Olathe News Briefs

This edition of e-News: Oct. 29, 2012

  • City Council
  • Shopping Center Entrance to Close for Roadwork
  • Change Smoke Alarm Batteries
  • Mahaffie Announces Holiday Activities
  • Volunteer Reception Nov. 1
  • Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Events
  • Grant Helps Create Bike Team

City Council
Released Oct. 29, 2012
The Olathe City Council meets Nov. 6 in the Council Chamber at City Hall. 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.


Shopping Center Entrance to Close for Roadwork
Released Oct. 29, 2012
The entrance to Alden Center on Black Bob Road south of 135th Street will be closed to remove the bumps drivers have to cross to enter the shopping area. Work will begin Tuesday, Oct. 30 and is scheduled to be complete by Saturday, Nov. 3. Drivers will be directed to use the entrance on 135th Street.

For updated Olathe road closings, visit www.olatheks.org/PublicWorks/Alerts.


Change Smoke Alarm Batteries
Released Oct. 29, 2012
The Olathe Fire Department, along with the Fire Education Association of Kansas and Fire Marshals Association of Kansas, urges residents to change their smoke alarm batteries at least once a year to save lives and prevent injuries.

They suggest that people adopt a simple, lifesaving habit of changing smoke alarm batteries when they adjust their clocks to standard time this weekend.

For assistance changing batteries, check with your local fire department or call the American Red Cross Smoke Alarm Hotline at 816-841-5242.


Mahaffie Announces Holiday Activities
Released Oct. 29, 2012
The holidays are coming up and Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site will offer a variety of programs at the city-owned living history facility.

Mahaffie will be closed Monday, Nov. 12 for Veterans Day and on Thursday, Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving, but will reopen for Thanksgiving weekend. Living history activities will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24.

Join Mahaffie for Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Have your photo taken and enjoy the holiday decorations in the Heritage Center. The cost is $7 per person including all activities.

The annual Christmas Open House is Saturday, Dec. 1 and the Holiday Tea is Sunday, Dec. 9.

For more information about upcoming events, visit www.olatheks.org/Mahaffie/Events or call 913-971-5111.


Volunteer Reception Nov. 1
Released Oct. 29, 2012
All City volunteers are invited to attend the annual City of Olathe Volunteer Appreciation Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Ball Conference Center, 21350 W. 153rd St.

Mayor Michael Copeland will speak. There will be food and door prize including the grand prize, an iPad donated by Verizon Wireless.


Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Events
Released Oct. 29, 2012
Several upcoming events will support the Olathe Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Eggstravaganza will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at First Watch, 15289 W. 119th St. Tickets are $20 and “community celebrities” will serve dinner.

The annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will take place at 6:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the American Legion Post 153, 410 E. Dennis Ave. Tickets are $10 and tables of eight cost $100. To buy tickets or reserve a table, contact Clark Eschliman at 913-387-5567 or ceschliman@farmersbankna.com.


Grant Helps Create Bike Team
Released Oct. 29, 2012
A grant from Lockton Companies and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company helped the Olathe Fire Department create a bicycle team that can respond more quickly to emergencies at events and festivals.

The $8,513 grant paid for mountain bikes and bike equipment for Olathe firefighters on the team. All Olathe firefighters are emergency medical technicians or paramedics. The team was first deployed earlier this month at the 14th annual Jared Coones Memorial Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk, which had more than 3,000 participants.


This edition of e-News: Oct. 22, 2012

  • City Council
  • Olathe Introduces Interactive Alarm Feature
  • City Council Adopts New Building Codes
  • Olathe Scouting Open House
  • Halloween Events in Olathe
  • Seasonal Activities at Mahaffie Ending

City Council
Released Oct. 22, 2012
The Olathe City Council meets next Nov. 6 in the Council Chamber at City Hall. 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.


Olathe Introduces Interactive Alarm Feature
Released Oct. 22, 2012
A new interactive feature on the City of Olathe website is intended to provide convenient 24-hour service for alarm system needs. Customers can register or renew alarms, update contact information or view account history, among other features by visiting www.olatheks.org/crywolf. For more information, call Alarm Coordinator Tammy Foxworthy at 913-971-8530.


