Olathe news briefs for the week of April 27

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, May 5, 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).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Commemorate Olathe 1865 

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and the Olathe Memorial Cemetery will host the first Commemorate Olathe 1865 event on Saturday May, 2 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Mahaffie and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Olathe Memorial Cemetery.

In 1865, the nation was mourning many deaths associated with the Civil War and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Activities will be reflective of that period.

Activities from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Mahaffie:  

  • A presentation on mourning and funerals to connect 19th century practices to current practices.
  • A reenactment of the funeral of Susan Adair Henderson, Lucinda Mahaffie’s mother. She is buried in the Olathe Memorial Cemetery along-side many members of the Mahaffie family. The Mahaffie formal parlor will be decorated for mourning her death and a horse drawn hearse will be on display to help with the funeral reenactment. The horse-drawn hearse has made many appearances in the Old Settlers Days parade.

Activities from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.at the Olathe Memorial Cemetery include:

  • Completion of the funeral reenactment of Susan Adair Henderson.
  • Tours of the Cemetery from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Themes include: gravestone symbolism, notable trees, the history of the cemetery and notable citizens.
  • Spiritual songs by the Second Baptist Church of Olathe from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Local author Tom Rafiner will present from his book Caught Between Three Fires focusing on the Border Wars at 3:30 p.m.
  • Sons of Union Veterans will honor all veterans of the Civil War with a cannon shot to mark the end of the activities.

Admission is free. Mahaffie event parking will be at the Heritage Center (1200 Kansas City Road). Olathe Memorial Cemetery event parking will be at Northview Elementary School (905 N. Walker).

2015 City of Olathe water quality report now available

The City of Olathe has released its 2015 annual water quality report at OlatheKS.org/OMS/Water/Quality. Each year, the City provides customers with an annual water quality report as assurance that City water meets and exceeds state and federal drinking water quality standards. The report contains important information about the source and quality of the drinking water delivered over the past year.

Landlords, businesses, schools, and other groups with water users who do not receive a utility water bill directly from the City of Olathe are encouraged to make their stakeholders aware of the report’s availability.

To request a paper copy, please contact Customer Service at 913-971-9311 or visit us at 1385 S. Robinson Drive.

Last week of National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

This is the last week to take the pledge to use less water in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. The City of Olathe remains in 11th place among cities with a population of 100,000 – 300,000.

The challenge is a friendly competition between cities across the United States, held April 1-30, to see which is most committed to water conservation. Participation will enter you into a contest that awards individual prizes to residents from winning cities that includes gift cards or a Toyota Prius. Also, one winning city will be chosen at random to receive a pocket park landscape makeover. Take the pledge or find additional information at MyWaterPledge.com.

Rain barrel workshop May 2 at Olathe North High School

Spring is often a time when residents begin lawn or home improvements. If you plan to install a rain barrel, Olathe North 21st Century Geoscience students will be offering workshops on Saturday, May 2, at Olathe North High School, 600 E. Prairie Street. The cost to attend is $55, which pays for the class and cost of a barrel. You can register at signupgenius.com/go/5080b4aaca823a31-rain.

Four available time slots are limited to 25 participants. The first portion of the workshop will include an educational presentation by the geosciences program students on stormwater management and the benefits of rain barrels. The second portion will be instruction and construction of a rain barrel. The City of Olathe offers a cost share reimbursement program that can match up to $75 for each installed rain barrel. To learn more about Olathe’s program and how to qualify for reimbursement, visit OlatheKS.org/PublicWorks/Stormwater/StormwaterBMP.

Olathe Housing Services partners with Workforce Partnership to offer job seeker assistance

Olathe Housing Services will host a Workforce Partnership mobile unit event on Friday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Housing Office west parking lot (200 W. Santa Fe).  The free community event is open to all job seekers.

The Workforce Partnership mobile unit is a full-service handicap accessible Career Center featuring 24 internet-connected workstations as well as fax, printer, and copier services.  It features private modular workstations and meeting areas, as well as Wi-Fi access. 

