Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of e-News - June 25, 2012:
• 4th of July Holiday Schedule for City Offices, Library
• Budget e-Town Hall Event
• The Bang on Fireworks
• Concert Season Benefits Local Charities
• Free Mahaffie Event Celebrates Independence Day with 19th Century Fireworks
• Fourth of July Week Activities at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop
• Olathe Residential Building Permits Highest in Johnson County – correction
• Annual Drinking Water Report Available

City Council
Released June 25, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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.


4th of July Holiday Schedule for City Offices, Library
Released June 25, 2012
City offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 to mark the Independence Day holiday.  Residential trash and recycling collection schedules will not be impacted.  The Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park, and the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, will also close on Wednesday, July 4.


Budget e-Town Hall Meeting to Make Sure Residents Can Be Involved
Released June 25, 2012
Olathe City Manager Michael Wilkes presented his proposed 2013 General Fund Budget and 2013-2017 Capital Improvement Plan on June 19 to the City Council.  Both the Council presentation and proposed budget documents are now available on the Budget Planning section of the City’s website.

Residents now have an opportunity to participate in the 2013 budget process as part of the second Budget e-Town Hall event.  The event utilizes various forms of electronic communications and social media outreach including web-streamed video, a web forum, Facebook, Twitter (#OlatheBudget) and live television broadcast.  Believed to be the first effort of its kind in the Midwest, Olathe’s e-Town Hall provides residents a convenient way to share thoughts, ask questions or learn about how their tax dollars are spent.  Moderated by Mike Shanin of KMBZ and KCPT, the City Council will respond to questions live during the e-Town Hall broadcast/webcast on the Olathe Government Network (Comcast Channel 7 and AT&T Channel 99) on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Transparency continues to be an Olathe City Council priority, and the e-Town Hall format provides one more window into the City’s budget process. 

In addition to the e-Town Hall, budget workshops are slated for July 10 and July 24 and a public hearing is scheduled for August 7.  Citizens are always encouraged to share thoughts or ideas with the City, their Council representatives and/or Mayor Copeland.  Additional budget information is available on the City’s website, www.OlatheKS.org, as well as through the forum. In addition, community members are encouraged to contact the Budget Office at 971-8671 with inquiries, questions or concerns.


The Bang on Fireworks
Released June 25, 2012
According to the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office, fireworks caused 191 reported injuries in Kansas over a seasonal period spanning the Fourth of July in 2010. Some sparklers, a holiday favorite, burn at temperatures of up to 1800º Fahrenheit - that’s as hot as volcano lava! In an effort to keep you and your family safe, the possession, sale or use of fireworks in Olathe is prohibited.

Professional fireworks displays add enjoyment to many holidays. To keep you and your family safe this Fourth of July, the Olathe Fire Department recommends leaving the fireworks to the professionals. Professionals take extensive safety precautions and follow many regulations when creating such spectacular displays. Olathe’s public fireworks display is July 4 at dusk, about 9:30 p.m., at the Great Mall of the Great Plains (I-35 and 151st Street). Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and set-up their favorite viewing spot.  A rain date of July 5 has been set in the event of inclement weather.  Should inclement weather be a possibility, the City will provide continual updates via Facebook and Twitter about any scheduling changes.

“Let’s have a safe and patriotic holiday by leaving fireworks to the professionals,” said Olathe Fire Chief Jeff DeGraffenreid.


Concert Season Benefits Local Charities
Released June 25, 2012
Music fills the air five Fridays each summer at Frontier Park in Olathe. However, the best kept secret of the FREE Summer Concert Series is not just the great music that comes through Olathe, but the charitable contributions given to five select organizations each year.

During the 2011 season, concert-goers gave more than $15,000 to five Olathe-based organizations through crowd donations and concessions. 

“This is an opportunity for people attending these concerts to open their hearts and wallets and give back to charities that support community needs,” said Olathe Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Corbett. “Many of the artists we bring in charge $25-$60 a ticket to see them live. Here it is a free show so we ask the audience to give what they can to support a specific charity during each show.”

The first two shows of this season indicate that contributions are on pace to meet or exceed last year’s giving. The first show supported the Olathe Noon Optimists and the June 15 show supported the Olathe Salvation Army. To date more than $4,500 has been contributed through audience donations and concession stand profits.