City Council Adopts New Building Codes
Released Oct. 22, 2012
The City Council adopted the 2012 International Building Code series with minor amendments Tuesday, Oct. 16. The new codes only will affect new construction, renovations to existing buildings and property inspections.

The International Building Code is a model code developed by the International Code Council intended to protect public health, safety and welfare by creating standards for construction.

City staff had been working since earlier this year with other jurisdictions in Johnson County and the Kansas City metro area to study, review and prepare consistent recommendations for the code series. Olathe had previously used the 2000 International Building Code. A majority of the changes clarify or modify the existing code.

The new codes will take effect April, 1 2013. They are scheduled to be available online by Thanksgiving at www.olatheks.org.


Olathe Scouting Open House
Released Oct. 22, 2012
The City of Olathe is hosting an Open House for Scouting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe St.

Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will educate Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts about many aspects of the City, including Olathe’s form of government, the role of the Mayor and other City officials, how different City departments operate and good citizenship.

Space at the Open House is limited, so please RSVP. Please provide your sponsor’s name, pack and den numbers and the number of boys and adults attending. For more information, call Assistant to the Mayor Karen Hooven at 913-971-8941.


Halloween Events in Olathe
Released Oct. 22, 2012
For those looking for an alternative to traditional Halloween night trick-or-treating or looking to get a head start on the festivities, check out Trick or Treat Off the Street from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Rd.

The events allows children and their families to trick or treat at stations set up on the Mahaffie grounds while also enjoying fall farm activities and hayrides. Admission is $3 per person for ages 3 and older. Registration is not required. 

For those hitting the streets Oct. 31, check out Halloween safety tips at www.olatheks.org/police/tips/halloween.


Seasonal Activities at Mahaffie Ending
Released Oct. 22, 2012
October weekends will be the last opportunity for stagecoach rides and living history at Mahaffie until spring. Visitors still have time to visit the blacksmith, see what’s being prepared on the cookstove and ride the stagecoach. Stagecoach rides and living history activities will be offered several times throughout the winter at special events. 

Mahaffie’s winter schedule starts Wednesday, Oct. 31. Visit www.mahaffie.org or Mahaffie’s Facebook page for winter activities. 

In honor of the fall harvest, visitors may bring in two non-perishable food items to receive $1 off admission.  The food will be collected and delivered to Harvesters.

Mahaffie is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.


This edition of e-News: Oct. 15, 2012 

  • City Council
  • Olathe Partners with County on Alert System
  • Road Work to Close Chestnut by City Hall
  • Last Saturday Farmers' Market is Oct. 20
  • Fall Harvest at Mahaffie This Weekend
  • Other Upcoming Mahaffie Events

City Council
Released Oct. 15, 2012
The Olathe City Council meets Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Council Chamber at City Hall. 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.


Olathe Partners with County on Alert System
Released Oct. 15, 2012

The City of Olathe has partnered with Johnson County on a new free countywide mass notification system scheduled to be up and running by the end of the year, the county announced recently.

Johnson County Emergency Management and Communications Department spearheaded the effort for the new system designed to alert residents of emergency and nonemergency information by phone messages, texts and emails. It is sharing the cost with Overland Park, Lenexa and Water District No. 1 of Johnson County in addition to Olathe. Other cities in the county can join and share the cost starting next year.

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Everbridge, Inc., to install and maintain the system. Olathe has since signed a memorandum of understanding with the County to share use of the system.

The notification system, “ALERT-JOHNSON COUNTY,” will allow Emergency Management and Communications, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, local police and fire departments and emergency medical responders to alert or inform residents. Officials will record a voice message, email or text that will be transmitted to affected individuals, businesses and homes. Texts also can be sent to hearing impaired receiving devices.

Receiving nonemergency ALERT-JOHNSON COUNTY information is voluntary, free and contact information is kept confidential. Residents can sign up on a website available next month for categories of interest and prioritize how they’re contacted. Residents cannot opt out of emergency information sent to their landlines.

