Olathe news briefs for week of Jan. 1, 2013

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session.  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.

Let’s Keep the New Year’s Holiday Safe
In an effort to ensure a safer and happier New Year’s holiday, residents are reminded that the possession, sale or use of fireworks in Olathe is prohibited.


City Holiday Schedule
City offices will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1 for the New Year’s Day holiday.  Monday trash and recycling collection will occur on schedule.  The remainder of the holiday week, collection will be delayed by one day. For example, customers with a trash pick-up on Tuesday should have carts at the curb by 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

For questions, please call Customer Service at 971-9311 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  After normal business hours and during holidays, please call the after-hours answering service at 971-5151.

Olathe Libraries Closed for the Holidays
The Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park and the Indian Creek Branch, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, will close at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 and remain closed on Tuesday, Jan.1.

Holiday Hours for Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will be closed Monday, Dec. 31 through Wednesday Jan. 2 in honor of the New Year holiday and will resume regular hours on Thursday, Jan. 3. During winter hours, visitors can view the exhibits in the Heritage Center, visit the hands-on children’s exhibits and walk the grounds. The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Activities vary seasonally.  Details, including a schedule of winter events, are available at www.mahaffie.org  or by calling 971-5111.

Recycle Your Christmas Trees

Olathe residents can recycle cut trees by placing them at the curb on their regular trash collection day.  Residents can also take trees to the City of Olathe Composting Facility (127th Street and Hedge Lane) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  The Composting Facility will be closed on Jan. 1.

•           All ornaments, lights, plastic wrap and tree stands must be removed from trees for curbside collection or composting facility drop off.

•           Large trees (over 7-feet tall) should be cut in half.

For more information, contact Customer Service at 971-9311.  Residents need to show ID at the Composting Facility (127th and Hedge Lane).

Bulk Item Pick-Up Fee Change

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the bulk item pick-up fee will increase to $20 per 15 minutes.  Olathe residents can arrange for a curbside pick-up of large or bulky household items by calling 971-9311 at least 24 hours before the scheduled trash day.  All items must be placed within eight feet of the curb by 8 a.m. on the scheduled trash day.

Ensor Shortwave Transmitter Returns to Airwaves January 5 After 40 Years of Silence
The Ensor shortwave transmitter will once again broadcast live on Saturday, Jan. 5 after 40 years of silence. The transmission will run from 7 to 10 p.m., when this type of signal best travels. The broadcast can be heard on ham and shortwave radios on a frequency near 3885-3886 kHz. For those without a shortwave or ham radio, the Marshall Ensor Memorial Organization invites the public to attend the event at the Farm House, 18995 W. 183rd. Street in Olathe.

Marshall Ensor transmitted from the Olathe farm house beginning around 1922. His sister Loretta became the first woman to send a transmission over the Pacific Ocean in 1926. The radio room where the current transmitter sits was built in 1925 and the current transmitter was installed in 1929. Ensor spent his career in Olathe as an educator and this time included teaching an Amateur Radio Operator training course. Transmission ran from Ensor farm until 1972.

The project to restore this piece of Olathe history began in 2009 through the Marshall Ensor Memorial Organization and the help of amateur radio enthusiasts from around the area. The three-year project included replacing pieces damaged due to sunlight and age.

“This is a great opportunity to bring Olathe history to life once again,” said Kevin Corbett, Olathe Parks and Recreation director. “The Ensor Farm was a unique place in history where farm life and technology came together.”

This event was originally scheduled for December 5, but was postponed due to weather. The Ensor Farm & Museum is operated by Olathe Parks & Recreation.

Pets Find Homes for the Holidays
For the fourth consecutive year, the Olathe Animal Shelter participated in the National Home for the Holidays pet fostering program. During this period, Olathe residents were given the opportunity to foster a pet for the holiday season with the hopes of providing them permanent homes. Once again, local author Greg Kincaid, who wrote the book A Dog Named Christmas which inspired Home for the Holidays programs across the nation, helped kick off the event.

This year’s effort was a resounding success with 11 of the 13 dogs participating in the program finding permanent homes. Of the 18 cats available through the program, nine were adopted. This event was successful because of the hard work of the shelter staff and the generosity of those choosing to provide homes for their new pets.

The Olathe Animal Shelter (505 E. Sunvale) continues to have animals available for adoption. The shelter is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information can be found at www.OlatheKS.org/Police/AnimalControl or by calling the shelter (913-971-6362).


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