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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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BOCC approves two new Mental Health Co-Responders
January 31, 2019

The Mental Health Center will provide a second co-responder to Lenexa and a dedicated co-responder to service Prairie Village, Leawood and Mission Hills.

The co-responder position is embedded within the police department and operates directly from that location. This program allows Johnson County Mental Health to provide immediate assistance to individuals in need during emergency calls, provides an alternative to the officer taking the person to the county jail or to the emergency room, as well as following up on calls that happen when they are not in service in effort to connect those citizens with needed resources.

More information is in this news release.

Homework help is a Johnson County Library service
January 30, 2019

Education is a family affair and Johnson County Library has the tools to succeed.

In-person resources are a classic library service. The very popular Homework Help program provides one-on-one help for students at no charge. Coaches provide help for your student in finding resources to complete assignments such as book reports and science projects. They tackle vocabulary, spelling, reading and writing skills, as well as math and social studies.

The program is offered at the Central Resource Library, Monday through Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m. during the school years. Visit the jocolibrary.org for more information.

Storm spotter training set for Feb. 4
January 30, 2019

Are you dreaming of warmer weather in these frigid temperatures? Johnson County Emergency Management invites the public to attend the 2019 National Weather Service/Johnson County Storm Spotter Training on Monday, Feb. 4.

The storm spotter training will run 7 to 9 p.m. at MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Bell Center, 2020 E. College Way in Olathe. Attendees will learn about severe weather, including tornadoes, and they’ll learn how to help report weather hazards to emergency managers. Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Kansas City will be on hand to discuss severe storms, how they form and how you can prepare for severe weather season.

This training is free and open to the public.

 

Community braces for frigid temperatures
January 29, 2019

With extreme temperatures in the forecast for this week, Johnson County departments and agencies are raising awareness of resources and information to combat the cold.

All braches of the Johnson County Library are designated warming centers for anyone in need of shelter from the elements. In addition to staying out of the cold, residents can read books or magazines, or use one of the computers. Each branch serves as a warming space during normal business hours.

“It’s, of course, critically important to dress warmly,” says Department of Health and Environment Director Lougene Marsh.

With these low temperatures, both frostbite and hypothermia are risks. Warnings signs of hypothermia are shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. Seek medical attention quickly if you have these symptoms. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes.

Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures. Hypothermia and frostbite often do go hand in hand, but they do not always happen together. Residents should seek medical attention immediately if either of these are suspected.

Frozen water pipes are another concern for these low temperatures. Weather scientists advise taking precaution whenever the temperature is around 20 degrees or below. Disconnecting hoses or outdoor faucets, setting the thermostat at 65 degrees or above, keeping the garage door closed, and opening cabinet doors under sinks are all ways to help prevent frozen pipes. Residents can visit WaterOne’s tutorial on frozen pipe prevention for more detailed information.

Automobiles are also included on the list of everyday items impacted by extreme cold. Making sure to have antifreeze in the radiator and at least half a tank of gas are two ways to help prevent damage to vehicles. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office regularly reminds residents not to start their automobiles and leave them unattended. This is every car thief’s dream.

Program details hidden attractions in Kansas counties
January 29, 2019

On the heels of Kansas Day, celebrating the state’s 158th birthday, Johnson County Library has scheduled a program to showcase some hidden attractions in Kansas.

The program on Wednesday, Jan. 30, features Marci Penner, who co-wrote the Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers, with WenDee Rowe. The presentation will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Monticello Library, 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee.

The guidebook, with 4,500 entries and more than 1,600 pictures, details communities, sights to see and great places to eat in 515 incorporated cities, 97 unincorporated areas and all 105 Kansas counties.

Kansas Day is observed annually on Jan. 29 to commemorate the anniversary of the state’s 1861 admission as the 34th state to the Union. The state holiday was first celebrated in 1877 by schoolchildren in Paola.

Johnson County is older than the state and turns 164 years old in 2019 as one of the original 33 counties founded on Aug. 25 by the Legislative Act of 1855 in the Territory of Kansas.

 

Child car seat safety check up, Jan. 26
January 25, 2019

If you have children riding in your vehicle, it’s important that they are properly restrained to prevent injury in case of an accident. Safe Kids Johnson County, a program of Johnson County's Department of Health and Environment, in coordination with community partners, will offer a free child passenger safety seat check-up event from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at McCarthy Chevrolet, 675 N. Rawhide, Olathe. Inside of the service department, trained car seat safety specialists will examine child car seats for proper use, installation, age/size appropriateness and will alert parents to any recalled products. Safety checks take approximately 30 minutes per seat. The child must be present unless the participating parent(s) is expecting. This is a great way for parents and caregivers to ensure their children are buckled up right.

Of those kids who are buckled up, three out of four are not restrained properly or are sitting in a seat that is incorrectly installed. Child car seats are extremely effective when correctly used and installed—reducing the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers.         

Safe Kids Johnson County, Pilot Club of Shawnee Mission, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics and McCarthy Chevrolet are co-sponsoring these lifesaving safety checks.

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