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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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Advance voting by mail underway
October 17, 2018

Advance voting by mail for the 2018 general election began Oct. 17 in Johnson County.

The deadline to apply for an advance voting by mail ballot is Oct. 30.

Ballots may be returned to any advance voting location, to Election Day polling sites during voting hours or to the Election Office by 7 p.m., Nov. 6.

Advance voting in person begins Oct. 22 and ends Nov. 3 at six locations:

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.
  • Hilltop Conference Center, 7700 West 143rd St., Overland Park.
  • Johnson County Northeast Offices, 6000 Lamar Ave., Mission.
  • Johnson County Sunset Office Building, 11811 Sunset Drive, Olathe.
  • Okun Fieldhouse, 20200 Johnson Drive, Shawnee.
  • Johnson County Election Office, 2101 East Kansas City Road, Olathe.

Advance voting hours vary by location and by date, so check the Election Office website before heading to the polls.

The last day for advance voting in person at the Election Office is Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Voting polls on Election Day, Nov. 6, open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

WIC Community Garden yields bumper crop
October 17, 2018

Volunteers in Johnson County’s WIC Community Garden have harvested a total in excess of 4,000 pounds; that is two TONS.

The yield this year surpassed that of every other. The plentiful harvest of tomatoes, peppers, onions, potatoes, cucumbers, spinach, lettuce, carrots, radish, squash/zucchini, green beans and sweet potatoes is all donated to clients of the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program. The Johnson County WIC program has 5,500 participants. Since starting the garden, between 600 and 800 WIC families have taken advantage of the produce harvested.

The work is done by volunteers, including county employees, community members, students and WIC clients. Each year around 150-200 volunteers, including youth, contribute to the effort.

The WIC Community Garden was first planted six years ago by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. Johnson County Government is committed to improving the health of all Johnson County residents by increasing access to healthy foods in the community. The WIC Community Garden educates, empowers and feeds the clients in the Kansas WIC program.

The harvest which tipped the scales was completed on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The garden is located at 11875 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe (north side of the Health Services Building). WIC clients are able to collect produce either at the garden or the WIC Office which is located on that site as well.

Deputy, community partner receive accessibility awards
October 12, 2018

Sheriff’s Deputy Dylan Hurt and Havencroft Elementary Kindergarten Teachers Abby Clinton, Chelsea Grammer and Noelle Silva were recognized on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the City of Olathe’s 15th Annual Community Awards Dinner.

Deputy Hurt, pictured above, was recognized with the Accessible Community Award for his work with the Take Me Home program. Any child or adult who may have difficulty communicating due to a developmental or cognitive disability when lost or in an emergency situation may enroll in this free program. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office maintains this database, including the individual’s name, picture, disability information, physical description and emergency contact information. This information allows a police officer to best assist these individuals if they are found lost or reported missing. The Take Me Home program also provides window clings for homes and automobiles that notify law enforcement personnel that there may be someone inside unable to respond to verbal commands.

Teachers Clinton, Grammer and Silva were also recognized with an Accessible Community Award. These three teachers have partnered with Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS), which supports members of community with intellectual or developmental disabilities, to offer “Fun Fridays” once a month in their classrooms. This interactive event welcomes clients of JCDS into the kindergarten classrooms, providing the opportunity for these clients to interact with the students at stations doing crafts and other activities. This partnership helps the kindergarten students grow up free of stigma-driven stereotypes about people with disabilities.

Several other individuals and organizations were also recognized at this City of Olathe event, sponsored by the Olathe Human Relations Commission and the Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board. As the Olathe Community Awards website explains: “The awards are designed to celebrate businesses, civic organizations and individuals who have made…significant contributions to enhance human rights, equality, cultural diversity and the pursuit of disability of inclusiveness.”

Johnson County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson was the keynote speaker for the celebration. Postoak Ferguson shared her experience raising a daughter with Down Syndrome and the challenges and joys that have come along with that experience. She encouraged the audience to be kind, creative and patient when working with individuals with disabilities. Through surrounding one’s self with people who are different, one finds his or her life greatly enriched.

Just Imagine a Day Without Water
October 9, 2018

Imagine: Could you go a day without water? No water to drink or make coffee. No water to shower, flush the toilet or do laundry. Firefighters couldn't put out their fires and farmers couldn't water their crops.

