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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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Check your mailbox for the latest issue of JOCO Magazine

The summer 2014 issue of JOCO Magazine began hitting mailboxes earlier this week. As a publication of Johnson County Government, it mails to more than 230,000 residences three times per year and provides information about County services, events and activities. This latest issue features stories about:

  • The Johnson County District Attorney's White Collar Crime Unit
  • The Johnson County Development Supports Community Employment Program, a workforce partnership initiative
  • A new approach to CPR
  • 20 (mostly free) summer-fun activities
  • The truth about poverty in Johnson County
  • Election workers and information about voting in Johnson County

Also visit the magazine's Web Extras online for more content and resources related to the various stories.

Please email jocomag@jocogov.org with any questions or if you would like additional information.

See you at the fair!

Stop by the Johnson County Government booth to learn about the services we offer residents that promote health and get hands-on by learning Hands-Only CPR, checking your blood pressure, and learning how to have tough conversations with your kids.

Some activities will be only at the specified times, while others will also be available at any time.

Wednesday, July 30

  • 10 a.m. - Noon: Check your blood pressure
  • Noon - 2 p.m.: Learn Hands-Only CPR in less than 5 minutes
  • 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Sign up for NotifyJoCo (info available any time)
  • 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Get tips for having tough conversations with your kids (info available any time)

Thursday, July 31

  • 10 a.m. - Noon: Check your blood pressure
  • Noon - 2 p.m.: Get tips for having tough conversations with your kids (info available any time)
  • 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Learn Hands-Only CPR in less than 5 minutes
  • 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Sign up for NotifyJoCo (info available any time)

Friday, August 1

  • 10 a.m. - Noon: Check your blood pressure
  • Noon - 2 p.m.: Get tips for having tough conversations with your kids (info available any time)
  • 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Learn Hands-Only CPR in less than 5 minutes
  • 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Sign up for NotifyJoCo (info available any time)

Saturday, August 2

  • 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Get tips for having tough conversations with your kids (info available any time)
  • 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Sign up for NotifyJoCo (info available any time)
  • 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Learn Hands-Only CPR in less than 5 minutes

The Johnson County Fair runs through Saturday, Aug. 2 at the fairgrounds in Gardner. Directions and a list of activities is available at jocokansasfair.com.

New Century Fieldhouse wins national award

Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s New Century Fieldhouse received the Park and Recreation Facility Award from the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials. This distinguished national award is presented annually for outstanding design, programming and operations.

The 88,000-square foot New Century Fieldhouse includes multiple courts for basketball, volleyball and futsal, one of the largest indoor turf fields in the Midwest for soccer and other field sports, and a variety of multipurpose rooms. And in keeping with the County’s commitment to sustainability, the facility was designed and constructed to meet the Gold LEED certification requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council.

In addition to successful leagues and community events, the Fieldhouse has hosted the U.S. Youth Futsal Nationals, the Jayhawk Invitational Basketball Tournament, a Korean Sports National Tournament and the America’s Cup Boccia Tournament, a Paralympic qualifier for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.   

Please click here to learn more about the New Century Fieldhouse.

Weekly message from the Budget Director

It’s been quiet on the budget front the past couple of weeks but all that is set to change next week. On Monday night July 28th at 7 pm, we will hold the annual Public Hearing on the County’s budget for next year. The hearing takes place in the Board’s chambers on the third floor of the Admin building (111 S Cherry Street, Olathe).

In some years, we only have a few public comments while in others, we have several hours’ worth. This year is shaping up to be on the longer side given all the attention the budget has received thus far this summer.

For those of you have never watched or attended this meeting in past years, it really contains two basic elements: a short PowerPoint presentation on the budget followed by public comment. The meeting is designed to be informative, both to the public via the presentation and to the Board, through comments made by individual citizens. Later next week, at the Board’s regularly scheduled business meeting, the BOCC will review the public feedback and discuss any follow-up necessary as a result of the citizen comments.

After next week, the final step in the budget process is for the Board to formerly adopt the FY 2015 Budget and Capital Improvement Program, which is scheduled for August 14th this year. For the folks in the budget office, we are definitely looking forward to August 15th! I’m pretty sure we are not the only ones. Every year, the budget process involves a lot of work, a fair amount of uncertainty, and at least for the folks in our office, a sense of accomplishment mixed with a bit of fatigue by the time it is all said and done. We look forward to the process starting every year and we also look forward to its conclusion!

Scott Neufeld, Budget Director
Johnson County Government
scott.neufeld@jocogov.org

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.