News from city of Olathe

Recent news from Olathe:

This Edition of E-News
• Citizen Survey Results on Web
• Development Forum Scheduled for Feb. 18
• Public Meeting on Areas Potentially Impacted by Flooding
• A Loss for the Olathe Fire Department
• Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Surpasses Goal
• Presidents Day Schedule
• No Council Meeting 2/10


Survey Results and Presentation Available on the Web
February 9, 2009
The complete results of the City’s annual citizen survey are available on the City’s website at www.olatheks.org.  In addition, streaming video of the consultant’s presentation of the results is available. The survey, DirectionFinder, was conducted by ETC Institute in October and November with over 1,200 residents responding. Olathe is one of about 200 cities across the nation that uses the survey tool.

The citizen survey is a valuable tool to allow the City Council to prioritize using limited resources to provide the services residents say are most important.  According to ETC, Olathe continues “setting the standard” for customer satisfaction not only regionally but nationally.

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Development Forum
February 9, 2009
Olathe-area developers, contactors, architects, engineers, and others in the development and construction industry are invited to attend the City of Olathe’s next Development Forum. The event is planned for Wednesday, February 18th at Olathe City Hall and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Topics include: the City’s initiative to update Olathe’s Comprehensive Plan, and progress updates about improving Olathe’s building permit and development review processes.

Olathe’s Development Forums are held three to four times annually to provide updates on key City development-related initiatives. This joint-initiative is facilitated through several City departments including Development Services, Public Works, Municipal Services, Fire, Parks and Recreation, Information Technology Services, and Resource Management.

For planning purposes, please contact Sharyn Mueller at 913-971-8956 or S.Mueller@OLATHEKS.ORG  if you plan to attend.

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City of Olathe Hosts February 26 Public Meeting about Floodplain Issues
February 9, 2009
Olathe residents who live along Cedar Creek and its significant tributaries are invited to a public meeting on Thursday, February 26, to learn how draft Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain maps may impact their properties.
The meeting will be an open house format at the Olathe Holiday Inn, 101 W. 151st St., Olathe 66061, enabling residents to come and go anytime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Property owners living near this creek area have been individually notified of the meeting.
Residents will have opportunities to talk about their specific property locations with City representatives. Information about the City of Olathe’s Watershed Alternatives Study and FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program will be available at the meeting.
“Conducting informational meetings like this is very important to helping our residents understand floodplain issues,” says Matt Feyerabend, City of Olathe stormwater engineer.  “It’s a good opportunity to provide information as well as to receive feedback from residents.” he said.

Johnson County is working with the City of Olathe and other local cities to update FEMA floodplain maps countywide as required by the federal government. These draft maps are being used to identify areas of flooding risk where stormwater may create safety hazards and damage property.  Once the draft FEMA maps are approved, the FEMA official Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the area will be updated. The maps will likely be officially released during this Spring.  Until their release, the current FEMA maps remain in effect.
The City of Olathe commissioned the Watershed Alternatives Study to examine flooding issues throughout the city identified as part of the countywide FEMA floodplain map update.
The goals of the City of Olathe’s Watershed Alternatives Study are to:
 Confirm potential flooding locations.
 Rate the flooding severity.
 Obtain funding for in-depth study of these areas.
 Develop possible solutions to the flooding problems.
 Obtain funding to implement the chosen solutions.

The study was funded through a partnership with Johnson County Stormwater Management Advisory Council (SMAC). The first phase has been completed to prioritize flooding areas. Currently engineering studies are being prepared to develop alternatives for flood mitigation.

For more information about the meetings or the study, contact Matt Feyerabend at the City of Olathe, (913) 971-8600 or MFeyerabend@OLATHEKS.ORG.

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Key Member of the Olathe Fire Department Remembered
February 9, 2009
Doogie, a chocolate Labrador and accelerants detection canine, retired from service to the Fire Department due to age and health issues two weeks ago. Soon after retirement, a veterinarian determined his health issues were much more severe than originally thought. At the age of 12, Doogie was put to rest on Thursday, January 22.

Doogie, who was part of the State Farm Arson Dog Program, served the people of Olathe for nine years and examined 209 fire scenes. His partner and friend, Division Chief Brad Henson said, “Doogie was a great arson dog and friend. He will be missed.” A “food reward” canine, Doogie always had to smell 50% weathered gasoline before eating. This allowed him to maintain his keen sense of smell for accelerants. Doogie always ate from Chief Henson’s hand and he never ate from a food bowl.

During his honorable career serving the people of Olathe, Doogie also worked significant cases in the Kansas City metropolitan area including the Schutte Lumber Company fire with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and others with the Kansas City Arson Task Force.

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Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Tops $50,000 Goal
February 9, 2009
The Olathe community is celebrating the most successful Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund campaign in the Fund’s history, with donations this year totaling $50,565.94, nearly double the amount raised in 2007. This is welcome news for beneficiaries of the Fund, which include Catholic Charities; the Children’s Shoe Fund; Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA); Cypress Recovery, Inc.; Kansas Foster & Adoptive Children; KVC Behavioral HealthCare; the Salvation Army; TLC for Children and Families, Inc.; SAFEHOME; and Olathe Special Olympics.

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund supports charities that serve Olathe residents in need, especially children, and this year, the needs are greater than ever. “The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Board recognized this,” said Board Chairman Ruth Nelson, “and they set a goal of $50,000 for the 2008 campaign, doubling last year’s goal of $25,000.” “Our board had an awesome vision and a strong commitment to succeed, and we are so fortunate to have their talents and dedication. It was a tremendous campaign,” she said.

Thanks to the Board’s efforts, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund continues to receive more broad-based community support, with businesses, schools, individuals, and civic organizations stepping forward with donations to help reach the goal.  “The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund is a shining example of how every one of us, no matter how great or small our resources, can be generous and experience the joy of giving to others,” said Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland.  “Every fund donor is part of something very special in Olathe, and I want to share my heartfelt thanks with our board and the Olathe community for their extraordinary commitment to Olathe children and families.”

Checks will be presented to beneficiaries of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund at the February 17 Olathe City Council meeting.

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Presidents Day Holiday Schedule
February 9, 2009
City offices will be closed on Monday February 16th for the Presidents Day Holiday.  However, residential trash, recycling and yard waste schedules will NOT be impacted.

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February 11th Council Meeting Schedule
February 9, 2009
The City Council study session meeting scheduled on February 11th has been cancelled. The Council will meet for its regular session meeting on Tuesday, February 17th.

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