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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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Snow, ice forecast for Johnson County
December 31, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Johnson County, Kansas from midnight tonight to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

According to the weather service:

  • Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches and ice accumulations up to three tenths of an inch.
  • Power outages and tree damage are possible due to the ice. Travel could be nearly impossible during portions of the day Friday. If you must travel, include blankets and a cell phone charger in your vehicle.

Register at NotifyJoCo to receive the latest weather alerts.

Johnson County Public Works is responsible for snow and ice removal in the UNINCORPORATED area of Johnson County - shown on this map in purple.

If you live within city limits, please contact your city directly about snow and ice removal issues. For snow and ice removal issues on a highway, please contact the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Public Works' mission during winter weather is to achieve and maintain safe traffic movement on public roadways within a reasonable time period. If, after 24 hours, you feel Public Works has missed your area in unincorporated Johnson County, please submit an online Request for Service or call Public Works at 913-715-8300. Please also report damage to private property – most commonly to mailboxes – to Public Works.

For the latest snow-related information from the county, like the county on Facebook and follow the county on Twitter.

JoCo on the Go podcast Top 10 episodes in 2020
December 31, 2020

What a year for our podcast, JoCo on the Go! Launched in August 2019, we grew our reach to 15,000 downloads in 2020 and won a first-place award from the National Association of Government Communicators. We just released episode #73 to end 2020.

JoCo on the Go focuses on everything Johnson County, discussing what’s happening and coming up in the community. This year, the topics for our podcast heavily focused on the latest information on COVID-19 from our county and state experts.  Over the last several months, we have used the podcast, as one of our many communication channels, to inform the county on the latest virus updates and strategies to stop the spread. We even talked to a family that survived COVID-19.

View this video to see the list of our top 10 episodes in 2020 for JoCo on the Go. You can also subscribe or listen to any of our podcast episodes at jocogov.org/podcast.

Thank you for listening to JoCo on the Go and we will continue sharing important info to Johnson County in 2021!

Recycle holiday trees at Johnson County parks
December 31, 2020

Recycle your natural Christmas trees at four Johnson County Park and Recreation District park locations through Jan. 31. The tree collection sites are:

  • The Sunflower access point of Big Bull Creek Park at 20245 Sunflower Road in Edgerton.
  • The Theatre in the Park parking lot in Shawnee Mission Park with an entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee (separate from the park’s main entrance).
  • The Heritage Park Marina parking lot, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe.
  • The north side of the parking lot at the marina at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

Trees will be collected during regular winter park hours, which are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., except at Shawnee Mission Park, which opens at 6 a.m. in the winter.

In 2019, several hundred trees were "recycled." Some of the trees are mulched for use on trails and in landscaping while others are used to improve fish habitat in district lakes.

No yard waste will be accepted - only Christmas trees.

Wrappers should be removed from the discarded trees as well as any remaining decorations; particularly "icicles" and decorations made from mylar, shiny plastic or aluminum.

There is no charge for the disposal of trees, and these tree disposal sites are open to anyone regardless of residency.

For additional information, call Visitor Services at the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park at 913-888-4713.

Latest edition of The Best Times Magazine hitting mailboxes soon
December 31, 2020

The January-February issue of The Best Times magazine is on its way in the mail featuring:

  • A cover story about employees’ reflections on the old and the new courthouse.
  • A new option for Best Times readers to enjoy the magazine online. With the start of the New Year, The Best Times is launching a digital option of the magazine for readers. Check out Editor Gerald Hay’s column for details.

Other articles include:

  • Information about the COVID-19 vaccine for aging adults.
  • Newly elected Board of County Commission members taking office.
  • The Board’s state legislative platform.
  • Championship trees in Johnson County.
  • Landscaping without more work.
  • A Zoom meeting for quilters.
  • Much more.
Chairman Eilert's end of the year message
December 31, 2020

In a typical year, the Chair of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners delivers a State of the County Address at a luncheon event held at the end of March. At that event, we celebrate as a community the achievements of the prior year. As we all know, 2020 was anything but typical. The pandemic prevented us from gathering in person for the State of the County. As the year progressed, with such a laser focus on the immense task of fighting COVID-19, it never felt like the right time to celebrate the successes of 2019. However, as 2020 comes to a close, I would be remiss if I let any more time pass before reflecting on 2019, with a few high-level thoughts about 2020.

Had we come together in March for the annual State of the County address, we would have celebrated progress made towards Board of County Commissioner priority areas, such as completing/advancing major capital projects with efficiency and effectiveness. Back in the spring, we continued to be on schedule and on budget on the new courthouse, and now find ourselves days away from completion. Also, in the spring we were just a few months from opening our county’s first-ever medical examiner facility, and that new office has been working out of its new home since June. 

