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Johnson County holds Veterans Day Observance
November 12, 2019

The 2019 Johnson County Veterans Day Observance took place on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at American Legion Post #153.

American Legion Post #153 has invited Johnson County Government to hold its event in the legion’s hall, located at 410 E. Dennis Ave., Olathe.

“We very much appreciate their invitation to join the American Legion in this important Veterans Day observance,” said Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.

The event will kick off on the original schedule, 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. Download a program.

The 2019 Johnson County Veterans Day Observance, honoring all local veterans from all wars, has invited as special guests local women veterans/women who have served in the military. The event is set for at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the American Legion Post #153, 410 E. Dennis Ave., Olathe, (previously scheduled for Veterans Memorial Park, at Harrison Street and Dennis Avenue, in Olathe).

The event, organized in partnership with the city of Olathe and the Olathe American Legion Post 153, includes an exhibit by the Gardner Historical Museum of veteran-related memorabilia.

According to the U.S. Defense Department, women veterans, totaling slightly more than 1.6 million, represented approximately 10% of the estimated 18.2 million veterans in 2017. Women have served their country through all periods of U.S. history. They were disguised as male soldiers during the American Revolution and Civil War. They served as nurses in World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. They were, and still are, serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Special invited guest of honor is Mabel Johnson, an Olathe woman and a World War II veteran, who turns 105 in early November. She is probably the oldest woman veteran in Kansas and the oldest woman Coast Guard veteran in the nation.

Watch her story.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Third District, whose mother, Crystal, served two decades in the Army.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Molly Gillock, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a member of the Kansas National Guard.
  • Louise “Lou” Eisenbrandt, a combat nurse/veteran from the Vietnam War. 

Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, will emcee the program.

Traditional activities at the county’s Veterans Day celebration include:

  • Speeches honoring all veterans
  • Presentation of colors
  • Placement of memorial wreaths by local veteran organizations.
  • Playing of “Taps”

Students from the Kansas School for the Deaf will serve as greeters.

Johnson County’s annual Veterans Day observance began in 1987. Each year, the event salutes specific groups of veterans and others as special guests. In 2015, World War II veterans were recognized. The event paid tribute to local Gold Star Families in 2016. A year later, the observance paid tribute to Korean War veterans. Veterans of the Vietnam War Era were recognized last year.

Additional details of the Veterans Day observance will be provided on the county’s website at jocogov.org as the event is finalized or call the Johnson County Manager’s Office at 913-715-0430.

Polls open for 2019 General Election
November 5, 2019

Tuesday, Nov. 5 is Election Day with the polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check here for the Johnson County polling locations for the 2019 General Election.

If you wish to review your voter record and or view your sample ballot, the Johnson County Election Office has that information online.

RideKC offers free rides to polling places on Election Day. Paratransit also provides free transportation. Johnson County voters can access resources from the Johnson County Election Office website. For help planning your trip, call 816-221-0660 and provide the starting address and the address of the polling place to where you will be traveling. Customers can also plan a trip with Google Transit trip planner, available on the homepage of RideKC.org. The Regional Transit Call Center is also open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On Election Night, as results become available, checkout the resources available on the Johnson County Election Office site.

For official final election results, The Board of Canvassers canvass the votes following the election at the Election Office, 2101 E. Kansas City Road. The Board of Canvassers determine the validity of any provisional or challenged ballots. Following the processing of the valid ballots, the official vote summary is certified by the Board of Canvassers as the official final election results. The General Canvass will open at 9 a.m. on Nov. 13 and reconvene at 4 p.m. on Nov. 14.

JoCo on the Go: Reduce, reuse, recycle
November 4, 2019

During our 14th JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re talking about sustainability in Johnson County. Craig Wood, Department of Health and Environment solid waste management coordinator, and Renee Bryant, DHE Food Policy Council coordinator, provide information about how residents and businesses can minimize waste. They also provide details about upcoming efforts to educate the public about keeping food out of the landfills, through methods such as composting.   

JoCo on the Go is now available on Apple and Google Play. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode. Learn more about recycling in Johnson County. Find out details about the Food Policy Council.

