Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of e-News - April 29, 2013:

  • Olathe’s Public Works Department Receives Second Prestigious Reaccreditation
  • Community Partnership Bringing Unique Sports Field to Olathe
  • City of Olathe Housing Waitlist Opens May 1
  • Fair Housing Month – Fair Housing Workshops April 30
  • City to Host Girl Scout Open House April 30
  • Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Hosts Playing on the Prairie Event
  • Pitch, Hit, Run Sunday, May 5
  • UDO Development Forum and Public Open House May 8

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, May 6 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 OlatheKS.org.


Olathe’s Public Works Department Receives Second Prestigious Reaccreditation
The City of Olathe’s Public Works Department has recently been awarded a second prestigious American Public Works Association (APWA) Reaccreditation.  The APWA Reaccreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the management practices requirements established nationally in the public works industry. The Olathe Public Works Department previously received original Accreditation in July 2004, and Reaccreditation in January 2009. The department’s second APWA Reaccreditation was awarded this April 2013.

“The second APWA Reaccreditation shows that the Public Works Department and staff have rededicated ourselves to concepts of continuous improvement and in-depth self-assessment of department policies, procedures and practices, said Public Works Director Ron Norris. “I’m proud of our staff who provide a high level of dedication and service to our mission.”

The Olathe Public Works Department consists of seven areas of primary responsibility, including Administration, Planning Services, Infrastructure Management, Field Operations, Environmental Services, Solid Waste and Strategic Services. “The Public Works Department is committed to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Olathe by being one of the national leaders of quality public works services,” Norris said.


Community Partnership Bringing Unique Sports Field to Olathe
Olathe will soon be home to one of four adaptive baseball fields in the Greater Kansas City area. Located at the Olathe Public Schools’ College Boulevard Activities Complex (CBAC) it will become the home of The Miracle League of Olathe program. The Miracle League of Olathe formed in 2004, with a vision of offering children of all abilities the chance to play baseball. In 2013 the league will have an official home field thanks to a unique community partnership that brings together community organizations, private business and professional sports. 

Olathe Medical Center, will donate $125,000 to the project.  Olathe Public Schools is donating the land, and Olathe Parks and Recreation will operate the league.  Strickland Construction will assist in the construction of the field. These original partners are joined by other community organizations such as Hollis and Miller, Payne and Brockway, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City Royals Charities, Variety of Kansas City and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation who have all come forward with financial and fundraising support.

“To bring the community together for such a unique project is what Olathe is about,” said Eric Hughes, Miracle League Board President. “This is the right project at the right time and we are thrilled to partner with our local community, the Royals Charities, Variety of KC and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.”

The field is scheduled to begin construction this summer with a fall 2013 completion. The goal is to throw the first pitch during the spring 2014 season. Funds are still needed to complete the project. Contact Olathe Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Erin Dugan at 780-8037 for more information.


City of Olathe Housing Waitlist Opens May 1
The City of Olathe Housing Authority will open the waiting list for housing assistance both online and at the office at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1. The waiting list allows Olathe citizens the opportunity to be considered, on a first come first serve basis, for housing assistance. The available programs are:

  • Section 8:  Olathe’s Housing Choice Voucher program offers rental assistance to 509 families who rent in the private sector of Olathe.  The portion of rent the tenant pays is based on 30% of their adjusted gross income and the Olathe Housing Authority pays the balance. 
  • Public Housing:  Public Housing has 64 scattered site units owned by the Olathe Housing Authority.  The tenant’s rent is either 30% of their adjusted gross income or a flat rent.  Flat rent is based on bedroom size.
  • Parkview Manor:   A four story low-rise that has 64 one and two bedroom units. Tenant pays 30% of their adjusted gross income or flat rent.  Tenant does not pay utilities.

For more information on guidelines and the waiting list program please visit, OlatheKS.org/HT/HousingServices. The waiting list will be available at OlatheKS.org/HT/housing-authority-waiting-list or at the housing office located at 200 W. Santa Fe.


Fair Housing Month – Fair Housing Workshops April 30
April is recognized as Fair Housing Month, celebrated across the country and in Olathe as a way to commemorate the 1968 passage of the Fair Housing Act that prohibits discrimination in housing.

