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Public meeting for Johnson County Square tomorrow
November 19, 2019

How would you like to use a new County Square? Johnson County and the city of Olathe need your feedback about improvement concepts for the Johnson County Square project, located in the space where the current Johnson County Courthouse sits.

The public is invited to attend a public open house Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Lower Level Conference Room 0200 at the Johnson County Administrative Building (111 S. Cherry St.) in Olathe.

During the public open house, the public will be able to review detailed exhibits for improvement concepts for the new Square. No formal presentation will be given. The public is welcome to stop by anytime during the meeting’s timeframe. County staff and the design-build and community engagement team will be present to discuss the concepts, answer questions, and gather feedback to inform the next steps of the design process.

BACKGROUND

Construction is underway on Johnson County’s new 28-courtroom courthouse located at the corner of Kansas Avenue and Santa Fe Street in Downtown Olathe. Thereafter, activities from the existing courthouse will be moved to the new building and the old courthouse will be demolished, creating a new space known as the “County Square.”

To ensure it reflects area needs and interests, the county and a new steering committee will consider public feedback and develop programming concepts that include activities the public could enjoy in the new space. Additionally, the concepts will build upon previous planning efforts, such as the Envision Olathe Downtown Plan (2003), Streetscape Master Plan and Downtown Design Guidelines (2003), Downtown Active Transportation Plan (2017), Olathe’s Bike Share Implementation Strategy (2018), and more. The outcome will be a phased approach to programming the space.

The planning process began this fall and will continue through early 2020. A design-build and community engagement team consisting of JE Dunn Construction, TreanorHL, Fentress Architects, Newmark Grubb Zimmer, Hoxie Collective, Vireo, and LandWorks is assisting with the project.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the new Johnson County Square, contact Dan Wehmueller, Johnson County project manager, at daniel.wehmueller@jocogov.org. You may also follow the county and city on social media and use our #JoCoSquare hashtag.  

JoCo on the Go: Fighting the flu
November 18, 2019

During our 16th JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re addressing how to prevent and fight the flu during the winter months. Flu season can last through May, and brings many miserable symptoms, such as aches, pains and fever. Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Becky Prall, and Caitlin Kintner with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, offer advice about how and when to get the flu shot.

According to state regulations, each person with a case of influenza shall remain in home isolation for five days following onset of illness or until fever free for 24 hours without aid of medication, whichever is longer, except when seeking medical care. Learn more about the regulation. Check out the latest stats on flu in Johnson County. Learn about flu shots.

 JoCo on the Go is now available on Apple and Google Play. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode.

Exercise held to simulate re-entry from incarceration
November 15, 2019

In a joint effort, Johnson and Douglas counties co-hosted a re-entry simulation on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Johnson County Administration Building, Olathe. The event was held to help staff who work closely with those involved in the justice system to develop a greater sense of some of the barriers recently released adults face as they reintegrate into society.

The event included dozens of individuals from the court to correctional systems. Participants received an identity and a set of circumstances, and asked to complete a series of tasks, such as paying rent, buying food, accessing transportation and maintaining employment.

“They’re told you can go now, and good luck,” said Rebecca Sudja, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office re-entry case manager. “This is what they face.”

The two-hour long event allowed the participants to experience several “weeks” of life after incarceration.

Johnson County bonds receive top credit ratings
November 14, 2019

Johnson County has again received a AAA/Stable credit rating from all three bond rating agencies – Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor's, and Moody's Investor Services for its general obligation bonds. Of the more than 3,000 counties in the nation, fewer than 30 receive the top rating from all three agencies.

The agencies examined Johnson County’s diverse tax base, financial policies, debt burden and long-range plans for continued fiscal health, economic strengths and overall quality of life in establishing their ratings regarding the issuance and sale of slightly more than $22.1 million in general obligation bonds by Johnson County and almost $1.4 million in lease purchase revenue bonds by the Public Building Commission of Johnson County. The bond ratings help determine the ease with which the county can borrow money and the interest rates it pays. The better the rating, the better terms it gets on its money.

“While Johnson County has had a Triple-A rating for several years, we never take it for granted,” Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, said. “The professional review shows we remain in the top one percent of counties nationwide in developing sound fiscal policies, budgeting conservatively and finding ways to do more with less.”

County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson agreed.

“We are always pleased to receive this highest designation, Triple-A, from all three of the national rating agencies. It affirms, through independent evaluation and judgment, that Johnson County Government is meeting and exceeding the highest standards established on behalf of our citizens,” she said.

On Thursday, the Board of County Commissioners approved the issuance of $22,165,000 in G.O. bonds for wastewater improvements, totaling 20,531,727, and $2,994,600 for the Johnson County radio replacement project. The wastewater bonds will be financed over 20 years while the radio replacement bonds involved a 10-year issuance. The G.O. bonds were purchased by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC at an interest rate of 2.34%.

The Board also authorized $1,390,000 in lease purchase revenue bonds for the renovation, construction, equipping and furnishing of improvements to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Operations Building and the Adult Detention Center along with improvements to the Corrections Department’s Adult Residential Center 3. All three facilities are at the New Century AirCenter near Gardner. The Board, in its role as the Public Building Commission, approved the issuance and sale of the lease purchase revenue bonds that were sold to Robert W. Baird & Co at an interest rate of 2.55%

The Board and PBC unanimously approved all three bond transactions in separate votes.

All three agencies viewed the county’s outlook as “stable” with a “low long-term” debt burden, a “very strong” economy and well-managed” finances.

