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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

Sensory Time at the Museum -- NEW program starting March 2015!

image of KidScape exhibit logoSensory Time at the Museum
 Offered the 1st and 3rd Thursday every month starting in March 2015!

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

Fee: Free event, but space is limited to 20 children. Reservations required. Please call (913) 715-2575 to reserve your child's spot!

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.

Special activities have been added to 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!

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

Severe Weather Awareness Week

Severe Weather Awareness Week

Johnson County will be participating in the 2015 Severe Weather Awareness Week (SWAW) along with the State of Kansas Division of Emergency Management and National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. SWAW runs from March 2-6 and includes a state wide Tornado Drill Tuesday, March 3rd at 1:30pm. The State wide tornado drill will be performed in addition to routine monthly test of the outdoor warning sirens on March 4th at 11:00am, so excluding any weather complications and technical issues, the sirens will be tested two days in a row in March, the 3rd and 4th. In addition to the annual state-wide tornado drill on the 3rd, Johnson County will also be testing its mass notification system, NotifyJoCo at 10:00am on the 3rd as well. For more on the NotifyJoCo system, click here!

SWAW Events:

March 2nd :

  • Start of Severe Weather Awareness Week
  • Staff weather radio set-up (9:00 - 4:00)

March 3rd:

  • 10:00am - Countywide NotifyJoCo Test
  • 1:30pm - State-wide tornado drill (activation of outdoor warning sirens and NOAA weather radios)
  • Staff weather radio set-up (9:00 - 4:00)

March 4th:

  • 11:00am - Montly county-wide outdoor warning system test
  • Staff weather radio set-up (9:00 - 4:00)

March 5th:

  • Back-up date for statewide tornado drill, 1:30pm (if postponed from Tuesday)
  • Staff weather radio set-up (9:00 - 4:00)

March 6th:

  • Emergency Operations Center Open House (9:00 AM - 7:00 PM)

SWAW Information Packet

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management along with the National Weather Service and Kansas Association of Emergency Managers (KEMA) put together a great document for SWAW 2015 looking back at the weather that was in the state in 2014.

Johnson County Severe Weather Awareness Week Proclamation

On February 19th, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed the week of March 2nd through the 6th as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Severe Weather Awareness Links:

JCT Lobby/Counter

As of March 6, 2015 the JCT facility in Olathe will be closed.  Purchasing bus passes and paying late fees/no shows in the lobby will no longer be allowed.  Please go here for full details.

Public Meetings About Long-Term Vision of Downtown Transit

The KCATA will host two public meetings on Wednesday, Feb. 11, to update customers on Kansas City’s long-term vision for downtown transit. The JO routes operating in downtown are an important part of this vision.

WHAT:
KCATA will present a Project Update based on stakeholder feedback as they continue to develop a strategic plan for Downtown’s transit future. This vision to create a more intuitive, faster, and integrated system includes the concepts of transit emphasis corridors along Grand Boulevard and 11th and 12th Streets, and improved transit stations and facilities.

WHEN:
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. or 5–6:30 p.m. Identical information will be presented at both meetings. Please choose the one that best fits your schedule.

WHERE:
Kansas City Design Center, 1018 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo. Metro routes that travel near the Design Center: Main St. MAX, Troost MAX, and many other Metro routes. Eight JO routes also travel near the Design Center; please refer to route schedules for more information. (On-street parking available.) Call 816-221-0660 or visit http://www.kcata.org to plan your trip.

Brief presentations will provide the public with a project update. Previous public meetings were held in late summer 2014. The public will be invited to view, ask questions, and comment on proposed downtown route changes along the transit emphasis corridors, as well as conceptual designs of proposed transit facilities.

More detailed information is available. For route and schedule information, contact the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

JCT/KCATA Consolidation Notice - February 1, 2015

Effective February 1, 2015, The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (The METRO) will start managing Johnson County Transit.  Please note that services, buses and drivers will not change.  To view more information - click here!

10-year-old Lenexa girl receives MED-ACT Award of Appreciation

A 10-year-old Lenexa girl received an award from Johnson County MED-ACT and the Overland Park Fire Deparmment this week for using her sign language skills to help paramdeics communicate with a car crash victim. You can learn more about Susan Yesenia Diosdado's heroic story by viewing the Johnson County MED-ACT Facebook page (be sure to like them while you are there) or these media reports.

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Deviation for 10th & Main - KCMO

Due to Streetcar construction, the bus stop location at 10th & Main is not accessible - catch The JO on the NE corner of Main at 10th or go to 10th & Walnut to board.  Click here for full details.

Modern Art Adventures -- March 4 @ 10 a.m.

Modern Art

 On Wednesday,March 4th, experiment with watercolor, tissue paper and string to create a color field painting inspired by Helen Frankenthaler’s works. Offered in conjunction with the Museum's current exhibition, What is Modernism?

Visit http://www.frankenthalerfoundation.org/ for background information on Helen Frankenthaler, a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting.

Reservations required, parents must stay with children. Space is limited to 20!  Pre-register by calling (913) 715-2575. Walk-ins will be welcome if space is available.

Fee: $3 per participant; Members Free

 
New walk-in renewal fee now in effect at Motor Vehicles

To avoid the additional $5 per vehicle fee for renewals done in person, renew your vehicles by mail or online. More information is available here.

2014 Property Tax Statements Due by December 22, 2014

The Johnson County Treasury and Financial Management department has begun mailing 198,623 real estate and 23,582 personal property tax statements to Johnson County taxpayers. The first half real estate and personal property taxes are due on or before Monday, December 22, 2014, and the second half 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.

Upcoming Events

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March 2, 2015 | 12:00 am to 11:30 pm

Severe Weather Awareness Week

March 2, 2015 | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Weather Radio Programming

March 3, 2015 | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Weather Radio Programming

March 3, 2015 | 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Human Services Volunteer Orientation

March 4, 2015 | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Weather Radio Programming