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The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is responsible for enacting legislation, levying and appropriating taxes and setting budgets, and Johnson County residents are strongly encouraged to engage with county government and have their voices heard. Weekly BOCC meetings are open to the public and streamed online. Many of our departments and agencies have advisory boards that depend on citizen participation. Johnson County residents who are registered to vote elect the BOCC members, District Attorney and Sheriff, so the more you know, the more empowered your vote. This is a great place to get educated and start engaging.

Government News

Board of County Commissioners update

More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, for the Board of County Commissioners Meetings, the County Commissioners will not be physically present in the Board Hearing room and will be using Zoom, an online meeting tool, to conduct the meeting. A live broadcast will still be available at https://boccmeetings.jocogov.org/onbaseagendaonline or on Facebook Live.

“Live” Public Comments are being accepted for the virtual BOCC meeting for those who have preregistered. Individuals wishing to speak may register by completing the registration form link at https://boccmeetings.jocogov.org/onbaseagendaonline. Registration closes at noon (12:00 p.m.) on the Wednesday, before the Thursday meeting. If you complete the registration, you will receive an email notice later in the day on Wednesday regarding the status of your registration. Instructions on joining and speaking at the virtual meeting will be included in the email notice. The BOCC has established a limit of 50 speakers for “Live” General Comments or a specific Item. If more than 50 individuals register, the 50 speakers will be determined by a random process. Speakers will be limited to 2 minutes each and will be audio only.

If you would like to make a WRITTEN public comment for the meeting, please use this link, WRITTEN Public Comments and complete the form. Written Comments received by noon Wednesday will be shared with the entire Board prior to the meeting. Written Comments will not be read into the record during the meeting. If you are unable to use this internet link, you may call the following number, and we will record your information. (913) 715-0424.

Persons who may need assistance, the use of a sign language or oral interpreter, or who require special accommodations, should contact us at [email protected], via the Kansas Relay Operator at 800-766-3777, or by phone at 913-715-0430 at least two (2) business days prior to the meeting.

Today, the Board of County Commissioners declared March 7 – 13, 2021 as “Heroes Week” in Johnson County. Heroes Week is a way for Johnson County Government to show appreciation to our community partners and county employees for a year of hard work and collaboration in fighting the pandemic in Johnson County. Heroes Week also acknowledges the impact of the pandemic on our community and recognizes its sacrifice and resiliency. More information is available here.

BOCC actions for March 4, 2021

  • Approved the appointment of Martin L Pyle - Fourth District Representative of the Public Art Commission through December 31, 2023. 
  • Approved the appointment of Logan Heley - Fourth District Representative of the Transportation Council through September 1, 2023. 
  • Approved the appointment of Randy Gregorcyk- Sixth District Representative of the Fire District No.1 Governing Board through July 1, 2023. 
  • Approved the appointment of Ron Conus- Sixth District Representative of the Fire District No.1 Governing Board through July 1, 2024. 
  • Approved the reappointment of AJ Lang- Sixth District Representative of the Northwest Consolidated Fire District through December 31, 2023. 
  • Approved the appointments of Initial Members of the Wastewater Development Advisory Committee- Harold Phelps, Civil Engineer; Mike Bader, General Contractor; and Jack Messer, City Employee within Johnson County, for term ending March 3, 2024 and Chip Corcoran, Civil Engineer; Danny Anderson, General Contractor; and Greg Prieb, Representative of KC Area Home Builders Association for the term ending March 3, 2023. 
  • (Continued for one week) Consider authorizing a contract under Construction Inspection Services Contract RFP No. 2019-061 for 175th Street – Mission Road to Overland Park City Limits Reconstruction Project with George Butler Associates, at a cost not to exceed $420,545.44. 
  • Conducted a public hearing and authorized funds for Johnson County Wastewater infrastructure improvement projects in an amount not to exceed $1,738,600 and authorized the County to enter into an agreement with the City of Olathe for the 119th and I-35 Sanitary Relocation Project Reimbursement and with the City of Overland Park for the 86th and Lamar Sanitary Relocation and Capacity Upgrade Project. 
  • Authorized a contract with Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc., for Electronic Monitoring Services, at a cost not to exceed $750,000 for a one (1) year period with the option to renew for four (4) additional one-year periods. 
  • Authorized the Chairman to sign agreements with cities and fire districts in Johnson County for supplying supplemental staffing for the County's COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites and compensating cities for such staffing assistance as requested; and authorized the reallocation and expenditure of fund balance (reserves) for FY 2021 for the General Fund in an amount not to exceed $350,000. 
  •  (Added Item to Agenda) Authorized a sublease agreement with Dimensional Innovations, Inc. at 15500 W 108th Street, Lenexa, KS to provide a centralized and dedicated location for COVID-19 vaccinations at a cost not to exceed $384,000 for a twelve (12) month period, and a minimum cost of $192,000 should the County terminate the lease after six months.

