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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

CarFit Coming To Olathe

WHATCarFit is coming to Olathe to offer area senior drivers a free opportunity to check how their cars “fit” them. 

Developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) partnership, CarFit’s trained professionals

take older drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicle, recommending minor adjustments that help make their cars “fit” better for comfort and safety. An occupational therapist is also on hand to provide information to seniors on how to maintain and strengthen driving health. 


WHY:  By 2030, there will be an estimated 58.9 million people age 65 and older -that's 1 in 5 people. They're expected to represent 1 in 4 licensed drivers at that time.  Personal mobility is critical for healthy aging, but as our bodies change as we age, ill-fitting vehicles can make it uncomfortable and unsafe to drive. Additionally, due to fragility, older drivers have the highest crash death rate per mile of everyone except teenagers. CarFit is a tool that can work to help keep seniors safer behind the wheel. 


WHO:           Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office              

WHEN:         9:00am-12:00pm on 10/23/15 at Heartland Community Church

WHERE:       12175 S. Strang Line Rd, Olathe, KS                         

CONTACT:   800-416-2522



Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list opens Thursday

The Johnson County Housing Authority (JCHA) is opening the Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List on Thursday, Oct. 1, to new applications. The waiting list will be closed the following day, Friday, Oct. 2, or when 900 appointments are received for the program-- whichever comes first.

The Johnson County Housing Authority administers Section 8 applications for the cities of De Soto, Edgerton, Gardner, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Spring Hill, Westwood, Leawood, Fairway, and Stilwell. The JCHA does not serve residents in the city of Olathe which has its own Housing Authority program and application process.

Appointments to complete an application with the Johnson County Housing Authority can be made from Oct. 1-2 by calling 913-227-0509 between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No walk-in appointments will be scheduled. Persons requiring special accommodations are asked to call 913-715-6600. Hearing impaired persons should call 913-715-6633. The JCHA will need 48 to 72 hours to arrange special accommodations.

The Section 8 Voucher Program, with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), provides rental assistance to very low and extremely low income families, allowing them to locate decent, safe housing while maintaining their rental payments at an affordable level. Eligibility is based on household income. For example, the maximum income level for one-person households is $25,700; two-person, $29,350; and four-person, $33,000. The program also offers an incentive to private property owners to rent to low income families by offering timely, consistent subsidy payments, yearly inspections, and mediation.

In order to determine a household’s eligibility for the program, residents must complete an application, be called from the waiting list for an interview, and provide the Johnson County Housing Authority with all necessary documentation. When the household satisfactorily meets all eligibility criteria, including a criminal history background check, they will receive a voucher. The JCHA must also inspect the unit to ensure it passes the minimum safety standards set by HUD.

The office of the Johnson County Housing Authority is located at 12425 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa. The JCHA is part of the Johnson County Department of Human Services.

Are you prepared for a disaster?

September is National Preparedness Month. It’s a great time for Johnson County residents to prepare their homes and business for any type of disaster.

Johnson County Emergency Management and Communication serves as the county’s designated disaster response agency. Their section of our web site is stocked with information and resources on how to prepare for a disaster. You may also want to visit www.joco72.org, a virtual hub for emergency preparedness.

Are you on Periscope yet? Johnson County Emergency Management and Communication has two livestream events coming up this month so make plans to watch.

  • September 11, 10 a.m.: Periscope live tour of the National Weather Service radar facility in Pleasant Hill.
  • September 14, 10 a.m. Periscope live tour of the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center.

Stay up-to-date on Johnson County’s National Preparedness Month activities on Twitter at @JoCo_Emergency

Sensory Time @ the JoCo Museum10/1

KidScapeSensory Time at the Museum 
Every First and Third Thursday!
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Fee: FREE!
Registration: Registration not required, space is limited to 20 children. Please call (913) 715-2575 to register.

KidScape can be a loud and exciting environment and sometimes that can be a challenge for children with sensory integration and processing needs. 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.



Facilities hidden in plain sight gain local attention

Fox 4 News localized this story that had gone viral with a feature about Johnson County Wastewater and the utility's pump stations which are "hidden in plain sight" in a couple of residential areas

Johnson County Wastewater receives national recognition

Each year the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognizes public wastewater facilities for outstanding compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limits. This recognition program consists of Peak Performance Awards in three categories – Platinum, Gold, and Silver.

Johnson County Wastewater was recognized in July at the NACWA national conference held in Providence, RI for its outstanding compliance records in the 2014 calendar year and was presented with two Platinum Awards. In total, JCW earned six Peak Performance awards.

JCW received two Platinum Peak Performance Awards to honor treatment works that have completed at least five years of 100% complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance.

The county’s Platinum Award recipients are:

  • The Mill Creek Regional Plant at 20001 West 47th Street in Shawnee for eight years of permit compliance, and
  • The Blue River Main Plant at 2523 West 151st Street in Overland Park for nine years of permit compliance.

Three JCW treatment facilities received the Gold Peak Performance Award which honors treatment works that have achieved 100% compliance with the NPDES permit for 2014.

The Gold Peak Performance Award honorees are:

  • Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin Plant
  • New Century AirCenter Plant
  • Tomahawk Creek Plant

One treatment facility earned a Silver Peak Performance Award which recognize facilities that received no more than five NPDES permit violations in 2014.

Silver Peak Performance Award honoree is:

  • Myron K. Nelson Plant

 In 2014, Johnson County Wastewater had a 99.7 percent compliance rate with regard to NPDES discharge violations. Of a possible 2,237 violations, the department recorded seven violations for the year.

 “It is very difficult to achieve that level of compliance,” said John O’Neil, general manager for Johnson County Wastewater.


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BOCC adopts 2016 budget

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has adopted the FY 2016 budget for Johnson County. It includes the first mill levy increase in a decade. The news release is available here:

Are you into CSI?

This is National Forensic Science Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the importance of proper forensic science and its critical role in criminal investigations. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is helping to educate the public about its crime lab and the forensic tools its officers use. Join in the fun during the Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Week tweet-a-long by following @JOCOSHERIFF and #AskAScientist on Twitter Thursday from noon to 4 p.m.

Johnson County Library Fall Guide available

The Johnson County LIbrary Fall 2015 Guide is now available. It's full of information on library news, events for all ages, exhibitions, details on the 2015 Writers Conference and so much more. Click here to start planning your fall calendar.  


Upcoming Events

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October 8, 2015 | 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Falling Less: A Positive Aging Coalition Progra

October 9, 2015 | 8:30 am to 10:00 am

Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board Meeting

October 9, 2015 | 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Falling Less: A Positive Aging Coalition Progra

October 13, 2015 | 7:30 am to 9:00 am

WIC Garden Volunteer Day