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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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JCPRD begins summer park hours
March 1, 2019

Summer hours of 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. began on March 1 for many Johnson County Park and Recreation District parks. The summer hours will stay in effect through Oct. 31.

District parks impacted by the change in hours are:

  • Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Rd., Shawnee and Lenexa;
  • Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Rd., Olathe; 
  • Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe;
  • Lexington Lake  Park, 8850 Sunflower Rd., De Soto; and,
  • Big Bull Creek Park, 20425 Sunflower Rd., Edgerton.

Summer hours for Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Rd., Merriam, are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Other JCPRD parks with year-round dawn to dusk hours include Ernie Miller Park, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe; Sunflower Nature Park, 103rd Street and Edgerton Road, rural De Soto; Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th St., Overland Park; Camp Branch Glade, 175th Street and Mission Road in Aubry Township; Stilwell Community Park, 207th Street and Metcalf Avenue, Stilwell; and all of the Streamway Parks System access points. 

Park hours are reduced each winter to reduce costs and to allow for the reallocation of staff time to other activities at a time when fewer people typically visit the parks because of colder weather and earlier nightfall.

For more information, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com or call (913) 888-4713.


Program helps families with shared parenting, volunteers needed
February 28, 2019

Divorce and separation can be difficult for a family, especially when children are involved. When the end of a relationship is filled with anger and resentment. Children are often stuck in the middle without a clear picture of what their relationship is or should be with each parent. Fortunately, the Johnson County court system offers a unique opportunity to help parents resolve their conflict and allow children to develop strong bonds with both parents.

Court Services’ Supervised Visitation is a court-ordered, 12-week program that provides a consistent opportunity for children and their parent(s) to have safe and supportive contact in a structured setting. Parents and children, who have been court ordered to have only supervised contact, are given an opportunity to share time together each week in a safe and neutral setting. This often involves a child or children visiting with their non-custodial parent, with whom they may not have had much contact. This program is completely dependent on volunteers such as Johnson County employee Lynette Goodwin. Her full-time job is to serve the county as an access control specialist, in the Department of Technology and Innovation, but she also serves the county through the visitation program.

“I see the children come in. They don’t know the other parent, and they’re actually kind of fearful of them at first, but after a couple of weeks, you see the child, they run up to the parent and hug him,” Goodwin said.” They want to be picked up. It’s just very rewarding to see that happen.”

Goodwin and other volunteers ensure children’s safety, while also addressing the court’s need for objective information. They facilitate visits that focus on the best interests of children. They observe parent-child interactions and submit written reports to the court. Each volunteer gives between one to three hours per week, for 12 weeks per family.

“By the volunteers sharing their time in this program, they help us to provide a safe opportunity for children to maintain their relationship with a parent, even during the toughest of times,” said Erin Poolman, director of Domestic Court Services. “Without the generous and ongoing involvement of our volunteers, this program could not function.”

Additional volunteers are needed for the visitation program. Goodwin encourages those who have a passion for helping families to get involved.

“It’s just so beneficial for them, and I would encourage anyone that loves little children or has been in a similar conflict to participate in the program,” Goodwin said. “It’s very rewarding for the families and yourself.”

To get involved, contact Poolman as soon as possible for an interview and training. She can be reached at 913-715-7481, or by email at Erin. Poolman@jocogov.org. Learn more about the program. The next visitation session begins April 9.

Louder Than a Bomb set for Sat., March 2
February 28, 2019

Louder Than a Bomb (LTaB) Kansas City gives a teenager a pen, a page, a mic and a stage. Then we step out of the way to watch a poet emerge and a community grow. LTaB is an annual city-wide youth poetry festival with a hip-hop aesthetic celebrating young poets in the Kansas City metro.

This spring more than 15 teams representing schools and community organizations compete for a spot at the national festival Brave New Voices 2019.

Join us on Saturday, March 2, at the Central Resource Library, 9875 W 87th St., Overland Park, for a series of preliminary bouts with schools from across Kansas City. Sessions start at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

MED-ACT medics trained to care for working dogs
February 26, 2019

Did you know that a small group of Johnson County MED-ACT medics are specially trained to take care of working dogs?

These medics can provide medical care to dogs working at the scene of an emergency such as a tornado or flood.

