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Johnson County issues Juneteenth proclamation
June 18, 2021

A proclamation was signed on June 18 by Chairman Ed Eilert, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, on behalf of the board, proclaiming June 19 as Juneteenth in Johnson County. He was joined by County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson and several employees representing the VIBE (Voices of Inclusion, Belonging and Equity) Advisory Team.

This action is on the heels of a bill signed by President Joe Biden on June 17, designating Juneteenth as a federal holiday to be observed on June 19. 

“This is a significant occasion as it is the 12th national federal holiday, and first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was signed into law in 1983 by then-President Ronald Reagan,” Eilert said.

Juneteenth is a day of celebration commemorating federal troops entering Texas to deliver the message of freedom to 250,000 enslaved individuals. Juneteenth also celebrates the achievements of Black Americans. 

“Thank you to these employees with us this morning, joining in this special celebration and thank you for their good work in extending to the community our thoughts about diversity,” Chairman Eilert said.

“Thank you to you and the board for making this possible. Our community will appreciate this recognition and acknowledgement,” said Postoak Ferguson.

This event was streamed on Facebook Live and is available online.

High temps in forecast; cool down at libraries
June 18, 2021

High temperatures nearing 100 degrees are in the forecast for the next few days. Residents who need a place to cool down are encouraged to visit one of the Johnson County Library’s 14 branches.

Libraries offer many services in addition to a cool place to rest and restore. You can read books, magazines and newspapers, or access the Internet. Library hours vary by location. Call 913-826-4600 to check hours of operation for your nearest library branch, or visit the Library website.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment recommends the following tips to stay safe in the heat:

  • Exercise in an air-conditioned place and drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
  • Regardless of your activity level, drink more non-alcoholic fluids. Check with your doctor if you have restrictions related to fluid intake.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go somewhere cool — even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when temperatures are in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness.
  • If you must be out in the heat:
    • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
    • Try to rest often in shady areas.
    • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
    • Protect yourself from the sun by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

Although anyone can suffer at any time from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Be sure to check regularly on:

  • People aged 65 or older
  • People taking certain medications, including narcotics, sedatives and diuretics
  • Athletes who are not used to working out in warm environments
  • People who work outside
  • People who have a mental illness or are physically ill, especially with heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes

SkyCast forecasts poor air quality

The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Air Quality Program has issued an orange Ozone Alert for June 18. This alert indicates that an unhealthy level of ground-level ozone is expected in the Kansas City region.

The two most important things residents should do on Ozone Alert days are:

Protect your health

Ozone pollution can cause a variety of problems, even in healthy adults, including chest pains, coughing, nausea, throat irritation and difficulty breathing. People who are sensitive to air pollution — including children, older adults, and people with breathing or heart problems — should take special care to limit outdoor activity between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Everyone should consider scheduling outdoor activities before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

Reduce pollution

More than half of all emissions that lead to ozone pollution are caused by everyday activities such as driving and doing yard work. To help reduce pollution, consider carpooling, taking the bus, postponing mowing and waiting until evening to refuel vehicles.

Ozone pollution is formed when emissions from vehicles, lawn and garden equipment, and other sources react in heat and sunlight. Other environmental factors — such as warm, sunny weather, low wind speeds and lack of rain — increase the likelihood of poor air quality.

Learn more about simple actions to reduce pollution and follow the SkyCast — the region’s daily air quality forecast — at AirQKC.org. MARC issues the SkyCast each afternoon from March 1 through Oct. 31. Find the SkyCast online at AirQKC.org and on Twitter.

Board of County Commissioners update
June 17, 2021

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

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, physical distancing will be observed in the Hearing Room, with limited seating in the adjacent lobby with audio available. A live broadcast will still be available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org and on Facebook Live.

Public comments are being accepted for the Board of County Commissioners’ meeting for those who preregister. Live public comments will be accepted either in-person or via Zoom, audio only. Individuals wishing to speak in-person or via Zoom may register by completing this registration form. Starting for the June 3rd meeting, individuals wishing to speak in-Person, may also sign up In-Person by 9:20 a.m. prior to the meeting. Online Registration opens Tuesday afternoon/evening (coincides with publishing the agenda) and closes at noon (12:00 p.m.) on the Wednesday before the Thursday meeting. If you complete the registration, you will receive an email notice later in the day on Wednesday regarding the status of your registration. Instructions on joining and speaking at the meeting via Zoom will be included in the email notice for individuals who register to speak via Zoom. Individuals registering to speak in person at the meeting will receive email confirmation of their registration. The BOCC has established a limit of 50 speakers for general public comments or for a specific agenda item. If more than 50 individuals register, the 50 speakers will be determined by a random process. Speakers will be limited to 3 minutes each.