For more information, visit http://www.jocogov.org/countynews/johnson-county-implement-mass-notification-system.


Road Work to Close Chestnut by City Hall
Released Oct. 15, 2012

Chestnut Street from Santa Fe to Park streets and from Santa Fe to Popular Street will close for road work starting Monday, Oct. 15. The intersection of Santa Fe and Chestnut will remain open. After the daylong project is complete, work will move to Water Street, which will close from Santa Fe to Park and from Santa Fe to Poplar. Everything should be reopened Tuesday.

For updated Olathe road closings, visit http://www.olatheks.org/PublicWorks/Alerts.


Last Saturday Farmers' Market is Oct. 20
Released Oct. 15, 2012

The last Olathe Farmers’ Market of the 2012 season is Saturday, Oct. 20. The market opens at 8 a.m. at 200 W. Santa Fe St. at Poplar Street and Kansas Avenue in downtown Olathe.

The last Wednesday market for the season was Sept. 26.


Fall Harvest at Mahaffie This Weekend
Released Oct. 15, 2012

Join staff and volunteers at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site on Saturday, Oct. 20 for fall harvest activities including sawing wood, apple cider demonstrations and picking corn. Stagecoach rides will be offered around the corn field. Regular site admission applies.

Donate to Harvesters in honor of the fall harvest. Visitors may bring in two non-perishable food items to receive $1 off admission. 

Mahaffie is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Living history activities will be offered weekends in October. Wednesday through Friday, visitors may explore the grounds and view the Mahaffie Heritage Center museum exhibit. 

Access is limited in the winter months and the site is closed on major holidays. For current times and dates, call us at 913-971-5111 or visit www.mahaffie.org.


Other Upcoming Mahaffie Events
Released Oct. 15, 2012

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site will host Tiger Cub Scout Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20. Program registration is $10 per scout; accompanying adults are admitted free. Payment is due the day of the event. To register, call 913-971-5111. Scouts should bring a sack lunch, a water bottle and dress for the weather. 

Mahaffie’s annual Halloween event, Trick or Treat Off the Street, takes place from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27. The events allows children and their families to trick or treat at stations set up on the Mahaffie grounds while also enjoying fall farm activities and hayrides. Admission is $3 per person for ages 3 and older. Registration is not required. 


 This edition of e-News: Oct. 8, 2012

  • City Council
  • Trail Closures
  • Speed Limit Changes
  • Dine Out for Olathe Kids on Oct.17
  • Olathe Wins Technology Award
  • Fall Festival Book Sale
  • Cookout to Benefit the United Way
  • Tiger Cub Scout Day
  • Trick or Treat Off the Street
  • Fire Open House Showcases Department

City Council
Released Oct. 8, 2012
The Olathe City Council meets next Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Council Chamber at City Hall. 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 http://www.olatheks.org/.


Trail closures
Released Oct. 8, 2012
Access to some Olathe trails and parks will be limited starting this week. 

Eastbrooke Trail from S. Hagan Street to S. Widmer Street will be closed for bridge repair from Monday, Oct. 8 to Saturday, Oct. 20. A detour will be posted to Rene Street. The City will be working on a section of Mahaffie Creek Trail between Nelson Road and Parkway Drive for the next few weeks to mitigate a stormwater issue. The trail won’t close, but minor route changes will be posted.

As the City prepares to break ground for the Olathe Community Center at Stagecoach Park in mid-November, there will be limited access to the park. Olathe Parks and Recreation Department crews will start relocating trees and benches, and removing lighting and power from the shelter area. The park will be closed during construction of the community center, which is schedule to be complete in spring 2014.

Olathe’s Parks and Recreation staff monitors all 32.1 miles of park trails daily. Cracks are fixed annually and trail surfaces are sealcoated every five to seven years.


Speed Limit Changes
Released Oct. 8, 2012
Speed limits on sections of 151stand Santa Fe streets will be changed this week after the City of Olathe conducted a speed study requested by residents.

