Olathe News Briefs

August 30, 2010

This Edition of E-News
• Trash and Recycling Schedule NOT Impacted by Labor Day Holiday
• Public Meeting Scheduled for September 20 to Discuss Elimination of Route K in Olathe
• Olathe Human Relations Manager Recipient of NFBPA Award
• Unique Piano Class Offered September 14
• Old Settlers Parade to Broadcast on OGTN
• Black Bob Bay To Close After Labor Day; Too Cool to Drool Scheduled for September 12


No City Council Meeting August 31
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, September 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session meeting. Regular session meetings are broadcast live on OGTN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). The meeting’s complete agenda will be available on Friday, September 3, on the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


City Offices Closed Labor Day Trash Pick-up on Regular Schedule
Released August 30, 2010
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, September 6 for the Labor Day Holiday. However, trash and recycling pick-up schedules are not impacted.


Public Meeting Scheduled for September 20 to Discuss Elimination of Route K in Olathe
Released August 30, 2010
Johnson County Transit (JCT) and the City of Olathe will hold a public meeting to discuss the elimination of Route K – Olathe service. The elimination of the route would take effect on Tuesday, December 7, 2010. The route elimination is due to City of Olathe budget reductions and very low ridership.

Johnson County Transit and the City of Olathe welcome input. There are four ways for you to comment:
• Public Meeting:
          o Monday, September 20, 2010 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
             Johnson County Transit Facility, 1701 West 56 Highway, Olathe, Kansas
• Mail: JCT, 1701 West 56 Highway, Olathe, Kansas 66061, Attn: Cris Lowe
• Phone: Leave a message at 913-715-TALK
• Email: cris.lowe@jocogov.org

Comments should be limited to this service reduction only and be submitted by Monday, September 20, 2010. Comments will be reviewed and a final decision will be announced in late September.


Olathe Human Relations Manager Recipient of NFBPA Award
Released August 30, 2010
The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) awarded Victor Glover, Olathe Human Relations Manager, a “Marks of Excellence” Award. The award is presented annually to African American public administrators who achieve extraordinary success in the field of public management while demonstrating an unselfish commitment to the community. Glover is one of ten Kansas or Missouri citizens to receive the award, which will be presented at the annual NFBPA Kansas City Chapter award luncheon scheduled for Friday, October 15.

Glover, an Olathe native, joined the City of Olathe staff in 2006. He manages human relations functions including equal employment opportunity and fair housing initiatives. Glover also serves as the staff liaison to the Olathe Human Relations Commission, the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board, and the Olathe Diversity Committee.


Just Once Piano for Busy People Offered September 14
Released August 30, 2010
Your former piano teacher might not approve, but thousands have learned the secret of how to play piano with the chord method. If you’ve ever wondered how it’s done, mark September 14, 2010, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on your calendar. That’s when Olathe Parks and Recreation brings in Rachel Keck to teach the nationally renowned “How to Play Piano in Three Hours” workshop. 

Rachel Keck's approach reveals how the pros play. For over 22 years, this workshop has brought seldom taught and highly sought after information to more than 100,000 nationwide. 

The materials are accessible and practical, and allow a person with little or no experience to start on the road to professional playing skills. Many people take the workshop with no prior piano experience. Students will learn how to use chords instead of traditional note-by-note music reading. Students will also learn how to use sheet music in an entirely different way. After taking this workshop, the student will have the skills to play music using the chord method.  

For more information, or to register, please call Olathe Parks and Recreation at 913-971-6263. There is a $30 registration fee and a $29 materials fee for a workbook and CD to take home and continue practicing what was learned in class.


Can’t Make the Old Settlers Parade, Watch from Home
Released August 30, 2010
Once again, Olathe Government Television Network (OGTN) will be broadcasting the Old Settlers Day Parade on Comcast Ch. 7 and AT&T Ch. 99 on Saturday, September 11. Plans are being made to produce a live broadcast, which would include a live webcast on the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org. In the event of technical difficulties for the live broadcast, the parade will be aired immediately following its conclusion on tape delay.


