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Arts & Heritage Center wins national award
July 17, 2018

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) was awarded the Historical/Cultural Facility Award for the Arts & Heritage Center by the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) on July 15 during their annual conference. The award is presented to a NACPRO member agency that “provided a unique or exceptional…historical facility; to focus national attention on the very best of facility design; to encourage outstanding efforts in planning, design, construction, and benefits to the community” says their website.

The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC) is a unique partnership between JCPRD, Johnson County Government and other community partners with a shared vision to provide historical, fine arts, dance and performing arts programming. JCPRD operates and manages the center per a 10-year agreement with Johnson County Government, the facility owner.

Formerly a bowling center and ice skating rink that sat vacant for nearly 10 years, the JCAHC is located at 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. Johnson County Government acquired and renovated the facility for $22 million; an additional $1.8 million, largely through philanthropic community gifts, funded the museum exhibition program. Staff from all entities partnered from June 2015 to June 2017 to design, construct, furnish and program the 80,000 square foot facility.

July 17 is voter registration deadline
July 13, 2018

Tuesday, July 17, is the voter registration deadline for those wishing to vote in the Aug. 7 primary election. Residents can check their registration or register for the first time with the Johnson County Election Office.

The primary election will place on Tuesday, Aug. 7 with advanced voting taking place Monday, July 23 through Saturday, Aug. 4. Advanced voting for primary election will take place at six locations in Johnson County:

  1. Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center
  2. Hilltop Conference Center
  3. Johnson County Northeast Offices
  4. Johnson County Sunset Office Building, Room 1055
  5. Monticello Trails Middle School
  6. Election Office

Voting hours for the first five locations:
Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Closed on Monday, Aug. 6

Voting hours for Election Office:
Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 6 – 8 a.m. to noon

Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7. Voters should remember that a government-issued photo identification card is required to vote.

A list of all current candidates is available through the Johnson County Election Office. Area chambers of commerce collaborate to sponsor VoteJoCo.com, which provides more information about the candidates and upcoming candidate forums and events.

Construction officially kicks off on new Johnson County Courthouse
July 12, 2018

Today, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners celebrated the construction kickoff of the new courthouse with about 175 residents, city and county leaders, community groups and other interested stakeholders. The groundbreaking ceremony took place across the street from the current Johnson County Courthouse on Santa Fe Street in downtown Olathe.

More information on this event is available in this news release. You can follow the progress of this project online at jocopublicsafety.org and on social media by following #NewJoCoCourthouse.

BOCC appoints Penny Postoak Ferguson as County Manager
July 12, 2018

Today, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the contract to appoint Penny Postoak Ferguson as County Manager for Johnson County.

“We have witnessed Ms. Postoak Ferguson’s capabilities during the past six months of her interim role,” said Chairman Ed Eilert, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. “Successes during this period include presenting a proposed 2019 budget with a rollback in the mill levy, launch of construction on the new Johnson County Courthouse and the kickoff of major improvements to the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility.”

More information is available in this news release.

Get a sneak peek at our new voting equipment
July 9, 2018

Johnson County voters have the opportunity to see and use the county’s new voting equipment ahead of its debut in the upcoming primary election. Voters will be able to cast a practice vote on the new voting equipment and learn more about its features, including the voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) that will create a paper record for every vote cast in Johnson County. 

“We’re very excited for Johnson County voters to cast their first votes on the county’s new voting equipment,” said Ronnie Metsker, Johnson County Election Commissioner. “While the touchscreen equipment will be very familiar to our voters, we’re eager for them to see the new paper ballots in action and get a sneak peek at their new voting experience.” 

The voting equipment will be available on July 9, July 10, July 12 and July 13 at the locations listed below. 

Monday, July 9 and Tuesday, July 10 
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center 
8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park 

Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13 
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Johnson County Northeast Offices 
6000 Lamar, Mission 

There will also be evening and weekend opportunities for voters to see and use the new voting equipment before the primary election. The voting equipment will be available on July 20 and July 21 at the location listed below. 

Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
K-State Olathe Innovation Campus
22201 W. Innovation Dr., Olathe 
East of K-7 on College Blvd 

Election workers from the Johnson County Election Office will be available to answer questions from voters and help them use the new voting equipment.

Website link offers access to Real ID information
July 5, 2018

A link provided to The Best Times magazine regarding the federal Real ID program is preventing access to the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website for more information.

The correct link is: https://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/RealIDChecklist.pdf

The Real ID program establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards to improve the reliability and accuracy of these documents to inhibit terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent ID. The program will be fully implemented in Oct. 1, 2020.

The Department of Revenue’s website provides a list of documentation required in obtaining a Real ID card.