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As temperatures rise, county officials warn against tick exposure
May 30, 2017

Johnson County Government reminds residents to take precautions in warm weather to avoid exposure to ticks and other disease-carrying insects.

K-State Research and Extension and the Department of Health and Environment offer basic information and prevention tips for tick exposure.

“We’re expecting tick exposure to rise this season after noticing an increase in early tick activity and in the aftermath of mild winter conditions,” said agriculture and natural resources extension agent Rick Miller. “We’re asking residents to take precautions when spending time outdoors to avoid exposure to tick-borne illnesses.”

Ticks can be difficult to detect because the insects develop in four stages: egg, larva, nymph and adult. The American Dog tick, the Lone Star tick and the Brown Dog tick are the most common tick species in Johnson County.

Ticks typically feed on native wildlife or domestic livestock to meet their need for a blood host. Once they have fed, they drop to the ground and molt into their next stage. Ticks repeat the process three times as they move from the larva to the nymph to the adult stage. Blood hosts are typically a mouse, small rodent, a bird or a deer.

Ticks do not jump or drop from trees. Ticks crawl onto blades of grass, weeds or low bushes and wait for a host to brush against the vegetation. The tick immediately releases from the vegetation and crawls onto the host.

Tick prevention

The Department of Health and Environment suggests the following ways to avoid exposure to ticks.

  • Avoid direct contact with ticks by avoiding wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
  • Walk in the center of trails.
  • Use repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes and mouth.
  • Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5 percent permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and may be protective longer.
  • If you are concerned about ticks, be sure to inspect your body and scalp in search of moving insects before they have a chance to latch on. If an attached tick is discovered, immediately remove it using tweezers. Do not try unsound methods like finger nail polish or a lit match. This could cause the tick to expel disease-carrying fluids into the skin.

Extension professionals suggest that if you need help identifying ticks, take them to the county extension office and staff should be able to identify them or send them to state entomologists for testing.

Residents can send a close-up photo to Rick Miller at rick.miller@jocogov.org and they can bring a sample to the K-State Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, in Olathe.

The Theatre in the Park opens 48th season with Spamalot
May 29, 2017

The Theatre in the Park begins its 48th season of summer entertainment on Friday, June 2, with the zany antics of Monty Python and the Holy Grail in the musical Spamalot.

The musical runs through Sunday, June 4, and then continues its run Wednesday, June 7 through Saturday, June 10. A program of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, The Theatre in the Park (TTIP) complex is located in Shawnee Mission Park with an entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee. 

From the outdoor stage at Shawnee Mission Park, the next TTIP production features Grease and moves to the new indoor Black Box Theatre at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Performances are scheduled June 9-11, 15-18, and 22-25. Evening productions are at 7:30 p.m.; matinee times vary slightly.

The remaining TTIP productions return to its outdoor stage and include:

  • Crazy for You (June 16-18, 21- 24);
  • Disney’s Camp Rock (June 30 and July 1-2, July 5- 8);
  • Back to the 80s (July 14- 16, 19- 22); and, 
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a co-production with the White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, 5801 West 115th Street, Overland Park. TTIP dates: (July 28-30, Aug. 2-5); White Theatre dates: (July 8, 13, 15, 20 & 22 at 7:30 p.m. and July 9, 16 & 23 at 2 p.m.)

Show time for the five TTIP outdoor productions at Shawnee Mission Park is 8:30 p.m. The box office opens at 6 p.m. and the gates to the seating bowl open at 6:30 p.m.

TTIP is holding the line on prices for the 2017 outdoor season with general admission at $8, youth $6, and children three and under may attend for free (but require a ticket for entrance). Limited reserve seating and parking is available. Tickets may be purchased online or at the theatre box office the nights of performance.

Indoor ticket prices for Grease at the Arts & Heritage Center are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (60+) and $15 for youth (up to 10 years of age). All seats are reserved seats and may be purchased online prior to opening.

