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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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County offices closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 15, 2021

County offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is an official day of service and celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy.

County, school district agree to CNG partnership
January 15, 2021

Johnson County is doing its part to increase the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. The Board of County Commissioners approved a proposal at its Jan. 7 meeting to enter into a joint use agreement with Olathe Public Schools for the county's CNG refueling station.

“Johnson County is excited to add the Olathe School District as a partner in our efforts to utilize alternative fuels in transportation” said Johnson County Director of Fleet Services Chris Butler. “In addition to benefiting the school district, the partnership allows the county to increase fuel production, which improves the return on the investment made in CNG fueling infrastructure. We really do see this as a win-win scenario for both agencies”

The agreement includes plans for the school district to use the station to refill up to 30 CNG-powered school buses.

“We are excited that Johnson County has agreed to partner with us on this project,” said Olathe Public Schools Deputy Superintendent for Business and Operations John Hutchison. “This partnership will allow us to transition to a more economic and environmentally friendly student transportation model."

The county also uses the CNG station for vehicles from the Public Works, Transit and Wastewater departments, and City of Olathe trash services.

All revenues collected from the sale of CNG will be placed into the county’s fleet fund for reimbursement of money spent on natural gas and to offset overhead costs associated with the operation of Johnson County-owned fuel systems.

It's Okay if You're Not Okay podcast
January 15, 2021

In the most recent episode of the It's Okay if You're not Okay podcast, Keith, Kate, John and Renee took on the claim that "2020 stunk" (or worse) head-on by sharing experiences they were grateful for or proud of that happened during the year.

The practice of pausing and identifying relationships, experiences or accomplishments that we are grateful for is a helpful practice for coping with difficult times. Look out, though, because it could quickly become toxic positivity.

Listen to this Johnson County Mental Health Center podcast.

Board of County Commissioners update
January 14, 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, for the Board of County Commissioners Meetings, the County Commissioners will not be physically present in the Board Hearing room and will be using Zoom, an online meeting tool, to conduct the meeting. Please watch the broadcast of the meeting from our link at boccmeetings.jocogov.org or on Facebook Live for a live feed or later when the video is posted.

Persons who may need assistance, the use of a sign language or oral interpreter, or who require special accommodations, should contact us at [email protected], 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.

BOCC actions for Jan. 14, 2021

  • The BOCC showed appreciation for outgoing Johnson County Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt. Fred Sherman becomes the new Johnson County Election Commissioner.
  • (Added to today’s agenda) Authorized BOCC meetings to be held virtually through the end of February and that in preparation for returning to in person meetings, the Sheriff and county staff shall prepare a safety plan outlining security measures for the safety of staff, commissioners and public, as well as ensuring access for public comments.
  • (Added to today’s agenda) Accepted the recommendations from the virtual public comments sub committee for the Jan. 21 BOCC meeting. This vote included a reminder that comments should be directed at the Board as a whole and not towards individual commissioners. More details are available in this report.
  • (Added to today’s agenda) Affirmed the Chairman’s appointment of Commissioner Janeé Hanzlick as vice chair of the BOCC.

Manager’s Memo, Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The most recent federal package intended to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic included $25 billion to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds may be used to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs. Emergency Rental Assistance payments will be made directly to States, United States Territories, and local governments with more than 200,000 residents, among others. As such Johnson County Government is qualified to receive $18.6 million for this purpose. This is wonderful news for the residents of our county struggling to meet their needs for shelter due to the pandemic. More details will be provided as they are received.

City of Lenexa – Logistics Centre North Phase II Building 5 Tax Abatement & IRBs (Notice of Public Hearing)

The City of Lenexa will conduct a public hearing on January 19, 2021, to consider approving a tax abatement in connection with approximately $30.0 million in industrial revenue bonds (IRBs) for the Logistics Centre North Phase II Building 5 Project generally located at the northeast corner of Mill Creek Rd and College Blvd. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to pay the costs of acquiring, constructing, and equipping an approx. 565,000 sq. ft. commercial warehouse/office building. No other additional information has been provided at this time. A copy of the notice is available here.

EPA invites Johnson County Wastewater to Apply for WIFIA Loans to Improve Water Quality

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that projects in Kansas City, Bonner Springs, Johnson County, Kansas; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are invited to apply for approximately $500 million in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans. The Johnson County project is the Johnson County Wastewater - Wastewater Integrated Management Plan: Foundation Project Delivery Program. The invited WIFIA loan amount is $243 million. Read more in this news release.

