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Johnson County Sheriff's Office team to take a Polar Plunge!

Tomorrow, a team from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office will be among the brave souls who plunge into the icy water of Shawnee Mission Park Lake. The Sheriff's Office has participated in the Polar Plunge & Strut, benefitting Special Olympics Kansas, for many years. The event includes a 5K run followed by a brief dip in the lake. If you want to participate, click here to learn more. Good luck to all the participants!

Norovirus investigation at New Theatre Restaurant

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment to investigate an outbreak of norovirus among individuals who attended performances at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park beginning on Friday, Jan. 15 to the present date. More information, including a link to an online survey for those who have attended peformances during that timeframe, is available here

BOCC to hear recommendations for Johnson County Courthouse

Tomorrow at a Committee of the Whole, the Board of County Commissioners will hear a presentation on the recommended concept development for a proposed new Johnson County Courthouse. For the past several months, a collaborative project team representing Johnson County Government and SFS Architecture has presented the BOCC with information, assessments and studies regarding:

JCW completes sewer projects key to residential development

Nearly 2,000 acres of land are ready for development thanks to the recent completion of three new sewer projects by Johnson County Wastewater. Residential development is expected to follow the JCW projects. Johnson County attracts nearly 10,000 new residents annually.

Recently completed projects:
Two projects in the southern portion of the county account for more than half of the 1,900 acres ready to be developed:

2016 National Weather Service Storm Spotter Training

Are you fascinated by storms? Attend the National Weather Service's 2016 storm spotter training seminar on Monday, Jan. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at B&B Overland Park 16 Theaters (8601 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS 66223), theater #1. The interactive seminar is free and open to people of all ages.

Remodeled Central Resource Library now open

After 280 days of construction, the renovated Central Resource Library at 87th and Farley in Overland Park is back open! The remodeled facility includes many new features such as a MakerSpace that's six times the size of the previous one, plus a new Friends of the Library bookstore, more access to power for personal devices and better wireless internet.

Safe Kids Johnson County offers free car seat safety check-ups Saturday

Did you realize that three out of four kids who are buckled up are not restrained properly or sit in a seat that is incorrectly installed? Attend a free car seat safety check-up this Saturday to make sure your kiddo is riding safely.

Trained car seat safety specialists will examine child car seats for proper use, installation, age/size appropriateness and will alert parents to any recalled products at this event. Safety checks take approximately 30 minutes per seat. This is a great way for parents to make sure their children are buckled up right.

Look for your winter JoCo Magazine

Your winter edition of JoCo Magazine should arrive in Johnson County mailboxes this week if it hasn't already. The online version, along with our Web Extras, is available here. This issue highlights some of the new projects we are working on including the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, plus new libraries and parks. We also provide important and timely tips about making sure you are prepared for winter weather.

County offices closed on Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Our offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Yesterday our Board of County Commissioners presented a proclamation for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to Henry Lyons, president of the Olathe NAACP. You can view that presentation at this link.

Kansas' first Veterans Treatment Court launches

On Wednesday afternoon, Kansas Chief Justice Lawton Nuss and other dignitaries helped open the first Veterans Treatment Court in Kansas. The mission of the VTC is to identify veterans in the criminal justice system and, when eligible, get them into treatment and court supervision as an alternative to incarceration.