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Traffic flow restored on Santa Fe ahead of schedule
April 9, 2019

Ten days ahead of schedule, the stretch of Santa Fe in downtown Olathe between Kansas Avenue and Chestnut Street opened to through traffic at 4 a.m., Monday, April 8. Traffic diversion on that section of road began Feb. 11, to build an underground tunnel as a part of the new courthouse project.  

Currently, an underground tunnel runs from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Central Booking Facility (101 N. Kansas Avenue) to the Johnson County Courthouse (100 N. Kansas Avenue). This project creates a branch off the existing tunnel leading to the new courthouse, currently under construction on the northeast corner of Santa Fe and Kansas Avenue. The tunnel is used to securely transport inmates.

Expected to reopen on April 18, the feat was accomplished early despite snow, ice and rain and the crews put in weekends hours, as well, to come in ahead of schedule.

“The project team met with staff from the city of Olathe regularly to discuss progress and next steps. This was a very cooperative effort,” said Dan Wehmueller, project manager. “The contractors did a great job exceeding expectations with plenty of pre-planning, communication and hard work.”

The eight-week construction project was extensive. Following the street closure, crews sawcut the pavement and excavated across the street, north to south at a 45-degree angle from the new building.

After reinforcement and the placement of formwork 347,000 cubic yards of concrete were poured for the foundations, walls and lid. After the 200+ ft tunnel was waterproofed and backfilled crews began on the street repairs. From Kansas to Cherry the street was milled and repaved. The street reopening included repair to the impacted landscaping, brick pavers and curbs.

JoCo childcare providers becoming more "Childcare Prepared"
April 5, 2019

Childcare providers in Johnson County and the families they serve can benefit from a new training and recognition program. “Childcare Prepared” encourages facilities to strengthen emergency plans, provide training for staff and participate in emergency drills and exercises. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) has partnered with Childcare Aware of America (CCAoA) on this program.

Facilities that demonstrate proficiency in the areas of planning, training and exercise will be awarded the designation of being “Childcare Prepared”. They will receive a certificate/plaque, and will be featured in articles or on social media to share their achievements and market the program. Facilities will also be able to share this status with parents as part of their enrollment and retention efforts.

JCDHE partnered with CCAoA on this initiative to advance the preparedness capabilities of child care providers in Johnson County. Currently there are six sites enrolled: three child care centers and three home-based facilities. They’re all at various stages in the program but working towards their designation.

“When we created this program, we wanted to rethink how we engage with our community partners. There is so much preparedness information available to child care facilities, but there isn’t a lot in the way of direction or guidance,” said Steve Maheux, JCDHE Public Health Emergency Program manager. “Building a framework that would help these sites develop an understanding of what it means to be prepared and come up with a plan to move their facility forward was the goal. By focusing efforts on building capabilities and training staff, preparedness becomes more than just a plan on a shelf.”

For more on child care in Johnson County, visit http://www.jocogov.org/health/child-care.



Healthy Yards Expo promotes green choices and practices
April 5, 2019

The 10th Annual Johnson County Healthy Yards Expo on Saturday, April 6, can help you make greener choices for your yards and homes. This free Earth-friendly home, lawn and garden event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shawnee Civic Centre, located at 13817 Johnson Drive in Shawnee.

The expo highlights many simple and easy environmentally-friendly practices that can be done to achieve a nice yard. Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is teaming with Johnson County Stormwater Management Program and the cities of Overland Park, Lenexa, Olathe and Shawnee to present the event.

Local businesses, non-profits, city and county departments (Johnson County Library and Johnson County Health and Environment) will offer seminars and tips that help Johnson County and surrounding area residents.  

Of special note, Brian Hanson, radon program coordinator for Kansas State University Engineering Extension, will be a guest speaker at the Healthy Yards Expo, at 10: 45 a.m. to discuss indoor air quality and the dangers of radon. He will also be at the Johnson County Extension booth with Extension agent Denise Dias to answer questions. They will have Do-It-Yourself radon kits available for purchase, as well. This simple, inexpensive test can reveal if a resident needs to take further action to protect their family from the dangers of radon.