Manager’s Memo, Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager

City of Edgerton – IRB – Wellsville Farms, LLC Project (Notice of Public Hearing)
The city of Edgerton will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm at the Edgerton Community Building, 404 E. Nelson Street, Edgerton, Kansas in regard to the proposed issuance by the City of its industrial revenue bonds and in regard to an exemption from ad valorem taxation for property constructed or purchased with the proceeds of such bonds. They propose to issue $238,000,000 in industrial revenue bonds for the benefit of Wellsville Farms, LLC, and its successor and assigns. More information is available at this link.

Legislative update, Maury Thompson, Deputy County Manager

The weekly report from our legislative affairs staff is available here. Committees completed their work last week. The Kansas Emergency Management Act continues to be worked. 16 amendments were added during Senate work this week. We continue to monitor Senate Bill 13, the property tax legislation regarding additional notice and public hearing requirements for taxing subdivisions.  It will be worked on the House floor today.  

COVID-19 Funding and Expense Report and CRF Phase One and Phase Three Reimbursement, Maury Thompson, Deputy County Manager

The weekly COVID-19 Operating Report, detailing COVID-19 specific expenditures and funding received is available here. To date the organization has identified $120,422,411.24 in costs which are eligible for CARES act reimbursement and received $151,513,187.82 in federal funds.   

PPE update, Dan Robeson, director of Johnson County Emergency Management

We continue to evaluate the PPE needs of our community’s front line organizations on a weekly basis. We made 43 deliveries and distributed more than 340,000 pieces of PPE in February. Since June, we have made 1,083 deliveries of over 6.5 million pieces of PPE to front line organizations. We have received 80% of our placed orders. Six large orders have yet to be received. We continue to follow up on those.

Community PPE program update: Last year through this program we distributed more than 6 million pieces of non-medical PPE we received from the state. We reopened this program a few weeks ago to distribute the remaining supplies we have on hand. In the past few weeks, we received 372 requests asking for more than a million of our remaining pieces. Please visit jocogov.org/ppe to indicate your PPE needs. We still have available masks, face shields and cloth reusable gowns. Read the full report.

COVID-19 update: Dr. Sanmi Areola, director, and Elizabeth Holzschuh, director of epidemiology, Department of Health & Environment

Today’s report had in-depth information on Johnson County’s vaccination program including this week’s vaccination efforts for the 65+ group, an update on vaccinations for educators and childcare workers, vaccinations for our vulnerable populations, a look at our current metrics, updates on communication and new data available. 
Read the full report.

Items currently on the agenda for the March 11 meeting

  • Consider approving the Johnson County Annual Noxious Weed Eradication Progress Report for 2020. 
  • Consider approving the Johnson County Annual Noxious Weed Management Plan for 2022. 
  • Consider authorizing a contract with Railroad Consultants, for the purchase of KDOT Grant Funds Rail Maintenance, in the amount not to exceed $365,948. 
  • Consider authorizing the reallocation and expenditure of County General Fund reserves in an amount not to exceed $9,757,065, for the purpose of authorizing 2021 budget authority to spend the remaining balance of the Coronavirus Relief Funds in the amount of $8,762,690, and the State Impact Funds in the amount of $994,375. 
  • Consider applying for and accepting funding in the amount of $3,098,240 awarded to Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Cooperative Agreement (ELC), funded through the federal Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, distributed through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for the purpose of providing staffing and infrastructure support. 
  • Consider adopting Resolution No. 016-21, setting a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. on April 1st for the purpose of receiving public input on proposed amendments to the FY 2021 Budget for the Public Health Fund in the amount of $8,572,075 for additional grants and increased fund balance. 
  • Consider adopting the 2021 Johnson County Federal Legislative Platform
August 2019 at the BOCC

Here are some highlights of the Board of County Commissioners’ actions and activities in August 2019. More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

On Aug. 8, the Board approved and adopted the FY 2020 Budget and FY 2020 – 2024 Capital Improvement Program as proposed. More information is available in this news release.

