Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of e-News - April 28, 2014:

  • K-7/169 at I-35 Pavement Repair Project to Begin April 28
  • 2014 Water Quality Report Now Available
  • Parker Street Public Information Open House  April 28
  • City of Olathe Housing Waitlist Opens May 1
  • Mahaffie Barn Grand Opening and Playing on the Prairie
  • Pool Membership Discount Ends Soon
  • Olathe Community Center Memberships

City Council
Released April 28, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, April 29, at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a special session to discuss the Parks and Recreation Master Plan recommendations. To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


K-7/169 at I-35 Pavement Repair Project to Begin April 28
Released April 28, 2014
Beginning Monday, April 28, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin a pavement replacement project on 169/K-7 over I-35 between the northbound and southbound interchange exit ramps in Olathe. This project will require the closure of northbound and southbound K-7/169 exit ramps through mid-July, weather permitting. A marked detour will be provided, and access to local businesses will be maintained throughout the project duration. 

Project work includes partial and full-depth concrete patching on the mainline lanes and interchange exit ramps in both directions. Work will take place during daylight hours Monday through Friday, with some occasional weekend work. 

Drivers should expect some delays and must use alternate routes during the roadway and ramp closures. Updated daily traffic information for this project can be viewed online at KSDOT.org/KCMetro/LaneClose.asp.

For more information regarding this pavement replacement project, please contact Kimberly Qualls at (785) 640-9340 or Joshua Welge at (913) 764-4525. 


2014 Water Quality Report Now Available
Released April 28, 2014
The City of Olathe is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 Water Quality Report, now available on OlatheKS.org.

Each year, the City provides customers with an annual water quality report as assurance that City water meets and exceeds state and federal drinking water quality standards. The report contains important information about the source and quality of the drinking water delivered over the past year.

City water customers can find the web address for online access on their billing statement. Landlords, businesses, schools, and other groups with water users who do not receive a bill directly from the City of Olathe are encouraged to make their stakeholders aware of the report’s availability.

To request a paper copy, please contact Customer Service at 913-971-9311 or visit us at 1385 S. Robinson Drive.


Parker Street Public Information Open House
Released April 28, 2014
A Public Information Open House regarding planned improvements to Parker Street from W. Harold to 119th Street is scheduled for April 28, from 5:00 p.m.to 6:30 p.m. at the Community Bible Church (1304 N. Parker Street).

Improvements to Parker Street will include pavement rehabilitation and road closures to replace the existing bridge with a culvert. For additional information, contact Jeff LeMire at 913-971-9004.


City of Olathe Housing Waitlist Opens May 1
Released April 28, 2014
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 Thursday, May 1. The waiting list allows Olathe citizens consideration for housing assistance on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 tenants pay is based on 30% of their adjusted gross income and the Olathe Housing Authority pays the balance. 
  • Public Housing:  The Olathe Housing Authority owns 64 scattered site units. The tenant’s rent is either 30% of their adjusted gross income or a flat-rate rent based on bedroom size.
  • Parkview Manor: This four story low-rise has 64 one and two bedroom units. Tenants pay 30% of their adjusted gross income or a flat-rate rent.  Tenants do not pay utilities.

For more information about 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 starting May 1 after 8:00 am.


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Kicks-off Spring Season with Barn Grand Opening and Playing on the Prairie Event
Free admission for a day of animal interactions, demonstrations, period games and crafts  
Released April 28, 2014
Spring is in the air at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm with the Grand Opening of its new Agricultural Heritage Barn on Saturday, May 3.  Tour the Barn and take part in activities from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The 8500 square-foot structure will house the Mahaffie livestock, period farm equipment and horse-drawn vehicles, including the famous stagecoach. Funded through a donation by long-time benefactor and Olathe resident Maron Moore, The Barn construction carries special significance. 

“In 1872, the Olathe newspaper reported the Mahaffie family was building the largest barn in the county, making it a centerpiece of their farm,” said Tim Talbott, Mahaffie site manager. “While this is not a reproduction of that barn, it conveys a similar spirit while telling the story of this 19th century farm family. The Barn helps us care for our livestock, exhibit our period farm equipment, and provide year-round education and up-close experiences with our livestock for visitors. We truly thank Mrs. Moore and her generous donation that made this barn possible, and her on-going support of Mahaffie for more than thirty years.”