The Office of Human Relations, Human Relations Commission, and the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board have partnered with the Kansas City Association of Realtors and resource providers to host a series of Fair Housing Workshops on April 30, 2013.

For more information about the workshops, visit OlatheKS.org/HumanRelations/SpecialEvents. 

To learn more about fair housing and equal opportunities, please contact Consuella McCain-Nunnally at (913) 971-6493.


City to Host Girl Scout Open House April 30
The City of Olathe is hosting a Girl Scout Open House on Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber of Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe Street.

Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland and other city staff will educate Girl Scouts about various aspects of city government.  For more information, contact Brenda Long at 913-971-8940. 


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Begins Spring Season with Playing on the Prairie Event
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, will join with the Olathe Junior Service League for the annual Playing on the Prairie event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.  Visitors can look at springtime on the 1860s farm. The Olathe Junior Service League will have a free book for every child as they are combining their annual kick-off of their summer reading program with this event.

Weather permitting, family activities include:

  • Visiting animals. A new lamb born April 8 at Mahaffie will make her debut for Playing on the Prairie. Other animals that may be present include alpacas and Icelandic sheep. Sheep shearing will take place at 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
  • Trading Post
  • Storytelling at: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., & 2:30 p.m.
  • Leather braiding and stamping
  • Rain sticks, clothespin dolls, and hair feathers
  • Planting a sunflower seed
  • Exploring modern farm equipment sponsored by New Holland Tractor of Olathe
  • 19th Century games, laundry, cookstove and blacksmith demonstrations
  • Stagecoach rides ($2/person ages 3 and up)
  • Admission is FREE. Visit mahaffie.org for details and to download a memory book of the event.

Pitch, Hit, Run Sunday, May 5
Do you have an aspiring Royals player? Does your daughter want to play for Team USA? Join Olathe Parks and Recreation for an afternoon of fun with the Pitch, Hit and Run skills competition sponsored by Aquafina and Major League Baseball on Sunday, May 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Two Trails Park.

Pitch for accuracy, hit for distance and accuracy, and run for speed. Emphasis is on participation, encouragement, and fun.  Participants must be seven by July 17, 2013, and cannot be older than 14 on July 17, 2013. A copy of the participant’s birth certificate to verify age is required. There are four age divisions for boys and girls and the winners will advance to a sectional competition. For more information Olathe Parks and Recreation, at 971-8843.


UDO Development Forum and Public Open House May 8

The first draft of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is complete and the public is invited to learn more.  Olathe City Hall will host a development forum and public open house on Wednesday, May 8.  The schedule follows:

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – continental breakfast

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - development forum

10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – public open house

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – public presentation

The UDO is the City’s zoning code, currently being updated to better align with the City’s comprehensive plan, PlanOlathe.


This Edition of e-News - April 22, 2013:

  • Olathe Piloting New Program to Expand Resident Engagement Opportunities
  • Arbor Day Foundation Names Olathe Tree City USA, Growth Award Winner
  • City to Host Girl Scout Open House April 30
  • Volunteers in the Park Program Recognizes Longtime Partnership
  • Prescription Drug Take-Back Event April 27
  • Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Hosts Playing on the Prairie Event
  • Fair Housing Month – ADA and Service Animals
  • Olathe Parks and Recreation Hosting Tree Climbing Class April 27
  • Olathe Pool Pass Discount Ends Soon
  • Congressman Yoder to Hold Job Fair in Olathe

City Council
Released April 22, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, May 6 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 OlatheKS.org.


Olathe Piloting New Program to Expand Resident Engagement Opportunities
Released April 22, 2013
The City of Olathe is piloting a new program to enhance citizen engagement opportunities, Open Town Hall, as part of its ongoing e-Town Hall initiative.  During the pilot period, residents will have another tool to weigh-in on a number of topics through an online forum accessible on the City’s website, OlatheKS.org.

Various topics will be presented where citizen feedback is helpful in making critical decisions, including the first topic covering the City’s budget.  Residents are asked to subscribe initially, then invited to share opinions and insight.  Open Town Hall is being piloted in conjunction with Peak Democracy, a private company, and all subscription information will be absolutely confidential.

