Olathe news briefs for the week of May 3

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, May 3, 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.


Win free water for a month by celebrating Drinking Water Week!

Post a picture on Twitter (@OlatheGovNews) or Facebook (/CityofOlatheKS) illustrating how you enjoy Olathe water! The award winning picture receives free City water for one month, up to $100!  Snap away!

The Conditions

  • You must be a City water customer to participate.
  • City employees and family members are welcome to participate but they are not eligible to win.
  • All entries must be submitted by Sunday, May 8 at 11:59 p.m. to participate!

The Process

  1. Like the City of Olathe on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter.
  2. Post your picture illustrating how you enjoy Olathe water.
  3. The City will post finalist pictures.
  4. Vote for your favorite on Facebook and Twitter.
  5. One entry with the highest vote count (Facebook and Twitter combined) wins the award of free City water for one month, up to $100.


Olathe 2016 Water Quality Report for 2016 now available

The City of Olathe has released its 2016 Water Quality Report.  Each year, the City provides customers with an annual water quality report as assurance that City water meets and exceeds state and federal drinking water quality standards. The report contains important information about the source and quality of the drinking water delivered over the past year.

City water customers can find the web address for online access on their billing statement. Landlords, businesses, schools, and other groups with water users who do not receive a utility water bill directly from the City of Olathe are encouraged to make their stakeholders aware of the report’s availability.

To request a paper copy, please contact Customer Service at 913-971-9311 or visit 1385 S. Robinson Drive.


Mother’s Day Trail Walk, Sunday, May 8
Celebrate mom and give her the gift of time with family. Enjoy a guided walk through Lone Elm Park (21151 W. 167 St.) on Saturday, May 8, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This guided walk will take a look at moms throughout history. Mom’s walk free; each additional family member walks for $3. Each family will receive a carnation to present to mom. Register online, by phone at 913-971-8563, or in person at the Olathe Community Center.

Camp emPOWER for middle school students, June 6 & June 20

Find the leader within by joining us at Camp emPOWER, June 6 to 10 (registration code 13100) and June 20 to 24 (registration code 13101). Campers ages 12-14 will engage in leadership education along with volunteerism, trips and fun activities. Scheduled activities will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but camp will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Scholarships are available.  Register online, call 913-971-8563, or visit the Olathe Community Center. Choose to attend one week or two and get ready to feel emPOWERed.


Olathe Public Libraries programming
Programs are offered at the Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St., unless noted otherwise.  Please visit the events calendar for an updated list. Questions can be directed to 913-971-6874 for children’s programming or 913-971-6888 for adult and teen programming.  The Indian Creek Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Rd., remains temporarily closed.

·         Family Chess Night on Monday, May 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Play chess with a worthy opponent at the library.  Boards and equipment are provided. All ages and playing levels are welcome; kindergartners and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

·         Computer Help Lab on Tuesday, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Get help with Microsoft software (Word, Excel, etc.), Google, the Internet, email or downloadable content from the library such as eBooks and eMagazines. Registration is not required.

·         Teen Minecraft on Tuesday, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. For teens in grades 6-12.  Registration is not required.

·         Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis on Tuesday, May 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Registration is not required.

·         Quantum Sewing on Wednesday, May 4, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Learn to use the advanced features of the Quantum Stylist, the library’s computerized sewing machine that creates monograms, quilts, automatically makes buttonholes and performs other functions that used to take extra time or skill. Ages 14 and up. Register by calling 913-971-6888 or visit the events calendar.

·         Spring Has Sprung – Preschool Craft on Thursday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Bring your preschooler and make a fun seasonal craft together at this drop-in event.  All materials are provided.  Registration is not required.

·         Preschool Dance Party on Friday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St. Children ages five and younger with accompanying adult can dance to favorite songs from our children’s music collection. Space is limited, so tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis starting 30 minutes before the program.

·         Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m. while supplies last at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park St.  Kids in grades K-5 may go Children’s Services to pick up a free kid-friendly comic book to keep thanks to Elite Comics in Overland Park.

·         Health Information & Referral Clinic on Tuesday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park. Drop by for blood pressure checks by EMTs from the Olathe Fire Department along with a nurse practitioner and a librarian to refer you and help you navigate consumer health information. Registration is not required.

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