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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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Board of County Commissioners approves Solid Waste Management Plan
September 12, 2019

Every five years, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment partners with the Solid Waste Management Committee to complete a solid waste management plan (SWMP) as required by Kansas law. This plan allows for the long-term management of solid waste in Johnson County, and insures adequate and sustainable options for dealing with waste. County officials sought feedback from residents, businesses and industry professionals as they developed this year’s plan.  

Highlights of the 2019 Solid Waste Management Plan include a focus on: expanding recycling to businesses and multi-family housing, reducing contamination in recycling through education efforts, and reducing food, construction and demolition waste. The 2019 plan also looks at the need for a new Household Hazardous Waste collection facility, and the potential to expand food waste composting operations within Johnson County.    

To better understand what Johnson County businesses and residents are throwing away, recycling and composting, the county conducts a waste study every few years. The most recent study, completed in 2015, showed a growing amount of food waste, plastics, and construction and demolition waste, and a decrease in yard waste and paper.

Innovations from previous Solid Waste Management Plans have led to a reduction in waste by expanding recycling to all single-family homes, implementing yard waste restrictions that greatly reduced the amount of yard waste going into the Johnson County landfill and developing a business assistance program. Through these efforts we have seen an increase in the diversion rate – the percentage of what is not going to the landfill – from 21% to 38%.

BOCC update
September 12, 2019

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

BOCC actions for the week of September 9, 2019

The Board proclaimed September 15-October 15, 2019 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The BOCC voted to authorize the following items:

Boards and Commission appointments

  • Reappointment of Gayle V. Richardson to the Developmental Supports Board, September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2022.
  • Reappointment of Rick F. Biery as the Fifth District representative to the Transportation Council, September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2022.
  • Reappointment of Debbie Scott Williams as the Second District representative to the Developmental Supports Board, September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2022.
  • Reappointment of Richard Hemphill as the Sixth District representative to the Board of Zoning Appeals, through May 5, 2022.
  • Reappointment of Kimberly Mann as the Sixth District representative to the Commission on Aging, September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2022.
  • Reappointment of David McKune as the Sixth District representative to the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board, through June 30, 2022.
  • Appointment of Fabian Shepard as the Fifth District representative to the Library Board, September 12, 2019 through April 30, 2023.

Memo of Understanding

  • Approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning the grant application made by the City of Olathe through the 2019 Bureau of Justice Assistance Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program to include Johnson County as a party, together with the cities of Olathe, Overland Park, and Shawnee.

Facility/equipment improvements

  • Expenditure with Turn-Key Mobile, Inc. to replace 28 mobile data computer terminals in Med-Act vehicles utilizing 911 funds in an amount not to exceed $116,116.
  • Contract with Tailor Made Exteriors to replace the roof of the Johnson County Mental Health Community Support Services (CSS) located at 6440 Neiman Road for a total amount not to exceed $151,846.
  • Exception to competition and an agreement to upgrade the in building antenna repeater system in 4 County facilities in an amount not to exceed $290,777.

Johnson County Wastewater items

  • Contract with USIC Locating Services, LLC, for utility locating services within the Consolidated Main Sewer District at a cost not to exceed $775,000 for a period of one year with the option to renew for an additional four one-year renewals.
  • Contract with Denali Water Solutions, LLC, for Biosolids Land Application from JCW facilities at a cost not to exceed $500,000 per year for a three-year contract with the option to renew for an additional three years.
  • Term and supply contracts with Harcros Chemicals, Inc., Brenntag Mid-South, PVS Technologies Inc., Evoqua Water Technologies LLC, Carus Corporation, DPC Industries Inc., and Environmental Operating Solutions Inc. for wastewater treatment chemicals in an amount not to exceed $3,500,000 annually. The contract period for this award is for one year with an option to renew for four additional one-year periods.

Solid Waste Management

  • Held a public hearing and adopted a revised solid waste management plan, to be known as the Johnson County Solid Waste Management Plan, 2019 Edition, and which provides for, among other things, continued compliance with K.S.A. 65-3405.

Bond issuances

  • Authorized the sale of approximately $21,710,000 principal amount of General Obligation Internal Improvement Bonds, Series 2019A (the “Series 2019A Bonds”).
  • (Sitting as the Public Building Commission) Authorized the sale of the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas, Lease Purchase Revenue Bonds (2019 Major Asset Replacement Projects), Series 2019A (the “Series 2019A Bonds”) in a principal amount not to exceed $1,390,000.

In the afternoon the Board held a Committee of the Whole on the Kansas Water Vision/ Blue River Watershed Integrated Plan.

A look ahead for the week of Sept. 16:

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.

Calendar

These are the current items on the Sept. 19, 2019 BOCC agenda.