Open Town Hall is designed as another tool for residents to make sure they can conveniently and effectively engage with their government and help shape decisions impacting the entire community.

Residents are encouraged to visit Open Town Hall to subscribe and weigh-in.  If residents find this new tool helpful in better engaging their government, the City plans permanent implementation of this convenient access. 


Arbor Day Foundation Names Olathe Tree City USA, Growth Award Winner
Released April 22, 2013
For the 30th year, Olathe has received the Tree City USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation.  The national recognition honors communities that show a commitment to effective urban forest management.

Olathe also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Olathe make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.  “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social, and environmental benefits.”

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.

More information about the Tree City USA program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.


City to Host Girl Scout Open House April 30
Released April 22, 2013
The City of Olathe is hosting a Girl Scout Open House on Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber of Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe Street.

Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland and other city staff will educate Girl Scouts about various aspects of city government.  For more information, contact Brenda Long at 913-971-8940. 


Volunteers in the Park Program Recognizes Longtime Partnership
Released April 22, 2013
The City of Olathe Volunteers in the Park Program will recognize Cub Scout Pack 3387 for 10 years of service at Calamity Line Park on Saturday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m. While the members of the troop have changed over the years, the commitment to Calamity Line Park has remained constant. The troop dedicates time each year to park clean up and assisting with small projects as assigned by volunteer program coordinator and senior horticulturist Liz Newman.

“It is fun to watch the troop come back each year and take pride in their park,” said Newman. “This is our first group of volunteers to hit this milestone.”

The City will recognize this troop and their efforts after their work day on April 27 with a barbeque lunch and remarks from Mayor Michael Copeland.  


Prescription Drug Take-Back Event April 27
Released April 22, 2013
On April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Olathe Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) provides another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA in coordination with thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In five previous take-back events, the DEA and the partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposal of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards.


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Begins Spring Season with Playing on the Prairie Event
Released April 22, 2013
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, will join with the Olathe Junior Service League for the annual Playing on the Prairie event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.  Visitors can look at springtime on the 1860s farm. The Olathe Junior Service League will have a free book for every child as they are combining their annual kick-off of their summer reading program with this event.

Weather permitting, family activities include:

  • Visiting animals. A new lamb born April 8 at Mahaffie will make her debut for Playing on the Prairie. Other animals that may be present include alpacas and Icelandic sheep. Sheep shearing will take place at 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
  • Trading Post
  • Storytelling at: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., & 2:30 p.m.
  • Leather braiding and stamping
  • Rain sticks, clothespin dolls, and hair feathers
  • Planting a sunflower seed
  • Exploring modern farm equipment sponsored by New Holland Tractor of Olathe
  • 19th Century games, laundry, cookstove and blacksmith demonstrations
  • Stagecoach rides ($2/person ages 3 and up)
  • Admission is FREE. Visit mahaffie.org for details and to download a memory book of the event.

Fair Housing Month – ADA and Service Animals
Released April 22, 2013
April is recognized as Fair Housing Month, celebrated across the country and in Olathe as a way to commemorate the 1968 passage of the Fair Housing Act that prohibits discrimination in housing.

Throughout the month, the Office of Human Relations shares facts and information about fair housing rights and practices. This week’s topic is the Americans with Disabilities Act and service animals. Did you know the phrase “No pets allowed” does not apply to service animals?  Service animals are a healthcare option that many individuals choose to help overcome the limitations imposed by disabilities. In order to be protected by the Fair Housing Act with regard to service animals, three criteria must be met:

  • The person must have a disability as defined by the Act.
  • The animal must serve a function directly related to the person’s disability.
  • The request to have the service animal must be reasonable.

For more information about the Americans with Disabilities Act, visit OlatheKS.org/HumanRelations/SpecialEvents.

Save the date for the upcoming Fair Housing Series on April 30.  To learn more about fair housing and equal opportunities, please contact Consuella McCain-Nunnally at (913) 971-6493.


