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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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Donate as little as an hour each month, make a difference
December 7, 2016

Johnson County Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers who have just one extra hour a month during their lunch break to deliver meals to homebound seniors.

Johnson County Meals on Wheels delivers a hot, nutritious noon meal to these individuals. However we provide more than a meal. We also serve as a daily check on homebound seniors to make sure they are doing well.

There are eight different locations where volunteers can pick up their meals: Blue Valley, De Soto, Gardner, Lenexa, Merriam, Olathe, Overland Park, and Spring Hill. Meals are delivered Monday – Friday between 10:45 a.m. – noon by our dedicated volunteer team.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, attend an orientation session, and complete an application to get started. Children are welcome to accompany parents or grandparents on their routes. Volunteers may adopt a weekly route, a monthly route or even serve as a substitute and drive when available.

The next orientation sessions are from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 22 at 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, KS 66061. Volunteers are asked to bring their driver’s license and proof of auto insurance and will complete all necessary paperwork at the orientation session.

With as little as one hour a month, you can make a difference in the life of homebound seniors. If you would like to register for an upcoming orientation session, please call Brandy at 913-715-8859.

 

 

Apply for the Johnson County Citizens Academy program
December 9, 2016

Learn about the inner workings of Johnson County Government and how you can get more involved in our community through the Johnson County Citizens Academy program! The spring 2017 session will begin Feb. 16 and meet for three hours (6–9 p.m.) each Thursday evening until April 27, with no session on March 16 due to spring break. Dinner will be provided at no cost during each weekly session. The application deadline for the spring program is Jan. 20. Visit jocogov.org/citizensacademy for more information and to apply.

The goal of the Johnson County Citizens Academy is three-fold: 

  • Enhance citizen knowledge of county operations and services  
  • Encourage a unified community identity 
  • Increase participation in Johnson County boards and commissions

During sessions participants hear presentations from staff, perform hands-on activities, and take tours of various county departments and agencies, including Public Works, Human Services, Libraries, Developmental Supports, Park and Recreation, the Sheriff’s Office and more.

Fall Citizens Academy session participant John said, "…I know now what the boards and commissions are, and how to discover whether there are any openings. I have a list of people I can contact. I also have a lot more information about the range of volunteer opportunities that are available — now I just need to decide which opportunities appeal to me the most. But the most valuable thing for me was the knowledge that our leaders have the well-being of this community well in hand. I was continually struck by the passion and commitment of the members of our county government and the leaders of our county services…I’m comforted knowing this and I’m more passionate than ever to get involved.”

If you have questions about the Citizens Academy Program, please call Chelsea Ren Morton at 913-715-0729.

Be prepared for winter weather hazards
December 1, 2016

It’s Winter Weather Awareness Day in Kansas. Here are tips to be better prepared for inclement weather as Johnson County residents deal with the first cold snap of the season.

Before a winter storm

  • Prepare: Review your family plan and ensure you have enough food and water to last 72 hours.
  • Monitor: Weather changes quickly. Stay up-to-date with the latest forecast and warnings.
  • Review: Advisories are issued when winter weather will create travel delays and safety issues, and warnings mean the weather could be life threatening. Watches may precede either of these, and are issued when impacts are still 12 to 48 hours out.

During a winter storm

  • Stay indoors: Avoid unnecessary travel and exposure to the elements.
  • Slow down: If you must travel, drive cautiously and defensively. Clear off ice and snow, and don't leave home without emergency supplies.
  • Use caution: If you lose power, know how to heat and light your home safely. Never bring a generator inside.

After a winter storm

  • Connect: Let your pre-designated contact know you're okay, especially if you are traveling.
  • Proceed with caution: If you were away during a winter storm, be aware that carbon monoxide, electrical hazards, and food and water quality may all be concerns inside your home.
  • Protect your health: Take frequent breaks shoveling and cover exposed skin in cold conditions.

Update your vehicle emergency kit

You can greatly increase your preparedness by adding simple items to your vehicle emergency kit such as a cell phone charger, warm blankets and a flashlight. If you must travel through hazardous winter conditions, add a snow shovel and kitty litter to your preparedness kit. And if you a traveling a long distance or to remote locations, add water, snacks and a paper map. Above all, let someone know about your travel plans.

Hands-On: Gingerbread holiday event Dec. 3
November 29, 2016

Run, run, run as fast as you can . . . Get to the Library and wash your hands . . . We'll each create a simple gingerbread house . . . Where you and your gingerbread friend can hang out! Children with a caregiver may attend each session. 

Join Johnson County Library on Saturday, Dec. 3, for a fun holiday event at the Shawnee Library, 13811 Johnson Dr.

Space is limited; register online or call 913-826-4600.

A 'Gold Star' plan
March 15, 2017

During a check presentation ceremony Nov. 18, Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland accepted a $5,000 donation for a planned Gold Star Families Memorial.

It’s the first donation and officials hope many more will support raising $40,000 for the monument to be placed at the city’s Veterans Memorial Park at Dennis Ave. and Harrison St.  

The Gold Star monument will honor the families of Johnson County servicemen and women killed during active military duty. Johnson County has lost 156 soldiers during military service, with generations of Gold Star families surviving since World War I.

The check donation was presented by Hershel “Woody” Williams, who established the Medal of Honor Foundation in 2012 with the goal to dedicate Gold Star Families Memorial monuments throughout the country to honor the families of fallen members of the armed forces. 

There are more than 14 completed Gold Star monuments in the U.S. and 38 are in progress. Olathe’s memorial would be the first project in the state of Kansas designed by the Hershel Woody Foundation.

Donations are being handled by the Olathe Parks and Recreation Foundation. Donors can call 913-971-8555 for more information.       

Winter freeze brings oak leaf mite itch relief
March 15, 2017

Oak leaf mites have been plaguing residents for months, but the end might not be in sight, even with a hard freeze.

In some parts of the county the outbreak has been so severe that people have changed their daily routine in an attempt to cope. For weeks, those itching their way through the warm fall months have been hoping and praying for an end to the itch mite bites. 

With a hard freeze, many are hoping for relief. But according to a Kansas State University entomologist, a hard freeze is not always harmful to the mites because they have means of overwintering. What we really need is an extended period of cold weather to lower the soil temperature where the oak leaf itch mites may be located. But a hard freeze followed by two or three days of unusually warm weather? They’re going to come back up. Our only hope is that extended colder temperatures will put an end to our misery. 

According to the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office, it is difficult to predict at what temperature the mites will be killed due to a number of factors. These include how low the temperature falls, how long it stays cold, and how well protected or insulated the mite might be from the cold. But most entomologists suggest that a hard freeze, around 28 degrees or lower, should greatly reduce the oak itch mite population.  

Aside from hoping for the demise of pesky oak leaf itch mites, Johnson County residents should also complete other outdoor steps before a hard freeze, including:

  • Disconnect and drain sprinklers and garden hoses. Best to store them out of the sunlight for the winter so the plastic vinyl doesn’t degrade.
  • Drain and turn off in ground sprinkler systems.
  • Bring indoors and store non-frost proof ceramic or concrete containers and garden art. Remove dirt and store in a dry location.
  • Drain non-frost proof ceramic and concrete bird baths.
  • Disconnect rain barrels and drain. Reconnect downspouts to direct rain water away from foundation.
  • Place container growing plants indoors or in a protected place if you want to protect them from a freeze.

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