Olathe news briefs for week of Sept. 24, 2012


City Council

The Olathe City Council meets next Tuesday, Oct. 2 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 www.OlatheKS.org.

Go Green Johnson County Fair

Johnson County’s Sustainability Program is sponsoring the fourth annual Go Green Johnson County Fair 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Courthouse Square, 111 S. Cherry. There will be information about how to “go green” from community environmental organizations and the sustainable efforts of Johnson County Government.

Go Green Johnson County Fair features fun for all ages including exhibits about energy efficiency, recycling water quality and transportation. There will be live music and food for sale. All attendees will be entered to win great door prizes including a Kindle, a rain barrel and more.

Eco Elvis will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the Stone Lion Puppet Theater will entertain the crowd with roaming performances of larger-than-life puppets. There also will be a live wild animal exhibit from the Ernie Miller Nature Center.

Also, electronic waste will be collected for recycling. Items that will be accepted for a small fee include TVs ($15) and computer monitors ($10). Computers, DVDs, gaming devices, cellphones, stereos, printers, copiers and fax machines will be accepted free of charge. The collection will take place on the corner of Loula Street and Kansas Avenue.

The event take place rain or shine.  For more information go to:


Prescription Drug Disposal

The Olathe Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration will collect unwanted or unused prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Olathe City Hall. The service is free and anonymous.

Street Closed for Gas Line Maintenance

Southern Star Gas Pipeline, Inc. will maintain gas lines at 141st Street and Mur-Len Road from Sept. 24 to 28. Southbound Mur-Len will be closed reducing traffic to one lane.

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

Last Wednesday Farmers’ Market on Sept. 26

The Wednesday edition of the Olathe Farmers’ Market, which starts at 3 p.m., will end this week for the 2012 season. The Saturday market, which starts at 8 a.m., will continue through Oct. 20.

The market is located at 200 W. Santa Fe St. at Poplar Street and Kansas Avenue in downtown Olathe.

Lab Receives Honors

The Kansas Water Environmental Association recognized Municipal Services Laboratory Manager Dewayne McAllister with the 2012 Water Environmental Federation Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award. The award recognizes individuals for outstanding performance, professionalism and contribution to the water quality analysis profession.

Students to Help Public Works

Students in the Olathe North High School Student Naturalist program will assist the City of Olathe Public Works and Parks and Recreation employees add plants to a canal Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Mahaffie Pond.

ONHS partners with the City of Olathe through the Parks and Recreation Department’s Volunteers in the Parks program. The partnership provides ONHS students with opportunities to do environmental work.

Public Works created the canal at Mahaffie Pond earlier this year to help manage stormwater. The students and city staff will plant grass plugs along the banks of the pond to help stabilize the soil. Aquatic plants also will be planted for improved aesthetics, algae control and soil stabilization of the dam and the shoreline.

During the past year, the student naturalists have helped with trash pick-up and the application of beneficial bacteria to the pond.


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