Board of County Commissioners Meeting Recap: Feb. 16, 2023
The Board of County Commissioners met on Thursday, Feb. 16 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 boccmeetings.jocogov.org. This recap is not the official record of the BOCC meeting.
BOCC Action for Feb. 16, 2023
Appointment of Anna Van Ophem
Approved the appointment of Anna Van Ophem – Third District Representative to the Library Board through April 30, 2025. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Appointment of Charles McAllister Jr.
Approved the appointment of Charles W. McAllister Jr. – Fifth District Representative to the Library Board through April 30, 2027. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Appointment of Catherina Kelly
Approved the appointment of Catherina Kelly – Third District Representative to the Commission on Aging through Aug. 31, 2025. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Appointment of Gary Ristow
Approved the appointment of Gary Ristow – Second District Representative to the Park and Recreation Commission through Jan. 31, 2026. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Reappointment of George Schlagel
Approved the reappointment of George Schlagel - Sixth District Representative to the Park and Recreation Commission through Jan. 31, 2026. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Reappointment of Larry Meeker
Approved the reappointment of Larry Meeker - Second District Representative to the Public Art Commission through Dec. 31, 2025. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Amended CIP to purchase acreage near AirCenter
Amended the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023-2027 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to include Airport-Land Purchase and approved a real estate purchase contract with Charles O. Pretz, Douglas Alan Hardy, Melinda Hardy Goff, and J&P Farm Properties, LLC to purchase approximately 32 acres adjacent to New Century AirCenter in the amount of $1,726,056 and authorized the reallocation and expenditure of County General Fund reserves in an amount not to exceed $1,000,000 to partially fund the purchase, to be repaid by the Johnson County Airport Commission over the next 10 years, and authorized the reallocation and expenditure of $726,056 Airport Enterprise Fund reserves. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Upgrade agreements for wastewater project
Authorized the Wastewater General Manager to execute the necessary utility relocation and upgrade agreements with Evergy, WaterOne and Kansas Gas Service to support the Nelson Wastewater Treatment Facility project (NEL-C001) and executed a Memorandum of Understanding with Evergy to grant future easements for Evergy infrastructure at the conclusion of the project. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Early Termination Agreement with Evergreen Living Innovations, Incorporated
Approved an Early Termination Agreement between the Board of County Commissioners of Johnson County, Kansas, and Evergreen Living Innovations, Incorporated and approved the reallocation and expenditure of General Fund reserves in a maximum amount of $23.8 million for fiscal year (FY) 2023. Vote: Passed 5-2.
- Yes: Fast, Meyers, Allenbrand, Hanzlick, Kelly
- No: Ashcraft, O’Hara
Adoption of Code of Ethics
Adopted the amended Code of Ethics for Johnson County Government public officials. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Revised Employee Code of Ethics
Adopted the revised Human Resources Policy 401, Ethics, Conduct and Performance Expectations, for Johnson County Government employees, to be effective as of Feb. 16, 2023. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Funding for Lenexa Med-Act project
Approved and authorized an increase of $1,662,030 for the Lenexa Med-Act capital project bringing the new total project authorization to an amount not to exceed $5,520,030 and the reallocation and use of Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 General Fund reserves in the amount of $2,912,030 to transfer to the Public Building (PBC) Commission for the Lenexa Med-Act capital project. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Funding for courthouse project
Approved and authorized an increase of $4,366,343 for the Johnson County Courthouse Design Build capital project bringing the new total project authorization to an amount not to exceed $219,932,002. Vote: Passed 6-1.
- Yes: Fast, Meyers, O’Hara, Allenbrand, Hanzlick, Kelly
- No: Ashcraft
Relocation of electric utilities
Approved an agreement with Evergy to relocate electric utilities necessary for the 199th Street Shoulder Safety and Structural Improvement Project between Clare Road and US-169 Highway, at a cost not to exceed $183,674. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Meeting as the Public Building Commission Feb. 16, 2023
Funding for new Lenexa Med-Act project
Approved and authorized an increase of $1,662,030 for the new Lenexa Med-Act capital project bringing the new total project authorization to an amount not to exceed $5,520,030; and the receipt of a transfer of approximately $2,912,030 from the County general fund to provide funding for the new Lenexa Med-Act capital project. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Amended contract for new Lenexa Med-Act project
Authorized the Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) contract amendment with Haren Contracting, LLC for the new Lenexa Med-Act Station 1135 in an amount of $4,381,312 for a total contract amount not to exceed $4,391,312 per Request for Proposal 2022-016. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Funding for courthouse project
Approved and authorized an increase of $4,366,343 for the Johnson County Courthouse Design Build capital project, bringing the new total project authorization to an amount not to exceed $219,932,002. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Courthouse project adds courtrooms
Approved an eighth amendment to the JE Dunn Construction Design/Build contract in the amount of $3,986,743, to build-out, equip and finish the three shelled courtrooms, ancillary support spaces and miscellaneous building improvements at the new Johnson County Courthouse. The total amount not to exceed $182,818,942, per Request for Proposal 2017-004. Vote: Passed 7-0.
