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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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Board of County Commissioners update
December 3, 2020

More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, for the Board of County Commissioners Meetings, the County Commissioners will not be physically present in the Board Hearing room and will be using Zoom, an online meeting tool, to conduct the meeting. Please watch the broadcast of the meeting from our link at boccmeetings.jocogov.org or on Facebook Live for a live feed or later when the video is posted. 

During this time, we will not be accepting Public Comments during the meeting. If you have information or comments related to any item on our agenda that you would like to have presented to the Commissioners, we encourage you to submit that information in writing. If you wish to submit information, you may submit public comments by visiting this website – boccmeetings.jocogov.org starting Next Tuesday. Public Comments received before noon on the Wednesday, before the Thursday BOCC meeting will be shared with the entire Board prior to the meeting. If you are unable to comment using the website, you may call the following number, and we will record your information. (913) 715-0424.
Persons who may need assistance, the use of a sign language or oral interpreter, or who require special accommodations, should contact us at [email protected], via the Kansas Relay Operator at 800-766-3777, or by phone at (913) 715-0430 at least two (2) business days prior to the meeting.

BOCC actions for Dec. 3, 2020

  • (Sitting as the Governing Body of Fire District No. 2) Declared the 2017 Ford F450/Braun ambulance as surplus and authorize a contract with Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus, LLC. to sell the ambulance. 
  • (Sitting as the Governing Body of Fire District No. 2) Authorized a 3-year agreement with Johnson County Fire District No. 1 to provide code enforcement services within the Fire District’s boundaries west of Lackman Rd, in the City of Spring Hill, and within the boundaries of Miami County Fire District No. 2. 
  • Approved a request from Chad Luikart, applicant, and Blue Valley School District #229, for a Special Permit for ancillary storage for the school district use, on 19 acres located at 18440 Mission Road. 
  • Approved a request from John Petersen, agent for Polsinelli PC, applicant, and Wolf Creek Golf Links, Inc., landowner, for a Conditional Use Permit Amendment to allow expansion of the clubhouse and parking lot and construction of a new equipment storage building serving an existing golf course facility and for a Conditional Use Permit to allow a guest cabin for use as a business retreat associated with the golf course facility, on 233 acres, located at 18695 Lackman Road. 
  • Approved the 2021 Audit Plan proposed by the County Auditor. 
  • Approved renewing and amending the County’s Donor Recognition Policy for the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC), including the Museum. 
  • Approved extending the termination date of the Consolidation Agreement between Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to December 31, 2030. 
  • Authorized an Agreement with Johnson County Fire District #1, allowing MED-ACT to co-locate in a new fire station located at 33364 W 191st, Edgerton, Kansas, for a period of twenty (20) years in exchange for a one-time payment of $1,000,000 funded with General Fund reserves. 
  • Authorized the addition of eleven (11) FTEs, and $33,000 in uniform costs to provide staffing for three (3) Overland Park Fire Department (OPFD)/MED-ACT Partnership ambulances pursuant to an operations transition that will occur in the 3rd Quarter of 2021 to accommodate an accelerated termination of the current OPFD/MEDACT Partnership agreement that expires December 31, 2022. 
  • Authorized a one (1) year extension of a Lease Agreement with the City of Merriam for MED-ACT to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance and emergency medical services in the City, and the City to provide building space to house MED-ACT personnel and equipment for an annual rental payment of $500. 
  • Adopted the 2021 Johnson County State Legislative Platform.
  • Authorized the disbursement of funds as indicated on the Coronavirus Relief Fund Reimbursement Phase One and Phase Three reports dated December 3, 2020.
  • (Added item to the agenda) Approved holding the Dec. 10, Dec. 17, Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 meetings via Zoom, with public comments submitted in writing until a mutually agreeable option for virtual public comments is found
  • (Added item to the agenda) A vote took place to eliminate BOCC salaries until the BOCC meetings return in person. The motion failed.

