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Meals on Wheels now seeking volunteers

For Brandy Hodge, who recruits and nurtures the volunteers who deliver Johnson County Meals on Wheels, the need for volunteers seems to be endless.

That’s because her cadre of dedicated, enthusiastic Meals on Wheels drivers is constantly changing.  Some drivers pack up their cars and head for Florida or Texas before the arrival of cooler and colder temperatures. Others become less predictable because they are uneasy driving in the challenging weather of winter. Still others take a temporary break from their volunteering.

But the homebound elderly remain in place, needing that main meal five days a week—and in fall and winter they have even fewer resources for that food. That’s why Meals on Wheels needs both full-time and substitute drivers—now.

Johnson County Meals on Wheels is a service of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging, providing nutritious meals delivered by volunteers to county residents who are 60 or older; homebound; unable to drive, shop for groceries, or cook their own meals; or have no one to assist with meal preparation.

Without the noon meal, many homebound seniors would lose their ability to remain at home and would become candidates for a nursing facility. The meal gives them the opportunity to remain independently in their own homes as long as possible.

The program, funded by the Older Americans Act, depends on volunteer drivers. In 2013, the program delivered 114,600 meals to eligible homebound residents.

Meals are delivered 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday throughout Johnson County, but individual volunteers typically choose one day each week to deliver. Some deliver more often. Others make themselves available as substitutes.

Individuals, families, civic groups, faith-based community teams, and employee teams may deliver meals. Children are welcome to accompany a parent on the route.

If interested, Human Services asks all new volunteers to attend an orientation training prior to volunteering. Orientations occur twice a month with the next sessions scheduled at 10 a.m. Aug. 5 and at 1 p.m. Aug. 21. All sessions take place at the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 South Sunset Drive, Olathe.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Brandy Hodge, volunteer coordinator at 913-715-8866, or e-mail brandy.hodge@jocogov.org.

Find the right contractor for your job

How do you find and hire the right contractor to work on your home?

According to the Johnson County Contractor Licensing Program, there really is no foolproof formula, but there are some things you can do to find the right contractor for your job.        

First off, check with your municipality’s building department to see if the job requires a permit. If it does, ask if they require the work be done by a licensed contractor.

Remember, a building permit is an inexpensive way to make sure there will be an independent, third party construction expert working for you by periodically inspecting your project. If a permit is required, be sure your contractor gets the permit. Run away from contractors who suggest it will save time or money to avoid the permit and inspection process.

Mike Holmes of Holmes on Homes suggests a five-point checklist for hiring a contractor. It’s simple and makes sense along with a few additional suggestions from the Contractor Licensing Program.

  1. Slow down. Finding the right contractor and setting up the job will take longer than doing the job itself. If you’re in a rush, put it off until you have the time to do the job right.  Get multiple estimates. If bids vary wildly, find out why. Don’t assume the lowest price is the best deal.
  2. Educate yourself. Learn what it takes to do the job right — not to do it yourself, but to know what questions you need to ask and the answers a pro would give you. The Internet offers a great resource for gathering of information.
  3. Check references. And not just three. Go see as many jobs completed by the contractor as possible, including projects done years ago. These reflect the performance and durability of the contactor’s work. I would say an experienced contractor should be able to provide as many as 20 references. Check as many as you can. 
  4. Conduct a background check. Make sure they have the proper insurance with liability coverage and worker’s compensation insurance. Call their insurance company to verify their coverage and that it hasn’t expired. A Google search by name or business name will reveal if there are complaints about them. Check with the Better Business Bureau and friends or relatives who have similar work done.
  5. Get it in writing. Before hiring a contractor, closely review their proposal and quote. They should include every detail about the job. If they’re vague, move on. Be sure it includes clean-up details. Make sure there is a payment schedule. Any upfront payment, if requested or required, should not exceed 10 percent. Never pay in cash but always pay with check, certified check, or credit card. Get a signed receipt. Don’t make the final payment or sign a final release until you are completely satisfied with the work and the building permit has final inspection approval.

Make sure the contractor you select is licensed. There are three ways you can easily check a Johnson County contractor’s license status. You can contact the Johnson County Contractor Licensing Program by calling 913-715-2233. Although staff can’t recommend contractors, they will be happy to verify the status of any license.        

