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BOCC update

Board of County Commissioners update

More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

The Board of County Commissioners resumed meeting in the Hearing Room on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 9:30 am. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, social distancing will be observed, and limited seating will be available in the hearing room, with additional limited seating in the adjacent lobby with audio available. A live broadcast will still be available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org and on Facebook Live. Public Comments will be accepted. Persons wishing to speak during Public Comments will need to sign in by 9:25 a.m. before the meeting begins and will be called upon to speak in the order in which they signed up. Anyone wishing to speak to a specific item on the Business agenda will need to sign in before that item is read into the Record.

Persons who may need assistance, the use of a sign language or oral interpreter, or who require special accommodations, should contact us at [email protected], via the Kansas Relay Operator at 800-766-3777, or by phone at (913) 715-0430 at least two (2) business days prior to the meeting.

Special recognitions for Oct. 15

  • The BOCC proclaimed Oct. 21 as Imagine a Day Without Water. In addition, Johnson County Wastewater discussed its recent Peak Awards. Read the news release.

BOCC actions for Oct. 15, 2020

  • Adopted the resolution to establish a no parking zone along 135th Street at the Kill Creek Streamway Trail crossing.
  • Renewed an Agreement with the City of Leawood for MED-ACT to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) services in the City, and the City to provide building space to house MED-ACT personnel and equipment.
  • Authorized and directed the issuance, sale and delivery of General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2020C of Johnson County, Kansas for the purpose of providing funds to refund a portion of the General Obligation Taxable Internal Improvement Bonds (Build America Bonds – Direct Pay to the Issuer) Series 2010C in the aggregate principal amount of $4,760,000; providing for the levy and collection of an annual tax for the purpose of paying the principal of and interest on said bonds as they become due, and making certain covenants and agreements to provide for the payment and security thereof; and authorizing certain other documents and actions connected therewith.
  • Authorized and directed the issuance, sale and delivery of Taxable General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2020D, of Johnson County, Kansas, for the purpose of providing funds to refund a portion of the General Obligation Internal Improvement Bonds, Series 2012A and a portion of the General Obligation Internal Improvement Bonds, Series 2013A in the principal amount of $49,660,000; providing for the levy and collection of an annual tax for the purpose of paying the principal of and interest on said bonds as they become due, and making certain covenants and agreements to provide for the payment and security thereof; and authorizing certain other documents and actions connected therewith.
  • Authorized the designing, constructing, furnishing and equipping of improvements to the Central Resource Library; approving the issuance by the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas of its Lease Purchase Revenue Bonds (Central Resource Library Project), Series 2020C in the aggregate principal amount of $5,840,000 for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the costs of such improvements; and authorizing the execution and delivery of certain other documents and the taking of certain other actions in connection therewith.
  • Authorized the issuance by the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas of its Lease Purchase Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2020D, in the aggregate principal amount of  $6,845,000 for the purpose of refunding certain outstanding bonds of the Public Building Commission; and authorizing and approving the execution and delivery of certain other documents and the taking of certain other actions in connection with the issuance of said bonds.
  • Conducted a public hearing and authorized $3,961,000 for Integrated Planning Refinement and Delivery Support and approved a contract with HDR Engineering, Inc. for engineering services in an amount not to exceed $3,793,000 (RFP 2020-029) for a term of five (5) years.
  • Amended the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to include renovation of a MED-ACT station at 9011 Roe Avenue, Prairie Village, KS in an amount not to exceed $350,000 and authorized the reallocation and expenditure of General Fund reserves in the amount of $350,000.
  • Authorized the disbursement of funds as indicated on the Coronavirus Relief Fund Reimbursement Phase 1 and Phase 3 reports dated Oct. 15, 2020

Sitting as the Public Building Commission:

  • Authorized the issuance of the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas Lease Purchase Revenue Bonds (Central Resource Library Project), Series 2020C, in the aggregate principal amount of $5,840,000 for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the costs of designing, constructing, equipping and furnishing improvements to the Central Resource Library located in Johnson County, Kansas; and authorizing and approving the execution of certain documents and the taking of certain actions with the issuance of said bonds.
  • Authorized the issuance of the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas of its Lease Purchase Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2020D, in the aggregate principal amount of $6,845,000 for the purpose of refunding certain outstanding bonds; and authorizing and approving the execution of certain documents and the taking of certain actions in connection with the issuance of said bonds.

