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Phone: 913-715-0725

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

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JoCo observes Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 4, 2021

According to Mental Health America, nearly one in five American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year. Mental illness does not discriminate; it can affect anyone regardless of their background, age, geography, income, social status, etc. This year, Mental Illness Awareness Week runs from Oct. 3-9, and coincides with World Mental Health Day which takes place on Oct. 10.

The stigma associated with mental illness is universal. Mental Illness Awareness Week presents a time to come together to raise awareness about mental illness, advocate for better mental health care and fight against the stigma associated with mental illness. Talking openly about mental health is one way to overcome stigma. Recognize your emotions and talk about them with those in your life with whom you feel safe. Practice kindness and provide support to those in your life by reaching out. Mental Health America shared some tips and resources on supporting others like offering to be by their side while taking care of responsibilities, keeping your word and honoring promises.
If you feel like the past 19 months have taken a toll on your mental health, know that you are not alone. Johnson County Mental Health Center is available at 913-268-0156.

Charter Commission to hold two public hearings
October 4, 2021

The Johnson County Charter Commission will hold public hearings on Oct. 11 and 27, at the Olathe Embassy Suites by Hilton, 10401 S. Ridgeview Rd., Olathe, to receive comments on the Johnson County Home Rule Charter. The charter establishes the Charter Commission’s authority to conduct comprehensive studies of any or all aspects of county government operations, including a review of the existing County Charter and major resolutions of the Charter Commission as they affect Johnson County Government operations.

The Charter Commission is comprised of 25 Johnson County residents who have been appointed by the various authorities as provided by state law. The charter approved by Johnson County voters in 2000 requires a Johnson County Charter Commission be established every 10 years to review Johnson County Government operations and present its findings and recommendations to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. Any recommendations for charter amendments must then be placed on a ballot for consideration by Johnson County voters in an election. 

Since March 1, the Charter Commission has met approximately twice monthly to learn about county departments, programs and services. Each meeting was broadcasted through Facebook Live and is available online. The upcoming public hearing will allow the public an opportunity to provide feedback and comments for the Charter Commission’s consideration. Speakers will have at most two minutes to speak. The Charter Commission Chairman may modify the time limit for each speaker, or other procedures, as needed, to conduct an orderly and efficient meeting.

WHAT:          Johnson County Charter Commission public hearings  
WHEN:          5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11; and 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27
WHERE:        Public comment may be presented in several ways: 1) in person at the Olathe Embassy Suites by Hilton, 10401 S. Ridgeview Rd., Olathe (Olathe Conference Center-Grand Salon); 2) virtually through Zoom; or 3) through written comments. Both in-person public hearings will be held at Olathe Embassy Suites.

Learn more about the Johnson County Charter Commission.  

How to provide comment: Those wishing to speak by Zoom must pre-register at charter.jocogov.org by 11 a.m., Oct. 11. Those providing in-person comments may pre-register at charter.jocogov.org or may sign up at Olathe Embassy Suites beginning at 5 p.m., on Oct. 11. Written comment will also be accepted through an online submission form. A live broadcast will be available on Johnson County Government’s Facebook page @jocogov.org. The registration link and deadlines for the second public hearing will be made available later on the Charter Commission’s webpage.

In-person safety precautions: Masks are recommended. 

Johnson County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Those needing accommodations, such as a sign language or oral interpreter, can make a request at [email protected], by phone at 913-715-0430 or through the Kansas Relay Operator service at 800-766-3777. Accommodation requests should be made at least two business days prior to the event.

BOCC September recap
September 30, 2021

Here are highlights of the Board of County Commissioners’ actions and activities in September 2021. More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org. The board took the following actions:

  • Approved and authorized the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget and FY 2022 – 2026 Capital Improvement Program as proposed (with a targeted .25 mill rollback) passed.
  • Adopted a resolution of endorsement of the KC Regional Climate Action Plan and to review and implement, as appropriate, the solutions and strategies enumerated therein. Learn more about the Climate Action Plan in this episode of our JoCo on the Go podcast.
  • Authorized SFY 2022 grant funding for the State Senior Care Act (SCA) program in the amount of $1,306,240. Funded one additional FTE to assist in administering this service to an additional 150 new Senior Care Act clients in SFY 2022. 
  • Authorized a fee schedule for services provided by the Medical Examiner’s Office to outside counties. 
  • Authorized the Chairman to approve and execute an amendment to the employment agreement with the county manager extending the term of the employment agreement for two years with renewal for successive one-year terms. 
  • Authorized the sale of approximately $41,495,000 principal amount of General Obligation Internal Improvement Bonds, Series 2021A (the “Series 2021A Bonds”) of Johnson County, KS on October 27, 2021.
JoCo on the Go, episode #107: Pfizer booster approved for limited groups
September 29, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #107, federal public health officials approve booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine for certain groups of individuals, based on factors such as age, medical conditions and occupational risks of contracting COVID-19. Hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment experts who address the approval process for boosters, the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, and the importance of protecting yourself from COVID-19 and the flu. Also, hear how to get these importance vaccines.

Look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Learn more about JoCo on the Go and get a complete transcript of this episode.

Johnson County hires new criminal justice coordinator
September 28, 2021

On Sept. 27, Mike Brouwer, Med, joined Johnson County Government as criminal justice coordinator. He will manage the county’s data-driven criminal justice efforts and major projects to address the root causes of criminal behavior, helping to create a better community. 

Learn more about Brouwer's work history and career with Johnson County.

National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 28
September 27, 2021

Tuesday, Sept. 28 is National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating democracy. The Johnson County Election Office is encouraging voters to celebrate by making sure they’re ready to vote in this year’s local election in November.

New voters can register to vote by filling out and returning a voter registration application. Voters who will be 18 years-old by Election Day can register to vote now.

After registering to vote, you can vote at your Election Day polling location, vote at any advance voting location, or apply to vote by mail.

Voters who are already registered to vote can check their voter registration to make sure their name and address are correct and current. To update your voter registration, fill out a new voter registration application.

The voter registration deadline for the November election is Tuesday, Oct. 12.

The November election is a local election, which means city, school district, and other local offices will be on the ballot. The offices and candidates on your ballot are determined by where you’re registered to vote. You can see your sample ballot at voter.jocoelection.org.