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Olathe News – 3/30/2009

March 30, 2009
This Edition of E-News
• New Historic Marker in Place Downtown
• Special Event Planned at Mahaffie
• State of the City Friday
• Downtown Artwork on Display
• Police Department Fundraiser Planned
• Olathe Serve Day Correction No Council Meeting This Week
Released 3/30/2009
There will be no Olathe City Council Meeting on March 31, 2009 as it is the fifth Tuesday of the month.

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New Piece of History in Downtown
Released 3/30/2009
In October of 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made an historic stop in Olathe during his Presidential campaign against Kansan Alf Landon. The “Whistle Stop” tour is now commemorated with an interpretive storyboard outlining the stop and its historical significance. The sign is located in downtown Olathe on Santa Fe just west of the railroad tracks. It is the second sign now in place as part of a larger downtown historical signage project. The other sign already in place commemorates the Indian Jim brick laying competition in 1925 and is located at the intersection of Kansas City Road and Poplar. The historic signage project is a joint partnership between the City of Olathe, the Westview and Central Core Neighborhood Committees and the Olathe Historical Society. For more information about downtown Olathe’s history and current initiatives, visit Olathe’s website.

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Plowin’ & Plantin’ Time at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site
Released 3/30/2009
It’s time to get the crops in at the Mahaffie farm, just as it was done in the 1860s. On Saturday, April 4, Mahaffie staff and visiting livestock handlers will demonstrate plowing and other field work with draft animals. At this time, it is anticipated that mules, horses, and oxen will all be involved in the activities. The program will last from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m. and is dependant on proper weather and ground conditions. Visit the Mahaffie home, see what’s cooking on the stove, check progress on restoration of the Mahaffie barn, take a stagecoach ride, and view the latest Olathe Historical Society exhibit, The Arts in Olathe (a look at the history of arts and entertainment in Olathe) at the Heritage Center along with the other exhibits telling the story of the Mahaffie family, stagecoach travel, early Olathe, and the western trails. Regular admission for living history is $6 adults/$4 children 5-11, and Olathe residents receive $1 off all admission fees. Admission includes stagecoach rides. Season passes are also available. For more information visit Mahaffie.

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Mayor’s State of the City April 3rd
Released 3/30/2009
Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland will deliver his 2009 State of the City Speech on Friday April 3rd. The luncheon event begins at 11:30 at the Olathe Holiday Inn. For ticket information, contact the Olathe Chamber of Commerce at (913) 764-1050. The speech will be rebroadcast on OGTN (Comcast Channel 7, AT&T Channel 99).

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Downtown Art Exhibit to Change Soon
Released 3/30/2009
For the past two years, the City of Olathe has sponsored the Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit that includes pieces on display from artists from across the country, and the displays rotate each year. The Olathe City Council recently approved plans for the next display that will begin in May; however, there is still time for the public to visit downtown and the current pieces. For a map of the locations and information about the pieces visit Sculpture Map.

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Olathe Police Department Fundraiser Planned for March 28th
Released 3/30/2009
On Saturday March 28th 2009, the Olathe Police Department will be hosting our second annual Cy Middleton Memorial Basketball Tournament. Officer Middleton served the citizens of Olathe for seven years and unfortunately passed away in December of 2007 at the young age of 31. Officer Middleton left behind his wife and newborn son, Evan. In memory of Officer Middleton, a memorial fund has been set up to help law enforcement families throughout our community cope with the loss of a fellow officer and loved one. The funds raised during the Cy Middleton Memorial Basketball Tournament are given to families to help pay for medical bills, funeral costs and start scholarship funds for children. The money raised at this year’s tournament will be given to Lt. Mark Hartman’s family. Lt. Hartman worked for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department for approximately 22 years. Lt. Hartman was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and after a short battle, Lt. Hartman passed away leaving behind his wife and two children. The funds raised this year will be set up in a scholarship fund for Mark’s children. This year’s tournament begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday and will be held at Olathe North High School and Santa Fe Trail Jr. High School. The teams participating are comprised of members of local and federal law enforcement agencies to include; the Olathe Police Department, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, the Overland Park Police Department, the Kansas City KS Police Department, the Shawnee Police Department, the Leawood Police Department, the Belton (Mo) Police Department, the Raytown (Mo) Police Department, and the FBI. Other agencies participating in the tournament include: the Olathe Fire Department, the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office and Target Loss Prevention. During the tournament, concession items will be sold to include BBQ, chips and drinks. Baked goods will also be sold. Please feel free to participate and support this event by attending and/or donating to the tournament.

