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Board of County Commissioners update
September 18, 2020

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.

BOCC actions for Sept. 17, 2020

The meeting began with the following recognitions:

The BOCC and the city of Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department recognized Johnson County Fire District 2 Firefighter Andrew Eccles and his girlfriend, Breanna Shannon, for an act of heroism. While fishing on the Kansas River on Aug. 22, they spotted multiple children go into the water to retrieve a beachball and saved three lives that day.

The BOCC, District Attorney Steve Howe, Sheriff Calvin Hayden and county leadership recognized Tim Mulcahy who is retiring after 27 years as director of the Justice Information Management Systems (JIMS). JIMS is a part of the Johnson County Regional Interagency Operating Network, the largest consortium in the U.S. Under Mulcahy's tenure as director, JIMS has won several awards, including the Liberty Bell Award from the Johnson County Bar Association, for its innovation in automating and providing electronic filing of documentation from arrest to incarceration.

BOCC actions:

  • Authorized the reappointment of Paula Hurt – Chairman representative to the Commission on Aging through August 31, 2023.
  • Appointed Robert R Cantu – Fifth District representative to the Commission on Aging through August 31, 2023.
  • Reappointed Michael A. Panethiere, P.E. – Electrical Engineer representative and James “Mike” Vaughn – Mechanical Engineer representative to the Board of Code Review through May 31, 2023.
  • Appointed Aderonke Kiki Oyetunji – Fifth District representative to the Developmental Supports Board through August 31, 2023.
  • Appointed Chad Riley – Fourth District representative to the Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee through March 31, 2021.
  • Reappointed Heidi Thummel – Second District representative to the Transportation Council through August 31, 2023.
  • Reappointed Andrew Belt – Sixth District representative to the Board of Zoning Appeals through May 5, 2023.
  • Reappointed Rebecca Galati – First District representative and Nancy Wallerstein – Second District representative to the Museum Advisory Council through May 7, 2023.
  • Reappointed James Donavan and Richard Boeshaar to the Consolidated Fire District No. 2 through August 25, 2023.
  • Approved and authorized an increase of $2,400,000 for the Central Resource Library Central Staffing & Space Consolidation (CSSC) Project bringing the new total project authorization to an amount not to exceed $11,107,000, and transferring $2,400,000 out of the FY 2020 and FY2021 Library Capital Replacement Plan projects to fund this project increase.
  • Approved and ratified an Addendum to the Property Conveyance Agreement between the Board of Directors of the Johnson County Library (JCL) and the City of Merriam.
  • Authorized the Mental Health Center to add 1.0 FTE and authorized the reclassification of reserves in the amount of $98,000 in the FY 2021 budget for a proposed co-responder position to provide crisis intervention assistance to the City of Overland Park Police Department.
  • Approved a request from Brett and Kimaree Manifold, applicant and landowners, for a revised preliminary plat, to be known as Brinlyn Ridge, for four residential lots on 76 acres, zoned RUR, Rural, located at 30600 W. 143rd Street.
  • A motion for the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners to allow E.O. 20-52 to become not applicable in Johnson County, Kansas did not pass.
  • Approved to reaffirm the Governor’s Executive Order 20-52, issued on July 2, 2020, pursuant to the State of Disaster Emergency Proclamation as extended by the State Finance Council, to October 15, 2020, requiring the wearing of masks or other face coverings in public.
  • Approved and adopted Resolution No. 073-20 authorizing the sale of approximately $5,080,000 principal amount of General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2020C (the "Series 2020C Bonds") and approximately $52,185,000 principal amount of Taxable General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2020D (the "Series 2020D Bonds") of Johnson County, KS on October 14, 2020.
  • Approved and adopted Resolution No. 067-20 approving and authorizing the execution of a Partial Release of Facility related to the release of a portion of land and improvements from the Amended and Partially Restated Base Lease, as amended, and the Amended and Partially Restated Lease Agreement, as amended (together, the “Master Lease Agreement”), between Johnson County, Kansas and the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas.
  • Authorized an FY 2020 start date for the FY 2021 approved Planning Updated Comprehensive Plan request, 1.0 FTE Sheriff Security Systems Administrator, and 1.50 FTE Medicolegal Death Investigators; and authorized the reallocation and expenditure of fund balances (reserves) for FY 2020 General Fund in the amount of $40,000 and the reallocation and expenditure of fund balances (reserves) for FY 2020 Public Health Fund in the amount of $40,000.
  • Declared furniture, fixtures and equipment located in the existing County Courthouse as surplus property and authorized its disposal.
  • Authorized a contract with Max Business Products (American Discount Office Supply) for a term and supply contract for the purchase of Office Supplies, Inkjet, Ink and Toners, in the amount not to exceed $550,000 for a term of one (1) year with an option to renew four (4) additional one (1) year renewals.
  • Authorized $400,000 of federal funds received for COVID-19 response to the County Manager’s Office to delegate and distribute for a hospital dashboard and coordination and deployment of testing teams. A vote on the federal funds for Communications and Engagement of Community Organizations was deferred. This will assist in sustaining access to hospital inpatient data and provide additional capacity to the Department of Health and Environment (DHE) for testing for the residents of Johnson County.
  • Adopted the following statement: The Board of County Commissioners of Johnson County, Kansas does not agree with or approve elements of or the tone of a recent social media post by Commissioner Mike Brown. The Board of County Commissioners does agree with the Constitutional provisions of free speech and the right of citizens to bear arms. A top priority of the commission and our community is public safety. Both safety of our law enforcement officers, deputies and police officers as well as the safety of our community remains the BOCC’s strongest commitment. Words Do Matter. Words that are easily understood to imply that our public safety agencies cannot keep our community safe should be rejected. Commissioners’ communications should also show respect for the diversity of our county workforce and the larger community. The BOCC serves and advocates for all of Johnson County and should do so in a respectful manner that promotes understanding and unity in our community.

