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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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Advance voting is underway for Nov. 4 General Election
October 22, 2014

Advance voting by mail for the November 4, 2014 General Election began October 15. Advance voting in person began October 20, 2014.

More information about advance voting and the November 4 general 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.

JCPRD Trout Stocking scheduled for Oct. 22
October 17, 2014

It's time again to add 4,000 pounds of squirming rainbow trout to three Johnson County Park & Recreation District lakes.
The stockings will take place Wednesday, Oct. 22, at each respective lake's boat ramp.

  • Kill Creek Park (11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe) will begin at 1:30 p.m.
  • Heritage Park (16050 Pflumm, Olathe) will begin at 2:30 p.m.
  • Shawnee Mission Park (7900 Renner Road, Shawnee) will begin at 3:45 p.m

Kill Creek and Heritage Parks will both be stocked with about 1,000 pounds of trout each and Shawnee Mission Park will be stocked with about 2,000 pounds of trout.

All three lakes will then be closed to fishing until 5 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Before fishing for trout in JCPRD waters, here's what you need to know:

  • Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license.
  • Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents age 16 and older must have a JCPRD fishing permit.
  • All persons, regardless of age or residency must also possess a JCPRD trout permit. Trout permits are required whether you plan to keep your catch (up to a daily limit of four) or release the trout you catch.

Permits are available at the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam; the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road; and at numerous local retail outlets.
The district's rainbow trout program is entirely supported by funds collected through JCPRD fishing and trout permits.

For more information on this program, contact the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park at 9130-888-4713. The center is open seven days a week.

Senior Fest will be Thursday, Oct. 23
October 15, 2014

Senior Fest offers an opportunity for older residents to enjoy live local entertainment, play bingo, learn more about what our community has to offer, and possibly win a door prize!

The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th Street, Overland Park. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s 50 Plus Department, this is the event's fourth year in late October.

For more information, call 913-826-3032 or visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com

Safehome a beacon of hope for domestic abuse victims
October 14, 2014

Domestic violence spans all social-economic demographics, all ages, and all different types of lifestyles, religions, races, and ethnicities. It affects both the rich and the poor. Safehome provides a confidential, safe, and healing atmosphere for all of them. The domestic violence shelter helped 8,767 victims through its services in 2013.

For 30 years, Safehome has served as a beacon of hope and safety for victims of domestic violence since opening its first shelter with 15 beds. A new facility, which opened in 2006, houses 45 women and children. The shelter often is filled to capacity and beyond, but no one is turned away in time of crisis or need. The shelter finds a place for every woman and child who seeks help. Victims range from newborns to teens, mothers of all ages, and occasionally victims of elder abuse.

In 2013, 172 women and 139 children were sheltered at Safehome, totaling 16,421 “safe nights.” The average stay was 50 days.

The facility, however, is more than a shelter. Services at Safehome include:

  • operating a 24-7 hotline that received 4,256 calls in 2013
  • counseling to 1,141 women and children last year
  • spearheading domestic violence advocacy in Johnson County and Miami County courts
  • offering on-call support for victims being treated in local hospitals, helping 212 clients in 2013
  • assisting 987 clients last year in Johnson County District Court
  • providing prevention education in the community and schools, serving 20,402 people, including 6,342 students, in 2013.

Services also include a Latina Outreach program that assisted 355 clients last year. Safehome staff includes six bilingual employees.

In 2013, the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office filed 1,640 cases of domestic violence. Two domestic violence homicides occurred last year along with one attempted homicide. Through early September this year, 1,109 domestic violence cases have been filed. None involved homicides.

Each stat, each case represents a real person – a mother or grandmother, children or grandchildren, a friend, co-worker, or perhaps a neighbor. Most victims of domestic violence do not make the TV news or headlines but they can all seek help at Safehome.

24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 913-262-2868

 

Halloween treats can be happy and healthy
October 13, 2014

Halloween will soon be here, kicking off the official holiday season. It’s hard for kids and parents to be disciplined with all that candy around. This year, help families stay on track by offering healthy treats.

Here are a few suggestions from Johnson County K-State Research and Extension to keep Halloween happy and healthy instead of hauntingly horrendous.

Healthier food treats

  • Cheese or peanut butter cracker packages
  • Individually-sized boxes of cereal
  • Sugar-free gum
  • Small bags of sunflower seeds, pretzels, trail mix, animal crackers or fun-shaped crackers
  • Small packages of raisins. Even chocolate or yogurt covered raisins are a good choice.
  • Peanuts in the shell
  • 100% juice fruit snacks
  • Granola bars
  • Sugar-free hot chocolate or other drink mixes
  • Applesauce or other fruit cups
  • Juice boxes (100% juice of course)
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Pudding cups

Unless you are in a neighborhood with close friends, avoid homemade treats. Most parents will go through the Halloween haul and throw out opened, unwrapped, or homemade treats.

Non-food treats

Check out any place that sells to teachers or party supplies for party favors. Have a variety so kids can pick their favorite.

  • Stickers or temporary tattoos
  • Balloons
  • Crayons
  • Regular or colored pencils
  • Indoor or outdoor colored chalk
  • Fun-shaped erasers
  • Rubber spiders, worms, or other equally creepy figure
  • Finger puppets
  • Plastic Teeth/Fangs
  • Hacky sacks
  • Jump ropes
  • Frisbees
  • Silly bands
  • Character or travel toothbrushes
  • Tokens to local arcades
  • Coins
  • Yo-yos
  • Shoelaces
  • Adhesive "bandages" with pirate, black cat and other fun themes
  • Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars
  • Flower seed packets
  • Play dough
  • Glow sticks
  • Coloring or other small books (check out the dollar store)
  • Bubbles
  • Small decks of card or other magic tricks
A guide to surviving road construction
October 10, 2014

Many Johnson County roads are currently under construction. Here are a few tips to help you navigate through it.

1. Stay Informed. Know what's happening along your route by tuning into your favorite station, visiting the KDOT website, checking SCOUT, and signing up for text alerts about the Johnson County Gateway Project.

2. Plan Ahead. Whether you leave earlier than you usually would or find a different route, planning ahead can make road construction less stressful.

3. Be Patient. Remember that having good roads means maintenance and building for the future. While the construction may be an inconvenience now, it will be worth it later.