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Look for new JoCo Magazine, monthly e-newsletter announced
July 23, 2019

The Summer 2019 issue of JoCo Magazine is expected to hit mailboxes this week. This special summer fun issue of the magazine features a variety of tips and ideas for enjoying summer in Johnson County. The JoCo Staycation cover story highlights a variety of summer activities you may be surprised to learn you can enjoy here at home. Other articles include:

  • Food safety at farmer’s markets
  • Summer self-care and mental wellness
  • Ways to stay safe and healthy in the summer
  • A banquet that reunites cardiac arrest survivors with the bystanders who performed CPR

You can get a first look at the magazine online now, or check out our web extras, including a safe food storage chart for easy reference and this video about the incident support trailer coming soon to Johnson County fairs and events. 

Also new, JoCo Quarterly, the county’s external e-newsletter is now moving to a monthly format. This change reflects feedback recently received from residents.

“In our most recent communications survey, residents told us that e-newsletters are in their top three list of preferred ways to receive county news and information,” said Jody Hanson, director of public affairs and communication for Johnson County Government.“ Also, 99% of survey participants expressed interest in keeping informed about the county, so increasing the frequency of our e-newsletters can help us inform residents on our Board of County Commissioners policy decisions, programs and services and other county news.”

You can receive JoCo Monthly directly to your email inbox. Subscribe to JoCo Monthly.

Shop with food safety in mind at farmer’s markets this summer
July 23, 2019

Getting fresh produce is easier in the summer thanks to local farmer’s markets. Buying from the source allows you to visit with farmers to learn more about your food and how it was grown. Whether you purchase inside a store or outside at a market, be aware of food safety guidelines to ensure you only buy things that are safe to eat.

Here are some things to look for as you shop:

Fresh produce

Clean and fresh, no cuts or nicks
Displayed off the ground/floor

Cut or peeled produce

Displayed on/surrounded by ice
Looks fresh and cold

Meats, eggs, cheeses

Feels cold; product in cooler/on ice
Eggs are clean, cool and not cracked


Must be pasteurized, per Kansas regulations - ask vendor to confirm

Juice, cider

Pasteurized is safest

Hot prepared foods

Vendor should use a thermometer
Has a lid, steam is rising from pan


Observe vendors washing their hands

Booth/personal cleanliness

Booth, knives, and utensils are clean
Clean clothes, hands, not wiping nose.


Look for any posted food safety certifications/trainings attended


Food safety from store to table

Make food shopping your last stop. Don’t stock up on groceries then run errands. Your food could spoil or lose quality.

Keep raw meat separate from other foods, as leaking meat juices can contaminate fresh produce.

Make your meat and dairy selections last. While it’s not as convenient, gather non-perishable items first, then produce, then meat, then dairy. Save frozen items for last and utilize their cold temperature by placing them close to dairy products.

At home, make sure to store your produce properly to maintain its quality and safety. Check out our printable guide to safe food storage and keep it on your fridge for reference!

Thoroughly wash all produce under hot running water even if you don’t eat the peel; dirt can transfer through to the inside. So yes, wash your onions! No need for soap or commercial produce washes; clean running water is enough. Use clean scrub brushes for tough or dimpled skin produce like potatoes and melons.

Finally, only purchase what you’ll consume between shopping trips. According to the USDA, 31% of food in the United States ends up in the landfill. That’s 133 billion pounds!

Public hearing set July 29 on proposed FY 2020 Budget
July 23, 2019

A public hearing on Johnson County’s proposed FY 2020 Budget is scheduled Monday, July 29, for residents to learn more about the budget proposal and to offer comments on how county services are financed.

The hearing will take place in the hearing room of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), beginning at 7 p.m. The hearing room is located on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, in downtown Olathe.

The BOCC has set the maximum expenditure authority for the FY 2020 budget at almost $1.26 billion, including estimated expenditures of $937.1 million and anticipated reserves of $322.7 million, with a constant mill levy of 26.013 mills. One mill equals $1 on every $1,000 of a homeowner’s assessed valuation.

