Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of E-News - September 27, 2010:
• Disability Awareness Week Activities Announced
• Don’t Miss the Last Wednesday Farmer’s Market
• City Council Approves Mall Sales Tax

No City Council Meeting September 28
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, October 5, 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, October 1, on the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


Disability Awareness Week Activities Announced
Released September 27, 2010
The Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board and the Olathe Human Relations Commission are offering several events in recognition of Disability Awareness Week, October 9-15.

The disABILITY Information Expo is scheduled for Saturday, October 9, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Great Mall of the Great Plains Food Court, 20700 W. 151st Street in Olathe. The fair, co-sponsored by United Access and the Great Mall of the Great Plains, features wheelchair equipped vehicles, assistive technology, service organizations, support groups, entertainment, drawings and much more. Attendees will have an opportunity to sign up for the Olathe Emergency Services Special Needs Registry. The Expo is especially unique because it is the Girl Scout Gold Award project of Taylor Baker, an Olathe North senior.

A “Disabilities and Your Physical Environment” workshop is scheduled for Monday, October 11, at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe Street. The workshop discusses universal design and how to make a living environment as accessible as possible. The workshop will be offered twice, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and again from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The workshop is presented by Wes Albright, a member of the Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board and a universal design specialist with Home Depot.

Finally, the Disability Mentoring Day and Job Fair is scheduled for Friday, October 15, at the Bell Cultural Center, 2030 E. College Way, on the Mid America Nazarene University campus in Olathe. The event showcases the many talents and skills disabled employees bring to the workforce. The program will assist disabled job seekers in developing resumes as well as job search and interview skills.

Event check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. Informational workshops and a guest speaker are planned between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., with lunch running from 11:30 a.m. until noon. The job fair will run from noon until 3:00 p.m. Registration for job seekers, employers or organizations is requested and currently being accepted until September 30.

For more information or to register, contact Brain Ellefson at (913) 239-9776 or briman3@kc.rr.com or Barney Mayse at (913) 262-1294 or bmayse@thewholeperson.org. Additional information is available at www.dmd-kc.org or www.dmd-aapd.org.

In addition to the Johnson County event, the Disability Mentoring Day Committee will be hosting a similar event on October 26 at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Johnson County event is made possible by the Greater Kansas City Disability Mentoring Day Committee and the Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board.

All Disability Awareness Week activities are held in accessible meeting rooms. For additional accommodations or an interpreter, please call Victor Glover at (913) 971-6493 at least one week in advance.


Don’t Miss the Last Wednesday Farmer’s Market
Released September 27, 2010
The City of Olathe Farmer’s Market will be open the last Wednesday of the season on September 29. After September 29, the market will only operate on Saturdays through October 16. Wednesday’s market is open from 3:00 p.m. until sold out. The Saturday market is open from 8:00 a.m. until sold out. The Farmer’s Market is located at 200 W. Santa Fe Street in downtown Olathe. For more information, visit http://www.olatheks.org/ParksRec/Quicklinks/Farmers.


Council Approves Mall Sales Tax
Released September 27, 2010
At the request of the owner Great Olathe Center LLC, the Olathe City Council unanimously approved an additional 1.5 percent sales tax for Great Mall of the Great Plains at the September 21 council meeting.

The tax, effective January 1, 2011, helps the mall owner study and evaluate the redevelopment potential of the mall property. Study costs are capped at $500,000 from the tax itself, with an additional $500,000 match from the developer. Great Olathe Center LLC will be required to present results of the feasibility study to the City Council. The Council and mall owner must then reach a redevelopment agreement before the tax could be further extended or nullified.

The tax only applies to sales at the mall and does not include the adjacent properties.

Mall redevelopment is included as a priority in the City of Olathe comprehensive plan for development, PlanOlathe.


This Edition of E-News - September 20, 2010:
• DEA National Take Back Event
• Breast Cancer Awareness Month to Kick Off in Osborne Plaza October 1
• Disability Mentoring Day Registration Begins
• Mahaffie Wild West Show and Bullwhacker Days This Weekend
• 2010-2011 Teen Council Members Announced

City Council Agenda
Highlights: Public Comment on Olathe Comprehensive Plan, Reception for Past Planning Commissioner Tom Marsh
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, September 21, 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.