Workforce Partnership staff will be on-hand to provide individual assistance to job and career seekers. Services provided by the mobile unit include:

  • Internet-based job search
  • Career exploration, skills assessments, and job search assistance
  • Resume and cover letter advice
  • Job matching and referrals
  • Career training and internship programs that are partially paid by Workforce Partnership
  • Veterans services

This is a “drop-in” event however appointment times are available and encouraged.  To schedule an appointment, contact Megan Nee in Olathe Housing Services at (913) 971-6269.

Attendees will be entered into a drawing to win day passes to Olathe’s new state-of-the-art Community Center.

Pitch, Hit, Run Sunday, May 3
Do you have an aspiring Royals or Team USA player? Join Olathe Parks & Recreation for an afternoon of fun with the Pitch, Hit and Run skills competition for boys and girls on Sunday, May 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Two Trails Park.

Participants have the opportunity to compete in four levels of competition including a Team Championship event at Kauffman Stadium and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game. A participant registration form is available at www.mlb.com/phr. The form must be printed out, signed by a parent/guardian, and brought to the competition to be considered an official registration. Completing this form prior to attending will help speed up the registration process. This event is sponsored by Aquafina and Major League Baseball.

Olathe Parks & Recreation Sport Nights

Olathe Parks & Recreation (OPRD) has teamed up with Sporting KC and the T-Bones for two exciting nights of sports!

Sporting KC welcomes OPRD family and friends to watch Sporting KC take on FC Dallas at 8 p.m. on May 29. Tickets are $25 per person, available for purchase at the Olathe Community Center. Tickets will be available at the Center one week prior to the event.

Olathe Parks & Recreation Night at the T-Bones is a popular summer tradition. Join our participants and staff for a fun night of baseball on June 8. OPRD baseball participants and coaches will join a parade around the stadium and there is a contest for most tickets sold by an OPRD team. The top group in ticket sales will be involved in the T-Bones Baseball Buddy program for pre-game. The second place group in ticket sales will get to pick one player to participate in the first pitch ceremony. Tickets are $10 per person at the Olathe Community Center, available through June 1.

Summer Camp registration now available

Keep your kids busy throughout summer vacation with Olathe Parks & Recreation summer camps. With options for kids ages 3 to 17 there is something for every interest. Learn more about the variety of camp opportunities and register before camps fill for the year.

2015 camps include:

·       Two Trails Outdoor Camp

·       Fun in the Sun Preschool Camp

·       Computer camps

·       Science and Engineering camps

·       Theatre and dance camps

·       Art camps

·       Sports camps.

Outdoor pool pass early bird discount ends April 30

Don’t miss your opportunity to save on 2015 outdoor pool passes. The early bird discount ends April 30. Pool passes are now exclusively available for purchase at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E Kansas City Road. Save $5 on individual passes and $10 on a family pass and be ready when the season kicks-off on Monday, May 25. For more information visit OlatheKS.org/ParksRec or call 913-971-8563.

Olathe Housing Authority wait list open May 1-15
Olathe Housing Authority will open several public housing waiting lists and accept preliminary applications for one-bedroom units in Parkview Manor and three-bedroom and four-bedroom units at scattered sites beginning May 1.  Section 8 housing will not open.                                                     

Applications will be available online at www.OlatheKS.org starting at 8 a.m. on May 1 through 5 p.m. on May 15. Applicants may also visit the Olathe Housing Authority office at 200 W. Santa Fe Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis from qualifying families.  Applicants should provide social security numbers and identification information for all household members.  The Housing Authority provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.  If an interpreter is required, a request to the Housing Authority must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Free Comic Book Day
The Olathe Downtown Library (201 E. Park) will offer free comic books on May 2 courtesy of Elite Comics in Overland Park.  Beginning at 10 a.m., kids can select comic books in the Children’s Department, while teens and adults can pick them up at the Information Desk.  Supplies are limited.

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