Olathe Parks and Recreation Hosting Tree Climbing Class April 27
Released April 22, 2013
Looking for family fun on Saturday, April 27? Go out on a limb with Tree Climbing Class! Safety and FUN are the two most important criteria. Learn how to safely ascend and descend wearing comfortable climbing harnesses and helmets. Equipment is supplied and all knots are tied by City staff. Participants are asked to be of relatively good health and wear comfortable climbing clothes such as long pants, t-shirts and sturdy shoes. The two hour program costs $29 for non-residents and $26 for residents.  Two sessions are available at Stagecoach Park (1205 North Kansas City Road); 10:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Register by calling 971-8643.


Olathe Pool Pass Discount Ends Soon
Released April 22, 2013
Purchase your pool pass before April 30 and receive a $10 discount on family membership and a $5 discount on individual passes.

This year, patrons with children five and under have the option to upgrade to the Super Pass for an additional $55.  The Super Pass provides entry into the Me & Mini Me swim sessions at Oregon Trail (Tuesday & Thursday mornings) and Black Bob Bay (Monday and Wednesday mornings). Me & Mini Me swim sessions run from 10:30 a.m. to noon on designated days.

To learn more about pool pass options, visit OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/Programs/Aquatics/Admission.


Congressman Yoder to Hold Job Fair in Olathe
Released April 22, 2013
Congressman Kevin Yoder will again hold a 3rd District Job Fair and Resource Expo to help residents looking for employment and business owners seeking employees to meet face-to-face. The Job Fair and Resource Expo will be held on Wednesday, May 1st at the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe, and will again include a special morning hour exclusive to veterans only.

The Jobs Fair will last from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., with the 9:00-10:00 a.m. hour exclusively for veterans. Job-seekers should dress for success, bring several copies of their resume, and do not need to register or pay to attend.

For more information, visit Yoder.house.gov, or contact Susan Metsker in Congressman Yoder’s District Office at (913) 621-0832.


This Edition of e-News - April 15, 2013:

  • City Council Swearing-In Ceremony and Reception
  • Annual Garmin Marathon April 20; Expect Traffic Delays
  • Give ‘Em a Brake during National Work Zone Awareness Week April 15-19
  • Olathe Farmers’ Market Opens April 20
  • Prescription Drug Take-Back Event April 27
  • Olathe Pool Pass Discount Ends Soon
  • Mahaffie’s Spring Cemetery Tour Highlights Local History
  • Fair Housing Month – Predatory Lending
  • Mahaffie Neighbors Invited to Farm Barn Improvement Meeting

City Council; Swearing-In Ceremony and Reception
Released April 15, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, April 16 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.

The Council meeting will include a swearing-in ceremony for new councilmember Wes McCoy (Ward 3) and re-elected councilmembers Marge Vogt (Ward 4) and Ron Ryckman (At-large).  A reception will precede the meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall lobby. 


Annual Garmin Marathon April 20; Expect Traffic Delays
Released April 15, 2013
The annual Garmin Marathon – a marathon, half-marathon and 5K run sponsored by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau – will take place on Saturday morning, April 20. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event, which attracts runners of all levels and ages from across the country. Approximately 3000 runners are expected to attend this year’s Wizard-of-Oz –themed event right here in Olathe!

The marathon follows a new course this year over city streets and trails throughout Olathe. There will be intermittent periods between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. when the Olathe Police Department, Olathe traffic personnel, and Garmin Marathon volunteers will close intersections and driveways to allow runners to safely pass.  For more information, including maps, volunteer opportunities, and a unique “fly over” view of the course, visit www.olathe.org/cvb/sports/Marathon/index.html.

The route for the run starts at Garmin headquarters (1200 E 151st) traveling north on Ridgeview to Loula Street and heading west to Kansas Avenue through downtown Olathe. From Kansas to Spruce Street the route will head under the railroad then take a north turn onto Iowa Street. Runners will navigate Iowa northbound to 119th Street before heading west to Lone Elm. The route will reach its northern-most boundary as it then will travel east on College over to Ridgeview before taking the southbound turn.  Migrating south on Ridgeview the course will take a quick jog through the Johnson County facilities located along Sunset and down Northgate to Mill Creek Streamway Park where runners head back up to 119th eastbound to meet up with Ridgeview.  At Ridgeview, participants travel south to Harold/127th Street crossing over I-35 to Arapahoe Dr. Runners will make their way southbound to Indian Creek Parkway arriving at Frontier Park where they will enter Indian Creek Trail for miles #15-#25. The final mile of the race runners will cruise through the campus of Olathe South High School as they approach the finish line back at Garmin Headquarters.

