Olathe News 3/6/09




City of Olathe News 

For Immediate Release
March 9, 2009

This Edition of E-News
• City Government Covered by the "Network"
• Track What's Being Built in Olathe Online
• Olathe "LEEDs"
• Don't Just Spring Forward
• Signs and More Signs

City Council Agenda

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber for a study session meeting. To see the complete agenda for this meeting, click here or visit the City's website at www.olatheks.org.

Not Just Channel 7 Anymore
Released 3/9/09

Today, Olathe is the only city in Johnson County where residents can follow the City Council's regular meetings live on television as well as other government programming such as legislative and candidate forums, Planning Commission meetings, the Mayor's Corner and Old Settler's Day Parade broadcasts. For the past 17 years, Olathe cable customers have been able to tune to channel 7 for 24/7 programming.

Today, that has changed, not only with the addition of new cable options providers, but with the internet. As a result, Channel 7 changed to the Olathe Government Television Network (OGTN). The "network" currently includes Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and will soon be carried by SureWest for around the clock city television broadcast. In addition, the network has added the City's website where viewers can watch live and archived City Council and Planning Commission meetings as well other special shows and broadcasts.

Recently, the network grew to include a You Tube page that will showcase three to five minute videos about the City ranging from "What's Being Built in Olathe" to how storm sewers are repaired. Simply click here or visit www.YouTube.com/OlatheGovTVNetwork to visit the OGTN page. In addition, the videos will be included in a on the City's website at www.OlatheKs.org.

Not stopping there, OGTN has developed a Facebook page. To become a fan, search "Olathe Government Television Network" on Facebook.

What's Being Build in Olathe Available on the Web
Released 3/9/09

Based on the City's most recent citizen survey, about one of three residents indicated they would like to learn more about what is being built in their area or in their community. The City recently added a comprehensive map outlining developments planned or underway to its website. It can be accessed at OlatheKs.org or by clicking here. Those interested in more information about specific projects can contact the Development Services Department at 971-8750.

Olathe Leads in "LEEDs"
Released 3/9/09

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, the City of Olathe has ten Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) registered projects, two of which are certified. And currently, Olathe leads the State of Kansas in the number of certified projects. Along with Lenexa, Olathe leads the state in registered projects as well.

The LEED Green Building Rating System sets measurable standards for green and sustainable development practices for new and existing structures.

The following is a list of the LEED projects in Olathe gathered from the U.S. Green Building Council. Certified Projects include the City of Olathe's Municipal Services Center and the Johnson County Sunset Drive office building.

Registered projects include: the Olathe Hilton Garden Inn, the new Johnson County Public Works Facility, the Heartland Community Church, Forest View and Woodland Elementary Schools, the Johnson County Communications Center, the Johnson County Juvenile Services Center and the Kansas Bioscience Authority Incubator.

For more information about LEED certification or for a listing of area LEED certified or registered projects visit www.usgbc.org.

Don't Just "Spring Forward"
Released 3/9/09

A recent report from the National Fire Protection Association shows that almost two-thirds of home fire deaths occurred in homes without working smoke alarms, even though 96% of all homes have at least one. When setting clocks back or forward, all residents are urged to also make that the time they change their smoke alarm batteries.

The Olathe Fire Department urges all residents to make sure smoke alarms work by pushing the test button once a week. Working smoke alarms provide an early warning and the critical extra seconds to escape during a fire.

Sign Ordinance Reminder
Released 3/9/09

When the City of Olathe first conducted its annual citizen survey, a surprising result emerged. One of residents' highest concerns was the proliferation of yard signs placed in public easement and other public property.

Subsequently, the City Council enhanced the City's sign ordinance to better address the situation. Currently, temporary signs (including political signs) may not be placed in public right of way or on other public property. Signs must be placed on private property, either behind a sidewalk or on the far side of the right of way.

During political campaign season, it is important that candidates and volunteers are aware of the ordinance. City crews will remove and dispose of signs placed in public areas.

For more up-to-date City of Olathe info. including Construction Alerts and Job Opportunities, visit the City website at www.olatheks.org.

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