The City Council invites public comment on the adoption of the Olathe Comprehensive Plan, known as PlanOlathe. The Comprehensive Plan documents the community's vision for how Olathe will grow and develop today and in the future. The Plan influences policies that have a direct bearing on the quality of life that citizens enjoy in Olathe. The latest draft Olathe Comprehensive Plan is available online at http://www.olatheks.org/Development. For more information about the Comprehensive Plan or the update process, to provide comment, or to request a copy of the draft plan, contact the City of Olathe Planning Division at 913-971-8750 or email Plan Olathe.

Mayor Michael Copeland will present long-time Olathe Planning Commission member Tom Marsh with a Service Award. Marsh was first appointed to the Olathe Planning Commission in May 2002. He served for eight years until May 2010, serving as Chairman of the Planning Commission from 2008-2010. A reception for Marsh is scheduled prior to the Council meeting, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall foyer.


DEA National Take Back Event
Released September 20, 2010
The Olathe Police Department, in partnership with the Lenexa Police Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and numerous local law enforcement agencies, will participate in a campaign focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from medicine cabinets.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a nationwide event that provides an opportunity for the public to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medication. The City of Olathe will serve as a host site on Saturday, September 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe Street.

According to Olathe Police Department Captain Shawn Reynolds, “This is a great opportunity for residents to safely empty out the medicine cabinet of drugs no longer needed, including prescription drugs that may contain controlled substances.” Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.

Tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage pharmaceutical products in consumer containers will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens. The service is free and anonymous. For a list of other collection sites and additional information, visit www.dea.gov.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month to Kick Off in Osborne Plaza October 1
Released September 20, 2010
Those passing the City of Olathe fountain in the Osborne Plaza at City Hall may look twice at the water’s color during the month of October. On Friday, October 1 at 11:00 a.m., the fountain will be dyed pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The dye will be placed in the fountain by two local breast cancer support groups.

The event, sponsored by Indian Creek Cancer Outreach and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Olathe Post 2993, will include several activities to raise awareness about the disease. In addition to the pink fountain, the groups will provide educational materials, hand out pink ribbons, and release balloons in memory of those who have succumbed to breast cancer and to honor survivors of the disease.

On September 30, elementary students from Kansas School for the Deaf will tie pink ribbons to trees throughout Osborne Plaza. In addition, Campfire USA will decorate the plaza with Chrysanthemums tied with pink ribbons. Sponsors of the event include Indian Creek Community Church, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Olathe Post 2993, Olathe Ridgeview Hy-Vee, Party City, The Grass Pad, and the American Cancer Society.

The community is invited to attend, and a special invitation is extended to all breast cancer survivors who are encouraged to participate in the festivities. For more information, please contact event organizers Sherri Yates at (816) 659-6112 or Karen Rockers at (913) 406-1457.


Disability Mentoring Day Registration Begins
Released September 20, 2010
Last year, nearly 30 employers and/or organizations and over 350 individuals participated in the Greater Kansas City Disability Mentoring Day and Job Fair, sponsored by the City of Olathe and the Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board. This year’s event will take place at the Bell Cultural Center, 2030 E. College Way, on the Mid America Nazarene University campus. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Again this year, the event will showcase the many talents and skills disabled employees bring to the workforce and match them with potential employers. In addition, the program will assist disabled job seekers in developing resumes as well as job search and interview skills.

Event check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. Informational workshops and a guest speaker are planned between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., with lunch running from 11:30 a.m. until noon. The job fair will run from noon until 3:00 p.m.

Registration for job seekers, employers or organizations is requested and currently being accepted. Registration for the Olathe event closes after September 30.

For more information or to register contact Brain Ellefson at (913) 239-9776 or briman3@kc.rr.com or Barney Mayse at (913) 262-1294 or bmayse@thewholeperson.org. Additional information is available at www.dmd-kc.org or www.dmd-aapd.org.

In addition to the Johnson County event, the Disability Mentoring Day Committee will be hosting a similar event on October 26 at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Johnson County event is made possible by the Greater Kansas City Disability Mentoring Day Committee and the Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board.

Donations are welcome to offset the events’ cost.

MEDIA NOTE: PDAB Chairman Mark Gash and Event Chairman Brian Ellefson are available for interviews. In addition, they welcome opportunities for in-studio visits to share important information about the skills and abilities those with disabilities offer employers.