There is still time to hear great music and support three more great organizations. The remaining shows are:
• July 6 – Sam Bush and Kelley Hunt – Olathe Special Olympics
• July 20 – Phantom Blues Band with the Monophonics – Heart to Heart International
• July 27 – Liverpool – Kids TLC

The Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series is supported by the City of Olathe, Farmers Insurance, Applebee’s, SureWest, and Olathe Toyota.


Free Mahaffie Event Celebrates Independence Day with 19th Century Fireworks
Released June 25, 2012
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road will kick-off Independence Day activities with a free family fun night beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. 

A 19th Century baseball game will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the Olathe Civic Band concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.  19th Century fireworks, sponsored by the Olathe Fire Department, will begin at dark.  Visitors can ride the stagecoach, see what’s cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s cookstove and enjoy 19th century games.  The Declaration of Independence will be read at 9:15 p.m. followed by the firing of the cannon.  Pie and ice cream will be available for purchase.  Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, lawn chairs and blankets.  Show your American pride with a decorated bike, stroller or wagon to participate in an on-site parade to begin at approximately 7:15 p.m.  Admission is free; a fee will be charged for special activities such as stagecoach rides. 


Fourth of July Week Activities at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop
Released June 25, 2012
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, is offering several family-friendly ways to spend the Fourth of July week.  The historic site is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Visitors can explore the 1860s working farm and historic stagecoach stop, help with farm chores, ride the stagecoach and more.

Tuesday, July 3 - Enjoy 1860s activities at the Olathe Chick-fil-A, 119th and Black Bob Rd., from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Meet a gold miner, learn to card wool and leave a mark on Independence Rock.  Kids eat free with each adult combo meal purchased.

Wednesday, July 4 - Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop will be open with regular 19th Century living history activities and stagecoach rides, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-11.  Wear red, white and blue and receive $1 off admission.

Thursday, July 5 - Experience life on the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails at Family Fun Night from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Admission is free; a fee will be charged for some activities including stagecoach rides. 

Assist with trail side cooking and try-out items used on the Santa Fe Trail.  “Write home” with a pen and ink journal, pan for gold or make a hook in the blacksmith shop.  See what's cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's stove and try your skills at a variety of games typically played by children in the 19th Century.  Bring a picnic dinner to eat under the white tent.

Enjoy Family Fun Night each Thursday night in June and July, featuring free admission and small fees for some activities.  Each Thursday night visitors can participate in hands-on activities associated with a different aspect of 1860s history. The first 100 visitors collect a different Wild West Character trading card.  Attend each week to collect all eight.

Weekly themes are:
Border War Showcase – July 12
Kansas Farming - July 19 and July 26


Here We Grow Again; Olathe Residential Building Permits Highest in Johnson County correction
Released June 25, 2012
Recent data provided from the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City confirms Residential Building Permits are on the rise with Olathe leading Johnson County.   Year-to-date numbers for Olathe through the end of May 2012 are the highest since 2008.  With 180 total Residential Building Permits, Olathe leads Johnson County, while Kansas City, MO leads the metro with 239 permits year-to-date. 

Olathe’s Planning Division prepares annual “Year-in Reviews” and “Quarterly Reports” which provide detailed statistics on permitting and development activity for the city.  To view the first Quarterly Report for 2012, visit www.OlatheKS.org/Development/LongRange/development-and-demographics.


Annual Drinking Water Report Available
Released June 25, 2012
Olathe’s Annual Drinking Water Report is scheduled to hit mailboxes this week.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires community water systems to provide drinking water quality reports to their customers annually.  The report summarizes information from the previous calendar year regarding the source of drinking water, monitoring results, compliance, and educational information.  

Olathe’s drinking water consistently meets or exceeds all state and federal standards for safe drinking water. The City’s Environmental Laboratory and Water Production Section run hundreds of tests a day to ensure Olathe’s water is safe. These tests are conducted throughout Olathe’s water system – from the source of the water supply to the tap at individual's homes.

For more information about water quality or to access previous the Annual Drinking Water Reports, please visit www.OlatheKS.org/OMS/Water/Quality.


