Olathe news briefs for the week of Nov. 18

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, November 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 OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Annual WinterFest and Mayor’s Tree Lighting December 6
It’s time to kick off the holiday season at the annual Olathe WinterFest, Friday, December 6 in the R.R. Osborne Plaza at Olathe City Hall.  The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is highlighted by the Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting.  The main stage will feature the arrival of Santa Claus, music groups from Olathe schools and a variety of local talent.  Food and warm beverages will be available for purchase.

In addition to food and music, family and children’s activities are planned.  Santa will take time out of his busy pre-holiday schedule to make a visit and sit for pictures with children.

As part of the festivities, representatives from 15 beneficiaries of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund will be introduced and proceeds from the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be presented to the Christmas Tree Fund.

Winterize Your Irrigation System
With the colder temperatures upon us, the City of Olathe reminds residents to have their irrigation system winterized and backflow preventer shut off, drained, and/or removed for the winter to prevent freezing and breaking. If your backflow device does break, a new one is required, as well as a Cross Connection Permit. Please call (913) 971-9055 or visit Backflow Requirements for more information.

Downtown Library Book Drops Relocated
The Olathe Public Library book drops previously located on Park Street have been relocated to the front of the library to accommodate new two-way traffic flow on Park Street.

Other drop box locations include:

  • Behind the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road
  • Olathe Family YMCA, 21400 W. 153rd St.
  • Shops of Sunnybrook at College & Lone Elm Road
  • Price Choppers at N. Parker and Santa Fe and 151st & Mur-Len
  • Crossroads Shopping Center at Santa Fe & Mur-Len.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Open Thanksgiving Weekend
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 28 and will open on Friday, November 29 from noon to 4:00 p.m. for living history activities including stagecoach rides (weather and ground conditions permitting), blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations. Admission is $6/adults and $4/children ages 5-11. Olathe residents receive $1/off admission. Find unique gifts and stocking stuffers, including new farm and animal-related toys in the site gift shop.

Make Holiday Memories at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop with Christmas Open House
Start your Christmas season with a visit to Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop’s Christmas Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. Admission is free.

Visitors can decorate a graham cracker gingerbread house for$3 each, make Christmas crafts, and ride the stagecoach (weather and grounds permitting) $2 each, ages 3 and up.  Father Christmas will be on the historic grounds in the morning. Santa will visit the Heritage Center from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and photos are $4 each.

Entertainment in the Heritage Center will include interactive music by the Shady Grove String Band from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The Carolers of Note will sing Christmas Carols from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Don’t forget to stop by Mrs. Mahaffie’s kitchen to see what’s cooking and help-out with some winter farm chores.  Plus, find those unique gifts and stocking stuffers, including new farm and animal related toys in the site gift shop. For more information, visit Mahaffie.org.

Registration Open for Annual Holiday Tea
Enjoy the Heritage Center decorations , make an ornament and enjoy refreshments at the Mahaffie Holiday Tea on Sunday, December 8 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $5/person and includes all activities. Registration is required and payment is due the day of the event. To register, please call (913) 971-5111 or visit Mahaffie.org

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  There will be no trash and recycling curbside collection on Thanksgiving Day.  Customers whose trash and recycling is collected on Thursday will be serviced on Friday and Friday customers will be serviced on Saturday.  Residents are reminded to place carts at the curb by 8:00 a.m. For more information, visit OlatheKS.org/OMS.

Vacation Safety Tips from the Olathe Police Department
As the holiday season approaches, include home safety in your travel plans.  Home burglary prevention begins with making your home an undesirable target.  Most burglars strike a home where they believe no one is present.  The goal is to make your house look occupied while you’re away.

The following tips may discourage a burglar from choosing your home:

  • Avoid posting travel plans on social media sites.
  • Place your interior lights on timers.
  • Get your neighbors involved:

o    Pick up any parcel freight packages, mail and newspapers.

o    Open your shades during the day and close them at night

o    Check for things like a water pipe break or gas leak.

o    Turn on exterior lights at night, if you do not have motion or photocell sensors.

o    Move your SmartCart away from curbside after trash pickup.

o    Place a couple of your neighbor’s trash bags at your curb on trash day.

o    Have someone cut the grass or shovel the snow.

o    Drive a car back and forth in the driveway (up to the garage) to leave tracks in the snow.

o    Report any suspicious activity at your house

  • Padlock your garage doors shut.
  • Unplug the electric garage door opener.
  • Consider leaving a car in the driveway.
  • Lock side gates and outside storage areas.
  • Arrange for pet care, if necessary.
  • Lock all doors and windows.

For additional crime prevention tips from the Olathe Police Department, visit OlatheKS.org/Police/Tips.


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