The Value of Water Coalition hosts Oct. 10 as Imagine a Day Without Water, a national effort to educate and inspire people about the value of water, our most precious resource.

Clearly - water is essential and an invaluable resource.

“An investment in our drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems is essential to our national health, safety, environment and economic prosperity,” said Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.

If you think of it this way, there is a finite amount of water. It falls from the sky, flows in oceans, creeks, streams and rivers, or is being used in our homes and businesses. All three, wastewater, stormwater and providers of drinking water, play an essential role in the critical job of protecting the quality of our water.

"Investment in water must be a top priority in order to ensure clean, safe water," said Chairman Ed Eilert.

Be sure to visit JCW’s homepage to view the video, Johnson County Wastewater – What We Do.

If you wish to learn more, try your hand at these trivia questions. No peeking at the answers!

International Walk to School Day enjoys a local celebration
October 8, 2018

Trailwood Elementary students will join more than 250,000 children across the United States on Oct. 10 to participate in the annual International Walk to School Day event. Walk to School Day raises awareness about pedestrian safety, encourages adults to create safe environments, and boosts the amount of physical activity children incorporate into their day. 

Wednesday’s celebration at Trailwood Elementary, 5101 W. 95th St., Overland Park, Kan., is timely because the cities where Trailwood families live—Overland Park and Prairie Village—recently partnered to create a safer pedestrian environment. The cities restriped the crosswalk at 95th Street and Roe Avenue, installed a school zone to slow traffic and hired a crossing guard at this busy intersection. More than 100 school children must navigate the intersection to walk or bike to school.

Parent advocates joined school staff, district personnel and staff from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s LiveWell and SafeKids initiatives to ask for these improvements. 

In October of every year, millions of children from countries around the world participate in Safe Kids Walk This Way events for International Walk to School Day. The events raise community and global awareness about walking safety and promote healthy behavior.

Since 1999, Safe Kids Walk This Way and FedEx have teamed up to celebrate International Walk to School Day. More than 8.2 million students around the world have joined with nearly 16,000 FedEx volunteers in 10,000 schools for International Walk to School Day – Walk This Way’s largest and most widespread activity.

 

Library wraps up bedbug treatment, reopens branch Oct. 9
October 5, 2018

Johnson County Library (JCL) is set to reopen the Shawnee branch at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9 as comprehensive treatment and cleaning for bedbugs wraps up.

Treatments at the Shawnee branch have been extensive, including:

  • Fumigation for eradication.
  • Sealing, baking and/or removing infested materials.
  • Item, shelf and building deep cleaning prior to reopening.
  • Branch staff refresher training.

JCL staff have handled, inspected or and/or cleaned more than 12,000 items at the branch over the past week. All potentially-affected books at the branch have been baked in portable ovens, heating items to 120 degrees F for 60 to 90 minutes. Potentially-affected furniture has been baked as well in a large-format oven-tent built in the branch for this purpose.

Other branches are being inspected and cleared by pest control specialistis, including bedbug sniffing dogs. No further infestation has been discovered at any other branch at this time.

FAQs

Q. What happened?
A. Bedbugs were discovered at the library's Shawnee branch. Unfortunately, bedbugs are a national problem, and they aren’t going away. This is an issue for public places that serve lots of people. It’s not a hygiene issue, it’s an environmental issue. Libraries have been aware of this for some time, and there are standards and best practices recommended by the library's national professional organization. Johnson County Library has policies and procedures in place and has conducted staff trainings in order to be prepared to mitigate the issue.

Q. What should I do with materials checked out from the Shawnee branch?
A. Place any materials that possibly came from the Shawnee branch in a sealable plastic bag and return to any Johnson County Library location.

Q. How do I pick up my holds at the Shawnee branch and are they safe?
A. Holds can be picked up at the Shawnee branch when it is reopened or call 913-826-4600 to change your hold pick up to another location. Items picked up at the Shawnee branch will part of the baking process to remove bedbugs. If holds are changed to a different location, the materials will come from another branch and are not transferred from the Shawnee branch. During the closure, patrons will not incur fines on materials checked out from Shawnee.

Q. Does this impact the Olathe Public Library?
A. The Olathe Public Library has been contacted and is taking the necessary precautions. 

Q. What can I do to check if bedbugs are in my residence?
A. Information about bedbugs can be found on the K-State Research and Extension website.

 

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