The speed limit on 151stStreet between Pflumm and Blackbob roads will increase to 45 mph from 40 mph. The stretch is a divided four-lane arterial and matches the speed limit east of Pflumm in Overland Park, also a divided four-lane road. The speed limit between Blackbob and Ridgeview Road will remain 40 mph. It is undivided with multiple access points.

The speed limit on Santa Fe between Mur-Len Road and Brougham Drive will increase to 45 mph from 35 mph. It is a divided four-lane arterial and is the same speed limit east of Brougham. The speed limit between Mur-Len and Lindenwood Drive will remain 35 mph, based the number of access points.

After requests from residents, Olathe performed a speed study to evaluate speed limits on 151stbetween Pflumm and Interstate 35, and Sante Fe between Lindenwood and Brougham. The study, performed with federal guidance, recommends speed limits be within 5 mph of the 85thpercentile. Other than speed, factors that are considered to change speed limits include road characteristics, accidents and site distance.


Dine Out for Olathe Kids on Oct. 17
Released Oct. 8, 2012
Residents are encouraged to dine out from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, when more than 20 Olathe restaurants will participate in the second annual “Dining Out for Kids” fundraiser to benefit the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund. Participating restaurants will donate 10 percent or more of their dinner proceeds to the fund. This year’s campaign goal is $100,000.

The 2012 Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund will benefit 14 local charities serving Olathe children and families. They are: Catholic Charities, Children’s Shoe Fund, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Cypress Recovery, El Centro, Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County, Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Kansas Foster and Adoptive Children, KidsTLC, KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Mission Southside, Olathe Public Schools Foundation, SAFEHOME and the Salvation Army. 

A complete list of restaurants participating in “Dining Out for Kids” is available on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund website. No flyer or coupon is necessary.  


Olathe Wins Technology Award
Released Oct. 8, 2012
The Kansas City Business Journal announced last week that the City of Olathe won a 2012 ImpacT Award for efficiency. The award recognized 15 companies and organizations for using technology to produce “real” results in five categories: client interface, cutting expenses, efficiency, environmental impact and top-line growth.

Olathe was recognized for creating a new system that more quickly identifies and fixes streetlight outages.The City’s Information Technology Services Department added a one-touch feature to the existing computer interface in each Olathe Police Department Patrol car, which allows up to 20 officers at a time monitor and report outages. Previously, Olathe Public Works Department staff monitored street lights on arterial roadways by driving by them at night three times a year.

The KC Business Journal will formally recognize Olathe and the other ImpacT Award winners during a ceremony Nov. 5 at the Sheraton Overland Park.


Fall Festival Book Sale
Released Oct. 8, 2012
The Friends of the Olathe Public Library is hosting the Fall Festival Book Sale that will feature used and nearly-new materials from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. The Six Bucks a Sack Sale, which allows patrons to fill a bag for $6, will be held only from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.
The sale will be held at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd.

There will be a huge selection of new or nearly new cookbooks as well as collectible Little Golden Books, which will be buy two, get two of equal or lesser value free. A select group of signed books will be available for $5 each. The sale also will feature a variety of genres: romance, fiction, children’s and teens, mystery, reference, inspiration, classics, biography, science fiction, Christmas, family, poetry, arts, history, war and much more.

Checks or cash will be accepted and all sales are final. Due to space limitations, no strollers or book carts will be allowed at the sale. 


Cookout to Benefit the United Way
Released Oct. 8, 2012
The library staff will be grilling to raise money for United Way from 11 a.m. to 1:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 11, outside the Olathe Public Library, 201 E.  Park St. The menu includes brats for $2.50, hot dogs for $1.50, nachos for $2. Chips, treats and sodas will be 50 cents each.


Tiger Cub Scout Day
Released Oct. 8, 2012
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site will host Tiger Cub Scout Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20.  Mahaffie is located at 1200 Kansas City Rd.

Scouts can complete requirements for the Making My Family Special program as well as a special Mahaffie patch only offered during this program. Program registration is $10 per scout; accompanying adults are admitted free. Payment is due the day of the event. To register, call 913-971-5111. Scouts should bring a sack lunch, a water bottle and dress for the weather. 