More information is available by contacting Scott Neufeld, Director of the Johnson County Department of Budget and Financial Planning, scott.neufeld@jocogov.org or Nate Blum, Management and Budget Analyst, nate.blum@jocogov.org, or they can be contacted at (913) 715-0605.

 

BOCC update
November 14, 2019

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

BOCC actions for the week of November 11, 2019

The BOCC voted to authorize the following items:

Fire District items

  • (Sitting as the Governing Board of Fire District No. 2) The purchase of two (2) 2020 Ford F-350 4x4 super-cab brush trucks with installed 9’ aluminum beds, 250 gallon water tanks, fire pumps, and hose reels from Unruh Fire Equipment, Sedgwick, Kansas per the HGAC bid, for a total price not to exceed $153,214.

Agreements and contracts

  • An agreement with the City of Olathe to provide funding in the amount not to exceed $375,000 for the construction of a regional detention basin upstream of Lackman Road, estimated to cost $6.2 million.
  • A contract with Olsson, Inc. for the survey and design of safety improvements for 199th Street from Clare Road to US-169 Highway at a cost not to exceed $309,408.
  • A contract with Thomas McGee Group for Workers’ Compensation and Liability Claim Administration Services, (“TPA Services”) in an amount not to exceed $117,700. The contract term is for a one (1) year period with four (4) additional one (1) year renewal options.
  • (THE BOARD VOTED TO TABLE THIS ITEM INDEFINITELY) A contract with VitalCore Health Strategies, LLC, for inmate and offender medical services, at a cost not to exceed $20,230,253.65 for a period of three (3) years with the option to renew for two (2) additional three (3) year periods.

Bond issuances

  • Directed the issuance, sale and delivery of General Obligation Internal Improvement Bonds, Series 2019A of Johnson County, Kansas for the purpose of providing funds to finance certain wastewater improvements and the Sheriff Radio Replacement project in the aggregate principal amount to be determined but now estimated to be $22,105,000; providing for the levy and collection of an annual tax for the purpose of paying the principal of and interest on said bonds as they become due, and making certain covenants and agreements to provide for the payment and security thereof; and authorizing certain other documents and actions connected therewith.
  • The renovation, construction, equipping and furnishing of improvements to the Sheriff's Operations Building, Adult Residential Center 3 and the new Century Adult Detention Center, approving the issuance by the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas of its Lease Purchase Revenue Bonds (Major Asset Replacement Projects), Series 2019A, in the aggregate principal amount to be determined but now estimated to be $1,390,000 for the purpose of funding such new projects; and authorized and approved the execution of certain documents and taking of certain actions in connections therewith.

Procedural items

  • Charter Resolution No. 044-19 to allow the Board of County Commissioners to establish procedures and schedules, including holiday schedules for official meeting dates.
  • Set an official meeting calendar for the Board of County Commissioners for 2020.

Sitting as the Special Public Building Commission

  • The issuance by the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas of its Lease Purchase Revenue Improvement Bonds (Major Asset Replacement Project), Series 2019A, in the aggregate principal amount to be determined but now estimated to be $1,390,000 for the purpose of funding such new projects; and authorizing and approving the execution of certain documents and taking of certain actions in connections therewith.

The Board held a study session to review the questions for the 2020 Community Survey.

A look ahead for the week of Nov. 18

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=2019-11

BOCC calendar week of Nov. 18

These are the current items on the Nov. 21, 2019 BOCC agenda:

  • Consider adopting to install stop signs at the intersection of the Airport Commission’s Railroad and Conestoga Street in New Century AirCenter.
  • Consider annual approval of the investment policy for Johnson County, with no revenue or cost impact to the County.
  • Consider Approving the 2020 Audit Plan proposed by the County Auditor.
  • Consider a request from Carol Hatfield, applicant, and the Carol J. Hatfield Revocable Trust, landowner, for Preliminary and Final Plat for 2 residential lots to be known as Hatfield Acres, on approximately 77 acres, on property zoned RUR, Rural District, located at 14470 Dillie Road.
  • Consider a request from Eric, Shiloh, Larry, and Judy Harlan applicants/landowners, for approval of a 1,200 sq. ft. accessory dwelling unit on 40 acres located at 14820 Edgerton Road.
  • Consider entering into a Business Operations Agreement with the Johnson County Law Library to allow the County to provide certain ministerial, financial, and general recordkeeping services.
  • Invitation to Bid No. 2019-002. Consider authorizing a contract with Insituform Technologies, LLC. for Collection System Rehabilitation and Repair with Cured in Place Pipe and Manhole Rehabilitation, CMSD Contract No.32, in an amount not to exceed $5,000,000 annually with four (4) one-year optional renewals.

 

Comments welcome on new County Square concepts
November 14, 2019

Public Open House scheduled Nov. 20

#JoCoSquare

How would you like to use a new County Square? Johnson County, in coordination with the city of Olathe, is gathering feedback about improvement concepts for the Johnson County Square project. Community members are welcome to get involved by attending the public open house Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Lower Level Conference Room 0200 at the Johnson County Administrative Building (111 S. Cherry St.) in Olathe.

During the public open house, the public will be able to review detailed exhibits for improvement concepts for the new Square. No formal presentation will be given. The public is welcome to stop by anytime during the meeting’s timeframe. County staff and the design-build and community engagement team will be present to discuss the concepts, answer questions, and gather feedback to inform the next steps of the design process.

For more information about the new Johnson County Square, contact Dan Wehmueller, Johnson County project manager, at daniel.wehmueller@jocogov.org. You may also follow the county and city on social media and use our #JoCoSquare hashtag.  

Information on the background of the project is available in this press release.

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