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Local lawn and garden expert wins national award
September 9, 2019

If you ask Dennis Patton, horticulture agent for Johnson County K-State Research and Extension, whether he has a favorite movie he might just say, “The Seven Year Itch.” After all, it was exactly seven years ago when Patton won, for the first time, the National Association of County Agricultural Agents award as the top columnist in the nation.

Patton has now received his second communications award, presented to him at the NACAA’s annual meeting and professional development conference. The association, which includes the nation’s horticulture agents, honored Patton for his columns in The Kansas City Star’s special “GROW” sections that were published during the spring and fall seasons. To reach the national level, Patton had to win at both the state and regional level.

Patton has been an agent for K-State Research and Extension for nearly 36 years, having started out as the horticulture agent in McPherson County before moving to Johnson County in 1987. His passion for gardening was learned at his grandmother’s knee on their family farm in south-central Kansas. But it is his devotion to customer service and extensive horticultural knowledge that has earned him a well-deserved reputation as the go-to lawn and garden expert for the KC metro, and, in some instances, across the country. Patton has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, quoted on the CBS Morning Show, and his columns often show up in newspapers around the country.

Photo caption: (l-r) Dennis Patton was presented the National Association of County Agricultural Agents communications award by Lance Walheim, national book author and garden expert for Bayer Advanced lawn and garden products.

There is hope in recovery
August 17, 2018

Are you in recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorders or do you care for someone who is? If so, you may want to consider joining the Johnson County Mental Health Center for its Second Annual Recovery Conference on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Cleveland University (10820 Lowell Ave, Overland Park, KS) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference is a Johnson County community event focused on providing education, resources and hope to individuals on their journey to recovery or maintaining recovery, and to those who support them. 

The morning session will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Michelle Robin who is a chiropractor, author, teacher, holistic healer, podcast host and founder of Your Wellness Connection.

“In order for us to make the greatest impact, we must look at our mechanical, chemical, energetic and psychospiritual health. A whole person approach is needed for us to come together as a community and enact generational change,” Robin said.

In the afternoon, the keynote speaker, Stephanie Tillman, a storyteller, graphic designer, creator and connector will share the importance of individuals telling their stories as a part of recovery. 

Breakout sessions include the following topics: 

  • Music and Recovery
  • Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Role of Genetics & Environmental Factors
  • Long Term Planning for Your Loved One
  • Anxiety & Mood Disorders
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-Care Techniques
  • Food and Mood
  • Building Healthy Relationships
  • Discover Your Journey
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Programs
  • AA and AL-ALON meetings will be available
  • And more! 

The Recovery Conference is FREE and includes a free lunch and snacks for every attendee. Space is limited the first 200 people.

Registration is Open!
Register online at: surveymonkey.com/r/JOCORecovery2018, email jcmhcevents@jocogov.org or call 913-715-7880. 

You may also register by completing a registration form and taking it to any of the locations listed below:

Johnson County Mental Health Center
Mission Office 6000 Lamar, Suite 130 

Johnson County Mental Health Center 
Shawnee Office 6440 Nieman Road 

Johnson County Mental Health Center 
Olathe Office 1125 W. Spruce St. 

Pathways to Hope
520 S. Harrison St. #206

Bonds sold for new Johnson County Courthouse and Medical Examiner Facility
August 17, 2018

The Public Building Commission authorized the sale of bonds to fund construction of the new Johnson County Courthouse and the county’s first ever medical examiner facility. The sale of the Series 2018A bonds, totaling $148.6 million, with a true interest rate of 2.39 percent.

Most of the Series 2018A bonds will finance the construction of the new courthouse in downtown Olathe. The bonds will also be used to build the new medical examiner facility. That project will be constructed south of the Criminalistics Laboratory of the Sheriff’s Office on the Johnson County Government campus at 119th Street and Ridgeview Road. More information is available in this news release.

Board of Election Canvassers certifies primary election results
August 15, 2018

The Board of Election Canvassers voted today to certify the Johnson County election results. Monday morning, the board met to determine which provision ballots would be counted, which would be partially counted and which should not be counted, based on state statute. Following board action, the approved provisional ballots were tallied and added to the unofficial final results reported on Aug. 7, Election Day.  After reviewing the combined results, the board certified the Johnson County election results. The Johnson County Election Office posted the results on its website. All Kansas counties send the certified election results to the secretary of state's office.

The Election Office live tweeted the canvass meetings. Residents can follow information from the meeting and actions by reviewing tweets from the Election Office.

Accessibility project to close Off-Leash Dog Area for five weeks
August 10, 2018

A construction project which will add an accessible trail to the Off-Leash Dog Area in Shawnee Mission Park will begin on Aug. 13, and will result in the complete closure of the popular off-leash area for about five weeks.

This project involves the construction of approximately one half mile of concrete trail between the parking lot and the existing ramp down to the dog beach area. The new trail will follow the spine of the hill, and will replace the existing wood-chipped trail.

The goal of this project "is to improve ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) access to the beach," said Project Manager Megan Merryman. "In general, as an agency, we are making significant efforts to make our parks more accessible for everyone."

Freeman Concrete Construction of Shawnee was the successful bidder for this project. As detailed in the contract, Freeman will have 35 calendar days to complete construction.

Like the district's streamway trails, the new paved trail will be ten feet wide.

During the scheduled closure, park staff will make additional improvements to the area, including fencing the east and west boundaries to enclose the entire off-leash area. The new fence will ultimately provide a safer area for dogs and their owners.  

Just a friendly reminder that in addition to being potentially hazardous to both dogs and people, entering the off-leash area during this construction closure, which also includes the parking lot, will be considered trespassing.

During the closure, off-leash area patrons are encouraged to use alternative off-leash areas, including three others operated by JCPRD, and others operated by outside agencies. Other JCPRD off-leash areas are located in: Heritage Park 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th St., Overland Park; and near the Kill Creek Streamway Park access point at 33460 W. 95th St., De Soto. Other area dog parks include: Leawood Dog Park, 10601 Lee Boulevard, Leawood; and two areas operated by the city of Kansas City, Mo., in Penn Valley Park at 28th & Wyandotte St., and in Swope Park at 4701 E. Gregory Blvd.

Johnson County Board of County Commissioners adopts 2019 budget
August 10, 2018

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners today adopted the county’s fiscal year 2019 budget. The 2019 budget totals $1.097 billion, composed of $815.9 million in expenditures and $281.2 million in reserves.

The BOCC approved a total estimated county mill levy of 25.973 mills – a decrease of 0.378 (0.322 decrease for the County Taxing District, 0.027 decrease for Johnson County Library Taxing District and 0.029 decrease for Johnson County Park & Recreation District Taxing District.) This includes an estimated mill levy of 18.996 for the County Taxing District, 3.894 mills for the Johnson County Library taxing district and 3.083 mills for the Johnson County Park & Recreation District taxing district. These are estimated mill levies as there are slight valuation changes from July to October when values are certified by the county clerk.

More information on the adopted budget is available in the county's news release.