- 05/19/2020 10:00 AM
Johnson County begins phased re-opening plan
The approach promotes economic recovery, health, and safety.
- 04/22/2020 4:30 PM
City of Olathe responds to budget impact of COVID-19
Information about how the City is responding to current budget challenges.
Olathe residents "Light Up Olathe"
Residents lit up the city to honor front line workers.
The City of Olathe is working with Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to closely monitor the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The Johnson County Government has outlined a phased re-opening plan that to promote economic recovery, health, and safety. The plan is based on Governor Laura Kelly's "Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas."
Governor Laura Kelly and the State of Kansas announced that the state will enter Phase 2 of the Governor's "Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas" on Friday, May 22. As part of Phase 2, mass gatherings of 15 or fewer individuals are allowed. A list of what businesses are allowed to operate and under what restrictions is available at Covid.KS.gov. The state has also published an FAQ document regarding Phase 2 of the reopening plan.
Visit JoCoGov.org/Coronavirus for the latest information from Johnson County.
The CDC, and the KDHE also have information about the COVID-19 coronavirus. FEMA has also has published a page dedicated to fighting misinformation regarding COVID-19. Call the Johnson County COVID-19 hotline at 913-715-2819, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7p.m., for health related information or questions.
Visit COVID.KS.gov for information about COVID-19 from the State of Kansas.
In order to lower risk of infection and prevent possible transmission of the virus, please follow these tips:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Olathe cancellations and suspensions due to COVID-19
- Olathe Community Center and Mahaffie are closed until further notice.
- Fitness classes are cancelled immediately.
- Recreation programming is cancelled immediately.
- Parks and trails remain open at this time. Please enjoy parks and trails safely and responsibly by practicing social distancing guidelines, proper hygiene, and staying home if you feel ill.
- The Olathe Farmers' Market will open Wednesday, May 20. Visit the Farmers' Market page for more information.
- Outdoor pools are closed until further notice.
Public tours and ride-alongs are suspended.
Station tours, public meetings in community rooms, ride-alongs, CERT classes, public education, Explorer Post meetings, Fit with Fire, At our Age are all suspended.
- Both the Indian Creek and Downtown locations are closed until further notice
- Scheduled programming, events, maker space, and conference room access are all cancelled
Curbside Pick up
Beginning Monday, May 18, guests will be able to place holds for items in the library catalog, which will be available for curbside pickup starting on Tuesday, May 26. Curbside pickup will be available at both the Indian Creek Library (16100 W. 135th St.) or the new temporary Olathe Library (1078A W. Santa Fe St.). Curbside hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Visit OlatheLibrary.org/Curbside for more information about the curbside pickup process.
The Olathe Municipal Court will re-open on Monday, May 18, with some additional safety precautions:
- To ensure social distancing, the number of people allowed in the court building at a time will be limited.
- Only people scheduled for court and attorneys should appear.
- You should bring your own mask and wear it while in the court building.
- If you have proof of insurance to provide, please email the insurance card and case number to: OCPublic@OlatheKS.org.
- If you are sick or have recently been exposed to anyone testing positive for COVID-19, stay home and contact the court by email or phone.
- If you are high-risk and not able to travel to court, contact the court by email at OCPublic@OlatheKS.org or phone at 913-971-6393 to set up Zoom hearing.
Visit the Olathe Municipal Court webpage for more information.
The City of Olathe City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on May 5, 2020, in-person at City Hall. In an effort to follow social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a limited amount of space and chairs available in the Council Chambers to accommodate the public. The public is free to submit written comments via email to CCO@OlatheKS.org.
Members of the public are encouraged to watch the meeting live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99, and on the City’s website) or at their own convenience once the meeting video is archived within hours of its conclusion.
In an effort to follow social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Olathe Planning Commission will be conducting meetings remotely. Members of the public are encouraged to watch the meeting live online at OlatheKS.org/PlanningCommisson, or at your own convenience once the meeting video is archived within hours of its conclusion.
Residents may provide public comment on all public hearing items included on the agenda by:
- Submitting written comments via email to PlanningContact@Olatheks.org. All comments will be made part of the record and shared with the Planning Commission and City Council.
- Participating via Zoom. Email the Planning Division at PlanningContact@Olatheks.org before the meeting with your name, address, and the specific public hearing item you wish to speak on. Instructions to login to Zoom will be posted as part of the meeting packet prior to the meeting date.
City of Olathe services and resources
To help all of City of Olathe utility customers going through this difficult time, the City is implementing the following rules:
- No late payment fees
- No disconnections for missed payments
- Monthly payment extensions available for all customers
The City will continue to review these policies while customers are affected by COVID-19.
Due to CDC recommendations, employee safety, and heightened concern surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus, the following solid waste services will have minor impacts until further notice.
- Residential trash WILL be collected weekly and recycling WILL be collected bi-weekly at the curb. No additional bags of trash or recycling will be collected outside of the cart. Additional trash carts are available for $5 per month.
- Commercial trash and recycling WILL be collected. No additional bags of trash or recycling will be collected outside of the dumpster.
- Bulk waste pick-up and Call and Haul dumpster collection WILL continue.
- The Household Hazardous Waste facility will resume regular business hours on May 13, with additional safety procedures in place. Visit the Household Hazardous Waste page for more information.
- The ReUse facility IS CLOSED.
- The Transfer Station and the Compost Facility WILL REMAIN OPEN to the public.
Residential solid waste customers are charged a flat rate for services. This monthly fee includes the collection of trash, recycling, yard waste and Household Hazardous Waste disposal. There is no additional fee for yard waste collection. At this time, there will not be any discount or credit issue due to the reduction of services.
The City of Olathe has resumed yard waste collection for Olathe residential solid waste customers. Yard waste collection was suspended on March 23 while the City determined the best way to keep City staff and members of the public safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to effectively resume yard waste collection, customers are asked to do the following:
- Place all yard waste (grass clippings) in compostable paper bags or a City purchased yard cart.
- Bundle all limbs together. The total weight must be less weigh less than 50 pounds, and each limb must be less than four inches in diameter and less than four feet in length.
- Yard waste must be placed within eight feet of the curb as early as one day before collection. The earlier you can put your yard waste at the curb, the better.
- The City will not collect plastic bags, lumber, or loose limbs.
Trash trucks will be now be used to collect weekly yard waste. Although it may appear that a trash truck is collecting yard waste, the yard waste is being recycled at the Compost Facility.
Due to CDC recommendations and employee safety, extra bags of trash and loose recycling will not be collected. Extra trash carts are available for $5 per month. Extra recycling carts are free. Call Customer Service to place an order.
In light of the emergency order issued by the Johnson County Health Department requiring all restaurants, dining facilities, taverns, clubs, and theaters close in Johnson County, many businesses are adjusting to provide carryout or drive-up options to remain in business.
The City of Olathe is coordinating with the Olathe Chamber of Commerce to provide options to support businesses in this challenging time.
Visit the Licenses and Permits page for an overview of all the temporary changes.
If you are an Olathe business in need of assistance or resources during this difficult time, visit the Olathe Chamber of Commerce coronavirus resource page for information about what resources are available.
Available resources include information about the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance program, funding mechanisms, County and State programs, and more.