Board of County Commissioners Meeting Recap: Jan. 12, 2023

The Board of County Commissioners met on Thursday, Jan. 12 in the Hearing Room at the Johnson County Administration Building.

Proclamation designating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The board proclaimed Jan. 16 as Martin Luther Jr. Day in Johnson County.

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 Action for Jan. 12, 2023

Appointment to Northwest Consolidated Fire District

Approved the appointment of Mitra Templin – Sixth District representative to the Northwest Consolidated Fire District through Dec. 31, 2025. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Contract to install tanks on wastewater truck

Authorized a contract with FlowMark Vacuum Trucks (SkyMark Refuelers, LLC) for the purchase and installation of two 4,300-gallon aluminum vacuum tanks on an owner provided waste-water department tank truck, in the amount not to exceed $194,350; and authorized the reallocation and expenditure of Wastewater O&M Fund balance (reserves) in the amount not to exceed $194,350. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Assessment Services Agreement with Olathe Medical Center

Authorized the Mental Health Department staff to sign an Assessment Services Agreement with the Olathe Medical Center and add 1.0 FTE clinician position to provide level of care assessment services that will be funded by Olathe Medical Center in the amount of $125,000 and authorized the reallocation and expenditure of Mental Health fund balance (reserves) for FY 2023 in the amount of $125,000. Vote: Passed 6-0-1.

  • Yes: Fast, Meyers, Allenbrand, Hanzlick, O’Hara, Ashcraft
  • Recuse: Kelly

During action agenda, motion was made by Ashcraft and seconded by O’Hara to place on the agenda to reconsider changes by the chairman to the broadcast policy to end livestream of public comments at the start of BOCC meetings. Chairman ruled the motion out of order.

Motion was made by Ashcraft and seconded by O’Hara to overrule the chairman’s ruling. Vote: Failed 3-4.

  • Yes: Meyers, O’Hara, Ashcraft
  • No: Fast, Allenbrand, Hanzlick, Kelly

During commission comments, motion was made by Ashcraft and seconded by O’Hara to reconsider changes by the chairman to the broadcast policy of BOCC meetings.

Chairman ruled motion out of order.

Manager’s Memo, County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson

Announcement of 2022 LIA recipients

County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson announced 28 employees from across the organization have been selected for 2022 Leadership in Action Awards for outstanding work performed. Awards are presented annually to up to the top 1% of the county workforce. Stories of award recipients will be shared at BOCC meetings throughout the year. Recipients will be honored at the Employee Recognition event on Feb. 22. View a PowerPoint slide listing the 2022 LIA winners.

MARC recognition of county programs for sustainability

Three Johnson County programs were recognized for sustainability in local government at the Mid-America Regional Council’s “Resilient Success Stories: True Life Stories from the Kansas City Region.” The event on Dec. 9, 2022, highlighted local initiatives that create greater levels of sustainability and climate resilience across the region. Watch a video of the award-winning programs from Stormwater Management, Wastewater, and Park and Recreation District.

Olathe plans hearing on proposed TIF

The City of Olathe will have a public hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 17, to consider increasing an aggregate amount of industrial revenue bonds. The proposed commercial multifamily housing project, consisting of approximately 303 units and financed with $67,573,749 in industrial revenue bonds, is located near the northwest corner of Black Bob Road and Indian Creek Parkway. The applicant has requested a 9-year, 100% property tax abatement. View a copy of the notice.

Johnson County Academy seeks applicants

The 2023 Johnson County Academy is now accepting applications. Participants in the academy meet with county staff and elected officials, explore the county budget, learn about civic engagement/volunteer opportunities and tour various county facilities. The academy is open to all Johnson County residents and employees and supports 40 participants in each class. Apply online on this webpage. Questions regarding the academy can be sent to The deadline to register is Feb. 15. The first session is March 7.

Other Reports – Audit

County Auditor Harry Heflin and Michelle Cleveland, senior auditor, provided a follow-up audit on Grants Management.

Other Reports – LFRF

Becky Jones, deputy director of Financial Management & Administration, provided a report on the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund through Dec. 31, 2022.

Other Reports

Mark Dapp, principal management and budget analyst at the Budget and Financial Planning, provided a Legislative Update of the Kansas Legislature that’s currently in session.

Items on the Agenda for Jan. 19, 2023

Contract for paving project

IFB #2022-073. Consider authorizing a contract with Phillips Site Work, Inc. to install drainage and replace deteriorated paving at Med-Act 34, 9011 Roe Ave., Prairie Village, in the amount not to exceed $167,615.

Plats for McCalmon Acres

Application No. NW 22-259-PP/FP (LE). Wayne Malnicof, applicant; and Clay McCalmon, landowner, requesting a preliminary and final plat for four residential lots on approximately 60.4 acres, to be known as McCalmon Acres, on property zoned RUR, Rural District, located along 111th Street, east of County Line Road, Section 14, Township 13, Range 21.

Grant for mental health awareness training

Consider acceptance of the Supporting Adolescent Mental Health Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the amount of $495,779 to provide mental health awareness training to school personnel and first responders in Johnson County and authorize the reclassification and expenditure of Mental Health fund balance (reserves) for FY 2023 in the amount of $122,000.

Contract for software services

Consider authorizing an exception to competition and award a contract with iCIMS for Talent Cloud software subscription and implementation services at a cost not to exceed $459,020 for the first three years of service with a 5% annual increase thereafter, informal Request for Proposal (RFP) 2022-066. Approve a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Johnson County Government and the Johnson County Park and Recreation District for use of the software.

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