The Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC), an independent Argentinean agency created to enhance government performance and accountability, researched performance measurement best practices across the United States and found the City of Olathe.
The Olathe Animal Shelter continues feeling pressure, not only from budget challenges, but also from space constraints. The current shelter located behind the public safety building was constructed to serve a population a fraction of what it is today, and space needs are at a premium. Largely due to that space shortage, closing the shelter and contracting with Animal Haven in Merriam, Kansas was considered. Read more »
Three City of Olathe department directors will be retiring later this month after serving Olathe citizens for a combined 85 years.
Current Municipal Services Director Don Seifert, began his career with the City in 1975 as a planning technician in the community development department. Among other positions, Seifert served as the city’s lobbyist, budget manager, management services director, policy development leader and as the deputy municipal services director.
Heating is the second leading cause of home fires according to the United States Fire Administration. Home heating started an early fall fire in Olathe that caused six-digit damage, but thankfully no one was hurt – a fireplace ember ignited the home’s roof.
Many home heating fire deaths and injuries are preventable. As cold weather blankets the metro, follow a few tips to keep your family safer when heating:
If burning wood in a fireplace or wood burning stove, chimneys or flues should be cleaned frequently by an expert to avoid a build-up of creosote.
The Alliance for Innovation, a national organization focusing on innovative government practices and programs, is featuring the City of Olathe’s healthcare and wellness program at its 2010 Transforming Local Government Conference in Nevada in June. The conference is attended by local government officials from across the country.
The City’s program was selected based its innovative approach and the significant cost savings it has produced.
Those interested in learning more about the City’s budget can now access the final 2010 Budget online. It is available in the budget section of the City’s website. The 2010 Budget reflects the challenging economic times facing this area, but resources continue being directed to fund services most important to residents. Budget comments and suggestions are always welcome and can be submitted to the City by calling 971-8600 and asking for the budget office.
Those interested in enrolling in winter or spring Olathe Park and Recreation programs can now enroll online on the Park and Recreation section of the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org in person at the Parks and Recreation office, (northwest corner of Kansas and Santa Fe), or by calling 971-6263 during business hours.
The City of Olathe is partnering with a Kansas City company, Ripple Glass, to accept glass for recycling at three drop off locations. Ripple Glass is a new business that uses recycled glass to make fiberglass for insulation.
The City of Olathe is already making plans for snow removal this winter and is exploring adjusting operations to more efficiently use salt and sand as well as City resources. Revised plans call for a greater emphasis on plowing during daylight hours to better take advantage of sunlight’s impact on snow melting materials and offset overall costs. As a result, residents and visitors are encouraged to park vehicles in drives during the day when there is a snowfall.
The City uses three level categories in responding to snowfall, depending on the amount of accumulation.
Moody’s Investor Service has assigned an MIG 1 rating to City of Olathe temporary note bonds, the highest rating available.
In determining the rating, Moody’s noted the City’s well managed financial practices that are expected to continue despite revenue pressures. In addition, Moody’s cited Olathe’s forward-thinking approach to budgeting and willingness to make budget adjustments to maintain structural balance and healthy reserves.