Olathe news briefs for the week of May 4

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.

Olathe increases neighborhood communication with Nextdoor

This month, the City of Olathe will start to increase its communications with neighborhoods via Nextdoor, a social networking tool available via the web or mobile app. The City of Olathe Police Department has used Nextdoor over the past year as a virtual neighborhood watch, with over 6,100 residents registered with the tool to-date. The City will now be sharing additional types of news including neighborhood-specific street closures, utility interruption updates, City events, important tips and more.

Free for residents and the City, each Olathe neighborhood can establish and self-manage their own private (password protected) Nextdoor webpage, accessible only to verified members of that neighborhood. Residents can use their webpage to get to know their neighbors, share information about safety concerns, local events, lost pets, etc. The City can share important neighborhood news to Nextdoor without access to the resident information or content on each neighborhood site.

To join Nextdoor, go to Nextdoor.com or download the app on your Apple iOS or Android mobile device, create a profile and select your Olathe neighborhood.  If you have a concern with City services, continue to contact customer service via OlatheConnect at OlatheKS.org/OlatheConnect.

Olathe Community Center name “Development of Distinction”

The Olathe Community Center was recognized by the Urban Land Institute as a Development of Distinction award winner during its annual award ceremony in April. This award recognizes regional projects for exceptional achievement of best practices in development.

“It’s great recognition for the Olathe Community Center to have received one of ULI Kansas City’s Development of Distinction awards”, said Jeff Blakeman, project manager.  “This project provided a much needed facility for our community.  Additionally, the planning, design, and construction paid great attention to the natural resources of the site so that we were able to preserve and protect these natural resources to the greatest extent possible; and we were able to make this new facility an amenity to the park environment.”

SFS Architecture, the local project architect, submitted the project for this award.

City to host open house to discuss 143rd Street roadway improvements

The City of Olathe will host an informational open house about the 143rd Street roadway improvements project on Thursday, May 14, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Advent Lutheran Church, 11800 W. 151st Street. The project will affect 143rd Street, from Pflumm to Quivira Road. The open house will allow residents to talk with project designers and city officials about the planned improvements, project schedule and impacts to the surrounding area. The final project will provide a wider road, a dedicated left turn lane and improvements to curbing, stormwater areas and street lighting. Registration for this event is not required. Contact Jeff LeMire at 913-971-9045 for additional information.

Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event May 9

All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at the City of Olathe drop-off event Saturday, May 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HHW facility, 1420 S. Robinson Drive, behind Public Works and Customer Service. No appointment is necessary.

Residents will be asked to provide a photo ID and a general description of their HHW items. Items that can be dropped off include: aerosol cans, automotive fluids, automotive and household batteries, bathroom cleaners, carpet cleaners, cooking oil, drain cleaners, fertilizers, paint, light bulbs, pesticides, etc. e-Waste (electronics) is not accepted at the drop-off event. For a full list of acceptable items, visit OlatheKS.org.

Residents can schedule an appointment 24 hours in advance to drop off unwanted HHW items by calling Customer Service at 913-971-9311.

Wednesday Farmers’ Market opens May 6

Your options for fresh produce and other fun finds are ‘growing’ this week! The Olathe Farmers’ Market opens for the season on Wednesday, May 6. Visit local vendors at the Olathe Community Center market (1205 E. Kansas City Road) and the Black Bob Park market (14500 W. 151st Street) each Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. until items are sold. To view vendors and learn more about the locations, visit OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/Farmers.

Pardon our progress – Sport court construction

In the next two weeks, construction will begin on Mill Creek and Haven Park tennis courts and the Fairview Park basketball courts. The courts will be unavailable for public play during new surface installation, expected to be completed by mid-summer. Mill Creek and Haven Park tennis courts will also see the addition of multi-sport striping to include Pickleball.  Watch for updates at OlatheKS.org/ParksRec/Pardon.

Fiber Saturday

Spring is a busy time for any farm. Visit Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop on Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to get a look at springtime on an1860s farm. Activities will focus on fiber and wool:

·       11 a.m. – Sheep shearing demonstration

·       2 p.m. – Alpaca shearing demonstration

Fiber demonstrations throughout the day will include skirting wool, washing wool and dyeing wool.  Volunteers with the Mahaffie Knitters will demonstrate knitting and spinning techniques.  Purchase hand-knit items from the Mahaffie Knitters including washclothes, scarves, mittens and more at the Mahaffie Market located inside the Heritage Center.

Alpacas from Total Alpaca Ranch will be on site. Plus, visit Mahaffie’s new baby chicks and piglets.

Other 1860s living history activities may include: stagecoach rides, blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations, and exhibits in the Heritage Center and Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn.

All activities are included with regular site admission: $7/adults, $5/children ages 5-11; Olathe residents receive $2/off admission.

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