Trick or Treat Off the Street
Released Oct. 8, 2012
Children and their families are invited to participate in Trick or Treat Off the Street. The events allows them to trick or treat at stations set up on the Mahaffie grounds while also enjoying fall farm activities and hayrides.

The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27.  Admission is $3 per person for ages 3 and older. Registration is not required. 

All details of these upcoming fun fall events can be found at www.mahaffie.org.


Fire Open House Showcases Department
Released Oct. 8, 2012
The Olathe Fire Department Open House featuring free educational activities, demonstrations and refreshments will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at Olathe Fire Station No. 1, 501 E. Old Hwy 56.

Activities for children and families include spraying water from a real hose; fire engine and station tours; meeting “Sparky” the talking robotic fire dog; hearing from experts about fire and life safety, emergency preparedness and the Community Emergency Response Team; and crash rescue and bomb squad demonstrations. Olathe Police Department officers also will conduct child car seat safety checks.


This edition of e-News: Oct. 1, 2012

  • City Council

  • Fire Open House Showcases Department

  • Women’s Self Defense Program Saturday

  • Cemetery Tour Tickets Going Fast

  • Olathe Public Library to Complete Lighting Upgrades

  • Prescription Drug Disposal Offered

City Council
Released Oct. 1, 2012
The Olathe City Council meets Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the Council Chamber at City Hall. 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.


Fire Open House Showcases Department
Released Oct. 1, 2012
The Olathe Fire Department Open House featuring free educational activities, demonstrations and refreshments will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at Olathe Fire Station No. 1, 501 E. Old Hwy 56.

Activities for children and families include spraying water from a real hose, fire engine and station tours, meeting “Sparky” the talking robotic fire dog, hearing from experts about fire and life safety, emergency preparedness and the Community Emergency Response Team, as well as crash rescue and bomb squad demonstrations. Olathe Police Department officers also will conduct child car seat safety checks.

For more information about the fire department, visit www.olatheks.org/fire.


Women’s Self Defense Program Saturday
Released Oct. 1, 2012
The T.A.K.E. (The Ali Kemp Education) Foundation Seminar returns to Olathe Parks and Recreation on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Millcreek Center, 311 E. Park St.

This FREE awareness and self-defense program for women does require pre-registration. To register, visit http://bit.ly/S61wiv. For more about the Ali Kemp Foundation and T.A.K.E. seminars, visit www.takedefense.org.


Cemetery Tour Tickets Going Fast
Released Oct. 1, 2012
Tickets are still available for the popular Fall Cemetery Tours, but they are selling quickly. 

The tours provide the opportunity to learn more about the historic Olathe Memorial Cemetery from Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site staff dressed in 19thcentury clothing. Tours start at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13. 

The theme for this year’s tours will be William Quantrill’s raid of Olathe on Sept. 7 1862. His band killed six men, looted Olathe businesses and damaged two Olathe newspaper offices.

Tour participants meet at Northview Elementary School, 905 N. Walker Ln. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Mahaffie, 1200 Kansas City Rd. or by calling 913-971-5111. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 11.

All details of these upcoming fun fall events can be found at www.mahaffie.org.


Olathe Public Library to Complete Lighting Upgrades
Released Oct. 1, 2012
Library patrons for the next couple of months will start noticing improvements to the lighting at Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park St.

Teague Electric will begin work during the overnight hours Monday, Oct. 1 to be the least destructive to patrons and staff. If it is necessary to close a section of the library during the day, staff will be able to retrieve materials for the public.

The project, funded by the library’s capital improvement fund, will be completed in eight phases. At this time, there are no plans to close the library during normal operating hours. Completion is slated for late November.
For more information, contact Emily Baker at 913-971-6880.


Prescription Drug Disposal Offered
Released Oct. 1, 2012
If you missed the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday in Olathe, don’t fret. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Regional Prevention Center to offer a permanent Prescription Drug Take-Back Drop Box at the county courthouse in downtown Olathe. The location at 100 N. Kansas Ave. is open 24 hours per day, seven days a week.