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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

More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

The Board of County Commissioners resumed meeting in the Hearing Room on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, social distancing will be observed, and limited seating will be available in the hearing room during meetings, with additional limited seating in the adjacent lobby with audio available. A live broadcast will be available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org and on Facebook Live. Public Comments will be accepted. Persons wishing to speak during Public Comments will need to sign in by 9:25 a.m. before the meeting begins and will be called upon to speak in the order in which they signed up. Anyone wishing to speak to a specific item on the Business agenda will need to sign in before that item is read into the Record.

Persons who may need assistance, the use of a sign language or oral interpreter, or who require special accommodations, should contact us at accessibility@jocogov.org, 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.

BOCC actions for July 27, 2020

  • Authorized the publication of a proposed budget for Johnson County Government in the amount of $1,248,442,224 for fiscal year 2021 and setting a public hearing on the proposed budget for Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Chambers.

BOCC actions for July 30, 2020

  • Authorized a contract with Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. for the rehabilitation of OJC Taxiway A, in the amount not to exceed $3,544,647.22 contingent upon FAA grant approval 
  • Authorized a contract with Witt O’Brien’s, LLC for COVID-19 disaster recovery consulting services, at a cost not to exceed $150,000 for a period of one (1) year with the option to renew for an additional one (1) year term. 
  • Authorized an exception to competition and approved a contract with the University of Kansas for Phase 2 consulting services for the JoCo CARES program, in an amount not to exceed $178,200 for one (1) twelve (12) month contract period beginning July 30, 2020.

Weekly Manager’s Memo, Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager

  • Johnson County was nationally recognized this week by the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA) with a Leadership Award. We were recognized in the category of Technology and Social Media for our submittal “Expanding Wellness Incentive Program by Incorporating Financial Wellness.” More information is available here.
  • The City of Lenexa will conduct a public hearing on August 4, 2020, to consider granting a property tax abatement in connection with property financed with approximately $14.0 million in industrial revenue bonds for Sims Global Solutions generally located west of Renner Blvd and 116th St. More information is available here.
  • Elections update from Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt: The election process is in full swing running up to the August 4 primary election. The Election Office is managing over 100,000 requests for mail-in ballots and in the second week of advance voting at seven locations, all in the environment of COVID-19. More information is available in this article. 

Financial Reports and Audits, Various county staff

  • At this link you can access the various audit and financial reports presented to the BOCC today.

COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 Funding and Expenses Report, 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 $3,139,086 in costs which are eligible for CARES act reimbursement and received $126,987,198 in federal funds.  

PPE update Dan Robeson, Emergency Manager

The county is very close to achieving its target for July to stabilize PPE for primary Johnson County health care and public safety service providers. By the end of Aug., the goal is to purchase enough PPE to achieve a one-month reserve in Johnson County. The community PPE project is going well and we have plans to open it up to additional organizations. Details on our PPE procurement and distribution is available at this link.

COVID-19 update Dr. Sanmi Areola, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director and Elizabeth Holzschuh, director of epidemiology

Johnson County currently has 4,781 positive cases, 69,198 negatives, 98 deaths (77 deaths in LTCF, or 79%) and 6.6% positive percentage. We have 2,155 presumed recovered. 

Exponential growth of new COVID-19 cases has leveled off. Last week, we averaged 103 cases a day. That’s down 11% from an average of 116 cases a day the proceeding week. Transmission is still increasing in younger people. Our 14-day average of new positives is at 9.2% today. That is higher than the recommended rate of 5% positivity rate. More information is available on our dashboard.

Dr. Areola also gave an update on the county and the region’s usage of hospital beds, ventilator and ICU beds. He spoke about the school gating criteria and said that a lot of new cases are being contracted at house parties or graduations. 

Due to the mask mandate we have seen a decrease of cases in workplace cases. The risk of transmission is still high among residents spending time with friends or family. Other high areas of transmission are gyms, bars and restaurants. 

This COVID-19 update is available here.

