Board of County Commissioners Meeting Recap: Feb. 8, 2024

The Board of County Commissioners met on Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Hearing Room at the Johnson County Administration Building.

The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Friday, Feb. 9, as Red Friday in Johnson County in honor of the Kansas City Chiefs’ achievement of Super Bowl LVIII.

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 recap is not the official record of the BOCC meeting.

BOCC Agenda for Feb. 8, 2024

Funds for wastewater project

After a public hearing, authorized additional funds for the design and bid phase of the Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin Wastewater Treatment Facility Influent Screening and Disinfection Improvements Project in an amount of $472,685, increasing the total authorization to $1,779,985; authorized an engineering contract addendum with Carollo Engineers in an amount not to exceed $464,555, increasing the total contract value to $1,632,614; and authorized the Wastewater General Manager to sign the addendum. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Purchase of five transit buses

Authorized the purchase of five low-floor, wheelchair accessible 30-foot diesel transit buses from the Gillig Corporation, including the requisite ancillary equipment, with $2,450,576 of Federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality and a county match of $612,644 for a total cost not to exceed $3,063,220. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Manager’s Memo, County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson

MARC releases Regional Landfill Capacity Study

The Mid-America Regional Council released its Regional Landfill Capacity Study. The purpose of the study, which was commissioned by MARC and performed by Burns & McDonnell, was “to forecast regional landfill capacity and to inform solid waste planning, programming and permitting activities at the state, regional and local levels.” A memo was prepared by the Johnson County Health and Environment Department to highlight key findings from the study and provide an update regarding solid waste planning in Johnson County.

TTV offices to close Feb. 19 for staff training

To conduct staff training, Johnson County Treasury, Taxation, and Vehicles will be closed to the public on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 19. The training will include time for strategic planning work, a leadership and team building workshop, as well as presentations focused on staff well-being and customer service Our offices will resume normal hours on Tuesday, Feb. 20. 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, and County Recording at 111 S. Cherry St. Suite 1200

Appreciation event honors employees, retirees, LIA recipients

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, we celebrated our annual Employee Appreciation Event. We recognized nearly 550 employees for 5-year milestones and a Johnson County Library employee celebrating 45 years of service. We also honored employees who retired in 2023 and our Leadership in Action recipients. Thank you to the commissioners and staff who attended, and a special thank you to the event planning committee.

De Soto plans hearing on tax abatement project

The city of De Soto will have a public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, to consider approving a property tax abatement project. The proposed project is to be financed with $6,826,645 in industrial revenue bonds for acquiring, purchasing, constructing, installing and equipping an approximately 21-unit townhome consisting of approximately 30,270 square feet to be generally located northeast of the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Ottawa Street within De Soto. The applicant has requested a 10-year, 80% property tax abatement.

Other Reports

Mark Dapp, deputy director of Budget and Financial Planning, presented a legislative update through the week of Jan. 29.

Items on the Agenda for Feb. 15, 2024

Permit for earth excavation operation

Resolution No. 012-24. Application No. W 23-366-CUP (MC). Consider a request from Robert Finley and Charles Finley, applicants and landowners, for a Conditional Use Permit with a 5-year term to allow an earth excavation operation, on 161 acres, located south and west of 151st Street and Edgerton Road.

Addition of mental health services

Request for Proposal (RFP) 2019-083. Consider authorizing an exception to competition to add mental health services and increase the contractual authority to the VitalCore Health Strategies contract for inmate and offender medical, mental health and prescription services in the total amount not to exceed $27,845,315. The contract term is Jan. 1, 2023 to Dec. 31, 2025. One additional 3-year period is available, upon mutual agreement.

Allocation of Opioid Settlement Funds

Consider authorizing the allocation of Opioid Settlement Funds received from the Kansas Municipalities Fights Addiction Fund in the amount of $657,930.42 for the purposes of treatment, combating and educating the community about the opioid epidemic.

Funding for reconstruction of T-hangars

Consider authorizing Authorization No. 3 for Construction Phase Services for the Reconstruction of the Kilo and Lima T-Hangar Buildings at the Johnson County Executive Airport, per the term-and-supply contract with Burns and McDonnell for oncall airport engineering services, in an amount not to exceed $212,950 and authorizing an increase to the budget authority for the related project account to $4,256,818.

Funding for new air traffic control tower at NewCenter

Consider authorizing Authorization No. 1c. for Concept Design Services for a new air traffic control tower at New Century AirCenter (IXD), per the term and supply contract with Burns and McDonnell for the siting, design, bidding, and construction services for a new air traffic control tower at the New Century AirCenter, in an amount not to exceed $298,197.70.

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