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Johnson County employees pledge more than $120,000 for United Way
November 29, 2018

More than 400 Johnson County employees pledged a total of $121,896.98 to United Way’s Centennial Campaign, “Here for Good.” The Board of County Commissioners formally celebrated the success of the campaign this morning and recognized individual departments for highest per capita giving, highest participation and largest increase in giving. The totals surpassed campaign goals for both total raised and total participants.

Cindy Green, chief of staff and assistant to the county manager, and Jeff Stewart, deputy director of Johnson County Park and Recreation District, served as co-chairs of the campaign. The two coordinated ambassadors from each county department to spread the word and plan fundraising events for county employees.

Of the ambassadors, Stewart commented, “This was an incredible group, who created a great energy for the campaign.”

In addition to cash pledges, Johnson County employees also partnered with employees from the City of Olathe to collect 809 winter wearables such as sweaters and hats. The campaign ran from Oct. 4-26.

United Way 2-1-1 is the largest provider of community resource data in Johnson County Government’s My Resource Connection, an online database of community service providers for nine surrounding metropolitan counties.

2018 property tax statements have been mailed
November 28, 2018

This week Johnson County real estate and personal property owners should find their 2018 property tax statement in their mailbox. The first half of taxes are due on or before Thursday, December 20, 2018. More information is available in this news release.

Free Medicare Part D Walk-In Help Day
November 27, 2018

With the Medicare Open Enrollment deadline a little more than a week away, there are people who may still have questions about which options they should choose. Johnson County K-State Research and Extension has set aside 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28 as a time to provide free help to Johnson County residents who need assistance with options for Medicare Advantage (Part C) or the Prescription Drug plan (Part D).

The event is at the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, in Olathe. There is no charge for this free service. No appointment is needed to stop in. First come/first served. The building opens at 8 a.m. A Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage worksheet can be downloaded in advance.

During this event, a Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) volunteer will review your current plan and compare it to others to see if you can save money. They will help you consider the following changes before you decide what to do:

  • Are all your medications covered with your current plan for 2019?
  • Will you see any increase in your cost-shares at the pharmacy?
  • Can you use any pharmacy you want?
  • Do you have any restrictions on your medications, such as quantity limits, step therapy or prior authorization?

This fall during Open Enrollment counseling provided by Extension, someone was able to save $30,000 as a result of the advice received.

Deck the halls for a Country Christmas at Lanesfield School
November 20, 2018

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, you might want to plan to experience a traditional 1904 old-fashioned Christmas! The Lanesfield School Country Christmas is a perfect way to get in the spirit.

All ages will enjoy celebrating a traditional community Christmas with letter writing to Santa, practicing their penmanship using the old-fashioned nib pen and inkwell, and creating their very own ornament as a remembrance. There will even be a gift shop where old-fashioned treasures for Christmas stockings may be purchased.

This free event is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 24, 30 and Fridays in Saturdays throughout December. Saturday, Dec. 8 will be a special day as a Christmas concert in the schoolhouse will be performed by the Edgerton Rainbow Connection Children’s Choir. The performance will begin at 1:30 pm, followed by a visit from Santa, crafts, and free refreshments. Be sure to bring your camera!

Operated by Johnson County Museum, the Lanesfield Historic Site, 18745 S. Dillie Rd., Edgerton, features a one-room limestone schoolhouse, the last remaining structure in the bygone town of Lanesfield. The schoolhouse has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988.

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

For more information about the holiday program, or to register a group of ten or more, contact the museum at 913-715-2570.

Board of Canvassers approves official election results
November 19, 2018

The 2018 Fall General Election results were finalized Thursday, Nov. 15, by the Johnson County Board of Canvassers after the addition of more than 5,600 provisional ballots that had been approved by the board on Wednesday.

Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker said the November elections set three records:

  • Most registered voters at 419,403.
  • Most ballots cast in a gubernatorial election at 272,231.
  • Highest voter turnout in a gubernatorial election at 65 percent.

The voting in the county on Nov. 6 occurred in national mid-term elections that found gubernatorial elections in 36 states, including Kansas. The 2016 presidential elections, with 298,000 voters casting ballots, had a 73 percent voter turnout.

“This election was much like a presidential election,” Metsker said.