The Grand Opening of the new Barn coincides with Mahaffie’s annual Playing on the Prairie, a day when children can step back in time for up-close and personal experiences of life on the western trails and an 1860s farm. The event is jointly presented with the Olathe Junior Service League. In addition to visiting the farm, riding the stagecoach, and participating in the daily living history activities, Mahaffie plans special events for the day:

  • Interacting with the Mahaffie animals, including baby chicks and new goats
  • Playing 19th century games like Graces and Rolling Hoops
  • Helping with farm chores like planting, corn grinding, butter churning and laundry
  • Making period crafts like clothespin dolls and leather stamping
  • Watching sheep shearing, blacksmithing, bread making and fiber art demonstrations

Admission is free for this special event.  Stagecoach rides cost $2 per person for ages 3 and up. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

“Through this event, and particularly with the opening of our new barn, we are depicting many experiences of life as a 19th century farm family,” said Alexis Woodall, Mahaffie special events coordinator. “It’s low-tech but high-touch, teaching visitors of all ages about agriculture from the past compared with today’s food on your table. It’s educational – and, just as importantly, it’s fun.”

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm has welcomed visitors since 1858, when it was first operated by James and Lucinda Mahaffie as a stop for westbound travelers and stagecoach passengers. Today, the historic site is still a working farm and the only stagecoach stop on the Santa Fe Trail open to the public. It is located at 1200 Kansas City Road in Olathe.


Pool Membership Discount Ends Soon
Released April 28, 2014
Tuesday, April 30 is the last day to purchase City of Olathe swimming pool passes with the early splash discount.  Family season passes are discounted $10 and include admission for up to six family members.  Individual season passes are discounted $5.  Pool passes can be obtained by visiting the Parks & Recreation office located at City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.  For more information, visit OlatheKS.org/ParksRec or call 971-8563.


Olathe Community Center Memberships
Released April 28, 2014
Olathe’s new Community Center is scheduled to open July 1, 2014. With almost 72,000 square feet of activity, rental space, aquatics and fitness, the center is designed to serve as a multi-generational facility for all of Olathe to enjoy.

Take advantage of the special Charter Member program incentives by purchasing your membership through the Olathe Parks & Recreation office by April 30. Be one of the first to call the Olathe Community Center your favorite place to get active!

Learn more about the center and membership by visiting the Olathe Community Center webpage.


This Edition of e-News - April 21, 2014:

  • Intersection Improvements to Begin at US 169 (K7) & 159th Street
  • Downtown Streetscape and Park Dedication, Ribbon Cutting
  • College Boulevard Public Information Open House April 24
  • Garmin Marathon Runs through Olathe on April 26
  • Prescription Drug Take-Back Event April 26
  • Helmet Head Bike Rodeo April 27
  • Parker Street Public Information Open House  April 28
  • Mahaffie Spring Kick Off with Barn Grand Opening
  • Olathe Community Center Memberships

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.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


Intersection Improvements to Begin at US 169 (K-7) & 159th Street
Intersection improvements are scheduled to begin this week at the intersection of US 169 & 159th Street. Phase one will include installation of traffic signal poles and demolition. The roadways will remain open, with lane reductions and closures occurring during working hours only.

Phase two will include removal of existing improvements, grading, installation of storm sewer, street lighting, curb and gutter, removal and replacement of asphalt on 159th Street. Weather permitting, this phase is tentatively scheduled to be completed in June and July. Traffic control will be present and will include lane closures, including the complete closure of 159th Street west of the US 169 (K-7) intersection.

The final phase will include additional intersection modifications, paving, signing, striping and sodding of the project limits. The project is tentatively scheduled to be complete in August of 2014. For more information, visit Construction Projects or contact the Project Manager at 913-971-9004.


Olathe Top 10 Most Desirable Mid-Size Cities to Move To
Congratulations, Olatheans!  You’re already home in one of the 10 best midsize cities to move to.  Visit http://realestate.msn.com/10-best-midsize-cities-to-move-to#2.