Street and intersection closures from mile markers #1-#13 (Mur Len and 127th) will reopen by 10:00 a.m. Drivers will be allowed to cross at major intersections during a significant gap in the race or as intersections are cleared of all participants. Residents and businesses directly affected by the race have been notified.  Please heed detour signs and observe extreme caution during this event.


Give ‘Em a Brake during National Work Zone Awareness Week April 15-19
Released April 15, 2013
The green of spring means the ORANGE of construction season is upon us. Work zone safety is important for drivers and workers alike. In celebration of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 15-19, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials reminds drivers to slow down, read road signs and avoid distractions, as seen in this public service announcement video.

Olathe and surrounding areas are currently undergoing several significant road improvement projects including the Santa Fe Streetscape project and KDOT Yellow and Gateway projects impacting both the I-35 and I-435 corridors. Drivers are reminded to slow down and “Give ’Em A Brake!”  For weekly road and lane closures, visit www.OlatheKS.org/PublicWorks/Alerts or www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp


Olathe Farmers’ Market Opens April 20
Released April 15, 2013
Each year, the Olathe Farmers’ Market draws vendors and visitors from miles away.  The market offers regionally grown fresh produce, plants and fresh flowers.

The Saturday Farmers’ Market will open for the season on April 20, at 200 West Santa Fe in downtown Olathe (corner of Poplar and Kansas Avenue). The Saturday market hours are from 8:00 a.m. until produce is sold.  The Saturday market will run through October 20.

The Wednesday market will open on June 5 with new hours of operation.  The Wednesday market will now run from 8:00 a.m. until produce is sold.  The Wednesday market will run through September 26.

For additional information, visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/Farmers.


Prescription Drug Take-Back Event April 27
Released April 15, 2013
On April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Olathe Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) provides another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA in coordination with thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In five previous take-back events, the DEA and the partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposal of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards.


Olathe Pool Pass Discount Ends Soon
Released April 15, 2013
Purchase your pool pass before April 30 and receive a $10 discount on family membership and a $5 discount on individual passes.

This year, patrons with children five and under have the option to upgrade to the Super Pass for an additional $55.  The Super Pass provides entry into the Me & Mini Me swim sessions at Oregon Trail (Tuesday & Thursday mornings) and Black Bob Bay (Monday and Wednesday mornings). Me & Mini Me swim sessions run from 10:30 a.m. to noon on designated days.

To learn more about pool pass options, visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/Programs/Aquatics/Admission.


Spring Home School Day April 25
Released April 15, 2013
Registration is now open for spring Home School Day on April 25.  Students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade can participate in Growing Up Victorian.  Students in 3rd grade and up can participate in JB Mahaffie Had a Farm. Program times are 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $5/home school student and accompanying adults are free. For more details and to register, visit www.mahaffie.org


Mahaffie’s Spring Cemetery Tour Highlights Local History
Released April 15, 2013
Tickets are available for the popular annual Spring Cemetery Tours.  Mahaffie staff will lead tours of the historic Olathe Memorial Cemetery exploring the symbols, historical figures and landscapes of the cemetery.  Established in 1865, the cemetery is located at 738 N. Chestnut St.

The tours will be held Sunday, April 22, at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Participants will meet at Northview Elementary School, 905 N. Walker.  Tours require long periods of walking and refreshments will be provided. Tickets are $3/adults and $2/children ages 5-11 and may be purchased at Mahaffie or by calling the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm at (913) 971-5111.


Fair Housing Month – Predatory Lending
Released April 15, 2013
April is recognized as Fair Housing Month, celebrated across the country and in Olathe as a way to commemorate the 1968 passage of the Fair Housing Act that prohibits discrimination in housing.

