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Budget Season Begins



City of Olathe staff is continuing the process of developing the city manager’s proposed 2011 budget, and it is currently scheduled to be presented to the City Council during their Tuesday, July 6th meeting.

Though the City has made significant spending reductions and budget cuts over the course of the last three years, resident satisfaction with City services has remained high, largely due to residents’ willingness to share their priorities, thoughts and ideas about how their tax dollars should be spent. Read more »

Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit uses Technology

There is something different about the downtown art sculptures in Olathe, but it is not a part of the art.

Next to each of the temporary sculptures in the City’s Downtown Public Art Exhibit are signs with black and white spotty images.

Pay Traffic Tickets Online or By Phone


The Olathe Municipal Court is now accepting payments for eligible traffic citations online at or by calling (800) 701-8560. The new options are available 24-hours per day and seven-days per week.

Only citations issued by the Olathe Police Department that include a fine amount are eligible for online payment and may be paid after five working days following issuance.

I-35 Lone Elm Bridges Now Open


Both bridges (Lone Elm Road and 159th Street) constructed as part of the City’s new Lone Elm/I-35 interchange project are now open to traffic over I-35.

The project’s only remaining major components under construction are the interchange ramps allowing traffic to exit and access I-35. They are slated to open on July 1st or 2nd.

The $67 million project is being constructed with an eye toward new economic development and job creation. It is already credited with helping create nearly 1,000 jobs and tens of millions of dollars in investment in south Olathe.

Public Hearings Begin for City Comprehensive Plan Update


The City of Olathe’s Comprehensive Plan is a roadmap that plays a major role in how the community will develop in newer areas and redevelop in others, and it influences policies and decisions that have a direct bearing on the city’s quality of life. The City of Olathe is completing the process of updating that plan, and public participation has been a critical component to ensure the plan reflects community priorities. However, there are still opportunities for the public to provide input. Read more »

Summer Activities at Mahaffie


The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will be hosting numerous Special Events and a Summer History Camp in the coming weeks.

Make your plans to enjoy some historic fun.

Curbside Recycling Program Already Working


When the Olathe City Council approved the citywide curbside recycling program in 2009, they looked at two benefits, helping the environment and saving customers money. In the brief time the program has been operating the first quarter of this year, both those goals are being met.

Overall, the amount of trash going into the landfill has been reduced by 8% from the previous year, even though there are more residents in Olathe.

Traffic Alert: Old 56 Hwy Bridge Closing for Repair


Beginning May 24th, Old 56 Highway will be closed to through traffic between Robinson Drive and 151st Street for construction.

The project includes removing and replacing deteriorated sides, replacing guardrails, rebuilding approaches and resurfacing the deck of the Old 56 Highway Bridge over Little Cedar Creek and resurfacing Old 56 Highway between the bridge and just east of Robinson

Local traffic will have access up to the bridge.

Construction is expected to last 60 days, and detours will be provided.

Mahaffie Finalist for Statewise Contest


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Finalist for Statewide 8 Wonders of Kansas History Contest:
Votes Will Determine Winners!!!
On April 22, the Kansas Sampler Foundation announced that the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is one of 24 finalists for the “8 Wonders of Kansas History” contest.  Mahaffie was one of 170 historic sites nominated and is the only historic site in Johnson County to be nam

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