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Lenexa and Shawnee join county's co-responder program

Four Johnson County cities will now have a mental health professional embedded in their law enforcement agency.

Lenexa and Shawnee are the newest cities to join the Johnson County Mental Health co-responder program. This partnership allows a mental health professional to accompany police officers on calls that involve a potential mental health situation. The goal is to provide individuals experiencing a mental health issue quicker access to services and keep them out of jail or the emergency room.

Cause of NotifyJoCo system false alarm identified and resolved

The issue that resulted in a false tornado warning on the county’s emergency alert system, NotifyJoCo, has been identified and resolved.

New effort to increase availability of healthy foods in JoCo

A new effort is aimed at expanding access to healthy foods for all of Johnson County. Our Department of Health and Environment has partnered with several area organizations on the newly-created Johnson County Food Policy Council. You can read more information in this news release.

Free Healthy Yards Expo this Saturday

A free event on Saturday will help you make greener choices for your yard and garden. The Healthy Yards Expo on Saturday, April 2 is a partnership between Johnson County K-State Research and Extension, Johnson County Stormwater Management and the cities of Lenexa, Overland Park and Shawnee. Activities include tips from lawn and gardening experts, door prizes, and even a free soil test. We invite you to click here to learn more about this event.

Emergency Management & Communications names its new director

Ellen Wernicke has been named Director of Johnson County Emergency Management & Communications. Wernicke has served as interim director since the previous director, Walt Way, retired in October 2015. She joined what was then the Johnson County Emergency Communications department in 1998 and except for a brief period in 2000 has been with the department for 18 years. You can learn more about her in our news release.

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!

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