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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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Board of Election Canvassers certify election results
August 7, 2017

Today the Johnson County Board of Election Canvassers met today to certify the Aug. 1 Primary Election. After today's vote canvass, updated final results (unofficial) for the August Primary Election are now available on Johnson County Election Office's website.

What exactly is a "vote canvass"?

Among its many duties, the Board of County Commissioners is, ex officio, the Board of Election Canvassers. As such, it is required to review, or "canvass," and certify the results of elections conducted in the county.

While unofficial election results are made public as soon as results are available on Election Day, results are not considered official until the canvass takes place the Monday following a given election.

During the canvass meeting, the Board of Canvassers determines the validity of any provisional or challenged ballots. Provisional ballots include situations where a voter's registration is in question or when records indicate the voter was already sent an advance ballot. Provisional ballots are sealed in special envelopes at the polls and must be individually researched and verified at the Election Office prior to presenting them to the Board of Canvassers. 

Following the processing of the valid ballots, the Board of Canvassers certifies the official vote summary as the final official election results. 

Canvass meetings occur at the Election Office (2101 E. Kansas City Rd., Olathe) and are open to the public. 

August is Water Quality Awareness Month
August 4, 2017

August in Kansas brings to mind thoughts of the “dog days of summer” when people look to find relief from the heat with a refreshing glass of ice water or cooling off by boating and swimming in a nearby lake. August is also National Water Quality Awareness Month, which is a time to examine our actions to make sure we're doing everything we can to protect our most precious resource throughout the year.

Actions we take every day have the potential to negatively impact water quality.

Make these water-friendly choices to do your part:

  • Never litter.
  • Pick up pet waste and dispose of it in the trash.
  • Take used oil, leftover paint and other household chemicals to Household Hazardous Waste collection sites.
  • Fertilize according soil test results and only use what your lawn needs. Soil tests are free for Johnson County residents (limited quantity)!
  • Mulch or bag grass clippings and leaves — never blow them into the street or storm drains.
  • Never flush prescription drugs; instead, find a drug take-back location for proper disposal. 

If you are unsure where to take items to be recycled, visit RecycleSpot.org, a local, comprehensive recycling resource. 

Save money on your next painting project
August 3, 2017

Johnson County’s Household Hazardous Waste paint recycling program has a large surplus of paint. Save up to 75% over store bought latex paint and help the environment. Proceeds help fund the county's Household Hazardous Waste program.
Available colors include beige, white, brown and grey.
Price ranges from $10-$25 per five gallon bucket.
They are open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday and the second Saturday of the month. More information is available online.

 

Prevent illness, manage left behind storm debris
August 1, 2017

Last week’s heavy rains wreaked havoc on many Johnson County homes and businesses. On Thursday, Chairman Eilert signed a declaration of local disaster to assist county staff and residents in clean-up efforts.

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) offers the following tips to prevent injury and illness during cleanup and how to manage and remove the debris and trash left behind.

  • Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of an affected area.
  • Get a tetanus shot if you haven’t had one in the last 10 years or can’t remember the last time you got one. You can get one at most doctors’ offices, pharmacies, urgent care clinics and at the Department of Health and Environment’s two walk-in clinics in Olathe (11875 S. Sunset Drive) and Mission (6000 Lamar Ave.).
  • Flood waters can displace animals, insects and reptiles. Be alert and avoid contact.
  • Wash clothing and all hard surfaces with hot water and detergent. Discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as mattresses, carpeting and carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, pillows, baby toys, stuffed animals, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings and most paper products).
  • Excessive moisture and standing water can contribute to the growth of mold. Be sure to properly dry out ceilings, walls and floors.
  • Cover open wounds with a waterproof bandage to avoid infection. Keep open wounds as clean as possible by washing with soap and water. Seek immediate medical attention if a wound develops redness, swelling or drainage.

Items that are not accepted at the curb, such as paint, cleaners, household chemicals and fluorescent light bulbs, may be brought to the Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste site for disposal. Make an appointment to drop off for these items, as well as non-working appliances and electronics.

 

Advance voting ends today
July 31, 2017

Advance voting in person for the August 1 primary election ends today. One location is available: the Johnson County Election Office, 2101 East Kansas City Road, Olathe, from 8 a.m. to noon.
View candidates in the Johnson County races in the primary 
Be an Informed Voter
To learn more about the candidates, visit votejoco.com to find responses candidates have provided to a survey conducted by the Johnson County Public Policy Council.
Find your polling location and sample ballot and enter your first name, last name, and date of birth.

 

Visit the Johnson County booth at the fair
April 3, 2019

Johnson County is showcasing its programs and services at four booths during the Johnson County Fair in Gardner from July 31 to Aug. 5.

Staff from county departments and agencies will host the Johnson County booth in the Commercial Building in the heart of the fairgrounds.Visitors are invited to try their hand at the spin-to-win wheel, offering candy and prizes for correct answers. Questions include county projects, departments and agencies, services and programs, history and careers, and other general information about Johnson County, both as a community and as a local government.

The Sheriff's Office will also have a booth in the Commercial Building along with a Noxious Weed Program booth from the Public Works Department. Noxious Weed staff has manned a booth at the fair since 1938.

A booth by Johnson County K-State Research and Extension 4-H Youth Development will be located in the nearby Green Building.

Visitors are invited to stop by all four booths to learn more about Johnson County Government and its more than 350 public services and programs along with a few upcoming events/activities the county is sponsoring in the near future.

Booths will have informational materials, giveaways and treats. Visitors can also enter drawings for special prizes at some booths.

The annual Johnson County Fair parade will highlight the final day of the fair on Saturday, Aug. 5, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The parade features floats, riders on horseback, marching bands, clowns, and antique vehicles. With a theme of “Barn in the USA,” the parade route travels down the Main Street of Gardner and ends at the fairgrounds.

Admission to the fairgrounds is free. Activities at the Main Event Arena, however, have admission fees. A complete listing of events, dates and times is available at jocokansasfair.com.      

We hope to see you at the fair! 

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