Board of County Commissioners Meeting Recap: June 16, 2022

The Board of County Commissioners met yesterday, June 16, in the Hearing Room at the Johnson County Administration Building.

Below, you can find a recap of the items discussed during the meeting. The Board issued proclamations in recognition of Juneteenth LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

More information, including official minutes, votes, videos, information about how to make public comments and how to request accommodations is available through our online meeting portal. Note: This not the official record of the BOCC meeting.

BOCC Actions for June 16, 2022

Funding Increase Authorized for MARP

Approved and authorized an increase of up to $347,000 for the 2021 Major Asset Replacement Program (MARP) bringing the new total project authorization to an amount not to exceed $2,449,800 and transferring approximately $347,000 from the 2020 MARP to fund this project increase. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Upgrades Funded for Library Building Physical Security

Adopted Resolution No. 040-22 to amend the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Program to include Library Building Physical Security Upgrades and authorized use of Library Operating Fund reserves in an amount not to exceed $600,000. Vote: Passed 6-1.

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

An amendment by O’Hara to make security video from election drop boxes at libraries accessible to the public did not receive a second from the Board.

Peer Drivers Approved for Mental Health

Authorized the Mental Health Department to add 6.0 FTE Peer Driver positions and authorized the reallocation and expenditure of fund balance (reserves) for FY 2022 in an amount not to exceed $175,000 through the UnitedHealthcare funded program expansion. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Suicide Prevention Module Added to Classrooms

Authorized a change order request with EVERFI, Inc. for a suicide prevention module in the amount of $50,000 to provide for mental health and prevention education in all classrooms across Johnson County, per Administrative Policy and Procedure #110.155. Vote: Passed 6-0-1

  • Yes: Fast, Meyers, Hanzlick, Allenbrand, Ashcraft, Eilert
  • Abstain: O’Hara

(Commissioner O’Hara Abstention – Reason - need for additional information relating to whether parent approval obtained for participation in school district program and a hard copy of underlying curriculum)

Web-Based Portal to Serve Wastewater Customers

Approved resolution following a public hearing and authorized funds for a total amount not to exceed $405,000 for the development of a web-based customer service portal for Johnson County Wastewater’s Private Infiltration and Inflow Source Removal Program and awarded a contract with Daupler, Inc. for Private Infiltration and Inflow Web-Based Portal Development for a one (1) year term with the option to renew annually for up to four one- year terms, per Request for Proposal 2022-012. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Wastewater Agreement Approved with Leawood

Approved an agreement with the City of Leawood to facilitate the Johnson County Wastewater State Line Pump Stations and Force Main Project. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Land Use, Compatibility Plan Updates Authorized for Airports

Authorized a contract with Coffman Associates, for Comprehensive Land Use Compatibility Plan Update (Request for Proposal 2022-032) for New Century AirCenter and Johnson County Executive Airports, at a cost not to exceed $127,960; authorized the reallocation and expenditure of fund balance (reserves) for FY 2022 for the General Fund in an amount not to exceed $27,960 and created a project account for this purpose. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Manager’s Memo, County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson

Sanitary Sewer System Replacement Work to Start in Overland Park

Beginning the week of June 20, Johnson County Wastewater and its construction contractor, Infrastructure Solutions, LLC, will begin substantial construction at 103rd Street and Metcalf Avenue, in Overland Park, to increase capacity of the sanitary sewer system in the neighborhood. Construction is expected to continue until Spring 2023 and will impact traffic flow in phases. Sanitary sewer pipe will be installed under Indian Creek and Metcalf Avenue using trenchless technology to minimize environmental and traffic disruption. This will provide more dependable, cost effective and environmentally sound wastewater service to JCW customers. JCW and its partners are working with the county’s Public Information Office to keep the public updated on impacts from this project. This includes a news release and informational video, which are both available online with project information, a timeline and a project map. We will also use social media, including targeted messages on NextDoor, to keep the public updated on impacts to roads and pedestrian trails in the area.

Hearing Set July 11 on Proposed TIF Project Plan in Overland Park

The City of Overland Park will be conducting a public hearing on Monday, July 11, pertaining to the proposed adoption of the Metcalf 108 redevelopment project plan, generally located at the northeast corner of I-435 and Metcalf Avenue. View a copy of the notice of public hearing along with the resolution.