For more information, including entire show synopses for all 2017 TTIP productions, please visit theatreinthepark.org.

Commission revisits several department funding requests
May 25, 2017

On Monday, the Board of County Commissioners revisited requests for additional resources from nine department budget proposals for FY 2018. The following actions were taken.

District Courts
Maintained fee funding for 5.5 full-time equivalent employees for pre-trial supervision

Elections
Authorized RARs one-time of $164,000 for advance voting postcards and $1.3 million for the 2018 gubernatorial election

Countywide
Authorized $2,000 for the Silver-Haired Legislature, an advocacy group for county senior citizens

Library
Voted to fund two FTEs for system-wide support staff positions and tabled discussion of seven FTEs for the June 8 business session

County Manager’s Office
Authorized $23,150 on-going and $50,000 one-time in research and development funding for public safety initiatives
Maintained funding for four issues per year of JoCo Magazine

Facilities
Authorized $2.2 million in funding for Facilities’ Capital Replacement Program (CRP) and $675,000 for elections facility improvements

Health and Environment
Authorized $25,000 in funding for a health services building programmatic study

Human Resources
Authorized funding one FTE for an HR management systems specialist position

Technology & Innovation
Delayed $60,000 for full-scale security assessment study to FY 2019

Transit
Authorized $200,000 for expanded paratransit service expansion
Authorized $300,000 for general service expansion opportunities

On June 15, the Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to set the maximum expenditure budget for FY 2018. Budget meetings are broadcast on the county's website and more information about the proposed FY 2018 budget is available online.

22nd Annual In Step and In Shape Walk coming up
May 23, 2017

The 22nd Annual In Step and In Shape Walk kicks off at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, in Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam.

The special event gathers under Shelter No. 3 and offers participants an opportunity to get outside, enjoy local trails and stay active. The program is presented by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Activities include an organized Poker Walk on the park’s one-mile trail. Participants will collect cards at various stations around the walk and have a chance to swap out cards to get their best hand. Prizes will be given to the best hands as well as the worst. In addition, there will be opportunities to try out various fitness activities, visit with a number of vendors, and play a music identification game called Pop Quiz. 

Lunch will include cheeseburgers grilled at the park, watermelon, baked potato salad, and more. Lunch speaker will be Jill Geller, executive director of the Park & Recreation District. She first came to the district in August 1980 and has served as executive director since April 2014.

Cost for the four-hour event is $9 per person. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online.

Looking for a job in law enforcement?
May 23, 2017

If you’re searching for something more than just a job, then consider the challenge and opportunity of joining the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office

As the fastest growing law enforcement agency in Johnson County, the Sheriff’s Office offers a full range of public safety duties, with numerous career development opportunities for professional growth and advancement.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is making a concerted effort in active recruiting, with a goal of being fully staffed by the end of 2017. Last fall, the shortfall was 60 positions, and 37 of those have been filled.

Since January, representatives of the Sheriff’s Office have visited approximately 50 schools either through a career fair or classroom visits. Those efforts netted about 153 student contacts and they are already prepping for the fall career fair schedule. 

“We hope to visit even more classrooms so we can speak to students about law enforcement and the career opportunities with the Sheriff’s Office,” said Master Deputy Rick Howell with the sheriff’s Personnel Division. “Currently, we have about 40 positions open. The number fluctuates because we have people leaving for retirement and other opportunities.”

The office is hiring for Deputy Sheriffs and Civilian Specialists and offers an excellent compensation and benefits package including health, dental, vision, life insurance, vacation and sick leave, short-term disability, Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, 457(b) deferred compensation, 401(a) supplemental retirement, wellness programs, and flexible spending accounts.

As a deputy sheriff, opportunities include, but are not limited to:  Patrol, Investigations, Crime Scene Investigation, Court Security, Detention, Warrants, Civil, Communications, Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT), Tag Registration, School Resource Officer, K-9, Support Services, and many more.  The Sheriff’s Office operates out of multiple locations throughout Johnson County, including the Johnson County Courthouse, Crime Laboratory, Communications Center, Training Center, Operations Center, Justice Annex, and two Detention Centers.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was established in 1861 and has grown from a one man office to a highly skilled and advanced law enforcement agency. The Sheriff’s Office is the fastest growing law enforcement agency in Johnson County and is presently comprised of more than 500 sworn officers and a support staff of approximately 150 employees.

