Olathe news briefs for the week of Aug. 31

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 1, 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. The City Council is expected to vote on the proposed 2016 budget, 2016-2020 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), and 2016-2017 fee resolution.

Labor Day Schedule for City Offices, Libraries; Trash/Recycling Collection Not Affected
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 for the Labor Day holiday. The City’s trash, curbside recycling and yard waste collection will NOT be affected.

The Olathe Downtown Library (201 E. Park St.) and the Olathe Indian Creek Library (12990 S. Black Bob Rd.) will be closed Sunday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of the holiday.

The Olathe Community Center will be open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7. Open swim will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Emerald Ash Borer in Olathe

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a tree killing insect, has been identified in Olathe. EAB is an imported insect that kills all species of North American Ash trees. Home owners with Ash trees are encouraged to learn more about this infestation early to make the best decisions for their trees and property. You can learn more online or through the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Yard waste options

Labor Day weekend is a popular time to do yardwork in preparation for fall. Follow these tips for proper disposal of yard waste.

  • Grass clippings, leaves, and small plant trimmings can be placed at the curb in a green yard waste cart or compostable paper waste bags for pick-up on your normal trash day.
  • Limbs and brush must be cut to less than four inches in diameter and less than four feet in length, and securely tied in bundles weighing less than 50 lbs. for free pick-up on your normal trash day.
  • Yard waste can also be taken to the City’s Composting Facility, 127th St. and Hedge Lane, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. including Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 7. There is no charge for residents with a photo ID for proof of residency.
  • Schedule a bulk item pick-up for larger items by calling 913-971-9311.

More information is available at OlatheKS.org/YardWaste.

Submit your nominations for 12th Annual Community Awards by Friday, Sept. 4
Do you know an individual, group or business who fosters accessible communities, promotes cultural diversity or advocates human rights that benefit all Olatheans? If so, nominate them by Friday, Sept. 4 for a Community Award in one of the following categories:

  • Persons with Disabilities Accessible Community Award
  • Commission/Organization Award
  • Educator Award
  • Olathe Human Relations Commission Chairman’s Award
  • Olathe Human Relations Commission Humanitarian Award
  • Youth Award (19 or under)

Submit nominations online or contact the City of Olathe Community Relations Manager at 913-971-8827 for more information.

Community Award winners will be recognized at the 12th Annual Community and Accessible Community Awards Reception and Program on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Olathe Community Center. The awards and program are sponsored by the Olathe Human Relations Commission and the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board.

2015 outdoor pool season concludes Monday, Sept. 7

The 2015 outdoor pool season will come to a close on Monday, Sept. 7. Black Bob Bay will operate Saturday, Sept. 5 through Monday, Sept. 7 from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Too Cool to Drool Tuesday, Sept. 8

Bring your dog(s) for some fun swim time at Black Bob Bay from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

  • Dogs 25 pounds or less swim from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • Dogs of all sizes swim from 7p.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is $10. Registration is available online at Too Cool To Drool; the first 75 dogs will enjoy a goodie bag.

Olathe Charities 5K adds pooch pass

The City of Olathe will hold the inaugural Olathe Charity 5K on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Frontier Park, benefitting local charities. Selected organizations receive $20 per runner who designates that they are running on behalf of the charity.

Runners with pups have an opportunity to purchase a pooch pass for $10, in addition to the runner fee. The pooch pass fee will be donated to the Olathe Animal Shelter. All dogs must remain under control of the runner and on a leash at all times.

Runners can register online or call 913-971-8563 with code 11355. Discount registration is $40 through Saturday, Sept. 26, $45 from Sunday, Sept. 27 to Friday, Oct. 9, and $50 the day of the race.

Volunteers needed for Wild West Days at Mahaffie

The popular Wild West Days event will be Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27. Many volunteers are needed for this unique community event. Volunteers can participate in children’s activity booths, help with admission gates, or assist with set up or tear down of the event. Volunteers receive free admission to the event, service hours, and a meal the day they volunteer. There are two shifts and various volunteer options each day. Volunteers over 18 years will need to fill out a background check.  Volunteers who are 17 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. This event is perfect for groups or corporate partners. For more information, please visit Mahaffie.org

1860s living history Labor Day weekend

Enjoy stagecoach rides, blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations, visiting the Mahaffie House, and exhibits in the Heritage Center on Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6 Regular site admission rates apply: $7/adults, $4/children ages 5-11, Olathe residents receive $2/off admission. Mahaffie will be closed Monday, Sept. 7 in honor of Labor Day.

Happy Birthday H.A. Rey: A Curious George Celebration
Drop in and celebrate Curious George at a party for the curious monkey’s creator, H. A. Rey on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road.  The birthday party will begin with a reading of Curious George and follow with fun crafts and activities, including “Pin the Banana on the Tree.” All ages are invited to this drop-in event.  Registration is not required.

A Taste of Literacy
The Olathe Public Library Foundation annual fundraising dinner, “A Taste of Literacy,” will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Olathe Hilton Garden Inn.  Speaker for the evening is Chuck Haddix, author of Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker, one of the most important and influential saxophonists and jazz players of the 1940s. Parker worked in Kansas City from 1935 to 1939.

Haddix is well known to many radio listeners as the host of KCUR’s “Fish Fry” which airs Friday and Saturday nights.  In addition, he is director of the Marr Sound Archives at UMKC, an incredible library of more than 350,000 recordings that is famous around the world.

A dinner of filet mignon and cedar planked salmon will be served and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $75 ($35 of each ticket is tax-deductible). For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Library Director Emily Baker at 913-971-6880 or ebaker@olatheks.org.

The event supports the children’s and tween/teen summer reading program as well as library technology and library materials. In 2014, the Foundation presented more than $16,000 to the Olathe Public Library to help fund new technology and the Summer Reading Program. 

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