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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.

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Board of County Commissioners update

BOCC actions for the week of February 17, 2020

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was recognized for being awarded the Gold AAA traffic safety award from Kansas Department of Transportation. This is the Sheriff’s Office sixth consecutive year to receive this award.

The BOCC voted to authorize the following items:

  • Appointed Matt Wild as the Architect/Civil Engineer representative to the Contractor Licensing Review Board through January 16, 2022.
  • City of Gardner Application Nos. FP-19-05 for a Final Plat for Tallgrass, 1st Plat (a 2-lot multi-family residential subdivision), and FDP-19-03 for a Final Development Plan for Tallgrass Phase 1, located at the northwest corner of University Drive and Moonlight Road, City of Gardner, within one mile of the New Century Airport.
  • A contract with multiple vendors for construction inspection services at a cost not to exceed annually $750,000 for a period of 12-months with the option to renew four (4) additional one-year periods.

The board held a study session on the Aging Services Master Plan presented by the Commission on Aging. The plan is available at this link.

A look ahead for the week of Feb. 24

Below is a look at the BOCC calendar for next week. Details on the meetings are available at https://jocogov.org/calendar-created/month?field_event_type_tid=4224&date=2020-02

BOCC week of feb. 24

These are the current items on the Feb. 27, 2020 BOCC agenda:

  • Consider appointing Josie Herrera as the Fourth District representative to the Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission through March 4, 2024.
  • Consider a request from Martin Marietta Kansas City, LLC for an amendment to their existing Conditional Use Permit for expansion of mining area and continued operation of the surface rock quarry, known as Sunflower Quarry, including mining, blasting, rock crushing, rock stockpiling, rock sales, and concrete batch plant, located west of Kill Creek Road, south of 95th Street and north of 111th Street.
  • Consider a request from CJ Garrett, applicant, and Robert W. Sullivan, Trustee for the Robert W. Sullivan Trust, landowner, for Final Development Plan which will serve as the final plat for 10 residential lots, to be known as Waverly Estates, on 80 acres located on Waverly Road at 102nd Street.
  • Consider adopting, amending the policy for the display and use of a standard logo for Johnson County Government, clarifying that official county business includes use by individual commissioners for the conduct of their official duties.
  • Consider approving the agreement with Oracle America, Inc. for a term of five (5) years at a cost of $3,570,780 with the optional term of a three (3) year renewal up to $2,271,016 for the purchase of Human Capital Management (HCM) and ERP (Financial and Procurement) subscription services. Additionally, staff requests the approval of amendment No. 001 to the Interlocal Agreement between the County and the Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) that allows JCPRD to reimburse the County up to $125,000 a year for these Cloud services. Staff also requests the approval to establish a project account in the amount of $3,570,780 in order to transfer budgetary funds from the Department of Human Resources, Budget Office, Office of Treasury and Financial Management, and Department of Technology and Innovation until the transition of this project is completed over the course of the next three years.
  • Hold a public hearing to consider vacating an alley in Stilwell.
  • Consider approving an agreement with Leavenworth County for repairs to the De Soto River Bridge utilizing Public Works Fund Reserves.
  • Consider authorizing contracts with Hamm Inc., Mid-States Materials LLC, Johnson County Aggregates and Green Dream International, in the amount not to exceed $600,000, for the purchase of rock products for a one (1) year term with the option to renew four (4) additional one (1) year terms.
  • Conduct a public hearing and consider authorizing funds for Johnson County Wastewater infrastructure improvement projects in an amount not to exceed $1,435,000 and authorize the County to enter into an agreement with the City of Prairie Village for the Delmar/Fontana sanitary sewer relocation and capacity upgrade reimbursement.
  • Conduct a public hearing to authorize funds for the construction phase of the Turkey Creek Pump Station Improvements Project (SMTCContract 37) in an amount not to exceed $6,430,000, increasing the total project authorization to $7,230,000.
  • Consider authorizing a contract with Crossland Heavy Contractors, Inc. to construct the Turkey Creek Pump Station Improvements Project (SMTC-Contract 37) in an amount not to exceed $5,133,073.
  • Consider authorizing the Mental Health Department to add a 0.5 FTE Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) Clinician and a 0.5 FTE Admissions Assistant and reclassify the use of reserves in an amount not to exceed $82,000 for Fiscal Year 2020.
  • Consider authorizing a contract with Infinity Group, LLC to reconstruct abatement demolition and replace the fire sprinkler system located at Med-Act Station 51, 205 E. Flaming Road, Olathe in a total amount not to exceed $318,890.
  • Consider adopting the 2020 Johnson County Federal Legislative Platform.
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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