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County Manager's Office

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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Johnson County shares re-blended paint with Ghana
March 15, 2019

For nearly 25 years, the Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste facility has collected unwanted latex paint and other household chemicals from Johnson County homes; providing a safe and environmentally friendly option for disposal of these items. In 2018 alone, the facility collected thousands of gallons of latex paint.

To process all of this paint, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment staff verify the paint is still usable, separate it into several different colors, re-blend it, and send it back into the world. A majority of this paint ends up back in the hands of Johnson County residents and organizations, however, some of the paint finds a new home much farther away.

For the past decade, the Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste facility has partnered with a group of passionate residents to send re-blended paint to several communities in Ghana, West Africa. The paint is loaded into shipping containers along with other donations such as school supplies, medical equipment and toothbrushes, and is sent to Ghana, where the paint is used to spruce up houses, community centers and even a school. The Ghana connection for Johnson County was made possible by one of the paint volunteers, George Nkrumah, who is from Ghana as well. George also purchases paint for non-profit use for churches in Ghana.

"It's amazing to think that paint that started out in the basement or garage of a Johnson County, Kansas home has made the 6,000 mile trip to be used again," said Brandon Hearn who oversees the program. "Just this past week, we provided another 500 gallons of paint; from Johnson County to Ghana."

At bargain prices, the regular rate for brown paint is $10, beige and colors are $15, grey and black are $20 and white is $25. The non-profit rate is $5 off those prices except brown and white paint.

 

Courthouse tunnel project progress
March 14, 2019

Those who drive in downtown Olathe will be happy to know that crews have passed the halfway mark with the courthouse tunnel project.  

You can learn more about the courthouse at this link.

WIC program prepares for community garden kickoff
March 13, 2019

The WIC program is a supplemental food and nutrition education program that provides services to Johnson County families who qualify. The goal is to promote healthy living among pregnant and breastfeeding women, new moms and children under five. WIC is a federally-funded program that is offered nationwide. And, it’s celebrating its 45th birthday this month.

Next week, Johnson County’s WIC program will celebrate its birthday by kicking-off its community garden growing season. The WIC community garden serves to educate, empower and feed the clients in the program to create a healthier community. The kickoff event is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 26. Volunteers are needed at the event. Children and adults are welcome. Tools, gloves and gardening education are provided to volunteers.

“We’re committed to improving the health of all Johnson County residents by improving access to healthy foods in our community,” said Laura Grimmett, WIC Program Manager. “The WIC garden is all about offering clients the chance to learn about and prepare healthier foods for their families through better access to fresh produce. The project relies heavily on volunteers, so we encourage anyone interested to join us as we grow food for those in need.”

Volunteers are also are needed every Tuesday morning, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. All produce harvested from the garden goes to WIC client families in Johnson County. The garden is located at 11875 S. Sunset Dr., in Olathe, on the north side of the Health Services Building.

Sign up to volunteer. Registration is not necessary for the kickoff event.

Register now for nationally recognized mental health training
March 12, 2019

Residents who want some basic training on how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis should register today for this week’s Mental Health First Aid training. This evidence-based program builds mental health literacy and helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.

Johnson County Mental Health Center is offering a session on Thursday, March 14 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Olathe office, located at 1125 W. Spruce St. The Mental Health Center was recently named a Mental Health First Aid Champion by the National Council for Behavioral Health for this program.

To register, call Kristen Reese at 913-715-7880 or email jcmhcevents@jocogov.org today. Thanks to funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, the cost for this full-day training is only $10 per person. 

Participants will be introduced to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, gain an understanding of their impact and explore common interventions and treatment. Any individuals who interact regularly with groups within their community would benefit from Mental Health First Aid.

Genealogy fair is good for beginners
March 8, 2019

If you have ancestors, or even relatives, you can learn how to explore their histories at the 2019 National Genealogy Day Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Johnson County’s Central Resource Library, 9875 West 87th St., Overland Park.

The fair is presented by the Johnson County Genealogical Society.

National Genealogy Day is observed annually on Saturday of the first full week of March. This year, for the first time, the JCGS is hosting the resource fair to share the abundance of tools and skill ready to help library users explore their family history.

Anyone can attend the event free of charge. Stations and activities will be set up around the Central Library. Registration is encouraged to ensure ample supplies and kits. Register online at jocolibrary.org/research/genealogy or call 913-826-4600.

“This is an easy way for genealogy beginners to get the lay of the land,” JCGS board member Marsha Bennett said. “If you’re wondering how to get started in your research, I think this is a great event for you!”

The society also recommends the event for teachers and students working on Family Tree assignments.

Here are some of the activities at the resource fair:

• Tours of the library’s genealogy section

• Get one-on-one help from Society members in our Learning Lab

• Pick up a free Genealogy Starter Kit with forms and information

• Visit genealogy group exhibits; learn about genealogy software programs; and see Fruits of their Research displays with examples of family histories, pedigree charts, stories and scrapbooks.

Membership in the Johnson County Genealogical Society is not required to attend. Learn more about JCGS by visiting jcgsks.org.

DA’s office visits JCCC for consumer protection week
March 6, 2019

Staff from the Economic Crime Unit of the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office visited Johnson County Community College on Tuesday as a part of their National Consumer Protection Week activities.

The Economic Crime Unit receives approximately 500 consumer protection complaints each year. For college students who are entering the world of credit and contracts for the first time, understanding some basic rights and resources can save them from a lot of heartache and hassle.

The District Attorney’s Office staff provided information to college students regarding several relevant topics, such as how to deter, detect and defend against identity theft. They also shared how students, and any resident, can obtain a free annual credit report through the only Federal Trade Commission authorized website.

Individuals in the market for a new car should be on the lookout for these warning signs:

  • Car dealers/sellers who refuse to give you a title upon delivery or at the time of the sale.
  • Car dealers/sellers who keep changing the terms of the sale.
  • Car dealers who don’t fill out the Buyer’s Guide stickers, which are required by law to be filled out and posted on a vehicle’s windows.
  • Car dealers who refuse to put warranty information in writing.
  • Car dealers who claim this “low, low price” is only good for today. Never allow a car dealership to pressure you into buying or making a decision right on the spot.

If you’re interested in learning more about consumer protection, visit the District Attorney’s website or follow their office on twitter.

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