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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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Watch for delivery of county magazines
October 31, 2018

The November-December 2018 issue of The Best Times, Johnson County's magazine for 60+, and the Fall 2018 issue of JoCo Magazine are expected to be delivered this week. Both are also available online.

The Best Times' cover story is titled Pride & pain: Father survives WWII and loses son in Vietnam War. 

Other stories include: 

  • Waiting for voters on Election Day.
  • Honoring veterans of the Vietnam War.
  • Staying alive with key vaccinations.

JoCo Magazine features a wide variety of stories, including:

  • Explore all sides of the 1920s at Johnson County Museum special exhibit.
  • Papercrete Works creates valuable experience.
  • Applying machine learning and innovation for social good.
  • Fall leaves - trash or treasure?
New renderings available on new Johnson County Courthouse
November 1, 2018

New interior renderings and fly-through animation of the new Johnson County Courthouse are now available here. These materials as well as a project status report were presented to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, sitting as the Committee of the Whole, on Thursday, Oct. 25. Brad Reinhardt, Director of Facilities Management, presented the update with representatives from project team members JE Dunn, TreanorHL and Fentress Architects. A news release that summarizes the presentation is available at this link.

JCPRD winter park hours begin Nov. 1
October 29, 2018

Winter hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. go into effect Nov. 1 for many Johnson County Park and Recreation District parks. These winter hours will stay in effect through Feb. 28, 2019.

District parks impacted by the new hours are: Big Bull Creek Park, 20425 Sunflower Road, Edgerton; Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe;  Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe; Lexington Lake  Park, 8850 Sunflower Road, De Soto; and Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam. Winter hours for Shawnee Mission Park, 7900  Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Other district parks with year-round dawn to dusk hours include: Ernie Miller Park, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe; Sunflower Nature Park, 103rd Street and Edgerton Road, rural De Soto; Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th St., Overland Park; Camp Branch Glade, 175th Street and Mission Road in Aubry Township; Stilwell Community Park, 207th Street and Metcalf Avenue, Stilwell; and all of the Streamway Park System access points. 

Park hours are reduced each winter to reduce costs and to allow for the reallocation of staff time to other activities at a time when fewer people typically visit the parks because of colder weather and earlier nightfall.

As of  Oct. 15, outdoor restrooms and water fountains in JCPRD parks are in the process of being turned off and weatherized to avoid damage from freezing. Notable exceptions are the "off-the-grid" restroom at the Heritage Park Off-Leash Dog Area, which uses solar panels on the roof to heat water in a tubing system to provide radiant heat to the building, restrooms in the foyer area of the new addition to the JCPRD Administration Building near the 79th Street entrance in Shawnee Mission Park, which are climate controlled and will remain open during park hours throughout the year; and two restrooms in the recently-opened Big Bull Creek, including one at the combined park maintenance building and Johnson County Park Police substation located at 19770 Four Corners Road, and another near the nature-themed playground at 20425 Sunflower Road, Edgerton.

For more information, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com or call 913-438-7275.

Final days of October feature lots to do
October 26, 2018

The last weekend and final days in October offer a busy calendar of events at Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) facilities.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Mildale Farm Fall Fest starts at 9 a.m. 35250 W. 199th St., Edgerton, ending at 2 p.m.  The free public event features cider and hot cocoa, a large pumpkin patch, tractor-drawn hayrides and the opportunity to roast marshmallows and enjoy storytelling. Catch-and-release fishing in any or all seven ponds will also be offered to visitors who provide their own bait and tackle.

No alcohol is allowed, pets must be on-leash, and vehicles must remain on roadways. More information is available by calling 913-826-2957.

Just down the road about three miles from the farm fest, the Lanesfield School Fall Open House will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Lanesfield Historic Site, 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton. This free event features old-fashioned fun with hands-on activities as a student in a one-room schoolhouse. Call 913-715-2570 for more information.

Johnson County Museum’s Interactive 1850s Kansas Town Hall Meeting will be called to order from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Program is included with museum admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children.

From 9 to 11 a.m., a free Healthy Halloween Spooktacular is scheduled on Saturday for all ages at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Drive.

The upcoming week kicks off with the annual Live Well Age Well event offered by the JCPRD’s 50 Plus program from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the Marriott Overland Park, 10800 Metcalf Ave.

Activities include educational sessions and panel discussion on topics relevant to aging well in Johnson County, program demonstrations and informational booths by businesses and services, along with a variety of screenings, giveaways and opportunities for door prize drawings. Call 913-826-3030 for more information.

 

 

Take advantage of Drug Takeback Day to clear the cabinet
October 25, 2018

You might want to mark your calendars for the 16th National Prescription Drug Takeback Day on Saturday, Oct. 27. The initiative calls attention to the potential of abuse of medication, and provides a safe, accessible and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs.

Residents of all ages are invited to drop off their pills, patches, vitamins, ointments and pet medications. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Take note: Needles, sharps and liquids will not be accepted.

There are numerous drop-off locations around the county. Enter your address to find the location closest to you.

If you are unable to drop off your medication on Saturday, there are two locations in Overland Park that accept meds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. They are Myron E. Scafe Justice Center, 12400 Foster St., just beyond the police lobby and Sanders Justice Center, 8500 Antioch Road, in the upper lobby. Drop-off is anonymous.

Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7
November 6, 2018

Free Medicare counseling available from Johnson County K-State Extension

Attention baby-boomers. Are you approaching or have you already turned 65? Did you notify the Social Security office? Do you have to? What if you’re still working? What if you get health benefits through your employer or spouse’s employer? Do you still have to sign up for Medicare? What’s Part A? What’s Part D? Do you pay premiums? Are you going to have to pay a penalty if you didn’t sign up?

Like most things in life, the answer to these questions is, “It depends.”

If you’ve tried to maneuver your way through medicare.gov and ssa.gov (Social Security Administration) and are totally confused you are not alone. But if you don’t comply with the government’s requirements, you could be forfeiting valuable benefits you’ve earned through a lifetime of hard work.

During the open enrollment period, free Medicare counseling is available from Johnson County K-State extension agent Denise Dias. She is available to answer your questions or meet with you to help walk you through the basics of Medicare. Call 913-715-7000 or email her with  questions or to schedule an appointment.

The following sessions are also available, but please note, they fill up quickly.

Free Part D walk-in help day: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Johnson County Extension Office, rm 1060, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe (first come/first served - building opens at 8 a.m.) Map to office

No appointment is needed to stop in and receive help from a Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) volunteer to choose a Medicare Drug Plan. Last year one participant saved $12,000 annually through comparisons of drug plans.

The SHICK volunteer  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?

Medicare Part D DIY: 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 at Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee. Fee: $3/$4. To register call Johnson County Park and Recreation 913-831-3359 and reference barcode 11572. Online registration is also available.

For adults enrolled in Medicare who want to learn to navigate the Medicare website themselves to choose a Part D plan.

Extension Medicare 101 class: 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Prairie Village Community Center, 7720 Mission Road, Prairie Village. Fee: $3/$4 Register through JCPRD or 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29 at HCA Health/Quivira Internal Medicine, suite 200,10601 Quivira Road, Overland Park. This class is free. No registration required. Walk-ins welcomed.

This class walks new or confused participants through the essentials of Medicare. It covers the basics of Parts A, B, C (Medicare Advantage), D and Medicare supplements (Medigap).

Topics include: 

  • benefits and costs.
  • the enrollment process.
  • enrollment periods. 
  • various options for coverage.

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