Olathe Water Rated Best Tasting

At their 2010 Conference and Exhibition on March 30th through April 1st, the Kansas Rural Water Association (KWRA) held its “Best Tasting Water in Kansas contest. For the second time in the last three years, Olathe water was judged best. Olathe won the honor the last time it competed in the contest in 2008.

Mahaffie Fundraiser Teams Forming Now!


Teams are forming now for the first-ever Sunflower Wickets croquet tournament. This unique event is being hosted by the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Foundation in support of the preservation, programming and promotion of the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site located at 1200 Kansas City Rd. in Olathe. Read more »

Downtown Quiet Zone Moving Forward


Permanent Street Closings to Begin Monday, April 5.

There are currently 11 at-grade railroad crossings in downtown Olathe, and federal regulations require all trains to sound their horns as they approach and enter each intersection. As it stands, a train horn can be heard blowing in downtown for about five hours every day.

A “quiet zone” project is currently underway in Olathe.

City Replacing Water Meters


The City of Olathe is beginning the process of replacing roughly 35,000 water meters in homes and businesses with new modernized equipment that will allow for a significant increase in efficiency, cost savings and improved accuracy.

The new meters can be monitored remotely, eliminating the need to have City meter readers travel to each location. The updates will allow the City to greatly reduce meter reading positions, vehicles and the associated costs of manually reading meters.

Citizen Input on City Budget


The Olathe City Council always encourages residents to be involved in the budget process and share thoughts and ideas. This year, the City has created a new interactive feature on its webpage that makes getting involved easier. The page includes a public budget forum where citizens can provide direct input and ask questions.  Anyone interested is encouraged to join the discussion. Read more »

OHRC seeking nominations for Community Awards Program


The City of Olathe and the Olathe Human Relations Commission are seeking nominations for the seventh annual Community Awards Program. The awards recognize individuals and entities for meritorious service in the pursuit of cultural diversity and advocacy of human rights which benefit Olathe citizens.

The winners will be announced at the Community Awards Program scheduled from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on April 23 in the Council Chamber of Olathe City Hall, 100 E.

Olathe Names New Fire Chief


Olathe City Manager Michael Wilkes has announced that Jeff DeGraffenreid has been named Olathe’s new Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management.

Announcing 2010 Civic Academy - Apply Now!


Applications for the City of Olathe 2010 Civic Academy will be accepted until April 2, 2010.

Residents Say Olathe Still Headed in the Right Direction

The results of Olathe’s most recent citizen survey were presented to the Olathe City Council Tuesday evening showing the trend of improvement in citizen satisfaction continued again in 2009. 

The survey showed Olathe’s overall satisfaction index increased to 126 from the original baseline of 100 in 2000.  The City rated at 123 in the 2008 survey.  In contrast, the overall satisfaction index for the metropolitan area declin

Help Crews Clear Your Street by Parking in Driveways on Snowy Days

This winter, the City of Olathe is placing more emphasis on plowing snow during daylight hours to take better advantage of sunlight’s impact on snow melting materials and offset overall costs.

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