Olathe news briefs for week of Aug. 13, 2012

 

Please drive carefully as school resumes

The City of Olathe would like to remind drivers to be cautious as the 2012-13 school year begins this week.

Olathe School District students in first through sixth grades and ninth graders start with a half day Wednesday, Aug. 15. The first full day of school for all K-12 students starts Thursday.

Safety information for drivers, bus riders and students who walk to school; information for crossing guards; and safe routes to school maps are available on the City’s website at http://www.olatheks.org/SchoolSafety.

Santa Fe to remain open until late September

Santa Fe Street, which was scheduled to close Monday for two weeks from Kansas Avenue to Chestnut Street, will remain open until late September, after the Old Settlers Days event in downtown Olathe. Bricks used for the project were delayed, possibly causing the closure to impact the downtown event. As a result, that portion of the project has been moved until after the Old Settlers event. Old Settlers Days typically brings tens of thousands of visitors to the downtown.

Additional traffic updates

Cherry Lane between 117th Terrace and 119th Street will be closed from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week, but open nights and weekends. Local traffic will be permitted throughout the entire project.

There will be daily lane reductions for street maintenance projects through the end of August on 119th Street, Harold Street to Ridgeview Road.

Black Bob Road from 135th to 151st streets will experience lane reductions every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for street improvements throughout the entire project.

Santa Fe Street from Kansas Avenue to Walnut Street will be closed from 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10th to noon Saturday, Aug. 11th for installation of railroad detection technology. Detours will be provided.

For a complete list of this week’s Road Closings including an interactive map, please visit http://www.olatheks.org/PublicWorks/Alerts.

Black Bob Bay to reduce hours

Starting Saturday, Aug. 18, hours at Black Bob Bay will be reduced for the rest of the season until the swimming pool closes Labor Day. Mill Creek and Frontier Trail pools closed earlier this month. The season is coming to a close before the upcoming school year begins and lifeguards head back to school.

Black Bob Bay will remain open on weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. through Friday, Aug. 17. The new hours will begin the next day. Black Bob Bay will be open only from 12:30 to 7p.m. on Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 3.

For more information about Olathe city pool schedules, visit the Parks and Recreation section of the City’s website at www.OlatheKS.org.

KDOT schedules K-10 work near Olathe

KDOT will add 4.3 miles of cable median barrier on K-10 starting Monday, Aug. 13, including one mile on each side of the K-7 interchange.

The work will take place during the day Monday through Friday and occasionally on Saturdays through mid-December, weather permitting. The shoulders along both sides of the medians will be closed during the project in addition to occasional daily lane closures. Work will start in Douglas County and move east.

For more information, go to http://www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.

KCP&L expands assistance programs

Kansas City Power & Light’s 34,699 Olathe customers may be eligible for assistance through the utility’s Connections program.

KCP&L announced that it would add $1 million to the program created to help customers through difficult financial situations by connecting them with assistance programs and community resources.

In addition to providing assistance, KCP&L will offer Energy Resource Fairs starting this month. The fairs are intended to allow customers to ask questions, set up payment plans and get information about local nonprofits that also provide assistance.

For more information or to see whether you’re eligible for assistance, go to www.kcpl.com/connections or call 1-800-526-3348.

‘Another great year’ for National Night Out

About 1,000 Olathe residents from 16 neighborhoods and two apartment complexes spent an evening outside in an effort to deter crime in National Night Out on Aug. 7.

The Olathe Police Department has sponsored the event locally since 1997. In spite of the heat, residents hosted block parties and cookouts while being visited by members of the Olathe Police Department, Olathe Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act.

“I think it was another great year, very successful,” Olathe Police Chief Steve Menke said.” It’s one of the significant events for us engaging in the community. Within a couple of hours, we reach many different neighborhoods and it’s the one chance for us … to reach out to hundreds of people. It was very successful. We would anticipate being involved with that for many years to come.”

The National Association of Town Watch created National Night Out 29 years ago to increase crime and drug prevention awareness by improving partnerships with local law enforcement offices. More than 15,325 communities from all 50 states were expected to participate. More than 37 million people participated in National Night Out last year.

Representatives from Target, the event’s national corporate sponsor, also visited Olathe residents and gave away gift cards and other items.

Free summer concerts raise $15,000 for local charities

The 2012 Olathe Free Summer Concert Series raised more than $15,000 for five local charities.

More than 15,000 people attended the five concerts at Frontier Park that benefitted the Olathe New Optimists, Olathe Special Olympics, Olathe Salvation Army, Heart to Heart International and Kids Temporary Lodging for Children (TLC).

“The Olathe Free Summer Concerts continue to be a great place to hear some top national musical acts in a great family atmosphere while helping our community charities,” Parks & Recreation Director Kevin Corbett said. Parks and Recreation Department organized the 13th annual concert series.

Farmers Insurance headlined a group of sponsors that contributed $42,500 in cash and in-kind donations. Other sponsors include HyVee at 16100 W. 135th St., Pepsi Americas, SureWest, Olathe RV Center, Applebee’s, Smokin’ Joe’s Bar-B-Q, Guitar Center and Olathe Toyota Scion, Residence Inn and KC Kona Ice.

Royal Southern Brotherhood with Samantha Fish, Trampled Under Foot and Mark Selby, Sam Bush and Kelley Hunt, Phantom Blues Band with the Monophonics, and Liverpool performed.

Fall sports registration deadlines approaching

Don’t miss your chance to sign up for fall youth and adult sports leagues and instructional sessions, which begin the first week of September. The deadline for many of them is the week before. Sport and instructional sessions continue for 6-8 weeks depending on the sport, age level and program. Registrations are still being accepted for:

  • Cheerleading (new program) (grades K-5)
  • Youth Volleyball (grades 3-6)
  • Youth Soccer (ages 2 1/2 to second grade)
  • Instructional Lacrosse (7 ½ to 14 years old)
  • Youth & Adult Tennis
  • Youth & Adult Flag Football
  • Adult Softball
  • Adult Kickball
  • Adult Basketball

Go to http://www.olatheks.org/ParksRec for more information.

City’s Facebook name changes

To differentiate places from governments, Facebook is requiring municipalities across the country to change their names on the social networking site.

The City of Olathe’s Facebook page is now City of Olathe, KS Government. Nothing else with the City’s page has changed. It still remains a place for residents to access information about Olathe and to interact with the City, and those who currently “like” Olathe’s page will not be affected.

 

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