Olathe news briefs for the week of Nov. 25

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, December 3, 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.

Never Miss Trash Day Again
Thanks to a new application called Olathe Trash Day, residents can now look up their waste collection schedules, sign up for weekly reminders via text, email, Twitter, and phone call, and print customized calendars based on their own address.

Additional benefits include:

Notification of collection schedule changes due to holidays or inclement weather.
Informational features such as solid waste events and types of materials that can be recycled.
Simplified, user-friendly service to find collection schedules and helpful information from a desktop mobile device.

To utilize this new service, search for “Olathe Trash Day” in the App Store (Apple users) or in Google Play (Android users), or use the service on the City’s website at OlatheKS.org/TrashDay. Be sure to check out the promotional commercial, too!

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.

The Olathe Public Library and the Indian Creek Branch Library will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 27 and remain closed November 28-29.

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.

Thanksgiving – A Time for Celebration and Safety
The Thanksgiving holiday is a time for celebration, family and friends. Although safety in the kitchen is always crucial, the threat of fires in the kitchen triples on Thanksgiving Day, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Help ensure a safer Thanksgiving holiday celebration with these tips:

Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food – unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.
Keep things that can burn like towels, paper, curtains, etc. away from the stove top.
Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking – loose clothing can catch fire.

Another cause for Thanksgiving Day concern is deep fried turkeys. Deep fried turkeys are a popular Thanksgiving treat. But, outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers create serious safety concerns such as:

Hot oil may spill onto the open burner and create a fire.
Cooking oil may be heated beyond its cooking temperatures and the vapors can ignite.
Many fryers can easily tip over and spill hot, scalding oil onto anyone or anything nearby.
The fryer’s sides, lids and handles get extremely hot and can cause severe burns.
Leave deep fried turkeys to the culinary professionals.  Underwriters Laboratory Inc., a global product safety testing and certification source with more than a century of experience, does not certify any turkey fryer with the trusted UL mark.

Holiday Shopping Tips from the Olathe Police Department
The holiday season is upon us.  While shopping and running errands to prepare for the holidays, remember these crime prevention tips from the Olathe Police Department:

  • Know your surroundings.
  • Keep an eye on the people in front and behind you.
  • Look for suspicious persons or situations when you are in any area.
  • Shop with a friend or relative. There is safety in numbers.
  • Remember where you parked your car. Shopping areas are often spread out over large areas. Being unable to locate a car can cause you undue confusion and stress that may present you as a better target to a criminal.
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
  • Place cell phones, GPS devices, holiday packages and other valuables out of sight.
  • Lock your vehicle doors shut your windows.
  • Don’t advertise your belongings:

o    Carry your purse close to your body. Don’t swing it loosely.

o    Don’t display large amounts of cash.

o    Take only what you may need.

o    Don’t have too many things in your pockets or purse.

  • Walk with confidence.
  • Avoid talking to strangers.
  • Try not to carry too many packages.
  • Approach your vehicle with your keys already in your hand.
  • Don’t approach your car if anyone is standing nearby.
  • Trust your instincts

o    If something tells you to be cautious, trust your gut.

o    Don’t force yourself to be in situations where you don’t feel comfortable.

o    If you see anything suspicious or if something just doesn’t feel right, leave immediately and contact security or the police.

Avoid the Crowds with Olathe Parks and Recreation Gift Options
Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Want to avoid the holiday crowds? Olathe Parks and Recreation (OPR) has a variety of membership and gift certificate options to help you complete your list. Help your loved ones Get Active in 2014 with one of our great gift options:

Option 1: Olathe Community Center Membership – The gift of experience, memories and health year-round promises to be a hit this year. Choose a family or individual membership for anyone on your list before April 30 and receive Charter Member benefits. Learn more about the Olathe Community Center and membership options.

Option 2: OPR Gift Certificate – You choose the denomination and the recipient chooses the sport, class or program of their interest this year. This is a perfect gift for grandkids, nieces and nephews or the hard to buy for adult. A variety of options are offered through our three catalogs each year.

Option 3: 2014 Swim Pass – Give the gift of fun in the sun with a 2014 season swim pass for an individual or family. Individual passes for residents start at $70 plus the cost of ID card (non-resident $95) and resident family passes start at $125 plus the cost of ID cards (non-resident $160). Start planning your summer days during the holiday season.

To purchase these gift options, call 971-8563 or stop by the OPR office at City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.

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.


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