Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of E-News - December 26, 2011:
• Holiday Schedule for City Offices and Olathe Libraries
• City’s Recycling Program Receives Honor
• Olathe Increases Erosion and Sediment Controls
• Recycle Christmas Trees After the Holidays

City Council
Released December 26, 2011
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, January 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. 


Holiday Schedule for City Offices and Olathe Libraries
Released December 26, 2011
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, January 2 for the New Years Day holiday.  Trash and recycling collection and Transfer Station hours will not be impacted.  The City’s composting facility (127th and Hedge Lane) will be closed on Saturday, December 31.  The Olathe libraries will close on Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1. 


City’s Recycling Program Receives Honor
Released December 26, 2011
The City of Olathe Semi-automated Recycling Program, initiated in 2010, was recently awarded the Operations Program Excellence Award for 2011 from the American Public Works Association, Kansas City Metro Chapter. The award was presented December 14 in Kansas City, MO.

The annual award recognizes outstanding operations programs among metro Public Works agencies which improve efficiency and effectiveness by improving the quality of life for those who live and work within their community.

The City continually seeks ways to improve its recycling program, and the 2010 expansion of the recycling program has proven successful. The new program makes it easier for residents to recycle at home and has resulted in a 35% increase in the amount of recycled materials diverted from the landfill without requiring additional staff or trucks.

In July 1997, the City began offering 18-gallon recycling bins for limited curbside recycling to residents requesting bins.  In 2009, 65-gallon recycling carts on wheels were provided to residents for expanded curbside recycling. By January 1, 2010, every Olathe household received a recycling cart for their use and the full implementation of the expanded recycling program began.

The City is committed to continuing resident education on recycling to further increase the recycling rate and resident participation in the expanded recycling program.


Olathe Increases Erosion and Sediment Controls
Released December 26, 2011
Effective January 1, 2012, City of Olathe inspection, technical assistance and enforcement efforts will increase with the goal of protecting the environment and property from construction site debris and sediment. Controlling debris and sediment from development protects the water quality in our waterways and the stormwater facilities designed to convey only stormwater. Olathe administers the federally-mandated program through the stormwater permit review and inspection process. In addition to the specific project inspectors, a cross-section of City inspectors will now be trained to identify erosion and sediment control issues as they work with the development community. For more information about the erosion and sediment control program, please visit the City’s website at www.olatheks.org/PublicWorks/Stormwater/Erosion or contact Stormwater Inspector Denver Hicks at 971-9079.


Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Released December 26, 2011
Olathe residents can recycle cut trees by placing them at the curb on their regular trash collection day. Residents can also take trees to the City of Olathe Composting Facility (127th Street and Hedge Lane) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  The Composting Facility will be closed on Saturday, December 31.

All ornaments, lights and plastic wrap must be removed from trees before either curbside collection or drop off at the composting facility. 

For more information, contact Customer Service at 971-9311. Residents need to show ID at the Composting Facility. 



This Edition of E-News - December 19, 2011:
• City Holiday Schedule – TRASH & RECYCLING NOT IMPACTED
• Holiday Schedule and New Operating Hours at Olathe Libraries
• Olathe Trash Collection Not Impacted by New County Plan
• Recycle Christmas Trees After the Holidays
• Vacation Safety Tips from the Olathe Police Department

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, December 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions 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.


Holiday Schedule
City of Olathe offices will close on Friday, December 23 and remain closed on Monday, December 26 for the Christmas holiday.  Trash and recycling collection and Transfer Station hours will not be changed or adjusted. The City’s composting facility (127th and Hedge Lane) will be closed December 24-26.
City offices will be closed on Monday, January 2 for the New Years Day holiday.  Trash and recycling collection and Transfer Station hours will not be impacted.  The City’s composting facility (127th and Hedge Lane) will be closed on Saturday, December 31.


