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JoCo on the Go: Summer in the sun, cool in the pool
June 11, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #94, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s Stacie Province and Steve Vogelsang. They’ll talk about the dangers of extreme heat  and the importance of keeping a close eye on those most at risk of heat stroke. Find out how you can cool off quickly and help someone showing signs of heat exhaustion. Also, learn how JCDHE is keeping us safe in the pools by monitoring water quality and safety measures.

Look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Learn more about JoCo on the Go.

Board of County Commissioners update
June 10, 2021

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

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, physical distancing will be observed in the Hearing Room, with limited seating in the adjacent lobby with audio available. A live broadcast will still be available at the link below and on Facebook Live.

Public comments are being accepted for the Board of County Commissioners’ meeting for those who preregister. Live public comments will be accepted either in-person or via Zoom, audio only. Individuals wishing to speak in-person or via Zoom may register by completing this registration form. Starting for the June 3rd meeting, individuals wishing to speak in-Person, may also sign up In-Person by 9:20 a.m. prior to the meeting. Online Registration opens Tuesday afternoon/evening (coincides with publishing the agenda) and closes at noon (12:00 p.m.) on the Wednesday before the Thursday meeting. If you complete the registration, you will receive an email notice later in the day on Wednesday regarding the status of your registration. Instructions on joining and speaking at the meeting via Zoom will be included in the email notice for individuals who register to speak via Zoom. Individuals registering to speak in person at the meeting will receive email confirmation of their registration. The BOCC has established a limit of 50 speakers for general public comments or for a specific agenda item. If more than 50 individuals register, the 50 speakers will be determined by a random process. Speakers will be limited to 3 minutes each.

Speakers who have registered to speak via Zoom will be called upon to speak first, followed by speakers who have registered to speak in person, then we will call upon speakers that signup the morning of the meeting. Registered speakers using Zoom will be called upon to speak in the order in which they signed up. Speakers who have registered/signed up for in person public comment will be admitted into the Hearing Room in the order specified by the Deputy Clerk. The Chairman may modify these procedures as needed to conduct an orderly and efficient meeting.

If you would like to make a WRITTEN public comment for the meeting, please use this link, WRITTEN Public Comments and complete the form. Written comments received by noon Wednesday will be shared with the entire Board prior to the meeting. Written comments will not be read into the record during the meeting. If you are unable to use this internet link, you may call the following number, and we will record your information. (913) 715-0424.
If you plan to attend a Board of County Commissioners meeting and need an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter or other Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation, please use this form to let us know what reasonable accommodation you need or 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.

The Board of County Commissioner proclaimed June 15, 2021 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

BOCC actions for June 10, 2021

  • Approved the reappointment of Chad Riley- Fourth District Representative of the Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee through March 31, 2024.
  • Approved the reappointment of Randy Hutchins- Sixth District Representative of the Southwest Consolidated Zoning Board through March 13, 2024. 
  • Approved the appointment of Jonathan Birkel- Seventh District Representative to the Transportation Council through December 11, 2021. 
  • Ratified the appointment of James Green – Chairman’s representative to the Transportation Council through August 31, 2021. 
  • Ratified the appointment of Richard H. Nobles, Jr. – Chairman’s representative to the Transportation Council through September 1, 2022. 
  • Authorized the appointment of Connie Schmidt to the Fire District #1 Governing Board.
  • Authorized a contract with HDR Engineering, Inc., for the survey and design to replace the Ridgeview Road bridge 0.8 miles north of 191st Street, at a cost not to exceed $220,385. 
  • Authorized an agreement with SHI International Corp. for the purchase of Microsoft Server Software for $184,392.88 using the State of Kansas Contract #42145. 
  • Authorized an agreement with Technology Group Solutions (TGS) for $274,191.22 for the purchase of VMWare Software and Implementation Services using the State of Kansas Contract #40400. 
  • Authorized a contract with Burns and McDonnell, for on call Airport engineering services, at a cost not to exceed $800,000 for a period of one (1) year with the option to renew for an additional four (4) additional one (1) year renewal options. 
  • Granted an Exception to Competition and authorized a contract extension for one (1) year with up to four (4) one-year renewal terms with Waste Management, Inc. for the disposal and removal of sludge, grit, screenings, and refuse from Johnson County Wastewater Facilities in an amount not to exceed $1,500,000 per year. 
  • Conducted a public hearing and authorized funds for Johnson County Wastewater infrastructure improvement projects in an amount not to exceed $2,360,000. 
  • Authorized a contract with Hg Consult, Inc. for the survey and design of safety improvements for 183rd Street from Metcalf Avenue to Nall Avenue, at a cost not to exceed $177,733.67. 
  • Authorized a contract with Valley Services, LLC (TRIO Community Meals), for Area Agency on Aging Nutrition Kitchen Services, at a cost not to exceed $825,000 for a period of one (1) year with the option to renew for an additional four (4) one year periods.
  • (Sitting as the Board of Fire District No. 2) Authorized the Chair to execute a separation and release agreement for Fire District No. 2 personnel. 

Manager’s Memo, Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager

COVID-19 and Vaccination: Johnson County Update

This report has been prepared by Dr. Sanmi Areola and Elizabeth Lawlor Holzschuh as of June 7, 2021. As was discussed at the prior Board meeting, this report will now be included weekly in the Manager’s Report. 

Major Projects Update 

This report is for major projects over $1 million and master plans. The report is provided bimonthly and supplements the Public Building Commission bi- annual reports in February and August. The information contained in this report is through May 31, 2021. 