This Edition of e-News - June 18, 2012:
• Budget e-Town Hall Event Kicks Off Following June 19 Budget Presentation
• Help Keep Your Parks and Trails Clean
• Olathe Pools Offer Unique Summer Programming
• 19th Century Technology Featured at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday
• Celebrate Freedom at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site
• Here We Grow Again; Olathe Residential Building Permits Highest in Johnson County - correction
• Think WOW – Wise Outdoor Watering: 5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

City Council
Released June 18, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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.


Budget e-Town Hall Event Kicks Off Following June 19 Budget Presentation
Released June 18, 2012
The City Manager will present the proposed 2013 General Fund Budget and 2013-2017 Capital Improvement Plan on June 19. The Council presentation and proposed budget documents will be posted on the Budget Planning website after the meeting.

Immediately following the presentation, citizens will have an opportunity to participate in the 2013 budget process as part of the second Budget e-Town Hall event.  The event utilizes various forms of electronic communications and social media outreach including web-streamed video, a web forum, Facebook, Twitter (#OlatheBudget) and live television broadcast.  Believed to be the first effort of its kind in the Midwest, the e-Town Hall provides Olathe residents a convenient way to share thoughts, ask questions or learn about how their tax dollars are spent.  The City Council will respond to questions live during the e-Town Hall broadcast/webcast on the Olathe Government Network (Comcast Channel 7 and AT&T Channel 99) on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Transparency continues to be an Olathe City Council priority, and the e-Town Hall format provides one more window into the City’s budget process. 

In addition to the e-Town Hall, budget workshops are slated for July 10 and July 24 and a public hearing is scheduled for August 7.  Citizens are always encouraged to share thoughts or ideas with the City, their Council representatives and/or Mayor Copeland.  Additional budget information is available on the City’s website, www.OlatheKS.org, as well as through the forum.  In addition, community members are encouraged to contact the Budget Office at 971-8671 with inquiries, questions or concerns.


Help Keep Your Parks and Trails Clean
Released June 18, 2012
This time of year, area parks and trails see a lot of activity. Unfortunately, they also see a lot of trash and waste. The trash left behind at a shelter, in a dugout, on the trail or around a playground can pose a threat to you, the children who play there and our wildlife. Please take a moment to lend a hand! When you are out enjoying the parks and trails, take a few extra seconds to make sure the area you use is, as the boy scouts would say, “better than you found it.” Here are a few tips from the Olathe Parks Division:

  • Shelters - Ensure that all litter and food is placed in the trash can.
  • Dugouts  - Coaches and players please work together to ensure the last job of the day is preparing the dugout for the next team. Each area has a trash can.  Please place sports bottles, sunflower seeds and other trash in the trash or take them with you!
  • Ponds & Lakes - Please help keep the shorelines clean by properly discarding used fishing line, bait containers, beverage containers and snack wrappers.
  • Trails & Parks - Trash receptacles are placed throughout area trails and parks for waste disposal. Pets are always welcome in the parks, but please clean up after your pet as well!

The Parks Division is always looking for groups to assist with park clean-up efforts. If you have an interested group, please visit the Volunteers in the Parks (VIP) webpage

If we all take a second to make sure we are cleaning up after ourselves or lending an extra hand to clean up something left behind, Olathe will continue to be “the City Beautiful.”


Olathe Pools Offer Unique Summer Programming
Released June 18, 2012
Olathe’s community pools offer more than just a few hours in the sun and splashing in the water, they also offer unique programs to fit a variety of community needs. With early parent/tot swim, Sunday Family Swim Nights and River Walk there is something extra each week.

  • Early Parent/Tot Swim – Designed to give parents of young children ages 5 and under time at the pool to play without the worry of crowds.  This program is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Black Bob Bay ($6/adult) and Tuesday/Thursday at Oregon Trail pool ($5/adult) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Fee not included with summer pass, multi-visit punch cards are available at the pools or the recreation office, $55 for 10 swims.
  • Family Swim – Affordable family time is hard to find these days. Family Swim Nights are available each Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Mill Creek, Oregon Trail and Frontier Pools. For just $10, the whole family (up to six family members) can swim and enjoy time together.
  • River Walk – Olathe Parks and Recreation continues to look for unique and fun ways to help the community get active and stay healthy. From 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, adults 18 and over can get a great workout going against the current of the lazy river at Black Bob Bay. This is a great way to get a little exercise at the end of a long day. (Normal pool admission applies).

