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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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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.

 

Family Resource Fair set for Nov. 1
October 22, 2019

If you are interested in learning more about the wide variety of family services offered in Johnson County, mark your calendar for Friday, Nov. 1, for a free public event offering a host of information.

The 10th Judicial District and the Johnson County Bar Association are sponsoring the Second Annual Resource Fair. More than 30 local providers will be on hand who offer:

  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Support groups
  • Adoption resources
  • Eating disorder and substance abuse treatment
  • General family resources
  • Parenting and co-parenting classes

…and much more.

The Resource Fair will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held in the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St. You don’t need to RSVP for this free event. 

JoCo on the Go: Teen vaping trend
October 21, 2019

During our 12th JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing the county’s response to the teen vaping epidemic. Join Department of Health and Environment Health Educator Mike Krueger and Mental Health Prevention Coordinator Jamie Katz as they share the dangers of nicotine addiction. They’ll also inform parents on how to talk to their kids about the risks associated with e-cigarettes and vaping. You’ll hear from Hannah Silverstein, a senior at Shawnee Mission West High School. She’ll talk about the grassroots efforts teens are taking on to tackle this problem.

JoCo on the Go is now 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 at jocogov.org/podcast.

BOCC appoints Director of Appraisal Operations
October 17, 2019

Today, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners appointed David “Beau” Boisvert as Director of Appraisal Operations for Johnson County Government, effective Nov. 14 through June 30, 2021. Boisvert has nearly 25 years of appraisal experience and comes to Johnson County from the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office in Prescott, Arizona, where he has served as the Chief Deputy for nearly three years. During his career, he spent 11 years in the Maricopa County (Arizona) Assessor’s Office, including three years as Chief Appraiser.

“The board was impressed with Mr. Boisvert’s experience in such a large county as Maricopa, where he led a staff of 190 and oversaw the valuation of 1.6 million parcels, about eight times the number of parcels in Johnson County,” said Chairman Ed Eilert, Johnson County BOCC. “In addition to Maricopa and Yavapai counties, cities and counties have hired him as a consultant to improve their business practices. He has a track record of operating efficiently with set policies and state requirements.”

Former Johnson County Appraiser Paul Welcome retired from the county in June 2019. Jeff Holsapple is the Interim County Appraiser and will fulfill that role until Boisvert completes the Kansas Department of Revenue’s Property Valuation Division’s requirements. Boisvert will run the office and manage the team, while Holsapple will handle the statutorily required duties of the Appraiser’s Office until Boisvert meets the state’s requirements to fulfill all duties of County Appraiser.

“I am looking forward to being part of the Johnson County leadership and working with the staff in the Appraiser’s Office,” said Boisvert. “I am very excited about this next adventure.”

This news release covers the details of Boisvert's background.

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