Holiday Schedule and New Operating Hours at Olathe Libraries
The Olathe libraries will be closed Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday.  The libraries will also close on Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1 in observance of the New Year holiday.
The Olathe libraries will offer new operating hours beginning January 2, 2012.  Both the Olathe Public Library and the Indian Branch Library will operate Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Olathe Trash Collection Not Impacted by New County Plan
City of Olathe solid waste customers are NOT impacted by Johnson County’s new trash plan, effective January 1, 2012.  There will be no changes for City of Olathe trash, yard waste, recycling and bulk pick-up collection.
Olathe residents’ success in recycling is behind the agreement between the City of Olathe and Johnson County, which exempts the City of Olathe’s participation in the new plan. More than 35 percent of Olathe’s trash is diverted from the waste stream following the start of the citywide recycling service in 2010. Johnson County plans to enact the new trash plan with a goal of diverting 30 percent of trash from the landfill.

The City has collected residential yard waste separately since 1990, and began a curbside recycling program in 1997.  For more information, visit www.OlatheKS.org/OMS or call 971-9311.


Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Olathe residents can recycle cut trees by placing them at the curb on their regular trash collection day. Residents can also take trees to the City of Olathe Composting Facility (127th Street and Hedge Lane) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  The Composting Facility will be closed on Saturday, December 31.

All ornaments, lights and plastic wrap must be removed from trees before either curbside collection or drop off at the composting facility.
For more information, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKS.org or contact Customer Service at 971-9311. Residents need to show ID at the Composting Facility.


Vacation Safety Tips from the Olathe Police Department
Preventing home burglaries starts with making your home an undesirable target.  Most burglars strike a home where they believe no one is present.  The goal then is to make your house look occupied while you’re away on vacation.

The following tips may discourage a burglar from choosing your home:

• Choose a trusty neighbor to pick up any parcel freight packages, mail and newspapers.
• Have the neighbor open your shades during the day and close them at night.  The advantages of having your neighbor come inside your house extend beyond crime prevention.  Your neighbor can also check for things like a water pipe break or gas leak.
• Place your interior lights on timers and have the neighbor turn on exterior lights at night if you do not have motion or photocell sensors.
• If trash barrels are placed curbside, have them brought inside after trash pickup.  Get a neighbor to put a couple of their bags of trash at your curb on trash day.
• Have someone cut the grass or shovel the snow.  Or, have them drive their car back and forth in the driveway up to the garage to leave tracks.
• Padlock your garage doors shut and unplug the electric garage door opener.
• Consider leaving a car in the driveway.
• Alert your neighbors and have them report any suspicious activity at your house.
• Lock any side gates and outside storage areas.
• Arrange for pet care if necessary.
• Most importantly, lock all doors and windows.
For additional crime prevention tips from the Olathe Police Department, visit www.OlatheKS.org/Police/Tips
 


This Edition of E-News - December 12, 2011:
Holiday Schedule and New Operating Hours at Olathe Libraries
• City Holiday Schedule – TRASH & RECYCLING NOT IMPACTED
• Holiday Break Activities for Kids
• Olathe Offers FREE Shopping
• Seasonal Reminders from the Olathe Public Works Department
• Olathe Animal Shelter Looks to Place Pets for the Holidays

City Council
Released December 12, 2011
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, December 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. 


Holiday Schedule
Released December 12, 2011
City of Olathe offices will close on Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 for the Christmas holiday.  Trash and recycling collection and transfer station hours will not be changed or adjusted. The City’s composting facility will be closed December 24-26.

City offices will be closed on Monday, January 2 for the New Years Day holiday.  Trash and recycling collection and transfer station hours will not be impacted.  The City’s composting facility will be closed on Saturday, December 31. 


Holiday Schedule and New Operating Hours at Olathe Libraries
Released December 12, 2011
The Olathe libraries will be closed Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday.  The libraries will also close on Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1 in observance of the New Year holiday. 

The Olathe libraries will offer new operating hours beginning January 2, 2012.  Both the Olathe Public Library and the Indian Branch Library will operate Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 


Holiday Break Activities for Kids
Released December 12, 2011
Looking for activities to keep your child healthy and happy over the holiday break?  Consider a Parks and Recreation camp or class. Visit www.OlatheKs.org/ParksRec or click on the links below for more information and to register:

Winter Break Basketball Camp
Mad Science Secret Agent Lab
Technology - Holiday Break Gaming Academy

Olathe Parks and Recreation classes make great holiday gifts, too.  The Winter/Spring Recreation Activity Guide is full of activities for all ages.  Give the gift of health and wellness this holiday season by visiting the Parks and Recreation page of the City’s website for registration details.  


