Olathe news briefs for week of July 23, 2012


City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, July 24 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).  To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKS.org.

City of Olathe Staying Ahead of the Curve to Keep Water Safe

The City of Olathe prides itself in its exceptionally safe and “best tasting” drinking water and consistently looks for additional opportunities to keep it that way.  Along with the cities of Topeka and Lawrence, the State of Kansas, and WaterOne, Olathe began partnering with the U.S. Geological Survey on a five-year monitoring program for algal toxins and taste-and-odor compounds in the Kansas River. 

Though Olathe currently has no issues with algal toxins and pumps water from wells in the aquifer rather than the river, the City believes the study will help all those involved to provide a better understanding of water river compounds and further ensure the City’s water quality.

Harmful algal blooms are on the rise globally in both marine and freshwater systems; applying good science to understand their triggers is the first step to reducing their occurrence in the future,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “In the meantime, we must remain ever vigilant in our monitoring to assure citizens that their water supply is healthy and safe.

For more information about water quality and treatment in Olathe, visit www.OlatheKS.org/OMS/Water/Quality.

Black Bob Bay Named 2012 Dream Design

Olathe’s Black Bob Bay aquatics park was announced a 2012 Dream Design by Aquatics International. This annual award is given to the best designs and renovations around the world. In order to qualify, the nominated center must have been renovated or built in the last five years.

“We redesigned Black Bob Bay with the community in mind and a desire to bring something special and unique to Olathe,” said Konni Knabe, recreation/aquatics program manager. “This award and the attendance shows that we did it right and (the award) is a great honor for the team involved.

Funded through the support of the park sales tax, Black Bob Bay opened with its new design in 2010 and has greeted more than 150,000 visitors over the last two and a half seasons. With birthday parties, daycare field trips and family outings, Black Bob Bay has become a premier destination for summertime activities in Olathe.

Aquatics International is the only publication devoted exclusively to the commercial and public pool industry. It strives to support contractors and pool operators through the design and maintenance of public pools.

REMINDER! Santa Fe Closure begins today 7/23

Beginning today, July 23, Santa Fe Street from Kansas Avenue to Walnut Street will close for ten days as part of the Santa Fe Streetscape project.  Following the closure, Santa Fe will be reduced to one-lane in either direction to complete the remainder of work in the area.  For more information about the project, including a project rendering, visit www.OlatheKS.org/PublicWorks/Construction/SantaFeStreetscape.

Developer Forum and Public Workshop 

The City of Olathe will hold a Developer Forum and a Public Workshop on Wednesday, July 25 to present and receive feedback concerning the first module of draft updates for the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), the City’s zoning code.

Both meetings will be held in the Council Chamber at Olathe City Hall, 100 East Santa Fe. The Developer Forum will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Coffee and breakfast will be available in the lobby beginning at 8:00 a.m. The Public Workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cookies and refreshments will be served.  An RSVP is appreciated, but not required.  Please contact the Planning Division at 913-971-8750 to RSVP.

The UDO update will assist in implementing PlanOlathe, the City’s comprehensive plan adopted in 2010. The City will consider several “modules” of the UDO Design Guidelines draft, with three open house/developer forum sessions to occur in the summer and fall of 2012. www.OlatheKS.org/Development/UDO_Amendments.

Liverpool Returns for City’s Final 2012 Free Summer Concert

Olathe’s final free summer concert features Beatles tribute band, Liverpool on Friday, July 27 at Olathe’s Frontier Park, 15501 West Indian Creek Parkway.  The concert will begin with performances by the three acts from “Olathe’s Got Talent” at 6:30 p.m.  Liverpool is scheduled to take the stage about 7:15 p.m.  Typically, one of the highest attended concerts each year, Liverpool follows the Beatles complete musical path during the performance.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit KidsTLC, an Olathe based charity serving children and families in crisis.

Kansas Farm Chores Featured at Last Free Mahaffie Event Thursday
Lots of farm activities go on throughout the year at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road.  Get a close look at farm chores such as laundry, churning butter, sawing wood, milking and more at a free family event on Thursday, July 26.  The historic site will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. offering activities focused on Kansas farm chores.  This will be the last event of the summer in Mahaffie’s Family Fun Night series.

See milking demonstrations at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Meet Burt, the horse, as he helps grind corn from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For $1/person, visitors can ride on Burt as he grinds corn. At 7:00 p.m., watch Burt walk on the treadmill to thresh freshly harvested wheat. Make an item in the blacksmith shop or take a stagecoach ride for a small fee.

Learn more about butter churning by visiting Mrs. Mahaffie’s stove and test skills at a variety of games typically played by children in the 19th century.

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.

Olathe Police Explorer Program Accepting Applications through July 31

The Olathe Police Explorer Program is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 program year.  The Olathe Police Department Explorer Post is designed to provide challenging knowledge and training for young people interested in a law enforcement career.  Participants will receive hands-on experience to better prepare them for the realities of a career in law enforcement.  The Explorers are given the opportunity to perform numerous police officer tasks while not being placed in dangerous law enforcement situations.

The Olathe Police Explorer Program is a great way for youth to get involved in their community in a positive way.  The program will run from September 2012 to July 2013. Applications are available at the Olathe Police Department and are due on or before July 31, 2012

For further information and requirements, visit www.OlatheKS.org/Police/Operations/Explorer.

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.


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