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County Manager's Office

Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., 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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Free income tax assistance will soon be available
February 5, 2019

It's income tax time! Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is again partnering with El Centro and NextStepKC to host the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at the Sunset Drive Office Building.

All VITA site volunteer staff is trained and certified to complete federal income tax returns, as well as returns from any state. Taxpayers are assisted on a first come-first served basis, no appointment is needed.

Assistance in completing the 2018 federal and state returns beginning Feb. 6; assistance on past years’ returns will be available after April 15.

The following video was edited by Project SEARCH intern Isaac who is currently working in the county's Public Information Office. Take a look at what you can expect when you walk through the door for VITA.

You may also visit the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension website for all of the important details!

Tunnel construction on Santa Fe in Olathe to impact traffic
February 4, 2019

Travelers will be taking “the scenic route” for about eight weeks, beginning Feb. 11, during a tunnel construction project under Santa Fe in downtown Olathe.

Currently, an underground tunnel runs from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Central Booking Facility (101 N. Kansas Avenue) to the Johnson County Courthouse (100 N. Kansas Avenue). This project will create a branch off the existing tunnel leading to the new courthouse, currently under construction on the northeast corner of Santa Fe and Kansas Avenue. The tunnel is used to securely transport inmates.

The impacted area will be on Santa Fe between Chestnut Street and Kansas Avenue. Barricades will close sections of Santa Fe to through traffic at the following locations:

  1. In the westbound lane just west of Chestnut Street.
  2. In both lanes of traffic just west of Cherry Street.
  3. In both lanes of traffic just east of Kansas Avenue.

Detours in the area will route eastbound traffic on Santa Fe south on Kansas Avenue, east on Loula Street and north on Chestnut Street back to Santa Fe. The detour route for westbound traffic on Santa Fe will take drivers south on Chestnut Street, west on Loula Street and north on Kansas Avenue back to Sante Fe.

The following traffic will be impacted: (see map)

  • Vehicles traveling northbound or southbound on Chestnut Street cannot head west on
    Santa Fe.
  • Vehicles traveling westbound on Santa Fe past Water Street will have to detour north or south on Chestnut Street.
  • Vehicles traveling eastbound on Santa Fe past Walnut Street will have to detour north or south on Kansas Avenue.
  • Vehicles traveling northbound or southbound on Kansas Avenue cannot head east on Santa Fe.
  • Vehicles traveling north on Cherry Street past Park Street will have to go east on Santa Fe.

Road closure signs will be posted on Feb. 4. Barricades will go up on Feb. 11 to close the streets and work will begin on Feb. 12 (weather permitting.) The project should be complete and roads should be back open on April 18.To stay up-to-date on this project please visit jocogov.org/courthousetunnel.

BOCC approves two new Mental Health Co-Responders
January 31, 2019

The Mental Health Center will provide a second co-responder to Lenexa and a dedicated co-responder to service Prairie Village, Leawood and Mission Hills.

The co-responder position is embedded within the police department and operates directly from that location. This program allows Johnson County Mental Health to provide immediate assistance to individuals in need during emergency calls, provides an alternative to the officer taking the person to the county jail or to the emergency room, as well as following up on calls that happen when they are not in service in effort to connect those citizens with needed resources.

More information is in this news release.

Homework help is a Johnson County Library service
January 30, 2019

Education is a family affair and Johnson County Library has the tools to succeed.

In-person resources are a classic library service. The very popular Homework Help program provides one-on-one help for students at no charge. Coaches provide help for your student in finding resources to complete assignments such as book reports and science projects. They tackle vocabulary, spelling, reading and writing skills, as well as math and social studies.

The program is offered at the Central Resource Library, Monday through Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m. during the school years. Visit the jocolibrary.org for more information.

Storm spotter training set for Feb. 4
January 30, 2019

Are you dreaming of warmer weather in these frigid temperatures? Johnson County Emergency Management invites the public to attend the 2019 National Weather Service/Johnson County Storm Spotter Training on Monday, Feb. 4.

The storm spotter training will run 7 to 9 p.m. at MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Bell Center, 2020 E. College Way in Olathe. Attendees will learn about severe weather, including tornadoes, and they’ll learn how to help report weather hazards to emergency managers. Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Kansas City will be on hand to discuss severe storms, how they form and how you can prepare for severe weather season.

This training is free and open to the public.

 

Community braces for frigid temperatures
January 29, 2019

With extreme temperatures in the forecast for this week, Johnson County departments and agencies are raising awareness of resources and information to combat the cold.

All braches of the Johnson County Library are designated warming centers for anyone in need of shelter from the elements. In addition to staying out of the cold, residents can read books or magazines, or use one of the computers. Each branch serves as a warming space during normal business hours.

“It’s, of course, critically important to dress warmly,” says Department of Health and Environment Director Lougene Marsh.

With these low temperatures, both frostbite and hypothermia are risks. Warnings signs of hypothermia are shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. Seek medical attention quickly if you have these symptoms. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes.

Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures. Hypothermia and frostbite often do go hand in hand, but they do not always happen together. Residents should seek medical attention immediately if either of these are suspected.

Frozen water pipes are another concern for these low temperatures. Weather scientists advise taking precaution whenever the temperature is around 20 degrees or below. Disconnecting hoses or outdoor faucets, setting the thermostat at 65 degrees or above, keeping the garage door closed, and opening cabinet doors under sinks are all ways to help prevent frozen pipes. Residents can visit WaterOne’s tutorial on frozen pipe prevention for more detailed information.

Automobiles are also included on the list of everyday items impacted by extreme cold. Making sure to have antifreeze in the radiator and at least half a tank of gas are two ways to help prevent damage to vehicles. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office regularly reminds residents not to start their automobiles and leave them unattended. This is every car thief’s dream.

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