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January 25, 2010
This Edition of E-News
• 2010 Olathe Free Summer Concert Series Schedule Set
• City Partnering with Chamber to Help Olathe Businesses
• Santa Fe Railroad Crossing Work Scheduled
• Winter is a Great Time at Mahaffie
City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, January 26th in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session meeting. The Council will convene at 6:00 p.m. for an executive session, and the public portion of the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Regular session meetings are broadcast live on OGTN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.olatheks.org.
Summer Concert Series Set
The 2010 Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series begins on Friday June 4th with the first show featuring The Elders, a Kansas City based Celtic band with both a regional and national following. On Friday, June 11th, Grammy Award winning Asleep at the Wheel performs its eclectic version of western swing. The series continues on Friday, July 9th with blue grass legend Sam Bush.
All concerts are held in Olathe’s Frontier Park, 15501 Indian Creek Parkway, and they begin at 7:00 p.m. All concerts are free, and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or lawn chair to enjoy the show.
City Partnering with Chamber to Help Olathe Business
When more businesses bid to work on Olathe projects or compete to sell products or provide services, the City has greater opportunities to select better products at better costs for taxpayers. When the companies involved are Olathe companies, it can create more economic opportunities for local businesses.
On Friday, February 19th, the City of Olathe, the Olathe District Schools, and Johnson County government are partnering with the Olathe Chamber of Commerce to help local businesses understand how to compete for work on government projects, to provide contractual services or to sell products. The event is designed to make sure these companies know when opportunities arise and the steps they need to take to be included in the bidding process.
The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Ball Conference Center, 21350 W. 153rd Street, in Olathe. It will include a short panel presentation from each local government following by opportunities for one-on-one questions and discussion with businesses. For more information, contact the Olathe Chamber of Commerce at (913) 764-1050.
BNSF Plans Construction on Western Santa Fe Railroad Crossing
The BNSF Railroad has notified the City of Olathe that repairs are planned at the rail crossing on Santa Fe just west of Kansas Avenue in downtown Olathe. Weather permitting, work will begin on Tuesday, January 26th and continue through Thursday, January 28th. During construction, drivers can expect delays as traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction at times.
Winter Doesn’t Stop Work on the Farm
On Saturday, January 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will be alive with “Winter on the Farm” activities. Just as it was when the site was an active stagecoach stop on the Santa Fe Trail, work continues through the year, and guests are invited to join Mahaffie volunteers and staff to experience farm life in the winter.
Activities include cutting firewood, shelling corn to feed the animals, making cured bacon, smoking meat and making sausage. The best part is this; guests can stop once the novelty wears off! In addition, guests are invited to visit the cellar to see what is cooking on the woodstove and sample homemade treats.
Admission for the day is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages five through eleven, and Olathe residents receive a $1 discount. Admission includes a stagecoach ride (weather permitting).
As part of the day’s events, a special Valentine program for area Girl Scouts is planned from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. inside the Heritage Center. The Historic Value of Valentines Program provides scouts opportunities to meet several badge earning requirements. Girl Scouts from ages five to seventeen will learn the historical origins of Valentine’s Day and make valentines among other activities. Activities may vary depending on scout ages, so please visit the Mahaffie section of the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org, or call 971-5111 for activity times relative to ages. The cost is $6 per scout and adults are free.
January 15/18, 2010
This Edition of E-News
• City Offices Closed for MLK Holiday, Trash/Recycling Collection not Impacted
• Snowplowing Recap
• Popular Daddy Daughter Ball Planned for 2/5
• Sleigh Rides at Mahaffie this Weekend
City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a study session meeting. To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.olatheks.org.
City Offices Closed Monday, January 18th
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, January 18th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The City’s trash and recycling collection schedule will NOT be impacted.
The series of storms between December 24, 2009 and January 7, 2010 resulted in an accumulation of over 20 inches of snow throughout the city. City of Olathe snowplow crews have been working to clear the over 1,400 lane miles of city streets since the storms began.
