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111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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ArtsKC campaign collects $15,722 in Johnson County
March 23, 2018

Johnson County’s 2018 ArtsKC campaign collected $15,722 to support a wide range of arts organizations and programs throughout the Kansas City metropolitan region, including Johnson County.                 The ArtsKC Fund is managed by the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.

The 2018 campaign raised nearly $700 in merchandise sales, $2,100 in special events and more than $13,000 in individual contributions from Johnson County employees.

Department awards were presented to Human Services, first place; Human Resouces, second place; and Corrections, third place.

The ArtsKC Fund campaign is one of three designated charities supported by Johnson County Government. The others include the annual Feed the Need campaign to support local food pantries and the county’s campaign on behalf of the United Way of Greater Kansas City.


County presents schematic design renderings for new courthouse
March 22, 2018

Johnson County Government today presented schematic design renderings of its new county courthouse to the Board of County Commissioners.

The designs were shown during a committee of the whole presentation. Commissioners were updated on the project’s goals, design process, site and building design, construction timeline, budget and next steps. The seven-story courthouse will be approximately 320,000 square feet with 28 courtrooms, expandable to 36 courtrooms in the future.

The building will include space for the district attorney’s office, jury services, sheriff security, Judicial Information Management System (JIMS) staff, court clerk, court legal help center, law library, court administration, court trustee and a secure tunnel to the Olathe Adult Detention Central Booking facility.

Schematic designs will be submitted to the city of Olathe in late March for planning review. Groundbreaking is slated for July with construction to follow. Johnson County’s Department of Facilities Management is leading the courthouse project with a design-build team that includes JE Dunn, Fentress Architects, Civitas and TreanorHL.

Courthouse schematic design renderings are available to download online along with additional project details at jocogov.org/courthouse.

Extension gardening hotline now open
March 21, 2018

This past fall and winter were dry and Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is advising residents to be on the lookout for potential plant issues.

“If you didn’t get out and water over the winter, especially your young trees and shrubs, you might find some stressed plants in your yard this spring,” said Dennis Patton, horticulture agent.

The Johnson County Extension Master Gardener (EMG) hotline can assist you with assessing any plant concerns you may have. Extension Master Gardener volunteers receive training from university experts to help prepare them for this project. The garden hotline service is free. 

Residents can call the hotline at 913-715-7050, email or walk in and bring plant materials for the EMGs to diagnose and provide solutions. The hotline is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays. 

Prepare first before you call
When calling the hotline for assistance be prepared to answer questions to supply as much information as possible. The more information you can provide, the easier it is for the trained volunteer to assist. In addition to telephoning the hotline, visits to the extension office with plant samples are encouraged. In many cases, seeing the problem makes diagnosing the horticulture concern easier.

Email the hotline and attach photos
Emailing your question is very helpful in identifying a plant or plant growth problem. When emailing, it is also a good idea to attached low resolution photos in order to see the problem. A picture is worth a thousand words. 

Walk-ins welcome — but bring large samples
If bringing a sample to the Johnson County Extension Office, located at 11811 South Sunset Dr., Suite 1500, in Olathe, be sure to bring a large enough sample. This means a branch 1 to 2 feet in length, a piece of sod the size of a dinner plate or several leaves. Samples that are completely dead are not as useful as portions of plants that are just beginning to show symptoms or withering.

Not all questions or problems have an easy answer or solution but the volunteer Extension Master Gardeners will make every effort to help. In addition to their personal knowledge, the volunteers also utilize extension’s extensive horticultural reference library and network of Kansas State University resources. Extension Master Gardeners also access land grant universities from across the county to find practical solutions.

The Master Gardeners are ready to assist you with research-based, non-biased solutions to your growing concerns. Don’t trust just anyone with your horticulture problems. Go directly to the experts for the best research-based answer to your questions.

Measles news update - additional location added
March 21, 2018

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment have identified 10 cases of measles in northeast Kansas – eight cases in Johnson County, one case in Linn County and one case in Miami County. Health officials continue to investigate this outbreak and are working to identify contacts. Children who are ill or susceptible to measles are excluded from the child care facility as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is an ongoing investigation and updated information will be provided as it becomes available.

Update: Measles Outbreak in Johnson, Linn and Miami Counties (News Release, March 21, 2018)

WIC Garden volunteers needed
March 20, 2018

Spring has sprung!! And what better way to celebrate than by digging in the dirt and planting for those in need. Johnson County's Department of Health and Environment has a garden that benefits clients in the Women, Infants and Children program. 

The WIC Community Garden located at the Health Services Building (11875 S. Sunset Drive) seeks all levels of gardeners for the 2018 season. All produce grown and harvested goes directly to Johnson County WIC clients. Children are always welcome in the garden. 

Volunteers are needed every Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 4:30 p.m., beginning March 20 through April 24. ​Join us -- no RSVP required. 

Questions? Call Julie Davis at 913-715-6938 or click here​ for more information. ​

Appraised residential value appeals due by March 28
March 19, 2018

The deadline for residential property owners to appeal their appraised values is March 28.

“The state requires us to appraise homes based on fair market value,” said Johnson County Appraiser Paul Welcome. “We encourage residents to review their appraised values closely. If they have information that would assist in better determining their home’s value, please contact our office before the deadline. Residents should provide photos, repair estimates and other documents to assist us in reviewing their appraised values.”

The appraiser’s office has a team of individuals available to answer resident’s questions to answer questions about their appraised value or the appeal process. The team is available at 913-715-9000.

Property owners are encouraged to go to appraiser’s office website for detailed information and a video on the process:

  • Via online, residents may verify the accuracy of the information the county has on file about a specific property (under the property data tab);
  • Within the property’s summary, residents will have the opportunity to see what nearby homes in an area sold for which is used to determine the appraised value of the home;
  • The assessed value is a percentage of the appraised value, which determines the specific amount of taxes that must be paid for the specific property. 

Approximately 40 to 50 percent of those property owners who file an appeal will see a reduction in the appraised value. The reduced amount will vary for each of those appeals. FAQs on the appraisal process are available online, with a calendar timeline of the annual process.