Mahaffie Wild West Show and Bullwhacker Days This Weekend
Released September 20, 2010
Enjoy daily arena shows, live entertainment and children’s games at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop’s annual Wild West Show, September 25 and 26. This popular annual event offers visitors a variety of hands-on experiences and live entertainment to provide a taste of life in Kansas during the old west era.

The Wild West Show will be held 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 25 and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, September 26 at the Olathe historic site, 1200 Kansas City Rd. Regular daily admission applies: $6 for adults, $4 for kids age 5-11 and kids age four and under get in free. Food will be available for purchase.

Stagecoach rides will be provided at no charge, courtesy of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau. New this year, on-going entertainment will be presented in view of the stagecoach area including stagecoach robberies, re-enactments, live music, and mechanical bull rides for bull riders as young as age 4. Cost is $5/bull ride or two rides for $7. Mechanical bull rides will be offered courtesy of A Whole Lotta Bull.

The arena show highlight is the return of Jerry and Staci Diaz with their dynamic family horse show featuring trick roping and all new acts. Live music will be performed by local band Three Trails West. Mutton busting (competitive sheep riding) will be available for children weighing less than 50 pounds. Registration at the Heritage Center the morning of the event is required.

The weekend event will also feature a shooting gallery, gold panning for real gold, live entertainment and more. A chuckwagon cook-off will be held Saturday only, with limited samples and voting opportunities. Some games and activities have an additional fee.

Free event parking with a shuttle to Mahaffie is available at nearby Olathe North High School. Handicapped accessible parking is available at Mahaffie.

Daily Schedule:
Saturday, September 25
Noon: Three Trails West Band - a local band playing 19th Century music
1:00: Mutton Busting – Sheep-riding competition open to children who weigh less than 50 pounds. Register each day in the Heritage Center.
         Sponsored by Prairie Moon 4-H.
2:00: Jerry and Staci Diaz – performing a dynamic horse show and trick roping
Throughout the Day: Chris Camp the Whip Guy and Cowboy Poet Casey Allen

Sunday, September 26
Noon: Three Trails West Band
1:00: Mutton Busting
1:30: Rose Marie’s Fiesta Mexicana Dancers
2:00: Jerry Diaz
3:00: Royal Friesians of Kansas City
Throughout the Day: Chris Camp the Whip Guy and Cowboy Poet Casey Allen

For more information, including details about mutton busting, visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.

Special thanks to event sponsors: Olathe 150 Committee; Johnson County Old Settler’s Association, Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club, Olathe Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau, Interpretive Solutions, Olathe Sister Cities Association, Heartland Midwest, Olathe Ford, Olathe Historical Society, Y Bar H Pet Outpost, Best Buy – Olathe, Ned Banks Leather.


2010-2011 Teen Council Members Announced
Released September 20, 2010
Fourteen local students have been selected to serve on the 2010-2011 Olathe Teen Council, a student body comprised of high school students from Olathe Public Schools and Olathe private schools, modeled after the Olathe City Council.

The 2010-2011 Teen Council members are:
Olathe East: Julie Dannen, senior; Danielle Shelton, senior
Olathe North: Taylor Baker, senior; Jackson Stewart, junior
Olathe South: Staci Sanders, senior; Raeann Whitney, junior
Olathe Northwest: Mayumi Cornejo, senior; Margaret Haneberg, sophomore, Katherine Anderson, freshman
Olathe Christian: Clayton Crow, senior; Spencer Reinhardt, junior; Leah Marie Gasaway, junior; Megan Williams, freshman; Andrew Barth, freshman.

The group serves as the youth voice for the City of Olathe. Teen Council members work with the City of Olathe, Olathe Public Schools and other community partners to better the Olathe community. Teen Council provides a youth perspective to the City Council on a number of issues and works throughout the year on special projects and initiatives. For more information, visit www.olatheks.org/CMO/TeenCouncil.


