Olathe news briefs

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Aug. 16, 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 Olathe City Council will consider adopting the 2017 conditionally approved budget at the Aug. 16 Council meeting. The City of Olathe operates under a two-year budget term, which allows for better long-range planning and enhanced program analysis. The 2017 budget focuses on strategic investments that support the resident priority areas of public safety, transportation, and infrastructure maintenance. Questions about the budget can be submitted through Olathe Connect.

Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event Saturday, Aug. 13
All Johnson County residents have the opportunity to drop off Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at the City of Olathe drop-off event Saturday, Aug. 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HHW facility, 1420 S. Robinson Drive, behind Public Works and Customer Service. No appointment is necessary.

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.

Residents can schedule an appointment 24 hours in advance to drop off unwanted HHW items by calling Customer Service at 913-971-9311.

Olathe Teen Council seeking motivated teens
The City of Olathe is looking for youth in grades 9-12 to serve on the Olathe Teen Council for the 2016-2017 school year.

The Teen Council, modeled loosely after the Olathe City Council, provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about local government, meet community leaders, and plan service opportunities within the community. Three representatives are accepted from each public Olathe high school, with additional representatives from private and home schools.

Additional details and an online application are available at Teen Council. All applications must be received by Friday, Aug. 26 to be considered.

Outdoor pool schedule changes announced
The City of Olathe will reduce outdoor pool operations beginning in August as follows:

  • Frontier Trail Pool will close on Friday, Aug. 12, at 8 p.m.
  • Black Bob Bay will remain open through Labor Day with new hours starting Monday, Aug. 15:
    • Monday, Aug. 15, through Friday, Aug 19, open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Weekends only beginning Saturday, Aug. 20, through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, open from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information about Olathe public pool schedules, visit Parks and Recreation.


Fall registration now open for Parks & Recreation activities

Fall is a great time to Get Active! Choose from a variety of sports, fitness classes, swim lessons, enrichment programs, trips, and camps. Check out Olathe Kids Crew to keep the kids busy on out-of-school days. Registration deadlines are quickly approaching for fall youth sports. Visit the Fall Activity Guide for a complete list of activities.

Olathe Community Center annual pool maintenance

The Olathe Community Center pool will close from Aug. 16 through Aug. 18 for annual maintenance and cleaning. All other areas of the center will remain open during regular community center hours.

Leisurely Sundays: 1860s Style on Sunday, Aug. 14

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site will offer Leisurely Sundays: 1860s Style through August, thanks to a grant from the Kansas Museums Association. The theme for Sunday, Aug. 14, is 1860s Calisthenics.

A widely-held believe during the 19th century was that a person’s physical state reflected their psychological and moral state. The main goal of Calisthenics was to cultivate the body and mind. Mahaffie staff will lead guests in various Calisthenics exercises.  Regular site admission will apply. The theme for Sunday, Aug. 21, will be Ice Cream, 1860s Style.

Summer Living History at Mahaffie throughout August

Summer living history continues at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop with stagecoach rides, visiting the blacksmith, cooking on the cookstove, and seasonal farming activities in August. Enjoy activities Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Visit exhibits in the Heritage Center and Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn and explore the grounds each Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities and admission vary by season. Visit Mahaffie.org or call 913-971-5111 for more information.

Taxi Coupon Program enrollment is closed through Saturday, Dec. 31

The City of Olathe Taxi Coupon Program provides subsidized transportation services for qualified elderly, disabled, and low-income working residents through a partnership with a local taxi company.  New applicant enrollment is now closed through Dec. 31, 2016.  Current program participants may continue to purchase coupons.


Olathe Public Library 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.

  • Free Paperback Book Give-away until Tuesday, Aug. 19, for youth entering grades 5 and below. Bring your summer reading log and pick out a free paperback.
  • Tinker Tuesday on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Aug. 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 200 E. Loula St., across the parking lot from the Olathe Downtown Library.  Teens grades 6-12 can make craft items, use gaming equipment, laptops, ukuleles, and sewing machines. Registration is not required.
  • Safe Sitter ® Babysitting Class on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 11 to 16 will learn how to handle emergencies when caring for young children. The class will include information on how to set up a babysitting business, what to do for behavioral issues, how to be a successful babysitter and child care essentials. Class will cover choking infant and child rescue, but not infant/child CPR. Bring a sack lunch, snacks and drink. A graduation ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. and parents are invited to attend. Registration begins Tuesday, Aug. 9. Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6888.
  • Teen Yoga on Friday, Aug. 12, and Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A certified instructor will conduct a basic yoga session for teens in grades 6-12.  Teens are encouraged to bring a yoga mat. Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6888.
  • Job Help with the Workforce Partnership Mobile Unit on Monday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The mobile unit in the Downtown Library parking lot is equipped with computers and Wi-Fi to help with career assessments, job-specific resume writing, and improving interview skills.  Registration is not required.
  • Dulcimer Music with Kevin Roth on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Roth has performed at the White House twice, in addition to adding his unique dulcimer talent to nearly 50 recordings. His latest CD, Awakenings, features Roth on piano and dulcimer. Noel Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul and Mary, co-produced the recording. Registration is not required.
  • Music with Mar on Monday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.  This is an interactive program of music and movement, including rhythm, story, puppets, and sign language.  Adults must attend with their preschoolers ages five and younger.  Registration begins Monday, Aug. 15.  Register on the events calendar or call 913-971-6874.

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