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County completes annual Emergency Operations Center exercise
September 27, 2018

More than 100 local government and public safety employees may feel more prepared to handle a disaster today. Multiple jurisdictions and organizations took part in a full-day annual Johnson County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) exercise on Wednesday. After being given a scenario of civil unrest in Johnson County that continued to unfold throughout the day, about 120 people worked together, either in the EOC or off site, and practiced their Emergency Support Functions, or ESFs. 

The annual exercise is the county’s opportunity to test, in partnership with cities, its processes and procedures that would be in place should a disaster or crisis strike.

Examples of functions representatives practice included public safety, mass casualty, logistics, planning, procurement and communications. This is the county’s 4th annual full scale exercise. Each year offers a new opportunity for participants to learn and practice all of their skills in a controlled setting.
Photo courtesy: Trent Pittman

Johnson County Park and Recreation plants sunflower field
September 27, 2018

A sunflower field is adding color and generating a lot of interest this fall in the southeastern corner of Heritage Park

The eight-acre field of the state flower came about after the idea was suggested by a member of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.

“A county commissioner encouraged us to investigate planting to provide a location for a sunflower field in Johnson County so area residents didn’t have to drive elsewhere to enjoy them,” said Superintendent of Parks and Golf Courses Bill Maasen. “We found a farmer who lived nearby who was willing to do it. He had not planted sunflowers before, but investigated it and did a great job.”

The sunflower variety is the kind used for sunflowers as a row crop, and has multiple flowers on each stalk averaging about six to eight inches across. The plants get about four feet tall.

The sunflower field in Heritage Park is located southeast of shelter #7 on Hallet Street within the park. From the intersection of Pflumm and 172nd Street, go east, and 172nd Street will curve north and turn into Hallet. Parking is available at shelter #7, or those going to see the sunflowers can park one car width off the road along Hallet. For the enjoyment of other park patrons, visitors are asked not to cut or harvest the flowers. Those who do so are subject to possible ticketing by the Johnson County Park Police. 

Since this is the first time a field of sunflowers has been planted in a JCPRD park, district officials aren’t sure what to expect.

“It’s a public service and we’ll see if the citizens appreciate this use of Heritage Park,” Maasen said. “We’ll gauge public comments and decide if we want to do this again in the future.”

BOCC recognizes excellence at Johnson County Wastewater
September 26, 2018

Recently, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners recognized a range of awards received by Johnson County Wastewater. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies presented the following awards, which honor the outstanding compliance with national pollutant standards in the county.

For the 2017 calendar year, Johnson County Wastewater received:

  • Four Platinum Awards which honor treatment works that have completed at least five consecutive years of complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance:
    • Platinum 6 Award for six years of 100 percent compliance: Tomahawk Creek and New Century Airport treatment facilities.
    • Platinum 11 Award for 11 years of 100 percent compliance: Mill Creek Regional Treatment Facility.
    • Platinum 12 Award for 12 years of 100 percent compliance: Blue River Main.
  • One Gold Award, which honors treatment works that achieved 100 percent compliance with the NPDES permit went to Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin.
  • One Silver Award, which honors treatment works that had five violations or less of the NPDES permit. The Silver Award winner, Nelson Complex, had one violation for the year.

Susan Pekarek, general manager for JCW, noted that the department has a list of more than 2,000 permit compliance points they must meet each year, so the recognitions for 100 percent compliance and one violation are something of which the staff are very proud. 

Flu vaccine is available ahead of flu season
September 25, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine each year. “Flu season” in the United States begins as early as October and lasts as late as May. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through the community.

Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people) and serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age, but some people are at a higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease), pregnant women and young children.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) now offers the Flublok® Quadrivalent vaccine which contains three times more active ingredients than all other quadrivalent influenza vaccines, making it a good choice for older adults and those with compromised immune systems. In addition to Flublok®, health department clients can request the regular seasonal flu shot for anyone over the age of 6 months or the Fluzone® High-Dose vaccine for adults over age 65. All of these flu vaccines are available at JCDHE’s two walk-in immunizations clinics in Mission (6000 Lamar Ave.) and Olathe (11875 S. Sunset Drive). Flu vaccine is covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans with no copay. Those without insurance will pay $30 for the seasonal flu shot or the Flublok® vaccine and $50 for the Fluzone® High-Dose vaccine. JCDHE accepts private insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Coventry, Cigna and United Healthcare and Medicare Part B. They do not take insurance from Coventry Advantra or Humana Gold Plus. JCDHE is a KanCare provider for all  managed care organizations such as Amerigroup, Sunflower and United Community.

For more information about flu vaccines and JCDHE’s clinic hours or locations, visit the department’s webpage or call 913-826-1261.

New Volunteer Management System makes volunteering easier
September 21, 2018

Three county departments are piloting a new Volunteer Management System (VMS) that makes it easier for residents to find volunteer opportunities in Johnson County Government. Johnson County Library, Human Services and Developmental Supports are the three departments using the system to publish volunteer opportunities and communicate with volunteers. In 2017, these three departments utilized approximately 2,500 volunteers working more than 77,000 hours. 

The new system allows residents to search by department, keyword, or city to find service opportunities that match their passions. Volunteers can create a secure profile account to register for specific volunteer programs or events, browse immediate needs posted by each department, sign up for training, and manage their scheduled volunteer opportunities.

The new Volunteer Management System (VMS) is easily accessible through the county’s website. Residents simply click the picture of one of the departments or the orange Volunteer Information & Services button. At the completion of the pilot, it will be determined if other departments will be added to the program. Until then, residents can still review opportunities for other departments and agencies on jocogov.org. The VMS and other volunteer opportunities are also accessible under the Residents tab from the menu throughout the site. 

Resource Fair and Marketplace set for Oct. 4
September 20, 2018

The Johnson County Community Developmental Disabilities Organization invites the community to attend a Resource Fair and Marketplace for individuals who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families. There will be an opportunity to visit with many community support agencies and learn about resources available in Johnson County. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

For additional information, please contact Sheri Kendall or phone 913-826-2507.