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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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Project SEARCH meetings highlight employment support
January 22, 2020

Families are invited to attend a Johnson County Developmental Supports Project SEARCH informational meeting to learn more about the program. The meeting will be held 6-8 p.m. and families can choose to attend one of two sessions: Jan. 23 or Feb. 4, 2020, at the Johnson County Administration Building, located at 111 S. Cherry St., in Olathe, lower level room 200.

Project SEARCH is an education and employment program model for individuals, 18 years of age or older, with an intellectual or developmental disability who are interested in community employment. JCDS is eager to implement our seventh year of Project SEARCH beginning in August 2020.

Interns spend their time immersed in a host business site, completing three internship rotations designed to teach them marketable, transferable skills. The goal of the program is employment for each intern -- defined as a minimum of 16 hours per week in a competitive, integrated setting, earning a prevailing wage or higher.

Register for free on Eventbrite for the January or the February session. For more information, please contact Forrest Austin by email or by phone at 913-826-2278.

To learn more about JCDS, please visit us onlineFollow this event on Facebook.

JoCo on the Go: Affording Johnson County Living
January 22, 2020

JoCo on the Go podcast episode #25 includes details of assistance services for Johnson County residents facing housing issues. David Ward and Jesse Mofle, with Johnson County’s Human Services department, walk listeners through programs to help with affording housing costs and making needed repairs so vulnerable residents can remain in their homes. 

JoCo on the Go is available where you regularly listen to podcasts. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode.

Public hearing for Sunflower Quarry expansion
January 22, 2020

A public hearing for the proposed Martin Marietta – Sunflower Quarry expansion is scheduled for January 27 at 7 p.m. before the Northwest Consolidated Zoning Board. Neighbors will have an opportunity to hear about the project and comment before the zoning board at this time.

BOCC approves dust control cost sharing program
January 17, 2020

Johnson County still has about 135 miles of gravel roads. One of the issues that comes with living on a gravel road is dealing with the dust created by traffic. The dust gets in the air, on your vehicle, in your house, and it can be a nuisance. To help with this issue, the Board of County Commissioners approved a dust control cost sharing program for 2020. In the program, a product is sprayed onto the gravel road in front of your home to help reduce the dust. The road will still look like a gravel road, but the dust created by traffic is significantly reduced.

As part of the dust control program, the county will pay for half of the cost to apply the product with the resident paying the other half. To be eligible for this program, residents must be living on a gravel road in the unincorporated area of Johnson County. The program will cover a 400-foot treatment area in front of your home. It will be limited to the first 100 people who sign up.

Application of the treatment is planned for May and June, depending on the weather and demand for the program. There are no guarantees as to the effectiveness and longevity of the dust control treatment. It is hoped that it will last the dry summer months. Annual reapplication is recommended.

In a few weeks, Public Works will release pricing information and start accepting applications. If you wish to be notified about the program once it begins, please contact Rob Callahan at 913-715-8363

View for more information on the dust control cost share program.

Don’t suffer in silence
January 16, 2020

You may have heard the terrible news recently about one of our own county employees, Georgia Leming Petsch. She was killed last week, allegedly due to domestic violence. Georgia had been a residential direct support professional with Johnson County Developmental Supports since 2016. Not only is Georgia’s untimely death a huge loss for her family, friends and county colleagues, but she was a beloved volunteer with The Rescue Project.

According to the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, domestic violence is not that uncommon; one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives – with three women in the U.S. being murdered each day by their partners.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there is help available.

In Johnson County:

In the Greater Kansas City Area:

Outside the Greater Kansas City Area

For more information, see these domestic violence statistics in Kansas gathered by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

BOCC update
January 16, 2020

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

BOCC actions for the week of January 13, 2020

The BOCC voted to authorize the following items:

Boards and commissions

  • Ratified the Chairman’s appointment of Mary Cyr to the Transportation Council through September 1, 2022.
  • Ratified the Chairman’s reappointment of Francis H “Chip” Corcoran to the Transportation Council through September 1, 2022.
  • Appointed Martin Pyle as the Fourth District representative to the Public Art Commission through December 31, 2020.
  • Reappointed Christopher Leitch as the First District representative to the Public Art Commission through December 31, 2022.
  • Reappointed Larry Meeker as the Second District representative to the Public Art Commission through December 31, 2022.
  • Reappointed Bess Wallerstein Huff as the Third District representative to the Public Art Commission through December 31, 2022.
  • Reappointed Brian Leuenberg as the Sixth District representative to the Northwest Consolidated Zoning Board through January 7, 2023.
  • Reappointed Jeff Meyers as the Second District representative to the Park and Recreation Commission through January 31, 2023.
  • Reappointed George Schlagel as the Sixth District representative to the Park and Recreation Commission through January 31, 2023.
  • Ratified the Chairman’s reappointment of Leonard Nick to the Investment Review Group through December 31, 2021.
  • Ratified the Chairman’s appointment of Gregory Hill to the Civil Service Board through February 5, 2023.

Planning and zoning items

  • A request from Harvey and Anita Felzke, applicants/landowners, for conditional use permit renewal for buildings and structures which exceed the accessory building size limitations on 5 acres located at 15765 W. 199th Street.

Fire District items:

  • A one-time reimbursement for the costs incurred by the Johnson County Fire Districts for the purchase of Mobile Data Terminals for the purpose of continual compatibility with the County 911 system and to maintain current levels of public safety and to authorize a one-time reallocation and expenditure of fund balance (reserves) for Fiscal Year 2020 of the Public Safety Sales Tax 1 reserves within the General Fund in an amount not to exceed $200,000 to pay for the reimbursements, and that the Board authorize the County Manager, or her designee, to create and establish a process for the Fire Districts to apply for and receive the reimbursements, consistent with the intent of this action.

The Board met as the Committee of the Whole to discuss the Johnson County Wastewater Deferment Policy. The Committee of the Whole voted to recommend that the BOCC hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the deferment policy. The Committee also discussed the county’s 2020 Federal Legislative Platform.  More information on both topics is available here.

A look ahead for the week of Jan. 20

Below is a look at the BOCC calendar for next week. Details on the meetings are available at https://www.jocogov.org/calendar-created/month?field_event_type_tid=4224&date=2020-01

BOCC weekly calendar


These are the current items on the Jan. 23, 2020 BOCC agenda:

  • Consider authorizing a contract with Gunter Construction Company, Inc. to improve ADA compliance for parking lots located at the Johnson County Northeast Office (NEO), 6000 Lamar Avenue and the North Central Multi-Service Center (NCMSC), 12425 W. 87th Street in a total amount not to exceed $128,035.
  • Consider a request from Butler National Corporation, applicant, and Johnson County Airport Commission, landowner, for Final Development Plan approval for construction of an airplane hangar and an office addition to an existing airplane hangar, on approximately 3.0 acres, in Section 17, Township 14, Range 23, Johnson County, Kansas, located at 1 Aero Plaza.