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County Manager's Office

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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Johnson County Wastewater receives national recognition
August 25, 2021

Providing exemplary customer care while also ensuring the best quality wastewater service are central to Johnson County Wastewater’s (JCW) mission. The department’s hard work has been recognized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). The organization awarded 2021 Peak Performance Awards to JCW for the 2020 permit compliance year to the following:

  • Platinum Peak Performance Awards include Blue River Main, Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin and New Century Air Center  
  • Gold Peak Performance, for Mill Creek
  • Silver peak Performance, for Nelson

“Our staff members work hard everyday to promote efficient and effective methods of wastewater treatment,” JCW General Manager Susan Pekarek said. “We’re pleased to be recognized for our efforts and look forward to continuing to make a positive impact in our community. It takes everyone from our plant operators to the line folks, to our customer services folks, to the engineers to our finance and accounting staff. It all works together, and it’s why we continue to be recognized as leaders in wastewater.”

Platinum Awards recognized 100% compliance with permits over a consecutive five-year period. JCW received a 15-year Platinum award this year at its Blue River Main facility.

The awards were featured during a virtual awards ceremony on July 21. NACWA represents public wastewater and stormwater agencies of all sizes nationwide. The association ensures members have the tools necessary to provide affordable and sustainable clean water for all.

Learn more about Johnson County Wastewater.

Presentation on possible renaming of Negro Creek
August 26, 2021

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, as a Committee of a Whole, received a presentation on Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Johnson County Administration Building, Board of County Commissioners hearing room, third floor, Olathe, from county staff and members of the Negro Creek Renaming Committee on a grassroots campaign to possibly change the name of Negro Creek in east-central Johnson County.

The informational presentation provided historical background and research behind the name of the creek, dating back to the 1850s. The county has established an email link for questions/inquiries/name suggestions regarding Negro Creek and a web page, jocogov.org/creek, that includes historical information and research about the creek, maps and photographs and the renaming process. 

Watch the meeting online on the Johnson County website, or on Facebook @jocogov.org.

Background: Negro Creek spans approximately 6.5 miles through the cities of Overland Park and Leawood. It is one of six geographic places in five Kansas counties, including Johnson County, and 757 sites in the nation with Negro or a related term in their names. Johnson County is the first jurisdiction in the state to launch a program to provide details about a creek with Negro in its name and explain the lengthy and complicated renaming process. 

Changing the name requires community input and public support for the new name, community organizations, city councils in Overland Park and Leawood, the BOCC and state agencies. If a new name is chosen locally, it must be approved by the state of Kansas and then submitted to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, a federal agency. 

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names has the final say on standardizing geographic names in the nation and typically changes a name only if local support for the change is strong. Once an application for a new name has been submitted, the process can take up to six months for a decision by the federal board.

FY 2022 Budget adoption set for Sept. 2
August 26, 2021

Formal adoption of the FY 2022 Budget is scheduled for Sept. 2, during the regular Board of County Commissioners business session that begins at 9:30 a.m. Following the public hearing, the budget cannot be increased but it can be reduced when the final budget is adopted on Sept. 2. By state law, Kansas counties must adopt and file their FY 2022 budget by Oct. 1, with the county clerk, which in Johnson County is the Department of Treasury, Taxation and Vehicles. The county’s fiscal year begins Jan. 1, 2022.

For more information about the proposed FY 2022 Budget, visit the Johnson County website

 

Heat advisory in effect until Thursday night
August 25, 2021

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon today to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur, according to the weather service.

Anyone who needs a place to cool down is encouraged to visit one of the Johnson County Library’s 14 branches.

Libraries offer many services in addition to a cool place to rest and restore. You can read books, magazines and newspapers, access the internet–including a wide variety of eResources–or participate in a virtual event.

Library hours vary by location. Call 913-826-4600 to check hours of operation for your nearest library branch, or visit the Library website.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment recommends the following tips to stay safe in the heat:

  • Exercise in an air-conditioned place and drink two-to-four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
  • Regardless of your activity level, drink more non-alcoholic fluids. Check with your doctor if you have restrictions related to fluid intake.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go somewhere cool — even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when temperatures are in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness.
  • If you must be out in the heat:
    • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
    • Try to rest often in shady areas.
    • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
    • Protect yourself from the sun by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

Although anyone can suffer at any time from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Be sure to check regularly on:

  • People aged 65 or older
  • People taking certain medications, including narcotics, sedatives and diuretics
  • Athletes who are not used to working out in warm environments
  • People who work outside
  • People who have a mental illness or are physically ill, especially with heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes
JoCo on the Go: Closing the gap for those with disabilities
August 20, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #101, hear from Johnson County Developmental Supports experts about a new campaign known as Close the Gap – an effort to help families and individuals access supports for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, while initiating the process to get on the waiting list for long-term services. Hear why it’s important to start the process early. Visit the campaign website for more information.

Look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts.

New: No-cost mental health resource for educators
August 20, 2021

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has launched Elevate for Educators, an online mental health resource for any educator in Johnson County. Elevate for Educators is a digital mental wellness resource designed for educators. It is made available, at no-cost to school districts or teachers, through Johnson County Mental Health Center’s relationship with education technology innovator, EVERFI, Inc.

“Educators play such an important role in our community,” said Johnson County Mental Health Center Community Prevention Coordinator Katherine Melton, who manages the program, “So as a community, it’s important that we’re providing these educators with the support they need to maintain their mental health. This is one of several ways we can say ‘We see you. We’re here for you. You are not alone.’”

Educator mental health is a critical topic that has been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic exacerbated stress levels for educators and brought with it a host of new challenges and stressors which won’t disappear when teachers around the country return to the classroom this month.

Elevate for Educators provides educators with on-demand content related to their unique mental health needs. EVERFI Elevate modules translate evidence-based best practices for mental well-being into actionable, just-in-time learning solutions for any school professional. 

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