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Olathe News-3/2/09

March 2, 2009

This Edition of E-News
• Cedar Lake Park Reopened to Public
• Comprehensive Plan Update
• Olathe Project Receives Funding
• Construction Planned for Santa Fe/Ridgeview

City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session meeting. Regular session meetings are broadcast live on Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website. To see the complete agenda for this meeting, click here or visit the City’s website at www.olatheks.org.

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Cedar Lake Park Reopened
Released 3/2/09

On Friday, February 27th, Olathe’s Cedar Lake Park reopened for public use. The park has been closed due to Lone Elm Interchange construction as well as constructing a new park entrance. The park is home to Cedar Lake, the City’s original water source dating back to 1920. It became a public park in the 1930s.

The Park, located at 15500 S. Lone Elm Road, includes public fishing (bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish), a campground, open space, picnic shelters and a playground.

Until construction is completed, the park can be accessed from 151st on OMC Parkway near the Olathe Medical Center. Visitors can follow the marked detour signs. Visitors are asked to use caution when accessing the park due to the nearby construction activity.

For more information, please contact Paul Krueger, Park Services Manager at (913) 971-6626.

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Comprehensive Plan Update
Released 3/2/09

Progress is being made to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the guide that will help determine how Olathe will develop in undeveloped areas and redevelop in established. So far, over 130 community groups have been engaged and over 800 residents and/or stakeholders have provided input.

Based on that input, a draft visioning document has been developed that outlines ten topic areas for consideration and includes “guiding principles” for each. It is available on the comprehensive plan update website, planolathe.com, and can be accessed by clicking here.

Public input and engagement remains important to the effort’s success since the plan is ultimately the community’s roadmap. Residents and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to review the draft visioning document and share thoughts or suggestions either through the website or by contacting Thomas Morefield at the (913) 971-8750.

In addition, two additional workshops are scheduled for public engagement and comment. The “Think Big” workshops will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at City Hall on Wednesday, May 20th and Thursday, May 21. Attendees are invited to arrive any time between those hours.

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The Mid-America Regional Council Recommends funding for Olathe Project
Released 3/2/09

The Mid-America Regional Council’s (MARC) Surface Transportation Program/Bridge Priorities Committee announced last Thursday that Olathe will receive $3.5 million of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the widening of 127th Street between Mur-Len and Black Bob. It is anticipated to be approved by the MARC board this week.

The project entails adding two additional traffic and bicycle lanes and medians along the stretch. The stretch is adjacent to the 127th Street overpass and will address significantly growing traffic problems on 127th Street but also reduce congestion on Santa Fe and 119th Street. The overall project cost is $12.8 million, and is a part of the City’s Capital Improvements Plan.

Project design and land acquisition are complete and utilities (power lines and underground infrastructure) are being relocated. Upon final funding approval, the City anticipates finalizing the funding agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation in coming weeks, and will solicit bids shortly thereafter. Construction would begin soon after a bid is awarded.

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Construction on Santa Fe and Ridgeview Beginning this Week
Released 3/2/09

Construction to relocate and upgrade a waterline is planned to begin Monday, March 2 at the intersection of Santa Fe and Ridgeview in Olathe. The project will move a water line currently running under the road and upgrade aging infrastructure. During construction, southbound Ridgeview (north of Santa Fe) will be reduced to one lane for about 300 feet. Construction is anticipated to be completed in two weeks.

Once that portion of the project is complete, waterline construction will begin on Santa Fe, west of Ridgeview. As a result, west bound Santa Fe, west of Ridgeview will be reduced to one lane from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the business week. Construction is anticipated to last for about one week. Two additional phases are planned for later this spring.

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City of Olathe Communications Office

100 E. Santa Fe; Olathe, KS 66061

913-971-8700

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