Board of County Commissioners Meeting Recap: Aug. 18, 2022

The Board of County Commissioners met today, Aug. 18, in the Hearing Room at the Johnson County Administration Building.

Below, you can find a recap of the items discussed during the meeting.

More information, including official minutes, votes, videos, information about how to make public comments and how to request accommodations is available at This not the official record of the BOCC meeting.

BOCC Action for Aug. 18, 2022

Rezoning approved for commercial district

Approved Resolution No. 058-22 and City of Gardner Application No. Z-22-02 for rezoning from A (Agricultural) / M-1 (Restricted Industrial) Districts to C-3 (Heavy Commercial) District, on approximately 59.8 acres; northeast of Highway 56 / W. 175th Street and Cedar Niles Road, Gardner, and located within one mile of the New Century AirCenter. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Contract awarded for roof replacement at transit center

Authorized a contract with Midwest Coating, Inc. to replace the roof of the Administration Building at the Murray L. Nolte Transit Center, 1701 W. 56 Highway, Olathe, in the amount not to exceed $649,600. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Contract authorized for repairs to heating/cooling units

Authorized a contract with Metro Air Conditioning Company, Inc. to replace and/or modify the heating and air conditioning units on the roof of the Administration Building at the Murray L. Nolte Transit Center, 1701 W. 56 Highway, Olathe, in the amount not to exceed $192,000. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Authorized compensation for county workers in recounting ballots

(Added item to agenda) Approved and adopted Resolution No. 066-22 authorizing one-time additional compensation of $100 per day for Johnson County employees reassigned as election workers to recount the Constitutional Amendment Ballots in Johnson County for the 2022 Special Election.

Motion to direct county to request full reimbursement (including this expense) of all ballot recount expenses in Johnson County from the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Action on motion with amendment. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Manager’s Memo, County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson

Garmin KC Air Show set Sept. 3-4 at New Century AirCenter

Aaron Otto, executive director of the Johnson County Airport Commission, presented a brief video and promoted the upcoming Garmin KC Air Show, featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and celebrating the U.S. Air Force’s 75th anniversary. The air show is scheduled for Sept. 3-4 at New Century AirCenter. The Johnson County Airport Commission is a sponsor of the airshow and there is a community-based volunteer organizing team, which put on the 2019 and 2021 KC Airshows and assisting in planning the 2022 event. Parking information and multiple different types of tickets are available online.

CERI) releases Economic Indicators in August edition

The August 2022 edition of the Economic Indicators for Johnson County has been provided by County Economic Research Institute (CERI). The unemployment rate for June 2022 is 2.4%, compared to 3.6% in June of 2021, a 1.2% decrease. The number of single-family homes sold in June 2022 was 1,216, compared to 1,263 in June 2021, a 3.7% decrease. The total number of single-family building permits issued in June 2022 was 138, compared to 202 in June 2021, a 31.7% decrease. View the full report.

Other Reports – Audit

Harry Heflin, audit director, presented a performance audit of the Johnson County Mental Health Center. View the presentation.

Items on the Agenda for Aug. 25, 2022

Request for a drainage easement

Consider granting a drainage easement at the southwest corner of the Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin Wastewater Treatment Plant property, as described in Attachment A, to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Submission of carryover reimbursement budget

Consider authorizing and submitting the Johnson County Department of Corrections’ State FY2023 Carryover Reimbursement Budget to the Kansas Department of Corrections as recommended by the Community Corrections Advisory Board in the amount of $179,872.07.

Hearing on Fire District No. 2’s proposed budget exceeding RNR

Resolution No. 2022-1 Sitting as the Governing Board of Fire District No. 2, consider conducting a public hearing on the proposed budget and to exceed the revenue neutral rate and adopting Resolution No. 2022-1 authorizing a levy of property taxes in support of the budget for Fire District No. 2 for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget year that requires a property tax rate exceeding the revenue neutral rate of 14.361 mills for the Fire District No. 2 General Fund, 0.778 mills for the Fire District No. 2 Debt Service Bond H Fund, and 0.000 mills for the Fire District No. 2 Debt Service Bond I Fund.

Action on Fire District’s 2’s proposed budget

Resolution No. 2022-2. Sitting as the Governing Board of Fire District No. 2, Consider approving and adopting Resolution No. 2022-2 to approve the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget for Johnson County Fire District No. 2 as proposed.

Hearing on funding for wastewater lagoon cleanout program

Resolution No. WD 22-025. Conduct a public hearing and consider authorizing funding for the Lagoon Biosolids Cleanout Program in an amount not to exceed $528,900, increasing the total project authorization to $2,285,100.

Agreement for wastewater wet weather storage site

Resolution No. WD 22-026. Conduct a public hearing and consider authorizing funding in the amount of $100,000 and authorize the Chairman to execute the proposed “Real Estate Agreement” for the purchase of property from the Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County within the City of Shawnee for future use as a Johnson County Wastewater wet weather storage facility site.

Funding increase for technology software licenses

Consider authorizing an increase in the amount of $119,785.28, for an annual amount not to exceed $1,165,467, for Government Cloud Microsoft Enterprise Agreement with Dell Technologies for the purchase of SQL Server Software Licenses related to the Orion Land Records application per IFB 2022-010.

Transfer of federal allocation to General Fund reserves

Consider authorizing the allocation of Coronavirus SLFRF received from the United States Department of the Treasury in the amount of $40,936,600 including $400,000 in additional interest earnings, and $40,536,600 in lost revenue, as determined for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, in accordance with the Treasury’s prescribed formula, authorizing the transfer of the $40,536,600 to the Countywide Support Fund (CSF), and authorizing the reallocation and expenditure of General Fund reserves for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, in an amount not to exceed $40,936,600.

Reappointment to Commission on Aging

Consider approving the Reappointment of Pamela Shernuk – Third District Representative to the Commission on Aging through August 31, 2025.

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