Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of e-News - January 27, 2014:

  • Don’t leave it Running
  • Pancakes with the Presidents
  • Teddy Bear Tea Fun for Youth and Adults
  • Winter Home School Day
  • Register Now for Popular Daddy Daughter Ball
  • Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie in January
  • Artist and Author Events at Your Hometown Library
  • Children’s Author Kate Klise Coming to the Indian Creek Branch Library February 22

City Council
Released January 27, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, February 4, 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.


Don’t leave it Running
Released January 27, 2014
Did you know it’s against the law to leave your vehicle unlocked and unattended with your keys in the ignition and the motor running?

When the temperature drops, don’t succumb to the temptation of warming your car while it’s unattended. If you do, you may not come back to a car at all.  When you leave your keys in the ignition and your car unlocked, you have just made your car a perfect target for auto theft.

Don’t make it easy for thieves to steal your vehicle. Never leave your car running unattended, and always remember to lock your car every time you exit the vehicle.  Visit Crime Prevention Tips for other helpful information.


Pancakes with the Presidents
Released January 27, 2014
On Saturday, February 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Heritage Center, enjoy pancakes and sausage with President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Cost is $7/person ages 3 and up and includes a craft and all of the Winter on the Farm activities. Registration and payment is required for a minimum of 30 people to host this new event. Visit Mahaffie.org or call 913-971-5111 to register by Friday, February 14.


Teddy Bear Tea Fun for Youth and Adults
Released January 27, 2014
Dress in your best and bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal to enjoy tea, refreshments and activities at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm’s annual Teddy Bear Tea.  The event will be held Sunday, February 9 with sessions from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each session is limited to 80 participants.  All activities will be held inside the Heritage Center, 1200 Kansas City Road. Admission is $5 per participant for both youth and adults.  To register, call 913-971-5111 or e-mail mahaffie@olatheks.org with the number in your party by Friday, February 7.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult.


Winter Home School Day
Released January 27, 2014
Home school families are invited to Winter Home School Day on Friday, February 21. Bundle up and participate in activities such as sawing wood, visiting the blacksmith, cooking demonstrations, and horse drawn hay wagon rides (weather and ground conditions permitting). Activities are open to ages 5 and up. The open house format runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Families can pick up a map in the Heritage Center and explore the grounds and activities. Registration is required by February 13 by calling 913-971-5111 or visiting Mahaffie.org. Cost is $5/home school student and accompanying adults are free.


Register Now for Popular Daddy Daughter Ball
Released January 27, 2014
Put on your favorite dress clothes and dance the night away with your daughter (ages 5 to 12) at the annual Daddy Daughter Ball Friday, February 7, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Ball Conference Center.  This popular event is an evening that your little girl will never forget. Space is limited so register online or by phone at 971-8563 before February 1.  The Daddy Daughter Ball is sponsored by Hy-Vee on 135th St. and the Ball Conference Center.


Artist and Author Events at Your Hometown Library
Released January 27, 2014
Artist/illustrator Rob Hatem will talk about his artwork and help you see the world with new eyes during the February 7 art-making activity at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  The program begins at 2:00 p.m. for students in grades K-5. Register on the events page at OlatheLibrary.org or call 913-971-6874.

Children’s Author Kate Klise Coming to the Indian Creek Branch Library February 22
Kate Klise, author of the Little Rabbit picture books, the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, and many others, will visit the Indian Creek Branch Library on Saturday, Feb. 22.  Her visit kicks off with a Young Writers’ Workshop for children in grades 3-5 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. She will talk about what makes a good story and how to send characters on a journey as she sets children on the path to writing their very own bestselling book. Registration begins Monday, February 3 via the events page at OlatheLibrary.org or by phone at 913-971-6874.

In the afternoon, Klise will offer a Teen Writing Workshop from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for youth in grades 6-12.  Klise, a former correspondent for People magazine, will teach how to write a classic People magazine-style story that will be useful to use in class or college applications.  Registration begins Monday, February 3 on the library’s events page or by phone at 913-971-6888.

The day will conclude with a Meet the Author event from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  After her presentation, Klise will sign her books, which will also be available for purchase.  All ages are welcome, but the presentation will be geared toward grades K-5 and space is limited.  Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at Children’s Services at the Indian Creek Branch Library starting at 2:30 p.m. on February 22.
 


