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Johnson County Government exists to provide hundreds of high-quality services to its more than 560,000 residents. Some County initiatives are highly-visible and impact residents' lives on a daily basis, including wastewater, stormwater, and roadway improvements along with construction or renovation of public buildings. Others County services happen behind the scenes, while plenty of what we do is highly popular, like library programs, park and recreation activities and fun events.

Resident News

Cooling Center Locations in Johnson County

Government offices and local businesses in Johnson County, Kansas will serve as cooling centers when extremely high temperatures and humidity affect the metro area or when the National Weather Service issues a Heat Advisory or Warning that includes Johnson County. Cooling centers may also be open when ordered by local fire officials. Citizens who need a place to rest and restore on hot days may visit these locations. Hours of operation vary.

Volunteer opportunities for kids and teens

With several weeks of summer left before school starts, you may be looking for something new to do with your kids. Why not try a volunteer opportunity with a Johnson County Government department or agency? Here are some suggestions.

Kids and their families can volunteer in the WIC community garden each Tuesday from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
http://www.jocogov.org/dept/health-and-environment/health/wic/community-garden

Children are welcome to accompany their parents or grandparents who volunteer to deliver Meals on Wheels. Kids can also brighten a senior’s day by decorating a Meals on Wheels lunch bag or making a small craft like a bookmark, card or placemat.
http://www.jocogov.org/dept/human-services/volunteer/opportunities

Teens who are 14 and older can volunteer at a Johnson County Library.
http://www.jocolibrary.org/support/volunteer

If you are at least 14 years old check out the volunteer opportunities at The Theatre in the Park.
http://www.theatreinthepark.org/volunteer-sign-up

If you are at least 16 years old you can volunteer for Johnson County Developmental Supports and help those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
http://www.jocogov.org/dept/developmental-supports/volunteer

Teens who are at least 16 can also volunteer at one of our food pantries or nutrition sites.
http://www.jocogov.org/dept/human-services/volunteer/opportunities

 

 

Join the Johnson County Library’s Summer Reading program

Summer brings with it a boatload of relaxing activities, not the least of which involves cracking open and losing yourself in a new book.

Johnson County Library’s Summer Reading program makes it easier for readers young and old to soak up stories digitally or in print and potentially snag some fun prizes in the progress.

Running now through Aug. 8, the program’s online component offers folks the ability to track their progress, get reading suggestions and connect with a community of fellow summer readers. Paper reading logs are also available for printing online or pickup for kids to track their reading or listening adventures.

Students benefit from summer reading in particular. Reading as few as six books over the summer helps a student remember what they learned the previous school year.

Visit JoCoLibrary.org to learn more and sign up.

Johnson County Extension co-sponsoring Family Fun Night

Bring the family to the Farm-to-Table Family Fun Night this Thursday at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site. The event is co-sponsored by Johnson County K-State Research and Extension and the Johnson County Farm Bureau. Enjoy oxen training and chuckwagon cooking demonstrations, stagecoach rides, and free "breakfast for dinner" by Chris Cakes for the first 200 visitors!

Click here for more information.

BOCC recognizes Vanya Shivashankar

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recognized 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champion Vanya Shivashankar at today’s regular business session. Chairman Ed Eilert presented Vanya with a Certificate of Special Commendation. Her sister Kavya, the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, attended as well.

Read more in our news release and view photos from today's proceedings on our Facebook page.

Congratulations, Vanya!

Ozone Alert Season Starts June 1

During the summer, Kansas City is more vulnerable to unhealthy ozone pollution. This pollution is largely caused when emissions from motor vehicles, lawn mowers, power plants and industry react with heat and sunlight.

Between June 1 and September 30, when the area is under an Ozone Alert, one-way bus fare will be only 75¢. The fare is not valid on the The JO’s 710-K-10 Connector, but is valid for travel on other express routes. The special Ozone Alert fare includes a transfer upon request, and is also available on The Metro, The JO, Unified Government Transit and IndeBus. The Metro’s Day Pass, purchased at the farebox, remains $3.

To learn the day’s ozone forecast:

  • Call 913-383-7557
  • Visit www.marc.org or follow @airqkc on www.twitter.com
  • Look for the local weather forecast on television and in newspapers

For route information about The JO, as well as The Metro and Unified Government Transit, contact the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. For route information about IndeBus, call 816-461-4287 (IBUS) or visit www.indebusmo.com/.

K10 Connector Operates Reduced Schedule May 26 - Aug. 14

During University of Kansas-Lawrence and Johnson County Community College breaks, the 710-K10 Connector operates on a reduced schedule. Trips that continue to operate during these breaks are marked on the schedule.

