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JoCo program helps to protect against basement flooding
June 5, 2019

Recent heavy rain events have left some Johnson County homeowners with the frustrating challenge of basement backups caused by the surcharging of sanitary sewers.

Johnson County Wastewater (JCW) wants to help residents better protect their homes from basement backups by making them aware of the Backup Prevention Program (BUPP) – available to homeowners within the JCW service area. The program is voluntary and provides one-time funding to eligible properties for the installation of a backup prevention device, or plumbing modifications, to reduce the risk of future backups.

More information or to apply for BUPP is available here, or by calling 913-715-8554. 

Congratulations Project SEARCH graduates!
June 4, 2019

The fifth year of Project SEARCH is in the books! Twelve interns recently graduated from this program, which is facilitated each year by Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS). Friends and family attended the ceremony on June 1 at Johnson County Community College. Photos from the event are below.

Project SEARCH Graduation 2019

Johnson County Project SEARCH is an education and employment program for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 18 years of age or older who are interested in community employment. Interns spend nine months immersed in a host business site completing three unpaid internship rotations designed to teach them marketable, transferable work skills. The goal of the program is paid employment for each intern, from 16 to 40 hours per week in a competitive, integrated setting earning prevailing wage or higher. In the first year, 100% of Project SEARCH graduates secured a job.

"The Project SEARCH graduation is a time to celebrate the hard work of the men and women who have committed their time, effort and talents to this program during the past nine months," said Melissa Reeves, Community Relations Manager for JCDS. "Seeing county staff, elected officials, families, and community partners all come together to usher these graduates into the next stage of their professional development is a joy to experience. We look forward to this event each year, and we are so proud of this graduating class."

Tyler Smith, a Project SEARCH graduate from the first class (2014/2015), served as keynote speaker. He talked about being independent; he has a job and a car, and the day before the graduation had moved into his own apartment. Other speakers were Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert, JCDS Board Chairman Dale Chaffin, and Rhonda Case, owner of the Sunflower Cafe in Olathe who utilizes Project SEARCH interns and employs a graduate from the program.

Johnson County employees help nearby tornado ravaged communities
June 3, 2019

Several Johnson County employees are helping communities recover after a large and violent tornado left a path of destruction in Douglas and Leavenworth counties this week.

The EF-4 tornado hit the Kansas City Metropolitan Area at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28.

Winds were estimated at 170 miles per hour, which was about 90 miles an hour faster than the winds that damaged the Johnson County Executive Airport on March 6, 2017, according to Trent Pittman, assistant director of community preparedness for Johnson County Emergency Management.

Pittman told the Board of County Commissioners at their meeting Thursday that they received requests for mutual aid from Douglas and Leavenworth counties. Emergency managers coordinated with Johnson County Public Works and public works departments from the cities of Overland Park, Olathe, De Soto, Gardner, Mission, Shawnee and Lenexa. They sent five task forces to Leavenworth County on Wednesday to help clean up debris.

Two Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) were sent to Leavenworth County from Olathe and Shawnee to inform Linwood residents about how to properly sort and dispose of storm debris, Pittman said.

In addition, Jim Sherman, Contractor Licensing program manager for the Johnson County Planning Department, spent Thursday in Douglas County helping assess storm damage. He was accompanied by Jeff Finch, a county building inspector.

Sherman is the coordinator for the Kansas Heart of America Chapter of the State Association of Building Inspectors and Building Officials, a volunteer organization that helps towns recover after disasters.

“It just skimmed Lawrence,” Sherman said. “A couple hundred yards, and it would have hit two fairly full subdivisions.”

The damage assessments he and Finch conducted will be used by the state of Kansas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help determine whether there was enough damage to be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

“It’s hard to fathom unless you see it,” Finch said. “When you have a whole second floor of a house blown away and you see a single dresser with a mirror still standing, it’s haunting."

But he also said that he was amazed at how resilient those affected by the tornado were. He met people who were in good spirits even though they’d lost everything, and they were already starting to put their lives back together. They showed him an example to live by, he said.

Finch said, “You walk away from something like this with a big heart.”

Johnson County employees assisting nearby counties after tornado

New library, new museum exhibit open this weekend
May 31, 2019

The new Lenexa City Center Library will open its doors to the public on Sunday, June 2, 2019.  A ribbon cutting will open the doors at 8778 Penrose Lane promptly at 1 p.m. There will be remarks from public officials, and a recitation of a work commissioned for the occasion by the emerita Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt Townley.

Activities will include tours conducted by library staff of the new building and an opportunity to see award-winning children’s book illustrator Stephen T. Johnson’s new work of public art at the site. The afternoon event takes place during what will be regular Sunday service hours, 1-5 p.m.