You can also use the Licensed Contractor Search feature on the program’s webpage that’s accessible through the county’s website at www.jocogov.org. iPhone and iPad users can download the free JoCoGo app at the iTunes app store and use their phone or tablet for fast, free information about active status Johnson County contractors.

BOCC learns how to save a life

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is now better prepared to save a life. Chairman Ed Eilert and all six BOCC members received training in Hands-Only CPR from Johnson County MED-ACT’s Education Division. They also learned how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

The training was part of Johnson County HeartSafe, a community initiative that aims to increase survival rates after sudden cardiac arrest. It does this by encouraging Johnson County individuals, community groups, businesses and schools to learn Hands-Only CPR.

  • The goal of Johnson County HeartSafe is to train 25,000 Johnson County residents in Hands-Only CPR by June 1, 2015.
  • Johnson County Government plans to train all of its 3,800 employees as part of the Johnson County HeartSafe initiative.

Learn more about Johnson County HeartSafe and how you can receive training in Hands-Only CPR here.


JoCo Treasurer (and Motor Vehicle) has a new online home

If you typed treasurer.jocogov.org into your Internet browser (or had that page bookmarked) and ended up here…welcome! Effective July 16, that website now lives within Johnson County Government’s website. All of the content, including areas for Motor Vehicle, Property Tax and Financial Management now reside here at www.jocogov.org.

Visitors will notice that on the home page of this site they have one-click access to popular services including “Online Tag Renewal,” which allows taxpayers to renew their annual vehicle registration electronically, and “Property Taxes,” which allows taxpayers to view and pay real estate and personal property tax bills online.

As with the prior website, Johnson County Motor Vehicle customers can easily find the “Get In Line” application to reserve a spot in the Olathe or Mission office. Other areas such as Property Tax, Purchasing, and Employee Benefits are also easy to find through the home page navigation.

Please take a tour of the new site here.

Advance voting by mail begins for August 5 Primary Election

Advance voting by mail for the August 5, 2014 Primary Election starts today, July 16. Advance voting in person begins July 21, 2014.

More information about advance voting and the August 2014 Primary Election:

Mobile Election Notification

"Where do I vote on Election Day?" In Johnson County, Kansas, your cell phone has the answer. Text VOTEKS, your address and ZIP to 74574. Within 60 seconds a return message displays your polling place name and address. See how it works.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Johnson County Election Office at election@jocoelection.org, call 913-782-3441, or visit www.jocoelection.org.



Learn how to stretch your grocery budget with healthy foods

We know we should eat healthier but it can seem too expensive when your family is on a limited or fixed imcome. And conflicting information about what is and isn’t healthy makes it even harder to know what to buy.

Learn how to get the most  during a grocery store tour with Johnson County K-State Research and Extension food and nutrition expert Crystal Futrell and trained Extension Master Food Volunteers.

The free tours will be held at local grocery stores around the county throughout the month of August. Each tour lasts about an hour and can accommodate five residents. At the end of the tour, participants will receive a $10 gift card to the grocery store.

Tours will include information about:

  • How to purchase produce in its three forms.
  • When to use each form of produce.
  • The difference between organic and conventional produce.
  • How to cut through marketing hype to select the healthiest products.

It’s easy to sign up for one of these tours. To find out which dates, times and locations are available, contact Johnson County Extension Agent Crystal Futrell at 913-715-7016, email her at crystal.futrell@jocogov.org , or go to www.johnson.ksu.edu.


Tours are offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on each of the following days:

Fri. July 18:      Walmart Neighborhood Market, 75th & Neiman, Shawnee

Tues. Aug. 5:  Walmart Superstore, 395 N. K-7 Hwy, Olathe

Wed. Aug. 6:   Olathe #2 HyVee, 18101 West 119th Street, Olathe

Wed. Aug. 7:   Olathe #2 HyVee, 18101 West 119th Street, Olathe

Wed. Aug. 8    Walmart Neighborhood Market, 75th & Neiman, Shawnee

Wed. Aug. 18: Walmart Superstore, 395 N. K-7 Hwy, Olathe

Wed. Aug. 19: Walmart Superstore, 395 N. K-7 Hwy, Olathe

Wed. Aug. 21: Olathe #2 HyVee, 18101 West 119th Street, Olathe 

Wed. Aug. 22: Walmart Neighborhood Market, 75th & Neiman, Shawnee