Speakers who have registered to speak via Zoom will be called upon to speak first, followed by speakers who have registered to speak in person, then we will call upon speakers that signup the morning of the meeting. Registered speakers using Zoom will be called upon to speak in the order in which they signed up. Speakers who have registered/signed up for in person public comment will be admitted into the Hearing Room in the order specified by the Deputy Clerk. The Chairman may modify these procedures as needed to conduct an orderly and efficient meeting.

If you would like to make a WRITTEN public comment for the meeting, please use this link, WRITTEN Public Comments and complete the form. Written comments received by noon Wednesday will be shared with the entire Board prior to the meeting. Written comments will not be read into the record during the meeting. If you are unable to use this internet link, you may call the following number, and we will record your information. (913) 715-0424.
If you plan to attend a Board of County Commissioners meeting and need an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter or other Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation, please use this form to let us know what reasonable accommodation you need or 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 June 17, 2021

  • Authorized the acceptance of federal grant EMW-2020-FG-12092 awarded to Johnson County MED-ACT through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant ProgramCOVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S) and authorize the reallocation and expenditure of County General Fund reserves in an amount not to exceed $40,313.64.
  • Authorized the reduction of the 2022 Contractor Licensing Renewal and Base fee from $225 to $180 beginning November 1, 2021.
  • Amended the FY 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to include a capital project for the hazardous material abatement and razing of the existing structure(s) on the Kuhlman Diecasting property near 164th and Mission Road in an amount not to exceed $725,000; and to authorize the reallocation and use of General Fund Reserves in an amount not to exceed $725,000 to fund the project.
  • Authorized the publication of a proposed budget for Johnson County Government in the amount of $1,448,443,368 for fiscal year 2022, based upon the determinations made by the Board in its work sessions, that the Board notify the county clerk of the proposed intent to exceed the revenue neutral rates for the County, Library, and Park and Recreation taxing districts, and set the public hearing on the proposed budget for Monday, August 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Chambers.

Manager’s Memo, Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager

COVID-19 and Vaccination: Johnson County Update

This report has been prepared by Dr. Sanmi Areola and Elizabeth Lawlor Holzschuh as of June 14, 2021.

County Advisor Update

County Advisor Peggy Trent has completed the application and registration process for admission to the Kansas bar. She is now a licensed Kansas attorney. This Board appointed Trent to serve as County Advisor while her application was pending. Today, the Board voted to appoint Trent as Chief Counsel for Johnson County effective July 1, 2021. More information on Trent is available in this news release.

City of Overland Park – BluHawk STAR Bond Revised Project Plan (Notice of Public Hearing)

The City of Overland Park will be conducting a public hearing on Monday, June 21st, to consider substantial changes to the BluHawk STAR bond project plan, which is located in the general vicinity of the southwest corner of 159th Street and U.S.Highway 69 in Overland Park. The notice of public hearing is available here along with an Overland Park staff report that summarizes the substantial changes to the project plan.

BOCC chamber update

This memo outlines plans for removing many of the temporary arrangements and modifications put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Board voted to implement the plan outlined in the memo.

The BOCC held an afternoon study session on Transit. More information is available in this presentation and this summary report.