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

  • City’s Waste Diversion Rate Exceeds National Average
  • Enthusiasm Grows in Diversity Awareness Competition
  • Popular Daddy Daughter Ball February 7
  • Calling All Creative Writers and Genealogy Enthusiasts
  • Community Gardening Vegetable Workshop
  • Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie in January
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Food Drive to Benefit Harvesters

City Council
Released January 21, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, January 21, 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.


City’s Waste Diversion Rate Exceeds National Average
Released January 21, 2014
Olathe residents continue to divert more waste from the landfill.  The City of Olathe waste diversion rate for 2013 is 38.29%, up from the 2012 diversion rate of 37.67% and exceeding the national average of 35%.

“The average amount of trash generated per household has been decreasing since the citywide curbside recycling program was launched in 2010. When we are able to increase our waste diversion rate, we are able to spend less on the cost of disposal of waste and keep rates at a reasonable price for our customers,” said Kent Seyfried, City of Olathe Solid Waste Manager.

For helpful recycling tips, visit OlatheKS.org or download the new Olathe Trash Day mobile app in the App Store or Google Play. Use Your Blue: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.


Enthusiasm Grows in Diversity Awareness Competition
Released January 21, 2014
Participation in the citywide Celebrate Diversity contest reached another all-time high this year, with 5,806 entries in visual arts, written work, and multi-media. This year's theme was "Rising Above Yourself."

In a 1957 speech in Montgomery, Ala., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. And this is one of the big problems of life; that so many people never quite get to the point of rising above self. And so they end up the tragic victims of self-centeredness."

"We saw tremendous growth in the number of entries," said Olathe Public Schools Director of Athletics, Activities and Safe and Drug-free Schools Lane Green. "The themes are another reason for the growth in participation. Students have a tremendous amount of leeway to share their creative talents while celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

The 2014 contest is the sixth consecutive year of growth for the project that began in 2001 with only a dozen entries.

Cash prizes ranged from $75 to $300, and a Best of Show $500 award. Financial supporters of this year's Celebrate Diversity contest were Robert Brogden Buick/GMC, Olathe Ford/Lincoln, James and Marti Wilson, Harlan C. Parker and Jason S. Parker State Farm Insurance, Strickland Construction, the City of Olathe, and the Olathe Public Library. The Olathe Human Relations Commission and the Olathe Public Schools were partners in this year's endeavor.

The winners were announced at the City's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and awards ceremony at Olathe Northwest High School on January 16.

Best of Show:

Trinity Ozias, Frontier Trail, multi-media entry, "Change"

Middle School Written Work:

  • First place – Erin Woster, Pioneer Trail, "Rising Above Yourself"
  • Second place – Callie Avondet, Prairie Trail, "Unleashing Greatness"
  • Third place (tie) – Kali Ray, Indian Trail, "An Existence that Blossomed into Something"
  • Third place (tie) – Brett Taylor, Mission Trail, "A Trek through the Forest"

Middle School Multi-Media:

  • First place – Trinity Ozias, Frontier Trail, "Change"
  • Second place – Kale Sheffer, Frontier Trail, "K.C. Rescue Mission"
  • Third place – Jonathan Schwarz's Communications Media class, Chisholm Trail, "Rachel's Challenge"

Middle School Visual Arts:

  • First place – Sixty-six students, Pioneer Trail, "Sole-ful Thoughts"
  • Second place – Claire Barnhart, Pioneer Trail, "As King Dreams"
  • Third place – Payton Storch, Frontier Trail, "Rising Above Yourself"

High School Written Work:

  • First place – Nicholas Robless, Olathe Northwest, "World without Borders"
  • Second place – Kayla Nguyen, Olathe North, "Rising Above Yourself: In Honor of Jaylen Walker"
  • Third place – Joshalyn Lee, Olathe North, "Tonight We are Young"

High School Multi-Media:

  • First place – Keyshawn Garraway, Olathe Northwest, "MDA Camp"
  • Second place – Elizabeth Ward, Olathe South, ""Rising Above Yourself"
  • Third place – Annabelle Felter, Olathe South, "One Day"

High School Visual Arts:

  • First place – Bailey Hockett, Olathe South, "The Simple Representation of Donation"
  • Second place – Emma Davis, Olathe South, "Rising Above Yourself"
  • Third place – Sydney Torrez, Olathe South, "Rising Above Yourself"

Popular Daddy Daughter Ball February 7
Released January 21, 2014
Put on your favorite dress clothes and dance the night away with your daughter (ages 5 to 12) at the annual Daddy Daughter Ball Friday, February 7, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Ball Conference Center.  This popular event is an evening that your little girl will never forget. Space is limited so register online or by phone at 971-8563 before February 1.  The Daddy Daughter Ball is sponsored by Hy-Vee on 135th St. and the Ball Conference Center.