Manager’s Memo, County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson
Citizen Participation Plan Public Hearing/Needs Assessment (CDBG)
There will be a public hearing on March 8 to gather input to assess the community development and housing needs. Staff will use this feedback to propose plans and programs to meet those needs in cooperation with county departments, cities and other public and private partners, for consideration by the BOCC for FY2024. Johnson County is promoting the public hearings and needs assessment online survey in its latest episode of the JoCo on the Go Podcast as well as media relations, web and social media.
Johnson County Treasury, Taxation, and Vehicles Closure Notice
To conduct an annual staff training, Johnson County Treasury, Taxation and Vehicles will be closed to the public on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 20, 2023. The offices will resume normal hours on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023. The offices to be closed include:
- Olathe Motor Vehicle at 782 N. Ridgeview Rd.
- Mission Motor Vehicle at 6000 Lamar Ave., Suite 100
- Treasury, Taxation, County Clerk, Register of Deeds services at 111 S. Cherry St., Suite 1200. View a memo with additional information.
Motor Vehicle Transitioning Title Drop-Off Service to Dealer/Fleet Service
Johnson County Motor Vehicle intends to increase efficiency, improve the resident experience, and reduce delinquent tax collection by transitioning the Title Drop-Off Service back to a Dealer/Fleet Service beginning April 3rd. View a memo with additional information.
New Century Commerce Center – New Certification
Johnson County’s New Century Commerce Center has landed a new certification. The Kansas Department of Commerce has designated the New Century Commerce Center as a Kansas Certified Site. The Business Park is the only site in the Kansas City metro area and the ninth site in the state to earn this designation. Properties receive this designation once they demonstrate it is primed for development and ready for investment. This new certification, along with the site’s existing AEROReady™ Aviation and BNSF Railway certifications directly addresses factors critical to the success of attracting new industries to the New Century Commerce Center. Additionally, the New Century Commerce Center is the only site in North America to have earned all three of these certifications.
Mark Dapp, principal management and budget analyst at the Budget and Financial Planning, provided a Legislative Update of the ongoing Kansas Legislature session.
Process for considering vetoes on TIF districts
Motion for the Board to add to the future Board agenda – CoW meeting to discuss possible development of a process in which the creation or substantial change of TIF districts are brought forward to the BOCC for consideration of a veto. Vote: Failed 2-5.
- Yes: Ashcraft, O’Hara
- No: Meyers, Fast, Allenbrand, Hanzlick, Kelly
Items on the Agenda for Feb. 23, 2023
Special Use Permit renewal for quarry, accessory construction and demolition landfill operation
Consider City of Olathe Application No. SU19-0008 for a renewal of a Special Use Permit (SUP), for a quarry and accessory construction and demolition landfill operation for a 7-year term on 244 acres located at the southeast corner of 159th Street and Old 56 Highway in Olathe and located within one mile of New Century AirCenter.
Preliminary and final plat for 31 single-family lots at 167th Street and Quivira Rd.
Consider City of Overland Park Application Nos. PLT2022- 00068 and PLT2022-0069, for a preliminary and final plat for Mills Village, for 31 single-family lots, on 11 acres, located at the northeast and southeast corners of 167th Street and Quivira Road, Overland Park and located within one mile of the Johnson County Executive Airport.
License Agreement with Lenexa for MED-ACT co-location
Consider authorizing a License Agreement with the City of Lenexa for the purpose of MED-ACT co-location at Station 93 and to provide usable space, outlined in Exhibit A, for MED-ACT personnel, ambulance/response vehicles, equipment and supplies for a term of ten (10) years with a one-time payment to the City of Lenexa in the amount of $573,196 to be effective April 1, 2023; and authorizing a use of General Fund reserves in an amount not to exceed $573,196.
MOU for provision of crisis intervention assistance in several northeast JoCo cities
Consider approving a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners and the cities of Merriam, Mission, Roeland Park, Fairway, Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods to provide crisis intervention assistance services.
Acquisition of land for rights-of-way and easements for road improvement project
Consider authorizing the acquisition, by condemnation, of the rights-of-way and easements necessary for the 183rd Street Shoulder Safety and Structural Improvement Project between Metcalf Avenue and Nall Avenue.