Public Works will provide two locations for residents who live in the unincorporated area of Johnson County (not within city limits) to drop off damaged tree and brush debris from last weekend’s snowstorm and this upcoming weekend’s anticipated snow.
Johnson County and the City of Gardner have partnered on a drop-off location at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, near the Gardner Aquatic Center, 215 N. Center St. This site is open to Gardner residents and Johnson County unincorporated residents only.
Johnson County Public Works will operate a second site at Heritage Park (16050 S. Pflumm Rd., in Olathe). Johnson County residents can access the site from the 175th Street entrance.
Days and hours of operation for both sites are:
- Friday, Jan. 25, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Thursday, Jan. 31, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Friday, Feb. 1, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Photo ID is required as proof of residency. Debris from commercial vehicles will not be accepted. Only trees and brush from storm damage will be accepted. Tree and brush debris must be less than 12’ in length.
Rock, gravel, dirt, lumber, plastic and trash will not be accepted.
Hours and dates will be contingent on weather.
Public Works crews prepare for another round of winter weather
Crews have spent the week preparing to remove snow from rural roads ahead of this weekend’s anticipated winter storm.
Each city government cares for the streets within its city limits. Johnson County takes care of the roads outside city limits.
On Wednesday, crews were pushing snow further back along roads to make room for more plowed snow. They also loaded a mixture of salt and sand into trucks in anticipation of the storm.
Before, during and immediately after a snowstorm, crews work 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day to clear county roads. Depending on the type and amount of precipitation, it can take as few as six hours, to as long as a few days to complete their work.
Crews start on arterial asphalt roads then move to gravel and subdivision roads. They clear one lane as quickly as possible so people can use the roads, then they work on pushing all of the snow back.
“We try to do what we can to make it good for taxpayers,” said Assistant Superintendent Dennis Stottlemire, Johnson County Public Works, road and bridge.
County resident Connie Hodge Schmidt appreciates their efforts.
“The county has always done an excellent job clearing the roads in the unincorporated area,” Schmidt said. “Thank you for your continued great work!”
For additional information about tree and brush drop-off, please contact the Public Works Department at 913-715-8300.