Downtown Streetscape and Park Dedication, Ribbon Cutting
The public is invited to the Downtown Streetscape and Park Dedication and Ribbon Cutting on April 25 at 11:00 a.m.  The event will include commemoration of plaques and artwork honoring Olathe citizens who have served as Kansas State Governors.


Fido and Me Kicks Off April 22
Grab the leash and your favorite pooch and head out to the Black Bob Park basketball courts Tuesday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m.  This free program is designed for you and your favorite pup to get active this spring. Camp Bow Wow will be there to lead the walk each week until June 25.  Watch the City of Olathe Parks & Recreation Facebook for changes in meeting location, weather-related announcements and more.


College Boulevard Public Information Open House April 24
Please join us for a Public Information Open House on the planned improvements for College Boulevard between Ridgeview Road and Renner Boulevard on Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church (11458 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe).

Improvements to College Boulevard between Ridgeview Road and Renner Boulevard are being added to the Johnson County Gateway Project: I-435/I-35/K-10 Interchanges Phase 2 Design-Build Project. Work on these improvements is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014.

Representatives from the cities of Lenexa and Olathe, the Kansas Department of Transportation, and the design-builder will be on-hand to answer your questions. Visit JoCoGateway.org for additional information.


Garmin Marathon Runs through Olathe on April 26
The annual Garmin Marathon will take place on Saturday morning, April 26.  Sponsored by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Garmin Marathon is a marathon, half-marathon and 6K running event. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the event, which attracts runners of all levels and ages from across the country. Approximately 4,000 runners are expected to attend this year’s Wizard-of-Oz –themed event right here in Olathe!

The three races follow similar routes as in past years over city streets and trails throughout Olathe. There will be intermittent periods between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. when intersections and driveways will be closed to allow runners to safely pass.  View Garmin Marathon for more information, including maps, registration forms, and volunteer opportunities.

The Olathe Chamber of Commerce and Garmin Marathon organizers thank residents and businesses of Olathe for their cooperation with this great community event and for making our local and out-of-town guests feel welcome.


Prescription Drug Take-Back Event April 26
Rid your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs by disposing of them on April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the CVS Pharmacy located at 2011 E. Santa Fe Rd.  Sponsored by the Olathe Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA, in coordination with thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In seven previous take-back events, the DEA and the partners took in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 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.


Helmet Head Bike Rodeo April 27
The Olathe Fire Department invites all area children to bring their bikes to the annual Helmet Head Bike Rodeo on Sunday, April 27 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 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.

Stop by Olathe Medical Center's Family Fun Fest for free screenings, health information family fun activities. The Fun Fest will be held adjacent to the Bike Rodeo. Visit OlatheHealth.org for more information.


Parker Street Public Information Open House
A Public Information Open House regarding planned improvements to Parker Street from W. Harold to 119th Street is scheduled on Monday, April 28th, 5:00 p.m.– 6:30 p.m. at the Community Bible Church (1304 N. Parker Street, Olathe, KS 66061).

Improvements to Parker Street will include pavement rehabilitation and road closures to replace the existing bridge with a culvert. For additional information, contact Jeff LeMire at 913-971-9004.


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Kicks-off Spring Season with Barn Grand Opening and Playing on the Prairie Event
Free admission for a day of animal interactions, demonstrations, period games and crafts  

Spring is in the air at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm with the Grand Opening of its new Agricultural Heritage Barn on Saturday, May 3.  Tour the Barn and take part in activities from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The 8500 square-foot structure will house the Mahaffie livestock, period farm equipment and horse-drawn vehicles, including the famous stagecoach. Funded through a donation by long-time benefactor and Olathe resident Maron Moore, The Barn construction carries special significance.


“In 1872, the Olathe newspaper reported the Mahaffie family was building the largest barn in the county, making it a centerpiece of their farm,” said Tim Talbott, Mahaffie Site Manager. “While this is not a reproduction of that barn, it conveys a similar spirit while telling the story of this 19th century farm family. The Barn helps us care for our livestock, exhibit our period farm equipment, and provide year-round education and up-close experiences with our livestock for visitors. We truly thank Mrs. Moore and her generous donation that made this Barn possible, and her on-going support of Mahaffie for more than thirty years.”