Black Bob Bay to Close after Labor Day; Too Cool to Drool Scheduled for September 12
Released August 30, 2010
Black Bob Bay will close for the summer after scheduled hours on Monday, September 6. Black Bob Bay will continue to operate on reduced hours through Labor Day; 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

While the pool will close to humans this weekend, it will be open for one last “doggie dip” on September 12 as part of “Too Cool to Drool,” formerly known as “Doggie Dippin’ Days”. Black Bob Park, 14500 W. 151st Street, will be open for two sessions of dog swimming Sunday, September 12. The small doggie dip will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the large doggie dip will begin at 12 noon. Admission is $25 per dog and all proceeds benefit Animal Haven. In addition to the doggie dip, vendors and entertainment will be available on site. For more information, visit http://www.olatheks.org/files/rec/TCTDflyer.pdf.

 

 

 


 

 

August 23, 2010

This Edition of E-News:

2011 City Budget Approved
• Olathe Teen Council Seeking Applicants
• 2010 Summer Concert Series Benefits Local Charities
• Olathe Parks and Rec September Happenings
• Park Trail Construction Projects Nearing Completion
• Olathe Police Department Receives Grant Funding
• Olathe Libraries Announce New Hours

No City Council Meeting August 24

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, September 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session meeting. Regular session meetings are broadcast live on OGTN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). The meeting’s complete agenda will be available on Friday, July 30, on the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


2011 City Budget Approved

August 23, 2010
The Olathe City Council approved the City’s 2011 budget by a seven to zero vote at the regular Council meeting on August 17. The budget includes a 4.8% reduction in spending in the city’s general (operations) fund, and an overall reduction in positions. To learn more about the budget, visit the budget section of the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


Olathe Teen Council Seeking Applicants

August 23, 2010

The City of Olathe is looking for youth, grades 9-12, to serve on the Olathe Teen Council for the 2010-2011 school year. The Council, modeled loosely after the Olathe City Council, provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about local government, meet community leaders, and plan for community service opportunities within the community. Seats on the Olathe Teen Council are awarded to 15-18 individuals from Olathe public, private, and home schools. Three representatives are accepted from each public Olathe high school with three representatives from private and home schools. All students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply. Further details and an online application are available at www.olatheks.org/CMO/TeenCouncil. All applications must be received by August 31 to be considered.


2010 Summer Concert Series Benefits Local Charities
August 23, 2010

The 11th Olathe Summer Concert Series brought more than free family fun and great music. The series helped raise over $17,000 for local charities.

During the five-concert season, the Olathe Noon Optimist Club sold concessions with proceeds benefiting local agencies in Olathe and Johnson County that provide services to children and families. This is the eighth year the Noon Optimist Club partnered with the Summer Concert Series to support those in need. The Optimist Club raised over $8,000 as a result of their efforts.

The Olathe Salvation Army raised over $1,500 during The Elders show on June 4. Salvation Army volunteers fanned out through the concert crowd to collect donations in the well-known red kettles. The Salvation Army had initially set a fundraising goal of $3000. Unfortunately, inclement weather forced cancellation of the July 16 Kelley Hunt/Nace Brothers benefit concert.

The Olathe Special Olympics was the designee of funds raised during the June 11 Asleep at the Wheel and July 9 Sam Bush concerts. While Special Olympics volunteers provided information and education about the program, Special Olympics participants scattered into the crowd to collect donations. This effort resulted in $3,500 to benefit the Olathe program.

TLC for Children & Families attempted a new Guinness World Record for the most people playing a kazoo for five minutes or more at one time. While the record fell short, the organization was able to raise over $4,000 to benefit the children and families served by the agency. Kazoos were donated by Farmers Insurance Group.

For the third consecutive year, Farmers Insurance Group served as a Presenting Sponsor for the concert series. The 2011 summer concert schedule will be announced later this year.


Keeping Busy in September with Olathe Parks and Recreation!!!
August 23, 2010

Don’t miss these great Olathe Parks and Recreation events and activities beginning in September.

 Doggie Dippin’ Days

 - Sunday, September 12

 Youth Flag Football (Me & Mini Me, Rookie, and League)

 -Begins the week of September 18

 Youth Girls Volleyball (Rookie and League)

 -Practices begin the week of August 30, Matches begin September 18

Lifeguard Training

-Begins September 27

NFL Punt, Pass & Kick

- Saturday, September 18

For a full calendar of Olathe Parks and Recreation upcoming events and activities, visit http://www.olatheks.org/ParksRec/CalendarOfEvents


Park Trail Construction Projects Nearing Completion

August 23, 2010

Several major park trail construction projects are winding down as summer comes to an end. Heritage Trail, from Heritage Park to Black Bob Park was initially delayed due to unforeseen soil conditions in a large portion of the project. To date, the entire trail has been asphalted and the majority of concrete approaches have been installed. The contractor is currently finalizing the grading and installing the traffic control signs. The project will be substantially completed by August 30 with only sodding and seeding to take place after September 15 when weather conditions are more favorable.

