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Residents can engage in State of the County address
March 22, 2019

Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert will present his 2019 State of the County address on Tuesday, March 26.

The luncheon event is hosted by the Leawood Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Johnson County Public Policy Council. 

The general public can engage in the event by:

Chairman Eilert’s State of the County address will focus on local efforts to build strong communities; the economic health of the county; project updates, both completed and ongoing; and rising demands for human services, including mental health issues, suicide prevention and an increased aging population.

A video of the presentation and speech script will be available at jocogov.org following the event.

 

County employees raise over $16K for ArtsKC
March 21, 2019

The Board of County Commissioners recognized the efforts of employees this morning in raising $16,111.25 for ArtsKC. Campaign Chair Susan Pekarek, general manager for Johnson County Wastewater, reported to the board about the fundraising campaign that took place Feb. 1-28.

Employees kicked off the campaign with an art show and silent auction on Feb. 4, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. Employee-created art was on display and up for bids as a part of the fundraiser. The event also featured the performing talents of several county employees. After an organization-wide vote, Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) employee Anthony Oropeza’s works “Satchel Paige” and “Mahomes” took first and second place as the People’s Choice, respectively. David Markham, also from JCPRD, took home third place for his work “Colors of Banff,” pictured above.

ArtsKC is a nonprofit organization that promotes, supports and advocates for the arts throughout the five counties of the Kansas City metropolitan area. ArtsKC is most well-known for its grantmaking programs, helping local artists take their careers to the next level.

The ArtsKC fundraising campaign is one of three employee-driven fundraisers approved by the Board of County Commissioners. The other two are United Way and Feed the Need, which supports area food pantries.

Register for COM-CAM; Surveillance video could help investigators
March 20, 2019

If you live in Johnson County and have home security cameras, consider registering your cameras with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. Your footage could be invaluable evidence if someone commits a crime near your home.

The Community Camera Partnership program (COM-CAM) securely maps the location of exterior home security systems, so authorities investigating a crime can quickly determine which residents may have video evidence.

Authorities might contact you to see or make copies of video footage related to criminal activity. They may use the footage as evidence during criminal proceedings.

The program is free and open to all Johnson County residents.

"We are excited to offer this opportunity to Johnson County citizens to partner with us to curb criminal activity in our neighborhoods," said Lt. Paul Nonnast.

The program is not intended for active surveillance or for law enforcement officers to check on what residents do in their neighborhoods. The information is housed in a secure database, and authorities will not have direct access to your private video system with this program.

Your data will remain confidential.

Register online today!

For more information, email the public information office.

After heavy winter, Public Works prepares for warmer work
March 20, 2019

After a winter that produced more than three times the precipitation as the winter before, everyone is excited that spring is finally here.

Johnson County Public Works department is putting away the snow plows and getting ready for warmer weather work in unincorporated Johnson County. After the sun and wind dries up the gravel roads, they’ll begin working to repair potholes and ruts created by the winter weather. Unlike paved roads, gravel roads couldn’t be plowed until there was at least three inches of accumulation on them or else the plows would remove gravel as well.

Residents can easily notice the paved roads outside of city limits didn’t amass the same number of potholes that highways, interstates and city streets did this winter. That’s because of the preventative maintenance practice of chip sealing the Public Works department does during the summer months each year. This chip sealing process covers up cracks in the pavements and keeps water from getting inside the road and breaking it open.

A winter like this one reminds us just how hard our Public Works crews work to keep our roads passable and safe all year round. In addition to gravel road maintenance and chip sealing, these crews will also work to maintain ditches, striping, brush, signs and bridges along the roads in unincorporated Johnson County.

Meals on Wheels celebration in March
March 19, 2019

Johnson County Area Agency on Aging Meals on Wheels is participating in the 17th Annual March for Meals campaign during the month of March. The focus is on raising awareness about senior hunger, recruiting additional community volunteers, and providing friendly visitors to homebound seniors in Johnson County.