Throughout the month, the Office of Human Relations shares facts and information about fair housing rights and practices. This week’s topic is Predatory Lending.  Predatory lending occurs when a lender uses unfair, deceptive, or fraudulent practices when selling a loan to a consumer.  Borrowers are steered toward unaffordable loans, or charged higher fees or interest rates than those for which they qualify.  Subprime mortgages are generally defined as higher-cost home loans made to borrowers with less-than-ideal credit. 

To learn more about fair housing and equal opportunities, please contact Consuella McCain-Nunnally at (913) 971-6493.


Mahaffie Neighbors Invited to Farm Barn Improvement Meeting
Released April 15, 2013
Neighbors of the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm are invited to a neighborhood meeting to see the proposed plans and development schedule for the new barn being designed for the Mahaffie Farmstead.  Attendees will be asked for input and ideas.  The meeting is scheduled for April 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center, 200 N. Kansas City Road.  Requests for special accommodations are requested within 48 hours of the meeting.  Contact Mike Latka at (913) 971-8659.


This Edition of e-News - April 8, 2013:

  • City to Host Scouting Open House April 11
  • Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Hosts Olathe Chamber Coffee April 11
  • Boy Scouts Dedicate Day to Olathe Parks
  • Helmet Head Bike Rodeo April 14
  • Olathe Farmers’ Market Opens April 20
  • Mahaffie’s Spring Cemetery Tour Highlights Local History
  • Olathe Pool Pass Discount Ends Soon
  • Fair Housing Month History and Facts
  • 2014 Johnson County and City of Olathe CDBG Funds Announcement

City Council
Released April 8, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, April 16 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 to Host Scouting Open House April 11
Released April 8, 2013
The City of Olathe is hosting an Open House for Scouting on Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe Street.

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

Space is limited and an RSVP is requested.  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. 


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Hosts Olathe Chamber Coffee April 11
Released April 8, 2013
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop will host the popular Olathe Chamber Coffee on Thursday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Heritage Center. Chamber Coffees are a great way to network with local businesses. Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Foundation will feature the annual Sunflower Wickets Croquet Tournament. The Olathe Historical Society is co-hosting and coffee is generously provided by Regency Coffee.


Boy Scouts Dedicate Day to Olathe Parks
Released April 8, 2013
More than 500 boy scouts from the Red Tailed Hawk District will descend on Olathe to complete a variety of projects on Saturday, April 13.   The group will focus efforts on the Indian Creek Greenways Trail and adjacent parks. Projects will include trail clean-up, painting and other improvements along the trail. A list of locations and projects is available through the City of Olathe’s Volunteers in the Parks Coordinator, Liz Newman, 913-971-9720.

The Volunteers in the Parks program is a citywide initiative to bring community organizations into the parks for large scale projects. To learn more, visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/Volunteer.


Helmet Head Bike Rodeo April 14
Released April 8, 2013
The Olathe Fire Department invites all area children to bring their bikes to the annual Helmet Head Bike Rodeo on Sunday, April 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Doctors Building I parking lot of Olathe Medical Center, 20375 W. 151st Street. Kids ages 15 and under will receive a free bike helmet while supplies last. All parents must be accompanied by a child. Spanish and sign language interpreters will be available courtesy of Olathe Medical Center.

Thanks to the Rodeo’s premier sponsors: Atmos Energy, Olathe Fire Department, Olathe Medical Center, the Pilot Club of Shawnee Mission and Safe Kids Johnson County. Also thanks to Med-Act and the Olathe Police Department.

While at the Rodeo, stop by Olathe Medical Center’s Family Fun Fest for free screenings, health information and lots of family fun activities. The Fun Fest will be held adjacent to the Bike Rodeo. Visit www.OlatheHealth.org for more information about the Family Fun Fest.


Olathe Farmers’ Market Opens April 20
Released April 8, 2013
Each year, the Olathe Farmers’ Market draws vendors and visitors from miles away.  The market offers regionally grown fresh produce, plants and fresh flowers.

The Saturday Farmers’ Market will open for the season on April 20, at 200 West Santa Fe in downtown Olathe (corner of Poplar and Kansas Avenue). Saturday market hours are from 8:00 a.m. until produce is sold.  The Saturday market will run through October 20.

The Wednesday market will open on June 5 with new hours of operation from 8:00 a.m. until produce is sold.  The Wednesday market will run through September 26.