The South Indian Creek Trail, in the vicinity of 159th Street and Ridgeview Road, is currently under construction and about 45% complete. The project connects Southdowns Park and Hampton Park. The majority of the project is expected to conclude by September 30 and final completion is scheduled for November 2010.

For updates on all Public Works projects including streets, city structures, and park projects under construction or design, visit http://www.olatheks.org/PublicWorks/Construction.


Olathe Police Department Receives Grant Funding

August 23, 2010

The U.S Department Of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance has awarded the Olathe Police Department a Byrne Justice Assistance Grant totaling $81,061.

The Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is a partnership among federal, state and local governments to create safer communities. The Olathe Police Department will use JAG funds for technology enhancements including crime analysis software, digital cameras, upgraded surveillance equipment, laser radars, GPS units and a computer server for video/audio storage.

The JAG Program was created in 2004 by Congress to streamline justice funding and grant administration. JAG grants provide support to states, tribes and local governments to prevent and control crime based on state and local needs and conditions. The Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council administers the program at the state level. Johnson County Government serves as the local administrator of JAG awards.


Olathe Libraries Announce New Hours

August 23, 2010

Both Olathe libraries adopted new hours that went into effect August 22. The Olathe Public Library and the Indian Creek Branch will be open Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library’s website is http://www.olathelibrary.org/.


August 16, 2010
This Edition of E-News

• School Crossing Safety
• Mahaffie to Host Homeschool Program Day September 16
• Mahaffie Takes Programs on the Road This Weekend
• Olathe Public Library Announces New Hours
• Olathe Police Foundation to Host Benefit Car Show
• Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board Receives Honor  

City Council Agenda

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, August 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGTN (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.


School Crossing Safety Measures Taken as Students Return to the Classroom

Released 8/16/10

As students prepare to return to school, the City of Olathe is working to ensure school crossings are safe. The School Safety Program, adopted in 2003, establishes guidelines for use of intersection controls, crossing guards and other tools to ensure safe school crossings for elementary students.

This year, the City is piloting the use of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) in school crossings at Fairview, Heritage and Ravenwood Elementary schools. At the push of a button, the beacon is activated by the pedestrian, triggering a flashing light in the intersection. One benefit of the beacon crossing is the availability to pedestrians 24 hours a day.As part of the RRFB pilot, the Olathe Police Department will monitor beacon sites to ensure drivers are yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk. In addition, the Traffic Unit will concentrate speed enforcement in school zones during the first weeks of school, and School Resource Officers will be out to address problems with traffic flow in and out of schools.

The City of Olathe website provides additional detail about the School Safety Program, including school crossing maps, guard locations and shift times for each elementary school located within Olathe. For more information, visithttp://www.olatheks.org/PublicWorks/SchoolSafety/CrossingGuards. For questions or concerns related to school crossings, contact the School Crossing Hotline at 971-6539. 


Mahaffie to Host Homeschool Program Day September 16
Released 8/16/10

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., will host a homeschool program day September 16. This will be an opportunity for the homeschool community to experience a Mahaffie school program without meeting the typically minimum attendance requirement of 20 students.

The program “Growing Up Victorian” gives students a chance to experience life as a child of the mid 1800s and includes farm chores and period games. This program is recommended for students in pre-K to 2nd grades. The “Wagons Ho!” program gives students a chance to pan for “gold,” explore a real prairie schooner, and find out more about the Oregon, California and Santa Fe Trails. This program is recommended for students in 3rd - 6th grades. Both programs include a stagecoach ride.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the programs held 10 a.m. to noon. Cost for the program is $5 per student. Following the program, students and their families may stay to eat their picnic lunch and explore the grounds, Mahaffie house and Heritage Center exhibit for an additional $1. 

Registration is limited to 80 participants per program. Register by September 9 by calling your mailing address, phone number and the number of attending students in each program to Liz Smith at (913) 971-5504. 


Mahaffie Takes Programs on the Road This Weekend
Released 8/16/10

Stop by the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm booth this weekend at the Midwest Kid Fest, at the Overland Park International Trade Center. The event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22. The Mahaffie booth will feature 19th Century children’s games, branding tattoos and information about the Wild West Show in September.

