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Watch for January election ballots in mail
January 9, 2020

The Johnson County Election Office will mail ballots for the Blue Valley School District (bond election) and City of Merriam (sales tax election) mail ballot elections today, Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Voters have until noon on Tuesday, January 28, to return the ballots.

Visit the election office website for more information about the elections. There you’ll also find a guide for filling out a mail ballot envelope.

JoCo on the Go: Preparing for winter weather
January 6, 2020

JoCo on the Go podcast episode #23 is filled with great information about how Johnson County’s Emergency Operations Center works closely with the National Weather Service to stay ahead of winter storms. Meteorologist Ray Christensen talks about the accuracy of forecasting and what northeast Kansas can expect this winter. Johnson County Emergency Management Deputy Director Dan Robeson shares tips on how to stay safe when the snow and ice hit. Brian Pietig and Wes Root, from Johnson County Public Works, offer advice to homeowners on snow removal. They also share details on how the county treats the roads in the unincorporated areas of the county and how and when county roads are cleared.

JoCo on the Go is available where you regularly listen to podcasts. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode.

Want to learn more about Johnson County? Apply for JoCo Academy!
January 2, 2020

Learn about the inner workings of Johnson County Government and how you can get more involved in our community through JoCo Academy (formerly called Citizens Academy)! The Spring 2020 program will meet every Tuesday for 10 weeks, February 11th through April 14th, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided at no cost at the beginning of each session. The application deadline for the Spring program is January 17th. Apply here.

The goal of JoCo Academy is three-fold: 
• Enhance citizen knowledge of county operations and services 
• Encourage a unified community identity 
• Increase volunteerism in Johnson County boards and commissions 

JoCo Academy participants hear presentations from staff, perform hands-on activities, and take tours of various county departments and agencies, including Wastewater, Corrections, Libraries, Parks and Recreation, the Sheriff’s Office and more.

The Kansas City Star recently featured our academy and that article is available here.

If you have questions about JoCo Academy, please call Kiley Heine at 913-715-0729.Visit jocogov.org/jocoacademy for more information and to apply. 

BOCC December update
December 31, 2019

As we wrap up the year and the decade, here are some highlights of the Board of County Commissioners’ actions and activities in December 2019. More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

  • The board authorized funding for the 2020 County Assistance Road System Program and Stormwater Management Program. “These two programs are strong examples of county and city collaboration, utilizing joint funding to improve the major roads in Johnson County and maximize flood control efforts, which benefits all county residents,” said Chairman Ed Eilert, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. More information is available in this news release.
  • Did you know the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement in two Johnson County cities? This month, the board authorized agreements with the cities of Edgerton and De Soto for the provision of law enforcement services in 2020.
  • The board adopted a resolution that Johnson County will work towards becoming a designated “Community for All Ages” (CFAA). What does that mean? Read all about it on page 11 of The January/February 2020 The Best Times.
  • Johnson County and its cities will collaborate on a comprehensive housing market and needs assessment for the county. The findings will be used for a 10-year-outlook on housing in Johnson County. The board authorized funding for the county’s portion of this study this month. More information is available here.
  • One of the top three priorities adopted by the board in April 2019 is to “develop a creative and innovative vision for a transit plan that is financially sustainable.” In December the board held a Committee of The Whole on transit. The board is looking closely at this service as we head into the next decade. You can view the presentation and the video from that meeting at this link.
Cedar Roe Library re-opens Dec. 30
December 30, 2019

After a short closure for much-needed improvements, the Cedar Roe branch of Johnson County Library will re-open to patrons on Dec. 30 at 9 a.m. Cedar Roe Library is located at 5120 Cedar St. in Roeland Park.

Improvements include roof repairs, including new roof drains and better installation, and new carpet in the main entrance and elevator areas. The closure also allowed staff to deep clean the entire branch. Library staff are looking forward to welcoming patrons back to the improved facility. 

Representatives from Roeland Park City Council, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, and Johnson County Library were there on opening day to welcome visitors back to the renovated branch.

Please note that all Johnson County Library locations close early on December 31 and are closed on January 1. For 24-hour access to audiobooks, magazines, streaming video and more, please visit the eLibrary at jocolibrary.org/elibrary.

JoCo on the Go: Understanding your Wastewater bill
December 30, 2019

JoCo on the Go podcast episode #22 provides an in-depth look at Johnson County Wastewater. You’ll hear from department director Susan Pekarek about how rates are set. You’ll also learn about the innovative and environmentally friendly wastewater cleaning processes that are in place. She’ll have details on progress being made at the Tomahawk Wastewater Facility construction project. Hear from Cory Welch who will share improvements to Johnson County Wastewater customer service, such as the new option to pay your bill by phone with a credit card.

Pay your Wastewater bill. Learn more about Johnson County Wastewater.

Listen to JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Get a complete transcript of each episode.