Board of County Commissioners Meeting Recap: Sept. 15, 2022

The Board of County Commissioners met today, Sept. 15, in the Hearing Room at the Johnson County Administration Building.

The Board proclaimed Sept. 15-Oct. 15 Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Board recognized four 2021 Johnson County Leadership in Action Award winners. A video detailing the contributions of the winners was shared. Watch the video.

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 not the official record of the BOCC meeting.

BOCC Action for Sept. 15, 2022

Increased funding for printing and mailing services

The board authorized an increased expenditure authority, in the amount of $60,000, for printing and mailing services with LSC Communications, for a contract total not to exceed $360,000 per Request for Proposal (RFP) 2018-062. The contract term is Oct. 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2023. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Mental Health Fund reserves reallocation

The board adopted Resolution No. 069-22 to amend the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to include the Mental Health Department (MNH) Community Support Services (CSS) Nurse Station Remodel capital project and authorize the reallocation of Mental Health Fund reserves in the amount of $160,000. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Drive-thru Halloween event permit

Approved Resolution No. 068-22. Application No. NW 22-234-CUP (LE) – a request from Don Doleshal, applicant, on behalf of Robert and Tammy Doleshal landowners, for a Conditional Use Permit for a seasonal drive-through Halloween event for Jack’s Hollow at 30450 W 143rd Street, on 29.4 acres and zoned RUR, Rural District. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Employee health insurance contract

Authorized a contract renewal with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) to furnish Group Health and Stop Loss Administration services for the 2023 calendar year with an estimated annual administration cost not to exceed $6,200,000 authorize the 2023 medical and pharmacy drug plan design changes, and the 2023 employee contribution rate structure recommended by the Health Care Fund Management Team (HCFMT). Vote: Passed 7-0.

Johnson County Mental Health Center positions

Authorized the Mental Health Department to add 6.0 FTE positions for the Johnson County Mental Health Chronic Care Clinic and Health Integration Team and authorized the reallocation and expenditure of fund balance (reserves) for FY 2022 in an amount not to exceed $165,000. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Wage and compression funding

Approved a use of General Fund Reserves, (Countywide Support Funds), in an amount not to exceed $1,075,000 to address wage equity and compression issues, resulting from a highly competitive labor market. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Manager’s Memo, County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson

National Hispanic Heritage Month events in Johnson County

Events sponsored by Johnson County Library and Johnson County Museum were shared, along with other events happening in Johnson County related to National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Public Hearing, City of De Soto, Alcove Development, LLC, Industrial Revenue Bonds

The City of DeSoto will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 15, or as soon thereafter as may be heard. The public hearing is regarding proposed issuance by the city of its industrial revenue bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $4 million and in regard to an exemption from ad valorem taxation for property constructed or purchased with the proceeds of such bonds. Read additional details about the public hearing.

Special Public Building Commission

Approved a seventh amendment to the JE Dunn Construction Design/Build contract to move a portion of existing owner’s budgeted contingency dollars in the amount of $245,389, funding design and preconstruction services to build-out, equip and finish the three shelled courtrooms and ancillary support space at the new Johnson County Courthouse. The total amount not to exceed $178,832,199, per Request for Proposal (RFP) 2017-004. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Committee of the Whole

The board, sitting as the Committee of the Whole, heard a presentation from the Johnson County Sheriff regarding public safety compensation.

Items on the Agenda for Sept. 22, 2022

Library agreement

Consider approving and ratifying the Second Addendum to the Property Conveyance Agreement between the Board of Directors of the Johnson County Library (JCL) and the City of Merriam, providing a site for an approximately 15,000 square foot library facility for the Antioch Library Replacement Project.

City of Gardner application

Resolution No. 072-22. Consider City of Gardner Application No. FP-22-08, Final Plat for New Trails North 2nd Plat; located on the southwest corner of 175th Street and New Trails Parkway, Gardner, Kansas; and located within one mile of New Century AirCenter.

City of Overland Park application

Resolution No. 070-22. Consider City of Overland Park Application No. PLT2022-00038, for a Final Plat for 43 single-family residential lots on 16.84 acres, to be known as Century Farms, 5th Plat, located near the southwest corner of 167th Street and Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kansas, and located within one mile of the Johnson County Executive Airport.

CARS program funding

Consider approving the 2023 County Assistance Road System Program expenditures, in an amount not to exceed $17,248,000.

Stormwater Management Program funding

Consider approving the 2023 Stormwater Management Program expenditures, in an amount not to exceed $17,116,000.

2022 Stormwater Management Program Policy updates

Consider approving the 2022 Stormwater Management Program Policy updates.

CHAMPSS program meal contract

Consider authorizing an Exception to Competition with Hy-Vee and IHOP for nutritious meals for eligible persons for the CHAMPSS (Choosing Healthy Appetizing Meal Plan Solutions for Seniors) program in the Aging and Human Services Department for an annual amount not to exceed $600,000 for a period of 12 months with the option to renew for four (4) additional 12-month periods.

Evergreen Living Innovations contract

Consider approving an Early Termination Agreement between the Board of County Commissioners of Johnson County, Kansas, and Evergreen Living Innovations, Incorporated with a payment of $29 million of General Fund Reserves (Countywide Support Funds).

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