JoCo Pulse, the county scorecard for capturing quantitative and qualitative information about the BOCC Strategic Priorities.
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.
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 email@example.com, 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.
Weekly Manager’s Memo, Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager
Financial Reports and Audits, Various county staff
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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