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Parks and Recreation Programs Enrollment Now Open

Those interested in enrolling in winter or spring Olathe Park and Recreation programs can now enroll online on the Park and Recreation section of the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org in person at the Parks and Recreation office, (northwest corner of Kansas and Santa Fe), or by calling 971-6263 during business hours.

Glass Recycling Available

The City of Olathe is partnering with a Kansas City company, Ripple Glass, to accept glass for recycling at three drop off locations. Ripple Glass is a new business that uses recycled glass to make fiberglass for insulation.

City Prepares for Snow

The City of Olathe is already making plans for snow removal this winter and is exploring adjusting operations to more efficiently use salt and sand as well as City resources. Revised plans call for a greater emphasis on plowing during daylight hours to better take advantage of sunlight’s impact on snow melting materials and offset overall costs. As a result, residents and visitors are encouraged to park vehicles in drives during the day when there is a snowfall.

The City uses three level categories in responding to snowfall, depending on the amount of accumulation.

Rating Agency Recognizes Olathe’s Financial Stability

Moody’s Investor Service has assigned an MIG 1 rating to City of Olathe temporary note bonds, the highest rating available.

In determining the rating, Moody’s noted the City’s well managed financial practices that are expected to continue despite revenue pressures. In addition, Moody’s cited Olathe’s forward-thinking approach to budgeting and willingness to make budget adjustments to maintain structural balance and healthy reserves.

Recycling Carts Begin Arriving

As the City of Olathe is preparing its move to citywide recycling in January, customers whose trash is collected on Mondays will begin receiving their new recycling carts this week. All Monday customers should receive carts in the next five to seven business days. The following week, Tuesday collection customers will begin receiving carts, followed by Wednesday, Thursday and Friday customers. Customers can begin recycling on their regular trash day each week (until January) once the cart is received.

Olathe Featured on Innovative City Leadership

Washington, DC – A new report by the National League of Cities (NLC), The State of City Leadership for Children and Families in 2009, recognizes Olathe, Kan., for its cutting-edge youth civic engagement initiatives, including the CO-Pilot city internship program, the Olathe Teen Council and Youth Congress, and the Youth in Government school curriculum. 

The report is being released during the 2009 National Summit on Your City’s Families.

State Legislative Forum October 23rd - Time Change

As part of Disability Awareness Week, the City of Olathe's Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board will be hosting a legislative forum on Friday, October 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Olathe City Council Chamber at 100 E. Santa Fe.

The event is planned to include Kansas State Legislators who will discuss the upcoming legislative session and issues impacting those with disabilities. Read more »

City Tracks Local Economic Recovery Act Money

The City of Olathe has been or will be awarded over $8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for a number of projects including: infrastructure, technology and energy efficiency. The Olathe City Council wants to make sure the public has easily accessible information about money being received and how it is being spent. As such, the City's website now contains comprehensive information about all projects receiving ARRA funding that will be continually updated.

Money Saving Technology Initiative Moves Forward

 

Earlier this year, The City worked with Johnson Controls, Inc. and the Energy Office of the Kansas Corporation Commission to perform an audit of City facilities identifying measures that would result in energy cost savings for the organization with on-going positive impacts. As a result of the audit, nine specific measures were identified. Read more »

City Saving on Health Plan

With the average health care cost increasing by over 10 to 12% each year, this local Kansas government is showing how an out-of-the box health care plan can buck a trend. Since implementing a new health insurance system in 2007, the City of Olathe, has experienced an overall drop of 20% in employee healthcare costs. The decrease is even more impressive when considering the 5 to 6% inflationary cost increases in healthcare. In fact, prior to the new plan, City healthcare costs had averaged 12% increases in each of the previous two years. Read more »

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