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Contractor Licensing Program receives COSA 2016 Community Guardian Award

The Carbon Monoxide Safety Association (COSA)'s Director of Training Bob Dwyer presented Johnson County's Building Official Jerry Mallory with the COSA 2016 Community Guardian Award on March 24 at the Spring Contractor Licensing Seminar. The award recognizes Johnson County's Contractor Licensing Program for its commitment to carbon monoxide (CO) safety practices through the education it provides including low-level CO test Training and the distribution of monitoring equipment. Over the past 10 years, Johnson County's Contractor Licensing Program has trained over 1,300 contractors.

Eat lunch and help feed others

Are you thinking about where to have lunch tomorrow? Johnson County Meals on Wheels and Food Truck Mafia KC will host the first annual Food Truck Rally to benefit Johnson County Meals on Wheels. It takes place on Thursday, March 24, at the Merriam Marketplace (5740 Merriam Dr.) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations will be collected to support March for Meals. Seven different food trucks will be on site, accepting cash, debit cards and credit cards.

This event is part of "March for Meals", aimed at benefiting Johnson County seniors, recruiting volunteers and raising awareness for senior hunger and isolation.


2016 State of the County delivered

More than 700 people gathered at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park today to hear Chairman Ed Eilert deliver the State of the County Address today. “As I begin my sixth year as County Chairman, I have never been more optimistic about our future,” said Chairman Ed Eilert, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. “We are fortunate to live in one of the nation’s best places to raise a family, obtain an education, earn a living and build a business.”

Give your input on expanded Johnson County bus service

Our 2016 budget includes increased funding for multiple county services, including parks, libraries and bus service. Johnson County Transit and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority are working in partnership to implement proposed improvements in July, with additional improvements tied to upcoming service changes in Kansas City later this year.

Spring kickoff at the WIC garden

The weather is forecasted to warm up by Tuesday, March 22 when the WIC garden springs to life for another growing season. The public is invited to volunteer at the kickoff event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. when county staff will plant potatoes, onions, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and more!

Last chance to register for Contractor Licensing Spring Seminar

There are still a few spots available for the Contractor Licensing Program 2016 Spring Education Seminar. The seminar will take place March 23-25 at the Overland Park Convention Center; click here to download the event brochure or register online. Watch a brief video about the contractor licensing seminars online here to get a better understanding of who attends and what's covered during the seminars. 

Next courthouse & coroner facility public meeting Thursday

Thursday night marks the third of six public meetings about the new courthouse and coroner facility. These meetings provide the public the opportunity to learn more about the projects, ask subject matter experts questions and provide feedback. The meeting will take place from 6–7:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Northeast Office, 6000 Lamar Ave., Mission, KS 66202. 

Chairman Eilert’s 2016 State of the County address on March 22

On March 22, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert will give his annual State of the County address. This year's event takes place on March 22 at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park, with check-in starting at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m. and the address beginning at approximately 12:25 p.m.

Reservations are still available through today and can be made by contacting your city's Chamber of Commerce. If you can't make this year's event, we will live tweet the address @jocogov. You can follow #JoCoSOTC.

Severe Weather Awareness Week brings opportunities to prepare

Johnson County is recognizing Severe Weather Awareness Week March 14-18 in order to increase community members' awareness of severe weather risks and the actions we all can take to protect our families, workplaces, and community. This is part of a statewide effort to encourage residents to prepare for severe weather that might impact their homes, businesses, and schools such as flooding, flash flooding, strong wind, lightning, thunder, hail and tornadoes.

Johnson County residents have three ways to participate in Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Next courthouse public meeting in Leawood Monday evening

Monday night marks the second of six public meetings about the new courthouse and coroner facility. These meetings provide the public the opportunity to learn more about the projects and provide feedback.

Each meeting will present the same material and include several information booths, a twenty minute presentation on the new courthouse (during each half hour) and the opportunity for attendees to take a quick survey to provide feedback on the information presented. All meetings are from 6–7:30 p.m. and are open house format.