Manager’s Memo, Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager

City of Gardner – Main St Market Place TIF Project Plan 1 (Notice of Public Hearing)

The City of Gardner will conduct a public hearing on December 7, 2020, to consider approving the Main St. Market Place TIF Project Plan 1 generally located at the northwest corner of Moonlight Rd and Main St. The project plan includes the design, development, and construction of a new grocery store of approximately 60,000 sq. ft., a pad site to accommodate approximately 3,500 sq. ft. of retail/restaurant use, and other improvements. More information is available here.

City of Mission – Rock Creek TIF District No. 3 Project Plan (Notice of Public Hearing) 
The City of Mission will conduct a public hearing on December 16, 2020, to consider approving the Rock Creek TIF District No. 3 Project Plan generally located at the southeast corner of Johnson Dr and Nall Ave. The project plan includes acquisition and construction of a new multistory multi-family residential development, public space, and open space. More information is available here and here.

Major Projects Update
This report is for major projects over $1 million. The report will be provided bi-monthly. The report will also be supplemented by the Public Building Commission bi- annual reports in February and August. The information contained in this report is through November 30, 2020.

2020 Census Recognition 
Dozens of representatives from Johnson County Government, cities, school districts, chambers of commerce, faith-based organizations and community organizations served on the Johnson County Complete Count Committee, whose goal was to educate our community on the importance of the 2020 Census, as well as how to participate. An 18-month outreach campaign, Count Me in JoCo, helped Johnson County reach a 79.7% self-response rate, compared to 76.1% in the 2010 Census, with commendable participation in our cities and townships. Part of our success came from the ability to print informational pieces due to two grants from the REACH Healthcare Foundation. 

COVID-19 Funding and Expense Report and CRF Phase One and Phase Three Reimbursement, Maury Thompson, Deputy County Manager

The weekly COVID-19 Operating Report, detailing COVID-19 specific expenditures and funding received is available here. To date the organization has identified $68,722,251.08 in costs which are eligible for CARES act reimbursement and received $131,597,335.61 in federal funds.  

PPE update, Dan Robeson, Johnson County Emergency Manager

We continue to address the PPE needs of our county’s front-line workers, checking with them on a weekly basis and are fulfilling their needs. Since June 25 we have placed 29 orders and received 21. More information is available in this report.

COVID-19 update: Dr. Sanmi Areola, director and Elizabeth Holzschuh, director of epidemiology, Department of Health & Environment 

As of yesterday, Johnson County has 24,796 positive cases, 293 deaths (196 deaths in LTCF, or 67%). We have 16,023 presumed recovered. The incidence rate (last 14 days) is 753/100,000 residents and the percent positivity rate is 14.6%.
Our number of new cases is very high. The week of 11/15 we had 2,378 cases, and 2,352 the week of 11/22. We expect to see a spike of cases in the next few weeks due to Thanksgiving. We are seeing an increase in cases in the 0-9 and 10-19 age groups. The 20-29 age group has come down.

Johnson County has adopted into the CDC’s new guidance on shorter quarantine timelines for people who are close contacts of people with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic. More information is available in this news release.

COVID-19 PCR testing is increasing in Johnson County. JCDHE’s testing clinic is expanding from 1,140 to 1,820 tests per week. JCDHE is working with KDHE to increase testing resources as part of the Kansas Unified Testing Strategy. There is good news regarding vaccines, and DHE has been working on vaccination plans with local and state partners.

Read this week’s report.

The following items are on the agenda for the Dec. 10 meeting.

