Board of County Commissioners Meeting Recap: June 20, 2024

The Board of County Commissioners met on Thursday, June 20 in the Hearing Room at the Johnson County Administration Building.

More information, including attachments to agenda items, weekly reports, 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 June 20, 2024

Contract for runway project at New AirCenter

Authorized a contract with American Road Maintenance, for the application of an emulsified asphalt seal coat on Runway 04-22 at the New Century AirCenter, in an amount not to exceed $380,690. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Creation of ad-hoc committee on BOCC salaries

Created an ad-hoc resident committee on Board of County Commissioner salaries to study and make recommendations regarding the salaries and process of salary adjustments of the Board of County Commissioners. Vote: Passed 5-2.

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

Manager’s Memo, County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson

JCDS Emerging Artists Exhibit

This summer, the Central Resource Library will host an exhibition showcasing the works of 17 talented adult artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The JCDS program fosters their artistic growth and provides a platform for them to share their creations with the community. The exhibit runs from July 1 to August 21, offering a unique experience for visitors. In addition to being able to view the artwork, visitors will also have the chance to listen to an audio recording featuring the artists themselves discussing their work. This adds a whole new dimension to the exhibit, allowing visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the inspiration and creative process behind each piece. Sales from the artwork they create go directly back to the artists themselves. Learn more about the program.

Community gathered to celebrate the Jubilee of Juneteenth

Thank you to everyone who attended, participated in, or helped plan Johnson County Government’s third annual Juneteenth celebration on June 19 at the Lenexa Civic Campus Commons. The theme of this year’s event was “The Jubilee of Juneteenth – Celebrating a Legacy of Freedom.” This year’s event included information booths from 10 county department, agencies and offices, as well as a new area for children’s activities and crafts. If you were not able to attend, please watch and our social media channels for videos and photos of the event.

Thank you to the county departments, agencies and offices who, on a county holiday, staffed an information booth, as well as Johnson County Library for being a strong event partner and the Public Information Office and The Print Shop for the printed materials, graphics and communication support. We also want to thank our Juneteenth event planning committee. These employees from across the organization met regularly for months, in addition to their regular duties, to design, plan, and implement this community event.

Releasing Discriminatory Restrictive Covenants in Land Record Documents on File

Discriminatory restrictive covenants were, historically, placed in land records to restrict who could own property based on factors such as race, religion, and national origin. Discriminatory restrictive covenants are illegal and unenforceable by both state and federal law, including K.S.A 44-1016 and 44-1017 which discuss the discrimination in the sale or rental of real property as well as the restrictions of homeowner associations. House Bill 2562 approved by the Governor on April 19, 2024, and effective July 1, 2024, identified how property owners and homeowner associations can release prohibited covenants in land records. For more information, a memo and FAQ are available here (within the Manager’s Memo section of the agenda.)  

Senior and Disabled Veteran Property Tax Relief Program

The Treasury, Taxation and Vehicles department will mail property tax relief payments this week to successful applicants of the Johnson County Senior and Disabled Veteran Property Tax Relief Program. The Board of County Commissioners approved a pilot program this year to offer up to $200 in property tax relief for seniors and disabled veterans who meet income requirements and other qualifications. There were 207 approved applications that will receive a total of $41,197.05 in tax relief payments. Included in the mailing of the rebate checks is information on additional County services that recipients may find useful. The informational insert has a link as well as a QR code to the County’s Aging Resource Guide found on Special thanks to the PIO team for assistance with this additional communication piece. More information about the 2024 pilot program is available on the County’s website

Committee of the Whole on June 20, 2024

The BOCC met as a Committee of the Whole for department budget presentations, discussions and deliberations. Departments and agencies included Johnson County Park and Recreation District, Johnson County Library, the Appraiser’s Office, the Election Office, Treasury, Taxation and Vehicles, and the county’s support services. You can see the presentation at this link.

Items on the Agenda for June 27, 2024

Appointments and delegations

Consider approving the Appointment of Melissa Footlick - Seventh District Representative to the Developmental Supports Board through August 31, 2025.

Consider Approving Commissioner Jeff Meyers as the Voting Delegate and County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson as the alternate delegate for the 2024 National Association of Counties (NACo) Conference, Annual Business Meeting.

Group life insurance and sick disability pay

Consider authorizing a contract with Lincoln Financial Group to provide Group Life Insurance coverage and administer the county’s self-funded Sick Disability Pay program, at an amount not to exceed $284,365. The contract term will be for one (1) year with up to four (4) additional twelve (12) month renewals at the County’s sole discretion.

Public Building Fund

Consider whether to authorize the continuation of the County’s Public Building Fund for a period of ten years beginning on January 1, 2025.

Final plat on Metcalf Soccer Complex

Consider a request from Phelps Engineering, applicant, on behalf of Cogent Enterprises, LLC, landowner, for a Final Plat for a threelot subdivision to be known as “Metcalf Soccer Complex” on property zoned PEC3, Planned Light Industrial Park District, located in Section 8, Township, 15, Range 25, Aubry Township.

Board of Zoning Appeals

Consider approving proposed Bylaws of the Johnson County Board of Zoning Appeals.

Cooperative agreement with Johnson County cities for various

Consider approval of Cooperation Agreement amendment template to be executed with the seventeen Johnson County cities that participate in the Urban County, Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership programs and delegating signatory authority to the Director of Planning, Housing, and Community Development.

Contracts for waste collection, disposal and recycling services

Consider authorizing contracts with Waste Management of Kansas, Inc. and WCA of Missouri, LLC for waste collection, disposal, and recycling services, in an amount not to exceed $215,000. The term will be for a one (1) year period with four (4) additional one (1) year renewal options.

Agreement with Johnson County Fire District No. 1

Consider entering into a Business Operations Agreement with the Johnson County Fire District No. 1 to allow Johnson County, Kansas to provide certain ministerial, financial, and general record-keeping services.

MOU with Fire District No.1

Consider authorizing a Memorandum of Understanding with Fire District No.1, allowing the Fire Services Administrator to assist Fire District No.1 with Budget Preparation and Administrative Support, Strategic Planning, and Transition to County Shared Services, with a termination date of December 31, 2025.

Publication of proposed budget for Johnson County Fire District No. 2

(Sitting as the Fire District No. 2 Governing Board) Consider authorizing the publication of a proposed budget for Johnson County Fire District No. 2 in the amount of $x,xxx,xxx for fiscal year 2025, notifying the County Clerk of the proposed intent to exceed the revenue neutral rate, and setting a public hearing on the proposed budget for Thursday, August 22, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Chambers.

Publication of proposed budget for Johnson County Government

Consider authorizing the publication of a proposed budget for Johnson County Government in the amount of $x,xxx,xxx,xxx for fiscal year 2025, notifying the county clerk of the proposed intent to exceed the revenue neutral rate, and setting a public hearing on the proposed budget for Tuesday, August 20, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Chambers.

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