Calling All Creative Writers and Genealogy Enthusiasts
Released January 21, 2014
The Olathe Public Library will host two upcoming classes aimed at creative writers and genealogy enthusiasts. 

Creative Writing Group
Wednesday, January 22, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road

The program is designed to gather creative writers and discuss their stories in a welcoming environment.  Participants will have an opportunity to share ideas or parts of their stories where they need assistance.  All genres of writing are welcome.  The group will meet monthly on 2/5, 3/5, 4/2, and 5/7; participants can attend any or all sessions.  No registration required.

After Hours Genealogy
Saturday, January 25, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park

Join other genealogy enthusiasts for four hours of uninterrupted time on library computers to use Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest and America's Obituaries. Open to genealogists at all levels of expertise.  Enthusiasts must know how to use a mouse and have basic keyboarding skills. Register online on the events page - OlatheLibrary.org or call 913-971-6888.


Community Gardening Vegetable Workshop
Released January 21, 2014
Vegetable gardening is rising in popularity in backyards and area community garden locations. To help the success of area vegetable gardeners, local agencies will host a vegetable gardening workshop on Saturday, January 25, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Olathe Health Education Center, 21201 W. 152nd Street in Olathe.

The featured speaker for the session will be Kansas State University Research and Extension Vegetable Specialist Dr. Cary Rivard.  Dr. Rivard will discuss watering, weed control and growing great tomatoes.  Participants will also learn new tips for eating fresh from the garden presented by Olathe Medical Center.  Time is allotted for questions and answers for gardeners of any level.

The workshop is sponsored by Olathe Parks and Recreation, Olathe Medical Center, K-State Olathe and Johnson County K-State Research and Extension. Registration is $5 per person which includes refreshments. To register, contact Olathe Parks and Recreation at 913-971-8563.


Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie in January
Released January 21, 2014
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, will host its annual Winter on the Farm event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25 and again on Saturday, February 22.  Visitors can discover and help with winter farm chores that may include sawing wood, cooking, and blacksmithing. Other activities may include horse powered wheat threshing demonstrations and a broadcast by the Santa Fe Trail HAM Radio Club.  In the Heritage Center, enjoy winter time crafts by the Youth Corps of Greater Kansas City and the children’s kiosks. Stagecoach rides are available if weather and ground conditions permit.  All activities are included with regular daily admission of $6/adult, $4/child ages 5-11.  Olathe residents receive $1 off admission with proof of residency.


Martin Luther King Jr. Food Drive to Benefit Harvesters
Released January 21, 2014
Donations of non-perishable items for Harvesters are being accepted through February 20 in commemoration of a man who lived his life in service to others.  Donation bins are available at both Olathe library locations – Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park and Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.


This Edition of e-News - Released January 13, 2014:

  • Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Reaches All Time High
  • City Offices Closed for MLK Holiday
  • 2014 Olathe Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration January 16
  • Identify Theft: Curb the Demand
  • Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie in January
  • Teddy Bear Tea Fun for Youth and Adults
  • New Phone Number for Olathe Fire Department, Building Codes

City Council
Released January 13, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, January 21, 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.


Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Reaches All Time High
Released January 13, 2014
The Olathe Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund campaign has raised an astonishing $131,581.58, exceeding its $110,000 goal.  Since its inception in 2007, the campaign has raised $546,724.82 for local charities. 

Mayor Copeland praises the work of board members and the community in setting a new record for community giving. “This is fantastic news for our charities.  We are so fortunate to have such a visionary Board and caring, big-hearted donors.  Olathe residents know that their neighbors truly care and are committed to helping them through difficult times.  What a wonderful community we serve,” he said.

