of Olathe Street Maintenance Division also received the Excellence in Salt Storage Award in 2010, 2011, and 2012.


Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event February 8
Released February 3, 2014
All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off their unwanted Household Hazardous Waste(HHW) at the City of Olathe’s drop-off event February 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the HHW facility, 1420 S. Robinson Drive behind Public Works and Customer Service. Residents will be asked to provide a photo ID and a general description of their HHW items. Items that can be dropped off include aerosol cans, automotive fluids, automotive batteries and household batteries, bathroom cleaners, carpet cleaners, cooking oil, drain cleaners, fertilizers, paint, light bulbs, pesticides, etc. Electronic waste (e-Waste) is not accepted at the drop-off event. For a full list of acceptable items, visit OlatheKS.org.

Can’t make it to the Saturday event or have unwanted e-Waste? Residents can make an appointment 24 hours in advance to drop off unwanted HHW items by calling Customer Service at (913) 971-9311.


Pancakes with the Presidents
Released February 3, 2014
On Saturday, February 22, enjoy pancakes and sausage with President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Heritage Center, 1200 Kansas City Road. Cost is $7/person ages 3 and up and includes a craft and all of the Winter on the Farm activities. Registration and payment is required for a minimum of 30 people to host this new event. Visit Mahaffie.org or call 913-971-5111 to register by Friday, February 14.


Teddy Bear Tea Fun for Youth and Adults
Released February 3, 2014
Dress in your best and bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal to enjoy tea, refreshments and activities at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm’s annual Teddy Bear Tea.  The event will be held Sunday, February 9 with sessions from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each session is limited to 80 participants.  All activities will be held inside the Heritage Center, 1200 Kansas City Road. Admission is $5 per participant for both youth and adults.  To register, call 913-971-5111 or contact Mahaffie with the number in your party by Friday, February 7.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult.


Sweetheart of a Deal Book Sale February 14-16
Released February 3, 2014
Calling all book lovers! Don’t miss the Sweetheart of a Deal Book Sale February 14-16 at the Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  Choose from fiction, romance, nature, travel, old books, children’s/teens, mystery, biography, cookbooks, inspiration, poetry/arts, how-to, science fiction, audio and miscellaneous.  MP3s are available at the close-out price of $2.  Bound volumes of historic Time, Life, Newsweek and National Geographic will sell for $2 and individual copies of Time and Newsweek are $1.  Everything is sorted by categories.

The sale will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 16.  On Sunday only, the “Six-Bucks-a-Sack sale” allows you to purchase a plastic sack at the door for $6 and fill with materials.  Buy two bags, get two free!  All sales are final and cash and check are accepted.  Due to space limitations, no strollers or book carts are allowed in the room.

All 2014 Friends of the Olathe Public Library members receive $1 off their purchases (one-time use and not valid at the sack sale).  Memberships are sold at either Olathe library locations or at the book sales. For more information, call Community Relations Coordinator Rita Patterson at 913-971-6879 or Ask a Librarian.


Children’s Author Kate Klise Coming to the Indian Creek Branch Library February 22
Released February 3, 2014
Kate Klise, author of the Little Rabbit picture books, the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, and many others, will visit the Indian Creek Branch Library on Saturday, February 22.  Her visit kicks off with a Young Writers’ Workshop for children in grades 3-5 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. She will talk about what makes a good story and how to send characters on a journey as she sets children on the path to writing their very own bestselling book. Registration begins Monday, February 3 via the events page at OlatheLibrary.org or by phone at 913-971-6874.

In the afternoon, Klise will offer a Teen Writing Workshop from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for youth in grades 6-12.  Klise, a former correspondent for People magazine, will teach how to write a classic People magazine-style story that will be useful to use in class or college applications.  Registration begins Monday, February 3 on the library’s events page or by phone at 913-971-6888.

The day will conclude with a Meet the Author event from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  After her presentation, Klise will sign her books, which will also be available for purchase.  All ages are welcome, but the presentation will be geared toward grades K-5 and space is limited.  Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at Children’s Services at the Indian Creek Branch Library starting at 2:30 p.m. on February 22.