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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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Celebrate the New Year at noon
December 28, 2016

You don’t have to stay up late or pack a crowded restaurant to ring in 2017! "Noon Year's Eve," brought to you by Johnson County Park & Recreation District's 50 Plus program, includes a lunch catered especially for you followed by a musical performance by Kansas City’s popular Jazz duo Stan Kessler and Kathleen Holeman. The festivities will take place at Roeland Park Community Center (4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park, KS 66205) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This is one party you don’t want to miss and it’s just $18 per person. Register today at jcprd.com, then click “register for activities” and search for barcode 35444. Visit JCPRD's website for additional information about this event.

Recycle your holiday tree
April 3, 2019

When the holidays are over and it’s time to take down your natural holiday trees, wreaths and garlands, give them a second life by recycling them. Visit RecycleSpot.org or call 816-474-8326 for a list of locations throughout the metro area that will recycle your trees and greenery. Most services are free.

Like other yard waste materials, holiday trees and greenery are discouraged from being deposited into Kansas landfills. Area communities offer residents a number of ways to recycle these items —not only keeping them out of landfills, but also creating a useful product that can be used for a variety of purposes, including trail surfaces, erosion control, landscaping and fish habitat in local lakes.

The following is a list of holiday tree and greenery recycling services in the metro area. Most services are free, but call to confirm. If your community is not listed, contact your city or trash hauler to find out if they offer a tree-recycling service.

Call you trash hauler first to see if they offer curbside pickup. Other pickup options include: 

  • Edgerton— 913-893-6231; Edgerton residents only
  • Lenexa — Lenexa Boy Scouts Troop 136, www.troop136.org ; Lenexa residents only
  • Merriam — 913-322-5570; Merriam residents only
  • Olathe — 913-971-9311; Olathe residents only

Drop-off locations:

  • Leawood: Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Blvd., 913-663-9151; Ironwoods Park, 14701 Mission Road, 913-663-9151; Tomahawk Park, 3999 W. 119th St., 913-663-9151
  • Lenexa: Little Mill Creek North Park, 7900 Cottonwood, 913-477-7500
  • Olathe: Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, 913-438-7275; Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Rd., 913-438-7275; Yard Waste Facility, 127th St. and Hedge Lane, 913-971-9311
  • Overland Park: Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8909 W. 179th St., 913-895-6273; Youngs Park, 7701 Antioch, 913-895-6273; Quivira Park, 11901 Quivira, 913-895-6273; Indian Creek Recreation Center, 10308 Marty, 913-895-6273
  • Prairie Village — Franklin Park, 4798 W. 88th St., 913-381-6464; Porter Park, 4601 Tomahawk, 913-381-6464; Taliaferro Park, 2900 W. 79th St., 913-381-6464
  • Roeland Park — 48th St. and Roe Blvd., 913-722-5435
  • Shawnee — Deffenbaugh Customer Convenience Center, 17955 Holiday Drive, 800-631-3300;  Theater In The Park (Shawnee Mission Park), 7710 Renner Road, 913-438-7275
Johnson County transit will not run Dec. 26 or Jan. 2
December 22, 2016

Johnson County transit will offer reduced holiday schedules on Friday, Dec. 23 and will not offer service on Monday, Dec. 26 or Monday, Jan. 2. Special Edition/SWIFT paratransit will not provide trips, and dispatch and the administrative offices will also be closed. Regular weekday service will resume Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Visit the RideKC website for further details about the region's transit schedules over the holidays.

Next Board of County Commission meeting is Jan. 5
April 3, 2019

The Board of County Commissioners will not hold its regular weekly meetings on Dec. 22 or Dec. 29 because of the upcoming holidays.

The board will reconvene on Jan. 5, 2017, for its regularly scheduled meeting.

Feeling SAD this time of year
December 19, 2016

This time of year is typically associated with social gatherings and merrymaking, but it can also prove to be a challenging time for those suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (or appropriately known as SAD), a type of depression that occurs usually in the winter. Some people simply characterize their feelings as being the winter blues or a seasonal dread. Symptoms typically begin in the fall and continue until spring, leaving the sufferer lethargic and moody. But don’t simply dismiss this malady as it is a common disorder and a subtype of major depression.

Specific symptoms of fall and winter depression may include:

  • Irritability
  • Tiredness or low energy
  • Problems getting along with other people
  • Hypersensitivity to rejection
  • Heavy, "leaden" feeling in the arms or legs
  • Oversleeping
  • Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
  • Weight gain

The exact cause of SAD is unclear, but the medical profession does know that the reduced exposure to sunlight disrupts the body’s internal clock and leads to depression. The reduction in sunlight is also responsible for an imbalance in serotonin, the chemical in your brain that affects mood. Melatonin levels which regulate sleep patterns and moods are also disrupted by the change in seasons.

Johnson County Mental Health provides resources and services for children and adults who suffer from SAD or other mental health disorders. In a related note, our Mental Health Center contributed to this article in the Kansas City Star about Becca, a survivor of attempted suicide who received the mental health help she needed. We hope you take the time to read her story.

It’s about to get frosty outside
April 3, 2019

Okay, so we’ve had quite a cold spell here in Johnson County already this fall, but temperatures in the area are about to take a dip in the next few days.

It’s important to know how to keep yourself and your family safe as very low temperatures mix with high winds.

If you’re going to be outside in the cold, you need to protect against dehydration, frostbite and hypothermia. You can stave these by:

  • Wearing several layers of clothing, instead of one or two bulky layers.
  • Wearing a hat and/or scarf to prevent losing body head from an uncovered head.
  • Avoiding consumption of alcoholic beverages. Drinking alcohol may create the feeling of warmth even when you are actually cold or injured.
  • Avoiding wet clothes, shoes or socks, as they may contribute to further loss of body heat.
  • Using mittens — they are better than gloves.
  • Preventing frostbite by using insulated gloves and socks to protect fingers and toes. Also, a scarf or face mask maybe aid to prevent frostbite risks to the nose or ears.
  • Drinking warm liquids such as tea or hot chocolate. The sugar in these beverages may also help generate additional body heat.

When you’re home, here are some tips to prevent cold-related disasters. No one enjoys frozen water pipes. Extreme cold can cause water pipes in your home to freeze and sometimes burst. Here’s some helpful prevention tips:

  • Leave water taps slightly open so they drip continuously, even over night.
  • Keep the indoor temperature warm.
  • Improve the circulation of heated air near pipes. For example, leave kitchen cabinets open beneath the kitchen sink.

For those residents who may need a warm place to stay during the day, the county’s library buildings also serve as warming centers. Visit the county’s warming center page online. It has the names, locations and phone numbers for warming centers.