In all, over 8,750 man hours have been spent clearing snow, and crews worked around the clock much of that time. The City’s entire fleet of 27 large plows for major streets and collector roads and 20 smaller vehicles used for cul-de-sacs was engaged throughout, and over 4,500 tons of salt and salt/sand mix was applied leading up to and through the storms.
Community volunteers from the City’s “Snow Brigade” program helped clear snow for over 40 senior and/or disabled residents, and the City continues looking to add volunteers to the program. Those interested in volunteering or needing assistance can call 971-6274.
In addition to volunteers helping those in need, the City continues asking residents to help as well. Clearing sidewalks in front of their home is the property owner or resident’s responsibility. By shoveling snow from sidewalks in front of their homes, residents can help make sure everyone can safely walk in the city. Clearing sidewalks in areas where children walk to school is especially helpful and important.
Daddy Daughter Ball
Each year, Olathe’s Daddy Daughter Ball is a major event. Father’s and daughters ages five to twelve can enjoy an evening of dancing and refreshments in the Ball Conference Center. In addition, complimentary photos and other surprises are available.
This year’s ball will be held on Friday, February 5th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Ball Conference Center (21350 W. 153rd Street). Cost is $50 per couple for residents and $55 per couple for non residents. Additional “daughters” are $20 each.
The January 22nd registration deadline is fast approaching, and space is limited. Registration is available online on the Parks and Recreation section of the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org, or by calling 971-6263. When registering, enter the program code 18317.
Mahaffie Sleigh Rides Scheduled This Weekend
Horse drawn sleigh rides will be offered again this weekend at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm on Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th from noon to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages five to eleven. Children under four are free. The cost also includes admission to the Heritage Center and museum, and Olathe residents $1 off costs with proof or residency. Season Pass holders receive free admission.
January 11, 2010
This Edition of E-News
• Trash and Recycling Crews Weather Storm
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
• Families Lining up for Sleigh Rides at Mahaffie
• Stay Active in the Cold with Olathe Parks and Recreation
City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session meeting. Regular session meetings are broadcast live on Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website. To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.olatheks.org.
City Crews Stay on Top of Trash and Recycling Collection
Media accounts painted a pretty bleak picture for metro trash and recycling collection with the majority, if not all, private and public trash and recycling operations cancelling or delaying collections due to last week’s snow storm and frigid conditions.
Absent from that list was the City of Olathe. Though routes took considerably longer, City crews were able to complete all Thursday and Friday trash and recycling collection routes. Crews worked into the evening both days despite the blowing snow and cold to remain on schedule.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Jan. 14 and 15 with Record Number of Contest Entries
The City of Olathe, the Olathe Human Relations Commission, the Olathe District Schools and the Olathe Public Schools Foundation are once again partnering to present this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. The two-day event begins on Thursday, January 14th and includes the annual Human Relations Commission Martin Luther King, Jr. student contest. The annual contest’s goal is to increase awareness, foster greater understanding, and celebrate the diverse groups which make up the Olathe community.
This year’s contest has seen a record number of entries from students across Olathe with projects in the categories of essay, visual arts and multi-media based on the theme “Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy: Dreams for the Future”. Nearly 2,800 local students (about 25% of all students) submitted entries, up from about 1,500 in 2009 and just over 1,000 in 2006.
Entries will be on display from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 14th in the City of Governors Room on the first floor of the Olathe City Hall. Community panel judging is planned for 5:30 p.m. that evening.
The two-day event culminates with the Noonday Observance on Friday, January 15, in the City Council Chamber. The Observance will include a proclamation from Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland. In addition, the Pledge of Allegiance will by led by Charles Ellington, an Olathe resident who is an original member of the Tuskegee Airman and recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal. The Colors will be presented by the Buffalo Soldiers, and Kansas City Star columnist, Jenee’ Osterheldt will be the guest speaker.
The Noonday Observance also includes announcing contest winners, student essay reading and several visual and multimedia project presentations.
The public is invited to attend the free celebration which is also supported by: Alternative Solutions, Inc., Olathe Chamber of Commerce, Kansas Coffee Company and Regency Coffee, Harlan C. Parker State Farm Insurance. The Noonday Observance will be broadcast live on the Olathe Government Television Network (OGTN).
