2013 Awards

2013

Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board (PDAB) Accessibility Award for an Organization
The Olathe Police Department receives the Accessibility Award for the implementation of the Olathe Mental Health Co-Responder Program. The program places mental health professionals in the field with police officers to divert individuals with mental health issues out of the justice system and into the health care system where they can receive needed services.

Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board (PDAB) Accessibility Award for an Organization
The Olathe Fire Department receives the Accessibility Award for adoption of the 2012 uniform construction and redesign code which allows inspectors to enforce Federal Fair Housing design, build, construction and redesign standards.  The City also adopted the Universal Design Standards of the Uniform Construction Code which assists in making buildings and homes more accessible.

Olathe Human Relations Commission Humanitarian Award
Communication and Public Engagement Manager Erin Vader receives the Olathe Human Relations Commission Humanitarian Award.

Kansas Water Environment Association Collections Award
The City of Olathe Wastewater Collection Program receives the Collections Award for outstanding and significant contributions in the area of wastewater collection. Criteria for the award includes operation/maintenance, safety/training, improvements/innovative ideas, planning/design and customer service.

Best Tasting Water in Kansas
The City of Olathe is recognized by the Kansas Water Environment Association and Kansas Section of the American Water Works Association for having the best tasting water in Kansas.

National Association of Clean Water Agencies Peak Performance Award
The Cedar Creek and Harold Street Wastewater Treatment facilities earn Silver Peak Performance Awards from the NACWA.  The award recognizes Olathe for complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System compliance during the 2012 calendar year.  Silver award designations are presented to member agency facilities that demonstrate the highest standards in wastewater treatment.

ICMA Certificate of Excellence in Performance Measurement
The International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Center for Performance Measurement recognized the City of Olathe with a Certificate of Excellence for its performance measurement efforts. According to ICMA,
"Jurisdictions meeting the qualifications have demonstrated leadership in continuous improvement and community engagement, and they serve as examples for other governments to follow." Olathe is among 28 jurisdictions to be recognized with a Certificate of Excellence this year.

2013 Award for Excellence in Local Government
The Olathe Police Department's Mental Health Co-Responder program received a 2013 Award for Excellence in Local Government from the Alliance for Innovation.  The award highlights local governments who have shown their dedication to stretching and improving the boundaries of day-to-day government operations and practices, implementing creative business processes, and those who have improved the civic health of their community.

Norma C. Beaubien Public Safety Member of the Year Award
City of Olathe False Alarm Coordinator Tammy Foxworthy receives the Norma C. Beaubien Public Safety Member of the Year Award from the False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA).  The award recognizes FARA members for their contributions to FARA, their agencies and the communities they serve.

American Public Works Association (APWA) Reaccreditation
The Public Works Department receives a second prestigious APWA Reaccreditation for going beyond management practice requirements established nationally in the public works industry.  The Public Works Department previously received original Accreditation in July 2004 and Reaccreditation in January 2009.

Tree City USA Designation
For the 30th year, the City of Olathe receives the Arbor Day Foundation "Tree City USA" community designation recognizing the community's commitment to urban forestry. The Foundation also presented Olathe a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care.

Diversity Advocate in Community Involvement Award
Olathe City Councilmember Jim Terrones receives the Diversity Advocate in Community Involvement award presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Committee and the Olathe Unit of the NAACP
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