Olathe Offers FREE Shopping
Released December 12, 2011
Please come browse the shelves at the City of Olathe’s Product Reuse Shop to find free, usable items left behind by others. Available items for reuse may include household cleaners, home improvement products, automotive products and miscellaneous items.

The products have been dropped off during Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collections, and are free to the public, including not-for-profit organizations. Those taking products must agree not to resell or make any profit from them. All products are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and will not be held. Call 913-971-9311 to schedule a shopping appointment at the Product Reuse Shop located at the HHW Facility, 1420 S. Robinson Road.  For a complete list of products usually available for reuse, visit www.OlatheKS.org/OMS/Hazardous/ProductReuse.


Seasonal Reminders from the Olathe Public Works Department
Released December 12, 2011
• Shut off lawn irrigation systems for the season to prevent icing hazards on streets and sidewalks.
• Maintain trimmed trees along the street curb to allow snow plow trucks to service the community without damage to the equipment.

For more information, visit www.OlatheKS.org/PublicWorks.


Olathe Animal Shelter Looks to Place Pets for the Holidays
Released December 12, 2011
For the third year, the Olathe Animal Shelter will participate in the National Home for the Holidays pet fostering program.  Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are encouraging adoption by allowing residents to foster an animal during the holidays in hopes of giving the animal a permanent home.

The program is open to OLATHE RESIDENTS ONLY who can begin selecting pets on Saturday, December 17.  Pets can be returned to the animal shelter on Tuesday, December 27.  Certain restrictions apply.  Contact the shelter for further details.

Animals can be viewed in person at the shelter, 505 E. Sunvale Road, or online at www.OlatheKS.org/Police/AnimalControl.  The Olathe Animal Shelter’s regular operation hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The goal for the Home for the Holidays program is to place each pet in  permanent home during the holiday season.  Last year’s program had 100% adoption of all participating animals.

The Home for the Holidays program is based on the book A Dog Named Christmas, written by local author Greg Kincaid.  To kick off the event, Kincaid will be at the Olathe Police Department from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17.  Kincaid will sign autographs and have copies of his book available for purchase along with the prequel, Christmas with Tucker (released November 2010.) A Dog Named Christmas was made into a CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation in November 2009.  To read more about Greg Kincaid, visit http://gregkincaid.com/currentbooks/index.php.

Olathe residents interested in making this a happy holiday for a pet in need, or those who want more information can contact the shelter staff in person or at (913) 971-6362.


This Edition of E-News - December 5, 2011:

  • Home for the Holidays Pet Fostering Program; Kincaid to Kick Off Event
  • Olathe Fire Department Provides Home Heating Safety Tips
  • Operation Lifeline Available to Residents in Need
  • Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign Results
  • Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund at 73% of Goal

City Council
Released December 5, 2011
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions 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.


Pet Fostering Program Kicks Off December 17 with Visit from Local Author Greg Kincaid
Released December 5, 2011
For the third year, the Olathe Animal Shelter will participate in the National Home for the Holidays pet fostering program.  Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are encouraging adoption by allowing residents to foster an animal during the holidays in hopes of giving the animal a permanent home.

The program is open to OLATHE RESIDENTS ONLY who can begin selecting pets on Saturday, December 17.  Pets can be returned to the animal shelter on Tuesday, December 27.  Certain restrictions apply.  Contact the shelter for further details.

Animals can be viewed in person at the shelter, 505 E. Sunvale Road, or online at www.OlatheKS.org/Police/AnimalControl.  The Olathe Animal Shelter’s regular operation hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The goal for the Home for the Holidays program is to get each pet a permanent home during the holiday season.  Last year’s program had 100% adoption of all participating animals.

