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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.

The Board of County Commissioners resumed meeting in the Hearing Room on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, social distancing will be observed, and limited seating will be available in the hearing room during meetings, with additional limited seating in the adjacent lobby with audio available. A live broadcast will be available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org and on Facebook Live. Public Comments will be accepted. Persons wishing to speak during Public Comments will need to sign in by 9:25 a.m. before the meeting begins and will be called upon to speak in the order in which they signed up. Anyone wishing to speak to a specific item on the Business agenda will need to sign in before that item is read into the Record.

Persons who may need assistance, the use of a sign language or oral interpreter, or who require special accommodations, should contact 913-715-0430, at least two (2) business days prior to the meeting.

BOCC actions for July 9, 2020

  • Authorized an exception to competition and approving a service agreement renewal for psychosocial rehabilitation and crisis intervention services with FosterAdopt Connect, in an amount not to exceed $100,000, for one (1) twelve (12) month contract period ending June 30, 2021 per Administrative Policy and Procedure #110.180.A.16.
  • Authorized the acceptance of funds from the State of Kansas Coronavirus Relief Fund under the terms and conditions stated in the resolution for the acceptance, expenditure and accounting of said funds.
  • Approved a 2020 NACo (National Association of Counties) Voting Delegate and an alternate delegate for the virtual Annual Business meeting of Monday July 20, 2020 at 1p.m.
  • A motion to rescind last week’s authorization of the governor’s order mandating facemasks in Johnson County was added to the agenda and was not approved.
  • A motion to allow commissioners to attend its meetings by Zoom during the pandemic was added to the agenda and was approved.

COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 Funding and Expenses Report, Penny Postoak Ferguson, 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 $2,680,834 in costs which are eligible for CARES act reimbursement and received $119,124,781 in federal funds.

COVID-19 update Dr. Sanmi Areola, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director

Johnson County currently has 2,633 positive cases 47,627 negatives, 92 deaths (77 deaths in LTCF, or 84%) and a 5.3% positive percentage. We have 975 presumed recovered. More information is available on our dashboard.

Appointment-based testing continues Monday through Friday in Olathe and has been extended to people without symptoms. The next drive-thru testing event takes place on July 10 at Gardner Edgerton High School. At our drive-thru testing event in Leawood on June 26, 986 individuals tested with 25 positive cases identified. More information is available in this report.

Discussion on Governor's Executive Order No. 20-52 Requiring masks or other face coverings in public/Attorney General's Instructions, Joe Connor, Assistant County Manager

The Board discussed the Attorney General’s guidance to prosecutors and law enforcement regarding the mask mandates. A news release on this topic with a link to the guidance is available here.

The BOCC held an afternoon Committee of the Whole to hear County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson’s proposed FY 2021 budget. You can access the presentation at this link and additional information here.

Agenda items planned for the July 16 agenda

  • Consider authorizing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Board of Directors of the Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Office of Treasury and Financial Management for the provision of payroll services for 2020.
  • (Sitting as the Governing Board of Fire District No. 2) Conduct a public hearing and consider approving the Fiscal Year 2021 budget as proposed and approving Resolution No. 2020-1 authorizing a levy of property taxes in support of the budget for Johnson County Fire District No. 2 for FY 2021
  • Consider approving and authorizing a real estate purchase contract with 56 HWY LLC, Inc., for property acquisition of approximately 72 acres of land located east of New Century AirCenter in the amount of $3,900,000 and the purchase of approximately 42 acres of land and a residence totaling $2,591,502.94 from the Stricker Family and to authorize the reallocation and use of County General Fund reserves in an amount not to exceed $6,491,502.94 to fund the initial purchase.
  • Consider approving adopting a revised Economic Development Incentives Policy for New Century AirCenter and Repealing the Economic Development Incentives Program adopted on December 20, 2012.
  • Consider holding a public hearing for the purpose of receiving public comment and testimony on the proposed amendment to the FY 2020 Budget and consider adoption of Resolution No. 040-20 amending the FY 2020 budget for the General Fund to accept CARES Act funding in the amount of $116,311,033.60.
  • Consider authorizing an exception to competition and approving a service agreement for respite care services with KVC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $100,000, for a twelve (12) month contract period ending June 30, 2021 per Administrative Policy and Procedure #110.180.A.16.
  • Consider authorizing a contract change order with SAK Construction, LLC for additional manhole rehabilitation work required under the CMSD CO19 Collection System Rehabilitation and Repair (Authorization #10) in an amount not to exceed $167,005.88, increasing the total contract to $1,317,558.72.
  • Conduct a public hearing to authorize funds for the construction phase of the Wastewater Facilities Electrical System Improvements Project (CMSD-Contract 27) in an amount not to exceed $7,361,000, increasing the total project authorization to $8,041,000, and consider granting the necessary utility easements to Evergy at the New Century Air Center Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Belinder Pump Station.
  • Consider authorizing a contract with Crossland Heavy Contractors, Inc. to construct the Wastewater Facilities Electrical System Improvements Project (CMSD-Contract 27) in an amount not to exceed $5,139,000.
  • Consider a request from Brett Manifold, applicant, and Kent and Lori Price, landowners, for a Preliminary Plat for five residential lots to be known as Brinlyn Ridge, on 76 acres, on property zoned RUR, Rural District, located at 30600 W. 143rd Street.
  • (Next week, item will be considered to be moved to the Aug. 6 business session) Consider a request from David W. and Julie D. Secrist, applicants and landowners, for Conditional Use Permit approval, with a five (5) year term, for a private kennel on approximately 7.6 acres, in Section 15, Township 15, Range 25, Johnson County, Kansas, located at 21150 Country Place Lane.
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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