Sitting as the Public Building Commission agenda:

  • Authorized a contract with A-R Commercial Roofing, LLC for roof replacement at the Adult Residential Center No. 3 (ARC3), for a total amount not to exceed $115,527.89.
  • Approved and adopted Resolution No. PBC 005-20 approving and authorizing the execution of a Partial Release of Facility related to the release of a portion of land and improvements from the Amended and Partially Restated Base Lease, as amended, and the Amended and Partially Restated Lease Agreement, as amended (together with the "Master Lease Agreement") between Johnson County, Kansas and the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas.
  • Approved and adopted Resolution No. PBC 006-20 authorizing the sale of approximately $6,175,000 principal amount of Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas Lease Purchase Revenue Bonds, (the "PBC Series 2020C Bonds") on October 14, 2020.
  • Approved and adopted Resolution No. PBC 007-20 authorizing the sale of approximately $7,280,000 principal amount of Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas Lease Purchase Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2020D (the “PBC Series 2020D Bonds”) on October 14, 2020.
  • Approved and adopted Resolution No. PBC 008-20 to construct, equip and furnish a Library Building located in Merriam, Kansas; and authorized the issuance of revenue bonds in an amount not to exceed $10,785,000 plus financing costs for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the costs thereof and related financing costs; and providing for the giving of notice of said intention.

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

Jocogov.org Website Rebuild Project Restart
We will start the website rebuild project in October, which the Board approved on March 5 and was subsequently delayed due to COVID. The original cost approved included a one-time expense of $758,300 and a five-year hosting and support agreement starting at $92,000 per year increasing 3% annually. By starting the project this year, the vendor agreed to reduce the one-time cost by $40,000 (5%). The funding for this project is allocated and included in the current budget, and no additional funding or action is required by the Board.

Innovative Technology Funding Opportunity for Transit
Transit is planning to apply for funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) new “Innovative Technology” program, which seeks to “provide financial assistance to partners for innovative technology projects that improve safety, increase total technology investment and help both rural and urban areas of the state improve the transportation system.”