The voter turnout in the 2014 gubernatorial elections was 51 percent with 194,052 ballots being cast, including 62,098 ballots by advance voting or 32 percent of the total count.

Advance voting remained popular in the 2018 elections with 145,042 voters using that option, representing 53 percent of the total votes. Advance voting in the 2016 elections totaled 180,657 ballots, making up 61 percent of the total votes.

On Thursday, the Board of Canvassers received a final report, totaling 30 pages, detailing the official final results for review and certification.

The elections on Nov. 6 ended with close races in the 14th District, 25th District and 48th District in the Kansas House of Representatives along with the 4th District for the Johnson County Board of Commissioners (BOCC). The frontrunners in all four elections were declared winners following the canvass in the official final results

The swearing in ceremonies of state lawmakers, both new and re-elected incumbents, will occur Jan. 14, 2019, with the convening of the Kansas Legislature at the Capitol Building in Topeka.

Two new members, both women, in the 1st and 4th Districts along with two re-elected members in the 5th District and at-large chairmanship of the BOCC will also take the oath of office on Jan. 14 at ceremonies in the board’s hearing room in the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry St., downtown Olathe.

Determining the winners of four other races was more unique. One election involved the selection of the Gardner Township Clerk. The winner won by write-in voting.

Coin tosses were used to pick the clerks in Lexington Township with a six-way tie and in Olathe and Spring Hill Townships, each with two-way ties.

Six members of the Board of Canvassers served as proxies for nine of the township clerk candidates who were not present Thursday with Ed Eilert, chairman of the BOCC, tossing the coin and Metsker making heads or tails out of the flip. Only one candidate, Christine Nattrass vying for Spring Hill Township Clerk, attended the meeting and picked her side of the coin toss. She won.

Metsker cited a few other points of interest from the November elections that involved 502 precincts in 195 buildings, mostly churches, parishes, synagogues, and community centers, and the use of 1,950 new touch-screen voting machines that feature the voter-verifiable paper ballot. Voters at the polling sites were assisted by 1,750 election workers. More than 200 other workers also helped in the election process, including the election office staff of 17 employees.

“More than 2,000 Johnson Countians teamed up together to make this election happen,” he said.

The canvass, that began Wednesday, Nov. 14, involved the counting of 4,380 provisional ballots along with 1,248 partially counted provisional ballots for a total of 5,628 provisional ballots.

Seven main reasons were cited for voters casting provisional ballots, including almost half from voters having either moved or changed their name. Another reason, representing more than a third of the provisional ballots, involved registered voters who had requested an advance ballot, but did not return it, opting to vote provisional at the polls after completing a voter registration application.

Main reasons for partial ballots were voters being in the wrong polling place and voters being at the right polling site but with the wrong ballot.

The Board of Canvassers voted not to count 1,712 ballots for 13 various reasons, including ballots cast by unregistered voters, ballots by voters not providing a photo ID as required by state law and ballots that were postmarked after Election Day.

The Board of Canvassers was comprised of six members of the BOCC along with a director of a county department.

The 2018 mid-term election totals, including ballots reviewed in the canvassing process, were presented to the Board of Canvassers Thursday, Nov. 15, for certification. The board approved the report by unanimous vote.

The official final results of the Fall General Election on Nov. 6 are accessible on the election office’s website at jocoelection.org.

Robert Sullivan joins task force to examine pretrial detention practices
November 15, 2018

Robert Sullivan, director of the Department of Corrections, has been tapped by the Kansas Supreme Court to serve on an ad hoc task force that will examine pretrial detention practices in Kansas district courts and report its findings and recommendations to the court within 18 months.
The 15-member task force was created by a Nov. 7 Supreme Court order signed by Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. Its membership includes judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors and court services and community corrections officers. Sullivan is the only representative from Johnson County. The first meeting will convene Dec. 13 and 14 in Topeka. 
The task force is charged with examining current pretrial detention practices for criminal defendants in Kansas district courts, as well as alternatives to pretrial detention used to ensure public safety and encourage an accused to appear for court proceedings.

The task force will also compare Kansas practices to effective pretrial detention practices and detention alternatives identified by other courts. This comparison could be used to develop best practices for Kansas district courts.

Further information is available in this press release.