Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of e-News - June 30, 2014:

  • City Council
  • ​4th of July Holiday Schedule for City Offices, Library 
  • Olathe's First Community Center Opens July 1
  • Celebrate Olathe!  Community Center Grand Opening Celebration Thursday, July 3
  • City of Olathe to Celebrate 4th of July; Construction may Create Traffic Delays
  • The Bang on Fireworks
  • Farmers’ Market Moving to Olathe Community Center July 5
  • Celebrate Fourth of July at Mahaffie
  • Day Out with Frank and Ella
  • Be Informed and Get Involved in Your City Budget
  • Push America Journey of Hope Returns to Olathe July 7
  • OPD Launches Nextdoor to Facilitate Virtual Neighborhood Watch
  • Construction at 127th Street and Black Bob Road Through July 3 - Minor Delays Expected

City Council
Released June 30, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 1, 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.


4th of July Holiday Schedule for City Offices, Library
Released June 30, 2014
City offices will be closed on Friday, July 4, to mark the Independence Day holiday.  Residential trash and recycling collection schedules will not be affected. The Solid Waste Transfer Station and Compost Facility will be closing at 12:00 p.m. The Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park, and the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, will also close on Friday, July 4.


Olathe’s First Community Center Opens July 1
Released June 30, 2014
The Olathe Community Center will be open to the public on Tuesday, July 1st at 5:30 a.m. The center is located in the middle of the historic Stagecoach Park at 1205 E Kansas City Road, Olathe KS. The 72,000 square foot facility is the first community center for the City of Olathe and features a variety of family-friendly amenities including sport courts, indoor pool, track, community rooms, and more.

“We are so excited to open Olathe’s new Community Center,” says Mayor Michael Copeland.  “It’s a truly modern, intergenerational facility in a beautiful park setting, offering meeting rooms, Public Library access, and quality recreation and wellness opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities.  Our voters overwhelmingly asked us to make this investment in 2004, and today, we celebrate bringing their dreams for our community to life.”
The Olathe Community Center dedication is scheduled for Thursday, July 3rd at 10:45 a.m. with a community celebration to follow that evening at 4:00 p.m.

To learn more about the community center’s hours, membership options, daily rates, and rentals, visit the Olathe Community Center webpage.


Celebrate Olathe! Community Center Grand Opening Celebration Thursday, July 3
Released June 30, 2014
Come Celebrate Olathe and the opening of the Olathe Community Center (1205 E Kansas City Road) on Thursday, July 3.

The free and fun night starts at 4:00 p.m. with games, food, activities, and 19th Century fireworks. The Olathe Community Center will be open for tours and Mahaffie will have activities throughout the evening
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Schedule of Events:
• 4:00 p.m.  Enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers from Hy-Vee and finish off with dessert from Kona Ice and The Funnel Cake Truck. Play field day games and participate in demonstrations and activities around the Olathe Community Center
• 6:00 p.m.  Decorate your bike, scooter or wagon before you take off to join Walk n Roll! Want to join on foot? No problem! Walk or run the trail and support the Olathe Parks & Recreation Foundation Scholarship fund
• 6:00 p.m. 1860s baseball on the west side of the community center grounds
• 7:30 p.m. Olathe Civic Band concert
• 8:30 p.m. Cowboy Costume Contest
• 8:45 p.m. Music by the Gum Springs Serenaders 
• 9:15 p.m. Reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a cannon firing
• 9:30 p.m. 19th Century fireworks

The Olathe Community Center will have alternate hours on July 3 for the grand opening celebration. The center will be open 5:30 a.m. to noon, closed from noon to 4:00 p.m., and open for tours and grand opening activities from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.


City of Olathe to Celebrate 4th of July; Construction may Create Traffic Delays
Released June 30, 2014
The City of Olathe will host its annual fireworks show on Friday, July 4, at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, 20700 W. 151st Street. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and set-up a viewing spot.

Due to extensive construction in the area of the Great Mall of the Great Plains, attendees should be prepared for delays in traffic flow before and after the event.  Enter the event at the following locations:

• From SB I-35, use 169 Hwy north to South Park Blvd.
• From NB I-35, use 151st St. west to Fountain Dr.
• From 151st St, use Fountain Dr. or South Park Blvd.
• From 169 Hwy., use South Park Blvd.
• From 7 Hwy, use 151st St. west to South Park Blvd.
• From 56 Hwy, use 169 Hwy, south to South Park Blvd.

July 5 is the rain date in the event of inclement weather.


The Bang on Fireworks
Released June 30, 2014

In 2013, 72 percent of the reported 133 firework-related injuries in Kansas occurred over a three-day span from July 3 to July 5, according to the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office. Of those 133 injuries, 49 percent were to the hand. Some sparklers, a holiday favorite, burn at temperatures o up to 1800 Fahrenheit, which is as hot as volcano lava. In an effort to keep families safe, the possession, sale or use of fireworks in Olathe is prohibited.