The past two years have also seen tremendous progress at the Tomahawk Creek wastewater treatment plant expansion, which is the county’s largest major project in our history. Tomahawk will provide wastewater service for the next 75 years or more and help to improve water quality in nearby streams.  

In 2019 and 2020, Johnson County Library and Johnson County Park and Recreation District continued to implement their master plans. You may remember that 2019 marked the opening of Meadowbrook Park and the Lenexa City Center library branch. I look forward to providing more updates on the Library and Park master plan progress at next year’s State of the County.

Much progress was made in 2019 towards a second BOCC priority, to strengthen and finance the appropriate level of service to meet the needs of the county’s vulnerable populations, pursuing innovative strategies.

In partnership with all our cities, both large and small, and working with United Community Services of Johnson County, we conducted a study of the local housing market.

We continued to provide vital safety-net services for residents in crisis and households in need. More specifically, we made great strides in treating people with mental health challenges, our senior population and people with an intellectual or developmental disability. 

In March 2019 Johnson Mental Health Center convened the very first National Co-Responder Conference. The event, which was attended by representatives from 18 states, focused on collaborative programs that embed mental health professionals within law enforcement agencies, schools and other organizations. The county also launched efforts to place Johnson County as the first county in the metropolitan region designated a “Community for All Ages.” The initiative aims to support healthy lifestyles, health care and quality of life for an aging population. 

A third BOCC priority in 2019, and continues today, is to develop a creative an innovative vision for a transit plan that is financially sustainable. 

Public transit is at the heart of a review aimed at considering positive changes to the fixed-route metro and micro transit systems to provide a more robust, more effective, more accessible plan. In 2019 we asked for, and received, valuable public comment on our transit system. Since then we have made some adjustments and expanded our microtransit program to reach a larger area.  

The county provides other opportunities to help people get to work, school, medical appointments and other important destinations. Johnson County Mental Health’s peer-driving program, which is free, provided more than 34,000 rides in 2019.  Almost half of the rides benefitted people served by Johnson County Developmental Supports. The Catch-a-Ride program of the Human Services Department also assisted more than 1,100 older adults with their transit needs. At next year’s State of the County we will have updated numbers on these crucial services. 

Speaking of next year’s State of the County, we are starting conversations about when it will take place and it what format, whether in person, virtually or a hybrid. We will announce those details as we can. At that time you can expect to hear a review of 2020, and what a review it will be. We will share stories and provide details of our organization’s COVID-19 response that begin with our first case announced on March 7. Every day since then we have worked in collaboration with multiple community partners, invested in testing, contact tracing and PPE, managed millions of dollars in CARES Act funding disbursements and changed the way we serve our community and operate our organization. 

At next year’s State of the County we also look forward to sharing some of the success from this year. We held a successful presidential primary and general election with record-breaking registration and turnout. The 2020 Election could not have gone more smoothly, and we have many people to thank for that, including the Election Office staff, volunteers and the voters. Participation was also high in Johnson County when it came to the 2020 Census. Johnson County had a nearly 80% self-response rate compared to a 76% response rate in 2010. Johnson County's self-response rate came in 1st place for Kansas Counties and 48th in the entire nation!

You can also expect to hear a financial update at next year’s State of the County. For now, I can tell you that we are in a very strong financial position. This year we were able to take advantage of low interest rates to refinance several bonds, saving our community millions of dollars. We continued to earn the coveted Triple AAA bond ratings this year. Our Board made several policy decisions that will pave the way for new economic development near the New Century Air Center. Next year’s budget has a .25 mill levy reduction. Again, you can anticipate hearing more about this in 2021.

I wish all of you a healthy and happy new year, and I thank all of you for the role you play in making Johnson County a place where people want to live, work and raise a family. 

Chairman Ed Eilert
    
     

BOCC December update
December 31, 2020

Here are highlights of the Board of County Commissioners’ actions and activities in Dec. 2020. More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org. The board took the following actions:

  • (Sitting as the Governing Body of Fire District No. 2) Authorized a 3-year agreement with Johnson County Fire District No. 1 to provide code enforcement services within the Fire District’s boundaries west of Lackman Rd, in the City of Spring Hill, and within the boundaries of Miami County Fire District No. 2.
  • Adopted the 2021 Johnson County State Legislative Platform.
  • Approved holding the Dec. 10, Dec. 17, Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 meetings via Zoom, with public comments submitted in writing until a mutually agreeable option for virtual public comments is found. The following week, the BOCC authorized a 3-member BOCC committee to review virtual public comments and develop a process including considerations such as equity and possible time limits. 
  • Purchased a mobile clinic to be used for COVID testing and response.
  • Authorized agreements between Johnson County and the cities of De Soto and Edgerton for the provision of law enforcement services in 2021 by the Sheriff's Office. 

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