Young people interested in a career in law enforcement now have the opportunity to gain hands on experience in the career field thanks to the reestablishment of the Police Explorers Unit within the Olathe Police Department. The program is designed to provide practical application, information and training to young people while connecting them to their community in a positive way.
When it snows in Olathe, volunteers are there to lend a hand to elderly and disabled residents. Over 70 Snow Brigade volunteers brave the elements to shovel the driveways and sidewalks of residents who need assistance. The Snow Brigade program is one of several ways volunteers are utilized throughout the City. Read more »
The recent record snowfall proved no match for the City’s new automated metering system. The City maintained contact with over 34,000 meters providing real-time data for single family resident usage. Prior to the automated read system, single family resident usage was estimated during winter months and adjusted, upward or downward, in the monthly bill as actual data became available.
According to Municipal Services Deputy Director Merv Gleason, the automated metering system is one way the City is leveraging technology to provide better customer service.
The public can now track up-to-the-minute snow removal progress in Olathe at the touch of a button thanks to new mapping technology.
The interactive tool provides live location mapping of all vehicles engaged in snow removal activity. Vehicles are “pinged” once per minute, transmitting virtual real-time data to users via the GPS/ AVL map.
The dynamic mapping system can be searched, panned, and zoomed to better view a particular neighborhood or area of the city. The page opens to a composite summary of the current location of each vehicle.
The 2011 recycling collection schedule is now available on the City's website. Post the printable schedule in a convenient location and you'll never miss another collection day! Want to make it even easier? Sign up to receive automated email reminders for your recycling day. To sign up for this feature as well as free electronic bill notification, visit Electronic Billing.
The automated metering system that remotely reads residential and commercial water meters is operational and undergoing final testing. Automated metering infrastructure (AMI) uses a radio unit attached to the meter to send usage reads to a tower based antenna. The antenna receives the signal through a base station computer at the tower and sends the information to the City facility.
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.
The Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program announced that Olathe, Kansas has been recognized as the nation’s second ranked “digital city” for mid-sized cities. The ranking recognizes local governments that optimize technology to work more efficiently and provide better services.
Beginning in February, City of Olathe residents will see a change in their water and sewer bills. Currently, each customer receives an envelope containing twelve return envelopes in late January and receives a post card bill each month. In 2011, residents will receive a one page bill and return envelope each month.
The City is making the change for several reasons. First and foremost, the new process will be outsourced, resulting in cost savings.