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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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Take advantage of Drug Takeback Day to clear the cabinet
November 25, 2019

You might want to mark your calendars for the 16th National Prescription Drug Takeback Day on Saturday, Oct. 27. The initiative calls attention to the potential of abuse of medication, and provides a safe, accessible and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs.

Residents of all ages are invited to drop off their pills, patches, vitamins, ointments and pet medications. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Take note: Needles, sharps and liquids will not be accepted.

There are numerous drop-off locations around the county. Enter your address to find the location closest to you.

If you are unable to drop off your medication on Saturday, there are two locations in Overland Park that accept meds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. They are Myron E. Scafe Justice Center, 12400 Foster St., just beyond the police lobby and Sanders Justice Center, 8500 Antioch Road, in the upper lobby. Drop-off is anonymous.

Library wraps up bedbug treatment, reopens branch Oct. 9
September 9, 2019

Johnson County Library (JCL) is set to reopen the Shawnee branch at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9 as comprehensive treatment and cleaning for bedbugs wraps up.

Treatments at the Shawnee branch have been extensive, including:

  • Fumigation for eradication.
  • Sealing, baking and/or removing infested materials.
  • Item, shelf and building deep cleaning prior to reopening.
  • Branch staff refresher training.

JCL staff have handled, inspected or and/or cleaned more than 12,000 items at the branch over the past week. All potentially-affected books at the branch have been baked in portable ovens, heating items to 120 degrees F for 60 to 90 minutes. Potentially-affected furniture has been baked as well in a large-format oven-tent built in the branch for this purpose.

Other branches are being inspected and cleared by pest control specialists, including bedbug sniffing dogs. No further infestation has been discovered at any other branch at this time.

FAQs

Q. What happened?
A. Bedbugs were discovered at the library's Shawnee branch. Unfortunately, bedbugs are a national problem, and they aren’t going away. This is an issue for public places that serve lots of people. It’s not a hygiene issue, it’s an environmental issue. Libraries have been aware of this for some time, and there are standards and best practices recommended by the library's national professional organization. Johnson County Library has policies and procedures in place and has conducted staff trainings in order to be prepared to mitigate the issue.

Q. What should I do with materials checked out from the Shawnee branch?
A. Place any materials that possibly came from the Shawnee branch in a sealable plastic bag and return to any Johnson County Library location.

Q. How do I pick up my holds at the Shawnee branch and are they safe?
A. Holds can be picked up at the Shawnee branch when it is reopened or call 913-826-4600 to change your hold pick up to another location. Items picked up at the Shawnee branch will part of the baking process to remove bedbugs. If holds are changed to a different location, the materials will come from another branch and are not transferred from the Shawnee branch. During the closure, patrons will not incur fines on materials checked out from Shawnee.

Q. Does this impact the Olathe Public Library?
A. The Olathe Public Library has been contacted and is taking the necessary precautions. 

Q. What can I do to check if bedbugs are in my residence?
A. Information about bedbugs can be found on the K-State Research and Extension website.

 

Voter registration deadline nears; election workers are needed
October 2, 2019

The deadline for voter registration in Johnson County for the Nov. 6 General Election is Tuesday, Oct. 16.

To register to vote in Kansas, an individual must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the state of Kansas and be 18 years old before Nov. 6. A new voter registration application should be completed if residents change their name or address. Voter Lookup allows voters to see if they are registered to vote.

Residents may register to vote in person at any city hall or the Johnson County Election Office, 2101 Kansas City Road, Olathe. They may also register or change their registration information online with a valid Kansas driver’s license or a non-driver’s identification card. Online Voter Registration is provided through the statewide voter registration system, requiring a valid Kansas ID. 

Advance voting by mail in Johnson County begins Oct. 17. The deadline to apply for an advance voting by mail ballot is Oct. 30. Ballots may be returned to any advance voting location or Election Day polling sites during voting hours or to the Election Office by 7 p.m., Nov. 6.

Advance voting in person begins Oct. 22 and ends Nov. 3 at six locations:

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.
  • Hilltop Conference Center, 7700 West 143rd St., Overland Park.
  • Johnson County Northeast Offices, 6000 Lamar Ave., Mission.
  • Johnson County Sunset Office Building, 11811 Sunset Drive, Olathe.
  • Okun Fieldhouse, 20200 Johnson Drive, Shawnee.
  • Johnson County Election Office.

The last day for advance voting in person at the Election Office is Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Voting polls on Election Day, Nov. 6, open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

More election workers also are needed by the Election Office to serve voters during the Nov. 6 General Election. Workers must be registered to vote at their current address in Johnson County and be available from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6. They also must complete election worker training with sessions occurring between Oct. 20 and Oct. 30 at multiple times, including evening and weekend options.

Election workers are paid a stipend of $110 for Election Day, $25 for attending classroom training and $25 for hands-on training with the voting equipment.

Application to become an election worker, more information about the upcoming elections and a sample ballot is accessible on the Election Office website at jocoelection.org.

New Volunteer Management System makes volunteering easier
September 9, 2019

Three county departments are piloting a new Volunteer Management System (VMS) that makes it easier for residents to find volunteer opportunities in Johnson County Government. Johnson County Library, Human Services and Developmental Supports are the three departments using the system to publish volunteer opportunities and communicate with volunteers. In 2017, these three departments utilized approximately 2,500 volunteers working more than 77,000 hours. 

The new system allows residents to search by department, keyword, or city to find service opportunities that match their passions. Volunteers can create a secure profile account to register for specific volunteer programs or events, browse immediate needs posted by each department, sign up for training, and manage their scheduled volunteer opportunities.

The new Volunteer Management System (VMS) is easily accessible through the county’s website. Residents simply click the picture of one of the departments or the orange Volunteer Information & Services button. At the completion of the pilot, it will be determined if other departments will be added to the program. Until then, residents can still review opportunities for other departments and agencies on jocogov.org. The VMS and other volunteer opportunities are also accessible under the Residents tab from the menu throughout the site. 

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.

Unofficial final election results available
September 11, 2019

On Election Day, 118,708 Johnson County residents took to the polls to vote in the primary elections. The Johnson County Election Office has posted the unofficial final count of votes cast in the county on their webpage. Statewide results are available through the office of the Kansas Secretary of State.

Official final election results will be available following certification by the Board of Canvassers, which is also the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. They canvass the votes on the Monday following the election at 9 a.m. at the Election Office, 2101 E. Kansas City Road. The Board of Canvassers determines the validity of any provisional or challenged ballots. Following the processing of the valid ballots, the official vote summary is certified by the Board of Canvassers as the official final election results which will also be posted on the Johnson County Election Office’s webpage.

 

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