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Summer Reading program launches today
May 20, 2019

Each May, as the school year comes to an end, students throughout Johnson County get a break from their studies to enjoy the warm weather and free time. Johnson County Library wants to keep kids engaged with reading even when school isn’t in session. The Library’s annual Summer Reading program encourages young people to stay in the habit of exploring all that books have to offer.

The Summer Reading program kicks off today, May 20. You can drop by any Johnson County Library any time today, to pick up a free book, while supplies last. You can also grab a Summer Reading log while you’re there. The log is also available for print online.

The theme this year is “A Universe of Stories.” The Library is celebrating space exploration with authors, presenters, specialists, illustrators, astronomers and astronauts. Beginning May 18, the Library began hosting space-related activities at various library locations throughout the county. Events include: “Science Café: Astronomy in Kansas City,” “Movie and Music in the Park,” “Out of this World: Stories and Songs from Space” and more. Learn more about the events and register to attend.

Johnson County Library selected the theme to honor NASA turning 60 and this year and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. Summer Reading at Johnson County Library highlights this history and inspires kids of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves and create their own stories.

“Reading is a skill, and the more you practice, the better you will get,” said Sean Casserley, Johnson County Library director. “We encourage school-aged families—and everyone else while you’re at it—to read for at least 30 minutes per day. You can read anything - books, magazines, video game liner notes. It’s up to your individual likes and interests.”

Listen to a podcast episode all about this year’s Summer Reading program. 

Budget presentations begin tomorrow
May 15, 2019

Tomorrow and on the next two Thursdays, the Board will hear department budget presentations. These are opportunities for the Board and the public to get more details on the individual budgets that make up the proposed FY 2020 budget. Over the next three weeks, presentations will be made by departments, agencies and offices of Johnson County Government, plus outside agencies that receive county funding.

Below is the schedule for tomorrow’s Committee of the Whole which focuses on public safety and culture & recreation (all times subject to change).

10:30 – 12:00

  • District Attorney
  • Corrections
  • Emergency Management & Communications/911 Fund
  • Justice Information Management System (JIMS)
  • Fire District #2
  • Med-Act

1:00 – 1:30

  • Sheriff

1:30 – 4:00

  • Library
  • Park & Recreation
  • District Courts

All budget presentations and deliberations are open to the public and take place at the Board’s Hearing Room on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building (111 S. Cherry Street, Olathe.) They are also streamed live and available to link to from the home page of jocogov.org.

County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson presented the proposed FY 2020 Budget on May 9. It maintains a constant mill levy for Johnson County property owners. It also aligns with the county’s emergency and safety-net services rated “most important” future priorities in the 2019 Community Survey and with top priorities of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for 2019-2020.

The county’s proposed FY 2020 Budget totals $1.26 billion, with expenditures estimated at $934.5 million and reserves set at $331.4 million. The funding supports the departments and agencies that comprise Johnson County Government to serve and protect a county population of more than 604,000 residents. More information is available in this news release. Information and presentations on the FY 2020 proposed budget are available here.

June 1 grand opening event set for Meadowbrook Park
May 10, 2019

A June 1 grand opening has been set for the much-anticipated Meadowbrook Park and Clubhouse, located at  9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will involve a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m., and comments from public officials, tours of the property and clubhouse, art activities, yoga and personal trainer demonstrations, snacks, giveaways, music, information about and opportunities to sign up for JCPRD programs, and more. 

Once the clubhouse parking lot clubhouse fills, overflow parking will be at Christ Church Anglican at 5500 W. 91st St., and at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nall, both of which are across Nall Avenue to the west and are within easy walking distance.

Meadowbook Park consists of about 80 acres, located primarily on the northern portion of the site of the former Meadowbrook Country Club. The park will include: a destination playground called the Treeline Adventure; a large shelter called the Grand Pavilion, which will accommodate approximately 160 people; three additional picnic shelters; eight pickleball courts; a separate play and picnic area called The Groves, located in a grove of Oak trees; Meadowbrook Hill, which utilizes surplus soil from enlarging the park’s lakes to create a high area which will be perfect for snow sledding and other exercise pursuits throughout the year; three miles of paved trails; and an area featuring low-impact outdoor fitness equipment.

