Board of County Commissioners Meeting Recap: Sept. 22, 2022

The Board of County Commissioners met on Sept. 22 in the Hearing Room at the Johnson County Administration Building.

The Board proclaimed Sept. 25 as Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day.

The Board recognized the retirement of Larry McAulay with the county’s Legal Department. Larry worked for Johnson County Government for 23 years.

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. 22, 2022

In two separate unanimous votes, the Sheriff’s Office compensation plan was officially added to the agenda and continued to the Sept. 29 Business Session. Last week, the Committee of the Whole made a recommendation to the commission to consider the item this week. Deputy County Manager Maury Thompson said additional work needs to be done before bringing an action before the board for consideration.

Library agreement

Approved and ratified 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. Vote: Passed 7-0.

City of Gardner application

Approved the 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. Vote: Passed 7-0.

City of Overland Park application

Approved 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. Vote: Passed 7-0.

CARS program funding

Approved the 2023 County Assistance Road System Program expenditures, in an amount not to exceed $17,248,000. Vote: Passed 7-0.

Stormwater Management Program funding

Approved the 2023 Stormwater Management Program expenditures, in an amount not to exceed $17,116,000. Vote: Passed 7-0.

2022 Stormwater Management Program Policy updates

Approved the 2022 Stormwater Management Program Policy updates. Vote: Passed 7-0.

CHAMPSS program meal contract

Authorized 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 additional 12-month periods. Vote: Passed 7-0.

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). Vote to continue this item to the Sept. 29 Business Session: Passed 7-0.

County Manager’s contract

Approved a 2% market adjustment and an additional 4% merit increase for the County Manager effective with the first payroll period of 2023, authorized the Chairman to approve and execute an amendment to the employment agreement with the County Manager of such salary increase, placing the County Manager in an unclassified salary range, and authorized payment for a performance bonus. Vote: Passed 4-3.

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

Manager’s Memo, County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson

NotifyJoCo Success Story

NotifyJoCo is a mass notification system designed to keep Johnson County residents, businesses, people who work in or visit the county and others informed of emergencies in Johnson County, including weather warnings, water main breaks, public safety alerts and natural disasters. One example of the importance of this tool occurred at the end of August, when at 2 am the Sheriff’s Office received word of a missing juvenile. Fifteen minutes later the Sheriff’s Office sent a NotifyJoCo alert to 6,513 contacts in the area in which the juvenile went missing. By 2:26 am, a resident who had seen the juvenile when they were walking their dog called dispatch due to the notification. Based on the information provided by the resident, dispatch coordinated a response with local PD, and they were able to reunite the juvenile with their family.

Black & Veatch Maker Space Partnership with MED-ACT

The Black and Veatch Maker Space at Johnson County Library recently launched an important new partnership with Johnson County MED-ACT. The Maker Space is producing 3D-printed anatomical models for training emergency medical providers in life-saving techniques. Find additional information on this partnership

County Economic Research Institute (CERI) Indicators – September 2022 Edition

The September 2022 edition of the Economic Indicators for Johnson County has been provided by CERI. The unemployment rate for July 2022 is 2.9%, compared to 3.8% in July of 2021, a 0.90% decrease. The average unemployment rate for July the previous 5 years is 4%. The number of single-family homes sold in July 2022 was 1,028, compared to 1,208 in July 2021, a 15% decrease. More information is available in this memo and this report.

Items on the Agenda for Sept. 29, 2022

Authorizing a contract district financing agreement and funds for sewers

Conduct a public hearing and consider creating Contract District No. 1 of Blue River No. 28, authorizing funds to provide sewers in an amount not to exceed $4,400,000 and consider authorizing a contract district financing agreement with Pflumm 175 Investors, LLC.

Contract for ambulance and EMS medical billing/collection services

Consider authorizing a contract with EMS Management & Consultants (EMS|MC), for ambulance and EMS medical billing and collection services, at a cost not to exceed $600,000 for a period of 12 months with the option to renew for two additional 12 month periods.

Contract for concrete disposal/removal on former Kuhlman Diecasting property

Consider authorizing a change order to the construction contract with Doubled D, Inc. dba Dale Brothers in an amount not to exceed $221,507.90 to remove and dispose of concrete associated with the razing of the existing structure(s) and hazardous material abatement on the Kuhlman Diecasting property near 164th and Mission Road, and thereby increasing the total construction contract amount in an amount not to exceed $677,707.90.

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