Olathe news briefs for the week of July 29

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, August 6, at 7:00 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). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Opportunity Abounds for Motivated Teens!

The City of Olathe is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Teen Council. Teen Council is a fantastic opportunity for 9-12 grade students to serve their community, learn about local government, and take on leadership roles.  For more information and to apply, visit: Olatheks.org/CMO/TeenCouncil Continue reading

Sales tax considered to plug street maintenance shortfall

Olathe City Manager Michael Wilkes discussed the current Olathe street funding challenge with the City Council on Tuesday and outlined why it should be addressed sooner rather than later, which includes asking voters to approve a 3/8-cent sales tax that would sunset in 10 years.

Wilkes said, “The bottom line is if we don’t begin funding our street maintenance at a significantly greater level, in 10 years or less our taxpayers will be paying at least 10 to 15 times what is needed today for streets.

“It is our responsibility to make sure we don’t create that major burden for ourselves and future tax payers if we can avoid it.” Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of June 17

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 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). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.

Interested in the action of the regular Council meeting, but don’t want to wait on the official meeting minutes?  A Council meeting recap is now posted to the City Clerk’s page following each regular Council meeting. The recap is for the convenience of our residents and stakeholders and does not replace the official minutes.  Continue reading

Water rescue in Olathe

The link to the photos of a water rescue in Olathe and other rain-related photos come from the City of Olathe’s website and are courtesy of Britt J. Nelson.

Click here to view the photos.

OMC’s Devocelle receives Cathedral Builder Award

Frank H. Devocelle, President/CEO of Olathe Health System, Inc. (OHSI) was awarded the Cathedral Builder Award from the city of Olathe. Mayor Michael Copeland presented the award at the State of the City luncheon.

“Giving back, serving others, and building our great community spirit are what Olatheans do so well,” Copeland said. “It’s individuals like Frank Devocelle who are leaving incredible legacies of service and excellence that inspire and encourage us and make us proud to call Olathe home.” Continue reading

Google Fiber ‘drop spots’ not yet determined

It’s probably a pretty good bet to say that a lot of folks in Olathe are excited about Google Fiber coming to town.

And it’s probably a pretty good bet to that there will be several entities vying to become one of the four public “drop spots” as part of the agreement Olathe has with Google Fiber.

And according to Ron Shaver, deputy city attorney and a key figure in the negotiation process with Google, all options are on the table.

“Google will provide four drop spots that are public facilities,” Shaver said. “That could be city hall, the school district’s administration buildings, but we’ve yet to finalize and determine those. We are going to have further conversations with Google about what makes sense for their deployment and relating to the city‘s need and their deployment for us and what the school district and what the county can piggy back on.

“We are actively open on those discussions and all we know right now is the agreement calls for four drop spots and it also calls for WIFI locations if they deploy WIFI Network in the future but it doesn’t ID how many.”

How MidAmerica Nazarene University and the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle figure into the city’s and Google’s overall plan remains to be seen. Continue reading

Google’s high-speed Internet might be slow to arrive

“Amazing!”

That’s the impression Google Fiber‘s Internet speed had on Erin Vader, Olathe’s communication and public engagement manager, when she first watched a demonstration from Google’s office in Kansas City, Kan.

“I thought it would be just another Internet provider coming to the city,” she said. “But until you see it…it’s pretty amazing how fast it is; it’s just like watching TV. Right now, sometimes it can take awhile to upload information, like videos: it stops and loads and stops and loads. With Google Fiber, we were watching like five or six YouTube videos and doing other things all at the same time with no breaks.” Continue reading

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