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111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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Donate to the Kitchen Restore Project
September 14, 2021

Johnson County's K-State Research and Extension office is collecting gently used kitchen equipment and tools to help those in need. the JoCo EATS Kitchen Restore provides kitchen starter kits of gently used or new essentials.

Items can be dropped off at 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1500, Olathe.

Items accepted include:

  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups (dry/liquid)
  • Cutting boards/mats
  • Colanders
  • Mixing bowls
  • Paring knives
  • Chef knives
  • Spatulas
  • Spoons (slotted/stirring)
  • Whisks
  • Tongs
  • Vegetable peelers
  • Hand can openers
  • Glass baking dishes
  • Saucepans/skillets/stock pots/lids (if available)
  • Cookie sheets
  • Pie plates
  • Storage containers with lids
  • Dinner plates
  • Forks/knives/spoons
  • Cereal bowls
  • Glasses
  • Coffee mugs
  • Plastic glasses for kids
  • Plastic dinner plates for kids
  • Pot holders
  • Pitchers
  • Washclothes
  • Towels (hand/dish)
  • Small microwaves
  • Coffee pots
  • Toasters
  • Pancake griddles
  • Crockpots
  • Electric skillets
  • Hand mixers

Please no single-use items. For more information about the program, call 913-715-7000.

JoCo on the Go: 50 Plus turns 50
September 13, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #105, a popular Johnson County Park and Recreation program turns 50 this year. Hear from the 50 Plus department manager about all the exciting ways you can stay mentally and physically fit while enjoying some great social activities throughout the county. Hear from a long-time fitness instructor about the many opportunities to stay active and independent. Also learn about the program’s travel activities and pandemic-related accommodations, such as virtual classes, so everyone can feel safe getting involved. Finally, hear about this year’s much-anticipated Live Well Age Well event.

Also look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Learn more about JoCo on the Go.

JCPRD hosts virtual Live Well Age Well 2021
September 10, 2021

Now in its eleventh year with Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s 50 Plus Program, this year’s virtual Live Well Age Well event features local experts providing tips, resources, and take-aways that are available either online or right here in our community. Virtual sessions will be held from 9am – 12:30pm on Tuesday, Sept. 14 and Wednesday, Sept. 15.  

Registration is required. Attendance is limited to 275 and closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, Sept. 12th. To register, visit https://jcprd.com/livewellagewell.

The event is free to all registered attendees and will feature a variety of educational sessions, online resources, demonstrations, and door prize opportunities through the online video conference platform Zoom. 

Board of County Commissioners update
September 9, 2021

More information including official minutes, votes, videos, information about how to make public comments and how to request accommodations is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

The Board issued proclamations for the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Sept 15 – Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage month, the week of Sept. 10 as Welcoming Week and National Suicide Prevention Month.

This video of Johnson County stories from the Pentagon was shown during the 9/11 proclamation.

BOCC actions for Sept. 9, 2021

  • Authorized a contract with US Engineering Construction, LLC to replace underground hydronic piping between the Adult Residential Center Programs Building (ARCP) and Adult Residential Center #4 (ARC4) located at 141 Mission Parkway, New Century, Kansas 66031 in the amount not to exceed $119,666. Vote: 7-0, passed.
  • Approved a request from Ryan and Kortney Bevins, applicants and landowners, for conditional use permit approval for an oversized accessory building on 4 acres, located at 20096 Briar Street, on property zoned PRUR, Planned Rural district, in Section 9, Township 15, Range 25. Vote: 7-0, passed.
  • Approved a request from Judd Claussen, Phelps Engineering, on behalf of EMCH Feed & Elevator Co., Landowner, for revised Preliminary Development Plan (PDP) for Metcalf 211 Lots 13 & 14, Final Development Plan (FDP) for Lot 14 and Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for exterior storage on Lot 14 on property in Section 18, Township 15, Range 25. Located at 21078 & 21079 Floyd Street. Vote: 7-0, passed.
  • Approved a request from Phelps Engineering, Inc, applicant, and Charles Morse, landowner, for rezoning 20 acres from RLD, Residential Low Density district zoning to RUR, Rural zoning district, and a Preliminary and Final Plat for two residential lots, to be known as Bluestem Meadows, located at 18460 Ridgeview Road. Vote: 7-0, passed.
  • Authorized a contract renewal with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) to furnish Group Health and Stop Loss Administration services for the 2022 calendar year with an estimated annual administration cost not to exceed $6,900,000 as included in the 2022 Health Care Fund budget, and authorized the 2022 medical plan design changes, 2022 wellness program enhancements, and 2022 employee contribution rate structure recommended by the Health Care Fund Management Team (HCFMT) Vote: 7-0, passed.

