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Weigh in on ideas for the Johnson County Square
December 5, 2019

The county is building a new courthouse. When they demolish the old one, the space left is going to be known as the Johnson County Square.

The county and a steering committee are coming up with ideas for how to use the County Square. They want you to weigh in on the concepts they’ve created.

Share your opinion about the concepts. Tell the county what amenities you’d like to see in the County Square. Take the county’s online survey before or on Dec. 20, 2019.

BOCC update
December 5, 2019

More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

BOCC actions for the week of December 2, 2019

The Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation to recognize December 1-7 as National Influenza Vaccination Week. You can get important tips on preventing and fighting the flu from county and state experts from episode 16 of the JoCo on the Go podcast located at this link or wherever you subscribe to podcasts.

The BOCC voted to authorize the following items:

  • Adopted and authorized land record projects for 2020 for the Automated Information Mapping Systems (AIMS), an operation within the Department of Technology and Innovation and transferring and appropriating Register of Deeds technology funds not designated for use in 2019 in the amount of $38,000 for these projects.
  • (THIS ITEM WAS DEFERRED UNTIL DEC. 12) Consider authorizing the reallocation and expenditure of fund balance (reserves) for FY 2019 for the County General Fund in an amount not to exceed $925,184 to cover unanticipated costs related to jury and legal defense expenses in District Courts Administration, JIMS city licensing fees associated with the NICHE Law Enforcement Record Management System (RMS), and for wellness funding obligations.
  • (This item was voted to be tabled indefinitely on Nov. 14. On Dec. 5, the BOCC voted to put this item on the Dec. 19 Business Session agenda) A contract with VitalCore Health Strategies, LLC, for inmate and offender medical services, at a cost not to exceed $20,508,621.64 for a period of three (3) years with the option to renew for two (2) additional three (3) year periods.
  • Rescinded the appointment of Anthony Taylor to the Criminal Justice Advisory Council.

A look ahead for the week of Dec. 9.

Below is a look at the BOCC calendar for next week. Details on the meetings are available at https://www.jocogov.org/calendar-created/month?field_event_type_tid=4224&date=2019-11

BOCC week of Dec. 9

These are the current items on the Dec. 12, 2019 BOCC agenda:

  • Consider allocating $153,671 of 2020 Johnson County Alcohol Tax Funds as recommended by the Drug and Alcoholism Council of Johnson County, a program of United Community Services of Johnson County (UCS) in its 2020 Alcohol Tax Fund Recommendations Report.
  • Consider allocating $141,775 of 2020 Johnson County Human Service Funds as recommended by United Community Services of Johnson County (UCS) in its 2020 Human Service Fund Recommendations Report.
  • The Human Services Department is requesting that Johnson County work toward becoming a designated “Community for All Ages” (CFAA). The resolution will establish that Johnson County, Kansas desires to work toward becoming a designated Community for All Ages, as set forth by the sponsoring initiative entities.
  • Consider approving the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Johnson County Library and Facilities Department, authorizing the reallocation and expenditure of fund balances (reserves) for FY 2020 in the amount of $2,253,294 in the General Fund for the Facilities Department, and authorize the increased transfer and the associated expenditure authority changes in Johnson County Library in the amount of $2,294,835 to the County General Fund in FY 2020 and to increase the Facilities Department FTE by 20.0 to account for positions transferring from Johnson County Library, and to transfer $41,541 for Fleet maintenance and purchases of Library vehicles.
  • Consider approving the proposed 2020 County Assistance Road System Program expenditures in an amount not to exceed $18,473,000.
  • Consider approving the proposed 2020 Stormwater Management Program expenditures in an amount not to exceed $16,848,613.
  • Consider renewing the property and liability insurance policies for calendar year 2020 with the quoting carriers in the amount of $1,908,330. 
  • Consider authorizing a sole source contract with Tek84 Inc. for the purchase of two full body scanners, in an amount not to exceed $300,000.
  • Consider authorizing an agreement between Johnson County and the City of Edgerton, Kansas for the provision of law enforcement services in 2020 by the Sheriff’s Office to the City of Edgerton for the total amount of $462,419 and add 1.0 additional FTE to provide dedicated policing services to the City of Edgerton.
  • Consider authorizing an agreement between Johnson County and the City of De Soto, Kansas for the provision of law enforcement services in 2020 by the Sheriff’s Office to the City of De Soto for the total amount of $527,639.
  • Consider adopting a schedule establishing the accrual rates and maximum accrual caps for sick leave and vacation for certain Med-Act employees and adding the schedule to Human Resources Policy Nos. 504-Sick Leave and 505-Vacation as adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on September 19, 2019, and rescinding Policy No. 305.
JCDS Holiday Art Sale returns Dec. 4
December 3, 2019

The Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) Holiday Art Sale is an annual event that features work from artists in two JCDS programs: Emerging Artists and Papercrete Works. From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, shoppers can visit the dance studio at Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays!

JCDS is an agency within Johnson County that serves residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Emerging Artists and Papercrete Works are two programs within the agency that give individuals served a creative outlet and a way to earn an income from their work.

You can find items from both programs for sale throughout the year separately, but this sale is one of the few times a year you can check out collections from both programs at once.

Prices vary, and there is something for everyone. In addition to the items for sale, there will be a scratch and dent area. Most of the artists will be there along with giveaways, cookies, punch, coffee and holiday music. Kickstart your holiday shopping with the JCDS Holiday Art Sale!

For more information, please check out the Facebook event.

To learn more about JCDS, please visit us online.

JoCo on the Go: Stay engaged with your government
December 2, 2019

During our 18th JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re taking a close look at the Johnson County Citizens Academy Program. Two times per year, the county hosts the program for residents to gain an in-depth look at the programs and services they use every day, including Wastewater, Human Services, Emergency Management and Communications and more. Participants spend three hours per week, for 10 weeks touring Johnson County facilities, having conversations with department leaders and staff and learning how they can get more involved with their county government by volunteering.

County residents may apply online at any time. The next session begins in spring 2020. Learn more about CAP.

JoCo on the Go is now available on Apple and Google Play. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode at jocogov.org/podcast.

Museum exhibit celebrates a Retro Xmas
December 2, 2019

The Johnson County Museum is celebrating the 60th birthday of the aluminum Christmas tree throughout the holiday season. This icon of the Space Age, with its futuristic twist on traditional Christmas décor, was a major 1960s holiday fad. Through Jan. 11, 2020, these shiny beauties are the star of a special exhibit, Dreaming of a Retro Xmas.

“In 1959, the first successful aluminum tree—under the brand name Evergleam—was made and sold by the Aluminum Specialties Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. For the next 10 years, American buyers purchased aluminum trees in a dazzling array of colors, needle configurations and heights,” said Andrew R. Gustafson, curator of interpretation.

Just as fast as aluminum trees came on the scene, they disappeared from American living rooms and appeared in dumpsters and thrift shops. Today, the once-futuristic Atomic Age aluminum tree has become a retro icon, a piece of sought-after mid-Century Americana.

More than 20 aluminum trees in different colors and styles are displayed in the 1950s All-Electric House at the Johnson County Museum. Pulled from the private collection of Steve and Mary Pruitt, the trees recall childhood nostalgia for many Johnson Countians.

“The All-Electric House is our largest collection item, and we typically arrange the interior at Christmas time to look as if you have just walked into a great mid-Century holiday party,” Gustafson said. “This year, the house will serve as a showroom for the amazing Pruitt Collection. We are so excited to honor the aluminum tree!”

For more information about Johnson County Museum, the only organization dedicated to preserving, collecting and interpreting the county’s history, call 913-826-2787 or visit jocomuseum.org.

County offices closed for Thanksgiving
November 27, 2019

County offices will be closed this Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Board of County Commissioners will not meet on Thursday. We wish a Happy Thanksgiving to those who observe the holiday.