During our seventh JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing Johnson County’s Veterans Treatment Court program, which provides qualified veterans who have come in contact with the criminal justice system, with an alternative to incarceration. This episode includes a conversation with Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator Adam Baker, who discusses how veterans enter the program, the support services they are provided and the graduation ceremony from the program. You’ll hear from a graduate who says this program made him a changed man and a better American. Also hear from a mentor in the program who previously was a participant. Chris Carter will share his story of confronting addiction and restoring his life.
|00:58||The history of the Veterans Treatment Court|
|04:26||Description of the support services available to veterans|
|11:57||The role of mentors in the Veterans Treatment Court|
|14:24||Veterans Treatment Court graduation|
|16:47||Chris Carter's story|
During our sixth JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing a pilot project that is helping Johnson County residents get from point A to point B in a new convenient and affordable way. Micro Transit functions as part of the regional public transportation system known as Ride KC. This episode includes a conversation with Johnson County’s Josh Powers, who helped bring Micro Transit to the area. He talks about the success, thus far, of the pilot and where it’s going.
|01:37||Transition from The Jo to RideKC|
|02:58||Impetus for Micro Transit|
|03:59||How to use Micro Transit|
|08:23||TRANSLOC app and how to use it for Micro Transit|
|10:36||Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Vice Chair Jim Allen talks about the future of Micro Transit|
|12:45||Micro Transit driver and riders praise the program|
During our fifth JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing some of the major Johnson County building projects, including the Johnson County Courthouse and the Medical Examiner Facility. This episode includes a conversation with Johnson County Facilities Management Project Manager Dan Wehmueller, who discusses the improvements to safety, accessibility and functionality that the new courthouse brings. He also talks about whether construction is on time and on budget. And, hear from Dr. Diane Peterson, chief medical examiner with the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office, about how medical examiner office construction is going and how the facility and new equipment will improve efficiency.
|00:52||The history of the courthouse project|
|02:40||Safety drives the new design|
|04:16||Once in a generation building|
|05:52||Board of County Commissioners Chair Ed Eilert speaks about the project|
|07:09||Judge Kelly Ryan speaks about the project|
|10:20||What's on tap for the space where the old courthouse sits?|
|13:14||The difference between a medical examiner and a coroner|
|15:01||Progress on the new Medical Examiner's building|
|17:11||Watch the progress of the new county courthouse online|
During our fourth JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing the upcoming 2020 Census. This episode includes a conversation with Deputy Regional Director of the 2020 Census, Dennis Johnson, who discusses why the Census is done and how to ensure you’re working with a real Census worker. Providing Johnson County-specific details are Karen Wulfkuhle and Chris Schneweis who lead the committee that is tasked with coordinating county efforts, in participation with the region, to encourage participation in the Census. They discuss why Census participation is key to ensuring adequate federal funding makes its way to programs and services that impact you. They also provide important information about the ways you can be counted.
|00:57||The history of the census|
|02:35||Responding to the census online|
|05:33||Census workers still needed|
|07:11||The importance of responding to the census|
|09:02||County efforts to make sure everyone gets counted|
|11:59||What the census means for funding in the county|
|15:29||Count Me In JoCo website|
This episode includes a conversation with Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert and Johnson County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson. They provide details of the 2020 budget and talk about how budget decisions are made. We take a closer look at how the county addresses unexpected expenses and talk about what impact the economy has on the budget process.
|00:54||Board of County Commissioners priorities for budget year 2020|
|01:20||New mental health positions and microtransit pilot|
|02:59||How the budget process gets started|
|03:54||How county staff and commissioners work together to create the budget|
|09:21||Using projections to prepare for unexpected changes|
|13:52||Johnson County’s aging population|
|16:03||Getting involved in local government|
This episode includes a discussion with Johnson County Health and Environment (DHE) WIC Program Manager Laura Grimmett, DHE Health Services Division Director Nancy Tausz and Mental Health Team Leader Renee Van Meter. They provide valuable information for parents about helping children eat nutritious meals and snacks on a budget. They also share the very latest on new vaccination requirements. You’ll learn about anxiety in children and hear from an area student about the importance of building a strong peer support system.
This episode includes a discussion with Park and Recreation District Executive Director Jill Geller and Bill Maasen, superintendent of Johnson County parks and golf courses. They share details about the new inclusive playground, the best places to get kids involved in golf, the new electric bicycle pilot, Geller’s recent decision to move on from the county and more.
|01:56||Closing dates for Johnson County Aquatics Centers|
|02:53||Locations of new inclusive playgrounds|
|04:17||Opening of new Meadowbrook Park|
|05:33||Where are the golf courses managed by Johnson County Park and Recreation Department?|
|06:26||Location of county's disc golf courses|
|07:42||50th season of Theatre in the Park|
|10:18||e-bikes and bike share programs at JCPRD|
Whether you live in or just love Johnson County, Kansas, the JoCo on the Go podcast has everything Johnson County. Hear what’s happening and what’s coming up in the community you call home.
Theresa Freed is the Assistant Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Johnson County Government. She is a Johnson County resident who has more than 13 years of broadcast news experience in both television and radio news. In addition to serving as host for Johnson County’s podcast, JoCo on the Go, Freed also manages the digital side of communications for the county, including social media, website content, video production and web accessibility.