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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 Educator is In

hand drawn image of a kiosk with words "Good Information the Educator is IN"

Join Museum educators stationed in the Museum's exhibit ,  Seeking the Good Life, for hands-on fun for all ages! Call 913-715-2575 for exact times each day.

August activities:  Shawnee Indian words and games

New 31 Day Bus Pass

Introducing New 31 Day Pass

Johnson County Transit is introducing 31 day passes to replace all existing Monthly passes. The KCATA (METRO) uses a similar 31 day pass. The cost for all passes will remain the same but now you get the flexibility of your own start time.  All passes are still valid on KCATA buses.  Purchase outlets have not changed.

Please remember – there are NO refunds for passes.  The passes will be validated and start counting 31 days from the first time the pass is dunked into the farebox.  Once validated, riders will swipe the pass on future boardings.  You can purchase multiple passes at a time, they will not activate until their first use.  New 31 day passes will go on sale by August 15, 2014.  

Again, there are no refunds.  If you accidentally misplace your pass or if the pass gets damaged and is unreadable by the farebox, you will have to purchase a new 31 day pass.  JCT recommends keeping your pass in a plastic jacket or some protective device. 

If you have questions about this new pass, please call 913-782-2210.  To purchase a pass – visit www.thejo.com, or come into our office between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mon-Fri.

JO Passport companies will still return August monthly bus passes. Companies will receive 31 day passes as credit in lieu of past monetary credit (i.e., if you return eight August JO Passports, you will receive eight 31 day passes in addition to your standard order). Starting September 1, 2014, passes will no longer be on a “consignment basis” and passes will not be able to be returned for full credit. If you order extra passes, those will be paid for and need not be returned. The new passes have no expiration, they can be sold for any date, rather than for a specific calendar month. If you would like to change your order or have any questions, please contact Tina Pederson at 913-715-8347 or tina.pederson@jocogov.org. JCT feels this is the simplest transition with minimal disruption.

31 day pass view

JoCo Treasurer (and Motor Vehicle) has a new online home

If you typed treasurer.jocogov.org into your Internet browser (or had that page bookmarked) and ended up here…welcome! Effective July 16, that website now lives within Johnson County Government’s website. All of the content, including areas for Motor Vehicle, Property Tax and Financial Management now reside here at www.jocogov.org.

Visitors will notice that on the home page of this site they have one-click access to popular services including “Online Tag Renewal,” which allows taxpayers to renew their annual vehicle registration electronically, and “Property Taxes,” which allows taxpayers to view and pay real estate and personal property tax bills online.

As with the prior website, Johnson County Motor Vehicle customers can easily find the “Get In Line” application to reserve a spot in the Olathe or Mission office. Other areas such as Property Tax, Purchasing, and Employee Benefits are also easy to find through the home page navigation.

Please take a tour of the new site here.

Advance voting by mail begins for August 5 Primary Election

Advance voting by mail for the August 5, 2014 Primary Election starts today, July 16. Advance voting in person begins July 21, 2014.

More information about advance voting and the August 2014 Primary Election:

Mobile Election Notification

"Where do I vote on Election Day?" In Johnson County, Kansas, your cell phone has the answer. Text VOTEKS, your address and ZIP to 74574. Within 60 seconds a return message displays your polling place name and address. See how it works.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Johnson County Election Office at election@jocoelection.org, call 913-782-3441, or visit www.jocoelection.org.

 

 

Special Edition Service Area Boundary Exception Pilot Project

The purpose of the pilot program is to evaluate the impact on the Special Edition system by providing service to facilities affiliated with or certified by a Community Developmental Disabilities
Organization (CDDO). that are outside the current Special Edition service area. The facility being transported to or from, must be within ½ mile outside the current Special Edition southern (159th Street) and western (K-7 and Hedge Lane) service area boundaries. The pilot project will be undertaken for six months, August 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015.

For details and to apply, please download this pdf document.

Emergency Services team up for a special delivery

When Emergency Communications Specialist Bob Long answered the 9-1-1 call at 4:43 a.m., Sunday, June 29, he had no idea he was about to become part of a special event. Stephen Morrison, a Spring Hill resident was on the other end of the call.  His wife, Brooke, was in labor.

In less than one minute, Emergency Communications Center staff dispatched Johnson County MED-ACT paramedics and Johnson County Fire District #2 crews to the Morrison’s home. For the next six minutes, Bob stayed on the phone with Stephen, giving him instructions to prepare for the birth. When they arrived, the fire and EMS crews recognized the signs of impending delivery and calmly and quickly prepared for a safe delivery. Six minutes after they arrived, Wyatt Morrison entered the world. The healthy baby and his mom were transported to the hospital for evaluation and observation. After the fire and EMS crews returned to their station, they realized Wyatt was even more special than they thought. 

On Monday, Wyatt and his family visited Johnson County Fire District #2 station 4 to meet the emergency responders who helped them - including Lieutenant Rick Jordan, who celebrates his own birthday on June 29. Their meeting was featured on Fox 4 news

Delivering babies is not the only emergency service Johnson County provides. For more information, visit www.jocogov.org/residents/emergency-services

Fire and MED-ACT crews with Baby Wyatt and his family  (L-R) Firefighter Colby Stanchfield, Fire Apparatus Operator Nikki Briggs, Captain Brad Davis, Paramedic Mike Hobart, Lieutenant Ashley Raymond holding baby Wyatt, big brother Logan, Mom Brooke Morrison, Dad Stephen Morrison, Captain Tom Turner, and Lieutenant Rick Jordan

Grocery Store Receipt Coupon

The following grocery stores are printing FREE JO ride coupons on the backs of grocery store receipts - Pick up yours today and ride The JO for FREE!