  • Consider an exception to competition to contract with Collins REV Group for the purchase of a mobile clinic to be used for COVID testing and response in the amount of $174,950. 
  • Consider authorizing and approving certain airport improvements and costs associated with the issuance of general obligation bonds as authorized by K.S.A. 3-301 et.seq.; amend the FY 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to include the Airport and its related facilities by approving the construction or reconstruction of certain roads in the same amount; and authorizing the publication of notice of intent to issue general obligation internal improvement bonds in an amount not to exceed $2,000,000 in the official County newspaper. 
  • Consider amending the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to authorize a project to update the County’s Strategic Facilities Master Plan (SFMP) in an amount not to exceed $600,000, authorize the reallocation and expenditure of General Fund reserves in the amount of $600,000 for this use, and increase the Countywide Architectural Term and Supply Contract in an amount not to exceed $600,000 for a total contract expenditure authority of $2,100,000. 
  • Conduct a public hearing to authorize funds for the construction phase of the Rock Creek, Martway, and 75th & Nall Pump Station Improvements Project (MTM1-Contract 74) in an amount not to exceed $6,046,800, increasing the total project authorization to $7,189,000, and consider entering into the Right of Way Use Agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation at the Rock Creek Pump Station. 
  • Consider authorizing a contract with Walters-Morgan Construction, Inc. to construct the Rock Creek, Martway, and 75th & Nall Pump Station Improvements Project (MTM1-Contract 74) in an amount not to exceed $4,583,800.
JCDHE announces shorter quarantine length
December 4, 2020

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its recommendation for the length of time residents should stay in quarantine following close contact with someone who has COVID-19, if they are asymptomatic. Previously, quarantine lasted for a full 14 days. Now, as long as you don't develop symptoms, you can go about normal activities earlier. Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has adopted these recommendations.

You now have two options for when quarantine ends:

  • Get tested on day 5 or later of an exposure to someone with COVID-19. If the test results are negative and you have no symptoms, you can go about normal activities on the eighth day. 
  • If you choose not to get tested and have no symptoms, you are out of quarantine on the 11th day.

In both instances, you should continue to monitor your symptoms for the full 14 days. If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate.

Nursing homes and correctional facilities will continue to follow the full 14-day quarantine guidelines, as before. 

New testing opportunities in Johnson County
December 3, 2020

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is partnering with local organizations, the state of Kansas and the Mid-America Regional Council to provide expanded testing opportunities. As always, you can continue to get tested through the JCDHE drive-thru clinic. APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED for JCDHE testing. You are encouraged to get tested if you have symptoms, if you you've been exposed to someone with the virus or if you've been in a large crowd.

Here is the latest pop-up community testing events:

  • 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 5, Center of Grace, 520 S. Harrison St., Olathe. Registration is required by calling 913-648-2266. You must be at least 5 years old. Young children must be able to sit still during the test.
  • 1 - 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7, Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park. No registration is required. Must be 2 or older to be tested. Young children must be able to sit still during the test.

NEW - Soon, you can log onto gogettested.com to find the latest state-sponsored testing near you. Search by your address to find what's available and what's closest. Check back often as additional locations are added.

Schedule a COVID-19 test through JCDHE.

Johnson County COVID-19 testing holiday schedule
December 3, 2020

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

Please note the following changes in testing availability during some holidays:

  • Dec. 22 - no evening testing
  • Dec. 23 - 25 - closed
  • Dec. 31 - Jan. 1 - closed

Get additional information about JCDHE COVID-19 testing.

JoCo Library releases Navigating COVID-19 resource
December 2, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all differently. And it's especially challenging for those who have limited digital access or skills. To help you navigate the pandemic, the Johnson County Library has created a list of resources that cover a variety of topics.

Johnson County Library is the primary organization implementing the Digital Navigators project of the Community Reinvestment Phase II of Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Funding. The goal of this project is to provide support and assistance for Johnson County residents who lack digital access and skills who have been impacted by COVID-19. Johnson County Library staff are connectors to education, career, technology, human services and other resources through our information and public service channels.

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to BOCC
December 1, 2020

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written COVID-19 update to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the update include:

  • There were 2,352 new infections last week. Down slightly from 2,378 the week prior. This translates to an average of 336 new infections per day. This is more than twice what was our highest number for three months.
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 392 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • The positivity rate is 14.5%. Our goal is 5%.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase for school gating criteria continues to be the Red Zone.
  • Hospitalizations (13) and deaths (5) were down last week from 33 and 26.
  • Those that attended a Thanksgiving gathering, should behave as if they are infected. They should wait 5-7 days after gathering to get tested.
  • The CDC is expected to meet this week to determine how the vaccine will be distributed.
  • If you are going to travel during this holiday season, driving is much safer than flying.

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