COVID-19 Funding and Expense Report and CRF Phase One and Phase Three Reimbursement, Maury Thompson, Deputy County Manager

The weekly COVID-19 Operating Report, detailing COVID-19 specific expenditures and funding received is available here. To date the organization has identified $115,869,962.94 in costs which are eligible for CARES act reimbursement and received $132,908,515.24 in federal funds.

PPE update, Dan Robeson, Emergency Manager

This week’s report is available here.

COVID-19 update: Dr. Sanmi Areola, director, Elizabeth Holzschuh, director of epidemiology, Department of Health & Environment, Dr. Ryan Jacobsen, EMS System Medical Director, Dr. Joseph LeMaster, Johnson County local health officer

As of yesterday, Johnson County has 37,858 positive cases, 519 deaths (343 deaths in LTCF, or 66%). We have 29,880 presumed recovered. The incidence rate (last 14 days) is 731/100,000 residents and the percent positivity rate is 14.6%.

Our number of new cases is high. The week of 1/3 we added 2,396 cases (342/day). The prior week we had 2,045 cases (292/day). Holiday celebrations have contributed to the increase in cases.

The Johnson County and regional hospital ICUs are maintaining about 17% availability of ICU beds. Johnson County is averaging about 7,000 tests per week.

Today’s report had in-depth information about vaccines. Read the full report.

Items currently on the agenda for the Jan. 21 meeting:

  • Consider a request from Tim Orrick, Orrick & Erskine, LLP, applicant, and Karen Humphrey, trustee of the Karen Humphrey Revocable Living Trust, landowner, for Rezoning from RUR, Rural District, to PRU1B, Planned Residential Urban Single-Family 1B District, and an associated Preliminary and Final Plat, with a minimum infrastructure waiver, for 2 residential lots, to be known as Humphrey Homes, on 33,000 sq. ft., located at 29310 W. 153rd Terrace.
  • Consider a request from Deb Brown, SMJ, International, LLC, applicant, and American Tower – Margaret J. and Edward N. McCarthy, Trustee, landowners, for CUP Renewal to allow continued use of a 180-ft. tall communication tower and associated ground equipment, at 37200 W. 199th Street, in Section 6, Township 15, Range 22, McCamish Township, Johnson County, Kansas.
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds select airshow at New Century AirCenter for 2022 show season
January 14, 2021

KC Air Show Charities, producer of the KC Air Show, announce that the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “The Thunderbirds” have selected New Century AirCenter as one of their sites for the 2022 show season. This marks the fourth consecutive year the KC Air Show has been chosen to host one of America’s premier military jet performance teams. 

The Thunderbirds will make their first visit to the metro area in 14 years, headlining the 2022 KC Air Show on Sept. 3-4, 2022, at New Century AirCenter. Stationed at Nellis Air Force Base just outside of Las Vegas since 1956 and originally founded in 1953, the team is composed of eight pilots, four support officers, 120 enlisted Airmen and three civilians serving in 28 Air Force job specialties.

The Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform their legendary aerial demonstration at the KC Air Show, along with a star-studded lineup of military, civilian and aerobatic performers. For more information about the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, visit https://afthunderbirds.com/site/.  

Tickets for the 2021 KC Air Show presented by Garmin scheduled for July 3-4, are available now. The show will feature the return of the United States Navy Blue Angels, performing in their new F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in celebration of the team’s 75th Anniversary season. The 2021 KC Air Show is also at the New Century AirCenter and features the world class the performer lineup shown on the KC Air Show website at https://kcairshow.org/performers/

"KC AIR SHOW is committed to the safety and well-being of all participants involved in the Air Show and will adhere to COVID-19 guidance and expectations as set forth by Johnson County and state of Kansas Health officials," said Kerry Floyd, event organizer.

Details of the KC Air Show are available on the KC Air Show’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KCAirshow/.

JoCo on the Go podcast - Courthouse completed, many services remain virtual during pandemic
January 14, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #75, hear from some of those who led the Johnson County Courthouse construction project. Find out the new features at the facility that will allow the county to better serve residents. Learn about how the project progressed and how it finished on time and on budget. Hear what’s next with the project as the old building comes down and is replaced by the Johnson County Square. 
Get more information about how court services are being provided. Look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Learn more about JoCo on the Go and get a complete transcript of this episode.