The Grand Opening of the new Barn coincides with Mahaffie’s annual Playing on the Prairie, a day when children can step back in time for up-close and personal experiences of life on the western trails and an 1860s farm. The event is jointly presented with the Olathe Junior Service League. In addition to visiting the farm, riding the stagecoach, and participating in the daily living history activities, Mahaffie plans lots of special events for the day:

• Interacting with the Mahaffie animals, including baby chicks and new goats
• Playing 19th century games like Graces and Rolling Hoops
• Helping with farm chores like planting, corn grinding, butter churning and laundry
• Making period crafts like clothespin dolls and leather stamping
• Watching sheep shearing, blacksmithing, bread making and fiber art demonstrations

Admission is free for this special event.  Stagecoach rides cost $2 per person for ages 3 and up. Food and beverages also will be available for purchase.


“Through this event, and particularly with the opening of our new Barn, we are depicting many experiences of life as a 19th century farm family,” said Alexis Woodall, Mahaffie Special Events Coordinator. “It’s low-tech but high-touch, teaching visitors of all ages about agriculture from the past compared with today’s food on your table. It’s educational – and, just as importantly, it’s fun.”

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm has been welcoming visitors since 1858, when it was first operated by James and Lucinda Mahaffie as a stop for westbound travelers and stagecoach passengers. Today, the historic site is still a working farm and the only stagecoach stop on the Santa Fe Trail open to the public. It is located at 1200 Kansas City Road in Olathe, KS.


Pool Membership Discount Ends Soon
Tuesday, April 30 is the last day to purchase City of Olathe swimming pool passes with the early splash discount.  Family season passes are discounted $10 and include admission for up to six family members.  Individual season passes are discounted $5. 

Pool passes can be obtained by visiting the Parks and Recreation office, now located at City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe. 

The Parks & Recreation office will have extended hours this week of April 21. The office is open 8:00 -6:00 p.m. Tuesday (4/22) & Thursday (4/24) and Saturday (4/26) from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec or call 971-8563.


Olathe Community Center Memberships
Olathe’s new Community Center is scheduled to open July 1, 2014. With almost 72,000 square feet of activity, rental space, aquatics and fitness, the center is designed to serve as a multi-generational facility for all of Olathe to enjoy.

Take advantage of the special Charter Member program incentives by purchasing your membership through the Olathe Parks & Recreation office by April 30. Be one of the first to call the Olathe Community Center your favorite place to get active!

Learn more about the center and membership by visiting the Olathe Community Center webpage.

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This Edition of e-News - April 14, 2014:

  • Street Improvements on the Way
  • College Boulevard Public Information Open House
  • Garmin Marathon Runs through Olathe on April 26
  • Helmet Head Bike Rodeo April 27
  • Mahaffie Closed for Easter Holiday
  • Get Active with Olathe Parks & Recreation on Saturday, April 19
  • Parks & Recreation to Host Job Fair on April 19
  • Olathe Community Center Memberships
  • Networking Workshop at the Olathe Public Library

City Council
Released April 14, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, April 15, 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.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


Street Improvements on the Way
Released April 14, 2014
Beginning this spring, Olathe residents can expect more street maintenance work throughout the city. Street improvements will occur on approximately 90 lane miles of residential streets – that’s more than four times the number of local lane miles that received maintenance in 2013. The work is funded, in part, by the 3/8th-cent Street Maintenance Sales Tax, approved by voters in November 2013. The City began collecting the sales tax on April 1, 2014.

View an interactive map that shows the status of construction throughout Olathe at OlatheKS.org/maps/projects.  Check back often.  This information will be updated regularly.

What to Expect This Construction Season
Minor inconveniences may be expected throughout the city during construction season. Residents who live on a street scheduled for  maintenance will receive a notice from the contractor at least 48 hours before work begins and/or when access to driveways or streets may be limited. Construction hours are limited to 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. No work is permitted on Sunday.

View a map of 2014 street maintenance projects or the current condition of your street at  OlatheKS.org/PublicWorks/StreetsSalesTax.

Tracking Street Maintenance
In an effort to remain as transparent as possible about spending your tax dollars, a committee of Olathe citizens will review and report about street sales tax revenues and expenditures. The Street Maintenance Sales Tax Citizen’s Finance Oversight Committee will provide a yearly status report to the Olathe City Council.