Mahaffie also will be at the City of Olathe AquaFest, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 21 at Cedar Lake Park. Visitors can enjoy panning for gold and playing 19th century games. 

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site is operated by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Olathe. Open hours, stagecoach operations, living history activities, special events and programs vary seasonally. Access is limited in the winter months and the site is closed major holidays. Please call or visit the website for current times and dates, www.mahaffie.org (913) 971-5111.


Olathe Public Library Announces New Hour
Released 8/16/10

Both Olathe libraries will adopt new hours effective August 22. The Olathe Public Library and the Indian Creek Branch will be open Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library’s website is www.olathelibrary.org.


Olathe Police Foundation to Host Benefit Car Show
Released 8/16/10

The Olathe Police Foundation is hosting “Car Craze in the Hot Summer Daze,” a benefit car show, at the Great Mall of the Great Plains on Saturday, August 28. On-site registration will start at 9:00 a.m. with the formal show starting at 10:00 a.m. The awards presentation will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will include the Police Chief's Choice, Sheriff's Choice, Fire Chief's Choice, and the People's Choice. There will also be awards to the "Top 25 Cars" at the show. Door prize drawings will be held throughout the show.

The show is open to all vehicle classes. According to Olathe Police Foundation Chair LaVern Fields, the show is for fun and everyone is welcome. “If it rolls, bring it by. If it runs, drive it in,” Fields said. The Olathe Police Foundation is extending a special welcome to any vintage public safety vehicles.

A minimum $25 donation per vehicle entered in the show is requested. Corporate event sponsorships start as low as $50.  

The Olathe Police Foundation is a Not for Profit 501(c)3 organization formed in 2006 to raise funds on behalf and in support of the men and women of the Olathe Police Department. Any funding received is used for the purpose of purchasing specialized equipment, offsetting the cost of specialized officer training, and assisting with funding of recognition opportunities to acknowledge the officers' outstanding job performance. The goal through fundraising is to provide "Resources for a Safe Olathe."

Dash plaques and sponsor bags will be provided to the first 100 cars registered at the show. For more information, or to donate or pre-register on-line, visit the Foundation’s website at www.olathepolicefoundation.org.


Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board Receives Honor
Released 8/16/10

The Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board (PDAB) has received the 2010 Michael Lechner Award for excellence in advocacy on behalf of disabled citizens by the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns.

The award honors Michael Lechner, now deceased, who served as Executive Director of the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns for many years and was known for his outstanding advocacy on behalf of disabled Kansans. The Michael Lechner Award is given annually to individuals and organizations carrying on Mr. Lechner's legacy of excellence in advocacy.  

The award was made to the PDAB based on its 2009 achievements which include: input into the City Comprehensive Plan, advocating for accessible public transportation, the Board's annual Accessible Community Awards program, sponsorship of the Push America Journey of Hope Greater Kansas City tour stop, testifying in Topeka before the Kansas Facilities Closure and Realignment Commission on behalf of the Kansas School for the Deaf, work with the design team for the K-State Innovation Campus to help make it a world-class accessible site, participation in Old Settlers, sponsorship of the 2009 Greater Kansas City Mentoring Day and Job Fair, hosting a workshop on special needs planning for families with disabled children, sponsorship of a State Legislative Forum on disability issues, supporting the Emergency Management Special Needs Registry, and work with the Central Core Neighborhood Committee on an art fair that will include disabled artists.

The award was presented to PDAB at the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns meeting in Topeka on Friday, August 13. 


August 9, 2010

This Edition of E-News
• City Receives National Recognition for Wastewater Treatment
• Aquafest Set for August 21st
• 127th Street Improvement Project on Schedule
• Mahaffie Hosting Regional History Association Meeting
• Operation Lifeline Has Room for More

No Council Meeting Tuesday, August 10th
The Olathe City Council will not meet on Tuesday, August 10 for a study session. The Council will next meet on Tuesday, August 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGTN (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.


Two Olathe Treatment Plants Gain National Recognition
Released 8/9/10
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) announced that both Olathe wastewater treatment plants have been cited for distinguished performance in wastewater treatment.

The Cedar Creek Plant received the agency’s Gold Award for 100% compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for 2009. The Harold Street Plant received the Silver Award for its 2009 compliance record.

