Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 4

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.

Public invited to annual MLK Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 17

Olatheans and residents throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area are invited to join the Olathe Human Relations Commission (OHRC) to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 17. The annual Martin Luther King (MLK) Celebration will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the new Olathe Conference Center by Embassy Suites, located at K-10 and Ridgeview Rd. The event is free and open to the public.

OHRC’s Martin Luther King Celebration is sponsored by Bott Radio Networks, Robert Brogden Buick GMC, Olathe Ford Lincoln, Enterprise Bank, and Harlan C. Parker and Jason S. Parker – State Farm, in partnership with the City of Olathe, Olathe Public Library, and Olathe Public Schools. 

For more information, visit OlatheKS.org or contact Vanessa Vaughn West at vlvaughnwest@olatheks.org or 913-971-8827.

Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event on Saturday, Jan. 9
All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off their unwanted Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at the City of Olathe’s drop-off event Saturday, Jan. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HHW facility, 1420 S. Robinson Dr. behind Public Works and Customer Service. 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.

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.

Recycle broken or unwanted holiday lights through 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!

Snow Brigade needs volunteers

The City of Olathe is seeking volunteers for the Snow Brigade. The program matches elderly and disabled Olathe residents with volunteers who assist with snow removal from driveways and sidewalks when Olathe experiences a storm that produces two or more inches of snow.

All individual volunteers must complete a volunteer application and undergo a background check before assignments are made. The program needs more than 60 volunteers to assist those in need this winter season.

Interested volunteers are encouraged to visit Volunteer Opportunities.

Weathering winter weather

As cold conditions blanket the metro, remember these winter weather tips:

  • Avoid conditions like frostbite and hypothermia by dressing warm in layers and limiting your exposure to the cold.
  • Be cautious when walking outside to avoid slips and falls.
  • Stay off the ice on frozen ponds, lakes, creeks, etc.
  • Include a flashlight, batteries, non-perishable food, blankets and a windshield scraper in your vehicle disaster kit.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn.  “Space heaters need space.”
  • Check smoke alarms in your home by pressing the test button.
  • Get more heating safety information at http://goo.gl/bve8C6.

Featured events at the Olathe Public Library

Enjoy these upcoming events at the Olathe Public Library:

  • 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.
  • Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis on Jan. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Join an acoustic jam session led by Betse Ellis, a founding member of The Wilders.  Ellis plays fiddle, tenor guitar, sings and enjoys old-time music, fiddle tunes, folk, blues and bluegrass.  She also performs with banjoist Clarke Wyatt as Betse & Clarke. Bring your instruments, share a song, or just come and enjoy the music.  Registration is not required.
  • All Aboard! on Thursday, Jan. 7 from 6  p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8 from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. See an operating model railroad and visit with model railroad experts who will be on hand to answer questions.  Registration is not required.  
  • Health Information & Referral Clinic on Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Olathe Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd.  Get free blood pressure checks from Olathe Fire Department firefighter/paramedics and health information from a librarian. An appointment is not needed.
  • Tinker Tuesdays on Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to craft and create in an inspiring and collaborative space. Most supplies are provided, but attendees are also encouraged to bring supplies for their projects.  Registration is not required and refreshments are provided.

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