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Correction on Olathe Serve Day
Released 3/30/2009
The City of Olathe reported that Olathe Serve Day event was planned for April 23rd. The event is planned for Saturday, April 25th.

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For Immediate Release
March 9, 2009
This Edition of E-News
• City Government Covered by the “Network”
• Track What’s Being Built in Olathe Online
• Olathe “LEEDs”
• Don’t Just Spring Forward
• Signs and More Signs

City Council Agenda

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber for a study session meeting. To see the complete agenda for this meeting, click here or visit the City’s website at www.olatheks.org.

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Not Just Channel 7 Anymore
Released 3/9/09

Today, Olathe is the only city in Johnson County where residents can follow the City Council’s regular meetings live on television as well as other government programming such as legislative and candidate forums, Planning Commission meetings, the Mayor’s Corner and Old Settler’s Day Parade broadcasts. For the past 17 years, Olathe cable customers have been able to tune to channel 7 for 24/7 programming.

Today, that has changed, not only with the addition of new cable options providers, but with the internet. As a result, Channel 7 changed to the Olathe Government Television Network (OGTN). The “network” currently includes Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and will soon be carried by SureWest for around the clock city television broadcast. In addition, the network has added the City’s website where viewers can watch live and archived City Council and Planning Commission meetings as well other special shows and broadcasts.

Recently, the network grew to include a You Tube page that will showcase three to five minute videos about the City ranging from “What’s Being Built in Olathe” to how storm sewers are repaired. Simply click here or visit www.YouTube.com/OlatheGovTVNetwork to visit the OGTN page. In addition, the videos will be included in a on the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.

Not stopping there, OGTN has developed a Facebook page. To become a fan, search “Olathe Government Television Network” on Facebook.

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What’s Being Build in Olathe Available on the Web
Released 3/9/09

Based on the City’s most recent citizen survey, about one of three residents indicated they would like to learn more about what is being built in their area or in their community. The City recently added a comprehensive map outlining developments planned or underway to its website. It can be accessed at OlatheKs.org or by clicking here. Those interested in more information about specific projects can contact the Development Services Department at 971-8750.

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Olathe Leads in “LEEDs”
Released 3/9/09

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, the City of Olathe has ten Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) registered projects, two of which are certified. And currently, Olathe leads the State of Kansas in the number of certified projects. Along with Lenexa, Olathe leads the state in registered projects as well.

The LEED Green Building Rating System sets measurable standards for green and sustainable development practices for new and existing structures.

The following is a list of the LEED projects in Olathe gathered from the U.S. Green Building Council. Certified Projects include the City of Olathe’s Municipal Services Center and the Johnson County Sunset Drive office building.

Registered projects include: the Olathe Hilton Garden Inn, the new Johnson County Public Works Facility, the Heartland Community Church, Forest View and Woodland Elementary Schools, the Johnson County Communications Center, the Johnson County Juvenile Services Center and the Kansas Bioscience Authority Incubator.

For more information about LEED certification or for a listing of area LEED certified or registered projects visit www.usgbc.org.

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Don’t Just “Spring Forward”
Released 3/9/09

A recent report from the National Fire Protection Association shows that almost two-thirds of home fire deaths occurred in homes without working smoke alarms, even though 96% of all homes have at least one. When setting clocks back or forward, all residents are urged to also make that the time they change their smoke alarm batteries.

The Olathe Fire Department urges all residents to make sure smoke alarms work by pushing the test button once a week. Working smoke alarms provide an early warning and the critical extra seconds to escape during a fire.

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Sign Ordinance Reminder
Released 3/9/09

When the City of Olathe first conducted its annual citizen survey, a surprising result emerged. One of residents’ highest concerns was the proliferation of yard signs placed in public easement and other public property.

Subsequently, the City Council enhanced the City’s sign ordinance to better address the situation. Currently, temporary signs (including political signs) may not be placed in public right of way or on other public property. Signs must be placed on private property, either behind a sidewalk or on the far side of the right of way.

During political campaign season, it is important that candidates and volunteers are aware of the ordinance. City crews will remove and dispose of signs placed in public areas.
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For Immediate Release
March 16, 2009
This Edition of E-News
• Recycling Changes Planned
• OHRC Seeking Nominations
• Olathe Police Department Receives Byrne Grant Funding
• Share Olathe Fishing Stories

City Council Agenda

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, March 17 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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Recycling Changes in Store to Keep Quality Services Affordable
Released 3/16/09

The City of Olathe focuses on providing high quality, yet affordable services for its customers, and that focus is leading to changes in the City’s recycling program.