Nearly 14% of the campaign total came from Olathe Public Schools students from the Pennies for Shoes campaign.  Olathe students donated $18,353.40 in loose change in jugs that were placed in district schools.  Mayor Copeland and Board Chair Darren Odum lauded the efforts of area students who so generously gave to assist their peers in need. 

“I want to thank our dedicated Board members and our generous community, including our outstanding corporate partners and Olathe students, who stepped up once again to help our children and families in need.  Our success is the culmination of months of planning, special events and a lot of hard work,” said Odum.

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund supported 15 local charities in 2013.   To donate and to learn more about the fund and the charities it supports, visit Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund


City Offices Closed for MLK Holiday
Released January 13, 2014
City of Olathe offices will close on Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The City’s trash and recycling collection schedule will NOT be impacted.


2014 Olathe Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration January 16
Released January 13, 2014
Join the City of Olathe, Olathe Human Relations Commission (OHRC), Olathe Public Schools, and community partners in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual celebration and awards presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 16 at Olathe Northwest High School (21300 W. 111th St). The 2014 theme is “RISING ABOVE YOURSELF”.  

Dr. King has been attributed to addressing this theme at various times during the Civil Rights Movement.  Congratulate the 6-12th grade essay, multi-media and visual arts contestants and honorees and hear from educator, performer and featured speaker Dr. Cynthia Johnson (known as Mama J).

Olathe’s MLK Celebration has grown over the last 14 years to become one of Olathe’s most acclaimed events, celebrating and embracing diversity in our community and schools.  The MLK Celebration encourages Olathe students of all ages to promote a society free of bullying, discrimination, and maltreatment of others based on race, gender, or religious beliefs.  The goal of the Olathe Human Relations Commission’s annual celebration is to increase positive awareness, foster greater understanding, and embrace the diverse populations that make up the fabric of our community.

Entries will be on display for public viewing at Olathe Northwest High School during the day on Thursday, January 16, 2014.  Following the celebration, the entries will be on display at the Olathe Library through the end of January.

Sponsors for the 2014 celebration include Robert Brogden Buick GMC, Olathe Ford, Harlan Parker – State Farm, and Strickland Construction. For more information, please contact Vivian Avery, MLK Event Chairperson at (913) 971-6267.


Identify Theft: Curb the Demand
Released January 13, 2014
Check and credit card fraud is a real business for crooks, built on supply and demand. Impossible to curb the demand, you can help eliminate the supply by taking the following precautions:

  • TEAR UP or shred all old and unused checks and credit cards. This includes any applications you receive in the mail that you do not want to keep.
  • PROTECT your checks and credit cards at home. Lock up your supply, even from family and friends.
  • While shopping, KEEP all checks and credit cards in your possession. Do not leave purses and wallets unattended, even for a second. Don’t leave them in your car.
  • At work, SECURE all checks and credit cards. Don’t leave purses and wallets exposed.

Most thefts of checks and credit cards are CRIMES OF OPPORTUNITY. Help reduce your chances of becoming a victim. For more information about identify theft, visit Crime Prevention Tips


Experience Winter on the Farm at Mahaffie in January
Released January 13, 2014
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, will host its annual Winter on the Farm event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25 and again on Saturday, February 22.  Visitors can discover and help with winter farm chores that may include sawing wood, cooking on the cookstove, and blacksmithing. Other activities may include horse powered wheat threshing demonstrations and a broadcast by the Santa Fe Trail HAM Radio Club.  In the Heritage Center, enjoy winter time crafts by the Youth Corps of Greater Kansas City and the hands on children’s kiosks. Stagecoach rides are available if weather and ground conditions permit.  All activities are included with regular daily admission of $6/adult, $4/child ages 5-11.  Olathe residents receive $1 off admission with proof of residency.


Teddy Bear Tea Fun for Youth and Adults
Released January 13, 2014
Dress in your best and bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal to enjoy tea, refreshments and activities at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm’s Teddy Bear Tea.  The event will be held Sunday, February 9, with sessions from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each session is limited to 80 participants.  All activities will be held inside the Heritage Center, 1200 Kansas City Road. Admission is $5 per participant for both youth and adults.  To register, call 913-971-5111 or e-mail mahaffie@olatheks.org with the number in your party by Friday, February 7.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult.