The new 40,000-square-foot building occupies two floors at the Lenexa City Center campus. In addition to high-quality library services, the new space features public meeting rooms, public computers, and a robust children’s programming area.

Explore “Expanding Oz” at the Johnson County Museum

Starting Saturday, June 1, you can explore “Expanding Oz,” a new exhibit at the Johnson County Museum.

The museum is in the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

Learn what you don’t know about “The Wizard of Oz,” one of the world’s most loved stories. See one-of-a-kind Oz memorabilia from original books to stage productions and pop culture. And to think, it all started with one book, written by L. Frank Baum in 1900!

The exhibit is open regular museum hours, and museum admission rates apply: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children. As always, museum members are free!

The exhibit runs through Nov. 2.

Grand Opening for Meadowbrook Park now rescheduled for June 22
May 30, 2019

Due to excessive rain and forecasts calling for additional precipitation in the near future, the grand opening for the Meadowbrook Park and Clubhouse has been postponed and is now set for Saturday June 22. The new park is located at 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village.

The original grand opening was planned for June 1, and the additional time is needed to ensure completion and poured surface drying time for the park’s destination playground called the Treeline Adventure.

While the grand opening has been delayed, programming at MBPC will go on mostly as planned beginning June 3. In all, 24 programs and five special events at planned at this site during June. For a complete listing of these programs, go to https://jcprd.com/1220/Programs-and-Events. The one exception is a program called Confident City Cycling, which was originally scheduled for June 8, but which has now been cancelled.

As a special promotion, a variety of fitness classes planned at MBPC during the first week of June will offer participants the opportunity to take one class for free between June 3 and 7. Fitness classes during this time include: WERQ Exercise for ages 18 and older on June 3 (18786), June 5 (18787), and June 6 (18788); HIIT Exercise for ages 18 and older on June 4 (18778) and June 7 (18780); and Chair Yoga for 50 Plus on June 4 (18717) and June 6 (18718). To take a free class, no preregistration is required; just show up at the designated class time. For more information about the classes above, go to JCPRD.com, click on register for activities, and perform a course ID search for any of the codes above.

The grand opening event on June 22 will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will involve a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m., comments from public officials, tours of the property and clubhouse, art activities, yoga and personal trainer demonstrations, snacks, giveaways, music, information about and opportunities to sign up for JCPRD programs, and more.

Once the clubhouse parking lot clubhouse fills, overflow parking will be at Christ Church Anglican at 5500 W. 91st St., and at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nall, both of which are across Nall to the west and are within easy walking distance.

Meadowbook Park consists of about 80 acres, located primarily on the northern portion of the site of the former Meadowbrook Country Club. In addition to the Treeline Adventure destination playground, the park will include: a large shelter called the Grand Pavilion which can accommodate approximately 160 people; three additional picnic shelters; eight pickleball courts; a separate play and picnic area called The Groves located in a grove of Oak trees; Meadowbrook Hill which utilizes surplus soil from enlarging the park’s lakes to create a high area which will be perfect for snow sledding and other exercise pursuits throughout the year; three miles of paved trails; and an area containing low-impact outdoor fitness equipment.

Much of the programming at the site will take place at the 10,000 square-foot Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, located near the park’s northwest corner near 91st Street. The building includes an event space for about 200 people, a multipurpose room, and a Natureplay Preschool with an outdoor playground. Other building features include a small lobby, administration area, catering kitchen, and a deck overlooking the park area.

Final day of budget proposal presentations
May 29, 2019

On Thursday, May 30, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), as a Committee of the Whole, will review budget proposals for FY 2020 from representatives from departments and agencies providing infrastructure services to the county, as well as outside agencies that receive county funding.

From 11 a.m. to noon, the BOCC is scheduled to hear proposed budgets from Planning/Contractor Licensing, Transportation, Airport, Public Works and Stormwater Management.

Afternoon presentations scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. include the Arts Council of Johnson County, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension, the Johnson County Fair, Soil Conservation, United Community Services, County Economic Research Institute, Enterprise Center of Johnson County and then will wrap up infrastructure with Johnson County Wastewater.

All budget presentations and deliberations are open to the public and take place at the Board’s Hearing Room on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe. They are also streamed live and available from a link on the Johnson County website, jocogov.org.

The proposed FY 2020 Budget maintains a constant mill levy for Johnson County property owners and totals $1.26 billion, with expenditures estimated at $934.5 million, and reserves set at $331.4 million. The funding supports the departments and agencies that comprise Johnson County Government to serve and protect a county population of more than 604,000 residents. More information is available in this news release. Information and presentations on the proposed budget are available here.