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County Manager's Office

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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Total eclipse in the parks
August 18, 2017

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack plenty of water, purchase lunch from local food trucks, then settle in to enjoy the celestial event of the century. The 2017 solar eclipse will pass through the entire country and you're invited to view the nearly total eclipse (99.8%) with area parks and community organizations in Johnson County and the peak eclipse viewing will be at 1:08 p.m. The first 200 people at each park will receive a free pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses. Registration is not required for this event. Remember - it is extremely important to take the appropriate safety precautions in order to protect your sight during this phenomenon. The CDC has provided information on eye safety, as have several other resources.

Sign up at NotifyJoCo.org to receive emergency alerts
August 17, 2017

Information is critical when severe weather, water outages, public health emergencies or other emergency situations happen. One way you can stay informed about emergency situations unfolding in Johnson County is by creating a profile at NotifyJoCo.org. NotifyJoCo, a public notification system designed to keep our residents and businesses informed of emergencies, is a free public service made possible by a partnership of local governments and public utilities in Johnson County. 

NotifyJoCo relies on E911 phone numbers and personalized contact information registered by you or your family. Public officials strongly recommend that you log on to NotifyJoCo.org today to update your information and customize your preferences. The system allows you to designate up to five specific locations within the county that matter most to you; for instance, you might designate your place of employment, your spouse's place of employment, your child's school or day care center, or other relatives' homes. It's important even after initially registering to keep these locations updated, especially if your child starts attending school at a new building. You can also specify how you would like to receive notifications — phone call, email or text message. 

Popular K-10 Connector resumes regular service Monday
August 16, 2017

As students return to college campuses this fall, Johnson County’s popular bus service will resume its regular operating schedule between Overland Park and Lawrence.

Starting Monday, Aug. 21, the 510 K-10 Connector will run Monday through Friday from 6 am to 7:20 pm. Rush-hour service in the morning and afternoon operates every half hour. Midday service runs hourly.

Night service is available, operating hourly from 7:10 until 11:21 pm, Monday through Thursday. The last nightly westbound trip starting at Johnson County Community College leaves at 10:10 pm. The last nightly eastbound trip from the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence leaves Irving Hill Road and Naismith Drive at 9:05 pm.

The fare for the approximately 40-mile trip is $3 each way. Riders can cut 25 percent off fare prices by purchasing a 31-day pass for $95. They can save 10 percent on the regular fare price by purchasing a 10-ride pass for $31.50.

Service on the K-10 Connector offers the comfort of over-the-road coaches with Wi-Fi. Students use the time to study for an exam, do homework, text safely or even catch a short nap free of the worries of highway driving.

Started in 2007, the K-10 Connector has proven popular with students, staff and faculty at Johnson County Community College and the University of Kansas. It also has attracted riders commuting to Johnson County from Lawrence for work.

The route includes stops at Johnson County Community College’s Carlsen Center, the University of Kansas-Edwards campus in Overland Park, two stops at the KU campus and one in east Lawrence. Classes for the fall semester at Johnson County Community College and the University of Kansas campuses start Aug. 21.

More details about the K-10 Connector service are available online. Route information is also available from the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660 weekdays from 6 am to 7 pm.

 

Protect your eyes during eclipse
August 16, 2017

You’ve most likely heard — the first total solar eclipse to cross America coast-to-coast in 99 years will happen on Aug. 21. A partial eclipse will be seen in Johnson County.

Many will watch the solar eclipse and have already purchased (or will) eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers to do so. Some of these people may be at risk from counterfeit glasses and viewers sold by disreputable vendors trying to cash in on this rare event. Watching the eclipse with fake protective gear can cause permanent eye damage.

Only glasses and viewers verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet ISO 12312-2 are safe to use when viewing the eclipse. This standard requires glasses and viewers to be thousands of times darker than typical sunglasses.

It may be hard to tell the difference between genuine protective gear and fake glasses/viewers as some counterfeit makers are placing ISO labels on them. The American Astronomical Society has guidance to help eclipse watchers determine if their eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers are safe. NASA recommends that eclipse watchers refer to a list of reputable vendors selling solar glasses and viewers. The American Society of Retina Specialists compiled a comprehensive fact sheet about safe viewing.

If you're traveling:

  • Don't rely on GPS or map apps — cell phone service may be overwhelmed. Print out your directions.
  • Keep your gas tank full so you don't run out of gas if you are stuck in traffic.

If you're staying in town:

  • The partial eclipse will begin around 11:30 a.m., with totality for our region occurring shortly after 1 p.m. The eclipse will end by about 2:45 p.m.
  • Be prepared and stay informed. Have an emergency kit on hand, have a plan and monitor reliable news sources for emergency information. Additional information for emergency planning is available online.
Take a peek behind the scenes at the museum
August 14, 2017

Mark your calendars for the morning of Aug. 16 from 10:30 to 11:30 to take a behind the scenes tour of the Johnson County Museum’s collections storage facility at the new Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66212.

Led by museum staff, visitors will learn why we collect, how we collect, and the importance to our local community. The collection features more than 17,000 3D objects and more than one million images. The Arts & Heritage Center facility holds the museum’s two-dimensional collection, including manuscript collections, maps, photographs and quilts.  

To schedule a separate time for your group of six to 12 people, please call 913-715-2570. Scout groups are welcome. This informative event is $10 for adults or $9 for seniors (60+), $8 for children and includes museum and KidScape admission. Museum members are $4. 

Improving water quality
August 12, 2017

August is National Water Quality Month. Whether it is flowing from your faucet, or into the storm drain, all water matters and keeping our water clean is important, all year round.

Did you know?

  • A sprinkler leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.
  • Chlorine from swimming pools that drain to our lakes and rivers is poisonous to fish, even at very low levels. If it’s on the ground, it’s in our water.
  • Up to 50% of the water used outdoors is lost to evaporation due to inefficient lawn watering.
  • Used oil from a single oil change can pollute to one million gallons of freshwater.

Visit the Mid-America Regional Councils “Facts and Stats” page to learn how everyday behaviors can adversely affect water quality, including indoor and outdoor activities.