Olathe news briefs for the week of July 17, 2012

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 24 at  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 www.OlatheKS.org.

City Encouraging Voluntary Water Conservation

In cooperation with Kansas Water Assurance District 1, the City of Olathe is asking customers to observe voluntary water conservation measures due to the heat and drought conditions the area has seen in recent months, including limiting all non-essential outdoor uses. The request is a voluntary measure at this time.

The City encourages water conservation measures through reduction of outdoor water use including (but not limited to):

• Voluntarily implementing an alternate day (odd/even) schedule for outdoor watering

• Limiting non-essential outdoor water use and implement Wise Outdoor Watering practices

• Watering outdoors between 6pm and 6am

• Limiting or eliminating outdoor water use on the weekends

• Using a soaker hose to water plants more efficiently

• Limiting car washing at home or using commercial car wash that recycles water

• Avoiding hosing down outside areas such as sidewalks, patios and driveway

During this critical period, the public can also help reduce indoor water use by shortening showers, only washing full loads of dishes and clothes, shutting off the faucet while brushing teeth, and repairing leaky toilets and faucets.

The City of Olathe is included in Kansas Water Assurance District 1, which covers the Kansas River Basin.  Though the City’s water production operation continues meeting high demand, Olathe recognizes the importance of ensuring the region’s water supply by encouraging residents to use water wisely.

Again, this request is purely voluntary at this time as the City continues to monitor water demands, capacity and operations.  For a detailed look at the City’s Water Conservation Plan and additional Wise Outdoor Watering tips, please visit www.OlatheKS.org/OMS/Water/Conservation.

Soul, Rock and Blues Take Center Stage at July 20 Free Summer Concert
With only two shows left in the 13th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series, Farmers Insurance and the City of Olathe bring The Phantom Blues Band along with the Monophonics to the stage on Friday, July 20 at Frontier Park.

The Monophonics open the show at 7:00 p.m. with their psychedelic soul and rock sound. The sound of the early 60s and 70s fuzz guitars, analog tape echo and reverbs, vintage keyboards, horns and gritty vocals are sure to get the party started.

The Phantom Blues Band takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. showcasing its award-winning sound. With some of the best blues players in the industry, the members of the Phantom Blues Band have recorded with greats including Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills and Nash, Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Freddie King, B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy and Otis Rush. The Phantom Blues Band was formed as a studio band to backup Taj Mahal on his CD, ‘Dancin’ the Blues’. The association with Taj produced several more recordings including the Grammy winning ‘Senor Blues’ and ‘Shouting in Key’. The Phantom Blues Band members are all, in their own right, successful session players, producers, arrangers, composers, songwriters and recording artists.

Arrive early to get a great spot, visit the concession stand (all proceeds go to a local charity) and visit sponsor booths. The 2012 season is sponsored by Farmers’, Applebee’s, SureWest, Olathe Toyota/Scion, Olathe Ford RV and Smokin’ Joes.

Beatles tribute band Liverpool closes out the 2012 summer concert season on July 27.

Harvest Wheat 19th Century Style at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday

Harvest wheat 19th Century style at this week’s Free Family Fun Night at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. The historic site, 1200 Kansas City Road, will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 with free admission and activities focusing on 19th Century farming.

Visitors can learn about the crops the Mahaffie’s grew and the methods they used.  Learn about animal draft power, see what’s cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s stove, and enjoy 19th Century children’s games.  For a small fee, take a stagecoach ride around the site, make a hook to take home in the blacksmith shop or grind corn to feed the farm animals.

Enjoy Family Fun Night each Thursday night in June and July, featuring free admission and small fees for some activities.  The first 100 visitors collect a different Wild West Character trading card.

•           Kansas Farming – July 19 and July 26

As a special feature the Olathe Historical Society will present a free public viewing of the newest installment in the “Olathe – the City Beautiful” film series at 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center. The movie showcases the life of JC Nichols, an Olathe High School 1897 graduate, before he developed the Country Club Plaza. Free popcorn and drinks will be provided.

The final Mahaffie Family Fun Night will be on Thursday, July 26 and will focus on 1860s Kansas Farm Life.

The historic site is open with living history activities and stagecoach rides from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  For a complete listing of events, visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.

Operation Lifeline Available to Those in Need

With the continuation of extreme temperatures, the Olathe Police Department reminds the public of its Operation Lifeline program.  The program enlists community volunteers to make daily telephone calls to retired and self-care individuals who don’t have anyone available to check on them regularly.  If a volunteer is unable to make telephone contact with a program participant, a police officer is dispatched to the residence to check on the individual.

Individuals who would like to participate in the program must meet the following criteria:

• Live within the city limits of Olathe

• Have no family members living in the immediate area to do regular check-ins

• Be able to provide Olathe Police Department access to residence in the event of an emergency.

Operation Lifeline is free of charge.  Additional information is available by contacting the Community Outreach Unit at 971-7500.

Santa Fe Street Closure Begins July 23

Santa Fe Street from Kansas Avenue to Walnut Street will close for ten days beginning on Monday, July 23. During this closure, O’Donnell and Sons Construction will remove exiting asphalt and re-grade to create a smoother transition leading up to the railroad tracks.  Additional work includes the adjustment of storm sewers and the placement of new structures and curbs/drives.  Following the ten day closure, Santa Fe will be reduced to one lane in either direction to complete the remainder of the work in the area.

The work is part of the Santa Fe Streetscape project.  For more information about the project, including a project rendering, visit www.OlatheKS.org/PublicWorks/Construction/SantaFeStreetscape.


Register Now for the August 7 National Night Out Against Crime

On Tuesday night, August 7, neighborhoods and apartment complexes throughout Olathe are invited to join forces with thousands of other communities nationwide for the “29th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Olathe Police Department in cooperation with the Olathe Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act. Over 15,325 communities from all 50 states are expected to participate in this year’s “America’s Night Out against Crime.” In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out in 2011. National Night Out 2012 is expected to be the largest ever. Once again, Target is a corporate sponsor.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods and the police department are working together to fight back.

From 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, people in neighborhoods throughout Olathe are asked to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors. Many neighborhoods will host a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, and contests. Neighborhoods can receive visits from the Olathe Police Department, the Olathe Fire Department or Johnson County Med-Act.

If you would like more information regarding National Night or to register please call or email Specialist Beth Wegner at 971-6323.

Stay Up-To-Date on Olathe’s Growth

Olathe continues to be one of America’s fastest growing cities, with 35.4 percent population growth over the past decade according to the 2010 Census.  Learn where this growth is occurring and view Olathe’s demographic trends in the latest edition of the City of Olathe Demographics and Development Report available online. In addition, subscribe to City of Olathe’s e-News to receive current reports and updates.

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