To learn more about the Street Maintenance Sales Tax, please visit OlatheKS.org/PublicWorks/StreetsSalesTax.


College Boulevard Public Information Open House
Released April 14, 2014
Please join us for a Public Information Open House on the planned improvements for College Boulevard between Ridgeview Road and Renner Boulevard on Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church (11458 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe).

Improvements to College Boulevard between Ridgeview Road and Renner Boulevard are being added to the Johnson County Gateway Project: I-435/I-35/K-10 Interchanges Phase 2 Design-Build Project. Work on these improvements is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014.

Representatives from the cities of Lenexa and Olathe, the Kansas Department of Transportation, and the design-builder will be on-hand to answer your questions. For additional information about the Johnson County Gateway Project, visit JoCoGateway.com.


Garmin Marathon Runs through Olathe on April 26
Released April 14, 2014
The annual Garmin Marathon will take place on Saturday morning, April 26.  Sponsored by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Garmin Marathon is a marathon, half-marathon and 6K running event–. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the event, which attracts runners of all levels and ages from across the country. Approximately 4,000 runners are expected to attend this year’s Wizard-of-Oz –themed event right here in Olathe!

The three races follow similar routes as in past years over city streets and trails throughout Olathe. There will be intermittent periods between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. when intersections and driveways will be closed to allow runners to safely pass.  View more information, including maps, registration forms, and volunteer opportunities at GarminMarathon.com.

The Olathe Chamber of Commerce and Garmin Marathon organizers thank residents and businesses of Olathe for their cooperation with this great community event and for making our local and out-of-town guests feel welcome. 


Helmet Head Bike Rodeo April 27
Released April 14, 2014
The Olathe Fire Department invites all area children to bring their bikes to the annual Helmet Head Bike Rodeo on Sunday, April 27 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 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.

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 OlatheHealth.org for more information about the Family Fun Fest.


Mahaffie Closed for Easter Holiday
Released April 14, 2014
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop, 1200 Kansas City Rd., will be closed Sunday, April 20, for the Easter holiday.  The site will be open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, for visitors to enjoy 1860s living history through exhibits and children’s activities. For more information about the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and spring and summer events, including Playing on the Prairie, Day Out with Frank and Ella and Family Fun Nights, visit Mahaffie.org.


Get Active with Olathe Parks & Recreation on Saturday, April 19
Released April 14, 2014
Olathe Parks & Recreation challenges you to get active this Saturday with fun and free activities for the family! First, swing by one of two Farmers’ Market locations (Poplar & Kansas or Black Bob Park) opening at 7:30 a.m. to load up on great produce, flowers and more! After shopping, head over to Frontier Park for Walk With A Doc at 9:00 a.m. This 30 minute program will get your blood flowing and have you ready for Free Fitness in the Park at 9:30 a.m. with personal trainer Jennifer Faimon. Enjoy this hour-long workout in a park setting and complete your Get Active challenge at the same time. Saturday is a great way to kick-start a spring filled with activity, health and fun!


Parks & Recreation to Host Job Fair on April 19
Released April 14, 2014
The City of Olathe is seeking qualified applicants to fill a number of full-time and seasonal positions within the Olathe Parks & Recreation Department, including positions at the new Olathe Community Center opening July 1.

Olathe Parks & Recreation will host a job fair from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 at the Heritage Center at Mahaffie, 1200 E Kansas City Road.  Olathe Parks & Recreation staff will be available to answer questions and conduct on-site interviews.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit City of Olathe Human Resources  to complete an online application for positions of interest. Applicants should print and bring the application(s) to the job fair on April 19.  Available positions, including job description and age requirements, will be posted by April 4.

Olathe Parks & Recreation employs more than 250 seasonal positions.


Olathe Community Center Memberships
Released April 14, 2014
Olathe’s new Community Center is scheduled to open July 1, 2014. With almost 72,000 square feet of activity, rental space, aquatics and fitness, the center is designed to serve as a multi-generational facility for all of Olathe to enjoy.

Take advantage of the special Charter Member program incentives by purchasing your membership through the Olathe Parks & Recreation office by April 30. Be one of the first to call the Olathe Community Center your favorite place to get active!

