Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of E-News - January 30, 2012:
• Crime Free Business
• Mahaffie Winter on the Farm
• Teddy Bear Tea at Mahaffie
• Expanded Hours for Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

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


Crime Free Business Program Now Available to Olathe Businesses
Released January 30, 2012
The Olathe Police Department, the City of Olathe, and the Olathe Chamber of Commerce are pleased to  announce a new crime prevention program available to Olathe businesses.

The Olathe Crime Free Business Program is designed to strengthen the relationship between the Olathe business community and the Olathe Police Department in an effort to reduce crime and improve the quality of commerce in the Olathe area.

The Crime Free Business Program is also designed to benefit the community-at-large by providing citizens access to safe and secure businesses.  Any business located in Olathe is eligible for the program, and there is no cost to participate. All materials and training will be provided free of charge by the Olathe Police Department.

This program was made possible in part by a grant received through the Target Public Safety Grant Program.  Some of the benefits of Crime Free Business Certification are:
• Improved safety and security for business owners, managers, employees and customers
• One-on-one access to a Police Department Crime Free Officer
• A program specifically tailored to the security and safety needs of your business
• Updated and ongoing information about local crime and crime prevention strategies.

For more information or to sign up for the Crime Free Business Program, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Beth Wegner at (913) 971-6323.


Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie in February
Released January 30, 2012
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, will host its annual “Winter on the Farm” event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4 and again on Saturday, February 25.  Visitors can discover and help with winter farm chores that may include soap making, cooking on the cookstove, and blacksmithing.  Stagecoach rides will be available, weather and ground conditions permitting.  Staff will demonstrate hog processing at the February 4 event. 

All activities are included with regular daily admission of $6/adults and $4/kids ages 5-11.  Olathe residents receive $1 off admission with proof of residency.  For more information call (913) 971-5111.

Teddy Bear Tea Fun for Youth and Adults
Released January 30, 2012
Dress in your best and bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal to enjoy tea, refreshments and activities at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm’s “Teddy Bear Tea”.  The event will be held on Sunday, February 12 with a session at 1:00 p.m. for youth in kindergarten through third grade and a session at 3:00 p.m. for youth in fourth through sixth grades.  All activities will be held inside the Heritage Center, 1200 Kansas City Road.

Admission is $5 per participant for both youth and adults.  To register, call 913-971-5111 with the number in your party by Friday, February 10.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is open year-round 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Activities vary seasonally.  Details, including a schedule of winter events, are available at www.mahaffie.org or by calling (913) 971-5111.


Expanded Hours for Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off
Released January 30, 2012
Household Hazardous Waste will kick off new dates and hours beginning with the Second Saturday Event scheduled for February 11, 2012.  The free event is open to all Johnson County residents from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. 

Scheduled drop-offs will now be available Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm beginning February 15 and Saturdays (with the exception of 2nd Saturday Events) from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm by appointment only.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call (913) 971-9311 during the week.


This Edition of E-News - January 23, 2012:
• City Transfer Station Closed January 28
• Film Series Tells Story of Olathe - “The City Beautiful”
• Public Involvement Important Component of Unified Development Ordinance Update
• Popular Daddy Daughter Ball Filling Up Quickly

City Council
Released January 23, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, January 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (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.


City Transfer Station to Close January 28
Released January 23, 2012
The City of Olathe Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday, January 28, to allow for installation of new scales.  The Transfer Station will resume regular business hours on Monday, January 30, beginning at 7:00 a.m.


Film Series Tells Story of Olathe - “The City Beautiful”
Released January 23, 2012
Nearly six years ago, local film director Greg Sheffer approached the Olathe Historical Society with an idea to create a film series that would tell the story of people, places, and events that shaped the history of Olathe. Today, the film series, “Olathe – The City Beautiful” is receiving a great deal of interest.

