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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.
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 »