This Edition of E-News - September 13, 2010:
• City Council Invites Public Comment for Comprehensive Plan Update
• Mahaffie Wild West Show September 25 and 26 (Photo Opportunity)
• Public Hearing Scheduled to Consider New Development
• Parade Broadcast Schedule

City Council to Meet at Fire Administration Building for Study Session
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, September 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Administration Building, 1225 S. Harrison Circle, for a study session meeting. To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


City Council Invites Public Comment for Final Consideration of the Comprehensive Plan Update
Released September 13, 2010
The Olathe City Council invites public comment for the proposed update to the Olathe Comprehensive Plan, known as PlanOlathe. The City Council is scheduled to consider final adoption of the draft Comprehensive Plan at their regular meeting on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at Olathe City Hall, 100 E Santa Fe Street.

The Comprehensive Plan documents the community's vision for how Olathe will grow and develop today and in the future. The Plan influences policies that have a direct bearing on the quality of life that citizens enjoy in Olathe.

Over the past eighteen months, citizens have offered ideas and input for the City's Comprehensive Plan at public events and festivals, visioning sessions and workshops, meetings with civic and social organizations, neighborhood groups, community groups, homeowner associations, school PTO's, and numerous other venues. The City Council meeting on September 21 represents the final opportunity for citizen input prior to City Council consideration of the updated plan.

Following a public hearing on June 28, 2010, the Olathe Planning Commission voted to adopt the draft Comprehensive Plan. Approval by the City Council is the final step necessary for the proposed Plan to become effective.

The latest draft Olathe Comprehensive Plan is available online at http://www.olatheks.org/Development. For more information about the Comprehensive Plan or the update process, to provide comment, or to request a copy of the draft plan, contact the City of Olathe Planning Division at 913-971-8750 or email Plan Olathe.


Mahaffie Wild West Show September 25 and 26
Released September 13, 2010
Enjoy daily arena shows, live entertainment and children’s games at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop’s annual Wild West Show, September 25 and 26. This popular annual event offers visitors a variety of hands-on experiences and live entertainment to provide a taste of life in Kansas during the old west era.

The Wild West Show will be held 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 25 and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, September 26 at the Olathe historic site, 1200 Kansas City Rd. Regular daily admission applies: $6 for adults, $4 for kids age 5-11 and kids age four and under get in free. Food will be available for purchase.

Stagecoach rides will be provided at no charge, courtesy of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau. New this year, on-going entertainment will be presented in view of the stagecoach area including stagecoach robberies, re-enactments, live music, and mechanical bull rides for bull riders as young as age 4. Cost is $5/bull ride or two rides for $7. Mechanical bull rides will be offered courtesy of a Whole Lotta Bull.

The arena show highlight is the return of Jerry and Staci Diaz with their dynamic family horse show featuring trick roping and all new acts. Live music will be performed by local band Three Trails West. Mutton busting (competitive sheep riding) will be available for children weighing less than 50 pounds. Registration at the Heritage Center the morning of the event is required.

The weekend event will also feature a shooting gallery, gold panning for real gold, live entertainment and more! A chuckwagon cook-off will be held Saturday only, with limited samples and voting opportunities. Some games and activities have an additional fee.

Free event parking with a shuttle to Mahaffie is available at nearby Olathe North High School. Handicapped accessible parking is available at Mahaffie.

Daily Schedule:
Saturday, September 25
Noon: Three Trails West Band - a local band playing 19th Century music
1:00: Mutton Busting – Sheep-riding competition open to children who weigh less than 50 pounds. Register each day in the Heritage Center.
         Sponsored by Prairie Moon 4-H.
2:00: Jerry and Staci Diaz – performing a dynamic horse show and trick roping
Throughout the Day: Chris Camp the Whip Guy and Cowboy Poet Casey Allen

Sunday, September 26
Noon: Three Trails West Band
1:00: Mutton Busting
1:30: Rose Marie’s Fiesta Mexicana Dancers
2:00: Jerry Diaz
3:00: Royal Friesians of Kansas City
Throughout the Day: Chris Camp the Whip Guy and Cowboy Poet Casey Allen

For more information, including details about mutton busting, visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.

Special thanks to event sponsors: Olathe 150 Committee; Johnson County Old Settler’s Association, Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club, Olathe Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau, Interpretive Solutions, Olathe Sister Cities Association, Heartland Midwest, Olathe Ford, Olathe Historical Society, Y Bar H Pet Outpost, Best Buy – Olathe, Ned Banks Leather.


