Olathe news briefs for the week of Dec. 21

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 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.

City holiday schedule
City of Olathe offices will close at noon on Thursday, Dec. 24 and remain closed on Friday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday.  Trash and recycling collection will occur on schedule Monday through Thursday.  Friday collection will be delayed by one day. Friday customers should have carts at the curb by 8 a.m. on Saturday. 

Download the Olathe Trash Day mobile application or visit OlatheKS.org/TrashDay to sign up for weekly trash day reminders via text, email, Twitter, and phone call. Users can also print customized calendars for their address.

Call Customer Service at 971-9311 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with questions.  Call the City answering service at 971-5151 Monday – Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. and during holidays.

Olathe Community Center holiday closings

The Olathe Community Center (OCC) will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday. The center will also close on Thursday, Dec. 31 and observe holiday hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1. 

Library holiday closings
The Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St., and the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd., will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25.  Both libraries will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 and remain closed on Friday, Jan. 1.

Holiday hours for Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will be closed Monday, Dec. 21 through Friday, Jan. 1. Mahaffie will resume regular hours on Saturday, Jan. 2. Winter hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. During winter hours, visitors can view the exhibits in the Heritage Center, visit the interactive children’s exhibits and walk the grounds. Activities vary seasonally.  View winter event details at Mahaffie.org or call 913- 971-5111.

Reduce waste during the holidays

Household waste increases more than 25 percent during the holidays. Reduce, reuse and recycle for a greener holiday season with these tips:

·       Wrap gifts in newspaper, used gift wrap, or reusable gift bags. Most gift wrap is not recyclable.

·       Send eCards or recycle cards from past holidays.

·       Buy cards made from recycled materials.

·       Buy rechargeable batteries for toys and electronic gifts to keep batteries out of the landfill and save you money.

·       Flatten extra boxes. All cardboard can be recycled at the curb.

·       Turn off holiday lights during the day and at bedtime to save energy and help your lights last longer.

·       Recycle wreaths and trees (without ornaments, lights or tree stand) at the curb or take them to the composting facility.

For a complete list of acceptable recycling items, visit OlatheKS.org/OMS/Recycling. Or, for a handy mobile reference, download the free Olathe Trash Day mobile app, available in the App Store and Google Play.

Recycle Christmas trees and holiday lights
Recycle cut Christmas trees by placing them at the curb on collection day, or drop off trees at the City’s composting facility (127th and Hedge Lane), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Please remove all plastic bags, ornaments, tinsel and lights.

Don’t toss those broken or unwanted holiday lights. Recycle them using the City of Olathe e-Waste Recycling Program. Any Johnson County resident can call Customer Service at 971-9311 to schedule an appointment to drop off electronic waste free of charge!

Give the gift of health with 2015 Olathe Community Center membership pricing

A membership to the Olathe Community Center makes a perfect holiday gift for anyone! Now is the time to purchase a 2016 membership by Thursday, Dec. 31, and save with 2015 membership pricing. The membership includes swimming and open gym options during posted times, group exercise classes, and access to the fitness floor and walking track during open hours. View 2015 and 2016 membership options online.

Featured events at the Olathe Public Library

Enjoy these upcoming events at the Olathe Public Library:

  • Teen LEGO® Lab on Tuesday, Dec. 22 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. Teens in grades 6-12 can take on complex tasks and challenges with LEGOs®.  Registration is not required.
  • Pajama Storytime on Tuesday, Dec. 29 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd. Wear your pajamas to the library for bedtime stories.  Stories are geared to preschoolers and their families, but all ages are welcome.  Registration is not required.
  • Noon Year’s Eve on Thursday, Dec. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd.  Children of all ages can make a craft, have a snack and ring in the new year without missing bedtime.  Registration is not required.
  • 2016 Operating Hours – Beginning Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, the Olathe Indian Creek Library will open at 9 a.m. Monday – Friday, to match the operating hours at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  2016 hours for both libraries will be Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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