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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 am. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, social distancing will be observed, and limited seating will be available in the hearing room, with additional 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 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 protected], 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.

Special recognitions for Oct. 22, 2020

•    The BOCC proclaimed Oct. 23 through Nov. 20 as the Johnson County United Way Campaign.
•    The BOCC proclaimed October 2020 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
•    The BOCC proclaimed Oct. 24 as World Polio Day.

BOCC actions for Oct. 22, 2020

  • Held a public hearing and adopted a master resolution of intent relating to the issuance of not to exceed $278,415,690 of industrial revenue bonds and granted up to a seventy-fifty percent (75%), ten (10) year abatement from ad valorem real estate taxes for each facility financed by such bonds at the east side of New Century AirCenter business park for the benefit of VTRE Development, LLC, or its successors and assigns. 
  • Conducted a public hearing and authorized funds for Johnson County Wastewater Infrastructure Improvement Projects in an amount not to exceed $6,550,000. 
  • Approved the 2021 County Assistance Road System Program expenditures, in an amount not to exceed $12,893,000. 
  • Approved the 2021 Stormwater Management Program expenditures, in an amount not to exceed $19,226,500.
  • Authorized the disbursement of funds as indicated on the Coronavirus Relief Fund Reimbursement Phase 1 report dated Oct. 22, 2020.

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

County Economic Research Institute (CERI) Indicators – August Edition

The August 2020 edition of the Economic Indicators for Johnson County has been provided by the CERI. The unemployment rate for Johnson County was 6.1% during the month of August 2020, compared to 3.0% in August 2019, a 3.1% increase. Year-to-Date (YTD) the unemployment rate is 5.9%, compared to 2.9% the previous year, a 3.0% increase. The number of single-family homes sold in August 2020 was 1,202, compared to 1,180 in August 2019, a1.9% increase. More information is available in this memo and 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 $22,436,557.35 in costs which are eligible for CARES act reimbursement and received $131,597,335.61 in federal funds.  

PPE update, Dan Robeson, Johnson County Emergency Manager

The county has purchased 100% of the PPE needed to stabilize PPE and create appropriate reserves to meet the emergent needs of COVID-19. To date the county has placed orders with 15 vendors and purchased more than 52 million pieces of PPE. Details on our PPE procurement and distribution are available at this link.

COVID-19 update: Elizabeth Holzschuh, director of epidemiology Department of Health & Environment 

As of yesterday, Johnson County has 13,223 positive cases, 131,877 negatives, 183 deaths (119 deaths in LTCF, or 65%). We have 10,528 presumed recovered. The 14-day percent positive rate is 6.8%. The incidence rate (last 14 days) is 246/100,000 residents. We are at a fluctuating plateau.  Hospitals in our region are busy due to traditional reasons and not turning away patients due to COVID-19 but have seen an uptick of COVID-19 hospitalizations this week. Rural hospitals are experiencing burden due to COVID-19. JCDHE’s School Team continues to work with schools on positive cases. There have been some instances of in-school transmission. We will continue to monitor cases/transmission very closely. All school districts are referring students/staff to JCDHE testing clinic. Three have picked up saliva test kits and one additional district has expressed interest. The weekly report is available at this link

Items planned for the Oct. 29 agenda:

  • Consider appointing Shana L Sowles – Sixth District representative to the Museum Advisory Council through May 7, 2022. 
  • Consider approving the CARS project funding authorization increase of $141,787 for the City of Mission, project 320001323 - Lamar Avenue from Foxridge Drive to Shawnee Mission Parkway, for a total project funding amount of $563,787.
  • Consider authorizing contracts with A Friend in Need Home Care, Barr Private Care, Best Choice Home Health Care Agency, Inc., Catholic Charities In-Home Support, ComForCare Home Care, FirstLight Home Care of Overland Park, Heart of America Home Health Care LLC, MHS Home Health, TAV Home Health, LLC for the purchase of In-home Services, in the amount not to exceed $666,000. 
  • Conduct a public hearing to receive comments on the proposed 2021 Action Plan with an estimated funding of $2,506,612 consisting of an estimated $1,402,300 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $1,104,312 in Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds for housing and community development activities, consider authorizing the County Manager to execute related documents, and consider authorizing the submission of the plans to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as recommended by the Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee. 
  • Consider adopting Resolution No. 093-20, setting a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. on November 19th for the purpose of receiving public input on proposed amendments to the FY 2020 Budget for the Mental Health Fund in the amount of $1,522,700 for additional grants.
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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Fri, 11/06/2020 - 8:30am

Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 6:30pm

Solid Waste Management Committee Meeting

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 7:00pm

Northwest Consolidated Zoning Board

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 5:30pm

Board of Zoning Appeals

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 6:00pm

Southwest Consolidated Zoning Board

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