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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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Motor Vehicle Offices to close to the public on Mondays
September 11, 2020

Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices in Olathe and Mission will be closed to the public on Mondays, effective Sept. 14, to allow staff to process applications submitted through the new Title Drop Off Service. Since April, more than 13,000 title applications have been dropped off, accounting for 30% of all title applications received. Because the offices were closed for 33 days this spring, a backlog of title applications was created that staff have been working overtime and weekends to process.

To address this backlog, the offices will be closed to the public on Mondays to focus on processing dropped off applications and mailed in transactions. Staff will still be available by email or phone on Monday to support county residents.  More information is available in this news release.

Disaster declaration extension approved
September 11, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly went before the State Finance Council today, Sept. 11, to discuss the upcoming State Disaster Declaration deadline. The current declaration expires Sept. 15. The extension request was approved.

Highlights from the briefing include:

  • Some council members requested additional language to the original declaration to assure the business community that there would be no further shut down of businesses. The Governor advised that this is already addressed in statute, and shared that there is no intent to issue another stay-at-home order.
  • After some debate, the council approved the declaration extension with added language about the Governor's intent not to shut down businesses.
  • The new order will extend the existing order 30 days, to Oct. 15.
  • The executive orders that go along with the declaration have been extended since the declaration has been approved. Learn more about the executive orders that have been reissued.
Microtransit to offer additional important destinations
September 11, 2020

Beginning Monday, Sept. 14, microtransit – an on-demand, shared-ride transportation service – will be available to more residents in Johnson County. The microtransit service area will be expanded to include important new destinations, including the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, the new Johnson County Courthouse, and Merriam Town Center. 

The new service area expands the current northern border all the way to the Wyandotte County line along Shawnee Mission Parkway and grows the southwest corner of the service area to include downtown Olathe. 

“This expansion of our popular microtransit service will mean better access to important existing services offered by Johnson County, as well as additional transfer locations to our fixed route system,” said Josh Powers, business liaison for the county. “By increasing the reach of the microtransit pilot program, we will continue to study how to deliver efficient mobility service through a balanced, regionally coordinated transit system.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, microtransit currently limits vehicles to a maximum of two riders at a time to allow for physical distancing, and masks or face coverings are required to ride. 

For a map of the service area and details on how to ride, please visit ridekc.org/bulletins/499-micro-transit-increases-service-area.

Help your Johnson County neighbors in need
September 11, 2020

This year has brought many challenges to our neighbors in need. You can make a difference by safely donating to Johnson County Human Services, to restock the pantries.

You can make your donations by purchasing essential items off the Multi-Service Center Amazon wish list.

Human Services operates three Multi-Service Centers in Johnson County, where qualified residents may receive food and utility assistance. Pantries are located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission.

BOCC addresses COVID-19, among other items
September 11, 2020

The Board of County Commissioners held its regular business meeting today, Sept. 10. Among other items, the board discussed COVID-19.

Pandemic-related items included:

  • The BOCC formally accepted $1,614,674.76 awarded to Johnson County Department of Health and Environment through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Cooperative Agreement, funded through the federal Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act for the purpose of providing staffing and infrastructure support. 
  • The BOCC also authorized disbursement of CARES Act funding to the city of Prairie Village
  • The weekly COVID-19 Operating Report was provided with details on the COVID-19 specific expenditures and funding received. To date the organization has identified $6,687,469.66 in costs, which are eligible for CARES Act reimbursement and received $129,882,391.60 in federal funds.  
  • As of this week, Johnson County has placed 21 orders of personal protective equipment and purchased just under 14 million items. At the conclusion of the community PPE program, we will have distributed more than 4 million items to more than 1,300 organizations, which has provided a 90-day supply of PPE to more than 90,000 workers in Johnson County businesses and organizations. Read details on our PPE procurement and distribution
  • We reported 679 new cases this week, or 97 per day. Per 100,000 residents, we are still at 110, and seem to be having lower cases reported this week. We do not know yet if the holiday weekend will have an impact on our cases. Hospital capacity continues to trend well. Getting transmissions down continues to be important as schools and school activities return.

Watch a rebroadcast of the meeting on our website or on Facebook.

JoCo on the Go podast - when the flu season and COVID-19 collide
September 10, 2020

On JoCo on the Go, episode #57, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment doctors about the upcoming flu season in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out when and where the flu shot will be available and why getting it early is important. Learn about the difference between COVID-19, the flu and seasonal allergies as you keep an eye on your children’s health during this school year. Finally, when you go to the doctor’s office, you may be tested for the flu and COVID-19. Find out about the latest tests available for the coronavirus.

Look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Learn more about JoCo on the Go.