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The City of Olathe has been or will be awarded over $8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for a number of projects including: infrastructure, technology and energy efficiency. The Olathe City Council wants to make sure the public has easily accessible information about money being received and how it is being spent. As such, the City's website now contains comprehensive information about all projects receiving ARRA funding that will be continually updated.
Earlier this year, The City worked with Johnson Controls, Inc. and the Energy Office of the Kansas Corporation Commission to perform an audit of City facilities identifying measures that would result in energy cost savings for the organization with on-going positive impacts. As a result of the audit, nine specific measures were identified. Read more »
With the average health care cost increasing by over 10 to 12% each year, this local Kansas government is showing how an out-of-the box health care plan can buck a trend. Since implementing a new health insurance system in 2007, the City of Olathe, has experienced an overall drop of 20% in employee healthcare costs. The decrease is even more impressive when considering the 5 to 6% inflationary cost increases in healthcare. In fact, prior to the new plan, City healthcare costs had averaged 12% increases in each of the previous two years. Read more »
A number of residents have contacted the City with questions about plans for the new citywide recycling program. In particular, residents inquired about whether or not they will have to use the wheeled recycling cart provided.
The answer is no. Though each resident will be provided a standard 65 gallon cart, they can simply request a smaller size or continue using the blue recycling bin. However, the City will be collecting recycling every other week rather than weekly, and residents are asked to consider testing the standard size until requesting a change. Read more »
Beginning this week, Olathe Government Television Network (OGTN) will replay its live broadcast of the Old Settlers Day Parade on Wednesdays at noon, Fridays at 7:00 p.m., Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and Sundays at 7:00 p.m. The broadcasts can be seen on Comcast channel 7 and AT&T channel 99.
In addition, the parade will be available on the City's Webcasts at anytime.
Olathe's 8th annual Aquafest community water festival is planned for Saturday, September 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is being held at Cedar Lake Park, 15500 S. Lone Elm Road.
The free family event includes sailing, canoeing, fishing, slides, educational visits and a "tree trek" with the City's arborist. This year, the Radio Disney Rock and Road Crew will be on hand along with Oriental Trading providing games and prizes for children. One child will win a Harvest Makeover for his or her classroom compliments of Oriental Trading. Read more »
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.