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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Winter park hours effective Nov. 1
October 27, 2016

Johnson County Park and Recreation will have winter hours that go into effect Tuesday, Nov. 1.

JCPRD visitors services hours for Saturdays, Sundays and holidays will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Nov. 1 through March 31.

The winter hours for park facilities begin Nov. 1 and last until Feb. 28. A list of each park and its winter hours is available online.

Public safety sales tax is on the General Election ballot
October 26, 2016

On the General Election ballot, there is a 1/4-cent, 10-year public safety sales tax question to fund a proposed new Johnson County Courthouse and coroner facility. It is the last item on the ballot. Here are some ways you can learn more about the proposed sales tax:

Tour the courthouse: There's one more opportunity to tour the county courthouse, 5 or 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Please RSVP at 913-715-3300 and call 913-715-0725 at least 48 hours in advance if you require special accommodations. The courthouse is located at 100 N. Kansas Avenue in Olathe.

Visit JoCoPublicSafety.org: Read all about the public safety sales tax, including answers to frequently asked questions.

Read JoCo Magazine: You recently received the Fall 2016 issue of JoCo Magazine, a special issue dedicated entirely to public safety, in your mailbox. Or you can read the issue on the county's website at jocogov.org/jocomag.

Watch television interviews:

  • Board Chairman Ed Eilert and District Attorney Steve Howe discussed the public safety sales tax on KCPT's Ruckus program on Oct. 13.
  • Board Chairman Ed Eilert will discuss the ballot initiative on KCPT's Kansas City Week in Review Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Watch the episode live on channel 19.1 HD or on KCPT's website after it airs.
Johnson County to host 30th annual Veterans Day observance
October 25, 2016

Plans are underway for the 2016 Johnson County Veterans Day observance, recognizing local veterans from all wars, including a groundbreaking ceremony for a monument honoring local Gold Star families of fallen soldiers.

The Veterans Day event will take place on Friday, Nov. 11, at Olathe’s Veterans Memorial Park at Harrison St. and Dennis Ave. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. saluting veterans from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. The celebration marks Johnson County’s 30th anniversary of sponsoring an annual Veterans Day observance.

The observance traditionally starts on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month. That means 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Memorial Park.

Featured speaker for the program will be Colonel Peter Jaramillo, state chaplain for the Kansas Army National Guard and a Catholic priest. He has lost soldiers in his unit while deployed and plans to talk about the sacrifices a family makes and the grief that they go through on losing a loved one. Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, will emcee the ceremony.

Debbie Austin, president of the Gold Star Mothers Chapter, will also speak. Her son, Army Private First Class Shane Austin, of Edgerton, was killed in action in 2006 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Gold Star families and members of the Northeast Kansas Gold Star Mothers Chapter have been invited as special guests. A Gold Star family is one with an immediate relative who was killed during active duty in the U.S. armed forces.    

The 2016 program will feature: patriotic music by the Olathe Northwest High School band; special songs by the Central Elementary School choir in Olathe and Southside Singers from Olathe South High School; presentation of colors; placement of memorial wreaths by local veteran organizations; playing of “Echo Taps” and bagpipe music; and rifle salute.

Donate today to our winter wearables drive
October 24, 2016

Bins are in most county buildings for employees and members of the public to donate coats and other winter wearable items. This is another opportunity for you to live local/give local, as part of our United Way campaign for 2016. The county is partnering with the city of Olathe in this effort, and all donations are tax deductible. Contact the county manager's office for more information.

RideKC offers free bus routes on Election Day
October 21, 2016

RideKC routes will offer free fares all day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to make it easier for citizens to vote in the General Election.

Fares on Election Day on all RideKC bus routes serving Kansas City, Johnson County, Wyandotte County and Independence will be free. KCATA paratransit will also be free to ride.

Kansas City, Missouri, Major Sly James will join Johnson County Commissioner Steve Klika and KCATA CEO Robbie Makinen at a media event on Oct. 24 to announce the free fares on Election Day.

Johnson County voters can access election resources at jocoelection.org.

Customers are asked to plan their Election Day travel early. For help planning your trip, call 816-221-0660 and be ready to provide the starting address and address of your polling place. Customers can also plan a trip with Google Transit, available at RideKC.org. The Regional Transit Call Center is also open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Johnson County advance voting begins Monday, Oct. 24
October 20, 2016

Beginning Monday, Oct. 24, registered voters in Johnson County can advance vote by mail or in person at one of six county polling locations.

Registered voters can advance vote in person at one of six sites:

  • Hilltop Campus — Blue Valley, 7700 W. 143rd St., Overland Park;
  • Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park;
  • Johnson County Election Office, 2101 E. Kansas City Rd., Olathe;
  • Johnson County Northeast Offices, 6000 Lamar, Mission;
  • Johnson County Sunset Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe;
  • Okun Fieldhouse, 20200 Johnson Dr., Shawnee.

Advance voting runs Oct. 24 to Nov. 7 in Johnson County, but advance voting on Monday, Nov. 7, will only be available at the Johnson County Election Office.

To advance vote by mail, visit jocoelection.org to complete an application for an advance voting ballot by mail and fax or mail to the election office. Applications are available at the election office and county libraries, and completed forms must be received by the election office before 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to the election. Your ballot must be returned by mail or hand-delivered to the election office before 7 p.m. Nov. 8 to be counted. Advance voting ballots will not be accepted at polling locations on Election Day.

Learn more about advance voting at jocoelection.org or 913-715-6800.