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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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Personal Property Value Notices to be mailed on May 1
April 25, 2019

The Johnson County Appraiser’s Office will mail approximately 19,000 value notices to Johnson County property owners, businesses and oil and gas accounts on May 1.

Examples of commercial personal property that are to be valued include manufacturing equipment, computers, telephone systems, copy machines, shelving and racks, and plant machinery. Examples of individual personal property include recreational vehicles, boats, motors, trailers, heavy trucks, mobile homes, off-road vehicles, four-wheelers and aircraft, etc.

 These value notices do not include the following:

  • Motor vehicles that are taxed at the time of licensing
  • Commercial equipment that costs $1,500 or less
  • Commercial equipment purchased after June 30, 2006

May 15 is the deadline for Johnson County personal property owners to appeal their values to the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office.

Property owners who have questions are advised to contact the Appraiser’s Office at 913-715-9000. For more information, visit the Johnson County Appraiser's Office webpage.

Thirty-eight graduate from Citizens Academy
April 25, 2019

Thirty-eight people graduated from the Johnson County Citizens Academy Tuesday night at the County Administration Building.

The Citizens Academy Program (CAP) allows community-minded individuals to discover what makes the high quality of life possible in Johnson County through behind-the-scene tours, hands-on activities and conversations with county commissioners, the county manager and county staff.

The program seeks to enhance citizen knowledge of county operations and services, encourage a unified community identity and increase participation in Johnson County boards, advisory councils and commissions.

Participants attended 10 three-hour weekly sessions that explored the county budget, civic engagement and volunteer opportunities.

Overland Park Resident Parri Christie said she'd recommend the program to Johnson County residents.

"I kind of think I already had a little bit of a clue about what was going on, but there is so much information and so many different entities to learn about, and so it's just been a great program," Christie said.

Graduates received a certificate and were connected to a growing network of academy alumni.

County residents may apply online at any time. The next session begins in fall 2019.

Waste and recycling meeting April 24
April 22, 2019

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is ready to talk trash! As landfills in the Kansas City metro get closer to being full, it’s more important than ever to talk about recycling and other options for management of household waste. This year, DHE will update its Solid Waste Management Plan and the department is seeking community input as part of this process. The plan’s purpose is to establish a clear vision for the county’s recycling goals and strategies, infrastructure needs and priorities for the next 25 years.

Two ways to provide input:

  1. Take the online survey.
  2. Attend the Open House:
  3. Community Meeting: Waste and Recycling in Johnson County
    Open House – come any time between 6-8 p.m.
    Wednesday, April 24th
    Central Resource Library – Community Room
    9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park, Kansas 66212

The Community Meeting will be an open house where residents and interested people can share their thoughts on this important topic. Johnson County will consider these opinions when creating the new Solid Waste Management Plan. Areas of focus will include residential, commercial and multi-family; food waste and organics; and construction and demolition. Residents are encouraged to come any time during the event and provide their thoughts on one or more areas of focus. No RSVP is necessary. Visit the DHE website or check out the video below for more information.

Johnson County Library to close Lackman on April 24
April 22, 2019

Making preparations for move to new Lenexa Branch

Johnson County Library will discontinue services at the Lackman Branch, 15345 W. 87th St. Parkway, Lenexa on Wednesday, April 24 at 8 p.m. Lackman patrons will be served by a new branch at Lenexa City Center, opening on June 2, 2019.

The current 18,000 sq. ft. 87th Street Parkway location has served Lenexa residents since opening in 1997. According to library statistics, an average of 250,000 patrons visit the branch per year, and check out approximately 425,000 items. The 2015 Comprehensive Library Master Plan indicated expansion or relocation of the branch to meet the needs of the growing Lenexa population.

In 2016, the city of Lenexa invited Johnson County Library to join development at the Lenexa Civic Campus on West 87th Street at I-435. The library board approved the move later that year.

Patrons will be able to use the Lackman Branch normally until closing day, with a few exceptions regarding Room Reservations, Holds and InterLibrary Loan. Patrons may check the library website for details or call the library at 913-826-4600 for assistance.

“We’ve had a great experience at the Lackman Branch, and many patrons have fond memories here. We’re excited to show them the new Lenexa location and start creating new memories,” says branch manager Ken Werne. “I can promise you’ll still get the same great services you know and love at our new library, and this is a chance to reflect on all we’ve achieved at Lackman.”

The library board has not yet finalized next use of the Lackman facility.

HeartSafe Heroes Celebration brings bystanders and survivors together
April 18, 2019

It was a day Sam Carrera will never forget. The Johnson County resident was bicycling on Sept. 14 when he suddenly collapsed, suffering cardiac arrest. No one in his group of friends knew CPR. But two nurses just happened to be crossing his path when they rushed to his rescue. The women, along with a large team of emergency medical professionals, saved his life. And on Wednesday night, he got the chance to thank them.

“I’m excited about being here today,” Carerra said before the event got underway at Johnson County Community College. “I have yet to meet the two nurses who saved my life.”

He presented the nurses with hugs and flowers after a brief introduction about the day he nearly died. He was joined by other survivors at the annual Johnson County HeartSafe Foundation Celebration. The event honors bystanders who performed CPR and/or deployed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to save a life.

The sudden cardiac arrest survivors ranged in age from 30 to 66. If someone suffers from cardiac arrest in Johnson County, there is a 60% chance that a bystander would perform CPR. While this is better than the national average of 38%, this means more than one in three people in cardiac arrest won’t benefit from life-saving chest interventions from bystanders and must wait for professional help. This wait can mean the difference between life and death. In Johnson County, because 61% of sudden cardiac arrests occur in the home, if an individual is called on to give CPR in an emergency, it will most likely be an attempt to save the life of a loved one:  a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.

The celebration event showcased five cases of cardiac emergencies and the bystanders who came forward to start CPR.

Carerra says he’s developed a whole new appreciation for life. And his friends who were originally with him for that bike ride, now all know CPR. Carerra has even engaged his employer, which is now offering CPR training to all staff on a regular basis.

Every minute that goes by without CPR, chances of survival decrease by 10%.  HandsOnly CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR and does not require mouth-to-mouth breathing.  It can double or even triple a victim's chance of survival.

You can learn HandsOnly CPR at 5:30 p.m., May 7, in room 1075, in the Sunset Building at 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe.

Learn more at jocoheartsafe.org/.

BOCC adopts its 2019-2020 priorities
April 18, 2019

After several months of work, study and discussion, today the Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted its 2019-2020 priorities. The board, along with staff, held a 1 1/2 day retreat in January, followed by discussions at Board of County Commissioner meetings and a March study session.

The BOCC has identified the following top three priorities for 2019-2020:

1.  Complete/advance existing projects approved by voters and the Board of County Commissioners with efficiency and effectiveness.

2. Strengthen and finance the appropriate level of service to meet the needs of the county’s vulnerable populations, pursuing innovative strategies.

3. Develop a creative and innovative vision for a transit plan that is financially sustainable.

In this attached document you can learn more about these priorities as well as other topics identified.

“I want to thank our board, Executive Leadership Team members, the County Manager’s Office and other staff who played a role in the important work that lead to today’s adoption,” said County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson. “I look forward to our collaborative efforts during the next two years on these priorities and the positive impact they will have on the residents we serve.”