Public Hearing Scheduled to Consider New Development
Released September 13, 2010
The Olathe City Council unanimously approved a public hearing to consider a proposal for development of a new business-class hotel and restaurant on the site of the vacant Machine Shed property southeast of 119th Street and Interstate 35 in Olathe.

The project, including a 107-room Hilton Garden Inn and Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, is proposed by the Heart of America Group. The Heart of America Group asked the City Council to create both a tax increment finance district (TIF) and a community improvement district (CID) to help finance the $17.3 million project.

The public hearing is scheduled for October 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber of Olathe City Hall. If approved, the property could open as early as Fall 2011.


Parade Broadcast Schedule
Released September 13, 2010
Beginning this week, Olathe Government Television Network (OGTN) will replay its live broadcast of the Old Settlers Day Parade on Wednesdays at noon, Fridays at 7:00 p.m., Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and Sundays at 7:00 p.m. The broadcasts can be seen on Comcast channel 7 and AT&T channel 99.

In addition, the parade will be available on the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org at anytime.


September 6, 2010

This Edition of E-News
• Farmer’s Market Closed Saturday Due to Old Settlers Event
• Original Town Street Sign Toppers to be Unveiled at Old Settlers Event
• Senior Citizen Awareness Program Set for September 18
• City Recognized for Wastewater Collection Program

City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, September 7, 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.


Farmer’s Market Closed Saturday Due to Old Settlers Event
Released September 6, 2010
The City of Olathe Farmer’s Market will close on Saturday, September 11 due to the Johnson County Old Settlers Event. The Farmer’s Market, located at 200 W. Santa Fe Street in downtown Olathe, is open Wednesdays through September 29 from 3 p.m. until sold out, and Saturdays through October 16 from 8:00 a.m. until sold out. For more information, visit http://www.olatheks.org/ParksRec/Quicklinks/Farmers.


Original Town Street Sign Toppers to be Unveiled at Old Setters Event
Released September 6, 2010
The City of Olathe will unveil the new Original Town Street Sign Topper Pilot Program at Johnson County Old Settlers beginning September 9. Signs will be placed at six different locations in downtown prior to the annual celebration.

In conjunction with the Original Town Enhancement Program, the Sign Topper Pilot Program is available to neighborhoods in Olathe’s Original Town area. Applications to purchase signs will be available at the Central Core Neighborhood booth. Cost per location is $40.

Citizens identified the need for such recognition and signage through the City’s Original Town Enhancement Plan, and numerous Neighborhood Action Plans.

The purpose of the sign topper program is to:
1. Increase recognition of unique character in neighborhoods
2. Increase the visibility of a neighborhood
3. Encourage a sense of belonging and neighborhood pride
4. Complement city neighborhood revitalization efforts

Original Town is located in the heart of Olathe. According to Emily Kukal, City of Olathe senior planner and staff liaison for the sign topper program, the vision for Olathe’s Original Town area is an authentic foundation of Olathe where residents live, play, and enjoy the highest quality of life. “Original Town Neighborhood Committees work hard to enhance downtown Olathe and provide neighborhood and community pride”, Kukal said.

At this time, the Sign Topper Pilot Program is planned for Original Town neighborhoods, and availability to all neighborhoods within the boundaries of the city of Olathe will be considered at a future date. For more information, contact the Department of Public Works, Planning and Environmental Services at 971-8969.


Senior Citizen Awareness Program Set for September 18
Released September 6, 2010
The City of Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board is offering an information program for senior citizens entitled the "Olathe Senior Citizens Awareness Program" on Saturday, September 18, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe Street, in the first floor City of Governors conference room.

The program is designed to empower senior citizens and their families with critical information that is often difficult to understand. The program will include information on topics like at-home health care, Medicaid, home and community based services, long-term care funding and insurance, funeral and estate planning and residential living providers.

Informational exhibit booths will include Olathe-based nursing homes, assisted living centers, funeral homes, and local home and community based services providers. For more information and to RSVP, contact Victor Glover at 971-6493.


City Recognized for Wastewater Collection Program
Released September 6, 2010
The City of Olathe Wastewater Collection Program has been awarded the Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) Collection Systems Award. The award is presented to municipalities for outstanding and significant contributions in the area of wastewater collection. Since 2002, the City of Olathe Wastewater Collection Program has received the honor seven times.