Here are some highlights of the Board of County Commissioners’ actions and activities in June 2020. More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.
After several months of meeting virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of County Commissioners returned to the Hearing Room on June 11. The board returned to an altered room with physical distancing in place and limited public seating. The board took action on the following items related to COVID-19 this month:
- Authorized an emergency exception to competition and increased in the amount of $200,000 to the agreement with Eurofin Viracor, Incorporated for COVID-19 testing supplies and processing services for a contract total amount not to exceed $350,000 in FY 2020.
- Approved the reallocation and expenditure of fund balance (reserves) for FY 2020 for the County General Fund in an amount not to exceed $4,154,405 for the request from JCDHE creating 6 full time positions, 35 part-time positions, and providing funding to continue testing for COVID-19 and other related programmatic expenses. An addition to this motion included a report out to the board at the first meeting in January 2021.
- Voted that as of June 11, Johnson County would follow the voluntary recommendations and guidance in the state’s Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas. This includes the following precautionary measures: washing your hands, staying at home if you are sick, physical distancing from others, and wearing a mask when out in public.
- Authorized receipt of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding received from the United States Treasury in the amount of $116,311,033.60, creating a project account, in the County’s Grant Fund, and setting a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. on July 16th for the purpose of receiving public input on proposed amendments to the FY 2020 Budget for the General Fund to appropriate the $116,311,033.60, plus interest earned, of CARES Act funding.
- Authorized the utilization of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding in an amount not to exceed $14,996,458 for the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other related supplies needed to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and authorized exception to competition for vetted vendors in accordance with Johnson County Administrative Purchasing Policy and Procedure 110.180.