Olathe news briefs for the week of Aug. 20, 2012


City Council to consider budget adoption

The Olathe City Council will consider adopting the 2013 budget when it meets Tuesday, Aug. 21 in the Council Chamber at City Hall. City Council members also will consider approving the 2013-17 Capital Improvements Program.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with an executive session followed by the regular session at 7 p.m. 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.

Olathe Fire Department achieves international accreditation

The Commission on Fire Accreditation International granted the Olathe Fire Department “Accredited Agency Status.” There are about 160 accredited fire departments in the world and only three in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

“Accredited Agency Status affirms our commitment to the community,” said Olathe Fire Chief Jeff DeGraffenreid, Ed.D. “This continuous improvement process provides a well-defined system to measure the quality of Olathe’s emergency services.”

The CFAI accreditation model is a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation model that enables fire and emergency service organizations to examine service levels and performance, comparing them to industry best practices.

“This process embodies a pursuit of excellence within the fire industry; measure each and every aspect of your organization and benchmark your findings towards continuous quality improvement,” CFAI Chairman Allan Cain said. “We are seeing more and more organizations who meet these industry challenges and institutionalize the core values of accreditation into how their agencies are managed, and for that the Commission remains proud to refer to them as internationally accredited fire departments.”

Olathe was one of 13 agencies to be accredited for the first time Aug. 1 and 2 in Denver.

Mahaffie awarded grant

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site received a $36,500 grant from the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund when it was approved by the Johnson County Board of Commissioners on Thursday, Aug. 16.

The funding will help the city-owned facility at 1100 Kansas City Road expand and enhance its educational programs. Previous grants from the Heritage Trust Fund have paid for restoration projects at Mahaffie and Ensor Park and Museum, as well as exhibit projects for the Mahaffie Heritage Center.

The Olathe Historical Society also received $34,500 Thursday from the Heritage Trust Fund to produce a 15-minute documentary. “The Flying Jayhawks” will tell the story of the Olathe Naval Air Station, a military base that operated from 1942 to 1970. The site is now the New Century AirCenter.

Heritage Trust Fund dollars were approved for 11 projects totaling $198,445 in six county cities. Applicants requested $315,241. Three projects were not funded.

Chef Challenge returns

The second annual COUNTRY Chef Challenge returns to the Olathe Farmers’ Market at 9 a.m. Aug. 25 and Sept. 1.

Six teams of Olathe School District students from Les Arts Culinaires will create original dishes using ingredients from the market. A panel of local celebrity judges will determine the winning two-student team, which will be awarded $1,400. The second- and third-place teams will be awarded $800 each.

In addition, for the first time graphic design students will compete for $2,000 in scholarships, $1,000 for first and $500 each for two runners up. The contest theme is “Fill up on fresh” and students were encouraged to use farming, cityscapes, Olathe landmarks and locally grown fruits, vegetables and flowers in their designs. The winner will be announced Aug. 25 and the design will be printed on market bags provided by presenting sponsor COUNTRY Financial.

Olathe North DECA students also will be providing coffee.

For more information, go to www.countrychefchallenge.com.

Kevin Yoder town hall meeting scheduled in Olathe

Congressman Kevin Yoder has scheduled a town hall meeting in Olathe that will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe St. Yoder represents the third congressional district, which includes Johnson and Wyandotte counties and part of Douglas County. The meeting is scheduled to be broadcast live on OGN.

Get paid to help the environment

Residential and business property owners are encouraged to help manage stormwater run-off through a cost-share reimbursement program offered through the City of Olathe and the Johnson County Stormwater Management Program.

When stormwater isn’t properly managed it can cause water pollution, stream bank erosion and flooding.  The program is intended to help cover the costs of materials and/or contractor labor to install stormwater management improvements such as rain barrels, rain gardens and native plantings.

The cost-share reimbursement will match up to 50 percent on identified Stormwater Best Management Practices improvements, up to $1,000 for rain gardens or native planting swales or buffers, and a 50 percent match on rain barrels, up to $75.

City Officials still encouraging voluntary water conservation

The City of Olathe continues to encourage customers to observe voluntary water conservation measures due to the ongoing heat and drought conditions the area continues to experience, including limiting all non-essential outdoor uses.

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 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

·         Limiting or eliminating outdoor water use on the weekends

·         Using a soaker hose to water plants more efficiently

·         Limiting car washing at home or use commercial car washes that recycle water

·         Avoiding hosing outside areas such as sidewalks, patios and driveways

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.

Though the City’s water production operation continues to meet 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.

Helpful news, advice and resources about the local Heat Advisory is available from Johnson County online.

Help the Olathe libraries win a $5,000 LEGO®/DUPLO® grant
The Indian Creek and main branches of the Olathe Public Library are among the top 50 libraries in the running for $5,000 LEGO®/DUPLO®grants. The grants would enhance children’s story times and other programs by adding LEGO® and DUPLO® elements to them

Please vote for the Indian Creek branch at http://readbuildplay.com. Only vote for Indian Creek to avoid splitting the votes. Both libraries will benefit from the grant.

In the drop-down menu, choose “Kansas” for the state, “Olathe” for the city, and “Indian Creek Branch Library” for the library. You can vote once each day per computer through Oct. 1 so vote from home, school and work.

Beat the Heat book sale at the Indian Creek branch

The Friends of the Olathe Public Library is sponsoring the Beat the Heat book sale Aug. 22 to 25 at the Indian Creek branch, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd.

The sale will feature World War II books, but there will be a variety of genres, all sorted by category. Signed books will be half price. Friends of the Olathe Public Library members will receive $2 off final purchases. The discount can be used only once and not on Aug. 25.

Cash or checks will be accepted. All sales are final. Because of space limitations, please don’t bring strollers or book carts into the sale room.

Beat the Heat book sale schedule:

  • Aug. 22 – Friends preview sale from 4 to 7 p.m. Only Friends members will be admitted this evening, but memberships will be sold at the door.
  • Aug. 23 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Aug. 24 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Aug. 25 – Noon to 3 p.m. Six bucks a sack sale – buy two sacks, get two free.

Free community backyard composting classes available

The Johnson County K-State Research and Extension office is offering free backyard composting classes taught by certified extension master gardeners and composters to groups.

To host a class, call the Research and Extension office at 913-715-7000.


One Response

  1. Chuck

    Thanks for the news about our community. Keep up the good work. Have you been down to BS larely? Went down the last weekend in July. Caought about 60. Slow, but nice fish. Hope to see you at Old Settlers in a few weeks.


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