More information on both of these items is available here.

COVID-19 Funding and Expense Report and CRF Phase One 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 $6,975,916.79 in costs which are eligible for CARES act reimbursement and received $130,071,896.60 in federal funds.

PPE update, Dan Robeson, Johnson County Emergency Manager

Details on our PPE procurement and distribution are available at this link.

COVID-19 update Dr. Sanmi Areola, director and Elizabeth Holzschuh, director of epidemiology Department of Health & Environment

The weekly report is available at this link.

Items planned for the Sept. 24 agenda:

  • Consider reappointing P. Brian Miller – Certified Master Plumber representative to the Board of Code Review through May 31, 2023.
  • Consider reappointing Mike Hey – Recycling Industry representative and Anne Melia – Citizens Organizations representative to the Solid Waste Management Committee through July 8, 2023.
  • Consider approving the District Coroner's appointment of Christine James, D.O. as deputy district coroner for the Tenth Judicial District of Kansas, pursuant to K.S.A. 22a-226.
  • Consider City of Gardner Application No. FDP-20-02, final development plan, and FP-20-02, final plat, for Prairie Trace Meadows, First Plat, for 27 single-family lots on 13.2 acres; located in the vicinity of the southeast corner of 175th Street and I-35 Highway; within 1 mile of the New Century Airport.
  • Consider City of Gardner Application No. FDP-20-03, final development plan, and FP-20-03, final plat, for Prairie Trace Estates, First Plat, including 27 single-family residential lots on 19.39 acres; located in the vicinity of 178th Street and Clare Road; within 1 mile of the New Century Airport.
  • Conduct a public hearing and consider approving the proposed Streamlined Annual (2021) PHA Plan for submission to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • Conduct a public hearing and consider authorizing funds to construct the Mill Creek No. 1 Contract 3 Sanitary Sewer Improvements Project in an amount not to exceed $861,700, increasing the total project authorization to $1,034,000.
  • Consider authorizing a contract with Site Rite Construction Co. to construct the Mill Creek No. 1 Contract 3 Sanitary Sewer Improvements Project in an amount not to exceed $610,000.
  • Consider the creation of the Wastewater Development Advisory Committee as an advisory committee to the Board of County Commissioners and Johnson County Wastewater on matters related to wastewater development of policies, procedures and standards.
Governor's mask mandate remains in effect in Johnson County, reaffirmed by BOCC today
September 17, 2020

At its regular business session today, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted to reaffirm Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order 20-52 (“EO 20-52”) requiring Kansans to wear face masks in public settings. 

The vote concluded three hours of discussion and public comments from nearly 60 county residents.

Governor Kelly issued E.O. 20-52 on July 2, 2020 implementing a statewide requirement to wear masks or other face coverings in public. Due to today’s vote, it remains in force in Johnson County until rescinded or until the statewide State of Disaster Emergency expires, whichever is earlier. 

Read more about today's decision on masks. Watch a rebroadcast of the meeting on our website or Facebook. NOTE: Due to technical issues, Facebook only includes the full meeting content.

Additional COVID-19 related action at BOCC meeting

Also at today's BOCC meeting, the following action was taken:

  • The board authorized $400,000 of federal funds received for COVID-19 response to the Mid-America Regional Council for a Regional Coordination Hub (Hospital Dashboard), as well as coordination and deployment of Testing Teams. This will assist in sustaining access to hospital inpatient data and provide additional capacity to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment for testing Johnson County residents.
  • The board was also provided written reports on the latest trends in COVID-19 in Johnson County, an update on personal protective equipment and an update on CARES Act funding. You can access those reports.
Off-duty Johnson County firefighter, girlfriend rescue three people
September 17, 2020

It started as a relaxing day of fishing on the Kansas River for Johnson County District 2 Firefighter Andrew Eccles and his girlfriend, Breanna. But at 3:30 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 22, things took a drastic turn when the couple noticed several people screaming for help.

