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Protect yourself from Zika virus

Are your spring break travels taking you to the tropics? If so, make sure you are informed about preventing Zika virus infection.

First public meeting on new courthouse tonight

Tonight is the first 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.

Committee of the Whole on courthouse and coroner facility today

This afternoon, the Board of County Commissioners will hold a Committee of the Whole to receive more information on timelines, cost estimates and financing options for a proposed new courthouse and coroner facility. The COW takes place at 1:30 p.m. in the BOCC hearing room. It is open to the public and employees and will be streamed online with a link available from the home page of jocogov.org.

JCPRD summer park hours begin March 1

Summer hours of 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. go into effect Tuesday, March 1 for many Johnson County Park & Recreation District parks. These summer hours will stay in effect through Oct. 31.

District parks impacted by the new hours are: Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee; and Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Summer hours for Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

10 Things to do on Leap Day....JoCo style!

In the most recent version of JoCo Magazine, we provided 10 suggestions for ways you can engage with Johnson County Government on Leap Day (Feb. 29). Actually, these are great activities for ANY day! Below is links to more information.

1) Volunteer with us: We have a web page with links to many ways you can volunteer with one of our programs or services.

Trout season begins this Saturday

Come watch today’s stocking as 1,600 lbs. of trout are stocked at Kill Creek Park Lake at 2:30 p.m. and 3,800 lbs. are stocked in Shawnee Mission Park Lake at 3:45 p.m. After the fish are stocked, both lakes will be closed to all fishing until the siren start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, which signals the beginning of the 2016 trout season. For information on fishing and trout permits call 913-888-4713.

Public engagement on the Johnson County courthouse

Your feedback is requested on two public safety projects, one of which would solve the numerous problems with our aging Johnson County Courthouse.

After years of studies considering dozens of courthouse options on numerous sites, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners is considering a new 28-courtroom structure located on the north side of Santa Fe Street, across the street from the current location in downtown Olathe, and a new coroner facility near the county’s crime lab at 119th Street and Ridgeview Road in Olathe. 

Time to update your old web browser

If you haven’t updated your web browser in a while, in April you’ll probably notice many websites you visit won’t work properly, including this one.

The county, like many other organizations, is making updates on the back end as part of an overall effort to enhance the security of our website and further protect your personal information as you conduct business there. Starting April 1, many websites won’t work properly for computers with older browsers. This effort is part of a federal government initiative to protect your online information.

Text to 9-1-1 now available in JoCo & throughout KC region

The Kansas City metro area Regional 9-1-1 system is administered by Mid-America Regional Council, which published a news release and held a press conference earlier today announcing the availability of texting to 9-1-1. Below is some of the most critical information from MARC's news release, or read the full release here

Johnson County helps fight noxious weeds

If you think weeds are aggravating, you should have James Hoge’s assignment. He is the noxious weed director for the Johnson County Department of Public Works and Infrastructure. His main duties are to control, manage, and eradicate noxious weeds that have infested thousands of acres in mostly rural areas of the county.