Daily admission to Mill Creek, Frontier and Oregon Trail Pools is $5 for residents ($6 non-residents). Black Bob Bay daily admission is $6 for residents ($8 for non-resident). Season pool passes are still available through the Olathe Parks and Recreation at City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.


19th Century Technology Featured at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday
Released June 18, 2012
Experience 19th Century technology at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. 

Experience the use of telegraph and learn about the science of a cannon by using a rubber band cannon. See what's cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's stove and try your skills at a variety of games typically played by children in the 19th century.  For a small fee, ride the stagecoach, make a paddleboat or silhouette, or make a hook in the blacksmith shop. Bring a picnic dinner to eat under the white tent.

Enjoy Family Fun Night each Thursday night in June and July, featuring free admission and small fees for some activities.  The first 100 visitors collect a different Wild West Character trading card.  Attend each week to collect all eight.

  • Modern Marvels/19th Century Technology - June 21
  • 19th Century Fireworks – June 28
  • Hit the Trails – July 5
  • Border War Showcase – July 12
  • Kansas Farming - July 19 and July 26

Also, join Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop at Olathe Chick-fil-A for family fun night from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19.  Kids eat free at Chick-fil-A with each adult combo purchase. The Mahaffie goat cart and a 19th Century baseball player will be there. 


Celebrate Freedom at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site
Released June 18, 2012
Celebrate freedom at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, with special activities on Thursday, June 28. Family Fun Night will begin at 5:00 p.m.  A 19th Century baseball game will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the Olathe Civic Band concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.  19th Century fireworks, sponsored by the Olathe Fire Department, will begin at dark.  Visitors can ride the stagecoach, see what’s cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s cookstove and enjoy 19th century games.  Pie and ice cream will be available for purchase.  Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, lawn chairs and blankets.  Show your American pride with a decorated bike, stroller or wagon to participate in an on-site parade to begin at approximately 7:15 p.m.  Admission is free; a fee will be charged for special activities such as stagecoach rides. 

Mahaffie will offer regular 19th Century living history activities and stagecoach rides from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.  Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-11.


Here We Grow Again; Olathe Residential Building Permits Highest in Johnson County - correction
Released June 18, 2012
Recent data provided from the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City confirms Residential Building Permits are on the rise with Olathe leading the charge in Johnson County.  Year-to-date numbers for Olathe through the end of May 2012 are the highest since 2008.  With 180 total Residential Building permits, Olathe leads Johnson County, while Kansas City, MO leads the metro with 239 residential permits year-to-date.


Think WOW – Wise Outdoor Watering: 5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer
Released June 18, 2012

  • Minimize water waste. Up to fifty percent of the water applied to lawns is wasted due to overwatering, runoff, and evaporation.
  • Water efficiently. Water early in the morning, avoid watering on driveways and sidewalks, use soaker hoses, and consult an expert for advice on in-ground sprinkler systems.
  • Grass-cycle. Cut it high, and let it lie. Grass clippings provide good moisture and nutrients to your lawn.
  • Harvest rainwater. Look for ways to manage rain water on your property, by redirecting downspouts to drain into gardens, or a rain barrel.
  • Grow native. Plants that are native (naturally found) in the area are adapted to the normal rainfall amounts, so you won’t have to water them.

This Edition of e-News - June 11, 2012:
• Free Family Event Highlights 1860s Horse Power and Recreation at Mahaffie Thursday
• 13th Annual Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series Continues to Rock Frontier Park
• Olathe Fishing Derby Saturday, June 16
• Dad’s Swim Free at Olathe Pools for Father’s Day
• Celebrate Father’s Day at Campout Next to the Bay

City Council
Released June 11, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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.


Free Family Event Highlights 1860s Horse Power and Recreation at Mahaffie Thursday
Released June 11, 2012
Work and play in the 1860s at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 14.

Experience the use of horse power on the farm as well as 1860s recreation activities.  Mahaffie staff will demonstrate how a horse treadmill was used to power farm equipment and how farm animals were cared for and groomed.  A horse pull, sponsored by Olathe Tractor and Equipment, will be held at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Watch therapeutic riding demonstrations sponsored by New Horizon Ranch at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 

Enjoy a game of croquet and try your skills at other various games typically played by children in the 19th century.  Don’t forget to see what's cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's stove.  For a small fee, visitors can make an item in the blacksmith shop, create a craft or ride the stagecoach.  Bring a picnic dinner to eat under the white tent.