The NPDES is a national program administered by the state that enforces the Clean Water Act. This program establishes pollutant limits on the water entering the receiving streams from the facilities after it has been treated. This is the eighth year the Olathe facilities have been recognized for outstanding performance.

The NACWA represents America’s clean water utilities and is dedicated to keeping America’s waters clean.


Aquafest Planned for Aug. 21 at Cedar Lake Park
Released 8/9/10
The Ninth Annual Aquafest community water festival is planned for Saturday, August 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Cedar Lake Park, 15500 S. Lone Elm Road.

The free family event is a celebration of the role of water in our lives. The event will include water slides, canoeing, fishing, fly-fishing demonstrations, radio control boat demonstrations, water color painting classes, fun scientific activities for children, information exhibits from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Environmental Protection Agency, Johnson County K-State Extension, Johnson County Environmental Office, Johnson County Storm Water Office, Olathe District Schools, and 19th century games from Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm among other exhibits.

The event is sponsored by the Olathe Parks and Recreation, Municipal Services and Public Works departments. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Saturday, August 28.


127th Street Improvement Project on Schedule
Released 8/9/10
Progress continues to be made on the 127th Street Improvement Project. Black Bob Road to the Pioneer Trail Middle School exit is open to traffic one lane in either direction. This opens access to the school, Twilight Drive and the commercial entrance to Anderson Point. Grading, sidewalk installation, electrical work and minor construction continues on this portion of the project.

The third phase of the project from the Pioneer Trail Middle School exit west to Brougham will remain closed for construction until the fall of this year. All paving is scheduled to conclude by November 1, at which time 127th Street will open to traffic, at a minimum, one lane in either direction with access to all side roads.

For project information and updates, please visit the project website, www.improve127th.com.


Back-to-School Supply Drive 2010
Released 8/9/10
The school year is fast approaching and some families find this time of year to be a financial challenge. 

The Olathe Public Library is partnering with the Olathe Public Schools Foundation for its annual Back-to-School Supply Drive. The community may bring school supplies to the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park Street, or Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road. The drive benefits local families that are in need of assistance in the Olathe School District.

The drive will run through Tuesday, August 31. Donated supplies can be dropped off in collection boxes during business hours.

For more information about the event, please contact Diane Majerle at 971-6877, or the Olathe Public Schools Foundation at 780-8222.


Mahaffie to Host Regional Meetings for Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area
Released 8/9/10
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road in Olathe, will host the August meeting of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area on Thursday, August 12 at 10:00 a.m. Approximately 50 people from Kansas and Missouri are expected to attend.

The historic site also will host the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, August 17. The board of trustees is comprised of 23 members from Kansas and Missouri including Dr. Mary Davidson Cohen, Executive Director, Barton P. & Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust; Crosby Kemper, III, Director, Kansas City Public Library; and Joan Wagnon, Kansas Secretary of Revenue and Former Topeka Mayor.

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) is made up of 41 counties in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. It is dedicated to building awareness of the struggles for freedom in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. FFNHA strives to inspire respect for multiple perspectives and empower residents to preserve and share these stories through interpretation, preservation, conservation and education for all residents and visitors. The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm has been a member of the Freedom’s Frontier Heritage Area since its inception. For more information visit www.freedomsfrontier.org.


Operation Lifeline Still Available to Those in Need
Released 8/9/10
With the recent extreme temperatures, the Olathe Police Department would like to remind the public of its Operation Lifeline program. This initiative enlists community volunteers to make daily telephone calls to retired and self-care individuals who don’t have anyone available to check on them regularly. If a volunteer is unable to make telephone contact with a program participant, a police officer is dispatched to the residence to check on the individual.

Individuals who would like to participate in this program must meet the following criteria:

• Must live within the city limits of Olathe

• Have no family members living in the immediate area to do regular check-ins

• Must be able to provide Olathe Police Department access to residence in the event of an emergency.

Operation Lifeline is free of charge. Additional information is available by contacting the Community Outreach Unit at 971-7500.

 

• 27th Annual National Night Out Set for Tuesday (Photo Opportunity)
• Summer Pool Closure Schedule Announced
• Olathe Receives Grant for Ensor Home Project
• Old 56 Highway Bridge Reopens
• Beat the Heat Book Sale and Friends of the Library Preview Night

 

City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, August 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGTN (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 athttp://OlatheKs.Org


27th Annual National Night Out Takes Aim at Crime

Released 08/02/10

On Tuesday, August 3, neighborhoods throughout Olathe will join forces with thousands of other communities nationwide for the 27th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event.

