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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 January 13, 2020

The BOCC voted to authorize the following items:

Boards and commissions

  • Ratified the Chairman’s appointment of Mary Cyr to the Transportation Council through September 1, 2022.
  • Ratified the Chairman’s reappointment of Francis H “Chip” Corcoran to the Transportation Council through September 1, 2022.
  • Appointed Martin Pyle as the Fourth District representative to the Public Art Commission through December 31, 2020.
  • Reappointed Christopher Leitch as the First District representative to the Public Art Commission through December 31, 2022.
  • Reappointed Larry Meeker as the Second District representative to the Public Art Commission through December 31, 2022.
  • Reappointed Bess Wallerstein Huff as the Third District representative to the Public Art Commission through December 31, 2022.
  • Reappointed Brian Leuenberg as the Sixth District representative to the Northwest Consolidated Zoning Board through January 7, 2023.
  • Reappointed Jeff Meyers as the Second District representative to the Park and Recreation Commission through January 31, 2023.
  • Reappointed George Schlagel as the Sixth District representative to the Park and Recreation Commission through January 31, 2023.
  • Ratified the Chairman’s reappointment of Leonard Nick to the Investment Review Group through December 31, 2021.
  • Ratified the Chairman’s appointment of Gregory Hill to the Civil Service Board through February 5, 2023.

Planning and zoning items

  • A request from Harvey and Anita Felzke, applicants/landowners, for conditional use permit renewal for buildings and structures which exceed the accessory building size limitations on 5 acres located at 15765 W. 199th Street.

Fire District items:

  • A one-time reimbursement for the costs incurred by the Johnson County Fire Districts for the purchase of Mobile Data Terminals for the purpose of continual compatibility with the County 911 system and to maintain current levels of public safety and to authorize a one-time reallocation and expenditure of fund balance (reserves) for Fiscal Year 2020 of the Public Safety Sales Tax 1 reserves within the General Fund in an amount not to exceed $200,000 to pay for the reimbursements, and that the Board authorize the County Manager, or her designee, to create and establish a process for the Fire Districts to apply for and receive the reimbursements, consistent with the intent of this action.

The Board met as the Committee of the Whole to discuss the Johnson County Wastewater Deferment Policy. The Committee of the Whole voted to recommend that the BOCC hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the deferment policy. The Committee also discussed the county’s 2020 Federal Legislative Platform.  More information on both topics is available here.

A look ahead for the week of Jan. 20

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&date=2020-01

BOCC weekly calendar

 

These are the current items on the Jan. 23, 2020 BOCC agenda:

  • Consider authorizing a contract with Gunter Construction Company, Inc. to improve ADA compliance for parking lots located at the Johnson County Northeast Office (NEO), 6000 Lamar Avenue and the North Central Multi-Service Center (NCMSC), 12425 W. 87th Street in a total amount not to exceed $128,035.
  • Consider a request from Butler National Corporation, applicant, and Johnson County Airport Commission, landowner, for Final Development Plan approval for construction of an airplane hangar and an office addition to an existing airplane hangar, on approximately 3.0 acres, in Section 17, Township 14, Range 23, Johnson County, Kansas, located at 1 Aero Plaza.
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, 01/17/2020 - 7:30am

Transportation Council

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 6:00pm

Southwest Consolidated Zoning Board

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 5:30pm

Mental Health Advisory Board

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 7:00pm

Northwest Consolidated Zoning Board

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