At this stage of the annual budget process, the proposed FY 2020 Budget cannot be increased beyond the published maximum expenditure authority, but the budget can be decreased. The Board is expected to approve the final FY 2020 Budget and the estimated taxing levies on Thursday, Aug. 8, during its business session that begins at 9:30 a.m. in the hearing room.

By state law, the county must adopt the budget for the next fiscal year by Aug. 25.

The final setting of the FY 2020 mill levy will be established by the end of October, with the latest property valuations, by the Johnson County Department of Records and Tax Administration.

The budget becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2020.

Details about the proposed FY 2020 Budget and budget process are available here.

County hiring new county appraiser, director of human resources
July 19, 2019

Johnson County, Kansas – a thriving, well-educated community located in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area – is seeking a new County Appraiser and a new Director of Human Resources.

County Appraiser

The mission of the Office of the Appraiser is to achieve equalization among all classes of property by maintaining the highest standards in appraisal practices and law, guided by the goals of providing quality service to the public; developing high-performance employees by creating career ladders that recognize achievement; and by managing county growth through the creation of automated programs which expedite the work flow. Subsequent to the completion of statewide reappraisal in 1991, the County Appraiser’s Office has achieved compliance on all state requirements.

The County Appraiser is responsible for overseeing a $7.8 million budget and 87 full-time employees. Primary responsibilities of the County Appraiser include identifying, listing and valuing all taxable and exempt commercial and residential real estate and personal property in Johnson County, in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) and Kansas statues. The Appraiser must efficiently and effectively service the needs of Johnson County property owners, along with providing internal support to other departments and divisions, and the Appraiser must establish and maintain work relationships with the Kansas Property Valuation Division and assure compliance with all directives from the state.

Director of Human Resources

The Director of Human Resources will lead a team of 26 highly-skilled staff and oversee all human resources services in a high performing organization characterized by excellence in service delivery, collaboration across departments, and empowering leadership and continuous improvement at all levels of the organization.

The Director of Human Resources has three direct reports: the Deputy Director of Human Resources and two Human Resources Managers. The Director of Human Resources reports to the County Manager and serves as an internal consultant to County Management and the Executive Leadership Team. The Director and/or other key HR staff members participate in cross-departmental teams that have organization-wide impact.

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for the daily operations of the Department of Human Resources (HRD), which includes recruitment, onboarding and retention of a diverse workforce; compensation and classification; employee relations; learning and development; recognition; and employee records and data.

Payroll and benefits are overseen by the Treasury & Financial Management Department, and HRD staff work closely with this department on key workforce strategies and initiatives.

Fall Classic Golf Tournament benefits food pantries
July 19, 2019

FORE! Whether you consider yourself to a pro or a duffer, two county departments, Facilities Management and the Department of Technology and Innovation, hope you’ll mark your calendar for the 15th Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament. The shotgun start is 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 at Tomahawk Hills Golf Course.

Sign up and prepay for the four-person scramble by Aug. 16 and receive a free ticket for the door prize drawing. The deadline to sign up is Friday, Aug. 23. Details about the event are available online.

Since 1987, employees of Johnson County Government have participated in the annual Feed the Need campaign. All donations of food and money benefit seven area food pantries serving eligible Johnson County residents.

BOCC update
July 18, 2019

Here is a recap of the Board of County Commissioners meeting this week and a look ahead to next week. More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

BOCC actions for the week of July 15, 2019

The BOCC voted to authorize the following items:

Board/commission appointments:

  • Consider appointing Dave Johns as the Sixth District representative to the Planning Commission through October 4, 2021.

Contractual/purchasing items:

  • A $ 545,000 term and supply contract increase with Faith Technologies, Inc, for on-call physical security equipment, installation and maintenance services, for a total contract value of $1,045,000.
  • A contract termination for convenience, with Cenergistic, Inc. effective October 1, 2019, for a comprehensive behavioral-based energy conservation program, and authorizing the County Director of Facilities to provide written notice of the termination to Cenergistic, Inc.