Items planned for the Aug. 6 agenda

  • Consider ratifying the Chairman’s appointment of Karen Wulfkuhle to the REACH Community Advisory Committee through May 31, 2023. 
  • Consider ratifying the Chairman’s reappointments of Benjamin Scott Tschudy, Erin George, Michele Lockwood, Ken Whiteside, and Nancy Ingram to the Mental Health Center Advisory Board through February 6, 2023. 
  • Consider ratifying the Chairman’s reappointment of Mandy Stuke to the Community Corrections Advisory Board through February 2, 2022. 
  • Consider ratifying the reappointments of Bill Jones, Mitch Dringman, and Don West to the Contractor Licensing Review Board through July 17, 2024. 
  • Consider the appointment of Andrea Watts – Fifth District to the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board from August 6th, 2020 through June 30, 2023. 
  • Consider the reappointments of Bethany Griffith – Sixth District and Donna Mertz – Seventh District to the Library Board through April 30, 2024. 
  • Consider the reappointments of Dennis Kissinger- Seventh District, Mike Moore- Second District, and Brett W Spence, Third District to the Airport Commission through July 31, 2023.
  • Consider whether to approve and adopt Resolution No. 048-20 authorizing the issuance by the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas of its Lease Purchase Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2020A, in the aggregate principal amount to be determined but now estimated to be $17,525,000 for the purpose of refunding certain outstanding bonds of the Public Building Commission; authorizing the execution and delivery of a lease with the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas in connection therewith; and authorizing and approving the execution of certain documents and the taking of certain actions in connection therewith. 
  • Consider whether to approve and adopt Resolution No. 049-20 authorizing the issuance by the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas of its Taxable Lease Purchase Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2020B, in the aggregate principal amount to be determined but now estimated to be $10,765,000 for the purchase of refunding certain outstanding bonds of the Public Building Commission; authorizing the execution and delivery of a lease with the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas in connection therewith; and authorizing and approving the execution of certain documents and the taking of certain actions in connection therewith. 
  • (Sitting as the Governing Body of Fire District No. 2) Consider renewing Fire District No. 2’s property, commercial general and automobile liability, public official’s liability, crime, cyber liability, workers compensation, and umbrella liability insurance program for the period of August 21, 2020 to August 21, 2021 with the incumbent carrier for a total premium of $121,836. 
  • Consider approving the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget for Consolidated Fire District No. 2. 
  • Consider approving the Fiscal Year 2021 budget for Johnson County Fire District No. 2, and adopting Resolution No. 051-20 disclosing that the proposed budget for 2021 be funded by property tax revenue exceeding that of FY 2020, adjusted by the 2019 consumer price index (CPI) for all urban consumers, and providing disclosure of the revenue and tax difference.
  • Consider approving the Fiscal Year 2021 budget for Johnson County Fire District No. 1, and adopting Resolution No. 052-20 disclosing that the proposed budget for 2021 be funded by property tax revenue exceeding that of FY 2020, adjusted by the 2019 consumer price index (CPI) for all urban consumers, and providing disclosure of the revenue and tax difference. 
  • Consider approving the Fiscal Year 2021 budget for Northwest Consolidated Fire District and adopting Resolution No. 053-20. 
  • Consider authorizing an increase, in the amount of $400,000, to the agreement with Eurofins Viracor, Inc. for COVID-19 testing supplies and processing services for a contract total amount not to exceed $750,000 in FY 2020.
  • Application Nos. SE 20-46-REZ and 20-47-FP (AU). Consider a request from Wayne Malnicof, applicant, and Joel and Ellen DeBoer Joint Revocable Trust, Casey Family Trust, and Bradley W. Penny, landowners, for Rezoning from Residential Neighborhood One (RN-1) District, and Rural (RUR) District, to Residential Neighborhood Two (RN-2) District, plus a minimum infrastructure waiver; and for approval of a Final Plat as a replat for two residential lots to be known as Wildwood Estates, Lots 25 and 26 Replat, located at 17965 and 19785 Rosewood Street and 18049 Nall Avenue, plus a plat exception.
  • Application No. SE 20-48-FP (AU). Consider a request from Wayne Malnicof, applicant, and Bradley W. Penny, landowner, for a Final Plat as a replat for one residential lot to be known as Rock Brook Farms, Lot 1 Replat, located at 18049 Nall Avenue. 
  • Resolution No. 047-20 Application Nos. SE 20-44-REZ and SE 20-45-PDP-FDP (OL). Consider a request from Todd Allenbrand, Payne & Brockway, applicant, and Teager Family Trust, landowner, for rezoning approximately 17 acres from Rural District (RUR) to Planned Residential Neighborhood 2 District (PRN-2); plus two minimum infrastructure waivers; and approval of a Preliminary Development Plan and Final Development Plan, which shall serve as the plats for 5 residential lots to be known as Estates of Teager Ridge, located in the vicinity of 167th Street and Warwick Street. 
  • Consider a request from Daniel Austin, applicant, and Gary Bruner Living Trust, landowner, for conditional use permit approval for two oversized accessory buildings on 5.7 acres, located at 22877 W. 207th Street. 
  • Consider a request from David W. and Julie D. Secrist, applicants and landowners, for Conditional Use Permit approval, with a five (5) year term, for a private kennel on approximately 7.6 acres, in Section 15, Township 15, Range 25, Johnson County, Kansas, located at 21150 Country Place Lane.

Items planned for the Aug. 6 Public Building Commission agenda

  • Consider whether to approve and adopt Resolution No. PBC 003-20 authorizing the issuance by the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas of its Lease Purchase Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2020A, in the aggregate principal amount to be determined but now estimated to be $17,525,000 for the purpose of refunding certain outstanding bonds; and authorizing and approving the execution of certain documents and the taking of certain actions in connection with the issuance of said bonds. 
  • Consider whether to approve and adopt Resolution No. PBC 004-20 authorizing the issuance by the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas of its Taxable Lease Purchase Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2020B, in the aggregate principal amount to be determined but now estimated to be $10,765,000 for the purpose of refunding certain outstanding bonds, and authorizing and approving the execution of certain documents and the taking of certain actions in connection with the issuance of said bonds.
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.

Public Notices

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Wed, 08/12/2020 - 9:00am

Commission on Aging

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 8:30am

Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board

Mon, 08/17/2020 - 7:00pm

Northwest Consolidated Zoning Board

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 5:30pm

Board of Zoning Appeals

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 7:00pm

Park & Recreation Commission

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