  • “Break” schedule Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, May 29
  • “Summer” schedule Monday, June 1, through Thursday, July 30
  • “Break” schedule Friday, July 31, through Friday, Aug. 14

On the 710-K10 Connector schedule, "Break" trips are noted with a B in the "Schedule" column. "Summer" trips are noted with a S in the "Schedule" column. 

Additionally, there will be no service on The JO on Friday, July 3, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. 

The Regular schedule will resume Monday, Aug. 17. 

Severe weather tools available to JoCo residents

Severe weather season has arrived in our area, making it a good time to review the tools available to Johnson County residents.

JoCo72

Your hub for emergency preparedness, the website if full of useful information about what to do in an emergency, what supplies to have on hand, simple steps to get connected after an event, and useful guides to help you prepare.

NotifyJoCo

Local, regional, and national weather and news outlets provide during severe weather or other hazardous events. But NotifyJoCo is one of the tools the County will use to communicate with residents in an emergency event. Sign up or update your contact information.

Licensed Contractor Search

It is far too common for residents to be taken advantage of after a storm by unscrupulous contractors. Make sure the contractor you select is licensed. There are three ways you can easily check a Johnson County contractor’s license status. You can contact the Johnson County Contractor Licensing Program by calling 913.715.2233. Staff will not recommend contractors, but can verify the status of any license. You can also check a contractor's status online or with the free JoCoGo app at the iTunes app store.

K10 Connector Reroutes for Construction on Irving Hill Road and Naismith Dr.

Effective immediately, The JO’s 710-K10 Connector will reroute for construction on Irving Hill Rd. and on Naismith Dr. The reroute will be in effect until construction is complete.

The K10 Connector bus leaving the KU-Lawrence Park & Ride will not travel onto campus while these road closures are in effect. From the KU Park & Ride, buses will travel east on 19th and south on Naismith Dr. to resume the regular route. 

The Irving Hill time point has been moved to 19th & Naismith, in front of the Islamic Center. Customers may also wave down The JO bus at the T bus shelter in front of Dillon’s at 23rd St. & Naismith.

For route information, call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

20-Year Master Plan approved by Library Board

The Board of Directors of the Johnson County Library unanimously accepted an ambitious long-range plan at their May 14, 2015 meeting. The Comprehensive Library Master Plan recommends how and where Library services will be delivered across Johnson County for the next generation.

“The Plan is submitted on behalf of the citizens of Johnson County, whom we are pledged to serve,” stated County Librarian Sean Casserley. “It is truly a plan of the people – it benefits from input by thousands of Johnson Countians of all walks of life.”

The Plan comprises findings from a series of studies conducted or directed by Johnson County Library since 2009. The variety of independent efforts includes patron user studies, collection development analysis, scrutiny of circulation patterns, materials handling efficiency examinations as well as facilities condition reports. The Comprehensive Library Master Plan, commissioned by the Johnson County Library Board from San Francisco-based Group 4, also references population studies, economic benefit analysis and strategic visioning produced by the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), KU Edwards Engaged Scholarship Program and Johnson County Government.

Key findings and proposals of the Plan include:
- Equitable distribution of service throughout the county as population grows;
- Modernization and capacity building are the key strategies for improving the library’s network of facilities and services;
- Plan based on patron behaviors: A County-wide network of Library sites will continue to make collections, services and programs optimally available, according to how people actually use their Libraries;
- Civic and educational partnerships have been and will continue to be crucial to Library and County success. Thanks to strategic growth of the Library system so far, the Plan does not specifically recommend Libraries to be closed. The Plan also affirms the Library will not leave cities where libraries are currently located.

The Library Board will present the completed Plan to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) on Thursday, May 21. Implementation of the Plan will be deliberated this year as part of the Library’s regular budget review process with the Board of County Commissioners. Members of the Johnson County Library Board of Directors are appointed by the BoCC for a four-year term, and may be reappointed for an additional four-year term. Current members of the JCL Board are: Neil Shortlidge, Chair; Pamela Robinson, Secretary/Vice Chair; Amy Amos Ruo, Treasurer; Nancy Hupp; John Nelson; J. R. Riley; Mitra Templin.

The Plan is expected to be published on June 1.

Upcoming Events

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July 28, 2015 | 7:30 am to 9:00 am

WIC Garden Volunteer Day

August 4, 2015 | 7:30 am to 9:00 am

WIC Garden Volunteer Day

August 6, 2015 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Community Corrections Advisory Board Meeting

August 11, 2015 | 7:30 am to 9:00 am

WIC Garden Volunteer Day