A major entryway to the new park will be past the 10,000 square-foot Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, located near the park’s northwest corner near 91st Street. The building includes an event space for about 200 people, a multipurpose room, and a Natureplay Preschool with an outdoor playground. Other building features include a small lobby, administration area, catering kitchen, and a deck overlooking the park area.

In addition to providing green space in the densely-populated northeastern section of the county, the new park will also present many new programming opportunities. The current May through August issue of the My JCPRD Activities catalog includes 55 programs at Meadowbrook between June 3 and Aug. 31, including 26 programs and five special events in June. 


Proposed FY 2020 Budget maintains constant mill levy
May 15, 2019

The proposed FY 2020 Budget for Johnson County Government maintains a constant mill levy for Johnson County property owners. It aligns with the county’s emergency and safety-net services rated “most important” future priorities in the 2019 Community Survey and with top priorities of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for 2019-2020.

County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson presented the budget proposal to the board on Thursday, May 9, during a Committee of the Whole session. 

“I am proud of what we have accomplished within the FY 2020 Proposed Budget,” Postoak Ferguson noted in her budget message to the BOCC. “We were able to maintain and even enhance our high level of quality services and programs within the means of a proposed constant mill levy for FY 2020. As our Community Survey reveals year after year, Johnson County sets the standard of service delivery compared to other communities of our size.”

The county’s proposed FY 2020 Budget totals $1.26 billion, with expenditures estimated at $934.5 million and reserves set at $331.4 million. The funding supports the departments and agencies that comprise Johnson County Government to serve and protect a county population of more than 604,000 residents.

“Residents are encouraged to learn more about the proposed budget and provide input about county services and programs for FY 2020 and beyond,” Ed Eilert, chairman of the BOCC, said. “All residents are invited to be an active part of the county’s annual budget process and to share their views with Board members and county management as we consider and finalize the budget for next year.”

The BOCC now will review the budget proposal and meet with county departments and agencies in a series of work sessions from mid-May to mid-June.

The public hearing on the new county budget will occur at 7 p.m. Monday, July 29, in the Board’s Hearing Room located on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, in downtown Olathe.

The Board is scheduled to adopt the budget resolution during its business session on Thursday, Aug. 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Hearing Room. According to state statute, the county’s new budget must be approved and filed with the County Clerk by Aug. 25.

An overview of the proposed FY 2020 Budget is available here, to the county manager's budget message and supporting materials is here, and to a press release is here.



Recovery Conference provides hope, resources
May 8, 2019

Johnson County Mental Health Center’s annual Recovery Conference will take place this Friday at Cleveland University-Kansas City. More than 100 community members have registered to attend the conference and take advantage of the sessions which will provide tools and skills to help them on their road to recovery.

“The journey to recovery is a long one and sometimes can be stressful or lonely…” said one Mental Health Center client, who will be speaking at the conference. “Events like the Recovery Conference can help those who feel lost or alone to not feel as such and to have encouragement from supportive people to encourage them to continue their journey.”

The conference will feature a keynote address from local singer and songwriter, Una Walkenhorst. As a Kansas City native, she will speak to her own mental health journey and perform several of her original songs.

The Recovery Conference is from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday, May 10. Breakfast will be provided starting at 9 a.m. and lunch is also provided. The conference is free and interested individuals can register online at jocogov.org/mentalhealth, by calling 913-715-7880 or emailing jcmhcinfo@jocogov.org

Johnson County Breastfeeding Coalition formed
May 8, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 83.8% of Kansas moms initiate breastfeeding, but this number drops to 50.5% by the time the child is 6 months old and 32.4% at 12 months of age. There’s no question that breastfeeding benefits moms and babies, yet a lack of support from healthcare providers, workplaces and other systems often prevent moms from reaching their breastfeeding goals.

Members of the community met in January 2019 to form the Johnson County Breastfeeding Coalition to discuss the landscape of breastfeeding support in the county. The conversation explored barriers to breastfeeding and generated project ideas for areas of improvement. The coalition meets monthly.

Last month the coalition recruited additional businesses to display the “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” window sticker, bringing the total number in Johnson County to 31 and meeting the final requirement to attain the Community Supporting Breastfeeding designation from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition.

The coalition is working to bring together additional members of the community who have personal breastfeeding experience or who play a role in breastfeeding outcomes. The coalition meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2 - 3:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, 6000 Lamar Ave. in Mission. Contact Danica.Pelzel@jocogov.org or call 913-826-1229 for more information.