Board of County Commissioners Meeting Recap: Nov. 16, 2023

The Board of County Commissioners met on Thursday, Nov. 16 in the Hearing Room at the Johnson County Administration Building.

The Board presented a proclamation for National Injury Prevention Day. This is an opportunity for hospitals, local agencies and community organizations to come together in a joint effort to reduce injuries by creating a safe environment for our children and focusing on childhood injury prevention.

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 Nov. 16, 2023

Request to allow building addition on existing warehouse

Approved a request from Renaissance Infrastructure Consulting, applicant, Steel and Pipe Supply Co., Inc., lessee, and Johnson County Airport Commission, landowner, for a final development plan to allow a building addition to an existing warehouse and distribution facility, on 21.9 acres, on property zoned PEC3, Planned Light Industrial Park District, located at 401 New Century Parkway, New Century AirCenter. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Amending Fire District #1 budget

Amended the FY 2023 Budget for Fire District # 1 increasing appropriations in General Fund by $846,477 to the amount of $9,225,374. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Hearing on bond issue for industrial facility

(Continued from 11/2/23 with the Public Hearing Held Open) Held a public hearing and adopted a resolution of intent relating to the issuance of not to exceed $114,390,000 of industrial revenue bonds and granting a 10-year abatement from ad valorem real estate taxes for an industrial facility financed by such bonds at New Century AirCenter business park for the benefit of 27302 W. 159th St., LLC, or its successors and assigns.

A substitute motion was made to remand this item back to the Johnson County Airport Commission. Vote: Failed 5-2.

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

The BOCC then voted on the original motion. Vote: Passed 5-2.

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

Site services for new air traffic control tower

Authorized No. 1a. for Site Selection Services for a new air traffic control tower at New Century AirCenter, per the term-and-supply contract with Burns and McDonnell for the siting, design, bidding and construction services for a new control tower at the New Century AirCenter, in an amount not to exceed $218,178.70. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Maintenance fees for software

Authorized annual maintenance fees with Hyland Software LLC, for Perceptive Content Software, at a cost not to exceed $103,912 per State of Kansas contract 47946. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Contract for reporting tool

Authorized a contract with Insight Public Sector, in the amount of $112,522.29, for SplashBI reporting tool for a 3-year term, per State of Kansas Contract 53180. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Contract for municipal advisory services

Authorized a contract with Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors, LLC for municipal advisory services in an amount not to exceed $200,000 for a 1-year term with the option to renew annually for up to four additional 1-year terms. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Setting BOCC’s official 2024 meeting calendar

Set an official meeting calendar for the Board of County Commissioners for 2024. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Authorizing compensation for Nov. 2023 election recounts

(Added item to Agenda) Authorized additional compensation for qualified county employees reassigned as election workers for a recount of one or more election races, and for qualified non-employees for a recount of one or more election races and authorizing the reallocation and expenditure of fund balances (reserves) from the General Fund for Elections in an amount to be approved by the County Manager. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Manager’s Memo, County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson

Remarkably Resilient Together Community Campaign

TeamTech, LLC and Johnson County Mental Health Center have joined forces to launch the “Remarkably Resilient Together” community campaign. This initiative aims to raise awareness about trauma, healing, and resilience. The campaign employs practices such as journaling and self-reflection to offer strategies for emotional regulation and regular self-care. Initially, the campaign will provide materials and offer training opportunities with Harnish McKune to employees and clients of Johnson County Mental Health. Community members can also access the materials by making a donation to Friends of Johnson County Mental Health Center. Find additional information about the initiative.

JoCo Academy Fall 2023 Graduation

This past Monday evening was the 11th weekly session of the 2023 Fall JoCo Academy, which included the graduation of 26 members. The Academy involved the participation of over 50 staff members throughout 30 presentations and six guided tours, which included the Emergency Operations Center, Juvenile Detention Center, New Century Adult Detention Center, Medical Examiner’s Facility, County Communications Center, and the Tomahawk Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Johnson County Celebrates its Veterans and Families

Hundreds of veterans and their families attended the 2023 Veterans Day event on Friday, Nov. 10 at the Kansas Army National Guard in Lenexa. Chairman Mike Kelly was the event’s Master of Ceremonies and Kansas Army National Guard Brigadier General Anthony Mohatt served as the featured speaker. Patriotic music was provided by the Olathe Northwest High School Raven Pride Marching Band and the Mill Creek Elementary School Choir. The event included annual favorites such as the Presentation of Wreaths and the “Armed Forces Salute.” You can see a video recap from the event and learn more at

City of De Soto – Expansion of Sunflower TIF (Notice of Public Hearing)

The City of De Soto will be conducting a public hearing on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. to consider expanding the boundaries of the Sunflower Tax Increment Financing District. A map of the TIF expansion area is attached at Exhibit A; further, Exhibit B will display the entire TIF District.

Other Reports

The Audit Services team presented a Performance Audit on the Aging and Human Services Department. View the full report and the PowerPoint presentation.

Committee of the Whole for Nov. 16, 2023

The BOCC held a Committee of the Whole to receive an update on Johnson County Wastewater’s Nelson Wastewater Treatment Facility project. Find more information.

The BOCC did not hold an Agenda Review because the Board will not meet on November 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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