Olathe news briefs for week of Sept. 17, 2012


City Council

The Olathe City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chamber at City Hall. 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 http://www.olatheks.org/.

Street Closed for Gas Line Maintenance

Southern Star Gas Pipeline, Inc. will conduct gas line maintenance at 153rd Street west of U.S. Highway 169 all week. The road will be closed both eastbound and westbound beginning Monday, Sept. 17 for the entire week. Traffic will be detoured to the signal at 154th Street. The work will move 141st Street and Mur-Len Road the following week, Sept. 24 to 28. Southbound Mur-Len will be closed reducing traffic to one lane.

Santa Fe Street, as part of the Santa Fe Streetscape project, will remain closed this week from Chestnut Street to Kansas Avenue for the construction of the raised intersection and brick work at Cherry Street.

Updated street closings can be found at www.olatheks.org/PublicWorks/Alerts.

City to Rebroadcast Old Settlers Parade

Beginning this week, OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website) will replay its live broadcast of the Old Settlers Celebration parade at 1 p.m. Mondays, noon Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays, 7 p.m. Fridays, noon Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays. The parade will be rebroadcast through Dec. 31.

Parks program looking for volunteers

The City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department is looking for people interested in giving their time to the Volunteers in the Parks program.

The program, which began 30 years ago, provides a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals, children, families and groups. They include park and trail clean-up projects, landscaping and gardening, working with special populations, improving habitats for fish and wildlife and historical programming.

Volunteers can adopt a park or trail for long-term projects or participate in one-time tasks. School groups also can participate

More than 100,000 volunteer hours were logged through the Parks and Recreation Department in 2011. The City is on pace to reach that number again this year.

To volunteer, visit http://www.olatheks.org/secure/Volunteers/group or call 913-971-9720.

Mahaffie Wild West Show This Weekend

Don’t miss the 15th annual Wild West Show and Bullwhacker Days Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23 at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site. This popular event offers visitors a variety of experiences and live entertainment to provide a taste of life in Kansas during the old west featuring daily arena shows, live entertainment and children’s games.

Wild West Show and Bullwhacker Days will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday at Mahaffie, 1200 Kansas City Road. Regular daily admission applies: $6 for adults, $4 for kids ages 5 to 11 and free for children younger than 4 years old. To help kickoff October Harvest for Harvesters, visitors will receive $1 off per admission for every two cans of food donated.

Free event parking with a shuttle to Mahaffie will be available at nearby Olathe North High School. Accessible parking will be available at Mahaffie.

For more information, visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.

Environmental Services Division Honored

The Harold Street and the Cedar Creek wastewater treatment facilities received Silver Peak Performance awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies in recognition of complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit compliance in 2011. Silver award designations are presented to member agency facilities that demonstrate among the highest standards in wastewater treatment.

To see a list of city awards, visit http://www.olatheks.org/CityAwards.


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