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County Manager's Office

Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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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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Creative gifts at Valentine arts and crafts fair
February 7, 2020

Make plans to attend the second annual Johnson County Developmental Supports Hearts Alive event, a Papercrete Works Valentine arts and crafts sale featuring artwork generated in two creative programs.

This all-day event will have pieces created by artists in the Emerging Artists and Papercrete Works programs. Attendees can customize and create gifts perfect for Valentine’s Day or purchase handmade art created by talented individuals who are served by JCDS.

The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition releases report
February 6, 2020

Community members and stakeholders gathered at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center on Thursday, Jan. 30, to hear the Annual Report Out for the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition. The event featured presentations from SPC Leadership Team members, Johnson County Medical Examiner Dr. Diane Peterson and Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Epidemiologist Elizabeth Holzschuh. Here are the highlights:

  • Preliminary data shows a 20% drop in deaths by suicide in Johnson County for 2019, with 81 deaths by suicide in 2019. There were 103 deaths by suicide in both 2017 and 2018. The 2019 total is expected to shift upward once the state finalizes its data.
  • The SPC now has more than 490 members from across the county, representing dozens of organizations and industries.
  • Ann Karty, Johnny Roland and Bonnie Swade were recognized for their service to the coalition as their leadership terms end.
  • To date, SPC has distributed more than 7,000 gunlocks.
  • The Department of Health and Environment has launched a website full of community health data, including mental health and deaths by suicide.  
  • The SPC was able to invest $39,507 in suicide prevention in 2019, while maintaining a strong financial position for the future. This is made possible through generous donations to the Friends of Johnson County Mental Health Center, directed to the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Although the event had a celebratory tone for the SPC’s successes, it also carried a sense of purpose for the future. Membership Coordinator Rennie Shuler-McKinney stated in her presentation, “While we celebrate a 20% decrease in suicides in 2019, we still must pause and recognize that 81 people died by suicide in 2019 in our county. We still have significant work to do.” 

Check road conditions before you head out
February 4, 2020

Many people will be traveling early to Downtown Kansas City, Missouri for the Chiefs parade, remember to allow yourself plenty of time and to use care driving as there is a Winter weather advisory in effect. View the latest weather forecast.

Johnson County uses a system called Stormwatch to help monitor conditions. Stormwatch includes the Johnson County Road Weather Information System - a series of road weather sensors that measure air temperature, road surface temperature, and the conductivity of moisture on the road surface. With the information that these sensors provide, you can see current trends in the air and surface temperatures as well as the state of any moisture on the road (liquid or solid snow/ice). You can also view road cameras to view conditions around the county. Please recognize that road conditions change quickly.

Open house tonight on Johnson County Square
February 4, 2020

Are you interested in the latest plans for the new Johnson County Square in downtown Olathe? The county, in coordination with the city of Olathe, is gathering feedback about the preferred concept for the site. Community members are welcome to get involved by attending the public open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 in the Lower Level Conference Room 0200 at the Johnson County Administrative Building (111 S. Cherry St.) in Olathe.

During the open house, the public will review detailed exhibits that describe improvements for the new square. No formal presentation will be made. The public is welcome to stop by anytime during the meeting’s timeframe. Staff from the county and the design-build and community engagement team will be present to discuss the concept, answer questions, and gather feedback to inform the next steps of the design process.

Background

Construction is underway on Johnson County’s new 28-courtroom courthouse located at the corner of Kansas Avenue and Santa Fe Street in downtown Olathe. It will open in 2021. Thereafter, activities from the existing courthouse will be moved to the new building and the old courthouse will be demolished. That will create a new space known as the “County Square.”

For more information

Visit the project webpage to view concept options and the details, as well as the results of public survey conducted last fall. For additional information, contact Dan Wehmueller, Johnson County project manager, at daniel.wehmueller@jocogov.org. You may also follow the county and city on social media and use the #JoCoSquare hashtag.  

 

Kansas City Chiefs’ victory parade: Johnson County transit and safety plans
February 4, 2020

If you’re looking for a ride to the Chief’s parade on Wednesday, Feb. 5, one option is the Johnson County Transit system. There will be no other RideKC transit service, including Microtransit, on the day of the parade. Both Freedom (Special Edition) and SWIFT (paratransit) service will operate as normal. Additional details about bus service for Feb. 5 are available.

Free shuttle service to downtown Kansas City, Missouri, will run from one park-and-ride location:

  • Johnson County riders can get a lift on a RideKC or yellow school bus at the Oak Park Mall park-and-ride location (11149 W. 95th St., Overland Park, south of Hillcrest Bank, northeast of Macy’s on Nieman Road – map here).
  • People should park at the mall and walk over to catch the bus.
  • Passengers will be dropped off at 25th and Southwest Boulevard and should return to that same location to ride back to Oak Park Mall.
  • Shuttle service will begin at 7 a.m. on the day of the parade. The last trip to the parade will leave at 11 a.m. If you’re not on a bus by 11 a.m., you won’t be able to ride.
  • Return trips to Johnson County will begin at noon and continue until 6 p.m.
  • There will be two mobile toilets at the Oak Park location.

Johnson County Transit expects to transport 10,000 to 12,000 people on all trips. Johnson County has arranged for 30 Johnson County RideKC buses and 40 school buses. Riders should be prepared for significant wait times to board a shuttle. Because traffic is expected to be heavy, it is estimated that a single round trip will run at least 90 minutes, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Keeping revelers safe

Several Johnson County public safety agencies will lend a hand to Kansas City, Missouri, in support of Wednesday’s activities.

Postponed siren test

Typically, the region’s monthly siren test is conducted the first Wednesday. In coordination with the city of Kansas City, Johnson County will postpone this test to Wednesday, Feb. 12 due to the celebration.

School closed on Wednesday? Can't make the big parade?

Bring your kiddos to come hang out  at the Johnson County KS Arts and Heritage Center for Chiefs Tailgate Camp! More information is available here

For details from KCMO about the parade and victory celebration check this news release.

JoCo on the Go: Understanding your appraisal
February 3, 2020

JoCo on the Go podcast episode #27 includes everything you need to know about your property appraisal. Guests include Johnson County Director of Appraisal Operations Beau Boisvert and Residential Valuation Manager Jeff Ramsey. They provide details about whether values are trending up or down and where you can expect the most change compared to last year. You’ll also hear how appraisals are conducted and values decided. You’ll find out how to appeal your appraisal if you feel your property was over or under valued.

By March 1, you can access your Notice of Appraised Value by visiting the Office of the County Appraiser webpage. Just click on “property data”. 

JoCo on the Go is available where you regularly listen to podcasts. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode.

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