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Virtual public meeting - U.S. 69
April 15, 2021

Do you live, work or travel along U.S. 69? If so, please join the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), the Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) and the City of Overland Park to learn more about the U.S. 69 Expansion Project. The public meeting will focus on improvement alternatives for the corridor, including evaluating if an express toll lane option is a solution for U.S. 69. 

The virtual public meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, April 20. More details are available at 69Express.org. You can also watch a video about the project.

County celebrates National Volunteer Week
April 15, 2021

In observation of National Volunteer Week, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation Thursday, April 15, dedicating the week of April 18-24 to the annual observance.

Erin Moeder, volunteers and programs coordinator for the Department of Corrections, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the 11 Johnson County departments/agencies which rely on volunteers to provide a wide range of services/programs, benefitting residents of all ages.

Volunteerism was challenged in 2020 because of COVID-19 with fewer volunteer opportunities, support groups using Zoom, virtual assistance to residents and other ways to meet the needs of the community in a pandemic.

Volunteers, both in the community and within county government, ensured the Catch-a-Ride program remained operational. Home Delivered Meals reached homebound residents. Developmental Supports clients were contacted daily. Library services continued even as facilities were closed. Volunteers also answered calls regarding the coronavirus, vaccine distribution and vaccinations along with sewing and donating face masks.

In 2020, the county worked with 52,325 volunteers who provided 187,134 hours of service to county government. Based on the national standard of a volunteer hour being worth $27.20, the volunteer work is valued at more than $5 million.

“National Volunteer Week is the time to recognize the power of our community and the ways we can all help change the world,” Moeder said. “Because as William Shakespeare explained: ‘The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.’”

If you are interested in volunteering with Johnson County, please visit jocogov.org/volunteer.

BOCC reviews housing study results
April 14, 2021

Ensuring attainable housing choice options remains a high priority for the Board of County Commissioners. A housing market and needs assessment study, involving Johnson County, its 19 city partners and United Community Services was recently concluded. On Thursday, April 8, during a Committee of the Whole meeting, the board got the opportunity to hear a summary of the 319-page draft study results. 

“The study is the culmination of nearly four years of work around the health priority issue of safe, stable, attainable housing,” said United Community Services of Johnson County Executive Director Julie Brewer. “Where you live, learn, work, play and pray impacts your health.” 

The work began in July of 2017, with grant support from the Kansas Health Foundation’s Healthy Community initiative and REACH Healthcare Foundation. UCS convened the Johnson County Health Equity Leadership team made up of a wide range of community organizations, businesses and cities. The leadership team spent a year conducting research and community listening, which led to the identification of housing as a priority health issue for the county.
The county and cities-supported community housing study was a key component of a Healthy Community Initiative and included demographic profiles, economic analysis, listening sessions and surveys with residents, employers and rental property owners/managers. 

In reviewing the study results, Brewer also shared that the most recent Census data showed approximately 40% of Johnson County renters were housing cost burdened, meaning they’re paying more than 30% of their income on housing. The same was true for 18% of homeowners. Brewer also shared that on average, during the last five years, more than 138,000 Johnson County jobs fell into three occupational groups – office and administration support; sales; and food preparation and serving. These occupations, representing 40% of all jobs in the county, have a median annual wage of between $20,039-$35,480.
Brewer says if you look beyond occupations, you can also see income disparities by race and gender. 

The community housing study includes data that shows:

  • Multi-family units are not spatially distributed among cities.
  • Johnson County will continue to see population growth.
  • Demand for units is needed across all price points and home types.
  • Households that rent have more difficulty finding attainable options than those that can purchase.
  • For most cities in Johnson County, incomes have risen less than both home and rental costs in the past decade.
  • For workers making less than $1,250 per month, nearly half are under the age of 30.

Goals from the study include:

  • Establish housing advocates
  • Create mechanisms to share risk (public/private partnerships)
  • Preserve and rehabilitate existing attainable housing
  • Increase the variety of product types, especially in middle-density
  • Remove code uncertainties in the development process
  • Prioritize funding/incentives for attainable housing adjacent to jobs and transportation
  • Connect existing housing resources and fill gaps left by the private market

In addition to the study, that was completed at the end of 2020, a community housing task force was also convened and began its work in February 2021.  More than 200 community members signed up to participate in the task force. The housing study and task force were facilitated by UCS and its consultants. UCS is a partner in the county’s efforts to identify and work toward solutions for issues impacting our community, such as housing, food, health care access, and other basic needs.  

In response to the presentation surrounding homelessness and housing affordability, the BOCC formed a subcommittee to follow up on the housing study and offer suggestions for next steps for the commission. A toolkit will be offered in the coming months to communities to implement solutions.

Watch the Committee of the Whole meeting. Read the housing study. You can also watch a webcast or listen to a podcast episode about housing in Johnson County, as a public health issue.

County libraries return to regular hours
April 14, 2021

The Johnson County Library will return to regular hours over the next month after a year of reduced hours and services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In-person events, access to children’s toys and the MakerSpace will remain suspended but other services will return to normal by May 3:

April 19

  • Edgerton and De Soto branches return to regular hours of operation.

April 23

  • Branches resume their regular Friday hours.

May 3

  • Regular hours resume at all locations except Cedar Roe.
  • Meeting, conference and study rooms open (bookable after April 28).
  • Newspapers and magazines return.
  • Laptop lending at Lenexa Library available.
  • Soft seating, chairs and tables available.

The library requires face masks or cloth face coverings inside all library branches, while the county’s mask mandate remains in place. This applies to all patrons, volunteers and library staff, unless otherwise exempted.

In addition to masking and social distancing, other safety protocols continue at the library. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available. Staff will clean high-touch surfaces regularly and sanitize buildings daily.

Two library locations are exceptions to the reopening timeline. Renovations April 19 through June 20 will keep the Cedar Roe branch closed. The Central Resource Library will offer limited services as it is upgraded. Check the Cedar Roe and Central Resource Library webpages for details.

Other questions? See the library’s reopening FAQ.

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 disease and vaccine update to BOCC
April 13, 2021

On Tuesday, April 13, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written COVID-19 disease and vaccine update to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the update include:

  • There were 259 new infections last week. Up from 208 the week prior. This translates to an average of 37 new infections per day.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase is the Yellow Zone.
  • COVID-19 testing remains available throughout the county, through JCDHE and state-sponsored locations. See further below in this email for additional details.
  • Johnson County residents and workers in ANY PHASE can now make an appointment without filling out the interest survey. The interest survey is no longer available.
  • You can sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment here.
JCDHE pauses administration of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
April 13, 2021

In coordination with the Federal Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is immediately pausing administration of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) single-dose vaccine, pending further investigation of safety concerns. In a joint news conference this morning, the FDA and CDC announced they are pausing the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after six individuals across the U.S. experienced serious, and in one instance, fatal platelet-related blood clotting issues.

JCDHE vaccine clinics are currently administering Pfizer, and to a much lesser extent, Moderna vaccines. 7,200 Johnson & Johnson doses have been allocated to Johnson County. Because it only requires one dose, these have been largely reserved for those who might have challenges getting to a vaccine clinic twice, such as homebound residents and those who are experiencing homelessness, or who have disabilities.