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JoCo on the Go: Preparing for election day
October 28, 2019

During our 13th JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re taking a close look at Johnson County elections. We’re discussing everything from election worker training to election results integrity. Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker breaks down the logistics of ensuring that each voter gets to the right polling place and gets in and out quickly. He’ll also talk about efforts to ensure that residents of all abilities have appropriate accommodations to cast their ballots. Election worker Gabriel Sanchez talks about why he participates year after year and the great comradery the comes with the work.

JoCo on the Go is available on Apple and Google Play. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this new podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode.

Cedar Roe branch library temporarily closed for improvements
November 25, 2019

Johnson County Library will be making some upgrades and improvements to Cedar Roe Library, 5120 Cedar St., Roeland Park. The branch will be closed Oct. 27 - Dec. 29 for installation of a new roof and deep cleaning. The branch will reopen Monday, Dec. 30 at 9 a.m. 

After Oct. 26, Cedar Roe patron holds will be shifted automatically to Antioch Library during the closure. Patrons may also choose to suspend holds or select another location.

No returns will be accepted at Cedar Roe during the closure. The closest branch for returns and full library service is Antioch at 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam. eLibrary resources are also available 24/7.

Library programs such as Storytime will be moved to other locations for the duration of the closure.

The Johnson County Library board approved $58,391 for the project as part of the ongoing implementation of the 2015 Comprehensive Library Master Plan, according to Jennifer Mahnken, the library’s associate director for branch services.

“Cedar Roe Library has been a vital fixture of Roeland Park for 50 years, and the building is in need of important repairs,” said Mahnken. “We’re glad to invest in this branch so patrons receive top service for many more years to come.”

Visit the Johnson County Library website or call the library at 913-826-4600 with any questions you may have about the closure.

Advance voting in person kicks off next week
October 25, 2019

Advance voting in person for the November General Election begins next Monday, Oct. 28. Johnson County registered voters can vote at any of the following seven locations.

  • New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway in Gardner (new this year)
  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
  • Hilltop Conference Center, 7700 West 143rd St, Overland Park
  • Johnson County Election Office, 2101 East Kansas City Road, Olathe
  • Johnson County Northeast Offices, 6000 Lamar, Mission
  • Johnson County Sunset Office Building, 11811 South Sunset Drive, Olathe
  • Okun Fieldhouse, 20200 Johnson Drive, Shawnee

Information on the hours for these voting locations is available at this link. You can also find information on that page about how to advance vote by mail.

The importance of tree trimming
October 25, 2019

Evergy (formerly Westar Energy and KCP&L) is asking residents to help keep trees away from power lines. Company tree experts trim all year to keep ice, snow, wind and storms from causing outages. In trimmed areas, tree-related power outages have dropped by more than 60 percent.

If you have any sort of vegetation (trees, branches, bushes, etc.) near the power line that runs from the pole to your meter, please schedule a line clearance request. Evergy will send a crew member to review your request. 

If a crew member finds vegetation doesn't pose a threat to your energy service, no further action is needed. If a crew member finds vegetation does pose a threat, Evergy will work with you to schedule a time to disconnect—and then reconnect—your service line so you or your contractor can trim around the line. 

When a power outage occurs, Evergy’s immediate priority is to restore power to customers. If trimming is necessary to get the lights back on, Evergy will:

  • Perform a courtesy knock to let you know Evergy is on your property.
  • Clear vegetation that interferes with power lines and equipment to ensure restoration is performed safely and quickly. 
  • Ask you to clean up the outage debris so Evergy can focus on the work of restoring power to the community.

Professional crews evaluate each tree individually, and typically use directional pruning methods. They will only remove branches that could impact overhead lines.

If you have vegetation near the power line that runs from the pole to your meter, you can fill out an online vegetation at this link or for Evergy Metro (formerly KCP&L-KS) call 1-888-471-5275 or for Evergy Central (formerly Westar) 1-800-383-1183.

Public invited to cyber security forum with FBI briefing
October 23, 2019

Register now to attend Johnson County Government's free cyber security forum next week in downtown Olathe.

The forum will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, in conference room 200 of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St.

The forum is open to the public and area businesses.

A representative from the Kansas City field office of the FBI will conduct an alert briefing during the morning session. Attendees will also learn how to create a cyber security safety plan to use at home, at work and on the road.

This is the second Annual Johnson County Cyber Forum. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

In a recent episode of the county’s podcast, JoCo on the Go, Johnson County information technology experts Bill Nixon and Donna Gomez, shared tips to help the public stay up-to-date on cyber security. Listen to the podcast and learn about the scams and tactics cyber criminals are using online and through phones.

Forum gathers input about future aging services
October 22, 2019

More than 100 participants attended the 2019 Aging Services Community Forum on Monday, Oct. 21, to discuss and address on how to increase and improve services to Johnson County’s rapidly growing population of older adults.

Sponsored by the Johnson County Commission on Aging, the forum took place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Along with members of COA, Board of County Commissioners and county management, attendees presented a broad range of knowledge and experience related to aging services.

According to Dan Goodman, director of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging, the older adult population of 60 and older in Johnson County is expected to total approximately 130,000 by 2020 as the total county population reaches 623,000. A decade later, the older population is projected at 171,000 or 24% of the county’s total population estimated at 703,000.

The financial gap for older adults is widening, Goodman noted.  The average income of retirees currently is $23,007. The basic cost for housing, transportation, healthcare, food, personal insurance and entertainment averages $36,816. By 2030, 13-15% of older adults in the 60-plus population will be living at or below the poverty level. That’s 21,000 to 26,000 older adults. In 2019, AAA served 9,625 older residents, less than 9% of the older adult population.

The forum participants brainstormed ideas and suggestions on four areas regarding future aging needs and community focus, including:

  • Nutrition
  • Transportation
  • In-Home Support and Services
  • Public awareness and visibility of AAA

Recommendations from the forum will become a part of the Johnson County Aging Services Master Plan for 2020-2030 that will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for review and consideration on future programs and services to assist older adults and improve their lives in the decade ahead. Completion of the master plan is expected in the first half of 2020.