Why? The current economic environment has had a measureable impact on the price of recycled materials, and that has impacted the City’s revenue. In order to make up for that lost revenue, customers were facing an over 50% cost increase. However, by changing to a single stream collection system, the City would realize enough cost savings to offset lost revenue.

Under the current recycling system, solid waste drivers hand sort recycled materials at the curb, creating a slower and more expensive process. However, single stream collection relies on sorting at the recycling facility. As a result, recycling will be significantly streamlined and more efficient allowing for significant cost savings in fuel, overtime and equipment.

Customers will see changes with the new program. More types of plastics will be recyclable, and the City will also be able to collect cardboard at the curb. However, the City will no longer be in a position to recycle glass since glass is not processed at the recycling facility the City uses. Currently, Olathe is the only metropolitan city accepting glass for recycling.

Recycling customers will be receiving information in the mail as well as stickers attached to their recycling bins in the coming weeks before the program begins. For additional information about recycling and the planned changes, please call 971-9311.

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City of Olathe and OHRC Seek Nominations for the Annual Community Awards Program – Nomination Form Deadline: Noon April 10
Released 3/16/09

The City of Olathe and the Olathe Human Relations Commission (OHRC) are seeking nominations for the sixth annual Community Awards Program. The awards recognize individuals and entities for meritorious service in the pursuit of cultural diversity and advocacy of human rights which benefit Olathe citizens.

The winners will be announced at the sixth annual Community Awards Program from 3 – 5 p.m. on April 24 in the Council Chamber of Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe. The theme of the event is “Diversity Makes the Difference.” Individuals living and working in the city of Olathe or living and working elsewhere who have contributed to the promotion of human rights to the benefit of the citizens of Olathe are eligible for nomination.
Persons or entities can be nominated in the following categories:
• Olathe Human Relations Commission Humanitarian Award
• Commission/Organization Award
• Business/Industry Award
• Educator Award
• Youth Award (19 or under)
• Olathe Human Relations Commission Chairman’s Award

In addition to the Olathe Human Relations Commission awards, the Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board will also be presenting an “Accessible Community Award” which will recognize individuals and/or entities for meritorious service, perseverance or determination in the pursuit of disability inclusiveness which is defined as demonstrating or ensuring that people with disabilities can and do live and work within our community as productive, accomplished and contributing Olathe citizens.
The nomination forms and eligibility requirements are available on-line at: www.olatheks.org/HR/HumanRelations/HumanRelationsCommission and may be received by mail, fax or e-mail. The nomination form deadline is noon on April 10. For more information about the nomination process, or for special accommodations, call the City of Olathe Office of Human Relations at (913) 971-8790 or send a fax to (913) 971-8715.

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Olathe Police Department Receives Byrne Grant Funding
Released 3/16/09

The Olathe Police Department will receive $295,395 in Byrne Grant funding according to the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the Department of Justice. The funding stems from $2 billion included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was based on an allocation formula.

The funding can be used for a “wide range of crime prevention and law enforcement activities.” Typically, Olathe has used Byrne Grant funding for equipment purchases and updates.

A complete listing of fund allocation can be accessed at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/recoveryJAG/recoveryallocations.html.

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Share Your Olathe Fishing Stories on Olathe’s Facebook Page
Released 3/16/09

There are nine ponds or lakes within Olathe’s park system that are “stocked” with opportunity for anglers of all skills. The City of Olathe is inviting fishermen to share their stories and photos with others by posting them on the City’s parks and recreation Facebook page. Be it tips such as location, baits or time of day or a picture with a prized catch, the City hopes residents will share not only useful, but entertaining information with other fishermen.

Olathe’s fishing locations include:

(Lakes)
Cedar Lake: 75.0 acres: Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Saugeye
Lake Olathe: 170.0 acres: Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Saugeye, Wiper

(Ponds)
Frisco: 24.0 acres: Catfish, Sunfish
Heatherstone: 0.8 acres: Bass, Bluegill, Catfish
Mahaffie Farm Pond: 0.8 acres: Bass, Bluegill, Catfish
Waterworks: 14.0acres: Bass, Bluegill, Catfish, Crappie
Black Bob: 0.5 acres: Catfish, Sunfish
Prairie Center: 1.0 acre: Bass, Bluegill, Catfish
Stagecoach: 6.5 acres: Bass, Bluegill, Catfish

To access the fishing report section, go to the City’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Olathe-KS/City-of-Olathe-Parks-and-Recreation-Department/50685711467?pub=2373072738 then click User Generated Fishing Reports for Olathe Lakes and Ponds found under the boxes tab.

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