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Recognition by the International County/City Managers Association (ICMA) is considered the highest honor a local government can receive by professionals in the field. Once again, the City of Olathe has been singled out. This year's ICMA Program Excellence Award for Community Partnerships has been given to the Kansas State Olathe Innovations Campus and Bioscience Park. Read more »
Santa Fe Street between I-35 and Mur-Len will be closed for asphalt resurfacing from 12:00 a.m. until noon (at the latest) on Sunday, August 23rd, weather permitting. Detours will be in place for east and west bound traffic, but access to businesses may not be available during that time. Read more »
In today's economy, the adage "you can't evaluate what you don't measure" is truer than ever. For nearly eight years, the City of Olathe has been developing and refining a performance measurement system that tracks the effectiveness and value of various city programs. In essence, it measures program results and impacts against the cost of providing them. It has become an invaluable tool to ensure limited resources are being used as effectively and efficiently as possible, and it provides the public with a dashboard to understand and track city programs.
Deaf 411 Inc., a national public relations company focusing on the deaf and hard of hearing market, has named Olathe as one of America's "Most Deaf Friendly Cities" in their Deaf Friendly Cities Report. It is the only city recognized that is also ranked highly in the Money Magazine "Best Places to Live" issue. The Deaf Friendly Cities report is based on a national survey of over 3,700 deaf consumers from all 50 states. Other cities earning the recognition include Seattle, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Austin. Read more »
The Olathe S.E.E. (Social Economic Environment) Green Forum is designed to showcase and provide learning opportunities about green building techniques and projects. The forum includes the City's first "green" fair and is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on August 26th at the LEED certified Olathe Municipal Services building at 1415 S. Robinson. It will focus on educating the public and development community on new sustainable development and construction techniques. Read more »
Housing construction has dramatically slowed both nationally and in Johnson County, and Olathe's rapid growth has slowed as well. However, Olathe continues dramatically outpacing other Johnson County cities in the number of new permits issued. Through the first two quarters of the year, Olathe has issued 131 of the 278 single family permits in Johnson County, three times as many as any other Johnson County city. Read more »
Each year, Olathe Reads presents the Summer Reading Finale - an end-of-summer reading celebration recognizing youth who have completed the Olathe Public Library's Summer Reading Club. On August 15th at 10:30 a.m., the Summer Reading Club will culminate a year's worth of reading with its Year-End Finale at Scarborough Elementary School in Olathe. The event will offer fun for the entire family, featuring Richard Holmgren's "Flying Debris" juggling and "zany" stunt performance.
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Earlier this year, City of Olathe staff proposed changing the City's solid waste collection program to include a curbside recycling option for all Olathe customers, rather than just subscribers. The plan would have reduced overall costs for current subscribers and added a slight increase for other customers. The idea was both a business decision and an effort to protect the environment. It would divert more trash from the landfill and in so doing, reduce dumping costs for customers.