Olathe briefs for week of Oct. 22, 2012

City Council

The Olathe City Council meets next Nov. 6 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 Introduces Interactive Alarm Feature

A new interactive feature on the City of Olathe website is intended to provide convenient 24-hour service for alarm system needs. Customers can register or renew alarms, update contact information or view account history, among other features by visiting www.olatheks.org/crywolf. For more information, call Alarm Coordinator Tammy Foxworthy at 913-971-8530.

City Council Adopts New Building Codes

The City Council adopted the 2012 International Building Code series with minor amendments Tuesday, Oct. 16. The new codes only will affect new construction, renovations to existing buildings and property inspections.

The International Building Code is a model code developed by the International Code Council intended to protect public health, safety and welfare by creating standards for construction.

City staff had been working since earlier this year with other jurisdictions in Johnson County and the Kansas City metro area to study, review and prepare consistent recommendations for the code series. Olathe had previously used the 2000 International Building Code. A majority of the changes clarify or modify the existing code.

The new codes will take effect April, 1 2013. They are scheduled to be available online by Thanksgiving at http://www.olatheks.org.

Olathe Scouting Open House

The City of Olathe is hosting an Open House for Scouting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 25 at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe St.

Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will educate Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts about many aspects of the City, including Olathe’s form of government, the role of the Mayor and other City officials, how different City departments operate and good citizenship

Space at the Open House is limited, so please RSVP by email to scouting@olatheks.org. Please provide your sponsor’s name, pack and den numbers and the number of boys and adults attending. For more information, call Assistant to the Mayor Karen Hooven at 913-971-8941.

Halloween Events in Olathe

For those looking for an alternative to traditional Halloween night trick-or-treating or looking to get a head start on the festivities, check out Trick or Treat Off the Street from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Rd.

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.

For those hitting the streets Oct. 31, check out Halloween safety tips at www.olatheks.org/police/tips/halloween.

Seasonal Activities at Mahaffie Ending

October weekends will be the last opportunity for stagecoach rides and living history at Mahaffie until spring. Visitors still have time to visit the blacksmith, see what’s being prepared on the cookstove and ride the stagecoach. Stagecoach rides and living history activities will be offered several times throughout the winter at special events.

Mahaffie’s winter schedule starts Wednesday, Oct. 31. Visit www.mahaffie.org or Mahaffie’s Facebook page for winter activities.

In honor of the fall harvest, visitors may bring in two non-perishable food items to receive $1 off admission.  The food will be collected and delivered to Harvesters.

Mahaffie is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.


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