According to the most recent data collected by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Kansas State University, the average radon level in Johnson County is 5.3 picocuries per liter(pCi/L) which is above the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended action level of 4 (pCi/L). EPA recommends fixing your home if your radon level is 4 pCi/L or higher.

Johnson County Radon Stats: (2017)

  • Maximum reported radon level: 309 pCi/L
  • Total number of measurements: 34,444
  • Total measurements 4 pCi/L or greater: 15,506
  • Total measurements 20 pCi/L or greater: 1,037

Visit the expo’s webpage for details on all the cool and fun things going on that day!

Celebrating volunteers in April
April 3, 2019

April is National Volunteer month, dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month.

Volunteers matter to Johnson County Government. They provide services/programs to 13 county departments and agencies to benefit residents of all ages. Locally, the county’s 2018 annual report on volunteerism indicated 4,180 volunteers provided 202,258 hours of service. Based on the national standard of a volunteer hour being worth $24.69, the volunteer work has a value of almost $5 million.

Honoring volunteers in April began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order. April became National Volunteer Month as part of President George H. W. Bush’s 1,000 Points of Light campaign in 1991.

Anyone who wishes to be a part of the Johnson County Government’s volunteer opportunities should visit the “Residents” section of the county’s website. Check out the 2018 annual report (page 27) for a comprehensive list of county departments that have volunteer opportunities as well.

Sheriff, Fire Chief, Med-ACT Chief connect with residents at community meeting
April 2, 2019

Representatives from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County Fire District No. 2 and Johnson County MED-ACT met with about 100 residents Monday night at a Stilwell town hall and community meeting at Stilwell Elementary School.

Sheriff Calvin Hayden, Lt. Paul Nonnast, Fire Chief James Francis and MED-ACT Chief Paul Davis informed residents about emergency services in their community. They also answered questions about everything from burn permits to traffic signs and encouraged residents to get involved.

The Stilwell gathering was one of three community meetings held by the Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with fire districts and MED-ACT throughout Johnson County. The Sheriff’s Office held meetings during the winter in Edgerton and DeSoto.

“We are always looking for ways to engage and communicate with our community,” Nonnast said. “Town halls have proven to be a great way to start conversations and build relationships.”

Nonnast told residents how to share home security footage with deputies and encouraged attendees to participate in the Sheriff’s Citizen Academy.

Francis told attendees that the fire district was among only about 20 out of 500 fire districts in Kansas with an Insurance Services Office Protection Class 2 Rating for all properties located within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant and within 5 road miles of a fire station.

Davis told residents about MED-ACTs HeartSafe Hands-Only CPR & AED training and Stop The Bleed training, both opportunities for residents to learn how to help save lives.

Count Me In JoCo campaign launches in Johnson County
April 1, 2019

Today, Johnson County Kansas’ Complete Count Committee launched Count Me In JoCo, a year-long awareness campaign to educate residents about the importance of being counted in the 2020 Census, and how to be counted. The next U.S. Census begins one year from today on April 1, 2020.

In addition to revealing the new campaign, Johnson County launched the web site CountMeInJoCo.org, where the public can learn about the census, read news releases, find links to other resources and download campaign marketing materials. Organizers will add content to the site in the coming months.

In October 2018, Johnson County became the first county in Kansas to proclaim its partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau for the 2020 Census. At that time, local stakeholders including county and city governments, chambers of commerce, school districts and non-profit organizations joined Johnson County’s Complete Count Committee to help educate the community on the necessity of participating in the census.

Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution mandates a census take place every 10 years. The data collected determines a state’s number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and determines how billions of dollars in federal funds are dispersed to local communities.

“For every household that doesn’t get counted, we lose $39,000 over a ten year period, that could have been used for maintaining roads, funding for Medicare and other important federal funding uses,” says Alan E. Organ, M.D., PhD, Census Bureau Partnership Specialist.

Over the coming months the Count Me in JoCo campaign will educate county residents on the importance of participating in the census and about the various ways to be counted. For the first time, the census will be available to take completely online. This will help reduce in-person follow up visits to non-responding households. The public is invited to use CountMeInJoCo.org and the hashtag #CountMeInJoCo on social media to join the conversation and learn about the census.