Professional fireworks displays add enjoyment to many holidays. Keep your family safe this Fourth of July by leaving the fireworks to the professionals. Professionals take extensive safety precautions and follow many regulations when creating such spectacular displays. Olathe’s public fireworks display is July 4 at dusk - about 9:30 p.m. - at the Great Mall of the Great Plains (I-35 and 151st Street). “Let’s help ensure a safe and patriotic holiday by leaving fireworks to the professionals,” said Olathe Fire Chief Jeff DeGraffenreid.


Farmers’ Market Moving to Olathe Community Center July 5
Released June 30, 2014
The Olathe Farmers' Market, currently located at Kansas and Poplar in downtown Olathe, will move to the Olathe Community Center (1205 E. Kansas City Road) on Saturday, July 5.  Find your favorite vendors in the west parking lot each Wednesday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until sold. Visit Olathe Farmers' Market for updates on special music performances, demos and more!

 


Celebrate Fourth of July at Mahaffie
Released June 30, 2014
Mahaffie will be open this Friday July 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Independence Day festivities will start at noon with a Declaration of Independence reading followed by a cannon firing. Other activities range from singing patriotic songs and signing copies of the Declaration of Independence to 1860s living history  activities such as visiting the Mahaffie House, stagecoach rides, cookstove and blacksmith demonstrations, and 19th century games.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children age 5-11.  Visitors wearing red, white and blue will receive $1 off admission.  


Day Out with Frank and Ella
Released June 30, 2014
In honor of Independence Day, Mahaffie will not offer Day Out with Frank and Ella Wednesday July 2 or Thursday July 3. Civil War activities will be offered Wednesday July 9th and Thursday July 10th. Day Out with Frank and Ella is open for preschools, day cares, and other youth groups or individuals are invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions.

Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call: (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free. 

 


Be Informed and Get Involved in Your City Budget
Released June 30, 2014
Olathe residents are invited to join City staff on Monday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall (100 E. Santa Fe) for an overview of the 2015 proposed budget, and an opportunity to ask questions, provide comments, and enjoy light refreshments. Anyone can submit questions via the Budget Inquiry Box.

Information about last year’s budget allocation can be viewed in the City’s 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), as well as the 2014 budget documents.


2013 Push America Journey of Hope Returns to Olathe July 7
Released June 30, 2014
On Monday, July 7, a team of cyclists participating in the Journey of Hope will arrive in Olathe as part of a cross-country ride covering 32 states and more than 12,000 miles.

The public is encouraged to cheer on the cyclists as they arrive in Olathe and are welcomed at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road, at 1:00 p.m. on July 7.

The Journey of Hope is a program of Push America, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, raising funds and awareness for people with disabilities. The Journey of Hope team consists of men from Pi Kappa Phi chapters across the country.

Celebrating 20 plus years, the Journey of Hope teams hope to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Push America was founded in 1977 with the hope of committing its members to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. With the combined efforts of sponsors and individual team members, this year's Journey of Hope will raise more than $520,000 on behalf of people with disabilities. Push America and Pi Kappa Phi have raised over $15 million to date and continue to be on the cutting edge of the disability movement.
For more information about this event and Push America's summer programs, please contact Mark Cameron at (913) 393-4453 or visit www.pushamerica.org.


OPD Launches Nextdoor to Facilitate Virtual Neighborhood Watch
Released June 30, 2014
The Olathe Police Department has partnered with Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods to help facilitate a virtual neighborhood watch program and help foster neighborhood-to-neighborhood communications in Olathe. The Olathe Police Department will be able to post important information, such as crime updates to Nextdoor sites within the city.

Nextdoor is free for the residents and the city. Residents can use the site to get to know their neighbors, ask questions and exchange local advice and recommendations. Information shared on Nextdoor is only visible to verified members and The Police Department will not be able to access the resident’s websites, contact information, or content.

For more information or to sign up, visit: www.nextdoor.com


Construction at 127th Street and Black Bob Road Through July 3 – Minor Delays Expected
Released June 30, 2014
Beginning this week, crews will begin milling off two inches of pavement and resurfacing the road at the intersection of 127th Street and Black Bob Road. Lane reductions will occur, and residents are advised to expect minor delays when traveling in the area through July 3. This project is part of the 127th Street Improvement Project, which is scheduled to be complete in August 2014, weather permitting.
Lane Reductions on Santa Fe June 30-July 1
Beginning at 8:00 p.m. on June 30 to 6:00 a.m. July 1, AT&T will be completing utility work on Santa Fe Road, from Mur-Len to Black Bob Road. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in some directions, and residents are advised to expect minor delays when traveling in the area.