From the beginning, one of the major supporters for this project has been long-time Olathe resident Maron Moore. Moore first chose to sponsor the film “The Bricklayer” because she witnessed the event personally in 1925. Moore then chose to sponsor the two following films in the series including “A Place Called Home”, showcasing the history of the Mahaffie family and “Renaissance Man”, a film documenting the life of amateur radio wizard Marshall Ensor.

In October 2011, the three films won regional Mid-America Emmy Awards for director, cinematography, and historical documentary. Maron Moore has recently chosen to sponsor the remaining films in the series. Volume One of the series is currently available at the Heritage Center, the Ensor Farm and Museum, the Deaf Cultural Center and the Olathe Historical Society for $10. Volume Two is in production with topics including the Kansas School for the Deaf, J.C. Nichols’ childhood in Olathe, and Arts and Entertainment in Olathe.


Public Involvement Important Component of Unified Development Ordinance Update
Released January 23, 2012
The City of Olathe is updating its Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to implement PlanOlathe – the citywide comprehensive plan.   PlanOlathe establishes the City’s fundamental policies for land development throughout the city. Because the UDO is the regulatory bridge between PlanOlathe and new development or redevelopment, it is one of the most important tools to implement the comprehensive plan.

The Olathe City Council recently awarded the Lee’s Summit based company, White & Smith, LLC the contract to assist staff with the implementation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  The Comprehensive Plan is an advisory guide that embodies the community’s vision.  An 18-month schedule for this project has been established, beginning in November 2011 and culminating in April 2013.  The UDO Update includes an analysis stage, an outline stage, a drafting stage, and an adoption stage.  The analysis and outline stages involve focus groups and several workshops to collect information from stakeholders, provide feedback and dialogue with the City and the consultant team, and to begin shaping the document.

Public outreach kicked off with a Stakeholder Focus Group for the development community and neighborhood groups.  Thirty-five stakeholders met with the Planning consultant team on December 14, 2011 to discuss the updates.  Attendees were asked a series of questions about the development review process, problematic zoning issues and how the City can be more responsive to the needs of the developers and the neighborhood. 

Public involvement continues to be an important factor in the update process.  Citizens and stakeholders can participate in the UDO update by attending a public/developers workshop.  The first workshop will be held on February 29.  More information is available at www.OlatheKS.org/Development.


Popular Daddy Daughter Ball Filling Up Quickly
Released January 23, 2012
Only a few spots remain for Olathe’s annual Daddy Daughter Ball. Fathers and daughters age five to twelve can enjoy an evening of dancing and refreshments along with complimentary photos and other surprises.

This year’s ball is scheduled for Friday, February 3 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Ball Conference Center (21350 W. 153rd Street).  Cost is $50/couple for residents and $55 per couple for non-residents.  Additional “daughters” are $20 each. 

The registration deadline has been extended to January 27 and space is limited.  Registration is available online in the Parks and Recreation section of the City’s website, www.OlatheKS.org, or by calling 971-8563.  When registering, enter the program code 21134.


This Edition of E-News - January 17, 2012:
• Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Raises Record Funds
• Montgomery Leaving Olathe City Council
• Food Drive to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
• February Teddy Bear Tea Fun for Youth and Adults
• Private Insurance Companies Offering Water Line Insurance to Olathe Residents

City Council
Released January 17, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, January 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.


Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Celebrates All-Time High
Released January 17, 2012
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund is celebrating its most successful year ever with donations exceeding $95,000 – far surpassing the goal of $80,000.  The 2011 campaign drew new contributions from many Olathe businesses, including fourteen restaurants who participated in the successful Dining Out for Kids event in November. 

Olathe Public Schools students gave a huge boost to the Fund through their Pennies for Shoes campaign benefiting the Children’s Shoe Fund, one of fourteen Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund charities.  Pennies for Shoes jugs were placed in participating Olathe schools, and students donated change and dollars totaling over $11,700, 12 percent of the campaign total.

“I am deeply grateful for our giving, compassionate community and the visionary leadership of our Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Board,” said Mayor Michael Copeland.  “Each year, they take the Fund to a new level, allowing us to help more and more children and families in need.  We are especially proud of our Olathe students, whose giving increased nearly 60 percent over last year.”