Other Board action in August included:

  • Authorizing contracts to improve parking lots located at Johnson County Communication Center (CCC), 11880 South Sunset Dr.; the Justice Annex Building, 588 Santa Fe; the Johnson County Community Support Services (CSS) facility located at 6440 Neiman Road and the Johnson County Sunset Building located 11811 South Sunset Dr..
  • Authorizing the Johnson County Wastewater General Manager to review and extend the current 2019 deferment extension requests one additional 5-year deferment period, if eligible.
  • Authorizing a Use Agreement with the Johnson County Park & Recreation District at the County Operations Facility located at 19310 W 159th St., Olathe, KS 66062, to facilitate the administration of an out of school youth program for Olathe Public Schools (USD 233).
  • Authorizing nine agreements for storm sewer inspection projects at a cost to the Stormwater Management Program of $3,569 with the city of Merriam; $115,146 with the city of Mission; $57,053 with the city of Mission Hills; $35,584 with the city of Shawnee; $34,189 with the city of Westwood; and $3,473 with the city of Westwood Hills.

 

Final day of budget proposal presentations

On Thursday, May 30, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), as a Committee of the Whole, will review budget proposals for FY 2020 from representatives from departments and agencies providing infrastructure services to the county, as well as outside agencies that receive county funding.

From 11 a.m. to noon, the BOCC is scheduled to hear proposed budgets from Planning/Contractor Licensing, Transportation, Airport, Public Works and Stormwater Management.

Afternoon presentations scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. include the Arts Council of Johnson County, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension, the Johnson County Fair, Soil Conservation, United Community Services, County Economic Research Institute, Enterprise Center of Johnson County and then will wrap up infrastructure with Johnson County Wastewater.

All budget presentations and deliberations are open to the public and take place at the Board’s Hearing Room on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe. They are also streamed live and available from a link on the Johnson County website, jocogov.org.

The proposed FY 2020 Budget maintains a constant mill levy for Johnson County property owners and totals $1.26 billion, with expenditures estimated at $934.5 million, and reserves set at $331.4 million. The funding supports the departments and agencies that comprise Johnson County Government to serve and protect a county population of more than 604,000 residents. More information is available in this news release. Information and presentations on the proposed budget are available here.

BOCC changes to new legislative management tool

The public has a new web link to view BOCC meetings online and access meeting agendas, minutes and other documents.  Johnson County has switched from the SIRE Technologies platform to OnBase by Hyland. Beginning May 23, all BOCC meeting information can be accessed at boccmeetings.jocogov.org. More information is available in this news release.

BOCC adopts its 2019-2020 priorities

After several months of work, study and discussion, today the Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted its 2019-2020 priorities. The board, along with staff, held a 1 1/2 day retreat in January, followed by discussions at Board of County Commissioner meetings and a March study session.

The BOCC has identified the following top three priorities for 2019-2020:

1.  Complete/advance existing projects approved by voters and the Board of County Commissioners with efficiency and effectiveness.

2. Strengthen and finance the appropriate level of service to meet the needs of the county’s vulnerable populations, pursuing innovative strategies.

3. Develop a creative and innovative vision for a transit plan that is financially sustainable.

In this attached document you can learn more about these priorities as well as other topics identified.

“I want to thank our board, Executive Leadership Team members, the County Manager’s Office and other staff who played a role in the important work that lead to today’s adoption,” said County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson. “I look forward to our collaborative efforts during the next two years on these priorities and the positive impact they will have on the residents we serve.”

 

Boards and committees assigned for BOCC

Our Board of County Commissioners wear many different hats. One of those hats is serving as liaisons to or members on a variety of boards and committees. Some are related to county government departments and agencies; others are regional boards or committees that work on issues benefiting the metro and the region.

Chairman Ed Eilert has finalized the board and committee assignments for 2019. If you go to the BOCC page and click on each commissioner’s bio, you can access their assignments.

Commissioner Jim Allen has been re-appointed as Vice Chairman of the BOCC for 2019.

Coming to a mailbox near you: new issue of JoCo Magazine

Look for the new issue of JoCo Magazine, a special edition focused entirely on public safety, to hit your mailbox soon if it hasn't already! JoCo Magazine is a printed publication created by Johnson County Government, mailed three times per year to every household in the county. 

The Fall 2016 issue, as well as past issues, can be viewed on the JoCo Magazine page of our website.

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