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The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is responsible for enacting legislation, levying and appropriating taxes and setting budgets, and Johnson County residents are strongly encouraged to engage with county government and have their voices heard. Weekly BOCC meetings are open to the public and streamed online. Many of our departments and agencies have advisory boards that depend on citizen participation. Johnson County residents who are registered to vote elect the BOCC members, District Attorney and Sheriff, so the more you know, the more empowered your vote. This is a great place to get educated and start engaging.

Government News

Board of County Commissioners update

The Board of County Commissioners resumed meeting in the Hearing Room on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9:30 am. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, physical distancing will be observed in the Hearing Room, with limited seating in the adjacent lobby with audio available. A live broadcast will still be available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org and on Facebook Live

Public comments are being accepted for those who preregister.  Live public comments will be accepted either in-person or via Zoom, audio only. Individuals wishing to speak in-person or via Zoom may register by completing the registration form link at https://boccmeetings.jocogov.org/onbaseagendaonline. Registration opens Tuesday afternoon/evening (coincides with publishing the agenda) and closes at noon (12:00 p.m.) on the Wednesday before the Thursday meeting. If you complete the registration, you will receive an email notice later in the day on Wednesday regarding the status of your registration. Instructions on joining and speaking at the meeting via Zoom will be included in the email notice for individuals who register to speak via Zoom. 
Individuals registering to speak in person at the meeting will receive email confirmation of their registration. The BOCC has established a limit of 50 speakers for general public comments or for a specific agenda item. If more than 50 individuals register, the 50 speakers will be determined by a random process. Speakers will be limited to 2 minutes each.  Speakers who have registered to speak via Zoom will be called upon to speak first, followed by speakers who have registered to speak in person.  Registered speakers using Zoom will be called upon to speak in the order in which they signed up. Speakers who have registered for in person public comment will be admitted into the Hearing Room in the order specified by the Deputy Clerk.  The Chairman may modify these procedures as needed to conduct an orderly and efficient meeting.

If you would like to make a WRITTEN public comment for the meeting, please use this link, WRITTEN Public Comments and complete the form. Written comments received by noon Wednesday will be shared with the entire Board prior to the meeting. Written comments will not be read into the record during the meeting. If you are unable to use this internet link, you may call the following number, and we will record your information. (913) 715-0424.

Persons who may need assistance, the use of a sign language or oral interpreter, or who require special accommodations, should contact us at [email protected] or contact us via the Kansas Relay Operator at 800-766-3777, or by phone at (913) 715-0430 at least two (2) business days prior to the meeting.

The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed April 11-17, 2021 as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

BOCC actions for April 8, 2021

  • Approved the appointment of Andrew Neenan - Third District Representative of the Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee through March 31, 2024.  
  • Authorized a Special Permit for Johnson County Park and Recreation District, applicant and landowner, for an existing horse boarding facility and show arena (White Fox Manor) for the park and recreation use, on 14 acres, on property zoned RUR, Rural District, located at 17065 Lackman Road.
  • Approved a request from Dale Brouk and LL North, LLC, applicant and landowner, for rezoning 15 acres from Rural District (RUR) to Planned Residential Neighborhood 2 District (PRN-2) and a Preliminary Development Plan, which shall serve as the preliminary plat for six residential lots to be known as Stonehaven at Loch Lloyd, located at the southeast corner of 167th Street and Kenneth Road. 
  • Approved a request from Johnson County Topsoil, applicant, and Wolf Creek Meadows Investors, LLC landowner, for a Conditional Use Permit, to conduct a topsoil removal, processing, sales, and reclamation operation, on 127 acres, zoned RUR, Rural, located at the southeast corner of 191st Street and Woodland Road. 
  • Approved a request from Harold Phelps, Phelps Engineering, applicant, and John Meyers, Jr., Landowner for Final Plat approval for 13 residential lots on approximately 47 acres to be known as Sycamore Springs Estates, Third Plat, in Section 25, Township 14, Range 23. Located northwest of the intersection of W 183rd Street and S Ridgeview Road 
  • Approved a request from Phelps Engineering, Inc., applicant, and Jim and Nancy E. Hall, landowners, for Preliminary and Final Plat approval and two waivers, for two residential lots on 11 acres, to be known as Hall Acres, on property zoned RLD, Residential Low Density District, located at 17085 Kenneth Road, in Section 23, Township 14, Range 25. 
  • Increased the spending authorization of the current cooperative contract with Central Salt LLC, in an amount not to exceed $200,000, for rock salt, per City of Overland Park cooperative bid. 
  • Authorized a onetime increase in expenditure authority to the Airport’s professional on-call engineering services contract with Burns & McDonnell from the annual amount of $600,000 to an increased amount of $1,050,000 for a total not to exceed annual contract amount of $450,000 through 12-31-21, RFP 2016-071.