Today, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners recognized Andrew and Breanna for their heroism in saving lives. They received medals of courage and honor during the BOCC commission meeting. 

“We were fortunate enough to be there, and we wish we could have done more,” Andrew said during the meeting, after receiving his medal.

According to the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department, a family was on the sandbar when a beach ball fell into the river. An 11-year-old girl, Rebecca, went into the water to retrieve the ball, but was pulled under the water by the recirculating currents. Two more children and an adult rushed in after her to try and rescue the little girl. All three of these individuals were also overpowered by the currents. 

Andrew leapt into action and rescued three people. Sadly, Rebecca perished. After pulling the adult and two children onto his boat, he performed CPR on one child who was in full cardiac arrest. Shortly after, she began breathing again.

“There is no doubt in my mind, that had Andrew not been fishing in that location at that time, this incident would have resulted in four deaths instead of one,” said Fire Chief Michael Callahan, Kansas City Kansas Fire Department. “While Rebecca’s death is a tragedy, the three lives that Andrew saved should be seen and celebrated as heroic. Andrew acted in the highest traditions of the fire service.” 

BOCC Chairman Ed Eilert commended the couple for their actions.

“You have the grateful community appreciating the courage that you demonstrated to do what you could to protect and save residents of our community,” said Chairman Eilert during the Sept. 17 BOCC meeting. “There are not words enough to thank you enough for your willingness to intervene and the quick actions that you took to save several members of a family. Thank you so very much.”

Get a COVID-19 test if you live or work in Johnson County
September 17, 2020

Who can participate in Johnson County’s appointment-based testing?

  • Those 16 and older who live or work in Johnson County.
  • Children ages 5-15 who live in Johnson County. A parent must be present in the vehicle to give verbal consent for testing. Children will be tested inside the vehicle and must be able to sit still for a nasal swab to both nostrils.
  • Those with or without symptoms of coronavirus.
  • If testing is not available from your primary health care provider.

Get list of days and times of testing.

Schedule a COVID-19 test.

BOCC to address COVID-19, Governor's mask order on agenda
September 16, 2020

At 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, Sept. 17, the Board of County Commissioners will discuss the pandemic, among other items.

Agenda topics related to COVID-19 include the following: 

  • Consider authorizing $650,000 in federal funds for COVID-19 response 
  • COVID-19 funding and expenses report
  • Personal protective equipment update
  • Coronavirus Relief Funds phase 1 reimbursement
  • A COVID-19 update from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
  • Mask requirement (additional details below)

On July 2, the Board of County Commissioners voted to affirm Governor Kelly’s EO No. 20-52, which requires individuals to wear masks or other face coverings in public. That vote did not include an expiration date for Johnson County other than when the executive order itself expires or is rescinded.

The Johnson County BOCC will have an agenda item to consider the mask order at its regular business session on Sept. 17. Public comment related to this item will be held until it's time for this agenda item.

Get additional information on this agenda item.

Information on Governor Kelly’s mask order
September 15, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly’s mask order remains in effect in Kansas and in Johnson County. On Sept. 11, the State Finance Council voted unanimously to extend the Governor’s State of Emergency Proclamation through October 15. Executive Order No. 20-52 (“EO 20-52”), the Governor’s statewide order requiring individuals to wear masks or other face coverings in public, was tied to the Governor’s emergency proclamation and remains in effect and continues to run with the period of the emergency, currently set to expire Oct. 15, 2020. In Johnson County, E.O. No. 20-52 remains subject to the authority of the Board of County Commissioners to enact less restrictive measures, as allowed by HB 2016.

On July 2, the Board of County Commissioners voted to affirm Governor Kelly’s EO No. 20-52. That vote did not include an expiration date for Johnson County other than when the executive order itself expires or is rescinded.

The Johnson County BOCC will have an agenda item to consider the mask order at its regular business session on Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m. More information is available here.

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