Olathe news briefs for the week of Nov 17

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 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).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Olathe among Nation’s Top Digital Cities
The City of Olathe is among America’s top-ranked digital city governments (125,000 – 249,000 population) according to the 14th annual “Digital Cities Survey.”  Part of e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program, the annual survey questions targeted which initiatives cities were most proud of in the areas of citizen engagement, policy, operations, technology and data. Continue reading


Today’s DIY tip:

The easy way to clean windows and eliminate mosquitoes

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

There is no good time of the year to clean the windows in your house. But there are ways to make the job easier or avoid it altogether.

Never clean windows during autumn. Clean windows will offer a sparkling view of your lawn, which is covered with leaves. You hate raking leaves more than you hate cleaning windows.

If you must clean windows I recommend the dead of winter. Swaddled in parka, boots and snow gloves you announce loudly that you are heading outside to clean the windows. Your family will smile warmly, the way people smile at somebody who’s having a nervous breakdown. Five minutes later you come back inside and announce that it’s too damn cold to clean windows. You may now spend the rest of the winter watching football. Continue reading

Luminary Walk at OP Arboretum

luminary walk

Veterans Day events and special offers

Restaurants, businesses across the country offering free or reduced prices around Veterans Day.

Visit Military.com’s Discounts Center for more discounts and articles.

Restaurant’s offering discounts on Veterans Day and throughout November include:

54th Street Grill – Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal (up to $12).
Applebee’s – Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu.
Bob Evans – Veterans and active military personnel receive free all-you-can-eat hotcakes.
California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active-duty military receive a complimentary entrée from a special menu.Cattlemens – Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free small sirloin steak dinner. Continue reading

LOB mail-in vote set for Jan. 7-27, 2015

Registered voters who live within the Olathe School District boundaries have an opportunity to vote in an upcoming election that would help the district maintain its excellence. Voters will have between Jan. 7-27 to vote on a mail-in ballot proposal to continue the district’s current Local Option Budget level. This is a no-tax-increase proposal that would positively impact every school in the district. The LOB is locally raised funds that can be used for operating expenses, such as salaries and other classroom expenses. Continue reading

Energy conservation results in big savings for school district

Olathe Board of Education members learned during their November meeting that there are many ways to reduce energy costs in a district with more than 60 buildings. They received a report stating the district saved $536,548 on utilities from August 2013 through July of this year.

Chief Financial and Operations Officer John Hutchison shared the report about the district’s work with Cenergistic to conserve energy while maintaining and improving comfort and safety throughout the district. By monitoring the lighting, heating and cooling systems, and establishing an energy conservation culture among employees, the district can realize significant savings. Continue reading

Kansas election 2014 results

Statewide results, click here.

Johnson County results, click here.


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