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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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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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JoCo on the Go: Getting through the DMV with ease
February 24, 2020

JoCo on the Go podcast episode #30 includes a conversation with Johnson County Treasurer and Director Tom Franzen, of the county’s Treasury and Financial Management department, and Johnson County Motor Vehicle Specialist Jake Letner. They break down the fees and taxes you pay when you register your vehicle and renew your tags. They also talk about ways to get in and out of the DMV quickly, with tips on when to go and how to avoid an office visit altogether.

Visit Johnson County Motor Vehicle department online.

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.

Board of County Commissioners update
February 20, 2020

BOCC actions for the week of February 17, 2020

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was recognized for being awarded the Gold AAA traffic safety award from Kansas Department of Transportation. This is the Sheriff’s Office sixth consecutive year to receive this award.

The BOCC voted to authorize the following items:

  • Appointed Matt Wild as the Architect/Civil Engineer representative to the Contractor Licensing Review Board through January 16, 2022.
  • City of Gardner Application Nos. FP-19-05 for a Final Plat for Tallgrass, 1st Plat (a 2-lot multi-family residential subdivision), and FDP-19-03 for a Final Development Plan for Tallgrass Phase 1, located at the northwest corner of University Drive and Moonlight Road, City of Gardner, within one mile of the New Century Airport.
  • A contract with multiple vendors for construction inspection services at a cost not to exceed annually $750,000 for a period of 12-months with the option to renew four (4) additional one-year periods.

The board held a study session on the Aging Services Master Plan presented by the Commission on Aging. The plan is available at this link.

A look ahead for the week of Feb. 24

Below is a look at the BOCC calendar for next week. Details on the meetings are available at https://jocogov.org/calendar-created/month?field_event_type_tid=4224&date=2020-02

BOCC week of feb. 24

These are the current items on the Feb. 27, 2020 BOCC agenda:

  • Consider appointing Josie Herrera as the Fourth District representative to the Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission through March 4, 2024.
  • Consider a request from Martin Marietta Kansas City, LLC for an amendment to their existing Conditional Use Permit for expansion of mining area and continued operation of the surface rock quarry, known as Sunflower Quarry, including mining, blasting, rock crushing, rock stockpiling, rock sales, and concrete batch plant, located west of Kill Creek Road, south of 95th Street and north of 111th Street.
  • Consider a request from CJ Garrett, applicant, and Robert W. Sullivan, Trustee for the Robert W. Sullivan Trust, landowner, for Final Development Plan which will serve as the final plat for 10 residential lots, to be known as Waverly Estates, on 80 acres located on Waverly Road at 102nd Street.
  • Consider adopting, amending the policy for the display and use of a standard logo for Johnson County Government, clarifying that official county business includes use by individual commissioners for the conduct of their official duties.
  • Consider approving the agreement with Oracle America, Inc. for a term of five (5) years at a cost of $3,570,780 with the optional term of a three (3) year renewal up to $2,271,016 for the purchase of Human Capital Management (HCM) and ERP (Financial and Procurement) subscription services. Additionally, staff requests the approval of amendment No. 001 to the Interlocal Agreement between the County and the Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) that allows JCPRD to reimburse the County up to $125,000 a year for these Cloud services. Staff also requests the approval to establish a project account in the amount of $3,570,780 in order to transfer budgetary funds from the Department of Human Resources, Budget Office, Office of Treasury and Financial Management, and Department of Technology and Innovation until the transition of this project is completed over the course of the next three years.
  • Hold a public hearing to consider vacating an alley in Stilwell.
  • Consider approving an agreement with Leavenworth County for repairs to the De Soto River Bridge utilizing Public Works Fund Reserves.
  • Consider authorizing contracts with Hamm Inc., Mid-States Materials LLC, Johnson County Aggregates and Green Dream International, in the amount not to exceed $600,000, for the purchase of rock products for a one (1) year term with the option to renew four (4) additional one (1) year terms.
  • Conduct a public hearing and consider authorizing funds for Johnson County Wastewater infrastructure improvement projects in an amount not to exceed $1,435,000 and authorize the County to enter into an agreement with the City of Prairie Village for the Delmar/Fontana sanitary sewer relocation and capacity upgrade reimbursement.
  • Conduct a public hearing to authorize funds for the construction phase of the Turkey Creek Pump Station Improvements Project (SMTCContract 37) in an amount not to exceed $6,430,000, increasing the total project authorization to $7,230,000.
  • Consider authorizing a contract with Crossland Heavy Contractors, Inc. to construct the Turkey Creek Pump Station Improvements Project (SMTC-Contract 37) in an amount not to exceed $5,133,073.
  • Consider authorizing the Mental Health Department to add a 0.5 FTE Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) Clinician and a 0.5 FTE Admissions Assistant and reclassify the use of reserves in an amount not to exceed $82,000 for Fiscal Year 2020.
  • Consider authorizing a contract with Infinity Group, LLC to reconstruct abatement demolition and replace the fire sprinkler system located at Med-Act Station 51, 205 E. Flaming Road, Olathe in a total amount not to exceed $318,890.
  • Consider adopting the 2020 Johnson County Federal Legislative Platform.
Johnson County invites public comment on proposed RideKC route changes
February 24, 2020