Legislative update, Maury Thompson, Deputy County Manager

The Kansas Legislature reconvened on Tuesday and conference committees will meet through Friday. You can view information on bills we are monitoring in this report.

COVID-19 Funding and Expense Report and CRF Phase One and Phase Three Reimbursement, Maury Thompson, Deputy County Manager

The weekly COVID-19 Operating Report, detailing COVID-19 specific expenditures and funding received is available here. To date the organization has identified $129,833,075.18 in costs which are eligible for CARES act reimbursement and received $154,859,503.83 in federal funds.  

COVID-19 update, Dr. Sanmi Areola, Director and Elizabeth Holzschuh, Director of Epidemiology

Hours at the Lenexa vaccine clinic have been expanded to 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday), plus a Saturday clinic from 8:30 to 12:30. Today’s report included the latest data on vaccinations given, case trends and other key metrics.  Read the full report.

The Board held a Committee of the Whole on the Countywide Housing Study. That presentation is available here.

Items currently on the agenda for the April 15 meeting

  • Consider authorizing a contract with Facility Solutions Group, to perform lighting upgrades for multiple County buildings as part of the Energy Retrofit program in an amount not to exceed $337,237.
  • Consider adopting Resolution No. 015-21 authorizing and approving certain airport improvements in the amount of $6,500,000; authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds to pay for these improvements plus costs of issuance and other related financing costs as authorized by K.S.A. 3-301 et. seq.; and authorizing the publication of notice of intent to issue general obligation internal improvement bonds in an amount not to exceed $6,500,000 in the official County newspaper. 
  • Consider authorizing contract change order authority with Infrastructure Solutions, LLC for pavement repair work in Mission Road under the Dykes Branch Force Main Replacement Project in an amount not to exceed $400,000, and authorizing the Wastewater General Manager to sign change orders up to $400,000 in total, including any project change orders over $100,000, for pavement restoration work.
    Items currently on the agenda for the April 16 Special Building Commission meeting:
  • Consider approving a sixth amendment to the JE Dunn Construction Design/Build contract to move a portion of existing owner’s budgeted contingency dollars in the amount of $500,000, funding additional cooling tower screening, exterior window treatments, security screening modifications, and unanticipated costs, for the new Johnson County Courthouse the total amount not to exceed $178,586,810, per Request for Proposal (RFP) 2017-004.
August 2019 at the BOCC

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

On Aug. 8, the Board approved and adopted the FY 2020 Budget and FY 2020 – 2024 Capital Improvement Program as proposed. More information is available in this news release.

