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Johnson County Government exists to provide hundreds of high-quality services to its more than 560,000 residents. Some County initiatives are highly-visible and impact residents' lives on a daily basis, including wastewater, stormwater, and roadway improvements along with construction or renovation of public buildings. Others County services happen behind the scenes, while plenty of what we do is highly popular, like library programs, park and recreation activities and fun events.

Resident News

Are you prepared for a disaster?

September is National Preparedness Month. It’s a great time for Johnson County residents to prepare their homes and business for any type of disaster.

Johnson County Emergency Management and Communication serves as the county’s designated disaster response agency. Their section of our web site is stocked with information and resources on how to prepare for a disaster. You may also want to visit www.joco72.org, a virtual hub for emergency preparedness.

Are you on Periscope yet? Johnson County Emergency Management and Communication has two livestream events coming up this month so make plans to watch.

  • September 11, 10 a.m.: Periscope live tour of the National Weather Service radar facility in Pleasant Hill.
  • September 14, 10 a.m. Periscope live tour of the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center.

Stay up-to-date on Johnson County’s National Preparedness Month activities on Twitter at @JoCo_Emergency

The JO Observes Labor Day Holiday

Area transit providers will observe the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 7.

The JO will not offer service on Sept. 7.
Special Edition/SWIFT paratransit will not provide trips, and dispatch and the administrative offices will also be closed.

The Metro and MAX will use Sunday/Holiday schedules on Labor Day. The Regional Call Center, administrative offices and Customer Service Lobby will be closed. 
The Share-A-Fare paratransit office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and paratransit service will be provided in eligible areas.

Unified Government Transit routes will not offer service on Sept. 7. 
Unified Government Transit Dial-A-Ride paratransit will not provide trips, and dispatch and the administrative offices will also be closed.

IndeBus will not offer service on Sept. 7. 
IndeAccess paratransit will not provide trips, and dispatch and the administrative offices will also be closed.

For route information about Metro, as well as The JO, IndeBus and Unified Government Transit, contact the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Visit www.kcata.org, www.thejo.com, or www.indebusmo.com for route maps and schedules. 

Crown Center Deviation for Irish Fest Sept. 3-4

Irish Fest at Crown Center will close Grand Avenue and the intersection of Pershing & Grand on Thursday, Sept. 3, and Friday, Sept. 4. The road closure starts at mid-day Thursday.

It will affect these Johnson County routes: 660-Antioch/Downtown; 661-Olathe Express; 664-Metcalf/Downtown; 670-Gardner/Overland Park Express; 672-Johnson County/Downtown Mid-Day; 673-South Overland Park Express; and 678 Shawnee Express.

JO buses will travel the alternate route south on Grand, then west on 20th, south on Main and west on Pershing before resuming the regular route.

Riders will be picked up and dropped off along Main at Metro bus stop signs or shelters.

For route information, call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Facilities hidden in plain sight gain local attention

Fox 4 News localized this story that had gone viral with a feature about Johnson County Wastewater and the utility's pump stations which are "hidden in plain sight" in a couple of residential areas

Johnson County Wastewater receives national recognition

Each year the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognizes public wastewater facilities for outstanding compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limits. This recognition program consists of Peak Performance Awards in three categories – Platinum, Gold, and Silver.

Johnson County Wastewater was recognized in July at the NACWA national conference held in Providence, RI for its outstanding compliance records in the 2014 calendar year and was presented with two Platinum Awards. In total, JCW earned six Peak Performance awards.

JCW received two Platinum Peak Performance Awards to honor treatment works that have completed at least five years of 100% complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance.

The county’s Platinum Award recipients are:

  • The Mill Creek Regional Plant at 20001 West 47th Street in Shawnee for eight years of permit compliance, and
  • The Blue River Main Plant at 2523 West 151st Street in Overland Park for nine years of permit compliance.

Three JCW treatment facilities received the Gold Peak Performance Award which honors treatment works that have achieved 100% compliance with the NPDES permit for 2014.

The Gold Peak Performance Award honorees are:

  • Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin Plant
  • New Century AirCenter Plant
  • Tomahawk Creek Plant

One treatment facility earned a Silver Peak Performance Award which recognize facilities that received no more than five NPDES permit violations in 2014.

Silver Peak Performance Award honoree is:

  • Myron K. Nelson Plant

 In 2014, Johnson County Wastewater had a 99.7 percent compliance rate with regard to NPDES discharge violations. Of a possible 2,237 violations, the department recorded seven violations for the year.

 “It is very difficult to achieve that level of compliance,” said John O’Neil, general manager for Johnson County Wastewater.


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Like and/or Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jocoairportcommission. Want to know what's happening at the Johnson County Airport Commission, download the latest board meeting agenda and minutes at www.jocogov.org/dept/airport-commission/commission.

BOCC adopts 2016 budget

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has adopted the FY 2016 budget for Johnson County. It includes the first mill levy increase in a decade. The news release is available here:

Are you into CSI?

This is National Forensic Science Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the importance of proper forensic science and its critical role in criminal investigations. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is helping to educate the public about its crime lab and the forensic tools its officers use. Join in the fun during the Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Week tweet-a-long by following @JOCOSHERIFF and #AskAScientist on Twitter Thursday from noon to 4 p.m.

Johnson County Library Fall Guide available

The Johnson County LIbrary Fall 2015 Guide is now available. It's full of information on library news, events for all ages, exhibitions, details on the 2015 Writers Conference and so much more. Click here to start planning your fall calendar.  


Can you can?

Interested in learning how to preserve fresh fruits and veggies? Johnson County K-State Research and Extension offers hands-on workshops where you can learn the basics on freezing, canning and drying. Classes start August 10. Please click here and scroll down to "Family & Consumer Sciences" to enroll.

You can also get some canning tips from Johnson County Extenstion family and consumer sciences agent Crystal Futrell in our August 2014 edition of The Best Times on page 24.

Upcoming Events

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September 4, 2015 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Safe Kids Johnson County offers free car seat safety check

September 8, 2015 | 7:30 am to 9:00 am

WIC Garden Volunteer Day

September 9, 2015 | 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Trees for the Landscape

September 11, 2015 | 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Social Networking

September 15, 2015 | 7:30 am to 9:00 am

WIC Garden Volunteer Day