Enjoy Family Fun Night each Thursday night in June and July, featuring free admission and small fees for some activities.  The first 100 visitors collect a different Wild West Character trading card.  Attend each week to collect all eight.

• 1860s Recreation and Horse Power – June 14
• Modern Marvels/19th Century Technology - June 21
• 19th Century Fireworks – June 28
• Hit the Trails – July 5
• Border War Showcase – July 12
• Kansas Farming - July 19 and July 26

The Mahaffie historic site is open with living history activities and stagecoach rides 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m.  For a complete listing of events, visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.


13th Annual Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series Continues to Rock Frontier Park
Released June 11, 2012
Don’t miss the second FREE concert of the season Friday, June 15.

The show kicks-off with Mark Selby at 7:00 p.m. This quadruple-threat is a producer, singer, guitarist and gifted songwriter. With more than ten Top 40 singles and four #1 hits, Mark is sure to deliver a fantastic show. Sibling group Trampled Underfoot takes the stage next with their award-winning blues sound. Trampled Underfoot broke onto the scene in 2008 and the trio hasn’t stopped since with performances around the world, CD and DVD releases and their own label.

The 13th Annual Olathe Free Summer Concert Series is presented by the City of Olathe and Farmers Insurance.

Arrive early to find your favorite spot, visit the concession stand (all proceeds go to local charity) and visit the sponsor booths. The 2012 season is sponsored by Farmers’, Applebee’s, SureWest, Olathe Toyota/Scion, Olathe Ford RV and Smokin’ Joes.


Olathe Fishing Derby Saturday, June 16
Released June 11, 2012
Looking for your child’s first fish tale? The June 16 Olathe Fishing Derby may just be the venue for your child to catch his/her first whopper or discover a love of fishing. Kids ages 3-15 and those kids at heart 60 or older are invited to a free morning of fishing.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with fishing from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Lake. Register early to receive a free t-shirt at www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/Fishing


Dad’s Swim Free at Olathe Pools for Father’s Day
Released June 11, 2012
Beat the summer heat and spoil dad with a day of free swimming at any of the four Olathe pools. Dad receives a day pass with other paid admission. So pick your favorite pool and show dad you love him!  For pool locations and hours visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/Aquatics.


Celebrate Father’s Day at Campout Next to the Bay
Released June 11, 2012
Looking for something to do with dad this Father’s Day? How about a night of swimming, camping and games! Campout Next to the Bay is back for the second year and there’s still time to register. Families are invited to pitch a tent at Black Bob Park, swim, and then enjoy hot dogs and marshmallows over an open fire. Wake up to breakfast from Hy-Vee before tearing down the campsite and heading home. The overnight campout is a great way to spend an evening with dad and celebrate Father’s Day.

Pre-registration is required. Cost is $35 for one adult and one child; each additional family member is $10. Visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec for full details and registration.


This Edition of E-News - June 4, 2012:
• Utility Rates and Fees Discussion Highlight June 5 City Council Agenda
• Summer in Your Parks
• Experience Cowboy Life at Free Mahaffie Event June 7
• 13th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins June 8
• Touch-A-Truck, Etc. Partners With Childhood Cancer Walk
• Olathe to Host Midwest Tree Climbing Competition
• Downtown Olathe Celebrates the Arts
• Red Cross Battle of the Badges June 8
• KDOT Announces Beginning of Phase One Gateway Improvement Project on I-35

City Council
Released June 4, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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.


Utility Rates and Fees Discussion Highlight June 5 City Council Agenda
Released June 4, 2012
The City Council will discuss the proposed rate structure and operating budgets for the Water and Sewer Fund, Solid Waste Fund, and Stormwater Fund at the June 5 regular session meeting. Proposed City fees will also be presented. Current rates and fees can be found on the City website. The City Manager will present the 2013 proposed General Fund budget and 2013-2017 Capital Improvement Plan at the June 19 meeting. Presentations and documents will be posted on the Budget Planning website following each meeting.  For more information and to participate in the 2013 budget planning process, visit www.OlatheKS.org/Finance/Budget/BudPlan.