Price Chopper - 75th & Metcalf

Price Chopper - 119th & Metcalf

HyVee - 6655 Martway - Mission, KS

Price Chopper - 11700 W 135th, OP, KS

Price Chopper - 8686 Antioch - OP, KS

HyVee - 13550 W 63rd, Shawnee, KS

Emerald Ash Borer Spreads in Johnson County

Emerald Ash Borer infested Ash tree in Wyandotte County Kansas May 2014

This image is symptomatic of the early stages of Emerald Ash Borer infestation in an ash tree. Image taken by Wyandotte County K-State Research and Extension horticulture agent Lynn Lowery, May 26, 2014.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) confirmed Tuesday, June 24 that 3 adult emerald ash borer (EAB) were caught at a Roeland Park trap tree and 1 adult EAB was caught at a trap tree in Shawnee during a trap check in Johnson County, Kan. The newest confirmations were made by a KDA entomologist. The insect was first found in northern Johnson County in 2013. KDA is monitoring the insects’ movement through the use of traps.

“Up until now, we have been cautioning people to take a wait-and-see approach and not treat their Ash trees, said Dennis Patton, county Extension agent/horticulture. “With these new confirmations it is clear that the EAB population is spreading in Johnson County. We recommend spring treatments to tree owners, but only for valuable trees in excellent-to-good condition.”

Patton went on to add, “Tree owners need to understand that this is not a one-and-done deal. If you decide to treat your trees it’s with the understanding that it is for the life of the tree.”

Green and white ash have long been popular street trees. Since its first detection in Michigan in 2002, emerald ash borer Agrilus planipennis, a wood boring insect, has killed millions of ash trees in the native woodlands and suburban streets within its path. The insect is now present in twenty three states. Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation estimates that there are 4.6 million ash trees in the region at risk.

Patton’s advice from last year still stands. “The best recommendation at this time is not to panic. You have time to assess your situation and determine the best course of action, which can range from treatment to letting nature run its course.”

Patton stressed that treatments should be done in the spring. Before any action is taken, homeowners should assess the health and value of their tree. Preventive treatment options are available, but should only be considered for trees that are healthy and a value to the landscape

The Extension office has on their website detailed information with points tree owners should consider when dealing with emerald ash borer. Or they may call the Extension office at (913) 715-7000.

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The Johnson County Airport Commission now can be located on Facebook.  Like and/or Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/jocoairportcommission.

Create or update your organization's emergency plan today!

Every organization needs an emergency repsonse plan to ensure they are prepared for emergencies. 

Johnson County Emergency Management has reviewed and compiled a number of disaster-planning documents and links that your organization may find useful. These materials provide the basics of disaster planning for businesses and organizations. These resources are meant to provide a starting point for individuals that are interested in developing their organization's disaster response & recovery plans. We encourage all who utilize these materials to analyze their organization's specific needs carefully when considering the planning guidance provided. Please contact our planning staff at emm-planning@jocogov.org or 913-782-3038 with any questions.

Developing and maintaining Emergency Operations Plans (CPG-101)

Ready Business - This site outlines commonsense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready.

Prepare My Business - The Small Business Administration (SBA) and Agility Recovery Solutions are working together to encourage all small businesses to have a recovery plan in place. Working together, SBA and Agility are educating all businesses on the importance of recovery planning to remain open to service the needs of all communities.

DHS Business Ready Booklet - A commitment to planning today will help support employees, customers, the community, the local economy and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.

Ready Business outlines common sense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready. It provides practical information to help you plan for your company’s future. These recommendations reflect the Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Standard (NFPA 1600) developed by the National Fire Protection Association and endorsed by the American National Standards Institute and the Department of Homeland Security.

Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry - While this guide is a few years old, it still provides one of the most comprehensive approaches to emergency planning for businesses. The guide provides step-by-step advice on how to create and maintain a comprehensive emergency management program. It can be used by any organization where a sizable number of people work or gather (manufacturers, corporate offices, retailers, utilities, etc). This guide covers the planning process, emergency management considerations, hazard specific information, and additional information resources.

Pandemic Business Planning - In an influenza pandemic, businesses and other employers have a key role in protecting employees' health and safety as well as limiting the negative impact to the economy and society. Companies that provide critical infrastructure services, such as power and telecommunications, also have a special responsibility to plan for continued operation in a crisis and should plan accordingly. As with any catastrophe, having a contingency plan is essential.

Emergency Planning Exercises - FEMA Private Sector Division, Office of External Affairs recently began a new series of tabletop exercises as a tool to help private sector organizations advance their organization’s continuity, preparedness and resiliency. The series is a part of the Division’s vigilant efforts to incorporate the private sector across all stages of FEMA’s emergency management mission, to support FEMA’s capabilities, and to enhance national preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation of all hazards.

Additional Links:

FEMA - Private Sector Division
CDC - Emergency Response Resources
Ready.gov
Small Business Administration
Institute for Business & Home Safety
National Donations Management Network - FEMA 

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