BOCC October update
October 31, 2019

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

The board appointed David “Beau” Boisvert as Director of Appraisal Operations for Johnson County Government, effective Nov. 14 through June 30, 2021. Boisvert has nearly 25 years of appraisal experience and comes to Johnson County from the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office in Prescott, Arizona, where he has served as the Chief Deputy for nearly three years. During his career, he spent 11 years in the Maricopa County (Arizona) Assessor’s Office, including three years as Chief Appraiser. More information is available in this news release.

The board adopted the following:

  • The 2020 Johnson County State Legislative Platform.
  • Approved and ratified a Property Conveyance Agreement between the Board of Directors of the Johnson County Library (JCL) and the City of Merriam, providing a site for an approximately 16,000 square foot library facility - the Antioch Library Replacement - within the Vavra Development.
  • Amended the FY 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to include Central Resource Library Central Staffing & Space Consolidation (CSSC) Project in an amount not to exceed $8,707,000.
  • A contract for lobbying services with Federico Consulting, Inc., for a 24-month period with an option to renew the contract for three (3) additional 24-month periods and authorizing the County Manager to execute the contract on behalf of the Board.
  • Establishing protocols for the Board of County Commissioners in conducting performance reviews for certain positions in Johnson County government.
The Best Times profiles women vets
November 8, 2019

The November-December issue of The Best Times magazine is on its way in the mail with two cover stories about local women veterans. One story features a World War II veteran, who is turning 105 in early November. She is probably the oldest woman veteran in Kansas and the oldest woman Coast Guard veteran in the nation. The other story showcases three women veterans who served in the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and Afghanistan.

Other articles include:

  • Tips from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office on preparing for colder weather and avoiding scams during the holiday season.
  • The Johnson County Extension Office is serving as a one-stop shop for residents during the annual open enrollment for Medicare.
  • The countdown continues for the start of Census 2020 with more information about why the census is important to residents and communities.
  • An aluminum holiday tree exhibit opens at Johnson County Museum while the Johnson County Park and Recreation District plans to collect natural trees after the holidays end.
  • Johnson County Developmental Supports offers unique gifts at its upcoming Holiday Art Sale, and the Lanesfield Historic Site is planning an old-fashioned Christmas from 1904.
  • Johnson County Health and Environment Department cautions older adults about shingles.
  • And, Kansas Legal Services has initiated a new statewide program, the Elder Rights Project, to help older adults who are victims of crime.

Download the magazine.

Johnson County parks begin winter hours
November 1, 2019

Winter hours from 7:30  a.m. to 8 p.m. go into effect Nov. 1 for many Johnson County Park and  Recreation District parks. These winter hours will stay in effect through Feb. 29.

District parks impacted by the new hours are:

  • Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; 
  • Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe;
  • Lexington Lake Park, 8850 Sunflower Road, De Soto;
  • Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam;
  • Big Bull Creek Park, 20425 Sunflower Road, Edgerton; and,
  • Meadowbrook Park, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village.

Winter hours for Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Other district parks with year-round dawn to dusk hours include: Ernie Miller Park, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe; Sunflower Nature Park, 103rd St. and Edgerton Road, rural De Soto; Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th Street, Overland Park; Camp Branch Glade, 175th & Mission Road in Aubry Township; Stilwell Community Park, 207th and Metcalf, Stilwell; and all of the Streamway Park System access points. 

Park hours are reduced each winter to reduce costs and to allow for the reallocation of staff time to other activities at a time when fewer people typically visit the parks because of colder weather and earlier nightfall.

Outdoor restrooms and water fountains in JCPRD parks are in the process of being turned off and weatherized to avoid damage from freezing. Notable exceptions are:

  • the “off-the-grid” restroom at the Heritage Park Off-Leash Dog Area, which uses solar panels on the roof to heat water in a tubing system to provide radiant heat to the building;
  • restrooms in the foyer area of the JCPRD Administration Building near the 79th Street entrance in Shawnee Mission Park, which are climate controlled and will remain open during park hours throughout the year;
  • restrooms in the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall, Prairie Village; and,
  • two restrooms in Big Bull Creek, including one at the combined park maintenance building and Johnson County Park Police substation located at 19770 Four Corners Road and another near the nature-themed playground at 20425 Sunflower Road, Edgerton.

For more information, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com or call 913-438-7275.