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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.

Parks and Recreation Programs Enrollment Now Open

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.

Glass Recycling Available

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.

City Prepares for Snow

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.

Rating Agency Recognizes Olathe’s Financial Stability

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.

Recycling Carts Begin Arriving

As the City of Olathe is preparing its move to citywide recycling in January, customers whose trash is collected on Mondays will begin receiving their new recycling carts this week. All Monday customers should receive carts in the next five to seven business days. The following week, Tuesday collection customers will begin receiving carts, followed by Wednesday, Thursday and Friday customers. Customers can begin recycling on their regular trash day each week (until January) once the cart is received.

Olathe Featured on Innovative City Leadership

Washington, DC – A new report by the National League of Cities (NLC), The State of City Leadership for Children and Families in 2009, recognizes Olathe, Kan., for its cutting-edge youth civic engagement initiatives, including the CO-Pilot city internship program, the Olathe Teen Council and Youth Congress, and the Youth in Government school curriculum. 

The report is being released during the 2009 National Summit on Your City’s Families.

State Legislative Forum October 23rd - Time Change

As part of Disability Awareness Week, the City of Olathe's Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board will be hosting a legislative forum on Friday, October 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Olathe City Council Chamber at 100 E. Santa Fe.

The event is planned to include Kansas State Legislators who will discuss the upcoming legislative session and issues impacting those with disabilities. Read more »

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