From 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., people in neighborhoods throughout Olathe are asked to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors. Many neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of special events, such as block parties, cookouts, parades and contests. In addition, the Olathe Police Department, Olathe Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act will be visiting neighborhoods.

National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is co-sponsored locally by the Olathe Police Department in cooperation with the Olathe Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act. Over 15,000 communities from all 50 states are expected to participate in this year’s event. National Night Out 2010 is expected to be the largest ever. Once again, Target is a corporate sponsor.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug abuse prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods and the police department are working together to fight back.


Summer Pool Closure Schedule Announced

Released 08/02/10

The City of Olathe will reduce pool operations beginning in August. Millcreek Pool will close for the season after pool hours on Sunday, August 8. Oregon Trail and Frontier Pools will be open through Sunday, August 15. Black Bob Bay will remain open for regular hours through August 15 and will operate reduced hours from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays August 16 to August 20. Beginning August 21, Black Bob Bay will operate on weekends only from 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Black Bob Bay will officially close for the season on Labor Day, September 6.

For more information about Olathe city pool schedules, visit Parks and Recreation of the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


Olathe Receives Grant for Ensor Home Project

Released 08/02/10

The City of Olathe received a Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund Grant for $49,500 to repair and preserve the Ensor Farm Site and Museum located at 18995 West 183rd Street. The Ensor farm is a National Historical Site and is on the Register of Historic Kansas Places.

The project will include restoration of the exterior of the historic home, including priming and painting and repairs or replacement of damaged wood, including window and door trims.

The 1890 farmhouse was the longtime residence of Marshal Ensor, an Olathe industrial arts teacher from 1915 to 1965. Ensor also operated a ham radio station under license W9BSP. His sister, Loretta Ensor, also earned a ham license. She was trustee for the first high school radio station in Kansas, where Olathe students could learn to become amateur radio operators. Loretta Ensor died in 1991 and left the Ensor farm to become a museum and park.

According to Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Corbett, the condition of the facilities posed significant challenges when the home was accepted from the Ensor Trust. “Over the last several years, our construction crew, along with significant volunteer and partner cooperation, has stabilized the barns and other structures, but the house remained a big challenge because of the scope of work and associated costs,” he said. “The generosity of the Heritage Trust Fund has allowed us to make needed improvements to one of our valued historic sites during challenging economic times.”

Previous Heritage Trust Fund grants awarded to the City of Olathe have allowed for enhancements to another Olathe historic site, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. Projects have included restoration of the Mahaffie barn, restoration of the original kitchen/dining hall, construction of the Heritage Center, the addition of a fire sprinkler to the Mahaffie house and several interactive exhibits. For more information about the Ensor Farm Site and Museum, visithttp://www.olatheks.org/ParksRec/Ensor.


Old 56 Highway Bridge over Little Cedar Creek Back Open After Construction

Released 08/02/10

Construction is complete on the Old 56 Highway Bridge over Little Cedar Creek, and the bridge has reopened to traffic. The project included removing and replacing deteriorated sides, replacing guardrails, rebuilding approaches and resurfacing the deck of the Old 56 Highway Bridge over Little Cedar Creek. The project also involved resurfacing Old 56 Highway between the bridge and just east of Robinson Road. 


Beat the Heat Book Sale and Ella Mae Memorial Friends Preview Night

Released 08/02/10

The Olathe Public Library will host a Beat the Heat Book Sale from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on August 7 at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road. New Manga and Anime materials will be available, as well a large variety of used paperbacks and hardbacks, CDs, DVDs, videos, and much more. The “Five-Bucks-a-Bag” Sale will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday only. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., buy a plastic bag at the door for $5 and fill with materials. Buy 2 bags, get 1 free. Sale will close early if sold out or material selection is low.

Friends of the Olathe Public Library may purchase materials during the Friends Preview Night from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on August 6 at the Indian Creek Branch. Memberships are available at either library location or at the door that evening. Have first pick of new Manga and Anime materials and used mystery, fiction, biography, science fiction, cookbooks, signed books, poetry/arts, literature, inspiration, history, textbooks as well as CDs, DVDs, videos, and books on audio and CD. All materials are sorted by category and are reasonably priced.

Cash or checks accepted. No strollers, please. Sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Olathe Public Library. The library’s website is www.olathelibrary.org


August 2, 2010

This Edition of E-News