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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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Be prepared for the heat of summer
April 3, 2019

The summer solstice may not arrive until next week, however, summer is already here in Johnson County. Here are some informative items and tips for managing the increasing temperatures over the next few days and beyond.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, in cooperation with the Johnson County Library, encourages citizens who need a place to cool down during hot days to visit one of 13 library branches. All of these facilities will be available during normal business hours. Visit jocolibrary.com for hours of operation.

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body's temperature rises rapidly, the body loses its ability to sweat and it is unable to cool down. Body temperatures rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

Signs and symptoms of Heat Stroke vary but may include the following:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.

Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion vary but may include the following:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Skin: may be cool and moist
  • Pulse rate: fast and weak
  • Breathing: fast and shallow

You can follow these prevention tips to protect yourself from heat-related stress:

  • Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages. (If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink when the weather is hot. Also, avoid extremely cold liquids because they can cause cramps.)
  • Rest.
  • Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath.
  • If possible, seek an air-conditioned environment. If you don't have air conditioning, consider visiting an air-conditioned shopping mall or public library to cool off. The 13 Johnson County libraries are available during operating hours as a cooling center. A list of library locations is available online. 
  • Wear lightweight clothing.
  • If possible, remain indoors in the heat of the day.
  • Do not engage in strenuous activities.

If you have older adult relatives or neighbors, you can help them protect themselves from heat-related stress:

  • Visit older adults at risk at least twice a day and watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  • Encourage them to increase their fluid intake by drinking cool, nonalcoholic beverages regardless of their activity level.

Warning: If a doctor generally limits the amount of fluid a person drinks or they are on water pills, they will need to ask their doctor how much they should drink while the weather is hot.

  • Take them to air-conditioned locations if they have transportation problems.

If you see any signs of severe heat stress, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency. Have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the affected person. Do the following:

  • Get the person to a shady area.
  • Cool the person rapidly, using whatever methods you can. For example, immerse the person in a tub of cool water; place the person in a cool shower; spray the person with cool water from a garden hose; sponge the person with cool water; or if the humidity is low, wrap the person in a cool, wet sheet and fan him or her vigorously.
  • Monitor body temperature and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101°–102°F
  • If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.
  • Do not give the person alcohol to drink.
  • Get medical assistance as soon as possible.
Help us name new Meadowbrook Park structure by June 18
June 14, 2017

The public is invited to help the Johnson County Park & Recreation District name a new building currently under construction at the future Meadowbrook Park in Prairie Village.

The new 10,000-square-foot center will serve as an activity center, but officials are looking for a more interesting and “personalized” moniker for the building, which is expected to host everything from weddings to business retreats to kids’ art classes. 

The structure will be located where the old Meadowbrook club house once stood and will include an event space for about 200 people, a multipurpose room and an early childhood development center with a nature play area.

Those who would like to submit a name suggestion can do so by using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YXHSW6D.

Name suggestions will be taken until June 18.

Public voting on the name submissions will take place between June 23 and July 4 via a link to be provided. Voting will also take place during VillageFest, which will take place on July 4 at 77th and Mission Road.  The top vote-getters will be presented to the Johnson County Board of Park & Recreation Commissioners for consideration and action.

Hotline offers answers to gardening questions
June 14, 2017

All your gardening questions can be answered this summer with the Johnson County K-State Extension Master Gardener Hotline.

Advice on lawn, flowers, gardening, trees, shrubs and houseplants is available over the phone at 913-715-7050 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. When calling the hotline for assistance, be prepared to supply as much information as possible. The more data you can provide, the easier it is for the trained Extension Master Gardener volunteer to assist.

You can also bring in insects and plants in person for advice at the Extension Office, 11811 South Sunset Drive, Olathe.  Be sure to bring in a large enough sample of the plant in question. A large sample of bugs is not required – only a few.

Residents also can email their questions at garden.help@jocogov.org. When emailing, it is also a good idea to attach low-resolution photos to help see the plant  problem. 

More information is available online.