This Edition of e-News - June 23, 2014:

  • Celebrate Olathe! Community Center Grand Opening
  • City of Olathe to Celebrate 4th of July; Construction may Create Traffic Delays
  • Farmers’ Market Moving to Olathe Community Center July 5
  • BNSF Closes Several Railroad Crossings This Week
  • I-35 at K-7/169 and 151st Street Intersection Closure this Weekends
  • Hit the Trails at Mahaffie on Thursday, June 26
  • Day Out with Frank and Ella
  • OPD Launches Nextdoor to Facilitate Virtual Neighborhood Watch

City Council
Released June 23, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 1, 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.


Celebrate Olathe! Community Center Grand Opening
Released June 23, 2014
Come Celebrate Olathe and the opening of the Olathe Community Center (1205 E Kansas City Road) on Thursday, July 3. 

The free and fun night starts at 4:00 p.m. with games, food, activities, and 19th Century fireworks. The Olathe Community Center will be open for tours and Mahaffie will have activities throughout the evening

.Schedule of Events:

  • 4:00 p.m.:  Enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers from Hy-Vee and finish off with dessert from Kona Ice and The Funnel Cake Truck. Play field day games and participate in demonstrations and activities around the Olathe Community Center.
  • 6:00 p.m.:  Decorate your bike, scooter or wagon before you take off to join Walk n Roll! Want to join on foot? No problem! Walk or run the trail and support the Olathe Parks & Recreation Foundation Scholarship fund. 
  • 6:00 p.m.: 1860s Baseball on the west-side of the community center grounds.
  • 7:30 p.m.: Olathe Civic Band concert
  • 8:30 p.m.: Cowboy Costume Contest
  • 8:45 p.m.: Music by the Gum Springs Serenaders  
  • 9:15 p.m.: Reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a cannon firing
  • 9:30 p.m.: 19th Century fireworks

The Olathe Community Center will have alternate hours on July 3 for the grand opening celebration. The center will be open 5:30 a.m. to noon, closed from noon to 4:00 p.m., and open for tours and grand opening activities from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.


City of Olathe to Celebrate 4th of July; Construction may Create Traffic Delays
Released June 23, 2014
The City of Olathe will host its annual fireworks show on Friday, July 4, at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, 20700 W. 151st St. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and set-up a viewing spot.

Due to extensive construction in the area of the Great Mall of the Great Plains, attendees should be prepared for delays in traffic flow before and after the event.  Enter the event at the following locations:

  • From SB I-35, use 169 Hwy north to South Park Blvd.
  • From NB I-35, use 151st St. west to Fountain Dr.
  • From 151st St, use Fountain Dr. or South Park Blvd.
  • From 169 Hwy., use South Park Blvd.
  • From 7 Hwy, use 151st St. west to South Park Blvd.
  • From 56 Hwy, use 169 Hwy, south to South Park Blvd.

July 5 is the rain date in the event of inclement weather.


Farmers’ Market Moving to Olathe Community Center July 5
Released June 23, 2014
The Olathe Farmers' Market, currently located at Kansas and Poplar in downtown Olathe, will move to the Olathe Community Center (1205 E. Kansas City Road) on Saturday, July 5.  Find your favorite vendors in the west parking lot each Wednesday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until sold. Visit Olathe Farmers' Market for updates on special music performances, demos and more!


BNSF Closes Several Railroad Crossings This Week
Released June 23, 2014
BNSF will close the railroad crossings at Woodland Road/Northgate Drive and Santa Fe Drive/Kansas Avenue beginning Monday June 23, through Wednesday, June 25. Once repairs are complete at those locations, the crossings at Park Street/Kansas Avenue and Loula Street/Kansas Avenue will be closed for repair from June 25 to June 27. Message boards and detours are provided. The railroad quiet zone will not be in effect during construction.


I-35 at K-7/169 and 151st Street Intersection Closure this Weekend
Released June 23, 2014
The Kansas Department of Transportation will close the north side of the K-7/I-35/151st Street intersection the weekend of June 27.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 27, all traffic coming from the I-35 southbound off-ramp to K-7/151st Street will exit at Old US 56 west to K-7 to follow the detour.

The weekend closure will open in time for the Monday morning commute.


Hit the Trails at Mahaffie on Thursday, June 26
Released June 23, 2014
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will feature Hit the Trails activities with a FREE Family Fun Night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 26.  The Mahaffie family purchased this land for their farm specifically because it is located on the Westport route of the Oregon, California and Santa Fe Trails. Activities may include Oregon Trail outdoor cooking, learning about the trade on the Santa Fe Trail, writing on ‘Independence Rock’, playing 19th century games, visiting the blacksmith, and Mahaffie House activities

Dress as your favorite cowboy in two categories; ages 3-11 and ages 12 and up. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. Each winner will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. The Cowboy Costume Contest will be offered each Thursday at Family Fun Night. Find complete rules and more information at Mahaffie.org.

