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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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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.

 

Safeguarding the nation's critical infrastructure
October 5, 2018

As a National Cyber Security Awareness Champion, Johnson County Government's Department of Technology and Innovation will host a one day Cyber Security Forum aimed at helping organizations safeguard the critical infrastructure.
Aligning with the Department of Homeland Security's Message, a collaborative effort:

  • Strengthen the nation's cyber security ecosystem.
  • Tackle the challenge of cyber security, a cross-cutting, cross-sector challenge.
  • Increase and strengthen the cyber security workforce across all sectors.
  • Secure critical infrastructure from cyber threats.

This is a free event - open to both public and private organizations within the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 at 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe. Registration is online.

 

Voter registration deadline nears; election workers are needed
October 3, 2018

The deadline for voter registration in Johnson County for the Nov. 6 General Election is Tuesday, Oct. 16.

To register to vote in Kansas, an individual must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the state of Kansas and be 18 years old before Nov. 6. A new voter registration application should be completed if residents change their name or address. Voter Lookup allows voters to see if they are registered to vote.

Residents may register to vote in person at any city hall or the Johnson County Election Office, 2101 Kansas City Road, Olathe. They may also register or change their registration information online with a valid Kansas driver’s license or a nondriver’s identification card. Online Voter Registration is provided through the statewide voter registration system, requiring a valid Kansas ID. 

Advance voting by mail in Johnson County begins Oct. 17. The deadline to apply for an advance voting by mail ballot is Oct. 30. Ballots may be returned to any advance voting location or 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.

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.

More election workers also are needed by the Election Office to serve voters during the Nov. 6 General Election. Workers must be registered to vote at their current address in Johnson County and be available from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6. They also must complete election worker training with sessions occurring between Oct. 20 and Oct. 30 at multiple times, including evening and weekend options.

Election workers are paid a stipend of $110 for Election Day, $25 for attending classroom training and $25 for hands-on training with the voting equipment.

Application to become an election worker, more information about the upcoming elections and a sample ballot is accessible on the Election Office website at jocoelection.org.

 

County tops list of best Olathe companies to work for
October 1, 2018

Johnson County Government is the best place to work in Olathe, according to new rankings from career website, Zippia.

The listing ranks the top 20 companies to work for in the city based on employee salary, financial health and diversity. Zippia then averages those scores and cross references them with comments received from actual employees in online reviews. Those scores are then converted to a five-star rating system. Johnson County scored 4.6 out of 5 stars, earning it the top spot.

A career with Johnson County Government is more than just a job, it is an opportunity to serve fellow residents across our community. Job searchers can view current job openings online. Employees noted work-life balance and benefits as top perks of working for the county in the online rankings.

Grand opening set for inclusive playground in Stilwell
September 28, 2018

Join the Johnson County Park & Recreation District for the grand opening of the inclusive playground at Stilwell Community Park.

The celebration is at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Stilwell Community Park is located at West 207th Street and Metcalf Avenue. The address is 6402 W. 207th St., Bucyrus.

Enjoy free lunch and giveaways while supplies last.

Sometimes called universal playgrounds, inclusive playgrounds enable everyone to play together without physical or social barriers.

Features include:

  • A recessed merry-go-round that can accommodate a wheelchair.
  • Sloped areas with climbing elements.
  • Musical instruments.
  • Swings.
  • Shade structure with a mister element.
  • Double-wide slide.
  • Rolling slide tables. 
  • Fully accessible restroom and picnic shelter.

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