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

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Street at New Century AirCenter honors famed astronaut
July 16, 2019

A new street in Johnson County commemorates John Glenn.

This afternoon a gathering at the Commemorative Air Force of America Wing at the New Century AirCenter remembered Astronaut John Glenn with the unveiling of a street sign honoring him. The New Century AirCenter originally served as the Olathe Naval Air Station until approximately 50 years ago. During its heyday, the Olathe Naval Air Station offered flight training and activities during both World War II and the Korean War.  Before Glenn became the first astronaut to orbit Earth in 1962, with the world at war in July 1942, it was here that Glenn earned his military wings by training in a two-seater Stearman plane. He trained in the first class at the Olathe Naval Air Station.

More information is available in this news release.

You can also view the event from this Facebook Live video.

Johnson County Election Office adds 7th advance voting location
July 11, 2019

Beginning with the August 2019 primary, the Johnson County Election Office is adding a seventh advance voting location in the county to serve voters who live and work in Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill, as well as other locations in southwest Johnson County. The new advance voting location will be located at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway in Gardner.

“This addition is a big deal for the southwest part of our county,” said Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker. “Not only is the population growing, the workforce in the area will also benefit.”

This new location will be available for the 2019 August primary election and the 2019 November general election.

For a complete list of advance voting locations, dates and hours of operation, and important upcoming primary election dates, please see this press release.

MED-ACT trailer is ready for summer events
July 11, 2019

There are plenty of fun activities during the summer months for Johnson County residents. But when you have large events that attract crowds, it’s important to be ready for the unexpected. That includes accidents and injuries. Johnson County MED-ACT is ready to respond and luckily doesn’t have to rush to the scene when help is needed. Crews are already there. Utility 1174 is a small trailer parked at large multiday events in Johnson County, most recently at Old Shawnee Days and on the schedule are  Old Settlers Days and the Johnson County Fair.

This project supports the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop the Bleed campaign, which originated from the joint efforts of the Hartford Consensus, the American College of Surgeons and the National Association of EMTs. The hourlong presentation about bleeding control, wound packing and tourniquet care was developed in response to the Sandy Hook school shooting and progressed after the Boston Marathon bombing and the Las Vegas shooting.

“At each of these incidents, bystanders were some of the real heroes,” said Lt. Rochelle Hobart, MED-ACT. “They provided quick, lifesaving care to victims, even if they were not trained in the medical field.”

In the initial moments of these types of events, first responders may have difficulty accessing the scene and may be overwhelmed by the number of patients. Reports after these events show that bystanders helped with lifesaving treatment, such as stopping bleeding, patient movement and assisting wherever they could. Many victims survived thanks to the care given to them by the public.

U1174 was acquired as an extra effort to prepare our citizens and support our community education’s Stop the Bleed campaign. The goal is to empower the residents of Johnson County to be able to provide lifesaving aid if a similar event were to happen here. The trailer houses “self-treatment” kits, moving equipment, blankets and additional supplies for first responders. If an incident were to occur, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, event volunteers, police officers and off-duty first responders know to go to this trailer and distribute the kits to bystanders. Each kit includes instructions and tools to help stop bleeding.

“If you are at one of these events and can assist, the key is to first find the trailer,” Lt. Hobart said. “You might want to locate it as you arrive so you know exactly where to go, if necessary. The onsite availability of this trailer provides the best possible outcomes for community members during these major events.”

MED-ACT offers free bleeding control courses to help prepare you for a bleeding emergency. We encourage anyone who is interested in taking a Stop the Bleed course to contact the Community Education division at 913-715-1981. You can also arrange to have a specialist teach your group. For questions regarding the U1174 trailer, contact Lt. Rochelle Hobart at rhobart@jocoems.org.

Ribbon cutting this weekend, for JoCo's latest inclusive playground
July 5, 2019

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, July 6, for the new inclusive playground located in the north Walnut Grove area of Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Rd., Shawnee and Lenexa.

The celebration will get under way at 10:30 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. The free event will include comments from the Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) and other local officials, giveaways and a hot dog lunch.

Sometimes also called universal playgrounds, inclusive playgrounds are meant to enable all children to play together without physical or social barriers. 

The new playground will feature:

  • Climbing elements
  • An area with musical instruments
  • Swings
  • A shade structure with a mister element
  • A double-wide slide
  • A rolling slide table that participants can pull themselves along

The equipment also features a Sway Fun Glider that can accommodate a wheelchair. The project also includes a restroom building with four extra large stalls meant to provide enough space for someone to be able to assist youth with special needs.

JCPRD’s first inclusive playground opened in late September at Stilwell Community Park, 6402 West 207th St.

The inclusive playground project at both parks was added to the 2018 capital improvements budget after the Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners expressed interest in adding inclusive playgrounds to Johnson County’s park system.

Planning and Development Manager Cliff Middleton said making sure these playgrounds are fun for all participants was a major goal for these projects.

“Hopefully, lots of families will go there, whether they have special needs children or not; they’re just going to go because they’re really fun playgrounds,” Middleton said. “Of course, having something that accommodates kids with special needs will be popular, too. There are some common elements between the two (JCPRD inclusive playgrounds), but we did try to make them different enough that you might want to take your family to one on one weekend, and you might want to go to the other the next weekend.”

 

BOCC will not meet, offices closed for holiday
July 3, 2019

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners will not meet for their regular meeting Thursday, July 4, due to the holiday. Johnson County offices will also be closed in observance of the Fourth of July. Critical services will continue to be provided.

Have a happy and safe Independence Day.

Johnson County - a Community Supporting Breastfeeding
July 2, 2019

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition (KBC) officially designates Johnson County as a “Community Supporting Breastfeeding.” This designation recognizes communities that provide multifaceted breastfeeding support across several sectors: businesses, employers, hospitals, child care providers and peer support.

The county’s coalition is building a culture of breastfeeding support in Johnson County with fewer barriers to breastfeeding and increased opportunities for support. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment began this community coalition and Danica Pelzel, WIC staff member, currently serves as a co-chair.

Johnson County’s Breastfeeding Coalition’s community awareness project is also one of six local coalitions that received funding totaling approximately $5,000 from the KBC Mini-Grant Initiative.  

Want to know what Johnson County’s community involvement looks like?  View this spreadsheet summarizing Breastfeeding Support by Kansas County, a detailed database of information regarding breastfeeding support and breastfeeding rates by county.

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