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Funding authorization for second phase of JCW project
April 27, 2016

Johnson County Wastewater staff will present a five year Capital Improvement Plan to the Board of County Commissioners in a Committee of the Whole Session at 1 p.m., Thursday, Apr. 28. The presentation will address plant and sewer expansions, as well as permit/regulatory projects and renewal/replace for 2017-2021. JCW operates and maintains more than 5,600 assets at seven plants and 31 pump stations. JCW also operates and maintains 2,200 miles of pipe and 56,000 manholes.

One of those JCW projects to be discussed is the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility expansion and upgrade.  The plant, located at 10701 Lee Boulevard in Leawood, was originally built in 1955. More than 60 years later, times have changed and so have the needs of the facility. New water quality regulations require upgrades to the existing Tomahawk Creek facility to improve water quality in Indian Creek and downstream waters.

The Tomahawk facility currently treats seven million gallons per day, 40 percent of the wastewater collected from parts of Leawood, Olathe, Overland Park and Prairie Village. The remaining 60 percent is currently sent to Kansas City, Mo., for treatment. In 2016, $17 million was budgeted for payments to Kansas City, Mo. The cost to continue sending flow and paying Kansas City for treatment will substantially increase because of the city's $4.5 billion planned infrastructure improvements over the next several decades.

Johnson County Wastewater has studied how to accomplish two goals in the most cost-effective manner:

  1. Meeting new water quality regulations requiring upgrades to the existing treatment facility.
  2. Confirm a previous study recommendation to expand the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility and discontinue sending flow to Kansas City, Mo.

The study recommended investing to expand the Tomahawk Creek Facility to treat all flow as the most cost-effective, long-term solution.

At its regular meeting on May 5, the Board will consider authorization of funding for the second phase of the project – the design phase – for $21,387,000. Black & Veatch was awarded the $280 million project in 2014.

Please visit www.jocogov.org/dept/wastewater/engineering/public-projects/tomahawk-creek-wastewater-treatment-facility for project details and updates.

The public may view Board meetings and Committee of the Whole sessions online at http://lims.jocogov.org/sirepub/meetresults.aspx?pagetype=broadcast.

Johnson County criminal justice team attends D.C. summit
April 27, 2016

A team of criminal justice and behavioral health professionals from Johnson County attended a two-day summit in Washington D.C. last week that brought together select teams from U.S. counties of all sizes as part of a national initiative to address the mental health crisis in our nation’s jails.

The Stepping Up Summit convened jail administrators, law enforcement officials, county elected officials, mental health professionals and other stakeholders from 50 jurisdictions across the country. The Johnson County delegation included Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe, Assistant County Manager Maury Thompson, Johnson County Mental Health Director Tim DeWeese and Criminal Justice Coordinator Robert Sullivan.

You can read more in this news release

Johnson County Assistant County Manager Maury Thompson spoke on a panel about strategies to leverage state and federal funds for behavioral health care services. That video is available at this link (please scroll down to April 19 and view the second video clip.)

Threat of severe weather today
April 26, 2016

The National Weather Service has predicted two rounds of storms will impact the KC metro today including Johnson County. Our Emergency Management team is keeping an eye on the sky today, and you can take several steps to make sure you are ready for severe weather.


Think solar this Earth Day
April 22, 2016

Have you ever considered harnessing the power of solar energy? Johnson County has taken great strides to make solar an easier solution for Johnson County residents and businesses. Due to these efforts, Johnson County Government recently received recognition from the Mid-America Regional Council as a gold-level Solar Ready Community.

The are several types of “sun energy” systems that fit in the category of solar.

  • Solar hot water systems may be roof or ground mounted (to replace or augment a typical residential hot water heater)
  • Passive solar systems (windows, walls and floors made to collect, store and distribute solar energy)
  • Photovoltaic solar systems which generate electricity

If you are curious about solar, there are some helpful resources available. Our Solar Installation page provides construction guidelines and a checklist on how to apply for a permit. You can also map the solar potential of your house with the Metro Kansas City Solar Map. Below are pictures of solar installations from residents in the unincorporated areas of Johnson County.

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Solar array

Plans advance for new courthouse and coroner facility
April 22, 2016

Today, the Johnson County commissioners agreed to move forward on a new courthouse and coroner facility. The proposed funding is a 10-year 1/4 cent public safety sales tax. In May, county staff will bring back to the Board of County Commissioners language that, if approved by a vote, will be placed on the ballot for the November 2016 general election.

The full news release is available here.



Committee of the Whole to decide direction on courthouse
April 20, 2016

On April 21, the Board of County Commissioners will make a decision on the future of the Johnson County Courthouse and a new coroner facility during a Committee of the Whole session. Last week, the committee was audience to the results of the public engagement campaign about the courthouse and coroner facilities. Now, the Board of County Commissioners will make a decision on whether to continue to maintain the current courthouse or move forward to fund and construct a new courthouse that can better support our community’s growing population and safety, security and accessibility needs.

As part of the public engagement, six open house meetings were held across the county where the residents could view displays of the current courthouse, financial impacts, study information and renderings of a new courthouse concept, watch a 10-minute video, hear from the consultant team and ask questions of local officials and county employees.

If the committee decides to move forward with a new courthouse, they must also determine which funding strategy to pursue for finance the project. Three funding options are on the table, as presented during the public engagement campaign:

  • A 1/4-cent sales tax for 10 years.
  • A 1/8-cent sales tax plus a mill levy increase for 10 years.
  • A mill levy increase for 20 years.

The Committee of the Whole meeting will take place this Thursday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room on the third floor of the Admin Building at 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe, KS 66061. The public can attend the meeting in person or watch it live online.