  • Consider ratifying the reappointment of Christopher Iliff as the Chairman’s representative to the Planning Commission through October 4, 2020.
  • Consider ratifying the reappointment of Peter Oppermann as the Chairman’s representative to the Planning Commission through October 4, 2021.
  • Consider ratifying the reappointment of Mark Huggins as the Chairman’s representative to the Planning Commission through October 4, 2021.
  • Consider ratifying the reappointment of Roger Mason as the Chairman’s representative to the Planning Commission through October 4, 2022.
  • Consider approving the August 29, 2019 business session minutes.
  • Consider adopting Human Resource Policies 501 through 510 pertaining to employee benefits and authorizing the adoption of related Human Resources Procedures effective January 1, 2020, and replacing current Johnson County Human Resources Policies and Procedure pertaining to employee benefits.
  • Conduct a public hearing and consider approving the proposed 5-Year (2020-2024) Public Housing Authority (PHA) Plan and Streamlined Annual (2020) PHA Plan for submission to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • Conduct a public hearing to apportion the costs of paving Red Bird Street. Red Bird Street is located north of 207th Street between Hedge Lane and Cedar Niles Road.
  • Consider approving general obligation bonds to be issued by the governing body of Fire District No. 1 of Johnson County, Kansas, in the maximum principal amount of $10,000,000 to finance the acquisition, construction, and equipping of a new fire station at or about 199th Street and Homestead, and the financing or refinancing of fire trucks or other equipment.
  • William and Charlene Carter, applicant and landowners, for an amendment to a Preliminary and Final Plat for two residential lots, Carter Acres II, on 5.4 acres, on property zoned RN2, Residential Neighborhood 2 District, located at 13115 Lakeshore Drive.
JoCo Veterans Treatment Court celebrates two graduates
September 12, 2019

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, two men graduated the Johnson County Veterans Treatment Court program, after successfully completing comprehensive mental health and/or substance abuse treatment, a series of court appearances, drug and alcohol testing, recovery support meetings and working closely with mentors who are also veterans.

One of the two graduates, Dwayne Gipson, former U.S. Marine, says the program and his mentor were instrumental in restoring his well-being.

“They make sure we are taken care of,” Gipson said. “I told my wife and other people, I accomplished more in the last 18 months than I probably did in the last 18 years. This program was definitely what I needed to get my act together, so it worked for me. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I really appreciate what they’re doing for veterans.”

The mission of the Veterans Treatment Court is to identify veterans in the criminal justice system and, when eligible, get them into treatment and court supervision as an alternative to incarceration. Veterans voluntarily participate in the 12 to 18-month program.

During Wednesday’s graduation ceremony, it was noted that there are approximately 400 Veterans Treatment Court programs across the country.

The other graduate of the program noted during his presentation at the event, “Fortunately, not all veterans need this program, but those that do, thank you for this program.”

Gipson encourages other veterans who are struggling to get help by reaching out to their local Veterans Administration or other services, such as Johnson County Mental Health, that provide support. Mental health emergency services are available by calling 913-268-0156, or the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (or text to 838255). 

 

World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10, 2019

Sept. 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day. On Aug. 29, the Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Sept. 10 as Suicide Prevention Day in Johnson County. There are many resources available to those who need them. Please visit the Johnson County Mental Health resources page  or the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For immediate help, you can call the Johnson County Mental Health 24-hour Crisis Line — 913-268-0156 — a line answered by local mental health professionals who assess immediate needs.

Johnson County Mental Health has coasters and magnets available on suicide prevention. The details are on Facebook.com/JoCoMNH.

The #ZeroReasonsWhy campaign is just one of the may community efforts that has partnered with Johnson County Mental Health on suicide prevention. The group just celebrated the ribbon cutting for its space at Oak Park Mall. More information is available in this KCTV news story.

Finally, we ask that you remember two messages.

You are not alone.

Help is available.

Johnson County observes National Day of Service with volunteer opportunities
September 11, 2019

Wednesday, Sept. 11, is the 2019 National Day of Service and Remembrance, a federally-recognized day of unity and charitable service.

The 18th annual observance is asking American citizens and residents, locally and nationally, to volunteer in their communities, donate to charities or perform other good deeds in tribute to the individuals lost and injured in the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks, first responders and the many who have risen in service to defend freedom since then.

Johnson County relies on volunteers in many ways to provide services and help residents with a wide range of opportunities. Volunteers for Human Services deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound residents and provide transportation to residents in need through Catch-a-Ride. Volunteers are always needed at Johnson County Library, Developmental Supports, Park & Recreation District, K-State Extension Office and other departments which provide public services, programs or activities.

In 2018, 14,624 volunteers provided almost 586,000 hours of community service throughout Johnson County.

Anyone who wishes to be a part of Johnson County Government’s volunteer programs should visit the “Residents” section of the county’s website at jocogov.org.

 

 

 

 

JoCo on the Go: Micro Transit
September 11, 2019

During our sixth JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing a pilot project that is helping Johnson County residents get from point A to point B in a new convenient and affordable way. Micro Transit functions as part of the regional public transportation system known as Ride KC. This episode includes a conversation with Johnson County Government’s business liaison Josh Powers, who helped bring Micro Transit to the area. He talks about the success, thus far, of the pilot and where it’s going. You’ll also hear from Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Vice Chair Jim Allen, who serves on the Transportation Council, plus some microtransit users.  Learn how to get on board Micro Transit and any other Ride KC services.

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 new podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode at jocogov.org/podcast.

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