Other activities may include: 19th century games and visiting the Mahaffie house. Admission is FREE; stagecoach rides and other activities have a nominal fee. 

The theme for the Thursday, July 3rd Family Fun Night will be Celebrate Olathe!


Day Out with Frank and Ella
Hit the Trails activities will be featured Wednesday, June 25, and Thursday, June 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Activities may include: Santa Fe Trail trade, trail cooking, gold panning and writing on Independence Rock. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations, and visiting the Mahaffie home are offered during the program. Day Out with Frank and Ella is open to pre-schools, day cares, and other youth groups. Individuals are also invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free. 


Olathe Police Launches Nextdoor for Virtual Neighborhood Watch
Released June 23, 2014
The Olathe Police Department has partnered with Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, to help neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another in order to build stronger communities.

Free for residents and the City, each Olathe neighborhood can establish and self-manage their own private (password protected) Nextdoor website, accessible only to verified members of that neighborhood. Residents can use their website to get to know their neighbors, share information about neighborhood watch and safety issues, local events, school activities, upcoming garage sales, lost pets, and much more.

The Olathe Police Department will be able to post information such as crime updates, to Nextdoor sites within Olathe without access to resident contact information or content.

Information shared on Nextdoor cannot be accessed outside the neighborhood or web-based search engines. In addition, Nextdoor never shares personal information with third parties. Unlike an email listserv or other online groups, neighborhood posts are organized and archived for future reference.

The City of Olathe is mapped into 152 neighborhoods. Visit Nextdoor and enter your address. If Nextdoor is available in your area, you can sign up immediately. If a Nextdoor website has not yet been established, consider bringing Nextdoor to your neighborhood. Contact the Olathe Police Department or visit help.nextdoor.com for additional information.


This Edition of e-News  - June 16, 2014:

  • Free Storm Debris Pickup
  • City of Olathe Receives Communication Awards
  • Lane Reductions on College Boulevard, Ridgeview Road, and Renner Boulevard
  • I-35 at K-7/169 and 151st Street Intersection Closure Next Two Weekends
  • Dennis Avenue to Close Thursday, June 19
  • Border War Featured at Mahaffie Thursday June 19
  • Day Out with Frank and Ella

City Council
Released June 16, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 17, 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.


Free Storm Debris Pickup
Released June 16, 2014
Due to recent storms, the City of Olathe will take free bulk pick-up requests for storm debris this week only. The free bulk pick-up will occur on your regular collection day. Residents must call Customer Service at 913-971-9311 or visit OlatheConnect  by Friday, June 20 to make a request. Residents will be charged for anything set out at the curb other than storm debris.

Olathe residents can always drop off yard waste free-of-charge at the City of Olathe Composting Facility. Take advantage of Olathe’s free yard waste program by following these guidelines:

  • Limbs and brush must be less than 4 inches in diameter and less than 4 feet in length.
  • Limbs and brush must be securely tied in bundles weighing less than 50 pounds.

For more information on yard waste collection or compost facility hours of operation, visit OlatheKS.org/OMS/YardWaste.


City of Olathe Receives Communication Awards
Released June 16, 2014
The City of Olathe received several communication awards at the National Association of Government Communicator’s 2014 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards, held June 12 at the National Press Club in Washington DC. The City of Olathe placed first in the Internal Communications category (O on the Go internal news show) and second in the Mobile Application category (Olathe Trash Day app). The City of Olathe also received Awards of Excellence in the categories of Promotional Campaigns (Trash Day Mobile App & Widget Promotion) and Public Affairs Program (The Link).  


Lane Reductions on College Boulevard, Ridgeview Road, and Renner Boulevard
Released June 16, 2014
Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 16, residents should expect delays at the intersection of College Boulevard and Ridgeview Road. The right lanes of eastbound and westbound College Boulevard, as well as the right lanes of northbound and southbound Ridgeview Boulevard will be closed. These closures are due to crews working on pavement saw cuts as part of the Johnson County Gateway Project.

Residents should also expect delays at the intersection of College Boulevard and Renner Boulevard on Tuesday, June 17, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The right lanes of eastbound and westbound College Boulevard, as well as the right lanes of northbound and southbound Renner Boulevard will be closed. These closures are also due to crews working on pavement saw cuts as part of the Johnson County Gateway Project.


