Open House at the K-State Olathe Campus

Olathe news briefs for week of April 22

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, May 6 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 OlatheKS.org.

Olathe Piloting New Program to Expand Resident Engagement Opportunities

The City of Olathe is piloting a new program to enhance citizen engagement opportunities, Open Town Hall, as part of its ongoing e-Town Hall initiative.   During the pilot period, residents will have another tool to weigh-in on a number of topics through an online forum accessible on the City’s website, OlatheKS.org.

Various topics will be presented where citizen feedback is helpful in making critical decisions, including the first topic covering the City’s budget.  Residents are asked to subscribe initially, then invited to share opinions and insight.  Open Town Hall is being piloted in conjunction with Peak Democracy, a private company, and all subscription information will be absolutely confidential. Continue reading

MNU to host kids TLC Homeless Night and Drive-By blessing April 26

On any given night, Johnson County, one of the wealthiest counties in the nation has more than 1,200 school-aged children who are homeless. KidsTLC’s Street Outreach Services (SOS) actively seek out children in need of assistance to connect them with the appropriate services. In addition, care kits are distributed to bring some temporary relief.

KidsTLC Chaplaincy services, SOS and MidAmerica Nazarene University are locking arms with members of the community through Homeless Night (a homeless simulation experience) Friday, April 26. The purpose is to bring awareness to this well-kept secret and respond to basic needs. Guest speakers will address the homeless issue and ways university students may help bring relief to desperate children and families. Students will spend the night in a cardboard city built on campus. Continue reading

County urges residents and businesses to register with NotifyJoCo.org

When law enforcement officials put Boston into a lockdown last week when searching for the second marathon bombing suspect, residents were notified by a procedure similar to what the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department put into place last month.

Notify JoCo is a program in which citizens of Johnson County can voluntarily register various contact information so they can be notified in cases of emergency and some non-emergency events (festivals and park closings for example) that take place. When there is an event requiring a message to be sent, authorized county and city officials will identify the affected areas and send out the message through NotifyJoCo via phone, e-mail or text message. The system has the ability to send out a minimum of 100,000 notifications per hour, allowing NotifyJoCo to reach citizens immediately in emergency situations.

“It’s a mass notification system that we can send out to residents in the county or to residents in a specific jurisdiction,” said Tom Erickson, Master Deputy and PIO for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. “We can even narrow it down to a specific area within a jurisdiction.” Continue reading

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