Olathe news briefs for week of Aug. 6, 2012


City Council

The Olathe City Council meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. Tuesday 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.

Budget public hearing

The Public Hearing for the 2013 Budget and 2013-2017 Capital Improvement Plan will take place during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. It will provide residents the opportunity to comment on the budget before adoption Aug. 21. Review the proposed budget on the Budget Planning page: http://www.olatheks.org/Finance/Budget/BudPlan  The City Council places a priority on resident involvement and encourage anyone interested to attend the hearing or share opinions with them.

Highway construction to cause delays

The first phase of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s project to improve the I-35, 119th Street and K-10 interchange will cause significant traffic delays for the next few months.

Construction began Thursday on the Johnson County Gateway Yellow Project. The northbound Interstate 35 turn lanes from eastbound and westbound 119th Street will be reduced to one lane all day through Nov. 4. Also, as part of the project, 1,500 feet north of I-35 at 119th Street will be reduced to two lanes all day through Sept. 3.

For updated traffic information, go to www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.

Pool closures to continue Sunday

Frontier Trail and Oregon Trail pools will close at 8 p.m. Sunday, 8/12, for the season. The City announced the remaining hours for the 2012 aquatics season last week before the upcoming school year begins and lifeguards head back to school. Mill Creek pool was the first to close Aug. 5.

Black Bob Bay will remain open through Labor Day (last day of operation is Sept. 3) with new hours starting Aug. 13.
• Aug. 13 to 17 – Monday through Friday open 4 to 7 p.m.
• Aug. 17 ­­– Closed for weekday operation at 7 p.m.
• Aug. 18 – Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) open 12:30 to 7 p.m.

BNSF track work means whistles temporarily return: Santa Fe closing for construction

Through Friday, Aug. 10, the BNSF railroad will be working on the tracks and signals on Santa Fe Street in downtown Olathe. During that time, trains will temporarily sound whistles until work is complete. In addition, BNSF work is likely to result in temporary closures of Santa Fe this week.

Beginning Aug. 13 for about two weeks, Santa Fe will be closed from Kansas Avenue to Chestnut Street. This closure will allow crews construct the raised intersection and brick work at Cherry Street. Detours will be provided. For more project details regarding the Santa Fe Streetscape, go to http://www.olatheks.org/PublicWorks/Construction/SantaFeStreetscape.

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

Olathe Farmers Market Celebrates National Farmers Market Week with Chipotle

The Olathe Farmers Market teamed up with Chipotle to help raise awareness of local products and fresh food in the community for National Farmers Week.

A representative from Chipotle will hand out $10 tokens to the first 250 market customers at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Market customers can redeem the tokens with select farmers (no change provided). Come and enjoy a great way to get fresh, local ingredients.


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