Wastewater, Sheriff’s Office among current budget discussions
May 19, 2017

The Board of County Commissioners on Thursday heard budget proposals for FY 2018 from leadership at Wastewater, Sheriff’s Office, Elections, Library and Park & Recreation.

Wastewater

Wastewater leaders are recommending lowering the 2018 rate increase from 7.5 percent to 7 percent. Based on financial analysis by Burns & McDonnell, the median residential bill would increase $2.31 per month in 2018.  The company’s analysis also finds that JCW’s typical monthly bills are among the lowest in the region when looking at median residential usage.

The budget includes several requests for additional resources: $4.9 million for an inter-local agreement with Kansas City, Missouri; $155,000 for trash and sludge removal; $100,000 for billing software upgrades; $216,000 for plan review; and $77.4 million for Wastewater capital projects (self-funded by capital finance charges and bond proceeds).

Sheriff’s Office

The Sheriff’s Office budget proposal includes two requests for additional resources: $676,900 for contractual and commodity increases and $926,000 for a vehicle storage facility, with $80.4 million for 2018’s total published budget excluding risk management. The proposal includes 651.95 full-time equivalent employees and $75.3 million in budgeted tax support.

Sheriff Cal Hayden reported that his office has filled 37 out of 60 open positions recently with the assistance of the county’s human resource partners. His goal is for the office to be fully staffed by the end of 2017.

Election Office

The Election Office’s budget proposal includes five requests for additional resources: $1.3 million for the 2018 gubernatorial election; $50,000 for the election worker training facility; $164,000 for advance voting postcards (not currently funded in the FY 2018 budget); $12,500 for an election center professional education program; and $13.1 million for next-generation voting machines.

The total published Election Office budget is $4 million, excluding cost allocation, risk management and vehicle equivalent units, with $3.41 million in budgeted tax support and 17 full-time equivalent employees.

Library

The Library’s FY 2018 proposal includes a $36.02 million total published budget — excluding risk management, with $34.49 million in budgeted tax support and 306.68 full-time equivalent employees.

The 2018 requests for additional resources include four items: $642,212 for nine full-time positions to provide branch and system-wide support; $1.14 million for a capital replacement plan; $285,000 for materials handling sorters; and $1.8 million for the comprehensive library master plan to fund future projects.

The Library’s current mill rate is 3.915, and the 2018 proposed budget includes debt service for the Monticello Library and the new Lenexa City Center location, as well as full-time positions and operating costs for opening Monticello in FY 2018.

In 2016 the Board of County Commissioners increased the library mill an additional 0.75 mills to renovate, replace, expand and build facilities based on the library’s comprehensive master plan.

Park & Recreation

The 2018 proposed JCPRD budget maintains a flat mill levy at 3.102 mills, with $36.7 million as the total published budget — $33.2 million in budgeted tax support and 143.33 in budgeted full-time positions.

Park & Recreation’s 2018 proposal includes $14.8 million for its capital improvement plan, continuing implementation of JCPRD’s legacy plan and development of new parks (Meadowbrook, Big Bull Creek and Cedar Niles) and trails (Coffee Creek, Kill Creek and Cedar Creek).

JCPRD’s requests for additional resources include positions for park managers and workers, a natural resources technician, a performing arts administrative assistant, a recreation coordinator and an aquatic stadium facility maintenance supervisor.

The 2018 JCPRD proposal includes minimal land acquisition.

Learn more online

Next week, the Board of County Commissioners will meet Monday and Wednesday to consider the final 2018 budget proposal. Budget meetings are broadcast on the county's website and more information about the proposed FY 2018 budget is available online.

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