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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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Regional COVID-19 response news conference tomorrow
March 15, 2021

On Tuesday, March 16, regional leaders will make remarks at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, to recognize one year of fighting COVID-19. Approximately one year ago, elected and public health leaders gathered at the same location to announce safety precautions to stop the spread of the virus.

During the event a new, temporary display will be unveiled that allows the public to contribute a memory or thought related to the pandemic.

Watch the news conference at 1 p.m., on Facebook Live.

JoCo on the Go podcast: One year ago - a look back on the pandemic
March 15, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #83, we take a look back on the pandemic in Johnson County – where we started, how far we’ve come and we talk about the work left to do. Hear where some of our pandemic response leaders were when they heard that the virus had reached Johnson County. We also discuss the signs of normalcy we’re seeing and what’s to come.
 
Look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Learn more about JoCo on the Go and get a complete transcript of this episode.

Commissioners approve 2021 federal legislative platform
March 12, 2021

On Thursday, March 11, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved its 2021 Federal Legislative Platform that serves as the basis for the county's advocacy efforts in partnership with the Kansas federal delegation to Congress.

The latest platform maintains the county’s long-standing core principles to maintain financial stability for county governmental services by opposing reductions in federal funding and unfunded federal mandates.

Two “top action items” remain on the county’s 2021 federal platform.

One is future funding and timing of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Remediation and Redevelopment near De Soto: The county seeks “continued support of efforts for the full remediation and environmental clean-up of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant and return of that facility to productive local development and use.”

The project, which began in 2005, currently estimates completion in 2028 by the U.S. Army.

Once remediation is completed, plans call for setting aside 3,000 acres for county parkland and development of a residential “community in a park.” At 15-square miles, the site is about the size of Leawood.

Sunflower Army Ammunition Remediation and Redevelopment has been a part of the county’s federal platform since 2013.

The other top action priority is encouraging full funding of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to support “a dependable and strategic manner for investment in multi-modal transportation infrastructure and operations.”

Funding is used to improve major traffic corridors in Johnson County by adding highway lanes, access control and cable barriers along with eliminating roadway bottlenecks and traffic backups for the safety of motorists.

The FAST priority has been on the county’s federal platform since 2016.

The federal platform also lists 20 legislative positions on Taxation and Administration, public safety, health and human services, and infrastructure.

Read the 2021 Federal Legislative Platform.

Annual reports root out noxious weeds in Johnson County
March 11, 2021

Jim Hoge has helped to weed out a growing problem in Johnson County for 16 years.

He is the noxious weed director for Johnson County with a small office at the Johnson County Department of Public Works campus in west Olathe.

Each year, he must advise the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners regarding how much acreage has been infested with noxious weeds and how he plans to curtail the weeds. On Thursday, March 11, he presented the Annual Noxious Weed Eradication Progress Report for 2020 and the Annual Noxious Weed Management Plan for 2022 to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners for approval.

After more than 25 years of experience in lawn care and landscaping, including managing a major Johnson County nursery, Hoge has been Johnson County government’s “weed guy” since 2005. His job is to administer and enforce the Kansas Noxious Weed Law by helping to eradicate or control noxious weeds in Johnson County.

That means Hoge knows noxious weeds, and more importantly, how to get rid of them on public or private land. Noxious weeds are found in Johnson County on farms with large acreage and on residential property with far more smaller plots.

“We control noxious weeds because they affect the safety and abundance of our food supplies, clean drinking water and recreational opportunities,” Hoge said.

In his Annual Noxious Weed Eradication Progress Report, Hoge estimates Johnson County has almost 15,347 acres of noxious weeds. The infestations involve four of the 12 noxious weeds now identified by the state of Kansas. The state began identifying and eradicating certain prevalent noxious weeds under a law first enacted in 1937. 

Johnsongrass is the main noxious weed in the county, infesting an estimated 6,115 acres. Johnsongrass was named after an Alabama plantation owner, Colonel William Johnson, who planted the first seeds of the grass, now a noxious weed in his name, to control erosion on his river bottom land around 1840. He’s not related to the Rev. Thomas Johnson, the namesake of Johnson County.

Musk thistle ranks second with almost 5,900 acres. The other two noxious weeds are sericea lespedeza, involving approximately 3,100-plus acres, and field bindweed with only 216 acres.

“Noxious weeds can grow anywhere. People can get musk thistle and johnsongrass in their lawn,” he said.

Noxious weeds are found on public-owned land, such as right-of-ways of roadways and state, county and city parks. Much of the infested acreage remains in private ownership of ranchers, farmers and landowners, mostly in the western and southern sections of the county.

The eradication progress report noted that “in 2020, the survey sections were split 50% incorporated land to 50% unincorporated land.” The bulk of the acreage with noxious weeds was on private land, totaling an estimated 13,776 acres.  

Efforts to eradicate or control weeds usually begin in early-to-mid-spring before the growing season of the noxious plants and last until late October to inhibit seeding from the weedy pests.

In its ongoing efforts to control and eradicate noxious weeds, the office offers seven types of herbicides at discounted costs. The chemicals are available to Johnson County residents only to treat the four species of noxious weeds in the county.

“We do not sell herbicides to control vegetation in gravel driveways, patios, fence lines, etc.,” Hoge said.

Although they are a lawn pest, dandelions are not on the list that qualifies for discounted herbicides.

“They are not a noxious weed,” Hoge said, adding neither are clover or crabgrass. Chemicals to kill these common weeds are available elsewhere.

As a service to property owners, the office provides rental sprayers to apply herbicides to eradicate noxious weeds.

Hoge also is available to answer “anything from horticulture to agriculture” regarding weeds, noxious or not, and to ensure weed control efforts, such as spraying, will be done safely and correctly.

The Noxious Weed Office is open from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. It’s best to call first at 913-715-8358 for purchasing herbicides, renting spraying equipment or meeting the Noxious Weed Director.

The Department of Public Works campus is located at 1800 West Old Highway 56. It’s two miles west of I-35 and half a mile west of Kansas 7 Highway or Lone Elm Road.

BOCC meeting tomorrow to include pandemic update from Dr. Areola
March 10, 2021

At 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, March 11, the Board of County Commissioners will hold its regularly scheduled business session. Among other items, the board will discuss the pandemic.

Watch the meeting live on our website or Facebook Live.

How to get a vaccine
March 10, 2021

For a complete list of vaccination options in Johnson County, please see our "How do I get a vaccine?" page. This includes Johnson County Department of Health & Environment clinics, our local health partners and pharmacies.

Need help? Call or email us.

PHONE: 913-715-2819
EMAIL: [email protected]

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