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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

BOCC update

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

BOCC actions for the week of September 9, 2019

The Board proclaimed September 15-October 15, 2019 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The BOCC voted to authorize the following items:

Boards and Commission appointments

  • Reappointment of Gayle V. Richardson to the Developmental Supports Board, September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2022.
  • Reappointment of Rick F. Biery as the Fifth District representative to the Transportation Council, September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2022.
  • Reappointment of Debbie Scott Williams as the Second District representative to the Developmental Supports Board, September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2022.
  • Reappointment of Richard Hemphill as the Sixth District representative to the Board of Zoning Appeals, through May 5, 2022.
  • Reappointment of Kimberly Mann as the Sixth District representative to the Commission on Aging, September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2022.
  • Reappointment of David McKune as the Sixth District representative to the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board, through June 30, 2022.
  • Appointment of Fabian Shepard as the Fifth District representative to the Library Board, September 12, 2019 through April 30, 2023.

Memo of Understanding

  • Approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning the grant application made by the City of Olathe through the 2019 Bureau of Justice Assistance Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program to include Johnson County as a party, together with the cities of Olathe, Overland Park, and Shawnee.

Facility/equipment improvements

  • Expenditure with Turn-Key Mobile, Inc. to replace 28 mobile data computer terminals in Med-Act vehicles utilizing 911 funds in an amount not to exceed $116,116.
  • Contract with Tailor Made Exteriors to replace the roof of the Johnson County Mental Health Community Support Services (CSS) located at 6440 Neiman Road for a total amount not to exceed $151,846.
  • Exception to competition and an agreement to upgrade the in building antenna repeater system in 4 County facilities in an amount not to exceed $290,777.

Johnson County Wastewater items

  • Contract with USIC Locating Services, LLC, for utility locating services within the Consolidated Main Sewer District at a cost not to exceed $775,000 for a period of one year with the option to renew for an additional four one-year renewals.
  • Contract with Denali Water Solutions, LLC, for Biosolids Land Application from JCW facilities at a cost not to exceed $500,000 per year for a three-year contract with the option to renew for an additional three years.
  • Term and supply contracts with Harcros Chemicals, Inc., Brenntag Mid-South, PVS Technologies Inc., Evoqua Water Technologies LLC, Carus Corporation, DPC Industries Inc., and Environmental Operating Solutions Inc. for wastewater treatment chemicals in an amount not to exceed $3,500,000 annually. The contract period for this award is for one year with an option to renew for four additional one-year periods.

Solid Waste Management

  • Held a public hearing and adopted a revised solid waste management plan, to be known as the Johnson County Solid Waste Management Plan, 2019 Edition, and which provides for, among other things, continued compliance with K.S.A. 65-3405.

Bond issuances

  • Authorized the sale of approximately $21,710,000 principal amount of General Obligation Internal Improvement Bonds, Series 2019A (the “Series 2019A Bonds”).
  • (Sitting as the Public Building Commission) Authorized the sale of the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas, Lease Purchase Revenue Bonds (2019 Major Asset Replacement Projects), Series 2019A (the “Series 2019A Bonds”) in a principal amount not to exceed $1,390,000.

In the afternoon the Board held a Committee of the Whole on the Kansas Water Vision/ Blue River Watershed Integrated Plan.

A look ahead for the week of Sept. 16:

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


These are the current items on the Sept. 19, 2019 BOCC agenda.

  • Consider ratifying the reappointment of Christopher Iliff as the Chairman’s representative to the Planning Commission through October 4, 2020.
  • Consider ratifying the reappointment of Peter Oppermann as the Chairman’s representative to the Planning Commission through October 4, 2021.
  • Consider ratifying the reappointment of Mark Huggins as the Chairman’s representative to the Planning Commission through October 4, 2021.
  • Consider ratifying the reappointment of Roger Mason as the Chairman’s representative to the Planning Commission through October 4, 2022.
  • Consider approving the August 29, 2019 business session minutes.
  • Consider adopting Human Resource Policies 501 through 510 pertaining to employee benefits and authorizing the adoption of related Human Resources Procedures effective January 1, 2020, and replacing current Johnson County Human Resources Policies and Procedure pertaining to employee benefits.
  • Conduct a public hearing and consider approving the proposed 5-Year (2020-2024) Public Housing Authority (PHA) Plan and Streamlined Annual (2020) PHA Plan for submission to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • Conduct a public hearing to apportion the costs of paving Red Bird Street. Red Bird Street is located north of 207th Street between Hedge Lane and Cedar Niles Road.
  • Consider approving general obligation bonds to be issued by the governing body of Fire District No. 1 of Johnson County, Kansas, in the maximum principal amount of $10,000,000 to finance the acquisition, construction, and equipping of a new fire station at or about 199th Street and Homestead, and the financing or refinancing of fire trucks or other equipment.
  • William and Charlene Carter, applicant and landowners, for an amendment to a Preliminary and Final Plat for two residential lots, Carter Acres II, on 5.4 acres, on property zoned RN2, Residential Neighborhood 2 District, located at 13115 Lakeshore Drive.
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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Fri, 09/20/2019 - 7:30am

Transportation Council

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 5:30pm

Mental Health Advisory Board

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 5:45pm

Planning Commission Meeting

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