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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., 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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Don't toss your tree - recycle it
January 4, 2019

Every year, countless Christmas trees end up in landfills. But there’s a better way to take down the holiday décor while being environmentally friendly. Johnson County Parks and Recreation District will gladly take your tree off your hands at no cost.

Trees will be accepted through Jan. 31 at four collection sites throughout the county. They include:
• The parking lot at The Theater Theatre in the Park, in Shawnee Mission Park. A special entrance for tree disposal is located at 7710 Renner Rd., Shawnee
• The Heritage Park marina parking lot, 16050 Pflumm Rd., Olathe
• The north side of the parking lot at the marina at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe
• Big Bull Cree Park, at 20425 Sunflower Rd., Edgerton

Trees will be collected during regular winter park hours, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the exception of Shawnee Mission Park, which opens at 6 a.m. in the winter.

In 2017, close to 5,000 trees were recycled. Some of the trees received this year will be mulched for use on trails and in landscaping, while others will be used to improve fish habitat in district lakes.

No yard waste will be accepted—only Christmas trees. Wrappers should be removed from the discarded trees, as well as any remaining decorations, especially tinsel and other decorations made from mylar, shiny plastic or aluminum.

This free program is open to anyone, regardless of residency. For more information, call 913-888-4713. And for more information about recycling lights and wrapping paper, visit jocogov.org/dept/health-and-environment/news/2018/12/13/10858.


Johnson County offers easy access to maps and appraisals
December 27, 2018

Johnson County residents, realtors, engineers, developers, utilities and more regularly visit the Johnson County website to access detailed maps. But previously, they had to jump from webpage to webpage to also access property values. The agency’s Automated Information Mapping System (AIMS) division, is now working closely with the Appraiser’s Office to consolidate their valuable information to a single webpage.
“By integrating the information, users now get a more diverse set of information in a simpler interface,” said Dan Steen, GIS Technical Lead. “It’s faster access to information and a more responsive webpage on a variety of devices, including your desktop and phone.”
AIMS is soliciting feedback from the public this week on the new page. The webpage will take its final form next week. Please visit the page and provide feedback. https://bit.ly/2Bf7Puf

Board of County Commissioners will next meet Jan. 10
December 26, 2018

The board will reconvene in the board room at 111 S. Cherry St., third floor at 9:30 a.m., on Jan. 10. The Dec. 27 and Jan. 3 meetings have been cancelled due to the Christmas holiday and the lack of a quorum, respectively.

The swearing in ceremony for the county’s commissioners, Chairman Ed Eilert, Michael Ashcraft – 5th District, Becky Fast – 1st District and Janeé Hanzlick – 4th District, is scheduled for 9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14 in the board room located on the third floor of 111 S. Cherry St.

Architecture organization recognizes JoCo leader
December 21, 2018

As you look around, it’s clear that creating efficient, innovative and attractive structures is a priority when it comes to Johnson County serving residents. This month, Johnson County Assistant Manager Joe Waters was recognized for guiding area architecture. On Dec. 6, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Kansas City honored Waters with the Architectural Advocate of the Year Award.

Waters was nominated for the award by AIA Board President Andy Pitts.

“Joe has pushed the design community to ‘raise the bar’ and provide the county with facilities that are sustainable and of quality design,” said Pitts.

Throughout his decades with the county, Waters has overseen dramatic growth and construction in the county, and led the JoCo Strategic Facilities Master Plan—an analysis and policy guideline for the effective use and orderly acquisition and development of county facility and land assets.
“In my career with Johnson County government, it has been my good fortune to work with creative and devoted public servants and architects. We strive quite literally on each project to create outstanding examples of civic architecture—demanding ingenuity, high performance, continuous improvement and stewardship of ourselves and our partners,” Waters said.

Since 2002, the county has constructed or initiated more than $850 million in building projects. The Johnson County Courthouse is one of the most notable projects involved. Construction is currently underway in downtown Olathe. Completion is targeted for August 2020.  Public engagement meetings associated with the greenspace at the existing courthouse site are planned for mid-2019.

Other important projects include:
Lenexa City Center Library – The new Lenexa City Center Library is taking shape. When it opens in the second quarter of 2019, the two-story library will feature a convenient Holds area right inside the entrance on the Lenexa Commons level, a drive-through service point, specific areas for kids, teens and more.

Monticello Library – Recently completed this year, the Monticello Library is the 14th branch in the Johnson County Library system, located in Shawnee. It’s the first new library location in the county since 1994. The two-story structure features 33,000 square feet of space with floor-to-ceiling glass along three sides. The space was designed in response to resident feedback regarding the need for meeting space, a children’s area and diverse technology.
Learn more about agency county projects, at www.jocogov.org/dept/county-manager-office/county-projects/all-projects.

Grant accepted for prevention and management of chronic disease
December 20, 2018

Thanks to $850,000 in new grant funding, Johnson County residents will benefit from an increased emphasis on cardiovascular disease prevention and management. Today, the Board of County Commissioners voted to accept grant funding from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in the amount of $170,000 annually for a period of five years.

KDHE receives funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its work to better link the public health system with healthcare providers via electronic records systems. These connections help systems collaborate to more efficiently diagnose and treat total blood cholesterol, hypertension and prediabetes resulting in improved clinical outcomes.

“Preventing and controlling these conditions is important because they cause heart attacks, narrowing of the arteries and strokes, which are three of the top five leading causes of death in Johnson County,” said Lougene Marsh, director of the Department of Health and Environment.

The funding accepted by the BOCC today will allow for more targeted prevention and intervention processes and for increased partnerships and linkages to address and prevent chronic disease.

Johnson County K-State Extension saves residents nearly $364K
December 19, 2018

October into December can be a challenging time for older adults as they enroll in Medicare. For some, the process can be overwhelming, so to have assistance along the way is always appreciated. Through the help of a Johnson County Extension office program, this year, extension agent Denise Dias says the office was able to save residents $363,773, compared to $218,403 in 2017.

“One elderly resident was shocked, and nearly moved to tears, when we helped her save $1,200 per year by changing her prescription drug plan,” Dias said. “She shared that she will now enjoy a special treat to celebrate.”

Residents who participated in the extension office’s Medicare enrollment program saved an average of $3,566. Dias personally helped more than 100 residents. She also facilitated a special hearing-impaired counseling session for five residents. With the assistance of sign-language interpreters, volunteers were able to help them fully understand their enrollment options. Dias says the success of this initiative, has sparked interest from State of Kansas partners to host an all-day workshop for these clients next year.

“It’s such a wonderful feeling to be able to help individuals who are largely on a fixed income achieve savings,” Dias said.

Although the Medicare enrollment period has closed, contact Dias if you have questions about next year’s enrollment process, at 913-715-7000, or by email at denise.dias@jocogov.org.