For additional information, visit Farmers Market.


Mahaffie’s Spring Cemetery Tour Highlights Local History
Released April 8, 2013
Tickets are available for the popular annual Spring Cemetery Tours.  Mahaffie staff will lead tours of the historic Olathe Memorial Cemetery exploring the symbols, historical figures and landscapes of the cemetery. 

The tours will be held Sunday, April 22, at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Participants will meet at Northview Elementary School, 905 N. Walker.  Tours require long periods of walking and refreshments are provided. Tickets are $3/adults and $2/children ages 5-11 and may be purchased at Mahaffie or by calling the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm at (913) 971-5111.  Established in 1865, the cemetery is located at 738 N. Chestnut St.


Olathe Pool Pass Discount Ends Soon
Released April 8, 2013
Purchase your season pool pass before April 30 and receive a $10 discount on family membership and a $5 discount on individual passes.

This year, patrons with children ages five and under can upgrade to the Super Pass for an additional $55.  The Super Pass provides entry into the Me & Mini Me swim sessions at Oregon Trail (Tuesday & Thursday mornings) and Black Bob Bay (Monday and Wednesday mornings). Me & Mini Me swim sessions run from 10:30 a.m. to noon on designated days.

To learn more about pass options, visit Aquatics Admission.


Fair Housing Month History and Facts
Released April 8, 2013
April is recognized as Fair Housing Month, celebrated across the country and in Olathe as a way to commemorate the 1968 passage of the Fair Housing Act that prohibits discrimination in housing.

The Fair Housing Act covers all types of housing intended as a short or long-term residence, including privately owned housing, housing that receives federal financial assistance, and housing owned or operated by state and local governments.  The Act includes private accommodations such as multi-family dwellings (apartments, condos, duplexes) for rent/sale, single dwelling homes, home owner associations and neighborhood associations.  The Act also includes public accommodations like hotels/motels, shelters and transitional housing, nursing homes, manufactured housing and public transportation.

The Fair Housing Act protects against discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familiar status and disability. 

To learn more about fair housing and equal opportunities, please contact Consuella McCain-Nunnally at (913) 971-6493.


2014 Johnson County and City of Olathe CDBG Funds Announcement
Released April 8, 2013
The 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application process is now open through Johnson County and the City of Olathe. The City of Olathe CDBG Program will accept applications until May 17 at 4:00 pm.   Eligible applicants for Olathe CDBG funding include City programs, City departments, Olathe nonprofit organizations with an IRS 501(c)(3) tax exemption letter, and Olathe faith-based organizations.  For more information, contact Kathy Rankin at 971-6267 or Carroll Ramseyer at 971-6273.


This Edition of e-News - April 1, 2013:

  • Drought Continues Despite Record Snowfall
  • Spring Season Begins at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop
  • Mahaffie’s Spring Cemetery Tour Highlights Local History
  • Helmet Head Bike Rodeo April 14
  • Olathe’s Human Relations Office Recognizes Fair Housing Month
  • Olathe Police Department Offers Spring Crime Prevention Tips

City Council
Released April 1, 2013
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, April 2 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 Website.


Drought Continues Despite Record Snowfall
Released April 1, 2013
Late winter snowstorms dumped record amounts of snow on Olathe and the metro area. The over two feet of snow in February and March is equivalent to average snowfall for the area experienced during a typical five month period.

As a general rule of thumb, ten to 12 inches of snowfall equals approximately one inch of rain. Even with record snowfall amounts, this liquid-rich snow produced the equivalent of only 2.503 inches of moisture.  To make up the gap in snowfall, we would need to receive 130 to 156 inches of snow in this area.

While the snow meltdown is beginning to refill retention ponds, streams and rivers, the overall impact on the long-term drought remains minimal.  Olathe is over 13 inches below average for rainfall since April 2012 based on the latest drought monitor data.  As a result, we remain in a moderate drought status.  With the weather getting warmer and landscapes getting greener, it is still critical to remember Wise Outdoor Watering (W.O.W.) practices. Think W.O.W. to minimize water waste, increase water conservation and help manage our resources.