Weekly Manager’s Memo, Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager

Motor Vehicle Title Drop Off Processing Update
In response to COVID-19 the Motor Vehicle Offices were closed to the public for a period of 33 days in the Spring of 2020. During this time the office implemented a Title Drop Off Service for processing newly purchased vehicles to help keep our staff and the public safe. This service was initially opened while the offices were closed and helped to create a backlog of unprocessed title work.

Since the inception of the new program, approximately 30% of our title customers have consistently embraced this new service option as an alternative to coming into an office. Being closed on Mondays has allowed staff to get caught up on the title drop off workload. We have reduced the backlog from over 2 weeks to a 1-week turnaround time.

Given the successful adoption of the new Title Drop Off Service, staff will begin implementing a hybrid model approach of processing in-person and drop off title transactions in each office daily, thus allowing us to reopen to the public on Mondays. Beginning Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Management will assign 5-10 staff members (depending on title drop off volume) to processing title drop off work at dedicated workstations at both Motor Vehicle Offices. We will reopen the office to the public on Mondays, effective Monday, November 23rd resuming our regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Funding and Expense Report and CRF Phase One and Phase Three Reimbursement, Maury Thompson, Deputy County Manager.

The weekly COVID-19 Operating Report, detailing COVID-19 specific expenditures and funding received is available here. To date the organization has identified $16,385,107.04 in costs which are eligible for CARES act reimbursement and received $131,597,335.61 in federal funds. 

PPE update, Dan Robeson, Johnson County Emergency Manager

We will be placing final orders in the next two weeks for the items we are needing to ensure we receive necessary PPE before the end of the year. Two school districts have identified needs for gloves, face shields, masks and gowns. We are working on those requests. Details on our PPE procurement and distribution are available at this link.

COVID-19 update: Dr. Joseph LeMaster, local health officer, Dr. Sanmi Areola, director and Elizabeth Holzschuh, director of epidemiology Department of Health & Environment

Johnson County currently has 12,611 positive cases, 127,949 negatives, 171 deaths (111 deaths in LTCF, or 65%). We have 9,853 presumed recovered. The 14-day percent positive rate is 6.1%. The incidence rate (last 14 days) is 227/100,000 residents.

We are working on creating more random sampling testing opportunities. Three school districts are participating in saliva testing. DHE testing had been trending down but is now starting to increase. Last week, we had 640 new cases (91/day). This week so far we have had more than 100 cases a day. We are able to keep up with case investigations. Hospitalizations in the region are increasing, but metrics in Johnson County hospitals continue to trend well. With schools opening, the majority of investigations and quarantines are occurring in athletics. The weekly report is available at this link.

Items planned for the Oct. 22 agenda:

  • Hold a public hearing and consider adopting a master resolution of intent relating to the issuance of not to exceed $315,000,000 of industrial revenue bonds and granting up to a seventy-fifty percent (75%), ten (10) year abatement from ad valorem real estate taxes for each facility financed by such bonds at the east side of New Century AirCenter business park for the benefit of VTRE Development, LLC, or its successors and assigns.
  • Conduct a public hearing and consider authorizing funds for Johnson County Wastewater Infrastructure Improvement Projects in an amount not to exceed $6,550,000.
  • Consider approving the 2021 County Assistance Road System Program expenditures, in an amount not to exceed $12,893,000.
  • Consider approving the 2021 Stormwater Management Program expenditures, in an amount not to exceed $19,226,500.