First Ozone Alert of the season issued for today
April 3, 2019

SkyCast forecasts poor air quality for June 9

The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Air Quality Program issued an orange Ozone Alert for June 9. This alert indicates that an unhealthy level of ground-level ozone is expected.

The two most important things residents should do on Ozone Alert days are:


Ozone pollution can cause a variety of problems in healthy adults, including chest pains, coughing, nausea, throat irritation and difficulty breathing. People who are sensitive to air pollution — such as children, seniors, and people with breathing or heart problems — should limit outdoor activity between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Everyone should consider scheduling outdoor activities before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m.


More than half of all emissions that lead to ozone pollution are caused by everyday activities — such as driving and doing yard work. Residents can help reduce pollution by carpooling, taking the bus, postponing mowing and postponing refueling vehicles. Fares for regular bus routes are reduced on Ozone Alert days, and B-Cycle users can ride free (up to a 30-minute ride).

Ozone pollution is formed when emissions from vehicles, lawn and garden equipment, and other sources react in heat and sunlight. Other environmental factors — such as warm, sunny weather, low wind speeds and lack of rain — increase the likelihood of poor air quality.

MARC issues the SkyCast, the region’s daily ozone season air quality forecast, each afternoon from March 1 through Oct.31. Find the SkyCast online at AirQKC.org and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/airQKC. SkyCast information is also available via the air quality information line, 816-701-8287, and many area media outlets.

County commission sets maximum expenditure budget
June 9, 2017

The Board of County Commissioners on Thursday authorized the publication of the proposed fiscal year 2018 maximum budget totaling $1.064 billion, composed of $822.8 million in expenditures and $242 million in reserves.

“The FY 2018 proposed budget includes the potential to roll back the mill levy by a quarter mill,” said Ed Eilert, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.

After today, FY 2018 budgeted expenditures can be decreased, but not increased.

The total estimated county mill levy is 26.607 mills — a constant mill levy when compared to the FY 2017 mill levy. This includes an estimated mill levy of 19.590 for the county taxing district; 3.915 mills for the library taxing district; and 3.102 mills for the park and recreation taxing district.

Total estimated revenue from ad valorem taxes is $250.8 million, comprising $189 million for the county taxing district; $31 million for libraries; and $30 million for parks and recreation.

The county commission authorized two changes from the county manager’s FY 2018 proposed budget, allocating $164,000 for advance voting postcards and $380,510 for the gubernatorial election, fully funding the election office’s requests for additional resources.

“We encourage residents to review our proposed budget online and to attend our public hearing July 31 to learn more about the specifics of our budget and provide us feedback,” said county manager Hannes Zacharias.

Next steps

  • On June 15, assessed valuation estimates will be available for the FY 2018 proposed budget
  • The FY 2018 proposed budget will be published in The Kansas City Star in July
  • The public hearing on the FY 2018 proposed budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, July 31

FY 2018 budget documents are available online.

Doors open June 10 at Arts & Heritage Center
June 8, 2017

A grand opening celebration is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the recently completed Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park.

The celebration caps more than 18 months of renovations to the former King Louie West building, which opened in 1959, into the new multifunctional Arts & Heritage Center. The building was purchased by Johnson County six years ago to meet the needs of several county-funded operations, including the new location of Johnson County Museum along with programs by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

The June 10th event will feature a free day of activities; tours of the venue; museum exhibits and experiences including an expanded KidScape program for children at the Johnson County Museum; dance and art classes; entertainment; and more. The site includes a permanent exhibit called “Becoming Johnson County,” highlighting the history of Johnson County with more than 400 objects and 500 photographs and featuring the 1950s All-Electric House as its centerpiece.

As part of the community celebration, The Theatre in the Park will present “Grease” on the indoor “black box” theater stage at the Arts & Heritage Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 9, with additional performances through June 25.

The Arts & Heritage Center will be home to the Arts Council of Johnson County and Johnson County Developmental Supports’ Emerging Artists Program. The Overland Park Historical Society will also have a room and exhibits in the facility.

The regular operating hours of the Arts & Heritage Center are Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.