Summer in Your Parks
June 4 marks the official start of summer for Olathe Parks and Recreation. Each week, look for fun activities and opportunities for families right here in Olathe. During the week of June 4, families can find something fun and new almost every day! List of events:

  • Monday, June 4:  Summer Camps begin (still time to enroll in several programs)
  • Wednesday, June 6:
    • The Vibe 95.7 brings their pool patrol to Black Bob Bay. Music and fun along with free Pepsi products (while supplies last).
    • The Wednesday Farmers’ Market opens! Great local product available from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or until sold.
    • Interested in learning to sail? Sailing classes begin at 6:00 p.m. at Lake Olathe.
  • Thursday June 7:
    • Free Family Fun Night kicks off at Mahaffie. This week’s focus is Kansas Cowboys!
  • Friday, June 8:
  • Saturday, June 9:
    • Touch-A-Truck, ETC – Explore more than 25 vehicles at Frontier Park from 9-11 a.m. This event is free to the public, but registration is available for food and games through Braden’s Hope Walk at www.bradenshope.org.
    • Mid-West Tree Climbing Competition at Stagecoach Park.
  • Sunday, June 10:
    • Pool Patrol is back at Black Bob Bay from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with Pepsi samples while supplies last.
    • Family Swim at Millcreek, Frontier Trail and Oregon Trail pools – Families swim for $10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Experience Cowboy Life at Free Mahaffie Event June 7
Released June 4, 2012
Saddle up cowboys and cowgirls and experience the life of a Kansas cowboy with a free family event at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road. The historic site will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, for the first Family Fun Night.  The open late events feature free admission.  A fee applies to some special activities including stagecoach rides.

Visitors will learn about the life of a cowboy, rope a “steer”, use a real branding iron, and test skills at a variety of games typically played by children in the 19th Century. The blacksmith shop will be open and staff will be cooking chuckwagon style as the cowboys once did. For a small fee visitors can ride the stagecoach around the site, make a leather brand and stamp leather. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to eat under the white tent.

Each Thursday night visitors can participate in hands-on activities associated with a different aspect of 1860s history. The first 100 visitors can collect a different Wild West Character trading card.  Attend each week to collect all eight.

• Cowboy Night - June 7
• 1860s Recreation and Horse Power – June 14
• Modern Marvels/19th Century Technology - June 21
• 19th Century Fireworks – June 28
• Hit the Trails – July 5
• Border War Showcase – July 12
• Kansas Farming - July 19 and July 26

On Tuesday, June 5, Mahaffie will also participate in the Olathe Chick-fil-A Family Fun Night.  Kids eat free at Chick-fil-A with each adult combo purchase and Mahaffie will feature activities from Kansas Cowboys.

The Mahaffie historic site is open with living history activities and stagecoach rides 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m.  For a complete listing of events, visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.


13th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series Begins June 8
The City of Olathe and Farmers are proud to present the 2012 FREE Summer Concert Series. Families and music enthusiast will enjoy award-winning artists for five Fridays throughout the summer at Frontier Park.  The season kicks off on Friday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. with Samantha Fish, “Debut Artist of the Year” at the 2012 Blues Academy Awards opening for Royal Southern Brotherhood.

Arrive early to find your favorite spot, visit the concession stand (all proceeds go to local charities) and to visit our sponsor booths. The 2012 season is sponsored by Farmers, Applebee’s, SureWest, Olathe Toyota/Scion, Olathe Ford RV and Smokin’ Joes.

Don’t miss Trampled Underfoot and Mark Selby on June 15!

To view the entire FREE Summer Concert Series visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/Events/SummerConcerts.


Touch-A-Truck, Etc. Partners With Childhood Cancer Walk
Released June 4, 2012
Olathe Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Braden's Hope Walk for Childhood Cancer on Saturday, June 9. Kids of all ages are invited to the free Touch-A-Truck event from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Frontier Park. Attendees will have a chance to climb on and discover everything from a fire truck to a spade truck to a stagecoach and more! Be sure to bring the camera to catch the excitement! Touch-A-Truck is open to the public, and attendees can also register to participate in the walk or purchase a game and food pass at www.bradenshope.org.