Sitting as the Governing Board of Fire District No. 2)

  • Revising the Policy Manual of Johnson County Fire District No. 2 to remove job descriptions, to delete outdated salary ranges and hourly wage schedules, and to delete the staffing levels for Fire-medics.
  • Conducted a public hearing and approved the Fiscal Year 2020 budget as proposed and approving Resolution No. 2019-4 authorizing a levy of property taxes in support of the budget for Johnson County Fire District No. 2 for FY 2020 funded by property tax revenue exceeding that of FY 2019, adjusted by the 2018 Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all urban consumers, subject to all public disclosure requirements and final approval by the Board of County Commissioners

Planning and Zoning items:

  • Request from Phelps Engineering, Inc., applicant, and Samuel P. and Vicki S. McChesney, landowners, for Preliminary and Final Plat for two residential lots, to be known as Painted M Ranch Second, on approximately 30 acres, on property zoned RUR, Rural District, located at 12547 Homestead Lane.
  • Request from Green Engineering, Inc., applicant, and Michael and Elizabeth Meek, landowners, for a Preliminary and Final Plat for two residential lots, to be known as The Meek Farmstead, on 34 acres, on property zoned RUR, Rural District, located at 20944 State Line Road.

The Board held a study session to discuss how the county supports vulnerable populations.

A look ahead for the week of July 22:

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.

BOCC activities the week of July 22

These are the current items on the July 25, 2019 BOCC agenda.

  • Consider reappointing R. Lee Harris as the First District representative to the Airport Commission through July 31, 2022.
  • Consider appointing Carol Lehman as the Fourth District representative to the Airport Commission through July 31, 2022.
  • Consider ratifying the Chairman’s reappointment of Dr. Jessica Dain to the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board through June 30, 2022.
  • Consider ratifying the Chairman’s reappointment of Julie Brewer to the Community Corrections Advisory Board through July 1, 2021.
  • Consider ratifying the Chairman’s reappointment of Richard S Kaiser Jr. to the Community Corrections Advisory Board through July 1, 2021.
  • Consider accepting the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) grant funding focused on supporting improved toxicology testing and supporting the information infrastructure for medicolegal death investigation systems in Kansas for a total amount not to exceed $155,000 and authorize the reclassification of reserves in the amount of $155,000 for Fiscal Year 2019 to increase overall budget authority to cover expenditures with grant revenues.
  • Conduct a public hearing and consider authorizing funding for the Mill Creek Regional Lagoon Cleanout Project in an amount not to exceed $3,757,000 and increase the contract limit for the final year of the Lagoon Biosolids Cleanout Project Term and Supply Contract from $2,000,000 to $3,500,000.
  • Conduct a public hearing and consider authorizing funds for the Mill Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Facility Plan in an amount not to exceed $880,000.
  • Conduct a public hearing to authorize funds for the construction phase of Mill Creek No. 1 Contract 2 Sanitary Sewer Improvements in an amount not to exceed $900,220, increasing the total project authorization to $1,038,220.
  • Invitation for Bid No. 2019-054. Consider authorizing a contract with Cohorst Enterprises, Inc. to construct Mill Creek No. 1 Contract 2 Sanitary Sewer Improvements Project in an amount not to exceed $678,852.
  • Consider City of Gardner Application No. SP-19-01, regarding a Site Plan for an addition to an existing retail service building (Ace Hardware), located at 240 N. Moonlight Road, City of Gardner, within one mile of the New Century Airport.
  • Application No. SW-PP/FP-3476 (MC). Consider a request from Hank Deters, applicant, and Francis A. Deters Revocable Trust, landowner, for a Preliminary and Final Plat for nine residential lots, to be known as Deters Farm II, on 98 acres, on property zoned RUR, Rural District, located at 143rd St. and Walnut Grove Road.
  • Resolution No. 030-19. Application No. SW-CU-3473 (GA). Consider a request from the Johnson County Airport Commission, applicant, and Johnson County Board of Commissioners, landowner, for Conditional Use Permit approval for a cargo container, semi-trailer, and chassis storage yard at the New Century Air Center on approximately 10 acres, in Section 19, Township 14, Range 23, Johnson County, Kansas, located at 90 Leawood Drive.
  • Consider a request from Bill Bushno for Rezoning from RUR to PEC-LP and an associated Preliminary Development Plan on 20 acres located at 20685 Gardner Road.

The BOCC will hear reports on the 2018 external audit, 2018 single audit, as well as receive the 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the 2nd Quarter 2019 Interim financial report.