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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

The Postwar Dream Home: The Ranch House -- Free Lecture Tuesday, April 28

The Postwar Dream Home: The Ranch House  -- Free Lecture Tuesday, April 28

Reception graphic of ranch home and text " The Postware Dream House: The Ranch House"at 6 p.m.; program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Kansas City  Missouri Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

RSVP required. Please call 816- 701-3407 or register online.

 

Have you been to the Museum to check out the Modernism Exhibit? Are you enraptured by modern homes? Do ranch houses make you swoon? Then we have the program for you! Mary van Balgooy, a preemptive ranch house scholar, will be giving a presentation at the Kansas City Library’s Plaza branch. The Post-War Dream Home: The Ranch House presentation will begin at 6:00pm on April 28th. This program is co-sponsored by the Johnson County Museum Foundation and the Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust—coincides with the museum’s free exhibit What Is Modernism? on display through November 21, 2015.

Walt Way receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Walt Way, Emergency Management and Communications Director, received a Lifetime Achievement Award Friday from the Kansas City Regional 9-1-1 System. Way received the award for his dedication and leadership in the field of public safety communications, and accepted it during the annual Telecommunicators Appreciation Celebration this past Friday night.

During his career, Way has provided leadership in the fields of public safety and 9-1-1 operations for Johnson County, the Greater Kansas City region, and the state of Kansas. He started working for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in 1973 and was promoted to captain of the operations bureau in 1986. In the early 1990s, Way’s guidance enabled the state of Kansas to provide a stable funding source for 9-1-1 services. In 2004, he retired from the Sheriff’s Office and become the Director of Johnson County's Emergency Management and Communications department where he leads efforts to provide quality service to citizens.

Also on Friday night, Deputy Zachary Hodges from the Johnson County Sheriff’s received the Everyday Hero Award for his work ethic and professionalism.  Hodges serves as a training officer for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Communications Division.

The Mid-America Regional Council hosts the Telecommunicators Appreciation Celebration each April during National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week. The event honors the dedicated emergency communications personnel responsible for answering nearly 2 million 9-1-1 calls each year in the Greater Kansas City region, which includes Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri and Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.

JoCo EM becomes a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador

WRN

 

As part of its continuing mission to create a better prepared, more resilient community; Johnson County Emergency Management recently joined the Weather Ready Nation initiative by becoming a WRN Ambassador.  Over the next few months, Johnson County Emergency Management will integrate the initiative into its community outreach program as a way to engage businesses and community organizations to become more prepared for severe weather.  

 

Are you part of a business or community organization and would like to become part of the WRN Ambassador program?  Click here to find out how you can become and ambassador!

It's National Library Week!

Johnson County residents have a lot to celebrate during National Library Week. We've got a robust system of 13 libraries with collections so vast you can find anything you want in nearly any medium. So take some time this week to check out your nearest branch. And if you go today, Tuesday, April 14, it's also National Library Workers Day, so show your appreciation for those who work so hard to make Johnson County Libraries such great community amenities. Find your nearest branch here>

National Library Week is observed April 12-18, 2015 with the theme, "Unlimited possibilities @ your library®."

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

Consider volunteering with us this National Volunteer Week

April 12-18 is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize those who donate their time and talents, and to encourage individuals to seek out volunteer opportunities. We are lucky to have so many people who donate time to Johnson County Government. In fact, in 2014, over 10,000 residents volunteered a combined nearly 290,000 hours of service towards a Johnson County Government program.

A great way to get involved is to apply to serve on one of our dozens of boards and commissions. To learn more about that and other volunteer opportunities with Johnson County Government, please click here.

660 and 664 Reroute At Pershing

From April 11-20, The JO’s 660-Antioch-Downtown and 664-Metcalf-Downtown will reroute at Union Station due to the closure of Pershing between Main and Kessler. The street will be closed for the filming of television show Ninja Warrior.

From Pershing & Main, 660 and 664 will go north on Main, west on 20th, southwest on Southwest Blvd., and west on West Pennway to southbound I-35.

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

Help "Feed the Need" in JoCo during Ntl County Gov Month

Johnson County residents can help "Feed the Need" of by dropping non-perishable food items and toiletries in marked barrels around the county as part of National County Government Month.

Feed the Need is a Johnson County Government employee-led initiative to stock food pantries around the county.

"Feed the Need is one of the most significant food and fundraising efforts for the food pantries," said Deborah Collins, director of the Human Services Department and co-chair of the current campaign. "It contributes literally tons of food that we otherwise would not be able to provide to families."

Employees have contributed the equivalent of 4.5 million pounds of food and toiletries since 1995. Last year, the seven food pantries operated by the County served 3,159 people in 1,189 households.

"When you are struggling to make ends meet -- working two and three jobs like so many of the people we serve do -- and still have to make hard choices at the end of each month such as whether to buy needed medications, pay rent, or buy groceries, places like the food pantries operated out of our Multi-Service Centers become a lifeline," said Collins. "And we don't just provide food. We also provide toiletries so that people can put their best face forward to keep or earn a job. Diapers make the difference between being able to take your child to daycare or having to miss work. Small things have a major impact on lower-income households."