Johnson County and Olathe Libraries Switch to Libby App

Johnson County Library and Olathe Public Library’s eBook and eAudiobook collection have moved from Axis 360 to the Libby app. This move was the result of a study that evaluated electronic vendors. Feedback was gathered from Johnson County Library and Olathe Public Library staff, 61 school librarians and more than 7,000 Library patrons. Libby was determined to be the optimum choice based on factors such as features, usability, customer support and value. Libby allows patrons to read on Kindle devices, which was not an option on Axis 360. Additional information can be found  on the Library website.

Aging & Human Services Opens New Congregate Dining Site

Johnson County Aging & Human Services has opened a new congregate dining site for older adults. Olathe Towers will host older adults Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A hot nutritious lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. daily. Breakfast is also offered Tuesday – Thursday. View the press release for additional information.

JoCo Juneteenth Celebration Set Sunday on JoCo Square

Johnson County is holding the inaugural Juneteenth event from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19, in the County Square. The theme is “Learn the Past...Change the Future.” The program will include emcee Nathan Jackson performing an original spoken word poem, a history of Juneteenth from Dr. Kimberly Warren and a keynote speech from Virginia Sewing. More information for this event and other events in the County can be found on the Juneteenth webpage. In addition, view the program for the event.

Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Process

The Board met as the Committee of the Whole to discuss and consider Final 2023 Budget: Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Framework and Revisit List/Staff Direction for Final 2023 Budget. Find details from the meeting.

Motion was made to direct the budget staff to proceed with the Commission proposing the maximum expenditure authority to include the County Manager’s proposed budget plus the Budget Department’s revised revenue projections. (Finalizing a proposed maximum FY 2023 Budget for publication with updated revenue projections for review and authorization by the Board on June 23.) Vote: Passed 6-1.

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

Items on the Agenda for June 23, 2022

Agreement for Respite Care Services

Consider authorizing an exception to competition and approving service agreement renewals for respite care services with DCCCA, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $130,000, for one (1) additional twelve (12) month contract period ending June 30, 2023, per Administrative Policy and Procedure #110.180.A.16.

Master Development Plan for Commerce Center

Consider approving Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions and Grant of Easements with VanTrust Real Estate for the New Century Commerce Center to facilitate the Master Development Plan, as recommended by the Johnson County Airport Commission.

Development of Prairie Trace Estates

Resolution No. 042-22. Consider City of Gardner Applications FDP-22-02, Final Development Plan, and FP-22-03, Final Plat, for Prairie Trace Estates, Third Plat, on 16.5 acres; located in the vicinity of 178th Street and Houston Street, Gardner, Kansas; and located within one mile of the New Century AirCenter.

Development of New Trails Projects

Resolution No. 043-22. Consider City of Gardner Applications PP-22-01, Preliminary Plat, on 18.8 acres, and FP-22-04, Final Plat, on 6.3 acres, for New Trails North Commercial; located on the southwest corner of 175th Street and New Trails Parkway, Gardner, Kansas; and located within one mile of the New Century AirCenter.

Speed Limit Increases in Rural Areas

Resolution No. 030-22. Consider approving speed limit increases on various roads in the unincorporated area of Johnson County.

Bridge Improvements on Ridgeview Road

IFB #2022-017. Consider authorizing a contract with Bryan-Ohlmeier Construction Company, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $872,107.10, for bridge construction, grading, surfacing and seeding for a Ridgeview Road bridge 0.8 miles north of 191st Street.

Case Manager Positions for Mental Health

Consider authorizing the Mental Health Department to add 4.0 FTE Case Manager positions for the 988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and authorize the reallocation and expenditure of fund balance (reserves) for FY 2022 in an amount not to exceed $170,000.

Publication of Proposed FY2023 Budget

Consider authorizing the publication of a proposed budget for Johnson County Government for fiscal year 2023, notifying the county clerk of the proposed intent to exceed the revenue neutral rate, and setting a public hearing on the proposed budget for Monday, August 22, 2022, at 6 p.m. in the Board Chambers.

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