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111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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9 things to do when you 'fall back' this weekend
October 31, 2014

The extra hour this weekend is a good time to take care of all those things you've been meaning to do but haven't gotten around to yet, such as…

  1. Set clocks back one hour. Hide the Halloween candy from the kiddos and hope for an extra hour of sleep.
  2. Change or charge batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It might be time to replace your detectors. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years; carbon monoxide alarms, every five years.
  3. Refresh supplies in emergency preparedness kits. Check batteries, expiration dates, and supply levels of the items that you keep in your preparedness kits - at home, in the car, and at work. Emergency Management has some recommendations for what to include in your kits as well as other tips to prepare for winter weather.
  4. Check home and storage areas for hazardous materials. Move them out of reach of kids or pets and bring any that are outdated, no longer used, or in poor condition to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection site.
  5. Check and discard of expired medications. Those dates really DO have meaning - some very common over-the-counter medications can cause serious problems due to change through aging. Bring your expired, unwanted, or unused medications to the Prescription Drug Take Back Drop Box just inside the east entrance of the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe, offered by the Sheriff's Office. This service is free and open to any Johnson County resident and is available 24 hours per day. No paperwork required.
  6. Update your File of Life. This form gives paramedics an overview of your general health, such as allergies, medications, and medical history, if you aren't able to.
  7. Check tire pressure and tread. If your tires are in good condition and don't need replaced before the winter weather, rotate them to help them last longer. Proper tire care helps you stay safe on the road, improves gas mileage, and helps tires last longer.
  8. Change passwords. The longer you keep a password, the more likely your account will be compromised. For a strong password, use a minimum of eight characters including upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters.
  9. Change or clean air filters. Dirty air filters make your heating system less efficient, which means higher energy bills. Dirty filters can also cause a breakdown in your system or start a fire.
Check your mailbox for the latest issue of JOCO Magazine
October 30, 2014

The fall 2014 issue of JOCO Magazine will begin hitting mailboxes 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 Airport Commission
  • Innovations in the criminal justice system
  • New exhibit about modern architecture at the Johnson County Museum
  • 20 tips to brighten your holidays
  • Much more . . .

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.

Make safety a priority for Trick-or-Treaters
October 27, 2014

Halloween can be an exciting night for kids and adults alike. From candy to costumes, decorations to driving, are some tips from Johnson County K-State Research and Extension and the Department of Health and Environment to keep everyone safe, regardless of whether you have little ghosts and goblins at home:

Candy

  • Eat supper before trick-or-treating. Eating a small meal or sandwich can curb hunger and make children less likely to sample goodies before they have had time to let their parents check them over.
  • Give away a treat that isn't candy. Raisins, sunflower seeds, or even small toys are great options.
  • Sort candy and discard any that appears to have been opened or tampered with.
  • Enjoy the holiday sweets, but encourage common sense. Store candy out of sight and allow children to choose it as a dessert or an occasional snack.

Costumes

  • Choose flame-retardant costume fabrics and accessories, including wigs and masks. Also stay away from long, trailing fabric.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Minimize accessories – too many extras can be distracting. And, when choosing accessories, think safety first. Substitute a soft fabric sword for a heavier wooden one with a sharp tip.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers. If possible, choose light colors.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

Decorations

  • Use non-flammable decorations when possible.
  • Keep flammable materials such as hay bales, corn stocks, dried flowers, paper decorations, etc. away from heat sources including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Keep exits clear of decorations and props so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Use battery-operated candles in jack-o-lanterns and when decorating pathways and yards. 

Driving

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Trick or Treating

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision.
  • Stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups. Say no to an invitation to go into a house or apartment, especially from someone you don't know.
  • If older children are trick-or-treating as a pair or small group, make sure they are carrying identification. Pin their name and telephone number in their pocket or another convenient but inconspicuous place.
  • Give children a deadline, either a time to check in or be home.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Johnson County Government plants edible tree gardens
October 24, 2014

Johnson County Government is committed to improving the health of all Johnson County residents by improving access to healthy foods in the community. A partnership with Access to Healthy Foods Coalition and the Giving Grove was formed in 2012 to pursue opportunities to grow micro orchards on County property. As part of this initiative, employees, clients and residents took part in planting thirty-three trees including apples, pears, and peaches at the WIC Community Garden in Olathe and the Adult Residential Center in Gardner on October 23 and 24. The trees are estimated to produce fruit in three years.
 
The fruit harvested will be donated to local food pantries in Johnson County and to Safe Home. Residents of ARC and WIC volunteers will not only have access to freshly harvested produce, but will also learn skills to grow vegetables and fruit trees in their own gardens and feed their families for years to come.
 
The Giving Grove is a program of the Kansas City Community Garden, a non-profit organization that provides self-help and educational assistance to low-income people, children and community groups in the KC metropolitan area to grow their own food.
 
The day is also a part of National Food Day (Oct. 24), a celebration of healthy, sustainable, and affordable food.

Saving for retirement is easier than you think
October 23, 2014

Just 20 percent of American workers say they are very confident about their retirement security. And now that people are living longer, we will need to put more in our retirement savings accounts. In honor of National Save for Retirement Week, here are some tips from Johnson County Government's Treasury and Financial Management department.

  • Make a financial plan and review it annually. Changes in your life may mean that you have more or less money. Plan for possible adjustments to your plan, including inflation.
  • Make a bucket list of the things you want to do in retirement. This will make it more likely that you’ll save for them.
  • Try living for one year on your retirement budget. If you can’t do it for a year, what needs to change so that you can do it for 30 years?
  • Pay off your mortgage before retirement. If you expect to downsize to a smaller house in retirement, consider doing it sooner rather than later.
  • Take advantage of any employer-sponsored savings plan. Matching contributions and tax incentives make an employer-sponsored plan one of the smartest ways you can save.
  • Postpone taking social security benefits. The longer you wait, the bigger your monthly check.

The International City Management Association Retirement Corporation has a list of small savings that can add up to a big nest egg.

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.