Checks will be presented to representatives of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund beneficiaries at the February 21 City Council meeting. 


Montgomery Leaving Olathe City Council
Released January 17, 2012
At the January 10 Olathe City Council meeting, At-Large Councilmember Bob Montgomery announced his plans to resign his position effective with the appointment of his replacement in the near future.  Montgomery plans to focus on his service in the Kansas House of Representatives where he has also served for the past year.  Montgomery was first elected to the City Council in 1997 and has served four terms as a Councilmember-at-large.  The City Council will be discussing plans to fill the vacancy at an upcoming meeting. To honor Montgomery’s years of service on the Council, a reception is also being planned.


Food Drive to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Released January 17, 2012
Both of the Olathe libraries will collect non-perishable food items between January 16 (National Day of Service) and February 16 in commemoration of King’s service to others.  Food donation bins will be at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park and the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  Monetary donations can also be made online at www.olathelibrary.org or directly to www.olathepubliclibrary.harvesters.org


Teddy Bear Tea Fun for Youth and Adults
Released January 17, 2012
Dress in your best and bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal to enjoy tea, refreshments and activities at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Teddy Bear Tea.  The event will be held Sunday, February 12 with a session at 1:00 p.m. for youth in kindergarten through third grade and a session at 3:00 p.m. for youth in fourth through sixth grades.  All activities will be held inside the Heritage Center, 1200 Kansas City Road.

Admission is $5 per participant for both youth and adults.  To register, call 913-971-5111 with the number in your party by Friday, February 10.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is open year-round from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Activities vary seasonally.  Details, including a schedule of winter events, are available at www.mahaffie.org or by calling (913) 971-5111.


Private Insurance Companies Offering Water Line Insurance to Olathe Residents
Released January 17, 2012
If you haven’t already, many Olatheans may begin seeing letters in their mailboxes from private insurance companies offering private water line insurance coverage. The coverage would include a private contract agreement at the choice of the individual property owner.

Though some of these companies are seeking the support of local agencies in the metro area, the City of Olathe considers coverage to be a private transaction between the companies involved and property owners.  Thus, the City is not involved in or endorsing any of these private insurance plans.  Additionally, the City of Olathe does not offer any insurance coverage for private water lines at this time.  For additional information regarding private water lines, the Olathe Municipal Code, Title 13 has two different paragraphs that discuss responsibility for service lines.   This information may assist residents in deciding whether to participate in the coverage offered at this time.  For more information about private water and sewer lines and responsibilities, please visit www.olatheks.org/files/CityDocuments/code/code_13.pdf.


This Edition of e-News - January 9, 2012:
• City Offices Closed for MLK Holiday; Trash/Recycling Collection not Impacted
• MLK Day Events Planned
• Register Now for February 3 Daddy Daughter Ball
• Youth Baseball/Softball Registration Now Open

City Council
Released January 9, 2012
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, January 10, 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.


City Offices Closed for MLK Holiday
Released January 9, 2012
City of Olathe offices will close on Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The City’s trash and recycling collection schedule will NOT be impacted.


MLK Day Events Planned
Released January 9, 2012
“Martin Luther King Legacy: The Courage to Believe” is the theme for the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration, sponsored by the City of Olathe, the Olathe Human Relations Commission, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe Public Schools, and the Olathe Chamber of Commerce.

The highlight of events is the annual MLK Noonday Observance, scheduled for Friday, January 13, at Prairie Trail Middle School (21600 W. 107th Street) from noon to 1:30 p.m.  The celebration includes the announcement of Olathe middle and senior high school winners in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate Diversity contest.  Contest categories include essay, visual arts and multi-media.  The goal of the Olathe Human Relations Commission’s annual contest is to increase positive awareness, foster greater understanding, and celebrate the diverse groups present in the community. 

