- 04/03/2020 12:02 AM
KC-area residents ordered to stay home for 30 days
Residents must stay home except for essential needs.
- 04/03/2020 12:01 AM
A message from Mayor Michael Copeland
Mayor Copeland addresses residents during this tough time.
- 03/21/2020 4:59 PM
Help keep Olathe's sewer system running
Do not flush anything down toilets except toilet paper.
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.
According to state and county officials, multiple people in Johnson County have tested positive for COVID-19. People who are at higher risk of getting very sick from the illness are older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions.
Visit JoCoGov.org/Coronavirus, the CDC, and the KDHE websites for the latest and best 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.
Johnson County recently announced additional COVID-19 testing for the county, although these tests will only be administered to a randomized sample of residents for data sampling purposes. More information can be found on JoCoGov.org.
The State of Kansas is determining which businesses fall under the "essential functions" category, and they have published an "essential functions" FAQ outlining permissible activities, enforcement, and more. Visit Governor.Kansas.gov/KEFF for essential business questions.
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
- All City of Olathe playgrounds are closed. 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.
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
As of Tuesday, March 24, the Olathe Municipal Court building is closed to the public through at least Friday, April 24. All hearings and dockets through Friday, April 24, will be rescheduled. New court dates will be mailed to defendants’ address on file. Email OCPublic@olatheks.org or call 913-971-6393 to update your address. Visit the Olathe Municipal Court webpage for more information.
Planning Commission meetings will be conducted via virtual meetings at this time. More information regarding how to watch and participate will be available soon.
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.
- Yard waste WILL be collected the week of March 23 and then stopped. Olathe residents can self-haul yard waste to the Compost Facility at no charge.
- Bulk waste pick-up and Call and Haul dumpster collection WILL continue.
- Household Hazardous Waste appointments will be honored through the week of March 23. No new appointments will be available.
- 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 will resume yard waste collection on Monday, April 6, 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 on April 6, 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.