One in four seniors may not know where they will get their next meal. With the help of Johnson County Area Agency on Aging Meals on Wheels, senior meal recipients are delivered a hot meal Monday-Friday. More than half of the recipients state that the volunteer is the only person they see or talk to each day. Johnson County Area Agency on Aging Meals on Wheels helps them remain happy and healthy in their home for a longer period of time.

Meals on Wheels programs have come together each March since 2002 to celebrate this proven collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, all levels of government and compassionate individuals who ensure that our seniors are not forgotten. 

As part of March for Meals' special Community Champions Week, Monday, March 18 through Thursday, March 21, Johnson County Area Agency on Aging Meals on Wheels has invited elected officials, city officials, and officers with the police and fire departments to not only deliver meals, but to raise awareness for the power of Meals on Wheels as well.

Volunteer delivery people includes:

  • Merriam Community Development Director Bryan Dyer
  • Merriam Director of P&R Anna Slocum
  • Merriam Finance Director Cindy Ehart 
  • MED-ACT Division Chief Roger Lippert 
  • EMS Adiel Garcia
  • Olathe Fire MIH Kevin Harris
  • Commissioner Janeé Hanzlick
  • OP Police Officer Bill Koehn
  • OP Fire Tricia Roberts + Fire Marshall
  • Lenexa Police Officer Megan Larson
  • Merriam Police Officer Chris Brokaw
  • Congresswoman Sharice Davids
  • Prairie Village Police Chief Tim Schwartzkopf   
  • Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers
  • Spring Hill Police Officer Jason Abel
  • EMS Ann Black
  • Merriam Public Works Director Kevin Bruemmer
  • Kansas Representative Rui Xu   
  • Kansas Representative Megan Lynn

If you are interested in volunteering, upcoming volunteer orientations are set for March 21, April 2 and April 25 from 1-3 p.m. located at 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Suite 1300, Olathe, KS 66061. For more information, call 913-715-8895.

 

 

Johnson County upholds its rank as the healthiest in Kansas
March 19, 2019

Johnson County is the healthiest county in Kansas according to the 10th annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). 

“Our high ranking reflects the priority this county has placed on improving the factors that affect residents’ health, and it also shows how important it will be for us to sustain those programs if we want to stay healthy,” sayid Lougene Marsh, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.

Johnson County ranked first in the state for health outcomes, such as a low number of premature deaths (life lost before age 75). The county also ranked number one for health factors such as access to medical and dental care, exercise opportunities, and a healthy food environment. The county also has a high percentage of adults with some post-secondary education and a low number of uninsured adults and children.

The rankings make it clear that good health is influenced by many factors beyond medical care, such as housing, education, jobs, access to healthy foods and more. Marsh says our homes, and those of our neighbors, play a critical role in shaping our health and the health of the whole community.

“When our homes are near quality schools and good jobs, it’s easier to get a quality education and earn living wages. When people live near grocery stores where nutritious food is available and affordable, eating healthy is easier. Green spaces and parks encourage active lifestyles,” said Marsh. By contrast, when families spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing—it leaves them with little money to pay for other essentials that contribute to good health, such as healthy food, medicine, or transportation to work and school, she adds.

This year’s rankings indicate that Johnson County is at-risk for poor health when it comes to obesity, excessive drinking and smoking in adults. The report also finds that 85 percent of the Johnson County work force usually drives alone to work – reducing this number could positively impact active living and air quality and reduce traffic crashes.

Marsh says Johnson County has a number of initiatives underway to address these issues: the Diabetes Prevention Program, an evidence-based program that meets weekly to support participants in making healthy habits a priority; support of Tobacco 21, a policy strategy of increasing the minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21; and RideKC’s new Micro Transit pilot which allows anyone within the service boundaries (63rd Street and Shawnee Mission Parkway on the north, Metcalf Avenue on the east, Renner Road on the west and 119th Street on the south and Mission Transit Center and KU Edwards Campus) to summon a ride for $1.50 using a mobile app or by calling 816-512-5510.

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