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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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BOCC hears proposed 2017 budget
June 3, 2016

Today County Manager Hannes Zacharias proposed a budget for next year that maintains a constant mill levy while addressing growing demands for public services and mounting funding cuts from the state of Kansas. Zacharias and Budget and Financial Planning staff presented the proposed FY 2017 Budget during a Committee of the Whole session.

Johnson County’s proposed FY 2017 budget totals $942.4 million, with expenditures estimated at $734.2 million and reserves set at $208.2 million. The proposed budget maintains existing services and General Fund reserves, funds health care increases, offsets state cuts to crucial services and meets growing service demands.

Tips for preventing teen substance abuse panel on June 6
June 2, 2016

Research shows that June and July are the highest months during which kids first try alcohol. Please join us on Tuesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. to learn some safey tips as your children transition to the summer months on how to keep them safe from drugs and alcohol.  The event will take place in the Carmack Room at the Johnson County Central Resource Library at 9875 W 87th St. in Overland Park. 

The panel will include: 

  • Dr. Heather Riordan, Children's Mercy Hospital — adolescent brain development
  • Don Hymer, District Attorney's Office — legal implications of underage drinking
  • Angela Guzman, Johnson County Mental Health Center — parenting tips and skills

The first 50 people in attendance will receive a free gift! RSVP is encouraged, but not required. Click here for a link to the Facebook event. 

Email or call Megan Clark at Megan.Clark@jocogov.org or 913-715-7880 if you have questions or would like further information. 

The Theatre in the Park season kicks off Friday
May 31, 2016

The Theatre in the Park kicks off its 2016 season with “Cabaret” this Friday night! Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, “Cabaret” is based on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and revolves around the 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with young American writer Cliff Bradshaw. Grab a blanket or chair and a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening under the stars!  Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for youth (ages 4-10) and children age three and under are free. The box office opens at 6 p.m., gates open at 6:30 p.m. and curtain is at 8:30 p.m.

Here's the 2016 season lineup:

Show title Dates Director
Cabaret June 3–11 Mark Swezey
The Drowsy Chaperone June 17–25 David Hastings
A Chorus Line July 1–9 Greg Shaw
Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat July 15–23 Guy Gardner
Mary Poppins July 29–Aug. 6 Tim Bair

The Theatre in the Park is located in Shawnee Mission Park at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66217. Visit the theatre’s website at theatreinthepark.org to order tickets or for additional details.

Public safety sales tax question approved for November ballot
May 27, 2016

The Board of County Commissioners has approved a question for the November general election ballot asking voters to authorize a 1/4 cent public safety sales tax to fund construction of a new county courthouse and a coroner facility.

If passed, the 10-year sales tax would go into effect April 1, 2017. More information is available in this news release. You can also view the video from the BOCC meeting and read the supporting materials at this link.

Enjoy Johnson County by bike
May 25, 2016

May is National Bike Month, when the weather is warm and people of all ages dust off their bicycles and hit the road — or trail.

Across Johnson County, residents and visitors have access to more than 450 miles of walking, hiking and biking trails. Here are some safety tips for cyclists:

Be alert. Be visible. And stay safe.

  • Always wear a helmet. Head injuries can be dangerous and deadly. A new helmet should meet the uniform safety standard issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Be seen even after dark. Wear reflective and/or bright colored clothing. You can also use a white headlight or red rear light to increase your visibility. Make sure your bike has wheel and pedal reflectors.
  • Maintain and equip your bike. Keep your bike tuned up, and regularly check your breaks, tire pressures and crank. Carry water, a bike pump and phone for unexpected emergencies.

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District offers a biking and hiking guide with downloadable files available online.

And the Mid-America Regional Council updated the Greater Kansas City Regional Bikeways and Trails map this spring that can be accessed through your computer or mobile browser.

JCPRD beaches & marinas start summer hours May 30
May 25, 2016

The coming Memorial Day holiday signals the end of the school year, opening of community pools and summer hours at Johnson County Park & Recreation District facilities. Here are the summer hours for two beaches and two marinas operated by JCPRD. The extended hours begin May 30 and remain in effect through Aug. 7.

Shawnee Mission Park Beach and Shawnee Mission Park Marina (located in Shawnee Mission Park at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa)

  • The beach will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
  • The marina will be open from 9 a.m. to 7  p.m. daily (last rentals at 6 p.m.); it will also be open on weekends through Labor Day (Sept. 5)

Kill Creek Park Beach and Marina at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe

  • The beach will only be open on weekends with Friday, Saturday and Sunday hours of noon to 6 p.m.
  • The marina will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays

Both marinas offer boat rentals, including pedal boat, canoe and kayak rentals. Shawnee Mission Park also offers paddleboards, which have a weight limit of 220 pounds. Patrons should be aware that while the Shawnee Mission Park Marina accepts credit cards, the Kill Creek Park Marina does not and neither facility accepts checks. Rental rates are listed in the Spring-Summer Activities catalog, available now, and on the district’s website at jcprd.com. Fishing permits are also available at both marinas. The marina at Heritage Park in Olathe will not be operating this year.

For more information during operating hours, call 913-888-1990 for the Shawnee Mission Park Marina, 913-492-2157 for Shawnee Mission Park Beach, or 913-583-3661 for Kill Creek Park Beach and Marina. In case of inclement weather, call the beaches and marina 24-hour information line at 913-312-8847.