Olathe news briefs for week of Oct. 15, 2012

City Council

The Olathe City Council meets Tuesday, Oct. 16 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.

Olathe Partners with County on Alert System

The City of Olathe has partnered with Johnson County on a new free countywide mass notification system scheduled to be up and running by the end of the year, the county announced recently.

Johnson County Emergency Management and Communications Department spearheaded the effort for the new system designed to alert residents of emergency and nonemergency information by phone messages, texts and emails. It is sharing the cost with Overland Park, Lenexa and Water District No. 1 of Johnson County in addition to Olathe. Other cities in the county can join and share the cost starting next year.

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Everbridge, Inc., to install and maintain the system. Olathe has since signed a memorandum of understanding with the County to share use of the system.

The notification system, “ALERT-JOHNSON COUNTY,” will allow Emergency Management and Communications, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, local police and fire departments and emergency medical responders to alert or inform residents. Officials will record a voice message, email or text that will be transmitted to affected individuals, businesses and homes. Texts also can be sent to hearing impaired receiving devices.

Receiving nonemergency ALERT-JOHNSON COUNTY information is voluntary, free and contact information is kept confidential. Residents can sign up on a website available next month for categories of interest and prioritize how they’re contacted. Residents cannot opt out of emergency information sent to their landlines.

For more information, visit http://www.jocogov.org/countynews/johnson-county-implement-mass-notification-system.

Road work to close Chestnut by City Hall

Chestnut Street from Santa Fe to Park streets and from Santa Fe to Popular Street will close for road work starting Monday, Oct. 15. The intersection of Santa Fe and Chestnut will remain open. After the daylong project is complete, work will move to Water Street, which will close from Santa Fe to Park and from Santa Fe to Poplar. Everything should be reopened Tuesday.

For updated Olathe road closings, visit http://www.olatheks.org/PublicWorks/Alerts.

Last Saturday Farmers’ Market is Oct. 20

The last Olathe Farmers’ Market of the 2012 season is Saturday, Oct. 20. The market opens at 8 a.m. at 200 W. Santa Fe St. at Poplar Street and Kansas Avenue in downtown Olathe.

The last Wednesday market for the season was Sept. 26.

Fall Harvest at Mahaffie This Weekend

Join staff and volunteers at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site on Saturday, Oct. 20 for fall harvest activities including sawing wood, apple cider demonstrations and picking corn. Stagecoach rides will be offered around the corn field. Regular site admission applies.

Donate to Harvesters in honor of the fall harvest. Visitors may bring in two non-perishable food items to receive $1 off admission.

Mahaffie is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Living history activities will be offered weekends in October. Wednesday through Friday, visitors may explore the grounds and view the Mahaffie Heritage Center museum exhibit.

Access is limited in the winter months and the site is closed on major holidays. For current times and dates, call us at 913-971-5111 or visit www.mahaffie.org .

Other Upcoming Mahaffie events
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site will host Tiger Cub Scout Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20. Program registration is $10 per scout; accompanying adults are admitted free. Payment is due the day of the event. To register, call 913-971-5111 or email mahaffie@olatheks.org. Scouts should bring a sack lunch, a water bottle and dress for the weather.

Mahaffie’s annual Halloween event, Trick or Treat Off the Street, takes place from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27. The events allows children and their families to trick or treat at stations set up on the Mahaffie grounds while also enjoying fall farm activities and hayrides. Admission is $3 per person for ages 3 and older. Registration is not required.


One Response

  1. Chuck keep up the good info. Hope to ride before it gets cold. Am off Sun Mon Tues.

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