Johnson County announces a public outreach effort to gather feedback on proposed changes to its fixed route service. The Board of County Commissioners authorized the 30-day public comment period on January 30. The suggested adjustments came out of the county’s 2018 Comprehensive Operations Analysis and its current micro transit pilot. If approved by the BOCC, the adjustments would take effect on May 4, 2020.

Opportunities for Public Comment and Feedback

Johnson County and RideKC have created a survey to gather feedback on these proposed changes. This survey can be found online at jocogov.org/transit-public-comment.

In addition, Johnson County and RideKC will hold several public meetings for customers and the general public to learn more about these changes and to provide input.

These meetings will each have an “open house” format where participants can come and go anytime within the specified hours and be able to speak to Johnson County and RideKC representatives. There will be no formal presentation.

The survey is online at jocogov.org/transit-public-comment. You may also submit comments and questions, or request a paper survey by either calling 913-715-8354 or emailing transit.comment@jocogov.org. Comments and completed surveys can also be mailed to Johnson County Transit, 1701 W. 56 Highway, Olathe, KS 66061.

For route and schedule information, call the Regional Call Center at 816-221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. or visit RideKC.org.

Income tax return help is available
February 19, 2020

It’s income tax season and Johnson County residents have access to two free resources to help them navigate the forms, tables and deadlines.

Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is again partnering with El Centro and NextStepKC to host the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe.

Johnson County Library and AARP are also here to help with tax services at the Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park.

Workshop available for people living with chronic diseases
February 18, 2020

Do you live with a chronic disease? Consider attending an upcoming workshop in Johnson County. Experts designed it to help you learn to improve your health and cut your healthcare costs.

It's free, and adults of any age can benefit from the skills taught in the workshop. We also encourage friends, relatives and caregivers to attend.

The workshop is part of a Chronic Disease Self-Management Education program presented by:

Stanford University developed the workshop.

Two trained leaders who live with a chronic disease run the workshop. It is interactive and evidence based and covers the following topics:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation.
  • Exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance.
  • Appropriate use of medications.
  • Communicating better with family, friends and health professionals about your conditions.
  • Nutrition, decision making and how to evaluate new treatments for your disease.

Participants meet once a week for six weeks. Each session is two and a half hours long. Participants receive a workbook, relaxation CD and class incentives.

A new class starts April 2, 2020 and ends May 7, 2020 at the Lenexa Senior Center, 13420 Oak St., Lenexa. Class time is 9 - 11:30 a.m. Space is limited. Call 913-477-7134 to register.

More workshops are coming soon to Johnson County. Email Alison Wiley for more information.

Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices closed Feb. 17
February 17, 2020

Residents are encouraged to plan ahead if they wish to visit the Johnson County Motor Vehicle offices early next week. The two motor vehicle sites will be closed to the public on Monday, Feb. 17, for an all-staff, in-service training. All offices will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The locations of the closed offices are:

  • Mission Motor Vehicle Office, 6000 Lamar Ave.
  • Olathe Motor Vehicle Office, 782 N. Ridgeview Road

In addition, commercial motor vehicle services for dealerships and fleets located in Suite 1500 of the Administration Building at 111 S. Cherry St. will also be unavailable on the 17th.

Customers can renew their vehicle registrations online or by mail. For additional information regarding services, please visit jocogov.org.

All other Johnson County Government offices; including offices located in the County Administration Building, will be open Feb. 17.