I-35 at K-7/169 and 151st Street Intersection Closure Next Two Weekends
Released June 16, 2014
The Kansas Department of Transportation will close the north side of the K-7/I-35/151st Street intersection the weekends of June 20 and June 27.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 20, all traffic coming from southbound  I-35 to K-7 will be redirected to the north, then west on Old US 56, then south on Lone Elm Road, then back east on 151st Street. Both northbound and southbound K-7/US 169 will also follow the Lone Elm/151st Street detour.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 27, all traffic coming from the I-35 southbound off-ramp to K-7/151st Street will be detoured to exit at Old US 56 west to K-7 and follow the detour.

Both weekend closures will open in time for the Monday morning commute.


Dennis Avenue to Close Thursday, June 19
Released June 16, 2014
There will be an overnight closure on eastbound Dennis Avenue at the intersection of Dennis Avenue and Parker Street beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 19. This closure is needed for waterline maintenance.


Border War Featured at Mahaffie Thursday June 19
Released June 16, 2014
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will feature Border War activities with a FREE family fun night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 19.  Activities may include marching and drilling, soldier camp life, and writing a letter home. The Lecompton Reenactors Association will perform a special Kansas Territorial Election reenactment at 7:00 p.m. Artillery cannon drills take place at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m..

Dress as your favorite cowboy in two categories; ages 3-11 and ages 12 and up. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. Each winner will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. The Cowboy Costume Contest will be offered each Thursday at Family Fun Night. Find complete rules and more information at Mahaffie.org.

Other activities may include: 19th century games and visiting the Mahaffie house. Admission is FREE; stagecoach rides and other activities have a nominal fee. 

The theme for the Thursday, June 26 Family Fun Night is Hit the Trails!

Day Out with Frank and Ella
Civil War activities will be featured Wednesday, June 18, and Thursday, June 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Activities may include: soldier recruitment, soldier camp life, writing a letter home, marching and drilling, and cannon drills. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations, and visiting the Mahaffie home are offered during the program. Day Out with Frank and Ella is open to pre-schools, day cares, and other youth groups. Individuals are also invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free.


This Edition of e-News - June 9, 2014:

  • College Boulevard Improvements
  • Woodland Road Closed June 9 to June 13
  • Lane Reductions at US-169 (K-7) and 159th Street
  • Applications Now Available for Olathe Citizens Police Academy
  • FREE Summer Concert Series Continues with Mark May on June 13
  • Fish Tales to Truck Trails
  • Campout at the Bay
  • Olathe Parks & Recreation Foundation Walk-n-Roll
  • Summer Get Active Challenge
  • Draft Power featured at Mahaffie Thursday June 12
  • Day Out with Frank and Ella
  • Winners of the Fifth Annual Sunflower Wickets Crowned June 6

City Council
Released June 9, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 17, 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.


College Boulevard Improvements
Released June 9, 2014
Work on College Boulevard, as part of the Johnson County Gateway Project, was delayed last week.  Construction is anticipated to begin between June 9 and June 20. Initial work will include fence relocation, clearing topsoil, grading and work on the north side of College Boulevard. Two additional lanes on College Boulevard are scheduled for completion by late November 2014, weather permitting. Residents can stay informed on the progress of these improvements by signing up for alerts at KSDOT.org.

The Johnson County Gateway Project is the largest project in the history of the Kansas Department of Transportation. The multi-year project includes improvements along I-435, K-10 and I-35 with work extending into Olathe, Overland Park and Lenexa.  Daily traffic information for the Gateway Project can be viewed at JoCoGateway.com. Sign up for text alerts to stay informed and learn about lane, ramp, and local street closures.


Woodland Road Closed June 9 to June 13
Released June 9, 2014
Woodland Road (from Santa Fe to Poplar) will be closed Monday, June 9 through Friday, June 13 for demolition of the Salvation Army building. Detours will be provided.


Lane Reductions at US-169 (K-7) and 159th Street
Released June 9, 2014
Beginning Tuesday, June 10, KDOT will begin traffic signal work at the US-169 (K-7) and 159th Street intersection, reducing southbound traffic to one lane and closing 159th Street from US-169 to Cherry Street. 159th Street will remain closed until improvements on the west side of the intersection are complete. Message boards and detours are provided.


Applications Now Available for Olathe Citizens Police Academy
Released June 9, 2014
The Olathe Police Department is accepting applications for the Olathe Citizens Police Academy

The academy is a fast paced, nine-week course offered Thursday nights beginning September 11 at 6:30 p.m. The classes are held at the Olathe Police Department, 501 E. 56 Highway.  Participants can look forward to classroom time, hands on displays, and a ride-along with an Olathe police officer. 

The academy is designed to provide citizens with firsthand knowledge of the day-to-day operation of their police department.  The academy allows for the opportunity to interact with many members of the department that are in various assignments to include: Patrol, Investigations, Tactical Support Unit, Canine Unit, Traffic Unit, and many other areas.