Olathe to Host Midwest Tree Climbing Competition
Released June 4, 2012
The Midwest Tree Climbing competition returns to Olathe for the second year on June 9. The all-day competition begins at 8:00 a.m. when 35 tree climbing professionals and hobbyists from seven states will compete in five tests to determine the finals qualifiers. The competition features a foot walk, free climb, work climb, rope throw and an aerial rescue. The rescue includes an emergency scenario where the climber must put gear on, climb and rescue a 150 lb. dummy and return safely to the ground in the shortest amount of time. Points in each area are given for style, accuracy and time.  The finals will begin at 3:00 p.m. and include a longer more complicated climb with challenges planted throughout the tree. The winner will advance to the international competition this summer in Portland, OR.

Climbers will be up to 50 feet off the ground throughout the competition. The City of Olathe will have a bucket lift available for media to capture aerial shots throughout the day for 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For spectators, the Tree Climbing Kansas City group will offer trial climbs throughout the day so be sure to wear tennis shoes out to the event and see what tree climbing is all about.

For more information, contact Rick Spurgeon, 913-207-1818 or Nichole Asquith, 913-669-3808.


Downtown Olathe Celebrates the Arts
Released June 4, 2012
Historic downtown Olathe will soon play host to visual artists from across the region.  The Second Annual Downtown Olathe Arts Festival is scheduled for June 9 and 10 at the intersection of Park and Cherry Streets in downtown Olathe.  The juried art festival features over 90 visual artists including emerging artists and artists with disabilities.  The event will also include live, local musical entertainment, Little Masters Big Art children’s activity tent, and a variety of food and concessions.

The festival is a collaborative effort by volunteer organizers, the City of Olathe, and the generous support of area businesses.  Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.

Visit www.DowntownOlatheArtsFestival.org for more information, including opportunities to volunteer, donate or sponsor the event.


Red Cross Battle of the Badges June 8
Released June 4, 2012
On June 8, the Olathe Police and Fire Departments will host the Red Cross Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. This drive will be held at the Olathe Fire Administration Building, 1225 S. Hamilton Circle, and will run from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Hometown heroes know first-hand the importance of donating blood to help in emergency situations. This is your chance to be a part of the team! Anyone can get involved by donating blood and voting for a favorite team. The winning team will be awarded a traveling trophy and the chief of the losing department’s team will have to wash the winning chief’s car.

Patients throughout the Missouri - Illinois region are also winners because they get the potentially life-saving blood they need to survive. Three people’s lives will be saved by every pint of blood that is donated, so consider becoming a hero yourself.

To make an appointment for Battle of the Badges, log onto www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: OlatheBOB.


KDOT Announces Beginning of Phase One Gateway Improvement Project on I-35
Released June 4, 2012
On Monday, June 4, KDOT announced the beginning of an improvement project on northbound and southbound I-35 from 119th Street to I-435 in Johnson County. This project will add additional lanes to northbound and southbound I-35 from 119th Street to I-435 and reconstruction of the ramps from southbound I-35 to 119th Street, 119th Street to northbound I-35, I-35 northbound to eastbound I-435, and eastbound I-435 to southbound I-35. Project work includes retaining wall and storm sewer installation, grading, concrete pavement placement, patching of existing concrete pavement and overlay work. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Saturday with some occasional overnight/weekend work.  Olathe residents can expect closures and delays throughout the project, anticipated to conclude in the spring of 2013.

Between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. June 4-8, varying overnight lane closures will begin on I-35 as crews set concrete barriers for construction work on the project. Three through lanes of traffic will be carried on both northbound and southbound I-35 throughout the project duration. There will be adjacent ramp closures during the project so crews can complete reconstruction work on the existing ramps. Traffic will be detoured via temporary ramps for the reconstruction work on the existing ramps. There will be no speed restrictions in the project work zone. I-35 will be restricted to an 11-foot lane width restriction through the work zone during the duration of the project.

In the spring of 2013, crews will place an ultra-thin asphalt overlay on both northbound and southbound I-35 between 119th Street and the I-35 bridges over Pflumm Road and on all adjacent ramps. Advance notification will be sent out under separate cover for the overlay work scheduled in the spring of 2013.

Advance message boards will alert drivers to any lane and ramp closures associated with the project. Drivers should expect minor delays during the peak hours. Updated daily traffic information for this improvement project can be viewed online at: www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.