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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

Private gardens opened for public viewing during popular Kansas City garden tour

Bricked garden path leading into shade landscaped gardenSix private gardens will be opened to the public during the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Gardener Public Tour, May 16 and 17. Kansas City’s premier garden tour is a biennial event, and the only opportunity to tour some of the most beautiful private gardens in Kansas City. It is a perfect weekend excursion for anyone looking for new design ideas or tips for their own garden and landscape.

This tour is unique from other area garden tours! Each garden is owned and maintained by an Extension Master Gardener (EMG). The gardens offer a wide spectrum of designs. From a smaller villa lot to a typical suburban city lot, we are confident you will discover a gem that surely appeals to your particular taste. And, we encourage pictures. No garden is off limits!

What You'll See

All of the gardens are within an easy drive, located in Overland Park and Olathe. The homes are selected for their individual qualities, and represent solutions to many gardening challenges commonly found in our region. This year’s gardens feature something for everyone, including:

  • eco-friendly water retention systems,
  • a secret hide-a-way,
  • deer proof plants,
  • shimmering poolside retreats,
  • wildlife habitats,
  • plants that thrive in dense shade,
  • edible landscapes, and
  • drainage solutions.

This tour is popular because the owners are passionate about gardening and have transformed standard suburban lots into their own personal oasis. The garden owners and university-trained Extension Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. You'll receive educational fact sheets from each garden, full of practical tips to take home so that you can incorporate new plants, plant combinations and ideas to create your own personal oasis.

Garden Art and Unique Hosta

Hosta plantOnce again, we're offering our popular hand crafted garden art and Hosta plants from national Hosta expert, Rob Mortko. Rob will be at the Class Act garden with a large selection of Hosta varieties and will be available to answer all your Hosta questions. But hurry ... both the garden art and Hostas sell out quickly!

Where to Buy Tickets

This popular event is only held every other year, so don't miss out. Tour tickets for this springtime, rain-or-shine event are $12 prior to May 1, and $15 after. Tickets are now available through: Johnson County K-State Extension; Johnson County Hen House Market after May 1; or any of the six gardens during the days of the tour. Maps and directions are provided with each ticket. To learn more, take a virtual tour, at www.johnson.ksu.edu/gardentour or call (913) 715-7000.

JCCC Deviation - 4/25/2014

Due to JCCC school shows, Johnson County Transit (JO buses) will not have access to the circle drive at the Carlsen Center on 4/25/2014 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Click here for complete details and map.

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
Small Business Administration
Institute for Business & Home Safety
National Donations Management Network - FEMA 

JO News - Spring Edition

Read up - JO News Spring Edition is avilable - click here!

JO Monthly Bus Passes

JO Monthly Bus Passes are now good on KCATA (The Metro), KCK (The Bus) and Independence (INDE) buses.  The only exceptions are on Metro Commuter/Express routes #34X Liberty, #170 Blue Springs and #152 Lee’s Summit/Raytown. $75.60 gets you all access - Click here to buy your JO monthly pass today!


Severe weather season is upon us, it's time to prepare!

Johnson County is vulnerable to tornadoes and many other hazards. Thankfully, there are a number of fairly simple things we can do to prepare.  Everyone is encouraged to:

Make a Plan - As we enter severe weather season, it is a good time to consider all of the places you and your family spend time throughout the week (everywhere you live, work, learn, and play). Do you know where you would take shelter in each of these locations during a tornado warning?  Do other people that may rely on you know where to go?  If not, now is the time to prepare.

Build a Kit - Having a disaster supplies kit is a key element to being prepared.  After a disaster emergency responders will be working hard to meet everyone’s emergent needs but they cannot reach everyone immediately.  Getting help could take hours, or it could take days.  A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.  Your kit needs to have enough food, water, and other supplies to last you at least three days after a disaster. Do you have a kit that meets your needs? If not, now is the time to prepare.

Stay Informed - Staying informed before, during and after disasters is essential. In addition to knowing what risks face your community and what you can do to prepare for them ahead of time, you need to make sure you have multiple ways to receive emergency notifications and updates.  Having a battery or crank operated NOAA All-hazards Weather Radio is a great way to ensure you are kept informed of official warnings for your area.  Additionally, in Johnson County you can sign up for NotifyJoCo (www.notifyjoco.org).


Get involved! Volunteer for a Johnson County board or commission

Want to contribute your talents to Johnson County? Consider volunteering for a board or commission.

At the March 13 BOCC meeting, the BOCC approved the reappointment of George Schlagel  as the sixth district representative to the Park and Recreation Commission and Francis H. "Chip" Corcoranas the Chairman's representative to the Transportation Council. These are two of the more than 300 Johnson County residents who volunteer their time to serve on boards and commissions.

These board and commission volunteers help to save taxpayer dollars, and the County benefits from their active participation by taking advantage of the rich and varied backgrounds, abilities, and experiences they bring to the table.

Vacancies on the various appointed boards and commissions open up on a regular basis, so you are encouraged to check the status of these terms frequently in order to stay informed. You can learn all about the various opportunities to get engaged and learn more about how to apply for a board or commission on our FAQ.

Deviation Route 546

Route 546 has two deviations, Merriam to replace the bridge on Johnson Drive over Turkey Creek the first half of 2014 and construction on Johnson Drive in Mission, with the bus traveling along Martway.

Free Online Mapping Training

FREE CLASSES! - AIMS offers free training classes to the public and our partners each month. We have scheduled several classes for the first half of 2014. These classes offer hands-on training on the AIMS Online Mapping application as well as a variety of tips and tricks for getting the most out of the application to help you find what you're looking for. MyAIMS classes offer additional capabilities for our data partners (cities, utilities, etc.) to access information not available to the public, such as recorded documents and utility data. For more information and to enroll, click here.

Election workers needed for 2014 voting

The Johnson County Election Office is now recruiting workers for the upcoming 2014 August primary and November general elections.

More than 1,800 election workers are needed on Election Day to serve the voters at nearly 200 polling places in Johnson County. Their duties include staffing the polls and assisting Johnson County voters.

Election workers must be U.S. citizens, residents of Johnson County, and registered voters at their current address. Students who will be at least 16 years of age at the time of the election are also invited to serve as election workers. Only one student is allowed at each polling place.

Kansas law requires training of all election workers before each election. Training sessions, averaging approximately three hours, are normally scheduled during the month prior to an election.

Election workers must be available for the entire Election Day at their assigned polling place. They start at 6 a.m. setting up and do not leave until about 8 p.m. after closing down the polling site.

The pay for an election worker is $110. Supervising judges receive $135. All workers are paid $15 per session for attending the required training classes.

For more information and a link to the application form to become an election worker, visit www.jocoelection.org/workers/ElectionWorkers.htm.

Upcoming Events

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April 27, 2014 | 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Helmet Head Bike Rodeo

May 7, 2014 | 11:00 am to 11:15 am

Outdoor Warning Siren Test

May 10, 2014 | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Kids in the Kitchen - Mother's Day Brunch

June 4, 2014 | 11:00 am

Outdoor Warning Siren Test