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Johnson County Wastewater brings home prestigious awards
October 5, 2015

Johnson County Wastewater was recognized in July at the NACWA national conference held in Providence, R.I. for its outstanding compliance records in the 2014 calendar year and was presented with two Platinum Awards. In total, JCW earned six Peak Performance awards.

JCW received two Platinum Peak Performance Awards to honor treatment works that have completed at least five years of complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance.

The county’s Platinum Award recipients are:

  • The Mill Creek Regional Plant at 20001 West 47th Street in Shawnee for eight years of permit compliance, and
  • The Blue River Main Plant at 2523 West 151st Street in Overland Park for nine years of permit compliance.

Three JCW treatment facilities received the Gold Peak Performance Award, which honors treatment works that have achieved 100 percent compliance with the NPDES permit for 2014.

The Gold Peak Performance Award honorees are:

  • Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin Plant
  • New Century AirCenter Plant
  • Tomahawk Creek Plant

One treatment facility earned a Silver Peak Performance Award, which recognize facilities that received no more than five NPDES permit violations in 2014.

The Silver Peak Performance Award honoree is:

  • Myron K. Nelson Plant

In 2014, Johnson County Wastewater had a 99.7 percent compliance rate with regard to NPDES discharge violations. Of a possible 2,237 violations, the department recorded seven violations for the year.

“It is very difficult to achieve that level of compliance,” said John O’Neil, general manager for Johnson County Wastewater.

PICTURED: The Johnson County Board of Commissioners recently presented the awards to (front to back, left to right): Rick Beery, Phil Webster, John Manis, Robert Morris, Andy Super, Keith Hall, Tim Engbroten, Kenny Kellison, Kurt Winters, Deanna Ketner, and Mark Anderson.

What makes a community healthy? Your opinion matters
October 1, 2015

What makes a community healthy? This important question is what JCDHE wants to answer. Every three years, JCDHE and its community partners conduct a community health assessment to understand the needs of the county's residents. In October 2015, JCDHE and the nonprofit hospitals in Johnson County are partnering to complete the next community health assessment.

How can you help? Participate in our assessment by answering the survey questions and give us your opinion! Volunteers will conduct 616 in-person, houshold interviews of residents around Johnson County. You'll know they are JCDHE volunteers becasue they come in pairs, wear blue t-shirts, and display name tags that indicate they are part of the community health assessment team.

The household addresses have been randomly pre-selected to make sure our survey reaches a variety of neighborhoods and populations. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes. The information we collect will not include your name or address.

If volunteers knock on your door, open it and take our survey! Your opinion really matters and can help bring positive changes to our county.

Volunteers may be in your neighborrhood on the following dates:

  • October 1st, 2nd and 3rd
  • October 8th, 9th and 10th
  • October 15th, 16th and 17th

Thank you for your help!

Students learn about public service careers at CORE4 Youth Career Expo
October 1, 2015

On Tuesday, approximately 3,200 middle and high school students from 51 schools around the metro attended the CORE4 Youth Career Expo at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. The event was organized by the CORE4 governments in the Kansas City region — Kansas City, Missouri; Jackson County, Missouri; Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas; and Johnson County, Kansas — as well as Mid-America Regional Council.

Students who participated in the expo learned about career opportunities in public service through interactive exhibits, games and visiting with government employees at approximately 65 exhibit booths.

For more information, or if you are interested in being involved in future CORE4 career expos, visit core4careerexpo.org.

Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list opens Thursday
October 1, 2015

The Johnson County Housing Authority (JCHA) is opening the Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List on Thursday, Oct. 1, to new applications. The waiting list will be closed the following day, Friday, Oct. 2, or when 900 appointments are received for the program-- whichever comes first.

The Johnson County Housing Authority administers Section 8 applications for the cities of De Soto, Edgerton, Gardner, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Spring Hill, Westwood, Leawood, Fairway, and Stilwell. The JCHA does not serve residents in the city of Olathe which has its own Housing Authority program and application process.

Appointments to complete an application with the Johnson County Housing Authority can be made from Oct. 1-2 by calling 913-227-0509 between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No walk-in appointments will be scheduled. Persons requiring special accommodations are asked to call 913-715-6600. Hearing impaired persons should call 913-715-6633. The JCHA will need 48 to 72 hours to arrange special accommodations.

The Section 8 Voucher Program, with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), provides rental assistance to very low and extremely low income families, allowing them to locate decent, safe housing while maintaining their rental payments at an affordable level. Eligibility is based on household income. For example, the maximum income level for one-person households is $25,700; two-person, $29,350; and four-person, $33,000. The program also offers an incentive to private property owners to rent to low income families by offering timely, consistent subsidy payments, yearly inspections, and mediation.

In order to determine a household’s eligibility for the program, residents must complete an application, be called from the waiting list for an interview, and provide the Johnson County Housing Authority with all necessary documentation. When the household satisfactorily meets all eligibility criteria, including a criminal history background check, they will receive a voucher. The JCHA must also inspect the unit to ensure it passes the minimum safety standards set by HUD.

The office of the Johnson County Housing Authority is located at 12425 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa. The JCHA is part of the Johnson County Department of Human Services.

Help to design Meadowbrook Park on Sept. 29
October 1, 2015

Johnson County Park & Recreation District is holding an open house on Tuesday as part of the planning process to develop a park master plan for a portion of the former Meadowbrook Country Club. Residents are invited to participate and weigh in on how the park should be developed. The meeting occur from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the future 88-acre park site located at 9101 Nall Avenue in Prairie Village.
There will be interactive stations both indoors and out, and participants can come and go at their convenience. Planning activities will also be available for children to help get families excited about the wonderful potential of this new regional park.
If you're unable to attend the open house, residents can still help to design the park by sharing ideas online at www.meadowbrook.mysidewalk.com.
For more information about the Meadowbrook Redevelopment process, please visit the city of Prairie Villages website at http://pvkansas.com/city-government/projects/meadowbrook-redevelopment, or contact Kelly at 913-324-5911 or email Kelly@landworksstudio.com.
If you have questions about the meeting activities or location, please contact Karol at 913-248-9585 or email karol@shockeyconsulting.com.
We look forward to hearing from you, and hope to see you on the 29th!

Cars in the Park event Saturday to benefit Special Olympians
October 1, 2015

About 200 vehicles and 1,000 spectators are expected to attend the annual Cars in the Park car show on Saturday, Sept. 26, in the marina parking lot in Shawnee Mission Park at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee.

The event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is one of two major annual fundraisers for Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Special Olympics and Special Populations programs. Specifically, these funds are typically used to acquire uniforms and pay for transportation to events. For spectators, admission to the show is free and concessions will be available.

The show typically attracts an eclectic mix of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from Model A’s to modern and customized vehicles. The show will conclude with a cruise through Shawnee Mission Park at 2 p.m. For more information, click here or call (913) 831-3359.