Other Board action in August included:

  • Authorizing contracts to improve parking lots located at Johnson County Communication Center (CCC), 11880 South Sunset Dr.; the Justice Annex Building, 588 Santa Fe; the Johnson County Community Support Services (CSS) facility located at 6440 Neiman Road and the Johnson County Sunset Building located 11811 South Sunset Dr..
  • Authorizing the Johnson County Wastewater General Manager to review and extend the current 2019 deferment extension requests one additional 5-year deferment period, if eligible.
  • Authorizing a Use Agreement with the Johnson County Park & Recreation District at the County Operations Facility located at 19310 W 159th St., Olathe, KS 66062, to facilitate the administration of an out of school youth program for Olathe Public Schools (USD 233).
  • Authorizing nine agreements for storm sewer inspection projects at a cost to the Stormwater Management Program of $3,569 with the city of Merriam; $115,146 with the city of Mission; $57,053 with the city of Mission Hills; $35,584 with the city of Shawnee; $34,189 with the city of Westwood; and $3,473 with the city of Westwood Hills.


Final day of budget proposal presentations

On Thursday, May 30, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), as a Committee of the Whole, will review budget proposals for FY 2020 from representatives from departments and agencies providing infrastructure services to the county, as well as outside agencies that receive county funding.

From 11 a.m. to noon, the BOCC is scheduled to hear proposed budgets from Planning/Contractor Licensing, Transportation, Airport, Public Works and Stormwater Management.

Afternoon presentations scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. include the Arts Council of Johnson County, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension, the Johnson County Fair, Soil Conservation, United Community Services, County Economic Research Institute, Enterprise Center of Johnson County and then will wrap up infrastructure with Johnson County Wastewater.

All budget presentations and deliberations are open to the public and take place at the Board’s Hearing Room on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe. They are also streamed live and available from a link on the Johnson County website, jocogov.org.

The proposed FY 2020 Budget maintains a constant mill levy for Johnson County property owners and totals $1.26 billion, with expenditures estimated at $934.5 million, and reserves set at $331.4 million. The funding supports the departments and agencies that comprise Johnson County Government to serve and protect a county population of more than 604,000 residents. More information is available in this news release. Information and presentations on the proposed budget are available here.

BOCC changes to new legislative management tool

The public has a new web link to view BOCC meetings online and access meeting agendas, minutes and other documents.  Johnson County has switched from the SIRE Technologies platform to OnBase by Hyland. Beginning May 23, all BOCC meeting information can be accessed at boccmeetings.jocogov.org. More information is available in this news release.

BOCC adopts its 2019-2020 priorities

After several months of work, study and discussion, today the Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted its 2019-2020 priorities. The board, along with staff, held a 1 1/2 day retreat in January, followed by discussions at Board of County Commissioner meetings and a March study session.

The BOCC has identified the following top three priorities for 2019-2020:

1.  Complete/advance existing projects approved by voters and the Board of County Commissioners with efficiency and effectiveness.

2. Strengthen and finance the appropriate level of service to meet the needs of the county’s vulnerable populations, pursuing innovative strategies.

3. Develop a creative and innovative vision for a transit plan that is financially sustainable.

In this attached document you can learn more about these priorities as well as other topics identified.

“I want to thank our board, Executive Leadership Team members, the County Manager’s Office and other staff who played a role in the important work that lead to today’s adoption,” said County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson. “I look forward to our collaborative efforts during the next two years on these priorities and the positive impact they will have on the residents we serve.”


Boards and committees assigned for BOCC

Our Board of County Commissioners wear many different hats. One of those hats is serving as liaisons to or members on a variety of boards and committees. Some are related to county government departments and agencies; others are regional boards or committees that work on issues benefiting the metro and the region.

Chairman Ed Eilert has finalized the board and committee assignments for 2019. If you go to the BOCC page and click on each commissioner’s bio, you can access their assignments.

Commissioner Jim Allen has been re-appointed as Vice Chairman of the BOCC for 2019.

Coming to a mailbox near you: new issue of JoCo Magazine

Look for the new issue of JoCo Magazine, a special edition focused entirely on public safety, to hit your mailbox soon if it hasn't already! JoCo Magazine is a printed publication created by Johnson County Government, mailed three times per year to every household in the county. 

The Fall 2016 issue, as well as past issues, can be viewed on the JoCo Magazine page of our website.

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