Olathe news briefs for week fo Feb.11, 2013

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00 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.

City Offices Closed for Presidents Day Holiday

City of Olathe offices will close on Monday, February 18 for the Presidents Day holiday.  The City’s trash and recycling collection schedule will NOT be impacted.

2012 Development Year in Review Now Available

The City of Olathe 2012 Year In Review is now available, providing detailed statistics on the permitting and development activity that occurred during 2012.

Non-residential new construction projects totaled 49 and included notable projects like the I-35 Logistics Building, Webco Manufacturing, Red Lobster, QuikTrip, and the Systems Material Handling addition.

Residential unit figures totaled 508 in 2012, up from 322 in 2011.  This is the highest number of residential units approved since 2007 when Olathe approved 611. The average development cost per unit for single-family residential was $282,013.

State of the City March 1

Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will deliver the State of the City on Friday, March 1, at the Olathe Holiday Inn.  The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m.  Tickets are available through the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, (913) 764-1050.

City of Olathe Preparing for Swim Season

The City of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department is hiring seasonal staff for summer pool positions including deck hands, concessions and lifeguards. Apply online at www.OlatheKS.org. Interested in lifeguard certification? Parks and Recreation has one class remaining before summer. Sign up for the ten-session training by calling 971-8563 or visiting www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec.

Olathe Parks and Recreation Offers Spring Break Basketball Camp

Looking for a great way to keep the kids busy over spring break?  Register your son or daughter for the Olathe Parks and Recreation Spring Break Basketball Camp, March 18-21. Youth in Kindergarten through 8th Grade can enhance existing skills and learn and develop new skills while working to stay fit. According to Vernon Avant, camp instructor and director of Olathe Hoops, “Our goal is to develop leadership and character traits in youth while teaching the game of basketball.”

All sessions will be held at Millcreek Center, 311 E. Park. Call  971-8563 to register.

Shamrock Showdown Now Taking Registration

The Olathe Parks and Recreation Shamrock Showdown Basketball Tournament will be held March 8-10. Team registration is now open for boys grades 1-8 and girls grades 2-6. Teams will play a minimum of three games throughout the tournament; registration is $160 per team. Contact Parks and Recreation at 971-8563 to register.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Announces Winners of Olathe History Day Contest

On February 5, Mahaffie served as the local site for the National History Day Contest. National History Day makes history come alive for America’s youth by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural, and social experiences of the past.

Seventy-five eighth grade students from Chisholm Trail and California Trail Middle Schools made group presentations in categories including Documentary, Exhibit, Paper, Performance, and Website. The theme for this year’s National History Day is Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.

Winners of the Olathe History Day Contest include:

  • Paper: A Day of Terror and Survival, Isaac Ferguson
  • Website: Manhattan Project, Hunter Eisler
  • Documentary: Lincoln, Cole Bellamy
  • Individual Exhibit: Climbing the Ladder of Civil Rights, Nikolas Hernandez; Korean War, Danni Park; Title IX, Kara Griswold; Black Death, Riley Sheffield; and  Battle of Saratoga, Andrew Lovell.
  • Group Exhibits: Dumping of the Tea to be Free, Peyton Boxberger, Abigail Edie, Ally Harper and Kelsey Saunders; The Flappers of the 1920s, Kaiti Butad and Jenna Crum; and Persia vs. Sparta, Braydn McConnaughey and Isaiah Reasby.

Students qualified to advance to the regional competition on February 23 in Baldwin City.


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop to Host Winter Home School Day February 22

Home school families are invited to participate in Winter Home School Day at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop on Friday, February 22. Weather and ground conditions permitting, activities for ages five and up include sawing wood, visiting the blacksmith, cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s stove, and horse drawn hay wagon rides. Two sessions will be offered: 10:00 a.m. to noon or 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration is required by February 14 by calling 913.971.5111 or visiting www.mahaffie.org. Cost is $5/student and accompanying adults are free.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is open year-round from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Activities vary seasonally.  Details, including a schedule of winter events, are available at www.mahaffie.org or by calling (913) 971-5111.


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