Items currently on the agenda for the June 24 meeting

  • Consider approving the appointment of Rebecca Barton- Sixth District Representative of the Southwest Consolidated Zoning Board through March 13, 2023.
  • Consider approving the appointment of Donna Goetzmann- Sixth District Representative of the Southwest Consolidated Zoning Board through March 13, 2023.
  • Consider ratifying the Chairman’s appointment of Anne L. Timmons to the Community Corrections Advisory Board through July 1, 2023.
  • (Sitting as the Governing Body of Fire District No. 2) consider authorizing the purchase of (17) SCOTT self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), (17) spare SCBA air cylinders, (25) facepieces, (2) RIT-Pak III, and related accessories from Feld Fire Equipment Company for $138,092.10 to be paid from the Fire District’s general fund, per Overland Park bid RFB-SCBA, Feb. 1, 2021.
  • Consider authorizing a contract with Voya Financial, for Retirement Investment and Recordkeeping Services, effective 1/1/2022 for a contract period of one (1) year with an option to renew four (4) annual renewals.
  • Consider executing a document at the request of New Cingular Wireless that acknowledges the release and transfer of the Board’s interest in the cell tower at Shawnee Mission Park.
  • Conduct a public hearing to authorize funds for the construction phase of the Blue River Main Chemical Tank Replacement Project (BRM1- Contract 12) in an amount not to exceed $1,444,650.
  • Consider authorizing a contract with Garney Companies, Inc. to construct the Blue River Main Chemical Tank Replacement Project (BRM1-Contract 12) in an amount not to exceed $1,098,000.
  • Consider approving consent for the assignment and assumption of the Sewer District Agreement between ALF HM Johnson County, LLC, and Southern Meadows, LLC and authorizing the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners to sign consenting to same on behalf of the Board.
  • Consider holding a public hearing for the purpose of receiving public comment and testimony on the proposed amendment to the FY 2021 Budget and consider adoption of Resolution No. 045-21 amending the FY 2021 budget for the General Fund.
Public health advisory
June 17, 2021

In collaboration with Johnson County Wastewater (JCW), the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) has issued a public health advisory to residents living between 123rd Street and Metcalf and 123rd/124th Street and Roe Boulevard in Overland Park, due to a sanitary sewer line break that may have broken when the sanitary sewer crossing was damaged by heavy rain. 

JCDHE advises individuals to have no contact with the creek water in this area until further notice. Residents are also advised to keep their pets from making contact with the creek water. This does not represent any impact/implications to the public water system (i.e. tap water). 

JCW will post signage in this area, is monitoring this location and conducting water quality tests on the tributary to determine when this notice can be lifted. An update will be sent once this notice is lifted. For additional information, please call 913-715-8604.


JoCo Mental Health Center offers resilience training
June 14, 2021

Johnson County Mental Health Center is offering free virtual resilience trainings through Pause First Academy for Johnson County staff and medical workers. JCMHC recognizes the demands of staff working on the front lines during the COVID-19 crisis and wants to offer these trainings to give back to those working in our communities. This virtual training series offers strategies for mitigating stress, regulating emotions, and improving overall health.

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2-3 pm - Assess and Address Your Stress - Learn how better self-awareness can lead to better health
  • Wednesday, June 23, 7-8 pm - Developing Mindful Habits - 3 micro-practices for stress relief and self-regulation throughout the day
  • Tuesday, June 29, 12-1 pm - Mindful Resilience - Discover two types of awareness that can help you navigate stress and cope with adversity

As you dedicate your lives to serving our community, we hope you can take time to give back to yourself and learn strategies to support your health and well-being. Register for the events.

Johnson County EMS receives CARES Hallmark Award
June 14, 2021

Johnson County EMS (Emergency Medical Services) has received the CARES (Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival) Hallmark Award in recognition of its five-year participation and dedication to collecting out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest (OHCA) data.

Each year, approximately 350,000 persons in the United States experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) or sudden death; approximately 90% of persons who experience an OHCA die. Despite decades of research, median reported rates of survival to hospital discharge are poor (10.4%) and have remained virtually unchanged for the past 30 years. Without a uniform and reliable method of data collection, communities cannot measure the effectiveness of their response systems, nor can they assess the impact of interventions designed to improve OHCA survival. Participation in an OHCA registry enables communities to compare patient populations, interventions, and outcomes with the goal of identifying opportunities to improve quality of care and ascertain whether resuscitation is provided according to evidence based guidelines.

“The CARES registry allows the EMS System to compare itself on a number of metrics regarding cardiac arrest care in our community. We literally measure everything from the time of the 911 call to the patient outcome at the hospital,” said Dr. Ryan Jacobsen, Johnson County EMS System medical director. “While it takes a tremendous amount of effort and coordination to obtain these metrics, we believe it is well worth it in order to showcase the Johnson County EMS System and the care we provide the citizens of the county.”

For further information, see this news release.