The Home for the Holidays program is based on the book A Dog Named Christmas, written by local author Greg Kincaid.  To kick off the event, Kincaid will be at the Olathe Police Department from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17.  Kincaid will sign autographs and have copies of his book available for purchase along with the prequel, Christmas with Tucker (released November 2010.) A Dog Named Christmas was made into a CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation in November 2009.  To read more about Greg Kincaid, visit http://gregkincaid.com/currentbooks/index.php.

Olathe residents interested in making this a happy holiday for a pet in need, or those who want more information can contact the shelter staff in person or at (913) 971-6362.


Olathe Fire Department Provides Home Heating Safety Tips
Released December 5, 2011
Heating is the second leading cause of home fires according to the United States Fire Administration. Many home heating fire deaths and injuries are preventable.

As cooler weather blankets the metro, follow a few tips to help keep your family safe:

  • 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. 
  • Burn only well-seasoned, dry wood in your fireplace or wood burning stove. 
  • Dispose of fireplace ashes properly - never put ashes in or near something that could burn, like plastic garbage bags, cardboard boxes, etc.
  • SPACE HEATERS NEED SPACE!  Keep them at least three feet away from curtains, blankets, clothes and other items that could catch on fire. Unplug the heater when finished, leaving home or before sleeping.
  • Have furnaces checked regularly by an expert. 
  • Keep all materials, like newspapers, boxes, rags, etc., at least three feet from any heating appliance (fireplace, wood burning stove, furnace, water heater, etc.).
  • Always keep children and pets away from fireplaces, wood burning stoves, space heaters, furnaces and water heaters.

For more information about fire safety, visit www.OlatheKs.org/Fire or call 971-7922.


Operation Lifeline Available to Residents in Need
Released December 5, 2011
As the weather turns colder, the Olathe Police Department would like to remind the public of its Operation Lifeline program.  The free program enlists community volunteers to make daily telephone calls to retired and self-care individuals who do not have anyone available to check on them regularly.  If a volunteer is unable to make telephone contact with a program participant, a police officer is dispatched to the residence to check on the individual.

Individuals who would like to participate in this program must meet the following criteria:
• Must live within the city limits of Olathe
• Have no family members living in the immediate area to do regular check-ins
• Must be able to provide Olathe Police Department access to residence in the event of an emergency.

Additional information about participating or volunteering is available by contacting the Community Outreach Unit at 971-7500. 


Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign Results
Released December 5, 2011
From November 21 to 27, the Olathe Police Department conducted overtime patrols to aggressively enforce Kansas occupant protection, impaired driving, and other traffic laws.  During the Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign, officers wrote 398 safety belt citations, 10 child restraint citations, 77 speeding citations, and 211 other citations. In all, officers made 500 enforcement contacts during that period.

According to Olathe Police Sgt. David Haldeman, “The idea behind enforcement campaigns like this is, first and foremost to save lives and prevent injury in a way that encourages safer driving decisions in the future.”  He added, “Safety begins by adopting two very simple and inflexible rules: ‘Absolutely no one rides in my car unless buckled in properly,’ and ‘I don’t ride with any driver, including myself, for any reason, who has been drinking.’ ”

The Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign was supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation. 


Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund at 73% of Goal
Released December 5, 2011
The holiday season officially kicked off in Olathe on Friday, December 2, with the annual WinterFest and Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting. As part of the festivities, representatives from the fourteen beneficiaries of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund were introduced and proceeds from the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast were presented to the Christmas Tree Fund.  To date, the campaign has raised $58,542 for local charities (73% of the established goal).

“I am so fortunate to serve such a caring community with a compassionate, giving spirit,” said Mayor Michael Copeland.  He continued, “Each donation to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund reflects the true meaning of Christmas, making the holiday season brighter for all of us – especially the children and families served by our wonderful charities.”

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Board has set a 2011 campaign goal of $80,000; its highest campaign goal to date.  The Olathe Public Schools “Pennies for Shoes” campaign ends next week.  Last year, that campaign was responsible for over 10% of all donations to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.  For more information about the fund and to make a donation, visit www.olatheks.org/News/MayorsChristmasTree. Photos from the WinterFest event are available on the City’s Facebook page.