Learn more about the center and membership by visiting the Olathe Community Center webpage.


Networking Workshop at the Olathe Public Library
Released April 14, 2014
Alana Muller, author of Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking and a companion blog, CoffeeLunchCoffee.com, will present a free workshop from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on April 17 at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park.

During the workshop, “Building Meaningful Relationships: The Coffee Lunch Coffee Approach”, Alana will share an overview of this concept, an accessible, relevant, immediately actionable approach to professional networking.  This workshop will benefit those interested in connecting with others, developing social relationships, getting involved in their community and seeking to advance their careers. Her book will be available for purchase and signing after the event. 

Muller is a frequent lecturer and workshop facilitator on topics such as networking, entrepreneurship and women in business.  She has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago where she was the recipient of the Mike & Karen Herman Fellowship for Women in Entrepreneurship.

Space is limited and registration is required by visiting the events page at www.olathelibrary.org.

Sponsors for the event are the Olathe Public Library, Olathe Chamber of Commerce and MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Immediately following the workshop, practice your networking skills at the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 9:00 a.m. at the Olathe Public Library. Attendees do not have to be a Chamber member to attend the workshop or the coffee.


This Edition of e-News - April 7, 2014:

  • Give ‘Em a Brake During National Work Zone Awareness Week April 7-11
  • Now Accepting Applications for the Stormwater Management Reimbursement Program
  • Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event April 12
  • Boy Scouts Dedicate Day to Olathe Parks
  • The City of Olathe Needs Your Water Pledge
  • Take Advantage of Early Bird Discount on Annual Swim Passes
  • Parks & Recreation to Host Job Fair on April 19
  • Networking Workshop at the Olathe Public Library
  • Olathe Farmers’ Market Opens April 19; Adds Second Location

City Council
Released April 7, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, April 15, 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.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


Give ‘Em a Brake During National Work Zone Awareness Week April 7-11
Released April 7, 2014
The green of spring means the orange of construction season is upon us!  

In 2012, there were 1,742 accidents, eight people killed, and 608 people injured in work zones in the State of Kansas. According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, the top five contributing circumstances for these incidents were following too closely, inattention, driving too fast for conditions, right of way violations, and improper lane changes.

Work zone safety is important for drivers and workers alike. In celebration of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11, 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.

Olathe and surrounding areas are currently undergoing significant road improvement projects, including several Street Preservation projects and the Johnson County Gateway Project to begin construction this spring. Drivers are reminded to slow down and “Give ‘Em a Brake!” For weekly road and lane closures, visit OlatheKS.org/PublicWorks/Alerts or KSDOT.org/KCMetro/LaneClose.asp.


City Now Accepting Applications for the Stormwater Management Reimbursement Program
Released April 7, 2014
When stormwater is not managed properly it can cause water pollution, streambank erosion, and flooding. Residential and business property owners are encouraged to help the City of Olathe manage stormwater run-off through a cost-share reimbursement program. This program is an innovative approach to controlling stormwater quality impacts caused by stormwater runoff and is intended to help cover the costs of material, equipment rentals, and/or contractor labor to install stormwater management improvements.

The cost-share reimbursement will provide a 50% match on identified stormwater management improvements for up to $1,000 on rain gardens or native planting swales/buffers, and a 50% match on rain barrels, up to $75. For additional information regarding this program, including eligible projects, program conditions, applications, and contact information, please visit OlatheKS.org.  


Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event April 12
Released April 7, 2014
All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off their unwanted Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at the City of Olathe’s drop-off event April 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the HHW facility, 1420 S. Robinson Drive behind Public Works and Customer Service. Residents will be asked to provide a photo ID and a general description of their HHW items. Items that can be dropped off include aerosol cans, automotive fluids, automotive batteries and household batteries, bathroom cleaners, carpet cleaners, cooking oil, drain cleaners, fertilizers, paint, light bulbs, pesticides, etc. For a full list of acceptable items, visit OlatheKS.org.

e-Waste (electronics) is not accepted at the drop-off event. Call 913-971-9311 to schedule an appointment 24 hours in advance to drop off unwanted HHW or e-Waste items.


