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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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County receives more than 3,000 donated masks
April 7, 2020

In the past week, Johnson County MED-ACT has received more than 3,000 donated masks, which is a lot for their staff.

Johnson County MED-ACT will use some of the masks in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance if they run out of their stockpile of surgical masks.

In the meantime, with the help of the Johnson County Department Health and Environment and Emergency Management, employees have reached out to nursing and care facilities in the county to ask if they can use any of the donated masks.

During the next week, in conjunction with Johnson County transit, employees will be spreading some of the masks out across the county.

As a reminder, you shouldn't be going out to stores specifically to find cloth. If you have cloth and elastic at home that's clean and has never been used, please feel free to find instructions online, make masks and drop off them off at the MED-ACT station at 205 E. Flaming Road, in Olathe.

  • Only finished masks will be accepted.
  • Any “cloth surgical mask” patterns are fine.
  • Go for thick fabrics – cloth or denim are preferable. No stretchy materials please.
  • Elastic loops are preferred.

Donations will be accepted in a bin out front from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Flushable wipes belong in the trash
April 3, 2020

With toilet paper flying off store shelves, there may be interest in using flushable wipes. Johnson County Wastewater wants to remind residents to not flush wipes, even the “flushable” types. They can cause problems in the sewer system, resulting in sewer backups for you and your neighbors. Dispose of all wipes, even the “flushable” types in the trash can.

For more information about the importance of only flushing paper, visit the Environmental Protection Agency website.

Stay informed about COVID-19 with emails, videos, podcast episodes
April 2, 2020

In addition to updating jocogov.org/coronavirus daily and sharing the latest on Facebook and Twitter, we’re also offering:

Board of County Commissioners update
April 4, 2020

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

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Johnson County Administration Building is closed to the public effective March 25, 2020. 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 https://boccmeetings.jocogov.org/onbaseagendaonline or on Facebook Live for a live feed or later when the video is posted.

During this time of health emergency, we will also be prudent with our business agenda, deferring action when feasible, and we will not be accepting Public Comments during the meeting. If you have information or comments related to any item on our agenda that you would like to have presented to the Commissioners, we encourage you to submit that information in writing. If you wish to submit information, please email those comments/statements to the BOCC-Clerk@jocogov.org before noon on the Wednesday, before the Thursday BOCC meeting. Comments received by noon will be shared with the entire Board prior to the meeting. If you are unable to email the comments, you may call the following number, and we will record your information. (913) 715-0424.

BOCC actions for the week of March 30, 2020

These items were continued until the board’s May 7, 2020 action agenda.

  • Conduct a public hearing and consider authorizing additional funding for the Johnson County Wastewater Backup Prevention Program in an amount not to exceed $425,000, increasing the total project authorization to $4,425,000.
  • Consider a request from Todd Allenbrand, Payne & Brockway, PA, applicant and Stephen and Beth Hines, landowners, for a Preliminary and Final Plat for one residential lot, to be known as Three Willow, on approximately 1.6- acres, on property zoned RUR, Rural District, located at 29147 and 29183 W. 151st Street.
  • Consider a request from Carol Hatfield, applicant, and the Carol J. Hatfield Revocable Trust, landowner, for Preliminary and Final Plat for 5 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 Phelps Engineering Inc., applicant, and Matthew H. and Tracy Thompson Smith, landowners, for Rezoning from Rural District (RUR) and Planned Residential Urban Single-Family 1B (PRU-1B) District, to Residential Neighborhood Two District (RN-2), for Preliminary and Final Plat for one residential lot to be known as Free State, and for Conditional Use Permit approval for two existing, detached accessory buildings that together exceed the size limit required by the Regulations, located at 5885 Locust Street.
  • Consider a request from David W. and Julie D. Secrist, applicants and landowners, for Conditional Use Permit approval for a private kennel on approximately 7.6 acres, in Section 15, Township 15, Range 25, Johnson County, Kansas, located at 21150 Country Place Lane.

The board authorized a special meeting at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 6.

Various members of county leadership provided the board with updates on COVID-19 including: Director, Department of Public Health and Environment - Dr. Sanmi Areola; Johnson County Health Officer - Dr. Joseph LeMaster and Medical Director for EMS – Dr. Ryan Jacobsen.

County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson and Budget and Financial Planning Director Scott Neufeld provided an update on FY 2020 Financial Projections due to COVID-19

To stay current on the Board’s schedule, please check the board’s calendar at https://jocogov.org/calendar-created/month?field_event_type_tid=4224



BOCC continues to address COVID-19 impacts to county operations and public health
April 2, 2020

During its regularly scheduled Board of County Commissioners meeting, commissioners met virtually to address a wide range of issues related to COVID-19.

The board heard updates from Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola, Johnson County Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster and Emergency Medical Services Director Dr. Ryan Jacobsen.

County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson and Budget and Financial Planning Director Scott Neufeld also provided an update on the FY 2020 Financial Projections affected by the pandemic.

Watch a rebroadcast of the April 2 BOCC meeting.

Watch for scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic
April 1, 2020

Be on the look out for those with bad intentions, using the pandemic to trick you into sharing your personal information. They may ask for credit or debit card numbers to make fake purchases or solicit donations to fake charities. They may spoof the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Some emails claim to have information about the virus in our area.

Learn more about how to protect yourself from pandemic-related cyber scams.