"Our end goal with working dogs is to provide life-saving procedures until they are able to get to the vet," said Lt. Rochelle Hobart, one of the disaster medical specialists.

Hobart took a multi-day class at the Blue Pearl Veterinary hospital with veterinarians from the City of Olathe animal shelter and the Great Plains SPCA, then she provided day-long training for other disaster specialists. Sarah McCoy, a registered veterinary technician with the Great Plains SPCA, also recently gave the medics hands-on experience with dogs at the animal shelter.

"This was great for our team and gave us hands-on experience with canine vital signs, patient restraint, emergency airway management, bandaging and shock management," Hobart said.

MED-ACT medics aren't trained to take care of residents’ pets or other animals. If you think your pet is having a medical emergency, contact your veterinarian or a 24-hour veterinary hospital.

Check your mail this week for the 2019 Notice of Appraised Value
February 25, 2019

The Johnson County Appraiser’s Office has released the annual Notices of Appraised Values (NOAVs) for 2019, with 197,967 notices mailed to residential property owners today, Monday, Feb. 25. Ninety-three percent of residential values increased for the 2019 valuation year. Out of that, 76 percent of residential property values increased by 10 percent or less. The average increase across the county is 5-8 percent.

“Although we’re still seeing strong values in the northeast, we are not seeing the frenzied pace that we experienced last year,” said Johnson County Appraiser Paul Welcome. “The market has cooled, but we are still very much in a seller’s market.”

On or before March 1 each year, the County Appraiser mails NOAVs to real estate property owners. Commercial NOAVs were mailed on Feb. 11. The residential notice provides the current year and prior year history of property valuations.

For a complete look at final value averages and the percent change by area, visit pages 37-42, of the 2019 Johnson County Appraiser’s Office Revaluation Report, February 2019.

New this year, residential appeals can be filed online. The mailed NOAV will have a unique PIN that must be used for online appeal. The deadline for residential appeals is March 27. The deadline for commercial appeals is March 13.

Also new in 2019, a webpage has been launched that allows residents to access our mapping and property value information in a single location. By March 1, residents can find a PDF version of their NOAV on the webpage.

“We know this information is important to each Johnson County property owner,” Welcome said. “It’s our goal to provide fair, accurate and appropriate valuations, while providing the best possible customer service to residents.”

For more information about NOAVs, visit the Appraiser’s Office. Additional details about the 2019 Notice of Appraised Values can be found in this news release

Johnson County receives recognition for infant safe sleep practices
November 25, 2019

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s prenatal program recently received bronze-level Safe Sleep Star Certification from the Kansas Infant Death and SIDS (KIDS) Network. Johnson County is one of the first health departments in the state to receive this safety designation. In order to receive the bronze-level designation, an agency must provide annual safe sleep training to staff, create a safe sleep policy and make available take-home materials for the public regarding safe sleep practices for infants.

The Safe Sleep Star program was created by the KIDS Network, a Kansas-based organization dedicated to reducing the risk of infant deaths by providing supportive services, community education, professional training and supporting associated research. In addition to being KIDS partners, Johnson County was recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and providing training programs for caregivers, staff and the community.

Department of Health and Environment Child Care Facilities Specialist Kathy Griffin helped initiate the partnership and, as a KIDS Network Safe Sleep Instructor, provided training for staff.

“We have truly gone above and beyond to promote safe sleep practices for our clients,” Griffin said. “We do an assessment of expecting mothers, their understanding of safe sleep for their babies, and when they are in need of resources to ensure their babies are able to sleep safely in the home, we assist them with their needs.”

In some circumstances, fitted sheets, sleep sacks and cribettes have been provided to new and expectant mothers. Social workers in the prenatal clinic meet with their clients and determine whether there is a safe sleep environment in the home for the baby. Clients may be referred to a crib clinic that Griffin offers on a monthly basis.

“We are proud to be recognized for our work to support families,” Griffin said. “If we can prevent even one child death in our community by urging safe sleep practices for our youngest and most precious Johnson County residents, it is well worth the effort.”

The Safe Sleep Star program was developed in collaboration with maternal infant health partners, and partially founded by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. For more information about the program, visit kidsks.org. To learn more about safe sleep services in Johnson County, contact Kathy Griffin at 913-477-8381.