Boy Scouts Dedicate Day to Olathe Parks
Released April 7, 2014
More than 500 boy scouts from the Red Tailed Hawk District will descend on Olathe to complete a variety of projects on Saturday, April 12.  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. The scouts will also paint multiple barns and outbuildings at Ensor Farm, 18995 W. 183rd Street. 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 OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/Volunteer.


The City of Olathe Needs Your Water Pledge
Released April 7, 2014
The City of Olathe has joined the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a friendly competition between cities across the United States, held April 1-30, to see who can be the most “water wise.” Mayors and civic leaders nationwide have challenged their residents to conserve water on behalf of their city in an effort to drastically decrease water and energy use across the country.

Join Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland and make your pledge today at MyWaterPledge.com. This pledge challenges residents to conserve water above and beyond typical daily practices. Last year, residents from more than 1,000 cities in all 50 states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by nearly a billion gallons to prevent more than 70 million pounds of hazardous waste from entering watersheds.

Residents from winning cities will have the opportunity to win hundreds of prizes, including a Toyota Prius Plug-In, water-saving fixtures, and gift cards.

For additional information or to take the pledge, please visit MyWaterPledge.com.


Take Advantage of Early Bird Discount on Annual Swim Passes
Released April 7, 2014
Purchase your Olathe season pool pass before April 30 and receive a $10 discount on a family membership and a $5 discount on individual passes.

The Super Pass is back by popular demand.  For an additional $55, the Super Pass provides entry into the Me & Mini Me swim sessions at Black Bob Bay (Monday and Wednesday mornings). Me & Mini Me swim sessions run from 10:30 a.m. to noon on designated days.

Visit Aquatics Admission to learn more about pass options,.


Parks & Recreation to Host Job Fair on April 19
Released April 7, 2014
The City of Olathe is seeking qualified applicants to fill a number of full-time and seasonal positions within the Olathe Parks & Recreation Department, including positions at the new Olathe Community Center opening July 1.

Olathe Parks & Recreation will host a job fair from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 at the Heritage Center at Mahaffie, 1200 E Kansas City Road.  Olathe Parks & Recreation staff will be available to answer questions and conduct on-site interviews.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit City of Olathe Human Resources  to complete an online application for positions of interest. Applicants should print and bring the application(s) to the job fair on April 19.  Available positions, including job description and age requirements, will be posted by April 4.

Olathe Parks & Recreation employs more than 250 seasonal positions each year.


Networking Workshop at the Olathe Public Library
Released April 7, 2014
Alana Muller, author of Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking and a companion blog, CoffeeLunchCoffee.com, will present a free workshop from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on April 17 at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park.

During the workshop, “Building Meaningful Relationships: The Coffee Lunch Coffee Approach”, Alana will share an overview of this concept, an accessible, relevant, immediately actionable approach to professional networking.  This workshop will benefit those interested in connecting with others, developing social relationships, getting involved in their community and seeking to advance their careers. Her book will be available for purchase and signing after the event. 

Muller is a frequent lecturer and workshop facilitator on topics such as networking, entrepreneurship and women in business.  She has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago where she was the recipient of the Mike & Karen Herman Fellowship for Women in Entrepreneurship.

Space is limited and registration is required. Visit the events page at OlatheLibrary.org.

Sponsors for the event are the Olathe Public Library, Olathe Chamber of Commerce and MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Immediately following the workshop, practice your networking skills at the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 9:00 am at the Olathe Public Library. Attendees do not have to be a Chamber member to attend the workshop or the coffee.


Olathe Farmers’ Market Opens April 19; Adds Second Location
Released April 7, 2014
Each year, the Olathe Farmers’ Market draws vendors and visitors from miles away.  The market offers regionally grown fresh produce, plants and fresh flowers. This year, Olathe will operate two Farmers’ Market sites; the original location at 200 W. Santa Fe in downtown Olathe (corner of Poplar Street and Kansas Ave.) and the newest location at Black Bob Park, 14500 W. 151st St. (located in east side parking lot near Field 1).

The Saturday Farmers’ Market will open for the season on April 19. Saturday market hours are from 7:30 a.m. until produce is sold. 

The Wednesday market will open on May 14 with new hours of operation from 7:30 a.m. until produce is sold. 

For additional information, visit Farmers Market.