For more information about the event, contact the Office of Human Relations at (913) 971-8790.
Snow’s Not All Bad at Mahaffie!!!!
The recent series of snow storms do have a silver lining. Because of the amount of snow remaining on the ground, the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site will be offering horse drawn sled rides at the site. The site’s draft horses, originally from Iowa and Minnesota, can comfortably pull the farm sled for winter rides if there is enough snow cover.
The rides are being offered as part of Mahaffie’s Winter programs and are dependent on ground conditions. The sled, reminiscent of work sleds used in the 19th century, can accommodate up to six people. Those interested in rides are encouraged to dress warmly, but riders will also enjoy the warmth or Mahaffie’s buffalo robe blanket.
After the ride, visitors can warm up with hot cider in front of the Heritage Center fireplace.
Rides will be offered on Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th from noon to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages five to eleven. Children under four are free. The cost also includes admission to the Heritage Center and museum, and Olathe residents $1 off costs with proof or residency. Season Pass holders receive free admission.
During the first day rides were offered, January 10th, nearly 200 guests participated. In fact, Mahaffie needed to use both teams of draft horses to pull the sled to allow the horses time to rest.
The Heritage Center is also offering the exhibit, I Knew It Was a Fine County, which focuses on the Mahaffie family, the Trails and Olathe and Johnson County in the 1860s. The Olathe Historical Society features an exhibit about the arts in Olathe as well. The Heritage Center is open year-round, Wednesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday between noon and 4:00 p.m.
Stay Active Despite the Cold
The City of Olathe’s Parks and Recreation Department has a wide array of indoor opportunities for residents to stay active despite the frigid weather. Classes ranging from swim lessons and soccer to fencing and adult enrichment are available throughout the season, and residents can simply enroll or learn more information by visiting the Parks and Recreation section of the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org.
January 4, 2010
This Edition of E-News
• Christmas Tree Recycling at the Curb
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events Planned
• Curbside Recycling Starts this Week
The Olathe City Council will next meet on January 12th for a regular session meeting.
Christmas Tree Recycling at the Curb
Residents interested in recycling their Christmas trees only need to go as far as their curb. The City of Olathe will be collecting trees during its regular curbside yard waste collection for recycling. Those wishing to drop off their tree can do so at the City’s composting facility located at 127th Street and Hedge Lane on Mondays through Saturdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The City asks residents to make sure all lights, ornaments, stands and plastic bags are removed before either setting the tree by the curb or dropping off for recycling.
MLK Day Events Planned
The City of Olathe, the Olathe Human Relations Commission and the Olathe School District are partnering once again to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The celebration includes a student contest with projects in the categories of essay, visual arts and multi-media based on the theme “Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy: Dreams for the Future”. The projects will be on display from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 14th in the City of Governors Room on the first floor of the Olathe City Hall. Judging from a community panel is planned for 5:30 p.m. that evening.
This year’s events begin earlier that day with a Chamber Coffee hosted by the Olathe Human Relations Commission at City Hall.
The MLK Noonday Observance is planned for Friday, January 15th in the City Council Chamber where contest winners will be announced. In addition, the event will include speakers; and high school students will present their projects. All events are free and open to the public. The Noonday Observance will be broadcast live on the Olathe Government Television Network.
Recycling Collection Changes Start This Week—Automatic Email Reminders Available
As part of Olathe’s new citywide curbside recycling program, recycled materials will be collected every other week beginning January 4, 2010. All residents received information with their new recycling carts advising of the schedule. Recycling for customers residing in “red” week areas of the city will begin the week of January 4th. Recycling for customers in “blue” areas begins the week of January 11th. Recycling will be collected on the same day as trash during designated weeks.
Anyone with questions about which week their recycling is collected can contact Olathe Customer Service at 971-9311 or through the citizen request system on the City’s website. In addition, a schedule and calendar are available on the municipal services section of the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.
NEW-Residents interested in receiving an automatic email reminder the day before their recycling pick-up is scheduled can sign-up on OlatheKs.org as well. The service is free. Simply create an on-line account and check the “recycling reminder” box at the bottom of the form.