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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Don’t miss your chance to tour the county courthouse
September 30, 2016

County staff is set to continue public tours of the Johnson County Courthouse — with the next tours set for Monday, Oct. 3, starting at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Second session was changed to 6 p.m.) at 100 N. Kansas Avenue in Olathe.

On the upcoming Nov. 8 ballot, there is a 1/4-cent, 10-year public safety sales tax question to fund a proposed new county courthouse and coroner facility. Tours of the current facility allow local voters to view some of the issues with the existing courthouse, including accessibility concerns that make navigation of the facility difficult for some residents.

If you’re interested in participating, please RSVP by phone to 913-715-3300.

County officials will make a brief presentation, show a short video and conduct a walking tour of the facility. Staff will be available for questions and discussions. So, we invite you to lace up your comfortable shoes and join us.

The county is providing tours through early November, including these dates:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 18
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1

Visit jocopublicsafety.org for more information.

Please notify us at (913) 715-0725 at least 48 hours in advance if you require special accommodations to attend any of these meetings.

Friday + fishin' = family fun!
September 28, 2016

Join Johnson County Park and Recreation District Friday, Sept. 30 for a family fun night of fishing! Here is the schedule for the evening:

  • 5:30-6:00 Dinner of hotdogs, chips, and apples will be provided!
  • 6:00-7:00 Fishing at Catfish Pond with boats available (provided life vests must be worn). Staff will assist with boats and can help with basic fishing questions.
  • 7:00-7:30 Roasting marshmallows at a campfire!

Bring your own pole and tackle or we can provide a fishing pole. We will also provide bait and marshmallows! Participants age 16 and older are required to have a Kansas fishing license. Licenses will not be sold on site. This fun family event is just $10 per person, $11 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, please call (913) 831-3359. Or to register online go to our Online Registration page (https://online.activenetwork.com/jcprd/Start/Start.asp) and do a barcode search for 35076.

Are you registered to vote for the General Election?
September 27, 2016

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Voter registration in Johnson County ends Oct. 18. Voters who changed their name or address will need to complete a new voter registration application.

Voting by mail begins Oct. 19. Voters need to complete an application for an advance voting ballot by mail. All mail ballots must be returned to the Johnson County Election Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Advancing voting in person starts Oct. 24 at six Johnson County locations, including:

Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center construction site

8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park (temporary entrance on 89th Street)

Hilltop Campus – Blue Valley 

7700 West 143rd Street, Overland Park

Johnson County Northeast Offices

6000 Lamar Avenue, Mission  

Okun Field House
20200 Johnson Drive, Shawnee

Johnson County Sunset Office Building
11811 South Sunset Drive, Olathe  

Johnson County Election Office

2101 East Kansas City Road, Olathe

Kansas law requires that all voters show photo identification to vote in advance and at the polls. If a voter is registering for the first time in Kansas, he or she must submit evidence of U.S. citizenship. 

For more information or questions about voting, contact the Johnson County Election Office by calling 913-715-6800, emailing at election@jocoelection.org or visiting jocoelection.org, facebook.com/jocoelection or twitter.com/jocoelection.

Susan Pekarek hired as new JCW general manager
September 27, 2016

Susan Pekarek, chief engineer at Johnson County Wastewater (JCW) for the past three years and a 15-year employee with the department, has been named the new general manager of JCW providing sanitary sewer service to more than 400,000 customers throughout the county.

She succeeds John P. O’Neil, who retired from JCW on July 1, ending a 27-year career with Johnson County. During the county’s national search for his replacement, Pekarek served as the interim manager of the department.

A resident of Overland Park, Pekarek will assume her new duties September 25.

The selection of the new wastewater administrator was announced by Deputy County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson.

“Susan Pekarek has long served the residents of Johnson County in her role with JCW. She has demonstrated leadership, knowledge, professionalism, and hard work in wastewater operations,” Postoak Ferguson said. “The county will continue to benefit from her incredible value as a well-respected wastewater professional, a team player, a team leader, and a dedicated county employee. She’s a good fit to fill big shoes.”

In her new role, Pekarek will oversee the $280 million Tomahawk Wastewater Treatment Facility expansion project which is the largest project JCW will have completed in its 70 year history. Overall, she will oversee assets in excess of $2 billion.

“I am very excited about the challenges and opportunities for community service this position offers,” Pekarek said. “Johnson County Wastewater is recognized as one of the best wastewater utilities in the nation and I look forward to working with the excellent staff at JCW to continue that tradition.”

Pekarek has served as chief engineer, including overseeing the Asset Management, Planning and Public Projects Division, since 2013. She joined JCW in 2001 as a managing engineer in the Engineering and Operations and Maintenance Divisions along with assisting in three major wastewater treatment plant expansions totaling more than $100 million.

Before joining Johnson County, Pekarek began her professional career in 1997 as an environmental engineer at Burns and McDonnell where she worked for four years.

She received a bachelor’s degree (1996) in civil engineering from Kansas State University and a master’s degree (1997), also from KSU, in civil engineering with an environmental focus.

Her professional memberships and collaborations include the Core 4 Blue River Watershed Integrated Planning Task Force, the Kansas Water Environmental Association and Water Environmental Research Federation.

Johnson County Wastewater is responsible for the safe collection, transportation, and treatment of wastewater generated by more than 139,000 residential, industrial, and commercial accounts.

JCW operates a total treatment capacity of nearly 64 million gallons per day, including six major treatment plants, 31 pump stations, and more than 2,250 miles of wastewater lines that processes more than 18.5 billion gallons of sewage annually. The wastewater system covers a service area of more than 172 square miles and 16 cities. 

Emergency Management practices terror attack
September 23, 2016

Johnson County Emergency Management hosted a day-long emergency exercise on Sept. 21 at the county's Emergency Operations Center.

The scenario involved a simulated terrorist attack with active shooters and massive explosions. In the exercise, the county activated its Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center. Officials collaborated with the cities of Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood, Mission Hills and Johnson County Community College to conduct the disaster exercise, working through countless obstacles along the simulation.

The emergency exercise is part of National Preparedness Month. This month, residents are encouraged to sign up for the county's emergency alerts through NotifyJoCo.org or to update their existing information if they are already signed up.

Employees are encouraged to use the hashtag #NotifyJoCo to post and view social media content of the exercise, or watch various media coverage of the day-long exercise: KCTV5 and 41 Action News.

Storytime with Gary Lezak
September 19, 2016

Join local celebrity and weatherman Gary Lezak for this evening storytime on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 7 to 8 p.m at the Central Resource Library. He'll read from his new book, It's a Sunny Life: An Adventure Fit for Rain or Shine, illustrated by Rob Peters. It's the story of Sunny the Weather Dog who becomes separated from Gary, and she uses the very same information he uses on-air to avoid hazardous weather and make her safe return.

Gary will bring along his furry friends, and of course, no evening storytime is complete without bedtime snacks and books for you to purchase and take home.

If you've tuned in for a weather report with Gary, you already know his passion for both meteorology and dogs, and he brings everyone along to teach us about the weather as well as support nonprofit animal welfare organizations like Wayside Waifs and the Humane Society. Did you know that all of his own pups have been rescues? Bearing names like Stormy, Breezy and Sunny, they join Gary in the community for TV appearances, school visits and now Johnson County Library.


Join Us!

Citizens Academy

Tuesday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. Dinner Provided.

Location: Johnson County Administration Builiding RM 200 111 S. Cherry Street, Olathe, KS, 66061

Questions: call 913-715-0729 or email Chelsea.Morton@jocogov.org