To obtain information or an application, visit Olathe Citizen Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy is sponsored by the Olathe Police Department and the Citizens Police Advisory Council (CPAC).     


FREE Summer Concert Series Continues with Mark May on June 13
Released June 9, 2014
The City of Olathe FREE Summer Concert Series brings the second show of the season to Frontier Park on Friday, June 13. This week Carolyn Wonderland opens the show at 7:00 p.m. with headliner Mark May immediately following.

May is known for his blues and southern rock sound, having performed in top blues festivals around the country. A soulful song-writer, singer and guitarist, concert-goers are sure to have a perfect night of music in the park.

Each show supports a local charity; please consider a donation to benefit The Mayor’s Christmas Free Fund at the June 13 show.

Arrive early to find your favorite spot, visit the concession stand and our sponsor booths. The 2014 season is sponsored by Olathe Communities that Care, Hy-Vee, Country Financial, KC Pumpkin Patch, Olathe Ford RV, Pepsi, Guitar Center, and Smokin’ Joes.

The Series takes a few weeks off with the third show returning on Friday, July 18 featuring Paul Thorn and special guest Brody Buster.


Fish Tales to Truck Trails
Released June 9, 2014
From the first catch to the last rumble, Saturday, June 14 is full of fun and adventure at Cedar Lake.

Start the morning at the annual fishing derby at 9:00 a.m. Onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m.   Participants compete in age divisions. Pre-registered participants receive a free t-shirt, goodie bag, and worms (while supplies last). Register online or call 971-8563.

After fishing, grab hot dogs and chips for lunch and check out a favorite for all ages, Touch-A-Truck ETC. Climb on construction vehicles, watch the trash truck work, explore a fire truck, and more.

Learn more about these events at Olathe Parks & Recreation.


Campout at the Bay
Released June 9, 2014
Treat dad to a night of camping, swimming, food and bonding! Campout at the Bay is back on Saturday, June 14; just in time for Father’s Day. Families are invited to pitch a tent at Black Bob Park, swim and enjoy hot dogs and marshmallows over an open fire. Wake up to breakfast from Hy-Vee before tearing down the campsite and heading home. Pre-registration is required. Cost for one adult and one child is $30 (resident) $35 (non-resident).   Cost for each additional family member is $10.


Olathe Parks & Recreation Foundation Walk-n-Roll
Released June 9, 2014
The Olathe Parks & Recreation Foundation announces the inaugural Walk-n-Roll, a family fun run and walk on Thursday, July 3. Walk-n-Roll will be held in conjunction with Celebrate Olathe, the grand opening celebration of the Olathe Community Center at Stagecoach Park.

The event will feature three divisions run, walk and roll – for bike riders and wagons. Participant fees are $15 for an individual and $30 for a family. Each participant receives a t-shirt.

Registration is available online or by calling Parks & Recreation at 971-8643.

The Olathe Parks & Recreation Foundation promotes and encourages the advancements of parks and recreation opportunities in our community through fundraising and community support.


Summer Get Active Challenge
Released June 9, 2014
Olathe is full of fun and activity throughout the summer season.   Take it all in with a fun and free contest! The fourth round of the Olathe Parks & Recreation Get Active Challenge is underway! Grab your family and friends and earn points while finding the best ways to Get Active in Olathe this summer. Print this season’s challenge and start earning points.  Registration is encouraged.


Draft Power featured at Mahaffie Thursday June 12
Released June 9, 2014
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will feature Draft Power activities with a FREE family fun night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 12.  Activities may include a horse pull at 6:30 p.m. in the arena, a horse powered burr mill demonstration, and a special appearance by Rocking M Miniatures, where kids up to age 14 can drive a team of miniature horses and a covered wagon for a nominal fee.

Dress as your favorite cowboy in two categories; ages 3-11 and ages 12 and up. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. Each winner will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. The Cowboy Costume Contest will be offered each Thursday at Family Fun Night. Find complete rules and more information at Mahaffie.org.

Other activities may include: trailside cooking, cowboy gear, roping, 19th century games, cooking demonstrations, and visiting the Mahaffie house. Admission is FREE; stagecoach rides and other activities have a nominal fee. 

The theme for the Thursday, June 19, Family Fun Night is Border War.


Day Out with Frank and Ella
Released June 9, 2014
Horse Power activities will be featured Wednesday, June 11, and Thursday, June 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Activities may include:  stick horse races, horse powered burr mill and corn grinding demonstrations, and crafts. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations, and visiting the Mahaffie home will be offered. Day Out with Frank and Ella is open to pre-schools, day cares, and other youth groups. Individuals are also invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free. 


