The Johnson County Charter Commission will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m., on Sept. 13, at the KU Edwards Campus BEST Conference Center, Overland Park, to receive comments on the Johnson County Home Rule Charter. The charter establishes the Charter Commission’s authority conduct comprehensive studies of any or all aspects of county government operations, including a review of the existing County Charter and major resolutions of the Charter Commission as they affect Johnson County Government operations.
The Charter Commission is comprised of 25 Johnson County residents who have been appointed by the various authorities as provided by state law. The charter approved by Johnson County voters in 2000 requires a Johnson County Charter Commission be established every 10 years to review Johnson County Government operations and present its findings and recommendations to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. Any recommendations for charter amendments must then be placed on a ballot for consideration by Johnson County voters in an election.
Since March 1, the Charter Commission has met approximately twice monthly to learn about county departments, programs and services. Each meeting was broadcast through Facebook Live and is available online. The upcoming public hearing will allow the public an opportunity to provide feedback and comments for the Charter Commission’s consideration.
Public comment may be presented in several ways: 1) in person at the KU Edwards Campus, BEST Conference Center, 12604 Quivira Rd., Overland Park; 2) virtually through Zoom; or 3) through written comments. A time limit of three minutes has been set for each person presenting public comment.
How to provide comment: Those wishing to speak by Zoom must pre-register at charter.jocogov.org by 11 a.m., Sept. 13. Those providing in-person comments may pre-register at charter.jocogov.org or may sign up at KU Edwards Campus beginning at 5 p.m., on Sept. 13. Written comment will also be accepted through an online submission form. A live broadcast will be available on Johnson County Government’s Facebook page.
In-person safety precautions: To reduce the spread of COVID-19, physical distancing will be observed for those choosing to participate in person. Seating will be limited. The University of Kansas requires that all visitors, including those who are fully vaccinated, must wear a cloth face covering, surgical/medical face mask or Powered Air-Purifying Respirator suit over their mouths and nose when in indoor common areas anywhere on the campus. Learn more about KU’s Public Health Safety Requirements. The Charter Commission will enforce these requirements.
Johnson County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Those needing accommodations, such as a sign language or oral interpreter, can make a request at [email protected], by phone at 913-715-0430 or through the Kansas Relay Operator service at 800-766-3777. Accommodation requests should be made at least two business days prior to the event.