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.
Johnson County’s Veterans Day Observance set for Saturday, Nov. 10
November 8, 2018
The 2018 Johnson County Veterans Day Observance will honor local veterans of the Vietnam War era as its special guests, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense’s ongoing 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War.
The celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam. The observance begins at 11 a.m. and will take place at the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial located within the park complex.
The Veterans Day program traditionally honors all local veterans from all wars with an annual focus of selecting specific veteran groups for special recognition. Korean War veterans were recognized last year, Gold Star families in 2016 and World War II veterans in 2015. The event marks Johnson County’s 32nd annual Veterans Day celebration.
More than 400 veterans of the Vietnam War era have applied to receive Vietnam War 50th Anniversary lapel pins from the U.S. Department of Defense and a Certificate of Appreciation from Johnson County.
General parking for the Veterans Day event will be in the parking lot of the former Lee Apparel parking lot, 9001 West 67th St., with free shuttle buses, starting at approximately 10 a.m. and running approximately every 10 minutes, to drop off/pick up near the Vietnam Memorial Plaza. Public parking at the Lee Apparel site is strongly encouraged.
Handicapped parking will be located near the Vietnam Memorial Plaza for residents with limited mobility.
The Johnson County Park & Recreation District will provide hot beverages and refreshments for veterans and their guests in the conference room in Building A at the park.
In case of inclement weather, updates will be provided through TV news outlets, Facebook and on the county website.
For those who are voting today in Johnson County, the polling locations are open until 7 p.m. Polling places are subject to change with each election. Please verify your polling location before each election. Before you go to the polls, you may want to view a sample ballot which is available online and don't forget to bring a valid photo ID.
RideKC routes offers free fares all day on Tuesday, Nov. 6, to make it easier for citizens to vote in the General Election.
Fares on Election Day on all RideKC bus routes serving Kansas City, Johnson County, Wyandotte County and Independence are free. KCATA paratransit are also free to ride.
Need help planning your trip? Call 816-221-0660 and be ready to provide the starting address and address of your polling place. Customers can also plan a trip with Google Transit, available at RideKC.org. The Regional Transit Call Center is open Election Day until 7 p.m.
Online resources are available for finding your polling location, or use Mobile Election Notification by texting VOTEKS, your address and ZIP to 74574. Within 60 seconds a return message displays your polling place.
Extension provides assistance during Medicare open enrollment
November 7, 2018
Fall Medicare open enrollment is here and Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is offering personalized assistance to Johnson County residents through plan comparisons. This service is available throughout the enrollment period, which runs through Dec. 7, 2018.
Each year, the cost you pay for your Prescription Drug plan (Part D) can change. Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is hosting a Medicare Part D Walk-in Help Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, in Olathe. There is no charge for this free service. No appointment is needed to stop in. First come/first served. The building opens at 8 a.m. You can download in advance a Medicare Prescription Drug Worksheet at the extension website.
During this event, a Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) volunteer will review your current plan and compare it to others to see if you can save money. They will help you consider the following changes before you decide what to do:
Are all your medications covered with your current plan for 2019?
Will you see any increase in your cost-shares at the pharmacy?
Can you use any pharmacy you want?
Do you have any restrictions on your medications, such as quantity limits, step therapy or prior authorization?
It is recommended that most people enroll in Medicare when they turn 65, even if they have health insurance from an employer. There are only certain times of the year when people can enroll. People should sign up three months before their 65th birthday, whether they want to begin receiving benefits or not. If you are new to Medicare or require additional assistance, you can get free counseling during the open enrollment period from extension agent Denise Dias. Call 913-715-7000 with questions or to make an appointment, or contact the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) Hotline at 1-800-860-5260.
Plans underway for new county medical examiner facility
November 5, 2018
Renderings and a fly-through animation are now available for the new county medical examiner facility. The project team presented those materials along with a project overview and schedule update, at a Committee of the Whole on Thursday, Nov. 1.
Johnson County has long studied the need for its own medical examiner facility to perform autopsies and death investigations. The Johnson County voters approved a ¼-cent sales tax in November 2016 to build a $21 million facility.
Just a reminder that it's a good idea to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday, Nov. 3 as Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Other household tasks you might do when changing your clocks are:
Clean your fridge coils.
Replace the batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and test them.
Replace your refrigerator water filter.
Clean the oven.
Flip your mattress.
County, local business partners offer life-changing experiences
November 16, 2018
Today, Johnson County’s Community Supported Employment Program (CSEP) hosted a breakfast reception to recognize and thank 30 local businesses that are integral to the success of the programs offered by Johnson County Developmental Supports, the Mental Health Center and the Department of Correction and has provided tremendous support to the job seekers in these programs in a variety of ways.
Some business partners have consistently participated in job fairs and special events sponsored through each of these departments. Others have provided internships and work experiences. Many have offered full or part-time employment oppostunities. All of the efforts afforded by these community business partners enables CSEP to connect the right person to the right job.
Olga Deckman, state employee with Court Services and former Project SEARCH intern, credited Project SEARCH and the CSEP program with literally changing her life.
"When I first came to Project SEARCH I didn’t have much confidence that I would ever find a job, based on previous experience with prospective employers," Deckman said.
Deckman said that once they became aware of her unique physical challenges, they were no longer interested in hiring her.
"Project SEARCH has the same goals I did, to become independent and to be able to drive! I have built a work family that has not only helped me plan a solid and consistent career path, but they have paved a pathway of hope toward a bright future," she said.
"Being limited to taking public transportation was such a barrier," she shared, "that I couldn't keep a job. The transportation offered by Johnson County was a key to my success. Now that I am employed I was able to buy my own car!"
CSEP was formed to help share ideas and resources between the three county departments that help individuals in the community to find and maintain employment. The business partners have been instrumental in efforts to assist those individuals who face challenges and barriers to employment and help them succeed in life.