Projects will be on display for the public to view at the MLK Community Open House at Olathe City Hall (100 E. Santa Fe) on January 12, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Judging from a community panel will begin at 5:30 p.m. that evening.

Winners in the senior high division categories will be awarded $100-$300 and middle school division winners will receive $75-$200.  Additionally, a $500 Best of Show award will be presented.  The winners will also be honored on January 16, 2012 at MNU’s Sixth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Prayer Breakfast, which is open to the public.  For more information and to RSVP, contact Evie Kowalewski at ekowalewski@mnu.edu or 971-3391.  For more information about the other MLK events, call 913-971-6493.


Daddy Daughter Ball
Released January 9, 2012
Each year, Olathe’s Daddy Daughter Ball is a major event.  Fathers and daughters age five to twelve can enjoy an evening of dancing and refreshments along with complimentary photos and other surprises.

This year’s ball is scheduled for Friday, February 3 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Ball Conference Center (21350 W. 153rd Street).  Cost is $50/couple for residents and $55 per couple for non-residents.  Additional “daughters” are $20 each. 

The January 20 registration deadline is fast approaching, and space is limited.  Registration is available online in the Parks and Recreation section of the City’s website, www.OlatheKS.org, or by calling 971-8563.  When registering, enter the program code 21134.


Youth Baseball/Softball Registration Now Open
Released January 9, 2012
Registration is now open for Olathe Parks and Recreation Spring Baseball and Softball programs.  A number of age-appropriate programs are available including:

Me & Mini Me Baseball
Rookie Baseball (Preschool T-Ball)
Kindergarten Coach Pitch Baseball/Softball
Machine Pitch Baseball/Softball
3rd & 4th Grade Baseball

For more information or to register, visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/BaseballRegistration.


This Edition of e-News - January 3, 2012:
• New County Trash Program Not Impacting Olathe Customers
• New Library Operating Hours
• Pet Adoption Program Successful Again
• Recycle Christmas Trees

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, January 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.


New County Trash Program Not Impacting Olathe Customers
For 2012, Johnson County has implemented a new solid waste program designed to divert trash from the landfill by encouraging recycling and separation of yard waste.  The goal of the program is to increase the county’s diversion rate to meet the national average.

Nearly all components of the program have been in place in Olathe for years, and Olathe already exceeds the county’s diversion rate goals.  Pay as you throw is not being implemented in Olathe which requires that customers purchase stickers to attach to trash items that do not fit into the standard trash cart.

For more information visit Environmental Services.


New Operating Hours for Both Olathe Libraries
The Olathe Public Library at 201 E. Park and the Indian Creek Branch Library at 12990 S. Black Bob Road have new operating hours.  Both locations are open Monday through Thursday, 10 am – 8:30 pm, Friday 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday noon – 5 pm and Sunday 1 – 5 pm.


Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Again Successful
Eighteen animals staying at the Olathe Animal Shelter now have new families thanks to the National Home for the Holidays pet fostering program.  This is the third consecutive year Olathe has participated in the program that was inspired by Olathe author Greg Kincaid’s book, A Dog Named Christmas.  Kincaid kicked off the event with a book signing in Olathe.

Home for the Holiday’s provides the opportunity for families to foster a pet for the holiday season with the hope of finding them permanent homes.  In Olathe this year, 13 of the 15 dogs and five of the eight cats participating were adopted.  The event ran from December 17 through December 27.

The Olathe Animal Shelter (505 E. Sunvale) continues to have animals available for adoption, including seven Vizsla puppies, born at the shelter, along with their mother.  They will be available for adoption beginning January 23.  The shelter is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Additional information is available by calling the shelter at 913 971-6362.


Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Olathe residents can recycle cut trees by placing them at the curb on their regular trash collection day. Residents can also take trees to the City of Olathe Composting Facility (127th Street and Hedge Lane) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  All ornaments, lights and plastic wrap must be removed from trees before either curbside collection or drop off at the composting facility

For more information, contact Customer Service at 971-9311. Residents will be requested to show their ID at the Composting Facility.