Winners of the Fifth Annual Sunflower Wickets Crowned June 6
Released June 9, 2014
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Foundation hosted the fifth annual Sunflower Wickets Croquet Tournament on Friday, June 6, to raise funds in support of programs at Mahaffie Historic Site. Twenty-four two-person teams participated and croquet mallets were awarded to the top four teams.

  • First Place: Kerry Newman and Julie Pierce, SFS  Architecture
  • Second Place: Councilperson John Bacon and Councilperson Ron Ryckman, Olathe City Council
  • Third Place: Bob Roach, McCownGordon Construction and Leah Major, Mahaffie
  • Fourth place: Brett Vena and Dan Hutchins, Olathe Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)
  • Best Dressed Team: Diane Gossage and Larry Katzif from the Olathe Optimist Club
  • Best Hat: Dan Hutchins, Olathe CVB

Thanks to the Field Sponsors of Sunflower Wickets: the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Olathe City Council, the Olathe Historical Society, McCownGordon Construction, and SFS Architecture. Team Sponsors included: Olathe Junior Service League Sustainers, Santa Fe Trail Rotary, Olathe Noon Optimist, and Confluence. A special thank you is extended to the Midwest Croquet Association for their assistance with the event.


This Edition of e-News - June 2, 2014:

  • Construction Begins on College Boulevard as part of Johnson County Gateway Project
  • 127th Street Construction Update
  • Public Invited to National Main Street Presentation June 4
  • Marc Broussard, Mingo Fishtrap Kick Off FREE Summer Concert Series June 6
  • Fish Tales to Truck Trails
  • Campout at the Bay
  • Summer Get Active Challenge
  • Olathe Parks & Recreation Launches First Online Fishing Contest
  • Two Trails Camp & Fun in the Sun Preschool Camp Registration Available
  • Kansas Cowboys featured at Mahaffie Thursday June 5
  • Day Out with Frank and Ella

City Council
Released June 2, 2014
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 3, 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.


Construction Begins on College Boulevard as part of Johnson County Gateway Project
Released June 2, 2014
Work on College Boulevard, as part of the Johnson County Gateway Project, is anticipated to begin the week of June 2. Initial work will include fence relocation, clearing topsoil, grading and work on the north side of College Boulevard. Two additional lanes are anticipated to be completed on College Boulevard by late November 2014, weather permitting.

The Johnson County Gateway Project is the largest project in the history of the Kansas Department of Transportation. The multi-year project includes improvements along I-435, K-10 and I-35 with work extending into Olathe, Overland Park and Lenexa.  Daily traffic information for the Gateway Project can be viewed at JoCoGateway.com. Sign up for text alerts to stay informed and learn about lane, ramp, and local street closures.


127th Street Construction Update
Released June 2, 2014
Construction on the 127th Street Improvement project is on schedule and projected to be substantially complete in August 2014, weather permitting. Beginning the week of June 2, 127th Street will be closed from Hallet to Pflumm. Visitors to St. Andrews Christian Church will have a signed detour starting at Greenwood to direct travelers through the Eastbrooke neighborhood.

Pflumm Road will continue to be reduced to one lane in each direction. Beginning Thursday, June 5, right through lanes will be open and left-turn lanes will close at this intersection. The work on Pflumm Road is planned to be completed in June, weather permitting. Closures west of Pflumm Road on 127th Street will remain through August.

For updates on construction projects throughout Olathe, please visit the Construction Projects Map.


Public Invited to National Main Street Presentation June 4
Released June 2, 2014
What does the future hold for the Central Core Neighborhood and Downtown Olathe? Join the conversation as Olathe welcomes Kathy La Plante, senior officer from the National Main Street Center, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the City of Governors Room, City Hall (100 E. Santa Fe Street). 

Main Street is a highly reputable organization that has helped strengthen numerous downtowns across the country for over thirty years. 

As you may have read in the latest Olathe Link, there are many great things happening in Olathe's downtown, including Fourth Fridays!  This is the start of an imperative conversation about what each of us can do to impact Olathe’s Central Core, together. The strategy is to engage leaders and foster collaboration among the residential, business, and government/non-profit sectors in the Central Core to take actions that will continue to revitalize the area.  Registration is encouraged.


Marc Broussard, Mingo Fishtrap Kick Off 15th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series June 6
Released June 2, 2014
Frontier Park will be rocking on Friday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m., as the 15th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series kicks off with Marc Broussard and special guest Mingo Fishtrap. 

Broussard brings his southern-rock soul sound to the stage just weeks before the debut of his new album, A Life Worth Living. A combination of funk, blues, R&B, rock and pop, Broussard’s soulful voice is the perfect start to the summer series.

Each show supports a local charity; please consider a donation to benefit the Salvation Army at the June 6 show.

