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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

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. 

No JO or Special Edition Service on Memorial Day

Area transit providers will observe the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25.

The JO will not offer service on Memorial Day. Special Edition/SWIFT paratransit will not provide trips, and dispatch and the administrative offices will also be closed. 
In addition, Johnson County offices will be closed

The Metro and MAX will use Sunday/Holiday schedules on Memorial Day. The Regional Call Center, administrative offices and Customer Service Lobby will be closed. The Share-A-Fare paratransit office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and paratransit service will be provided in eligible areas.

Unified Government Transit routes will not offer service on Memorial Day. Unified Government Transit Dial-A-Ride paratransit will not provide trips, and dispatch and the administrative offices will also be closed. 

IndeBus will not offer service on Memorial Day. IndeAccess paratransit will not provide trips, and dispatch and the administrative offices will also be closed. For route information about IndeBus, call 816-461-4287 (IBUS) or visit http://www.indebusmo.com/.

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.

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.

MED-ACT celebrating 40th anniversary with Saturday open house

Learn what it's like to be a paramedic during Johnson County MED-ACT's 40th anniversary open house.

Tour MED-ACT Station 1511, talk to paramedics, learn more about different types of ambulances, and see equipment used during unique emergency situations, such as those involving hazardous chemicals. The Johnson County Emergency Management & Communications Mobile Command Unit will also be available.

Staff will be performing hands-only CPR training and free blood pressure checks. Free coloring books will be available for kids.

The open house is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 16, at MED-ACT Station 1151, 205 East Flaming Road, Olathe.

Johnson County MED-ACT began operation as the advanced life support transport provider in the county on March 25, 1975, after receiving overwhelming voter support. It started with just two ambulances to cover the entire county. Today, MED-ACT operates 17 ambulances and two paramedic advance response units, responding to 36,000 emergency calls each year.

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2014 Second Half Property Tax Statements Due May 11, 2015

The Johnson County Treasury and Financial Management department has mailed 52,158 real estate and 2,384 personal property tax statements to Johnson County taxpayers. The second half real estate and personal property taxes are due on or before Monday, May 11, 2015. Taxpayers have several convenient options to pay their taxes, including paying online or by mail. To see all of our payment options, please visit our Frequent Questions section of our website, within the Real Estate and Personal Property Tax menu.

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.

Upcoming Events

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June 12, 2015 | 8:30 am to 10:00 am

Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board Meeting

June 18, 2015 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Human Services Volunteer Orientation

June 25, 2015 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Community Corrections Advisory Board Meeting