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BOCC December update
December 31, 2019

As we wrap up the year and the decade, here are some highlights of the Board of County Commissioners’ actions and activities in December 2019. More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

  • The board authorized funding for the 2020 County Assistance Road System Program and Stormwater Management Program. “These two programs are strong examples of county and city collaboration, utilizing joint funding to improve the major roads in Johnson County and maximize flood control efforts, which benefits all county residents,” said Chairman Ed Eilert, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. More information is available in this news release.
  • Did you know the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement in two Johnson County cities? This month, the board authorized agreements with the cities of Edgerton and De Soto for the provision of law enforcement services in 2020.
  • The board adopted a resolution that Johnson County will work towards becoming a designated “Community for All Ages” (CFAA). What does that mean? Read all about it on page 11 of The January/February 2020 The Best Times.
  • Johnson County and its cities will collaborate on a comprehensive housing market and needs assessment for the county. The findings will be used for a 10-year-outlook on housing in Johnson County. The board authorized funding for the county’s portion of this study this month. More information is available here.
  • One of the top three priorities adopted by the board in April 2019 is to “develop a creative and innovative vision for a transit plan that is financially sustainable.” In December the board held a Committee of The Whole on transit. The board is looking closely at this service as we head into the next decade. You can view the presentation and the video from that meeting at this link.
Cedar Roe Library re-opens Dec. 30
December 30, 2019

After a short closure for much-needed improvements, the Cedar Roe branch of Johnson County Library will re-open to patrons on Dec. 30 at 9 a.m. Cedar Roe Library is located at 5120 Cedar St. in Roeland Park.

Improvements include roof repairs, including new roof drains and better installation, and new carpet in the main entrance and elevator areas. The closure also allowed staff to deep clean the entire branch. Library staff are looking forward to welcoming patrons back to the improved facility. 

Representatives from Roeland Park City Council, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, and Johnson County Library were there on opening day to welcome visitors back to the renovated branch.

Please note that all Johnson County Library locations close early on December 31 and are closed on January 1. For 24-hour access to audiobooks, magazines, streaming video and more, please visit the eLibrary at jocolibrary.org/elibrary.

Appraiser’s Office to distribute personal property rendition mailings
December 30, 2019

The Johnson County Appraiser’s Office will mail approximately 19,000 rendition forms to Johnson County property owners, businesses, and oil and gas accounts on Dec. 31. Rendition forms are used to value taxable personal property.

 According to Kansas Statute K.S.A. 79-303:  Property owners are required by law to provide a listing of tangible personal property that is owned or leased, as of the first day of January.

Examples of commercial personal property that must be reported include manufacturing equipment, computers, telephone systems, copy machines, shelving and racks, and plant machinery. Examples of individual personal property include recreational vehicles, boats, motors, trailers, heavy trucks, mobile homes, off-road vehicles, four-wheelers and aircraft, etc.

 The filing requirement does not apply to the following:

  • Motor vehicles that are taxed at the time of licensing.
  • Commercial equipment that cost $1,500 or less.
  • Commercial equipment purchased after June 30, 2006.

Mar. 15, 2020 is the deadline for Johnson County personal property owners to return renditions to the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office. Late filing penalties will apply to renditions received after Mar. 15.

Property owners who do not receive a rendition form, or have questions are advised to contact the Appraiser’s Office at 913-715-9000.

JoCo on the Go: Understanding your Wastewater bill
December 30, 2019

JoCo on the Go podcast episode #22 provides an in-depth look at Johnson County Wastewater. You’ll hear from department director Susan Pekarek about how rates are set. You’ll also learn about the innovative and environmentally friendly wastewater cleaning processes that are in place. She’ll have details on progress being made at the Tomahawk Wastewater Facility construction project. Hear from Cory Welch who will share improvements to Johnson County Wastewater customer service, such as the new option to pay your bill by phone with a credit card.

Pay your Wastewater bill. Learn more about Johnson County Wastewater.

Listen to JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Get a complete transcript of each episode.

Christmas tree recycling in four Johnson County parks
December 27, 2019

Post-holiday contributions of discarded natural Christmas trees will be accepted at four Johnson County Park and Recreation District park locations from Dec. 26 through Jan. 31, 2020.

The tree collection sites are: the Sunflower access point of Big Bull Creek Park at 20245 Sunflower Rd. in Edgerton; the Theatre in the Park parking lot in Shawnee Mission Park with an entrance at 7710 Renner Rd., Shawnee (separate from the park’s main entrance); the Heritage Park Marina parking lot, 16050 Pflumm Rd., Olathe; and the north side of the parking lot at the marina at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

Trees will be collected during regular winter park hours, which are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., except at Shawnee Mission Park, which opens at 6 a.m.

In 2018, between 4,000 and 5,000 trees were "recycled." Some of the trees are mulched for use on trails and in landscaping while others are used to improve fish habitat in district lakes.

No yard waste will be accepted - only Christmas trees. Wrappers should be removed from the discarded trees, as well as any remaining decorations; particularly "icicles" and decorations made from mylar, shiny plastic or aluminum.

There is no charge for the disposal of trees, and these tree disposal sites are open to anyone regardless of residency. For additional information, call Visitor Services at the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park at 913-888-4713.

JoCo on the Go: Youth bullying and suicide prevention
December 23, 2019

JoCo on the Go podcast episode #21 addresses the topic of youth bullying and suicide prevention and response. Johnson County Mental Health Center Team Leader Renee Van Meter offers tips to parents on how to talk with their teens about thoughts of suicide. She encourages parents to listen and seek further help, if needed. Also hear from Johnson County teen Rory Swenson, a teen ambassador to the #ZeroReasonsWhy campaign. He’ll talk about the conflicting role technology plays in both creating a support system and encouraging feelings of isolation. 

JoCo on the Go is available where you regularly listen to podcasts. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Get a complete transcript of each episode.