Manager’s Memo, Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager

COVID-19 and Vaccination: Johnson County Updates 

The COVID-19 report  prepared by Charlie Hunt is available here

Items currently on the agenda for the Sept. 16 meeting:

  • Consider authorizing an agreement with Technology Group Solutions (TGS) for the purchase of Veeam Availability Suite Universal Enterprise License (using cooperative contract NCPA Contract 01-75) and implementation services in the amount not to exceed $138,790.60. 
  • Consider approving the Fiscal Year 2022 budget for Johnson County Fire District # 1 and adopting Resolution No. 067-21. 
  • Consider approving the Fiscal Year 2022 budget for Northwest Consolidated Fire District and adopting Resolution No. 068-21. 
  • Consider approving the Fiscal Year 2022 budget for Consolidated Fire District No. 2 and adopting Resolution No. 069-21. 
  • Joseph H. Chick, applicant, and Richard L. Gratny Revocable Trust and Annette M. Gratny Revocable Trust as landowners, are requesting a Preliminary and Final Plat for two (2) residential lots, to be known as Wall Ridge Fourth Plat, on approximately 30 acres, on property zoned RUR, Rural District, located west of 115th Street and Homestead Lane. 
  • Consider authorizing a contract with Tech Gardens, Inc. for the purchase of Disaster Recovery Storage, in the amount not to exceed $361,532.
Johnson County Charter Commission to receive public comment
September 10, 2021

The Johnson County Charter Commission will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m., on Sept. 13, at the KU Edwards Campus BEST Conference Center, Overland Park, to receive comments on the Johnson County Home Rule Charter. The charter establishes the Charter Commission’s authority conduct comprehensive studies of any or all aspects of county government operations, including a review of the existing County Charter and major resolutions of the Charter Commission as they affect Johnson County Government operations.

The Charter Commission is comprised of 25 Johnson County residents who have been appointed by the various authorities as provided by state law. The charter approved by Johnson County voters in 2000 requires a Johnson County Charter Commission be established every 10 years to review Johnson County Government operations and present its findings and recommendations to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. Any recommendations for charter amendments must then be placed on a ballot for consideration by Johnson County voters in an election. 

Since March 1, the Charter Commission has met approximately twice monthly to learn about county departments, programs and services. Each meeting was broadcast through Facebook Live and is available online. The upcoming public hearing will allow the public an opportunity to provide feedback and comments for the Charter Commission’s consideration.

Public comment may be presented in several ways: 1) in person at the KU Edwards Campus, BEST Conference Center, 12604 Quivira Rd., Overland Park; 2) virtually through Zoom; or 3) through written comments. A time limit of three minutes has been set for each person presenting public comment.

Learn more about the Johnson County Charter Commission.

How to provide comment: Those wishing to speak by Zoom must pre-register at charter.jocogov.org by 11 a.m., Sept. 13. Those providing in-person comments may pre-register at charter.jocogov.org or may sign up at KU Edwards Campus beginning at 5 p.m., on Sept. 13. Written comment will also be accepted through an online submission form. A live broadcast will be available on Johnson County Government’s Facebook page.

In-person safety precautions: To reduce the spread of COVID-19, physical distancing will be observed for those choosing to participate in person. Seating will be limited. The University of Kansas requires that all visitors, including those who are fully vaccinated, must wear a cloth face covering, surgical/medical face mask or Powered Air-Purifying Respirator suit over their mouths and nose when in indoor common areas anywhere on the campus. Learn more about KU’s Public Health Safety Requirements. The Charter Commission will enforce these requirements.

Johnson County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Those needing accommodations, such as a sign language or oral interpreter, can make a request at [email protected], by phone at 913-715-0430 or through the Kansas Relay Operator service at 800-766-3777. Accommodation requests should be made at least two business days prior to the event.

JoCo on the Go: JoCo Remembers 9/11
September 8, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #104, our world was forever changed 20 years ago. On this 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we remember where we were, the impact it had on us and the 2,977 lives lost that day. You’ll hear from Johnson County Airport Commission Executive Director Aaron Otto about his ties to the Pentagon and the realization of losing a friend killed during the attacks.

Also hear from Overland Park’s Jason Rhodes about the city’s 9/11 memorial that attracts people year after year. Find out what Overland Park has in store to observe the two decades that have passed. Also hear from Johnson County staff about the JoCo Remembers event, proclamation signing and impressive flag display to commemorate the anniversary. 

Look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Learn more about JoCo on the Go and get a complete transcript of this episode.