Olathe news briefs for the week of Nov. 30

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 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.

WinterFest and Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Friday, Dec. 4

It’s time to kick off the holiday season at the annual Olathe WinterFest, Friday, Dec. 4, at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. The event begins at 5:15 p.m. and is highlighted by the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:45 p.m.

The WinterFest schedule includes:

  • 5:15 p.m. – Visit with Santa, view Olathe Public Schools choir performances, enjoy free activities, face painting, and booths featuring the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund recipients.
  • 6:45 p.m. – Join Mayor Michael Copeland and special guest, Fox 4 Meteorologist Joe Lauria to light the Olathe Mayor’s Christmas Tree.
  • 7:15 p.m. – Watch “Elf” in the Olathe Community Center gym. Bring blankets only please.

Free park and ride service will be available from Olathe North High School, 600 E. Prairie St. For the complete schedule of activities, visit www.OlatheKS.org/ParksRec. Continue reading

Other views

(EDITOR’S NOTE: David Chartrand is an adjunct and the writing coach for a small class of student journalists at Benedictine College where I’m an adjunct. The following editorial piece is a sample of some of the students’ work.)

Smoking Bans

by Hannah Wensel

Benedictine College has taken a leap into fresh air. The debate over     smoking on campus can finally be put to rest, with some clarifications.

Staff, students and campus guests are no longer permitted to use tobacco-filled product on campus property. The ban, which took effect July 1, includes, but not limited to e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, smoking pipes, and cigarettes. Those who wish to breathe in a little smoke can do so, off of school property. Free maps are available to anyone needing a definition of “campus property.”
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Cooking fires triple on Thanksgiving Day

In the US, the number of cooking fires more than triples on Thanksgiving Day, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Here are a few cooking tips to help ensure a safer turkey day:

·         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. Continue reading

Olathe’s Blue Fountain

Have you seen our newest fountain in downtown Olathe? Designed and developed by parks staff, this special fountain of lights is 20 feet tall and 30 feet wide at the base, contains 7,500 LED lights, weighs 1,300 pounds and includes a total of 1,400 feet of steel. Thanks to partnerships with Harrison Machine Shop, Dorr Family Displays, Midwest Crane and numerous City employees for creating such a beautiful sculpture for our community! ‪#‎OlatheProud‬

Olathe news briefs for the week of Thanksgiving

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 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.

Thanksgiving holiday schedule for City offices, library
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, 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; Friday customers will be serviced on Saturday.  Residents are reminded to place carts at the curb by 8 a.m. The Household Hazard Waste facility will also be closed on Saturday, Nov. 28. For more information, visit OlatheKS.org/OMS. Continue reading

I-435 eastbound closure this weekend

Announced this afternoon was a full closure of I-435 Eastbound occurring this weekend to complete a major traffic switch. 435 and associated ramps will close at 10pm Friday (11/13) and remain closed until 5am Monday (11/16). Through traffic will be routed to I-35 North (to 87th St, US69 South and back to 435) via the new collector-distributor road. Additionally, the ramp from 35 North to 435 East will close at 6pm Saturday.

The benefit of this traffic switch is that on Monday morning, the ramp from Lackman Rd to 435 East will open.

Traffic alerts for the 435 closure and Lackman to 435 ramp opening are attached.

Unattended cooking causes $40,000 fire damage

Unattended cooking is cited for causing a house fire in north Olathe Monday, Nov. 9.

The occupant called 911 around noon and reported the blaze. When firefighters arrived they saw smoke and flames coming from the home. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to control the fire. Investigators say no injuries were reported and damage is estimated at $40,000. The family’s orange, female, Tabby (cat) was safely rescued from the fire.

Firefighters remind everyone to cook with care, by remaining in the kitchen while cooking. In the event that a fire in a pan does occur, remember to put a lid on the pan, and turn the burner off to quickly and safely put the fire out.

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