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September 2019 at the BOCC
September 30, 2019

Here are some highlights of the Board of County Commissioners’ actions and activities in September 2019. More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

The BOCC voted to authorize the following items:

  • Adopted a revised solid waste management plan, to be known as the Johnson County Solid Waste Management Plan, 2019 Edition. The Board of County Commissioners formally adopts the SWMP after a required public hearing, and it is ultimately approved by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to become official. As required by Kansas law, the plan is reviewed annually to track the completion of and progress towards short- and long-term goals that are called out in the SWMP. More information is available here.
  • Approved a subsidized dust control pilot program for the unincorporated area of Johnson County for year 2020. Learn more about this program in this brochure.
  • Adopted Human Resource Policies 501 through 510 pertaining to employee benefits and authorized the adoption of related Human Resources Procedures effective January 1, 2020, and replacing current Johnson County Human Resources Policies and Procedure pertaining to employee benefits.
  • Approved a FY 2019 start date for the FY 2020 approved personnel requests of 6.0 FTE Sheriff Jail Deputies, 1.0 FTE Medicolegal Death Investigator for Medical Examiner, and 1.0 FTE Energy Manager for Facilities Department; and the reallocation and expenditure of fund balances (reserves) for FY 2019 General Fund in the amount of $100,000 for Sheriff Deputies and $25,000 Public Health Fund reserve for Medicolegal Death Investigator.
An important event for IDD population
September 27, 2019

The Johnson County Community Developmental Disabilities Organization (CDDO) will host its second annual Resource Fair and Marketplace 2-7 p.m., Oct. 3 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center located at 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park. This event is coordinated in conjunction with the CDDO Council of Community Members.

The CDDO coordinates services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The goal of this event is to connect families and individuals with IDD to specialized community resources. The event includes local IDD service providers, healthcare providers, employment services, and more. This event also includes a marketplace where individuals with IDD can sell items they have made. Last year, wares included dog toys, candies/cookies/snacks, novelty home décor and art.

Attendance is encouraged for people and families on the Home and Community Based Services IDD waiver waiting list, and others who may want to learn more about the CDDO. It’s important that individuals who need IDD services and are not currently on the waiting list reach out to the CDDO or attend this event to begin the intake process. The waiting list in Kansas is currently eight years long, so individuals age 5 and older who need IDD services, or who may need them in the future, are encouraged to get on the list ASAP.

Last year, the CDDO facilitated more than 30 intakes, and staff is hoping to increase that number substantially this year.

You can learn more about the CDDO online.

Evening in the Park features concert, movie on Sept. 28
September 27, 2019

An Evening in the Park, with a free outdoor concert and movie showing, is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 28, in Shawnee Mission Park.

The special event by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) features a 90-minute concert by the popular 1980’s tribute band the M80s, beginning at 6 p.m. A showing of the iconic 1980’s movie, “Back to the Future,” follows the concert. Both activities will be in the Theatre in the Park area of Shawnee Mission Park with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee. The entrance will open at 5 p.m. Gates into the bowl will open at 5:30 p.m.

September is National Deaf Awareness Month, and an interpreter will be on hand for staff remarks and closed captioning for the movie will be provided.

"The goal of this event is to thank our community for their engagement and support of JCPRD,” said Superintendent of Culture Susan Mong. “The weather will be cool, and we want everyone to enjoy a great Evening in the Park!”

Food will also be available for purchase during the event with seven food trucks offering sweet and savory options, as well as family-friendly concession items in the theater bowl.

The presentation of Evening in the Park follows a similar event called Park Palooza, which took place in September of 2017 and 2018.

“Park Palooza was a great event that provided informative booths to educate our public about various county services available to the public, and various entertainment offerings through the day,” Mong explained. “We decided to simplify the concept of the event with great music, a great movie and great food, and then Evening in the Park was born.” 

An Evening in the Park will end at approximately 10 p.m.

More information is available by visiting here.

 

Johnson County Square "pop-up" meetings set
October 2, 2019

When you think of a new Johnson County Square, what comes to mind? What would you, your family and/or friends like to enjoy there?

Johnson County, in coordination with the city of Olathe and a steering committee of community members, is kicking off the Johnson County Square project to gather feedback and refine ideas. This month, we are holding a series of “pop-up” meetings at local events to collect comments. The public input opportunities are:

  • Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Overland Park Fall Festival, 7950 Marty, Overland Park, KS 66204

Construction is underway on Johnson County’s new 28-courtroom courthouse located at the corner of Kansas Avenue and Santa Fe Street in downtown Olathe. It is anticipated to be completed during 2020. Thereafter, activities from the existing courthouse will be moved to the new building and the old courthouse will be demolished. That will create a new space known as the “County Square.”

To ensure it reflects area needs and interests, the county and a new steering committee will consider public feedback to develop programming concepts that include activities the public could enjoy in the new space.

See this press release for further information. You can follow this topic on social media #JoCoSquare.

Evening of Latino art, music and poetry at Johnson County Museum
September 26, 2019

Earlier this month, the Board of County Commissioners proclaimed the period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Johnson County. Hispanic Heritage Month was established to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to American life.

The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (8788 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS) is hosting a special evening to celebrate Latino culture from 5:30 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 26. The evening will feature Latino food, displays of art, dance and the reading of a story about immigration.

More information about the event can be found online.

JCPRD Board of Commissioners announce Stewart’s appointment
September 26, 2019

Effective Sept. 21, Deputy Director Jeff Stewart of JCPRD assumed the chair of executive director of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Stewart follows former Executive Director Jill Geller, who announced her resignation in July, and has accepted a position of Parks, Recreation, and Libraries director for the city of Roseville, California.

“JCPRD has received national recognition, accolades, gold medals and accreditations for our management of parks and recreation programs,” said Board Chair Steve Baru. “That happens because we have talented staff. Because of the demonstrated talent we already have in house, we knew we wouldn’t need to look far to find our next leader. Jeff has proven his leadership skills as deputy director and the board saw him as a natural fit to step in and fill the executive director position. We are lucky to have Jeff and his talents to lead the JCPRD into the future.”

Stewart began as JCPRD’s first-ever deputy director in April 2016. He brought 22 years of previous professional parks and recreation experience and served as the director of the Parks and Recreation Department for the city of Gardner since March of 2000.

Prior to his 16 years with the city of Gardner, Stewart worked for about two years as recreation specialist for the Independence, Kansas, Recreation Commission, and about four years as assistant director of parks and recreation for the city of Junction City.

“I couldn’t be more honored and excited for the opportunity and trust to serve the Johnson County community as executive director for JCPRD,” Stewart said. “The future is very bright as we have the best team of dedicated professionals, commissioners, volunteers and partners that are committed to building on our rich tradition of providing the best park and recreation services in the country.” 

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