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Election Commissioner recommends purchase of new voting machines

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On May 17, Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker will recommend the Board of County Commissioners approve the purchase of 2,100 new voting machines for a total cost of approximately $10.5 million.

“These new machines will provide the latest technology with significantly improved features, most important of which is the voter verifiable paper audit trail,” Metsker said. “This allows individuals to see a record of their votes on paper before they cast their ballot and it allows the county to maintain paper records of every vote.”

County recognizes R5 Certified Green partners

R5 granite awards on table

Recently, Johnson County Government recognized 26 local businesses, nonprofit organizations and school as R5 Certified Green Partner for outstanding environmental achievements related to waste diversion, composting and more.

In order to qualify for the R5 certification, administered through the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s recycling division, applicants met or exceeded criteria in five categories.

Help the Johnson County Library plan for the future

Johnson County Library has engaged the University of Kansas Public Management Center to assist it in gathering community input as it updates its five-year strategic plan. Whether you visit the library regularly or it’s been a while, Johnson County Library is interested in your opinion. 

Your input from this anonymous community survey will be used by the library to update its strategic plan and shape future services. 

The survey will be open through May 25, 2018.

Ernie Miller Nature Center to host Enchanted Fairytale Forest

Johnson County Parks and Recreation District invites the public to celebrate the magic of nature at their seventh annual Enchanted Fairytale Forest event on Saturday, May 5 at the Ernie Miller Nature Center. Visitors have the option of attending a two-hour session at 10 a.m. or at 1 p.m.

County commission approves case manager position for homeless

Homeless outreach

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners today authorized the Mental Health Center to accept an emergency solutions grant to fund a new, full-time case manager position to provide homeless outreach services.

The Mental Health Center’s new case manager will work to identify individuals in Johnson County who are part of the unsheltered homeless population. The emergency solutions grant, awarded by the Johnson County Human Services Department, will provide funds to enhance the current homeless outreach efforts of the Mental Health Center’s Recovery Support Team.

Thirty-three graduate from Johnson County Citizens Academy

Picture of Graduates

The County Manager’s Office and Board of County Commissioners recognized 33 residents on Monday for their completion of the Johnson County Citizens Academy. This 10-week program provides community-minded individuals the opportunity to participate in behind the scene tours of county departments, hands-on activities and conversations with county staff.

The May-June issue of The Best Times Magazine is arriving soon

The May-June issue of The Best Times, a bimonthly magazine for Johnson County’s 60-plus population, is on the way to its readership throughout the county.

The cover story showcases Dennis Wright, a volunteer welding instructor for The College of Trades program at the Johnson County Department of Corrections. The article also provides information about the department and two longtime employees about how the corrections department provides the resources for clients to make positive changes and better choices in their lives once they are released.

JCDHE and SMSD partnership receives recognition and grants

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment provides a multitude of programs to protect residents and help the environment. One of those programs has resulted in an award-winning partnership with the Shawnee Mission School District.

They have developed and implemented recycling and composting programs in the cafeterias of every Shawnee Mission School and center. Their efforts were recently recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 and were awarded a grant by the United States EPA Region 7 Food Recovery Challenge to further waste diversion efforts.

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