Items currently on the agenda for the June 17 meeting

  • Consider authorizing the acceptance of federal grant EMW-2020-FG-12092 awarded to Johnson County MED-ACT through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant ProgramCOVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S), and authorize the reallocation and expenditure of County General Fund reserves in an amount not to exceed $40,313.64. Consider authorizing the reduction of the 2022 Contractor Licensing Renewal and Base fee from $225 to $180 beginning November 1, 2021. 
  • Amend the FY 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to include a capital project for the hazardous material abatement and razing of the existing structure(s) on the Kuhlman Diecasting property near 164th and Mission Road in an amount not to exceed $725,000; and to authorize the reallocation and use of General Fund Reserves in an amount not to exceed $725,000 to fund the project. 
  • Consider authorizing the publication of a proposed budget for Johnson County Government in the amount of $x,xxx,xxx,xxx for fiscal year 2022, notifying the county clerk of the proposed intent to exceed the revenue neutral rate, and setting a public hearing on the proposed budget for Monday, August 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Chambers.
Project SEARCH classes recognized at graduation ceremony
June 8, 2021

On Friday, Johnson County Developmental Supports and Johnson County Community College held a graduation ceremony for the 2020 and 2021 JCDS Project SEARCH classes!

Project SEARCH is an education and employment program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are interested in community employment. In the program, interns spend nine months working at a host business site. They complete three unpaid internship rotations designed to teach them marketable, transferable work skills.

Due to COVID-19, the class of 2020 did not get a traditional graduating ceremony last year, so this year the ceremony was combined so both classes could walk across the stage and be fully recognized for all their hard work. Even with the hardship brought on by the pandemic, the Johnson County Government Project SEARCH class of 2020 was able to achieve a 70% employment outcome award!

This program will be entering its eighth year with the class of 2022 starting this fall.

We want to thank our program partners, RideKC Freedom, Workforce Partnership KC, and a special thank you to Johnson County Community College Continuing Education for hosting and presenting graduates with Continuing Education Certificates for completing the program.

Congratulations to all the graduates!

2020 Project SEARCH Graduates:

  • Michaela Barry
  • Alexander Gaulke
  • Charity Pennington
  • Roy Hunter Bell
  • Cassandra Kamps
  • Devin Seeger
  • Sean Berrigan
  • Noah Krueger
  • Casi Valadez
  • Jennifer Crabtree
  • Arian Mohammadi

2021 Project SEARCH Graduates:

  • Nikolas Espinoza
  • Rachel Mast
  • Todd Weber
  • Sarah Hamilton
  • Arsha Merchant
  • Rachel Ann Zink
  • Christopher Shawn Larkins

Learn more about Project SEARCH at jcds.org.

Tax foreclosure auction coming soon
June 4, 2021

The next Johnson County tax foreclosure auction is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13 at 10 a.m., in Room 200 (lower level) of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, Olathe, Kansas 66061. All bidders must register. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in Rooms 202/204.

Get information about the properties being auctioned by visiting http://jocogov.org/tax-foreclosure-auction

Note: Properties may be redeemed by the parcel owners prior to auction, so the list of parcels for auction may change. Notices the day of sale will take precedence. Check the website for updates/changes.

Johnson County hosts National Co-Responder Conference
June 4, 2021

On Monday, June 7, Johnson County Mental Health Center will host the second annual National Co-Responder Conference, in Olathe. The conference, held in Olathe, will include nearly 300 law enforcement officers, mental health professionals and other first responders from 22 states.

This year’s theme, The Right Response, will address the effectiveness of mental health professionals working along first responders on calls involving behavioral health concerns. Rep. Sharice Davids will provide opening remarks. Keynote speakers include Howard Nathaniel Lee, a former North Carolina mayor whose major projects include the first police social worker initiative; The Billions Institute Managing Director Becky Margiotta; and JCMHC Director Tim DeWeese. Read more about the keynote speakers.

The conference wraps up on Wednesday, June 9. Learn more about the conference.

Theatre in the Park begins 2021 season
June 4, 2021

On Friday, June 4, the  Johnson County’s Theatre in the Park (TIP) begins its 2021 season of five musical productions after cancelling its outdoor program last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Mamma Mia!” opens the summer outdoor performances on June 4-6 and June 10-12 at the TIP complex at Shawnee Mission Park. The theater facility has its own entrance at 7700 Renner Road, Shawnee. 

Cinderella posterOther upcoming performances include:

  • “Curtains” – June 18-20 and June 23-26
  • Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” – July 2-3 (no performance on July 4) and July 7-10
  • “Halftime – Gotta Dance” – July 16-17 and July 21-24
  • Disney’s  “Newsies” – July 30, 31 and Aug. 1 and Aug. 4-7

Showtime for all outdoor productions is 8:30 p.m. Performances last approximately two hours with a 20-minute intermission. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. followed by the gates to the seating bowl at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices are adult admission $10, youth $6 (ages 4-10) and children three and under free (but require a ticket for entrance). Reserved seats and parking are also available. Tickets may be purchased at the box office the nights of performance or online through its website: theatreinthepark.org.

TIP is a program of the Johnson County Parks and Recreation District and is the largest community theatre in the nation. The program was created in 1969 and  has presented live-theater outdoor performances since 1970, beginning in Antioch Park, Merriam, before being relocated to Shawnee Mission Park two years later. 

The 2021 season also features two indoor productions with “The Full Monty’ from Oct. 1-17 and TIP’s second annual “Innovative Theatre Challenge” from Dec. 10-24. Both indoor productions will take place in the Arts and Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. 

Indoor tickets are reserved seating and prices vary by production.  Tickets may be purchased online at TIP’s website and at the front desk of the Arts and Heritage Center either in person or by phone at 913-826-2787.

More information about Theatre in the Park and its 2021 outdoor and indoor seasons is available by visiting theatreinthepark.org.