Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will deliver the State of the City on Friday, March 6, at the Olathe Community Center. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. Although tickets are sold out, the speech will be broadcast on the Olathe Government Network (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm has played an important role in the history of Olathe since 1858. This year, Mahaffie is commemorating that role with a year-long celebration of the “sesquicentennial” birthday of its centerpiece: the 150-year-old limestone farmhouse.
The City of Olathe has been recognized as a winner of the 2015 Healthiest Employers, an awards program presented by the Kansas City Business Journal.
BNSF will temporarily close the railroad crossing at Dennis Avenue, between Grant Street and Kansas Avenue, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 10. The crossing is expected to remain closed through Wednesday, Feb. 11, as BNSF conducts routine maintenance in the area.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will remove the west half of the existing bridge at K-10 and Ridgeview Road beginning Friday, Feb. 13 through Wednesday, Feb. 19. The overnight demolition work will be done sections at a time and will force traffic to shift onto the east half of the new bridge for several weeks.
All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off their unwanted Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at the City of Olathe’s drop-off event. The event will be held Feb. 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the HHW facility located at 1420 S. Robinson Dr. behind Public Works and Customer Service. No appointment is necessary.
Outdoor pool season starts May 25. Now is the time to purchase your season swim pass at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E Kansas City Rd. Stop in at any time during business hours and check out swim pass options, including the early bird discount that ends April 30. For more information visit OlatheKS.org/ParksRec or call 913-971-8563.
Two Trails Outdoor Camp returns this summer with 11 weeks of fun. The camp runs May 26 through Aug. 7, and is $135 per week. A second child discount and week-to-week registration options are available. Kids will engage in a variety of activities such as arts, crafts, nature, sports, games and more. Campers will swim two to three times a week and take a non-swimming field trip once a week. This camp is for school-aged children 5-12 years of age.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has closed the southbound right lane on Renner Road at K-10 for 60 days as part of the Johnson County Gateway Project. The closure will allow KDOT to relocate water lines and to construct the bridge pier in that area. The left lane will remain open through construction.
The Olathe Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund campaign has raised an astonishing $175,000, far exceeding its $140,000 goal for 2014.
Mayor Michael Copeland praised the generosity of the community in setting a new record for community giving. “Every donation to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, no matter how small, represents a priceless gift of encouragement and hope to a hurting child or struggling family in need. I am so proud of the caring, giving hearts in Olathe, and I speak for every dedicated member of our Board in saying thank you to our community,” he said.