For more details on the current updates and drought data in your area, please visit the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office -Kansas City/Pleasant Hill, MO at www.crh.noaa.gov/eax/?n=drought.


Spring Season Begins at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop
Released April 1, 2013
Spring is a busy time on the farm, signaling the return of 1860s living history activities.  The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will be open Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. Special activities in the cellar of the historic home are planned. 

  • See how farmers prepared their crops.
  • Taste what is cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's stove.
  • Take a stagecoach ride and more!  Some activities are weather permitting. 
  • Admission is $6/adults, $4/children ages 5-11, Olathe residents receive $1 off.
  • The Heritage Center only will be open Wednesdays through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Other upcoming spring activities now open for registration include:


Mahaffie’s Spring Cemetery Tour Highlights Local History
Released April 1, 2013
Tickets are available for the popular annual Spring Cemetery Tours.  Mahaffie staff will lead tours of the historic Olathe Memorial Cemetery exploring the symbols, historical figures and landscapes of the cemetery.  Established in 1865, the cemetery is located at 738 N. Chestnut St.

The tours will be held Sunday, April 22, at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Participants will meet at Northview Elementary School, 905 N. Walker.  Tours require long periods of walking and refreshments are provided. Tickets are $3/adults and $2/children ages 5-11 and may be purchased at Mahaffie or by calling the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm at (913) 971-5111.


Helmet Head Bike Rodeo April 14
Released April 1, 2013
The Olathe Fire Department invites all area children to bring their bikes to the annual Helmet Head Bike Rodeo on Sunday, April 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Doctors Building I parking lot of Olathe Medical Center, 20375 W. 151st Street. Kids ages 15 and under will receive a free bike helmet while supplies last. All parents must be accompanied by a child. Spanish and sign language interpreters will be available courtesy of Olathe Medical Center.

Thanks to the Rodeo’s premier sponsors: Atmos Energy, Olathe Fire Department, Olathe Medical Center, the Pilot Club of Shawnee Mission and Safe Kids Johnson County. Also thanks to Med-Act and the Olathe Police Department.

While at the Rodeo, stop by Olathe Medical Center’s Family Fun Fest for free screenings, health information and lots of family fun activities. The Fun Fest will be held adjacent to the Bike Rodeo. Visit www.OlatheHealth.org for more information about the Family Fun Fest.


Olathe’s Human Relations Office Recognizes Fair Housing Month
Released April 1, 2013
April is recognized as Fair Housing Month, celebrated across the country and in Olathe as a way to commemorate the 1968 passage of the Fair Housing Act that prohibits discrimination in housing.

The Olathe Human Relations Office plans activities and opportunities to educate people about fair housing rights found within the law during the month. 

A Fair Housing Month Proclamation at the April 2 City Council meeting will kick off the activities. Look for additional information each Monday in April. 

To learn more about Fair Housing and Equal Opportunities, please contact Consuella McCain-Nunnally at (913) 971-6493.


Olathe Police Department Offers Spring Crime Prevention Tips
Released April 1, 2013
Spring often means an increase in criminal activity. The following tips from the Olathe Police Department can help keep you and your home safe.

  • Roll up your car windows, take any valuables out of your car, and lock your doors every time you exit your vehicle, even if your vehicle is parked in your driveway.
  • Keep your home locked at all times. If you are working in the back yard, lock your front door and close/lock your garage door. Lock your back door when you are in the front yard. Always lock your doors when you leave, even if you only plan to be gone for a few minutes.
  • Close and lock your home windows and sliding doors when you go to bed or leave the house.
  • Install motion-activated lights in your front and back yards so when someone approaches your home, the lights automatically come on, illuminating that person.
  • Store all ladders and other tools into a secure storage area after use. Ladders and other tools can be used by criminals to access your home. Always lock storage units or sheds on your property.
  • Be aware of home improvement scams. If you did not solicit a contractor or salesman who shows up at your door unannounced, do not do business with that person.
  • If a utility representative comes to your house, request identification. True representatives will carry identification and they will show it to you. Call their company for verification.
  • Be a watchful, attentive neighbor to spot criminals and alert police to their presence.
  • Get involved in your community to help us keep your spring happy and safe.