Board of County Commissioners Meeting Recap: March 23, 2023

The Board of County Commissioners met on Thursday, March 23 in the Hearing Room at the Johnson County Administration Building. 

The Board proclaimed March 29, 2023, as Vietnam Veterans Day in observance of the 50th anniversary to withdrawal of final American combat troops, ending U.S. involvement in the war, and recognized the 20th anniversary to the beginning of the Iraq War on March 20, 2003. 

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 March 23, 2023

Contract for road overlays 

Approved IFB #2023-009 and authorized a contract with Superior Bowen Asphalt Company, LLC for 15.3 miles of overlays at various locations in unincorporated Johnson County, in an amount not to exceed $2,601,321.26. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Plan for new hangar 

Approved Resolution No. 021-23 and Application No. SW 23-270-FDP (GA) regarding a request from Ryan Kubert, Olsson Engineering, on behalf of Mike Schlup, Carson Development, for a Final Development Plan for a new airplane hangar, on 2.49 acres, on property zoned PEC3, Planned Light Industrial Park District, located on the west side of 159th Street and North Loop Road at the New Century AirCenter. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Site plan for convenience store 

Resolution No. 025-23. Consider City of Gardner Application, SP-22-02, Site Plan for New Trails Convenience Store and Gas Station; located on the southwest corner of 175th Street and New Trails Parkway, Gardner; and located within one mile of the New Century AirCenter.  

Motion was made to continue item to the action agenda on April 13. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Revised plans for Coca-Cola project 

Resolution No. 019-23. Consider City of Olathe Application No’s. PP22-0002, PR22- 0035, PAR22-0081, and FP23-001, a Revised Preliminary Development Plan, Revised Preliminary Plat, Final Development Plan, and Final Plat for the proposed development of Project Acura – Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Facility on 116.9 acres, located south of 167th Street and west of Hedge Lane, within one mile of New Century AirCenter.  

Motion was made to continue item to the action agenda on April 13. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Final plat for apartments 

Resolution No. 022-23. Consider City of Gardner Application No’s. FDP-22-08 and FP22-12 a Final Development Plan, and Final Plat for Tallgrass Apartments Phase 3, containing five apartment buildings with 80 dwelling units on 6.06 acres, located north of 167th Street and east of White Drive, within one mile of New Century AirCenter.  

Motion was made to continue item to the action agenda on April 13. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Contract for custodial services 

Approved Request for Proposal (RFP) # 2022-076 and authorized a contract with Woodley Building Maintenance, for contract custodial services, at a cost not to exceed $3,216,808 for a period of two years with the option to renew for three additional one-year periods. Vote: Passed 5-2. 

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

Contract extension for custodial services 

Authorized a two-month contract extension with Crystal Clear Enterprise, Inc. for countywide custodial services in the amount not to exceed $200,000 per RFP 2017-069. Vote: Passed 5-2.

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

Manager’s Memo, County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson

Emergency Communications Center’s re-accreditation  

Johnson County Emergency Communications Center has been recognized by The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch® (IAEDTM) as an Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) for emergency medical dispatching. Johnson County ECC is one of 277 Emergency Medical Dispatch ACEs worldwide. The remarkable, hard-working employees who make up the ECC should be commended and celebrated for this achievement. Johnson County ECC initially achieved ACE accreditation in 2020 for EMD with this being the first reaccreditation. Johnson County ECC serves an area of approximately 1,070 square miles in Johnson and Miami Counties. ECC dispatches calls for all fire agencies within Johnson County, as well as all EMS calls for Johnson County Med-Act and Miami County EMS. See news release.  

2020 GHG Inventory Report for Operations and Emissions  

The 2020 Johnson County Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Update represents the best estimate of community wide and operational GHG emissions, our first since 2013. The purpose of the inventory is to assess the county’s carbon footprint, track progress and identify the areas of largest impact. High-level results show a 30% decrease in reported community emissions since 2013, largely due to improvements in electricity generation and more accurate customer data from Evergy, and a 9% increase in Johnson County operations’ emissions due to organizational growth. However, in terms of resource consumption per square foot, that growth has been extraordinarily efficient. View the 2020 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Update.  

March 2023 edition of Economic Indicators by CERI 

The March 2023 edition of the Economic Indicators for Johnson County has been provided by County Economic Research Institute (CERI). The unemployment rate for January 2023 rose slightly. The number of single-family homes sold and the number of single-family building permits issued in January 2023 had both decreased. Total retail sales for Johnson County through December 2022 have increased. View the full report

Other Reports 

Assistant County Manager Joe Connor presented a Legislative Update of the Kansas Legislature session. 

Committee of the Whole

While meeting as a Committee of the Whole, the Board reviewed results from the 2023 Community Survey and the Johnson County Study and Proposed Med-Act Pay Plan. No action was taken by the Board.

Items on the Agenda for March 30, 2023

Appointment to Commission on Aging 

Consider approving the appointment of Ben Harber - Fifth District representative to the Commission on Aging through Aug. 31, 2024. 

Permit for accessory building 

Resolution No. 023-23. Application No. SE 22-271-CUP (AU). Consider a request from Kevin Trug, landowner, for a Conditional Use Permit with a 10-year term for a 2,200-square-foot accessory building in addition to an existing 320-square-foot accessory building, for a total of 2,520 square feet of accessory building area on property zoned RN1 (Residential Neighborhood 1) District, in Section 3, Township 15, Range 24 and located at 19740 Clearview Road.  

Revoking COVID-19 disaster emergency 

Resolution No. 016-23. Revoking the declaration of local disaster emergency for COVID-19 declared on March 13, 2020 and extended by Resolution No. 021-20 and Resolution No. 028-20.  

Rescinding COVID-19 public health recommendations 

Resolution No 017-23. Consider approving Resolution No. 017-23, thereby rescinding Resolution No. 032-21 establishing public health recommendations to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Johnson County, Kansas with direction to the staff to amend Resolution No. 017-23 to include recommendation of No. 1 and No. 7.  

Contract change order for wastewater repair work 

Consider authorizing a contract change order with Infrastructure Solutions, LLC for sewer stream crossing repair work across Indian Creek near 103rd Street and Metcalf Avenue, as part of the Metcalf and 103rd Interceptor Relocation and Capacity Improvements Project (ICM1-Contract 22) in the amount of $222,667, and consider authorizing an engineering addendum for additional construction phase engineering services with Burns & McDonnell in the amount of $204,900, and consider authorizing the Wastewater General Manager to sign the change order and engineering addendum. 

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