Wintertime at Olathe Parks

Olathe parks and trails
support diverse habitat suitable for a variety of bird species. Bird watching in winter can be quite enjoyable and it might also serve as the only time for some species to be viewed in this area. Read more »

Recycling Email Reminders Available

Residents can sign up to receive an automatic email reminder the day before their scheduled recycling pick up.  The service is free.

Simply create an online account and check the "recycling reminder" box at the bottom of the form.

Summer Concert Series Set

Recycling Collection Changes start in January - Automatic Email Reminders Available

As part of Olathe’s new citywide recycling program, recycled materials will be collected every other week beginning January 4, 2010. All residents received information with their new recycling carts advising of the schedule. Recycling for customers residing in “red” week areas of the city will begin the week of January 4th.

Argentinean Government Tapping Into Olathe Expertise

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.

Animal Control Taking Positive Steps

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 »

Retiring Directors Leave Legacy

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.

Home Heating Safety Tips

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.

City Health Plan Featured

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.

2010 Budget Available Online

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.

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