Arrive early to find your favorite spot, visit the concession stand and our sponsor booths. The 2014 season is sponsored by Olathe Communities that Care, Hy-Vee, Country Financial, KC Pumpkin Patch, Olathe Ford RV, Pepsi, Guitar Center, and Smokin’ Joes.

Mark your calendars for the June 13 show featuring Mark May and Carolyn Wonderland. 


Fish Tales to Truck Trails
Released June 2, 2014
From the first catch to the last rumble, Saturday, June 14 is full of fun and adventure at Cedar Lake.

Start the morning at the annual fishing derby at 9:00 a.m. (onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m.).   Participants compete in age divisions. Pre-registered participants receive a free t-shirt, goodie bag and worms (while supplies last). Register online or call 971-8563.

After fishing, grab lunch (hot dogs and chips) and check out a favorite for all ages, Touch-A-Truck ETC. Climb on construction vehicles, watch the trash truck work, explore a fire truck and more.

Learn more about these events at Olathe Parks & Recreation.


Campout at the Bay
Released June 2, 2014
Treat dad to a night of camping, swimming, food and bonding! Campout at the Bay is back on Saturday, June 14; just in time for Father’s Day. Families are invited to pitch a tent at Black Bob Park, swim and enjoy hot dogs and marshmallows over an open fire. Wake up to breakfast from Hy-Vee before tearing down the campsite and heading home. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $30 (resident) $35 (non-resident) for one adult and one child; each additional family member is $10.


Summer Get Active Challenge
Released June 2, 2014
Olathe is full of fun and activity throughout the summer season and what better way to take it all in than through a fun and free contest! The fourth round of the Olathe Parks & Recreation Get Active Challenge is underway! Grab your family and friends and earn points while finding the best ways to Get Active in Olathe this summer. Print this season’s challenge and start earning points.  Registration is encouraged.


Olathe Parks & Recreation Launches First Online Fishing Contest
Released June 2, 2014
Olathe Parks & Recreation announces a new fishing contest for anglers of all ages! Summer Slam is a unique way to get out and explore Olathe waters while raising money for a great cause this summer. Not your typical fishing contest, Summer Slam is an online competition where competitors use a Facebook event to upload a picture of their greatest catch at a City pond or lake for the targeted fish species in each month’s competition. Don’t have a Facebook account? No worries! Olathe Parks & Recreation will work with those interested in competing on an individual basis.

Each month offers a new challenge and participants choose which month(s) they wish to participate. The contest includes a small entry fee (youth division (15 & under)- $5 per month, adult- $10 per month) or play all summer long (youth $12.50, adult $25). Proceeds from the entry fees will go to support the Olathe Parks & Recreation scholarship fund that helps ensure all Olathe residents have access to recreation programming throughout the year.

For more information visit Summer Slam or contact recreationnews@olatheks.org.


Two Trails Camp & Fun in the Sun Preschool Camp Registration Available
Released June 2, 2014
Looking for fun and flexible options to keep the kids busy throughout the summer? Space is available in two new Olathe Parks & Recreation day camps: Two Trails Day Camp and Fun in the Sun Enrichment Camp.

Two Trails Outdoor Camp provides fun, fieldtrips, and great memories for kids ages 5-12 (must have completed kindergarten). With week-to-week registration, this camp allows parents great flexibility to work around specialty camps, vacations and busy summer schedules. Learn more about Two Trails Camp and register online.

Have a younger child? Fun in the Sun Preschool Enrichment Camp is a half-day camp filled with hands-on activities, visits to Mahaffie and more. Week-to-week registration is available for kids ages 3-5 (must be toilet trained). Learn more about Fun in the Sun Enrichment Camp and register online.


Kansas Cowboys featured at Mahaffie Thursday June 5
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will feature Kansas Cowboy activities with a free family fun night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 5.  Dress as your favorite cowboy in two categories; ages 3-11 and ages 12 and up. Costume judging begins at 7:30 p.m. Each winner will receive a family ticket package to Wild West Days in September. The Cowboy Costume Contest will be offered each Thursday at Family Fun Night. Find complete rules and more information at Mahaffie.org.

Other activities may include: trailside cooking, cowboy gear, roping, and visiting the Mahaffie house. Admission is FREE; stagecoach rides and other activities have a nominal fee. 

The theme for the Thursday, June 12 Family Fun Night is Draft Power.


Day Out with Frank and Ella
Released June 2, 2014
Kansas Cowboys activities will be featured Wednesday, June 4, and Thursday, June 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Activities may include:  roping, cowboy gear, and making a sheriff badge to take home. Stagecoach rides, blacksmith demonstrations and visiting the Mahaffie home will be offered. Day Out with Frank and Ella is open to pre-schools, day cares, and other youth groups. Individuals are also invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call (913) 971-5111. Cost is $5/youth; accompanying adults are free.