Where to give:

Barrels are located at the following County buildings:

  • Administration building; 111 S Cherry, Olathe
  • Northeast office building; 6000 Lamar Avenue, Mission
  • Sunset building; 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe
  • 588 Building; 588 E. Santa Fe, Olathe
  • Johnson County Museum; 6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee
  • Antioch Park Building A; 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam
  • Shawnee Mission Park Administration Building; 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee
  • Roeland Park Community Center; 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park
  • New Century Fieldhouse; 551 New Century Parkway, New Century
  • Mill Creek Activity Center; 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee
  • Okun Fieldhouse; 20200 Johnson Dr, Shawnee
  • Heritage Park Golf Course Clubhouse; 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe
  • Tomahawk Hills Golf Course Clubhouse; 17501 Midland Drive, Shawnee

Poverty in Johnson County*

About 35,000 of Johnson County’s 550,000-plus residents live at or below the poverty line. However, most poverty experts agree that people still struggle to make ends meet at 200% of the federal poverty level: $39,580 annually for a family of three. Close to 95,000 County residents fit that description; the same number of residents who live in Lenexa and Leawood combined. If our poverty rate was a city it would be the 5th largest city in Johnson County.

Between 2008 and 2012, the number of low-income residents grew by 30% (22,740 people), six times the growth rate of the population as a whole.

A clearer demographic picture of low-income households in Johnson County:

  • 56 percent are between 25 and 64 years old.
  • 30 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher; another 31 percent have some college or an associate’s degree.
  • 75 percent of families have at least one member working
  • Only 27 percent is single moms with children

* information provided by a study conducted by United Community Services of Johnson County, May 2014

Sensory Time for children with sensory integration needs

April is Autism Awareness Month and the museum is proud to present, with Toddler Services of Johnson County, an opportunity for children with sensory integration and processing needs.

KidScape can be a loud and exciting environment and sometimes that can be a challenge for some children. Developed in partnership with Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County, Sensory Time at the Museum is a free opportunity for these children and their families to experience the museum at their own pace before the museum opens to the public.

Special activities have been added to the KidScape exhibit to support pretend play while working on fine motor skills along with sensory integration activities such as tactile fun and lacing in the Boutique, go fishing and play golf in the Park, play with echo microphones and practice self-dressing skills with the costumes in the Theater, count the packages at the Post Office and carry the heavy satchel as you make your deliveries, cuddle with a beanbag chair and enjoy some quiet time as you read book and explore the Seeking the Good Life exhibit with a fun seek and find activity!

Fee: Free event

Registration: Call 913-715-2575 to register. Maximum of 20 children.

When: Every First and Third Thursday!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Location: Johnson County Museum, 6305 Lackman Rd., Shawnee, KS, 913-715-2550.

Important Notice Regarding Personalized Plates

Please be aware that throughout this year the Kansas Department of Revenue will be mailing personalized plate reorder letters for all personalized plate holders.  By law, all personalized plate holders must reorder new personalized plates every five years.

To ensure you reorder and receive your new personalized plate you must complete the reorder form provided by the Kansas Department of Revenue, make checks payable to Johnson County Motor Vehicle, and return the form to:

Johnson County Mission Motor Vehicle Office
6000 Lamar Avenue
Mission, KS 66202

If you reorder a personalized plate and it is not available in time for your renewal month, the State has instructed counties to issue a standard plate for your vehicle until the personalized plate arrives.  If you have to obtain a standard plate, you must get in line online at www.jocogov.org, by phone at 1-888-956-2657, or in person at either the Olathe or Mission Motor Vehicle Office using the line management system.  Office hours are Monday thru Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

We will notify you when your personalized plate has arrived and is ready for pick up.  If you were issued a standard plate for a temporary period of time, then you must surrender that plate when picking up your personalized plate.

 

New library hours begin April 1 (no fooling)

On April 1 our new hours let you spend more of your morning with us!

It's not a prank. Truth is, more patrons use the Library in the morning. We’re shifting our business hours a little earlier at most locations so you can stop by when it's more convenient for you. 

Antioch Library

Sunday   1 - 5 p.m.
Monday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday   9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Blue Valley Library

Sunday   1 - 5 p.m.
Monday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday   9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Cedar Roe Library

Sunday   Closed
Monday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday   9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday   10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

Central Resource Library 
Renovations are underway. Limited services until 2016.

Sunday   1 - 5 p.m.
Monday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday   9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Corinth Library

Sunday   1 - 5 p.m.
Monday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday   9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

DeSoto Library

Sunday   Closed
Monday   Closed
Tuesday   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday   1 - 8 p.m.
Friday   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday   10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

Edgerton Library

Sunday   Closed
Monday   Closed
Tuesday   1 - 6 p.m.
Wednesday   1 - 6 p.m.
Thursday   1 - 8 p.m.
Friday   1 - 5 p.m.
Saturday   10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

Gardner Library

Sunday   Closed
Monday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday   9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Lackman Library

Sunday   Closed
Monday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday   9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Leawood Pioneer Library

Sunday   Closed
Monday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday   9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Oak Park Library

Sunday   Closed
Monday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday   9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Shawnee Library

Sunday   Closed
Monday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday   9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday   9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Spring Hill Library

Sunday   Closed
Monday   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday   10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday   1 - 8 p.m.
Friday   Closed
Saturday   10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

We look forward to seeing you a little brighter and earlier beginning Wednesday, April 1.

Upcoming Events

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April 30, 2015 | 11:45 pm

Last Day to Renew for Letters 'C' and 'D'

May 8, 2015 | 8:30 am to 10:00 am

Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board Meeting

May 21, 2015 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Mental Health First Aid - Youth Version

May 21, 2015 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Human Services Volunteer Orientation