New Phone Number for Olathe Fire Department, Building Codes
Released January 13, 2014
The Olathe Fire Department and Building Codes Division are transitioning to a new main number effective immediately. The new number is 971-7900.  The non-emergency, public line is answered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. In the event of an emergency, always call 911.


This Edition of e-News - January 6, 2014:

  • Access City Hall 24/7 with New Mobile App and Citizen Request System
  • 2014 Olathe Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration January 16
  • 119th Street Lane Reductions January 11-12
  • Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event January 11
  • New Phone Number for Olathe Fire Department, Building Codes
  • Recycle Your Christmas Tree and Holiday Lights

City Council
Released January 6, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, January 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


Access City Hall 24/7 with New Mobile App and Citizen Request System
Released January 6, 2014
Resolving to be better connected in 2014? Get City information and request service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, online at OlatheKS.orgOlatheConnect, the new citizen request system, just launched to provide residents easy access with an extensive list of popular topics.

Free mobile apps for iPhone and Android smartphone users are also available. Look for OlatheConnect in the App Store or on Google Play and access OlatheConnect on Facebook, too!

The right City staff person will be contacted when you submit a question or request for service and a unique tracking number will be issued for you to track each request you submit. Connect With Us for your next question or request for City service.


2014 Olathe Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration January 16
Released January 6, 2014
Join the City of Olathe, Olathe Human Relations Commission (OHRC), Olathe Public Schools, and community partners in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual celebration and awards presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 16 at Olathe Northwest High School (21300 W. 111th St). The 2014 theme is “RISING ABOVE YOURSELF”.  

Dr. King has been attributed to addressing this theme at various times during the Civil Rights Movement.  Congratulate the 6-12th grade essay, multi-media and visual arts contestants and honorees and hear from educator, performer and featured speaker Dr. Cynthia Johnson (known as Mama J).

Olathe’s MLK Celebration has grown over the last 14 years to become one of Olathe’s most acclaimed events, celebrating and embracing diversity in our community and schools.  The MLK Celebration encourages Olathe students of all ages to promote a society free of bullying, discrimination, and maltreatment of others based on race, gender, or religious beliefs.  The goal of the Olathe Human Relations Commission’s annual celebration is to increase positive awareness, foster greater understanding, and embrace the diverse populations that make up the fabric of our community.

Entries will be on display for public viewing at Olathe Northwest High School during the day on Thursday, January 16, 2014.  Following the celebration, the entries will be on display at the Olathe Library through the end of January.

Sponsors for the 2014 celebration include Robert Brogden Buick GMC, Olathe Ford, Harlan Parker – State Farm, and Strickland Construction. For more information, please contact Vivian Avery, MLK Event Chairperson at (913) 971-6267.


119th Street Lane Reductions January 11-12
Released January 6, 2014
Westbound 119th Street will be reduced to one lane for repairs to the 119th Street bridge over Kansas City Road beginning Saturday morning, January 11 through Sunday evening, January 12. Lanes will be reduced beginning just east of I-35 to the Kansas City Road ramp. These closures are part of the 119th Street Slab Jacking Project, which will raise the depressed approach and departure slabs at each of the 119th Street bridges over Kansas City Road.


Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event January 11
Released January 6, 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 January 11 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. e-Waste (electronics) is not accepted at the drop-off event. For a full list of acceptable items, visit OlatheKS.org.

Can’t make it to the Saturday event or have unwanted e-Waste? Residents can make an appointment 24 hours in advance to drop off unwanted HHW items by calling Customer Service at (913) 971-9311.


New Phone Number for Olathe Fire Department, Building Codes
Released January 6, 2014
The Olathe Fire Department and Building Codes Division are transitioning to a new main number effective immediately.  The new number is 971-7900.  The non-emergency, public line is answered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. In the event of an emergency, always call 911.


Recycle Your Christmas Tree and Holiday Lights
Released January 6, 2014
Wondering what to do with your Christmas tree? Consider recycling it! Olathe residents can place cut Christmas trees at the curb on collection day, or drop off trees at the City’s composting facility (127th and Hedge Lane), 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Please remove all plastic bags, ornaments, tinsel and lights. 

Don’t toss those broken or unwanted holiday lights. Recycle them through the City of Olathe e-Waste Recycling Program. Any Johnson County resident can call Customer Service at 971-9311 to schedule an appointment to drop off electronic waste free of charge!