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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.

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Board of County Commissioners update

More information including official minutes, votes, videos, information about how to make public comments and how to request accommodations is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

Notes for the Record 

  • Signed the Procurement Plan-Nutrition Programs with the State of Kansas for the Johnson County Juvenile Detention X0620 in relation to in the Aramark Correctional Services, Food Service Contract Renewal, for the term of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. 
  • Will sign Administrative Resolution No. WD 21-026, enlarging the privately financed sewer district and provide for the assessments of all applicable fees, charges and levies of the Consolidated Main Sewer District in the vicinity of Clear Creek Road and Gleason Road.
  • Will sign agreement with the city of Olathe for the Construction of a Stormwater Management Project known as Upper Mill Creek Main Channel Stormwater Improvements.

BOCC actions for July 22, 2021

  • Approved a request from Keith Kobes, applicant/landowner, requesting rezoning from PRN2, Planned Residential Neighborhood Two District, to RUR, Rural District, and for Preliminary and Final Plat for two residential lots to be known as 95th & Nirvana.
  • Approved a change order for PCI Roads, LLC, IFB #2020-032, for deck repair on the De Soto River Bridge, in an amount of $138,112.13.
  •  Authorized a contract with Vance Brothers, in the amount not to exceed $424,000, for the purchase of CRS-2P Chip and Seal Oil for a one (1) year term with the option to renew four (4) additional one (1) year terms.
  • Authorized a contract with Hammons Asphalt Paving, Inc. to improve concrete paving near the dock and sally port area of the New Century Adult Detention Center (NCADC) located at 27745 W. 159th Street, New Century, Kansas 66031 in the amount not to exceed $119,700.
  • Approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning the grant application made by the City of Olathe through the 2021 Bureau of Justice Assistance Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program to include Johnson County as a party, together with the cities of Olathe, Overland Park and Shawnee.

Manager’s Memo, Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager

COVID-19 and Vaccination Update
The COVID-19 report was prepared by Dr. Sanmi Areola and Elizabeth Lawlor Holzschuh. A copy of the report with the most up to date information is available online. Dr. Areola and Johnson County Local Health Officer Joseph LeMaster, M.D., highlighted the increased cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant and the recent school guidance regarding mask use. That guidance is also available online.

County Economic Research Institute (CERI) Indicators – July 2021 Edition 
The July 2021 edition of the Economic Indicators for Johnson County was provided by CERI. All labor force statistics for the period 2010-2020 were revised by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on April 16, 2021. The unemployment rate for May 2021 was 3%, compared to 8.7% in May 2020 – a 5.7% decrease. The average unemployment rate for May the previous five years was 4%. The number of single-family homes sold in May 2021 was 1,095, compared to 992 in May 2020 – a 10.38% increase. Year-to-date (YTD), the cumulative number of homes sold is 4,179, compared to 3,847 during the same period the previous year – an 8.63% increase. The total number of single-family building permits issued in May 2021 was 225, compared to 128 in April 2020 – a 75.78% increase. YTD, the cumulative permits issued are 1,051, compared to 664 the previous year – a 58.28% increase. Additionally, the CERI reports total retail sales for Johnson County were $5.36 billion YTD through April 2021, compared to $4.43 billion through the same period YTD April 2020 – a 21.16% increase. The full report is available online.

JCW Integrated Plan 
Congress enacted the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act on Jan.14, 2019, codifying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2012 Integrated Planning Approach and Framework. This framework was designed to help municipalities address competing clean water infrastructure investment needs and choose the most beneficial approaches for setting priorities and taking effective actions for achieving water quality goals. The EPA finalized and sent its Report to Congress on Integrated Plans to Comply with the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) of 2019 to the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee and the House's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on July 12. This report highlights the work of several communities that have developed integrated plans. Johnson County Wastewater’s Integrated Plan is highlighted on page 24 of the report

Items currently on the agenda for the July 29 meeting:

  • Consider approving the appointment of Donna Davis – Fourth District representative to the Museum Advisory Council through May 7, 2024.
  • Consider ratifying the Chairman’s appointment of Lindsay Grise to the Board of Zoning Appeals through May 5, 2022.
  • Consider ratifying the Chairman’s appointment of Brad Willson to the Criminal Justice Advisory Council through Oct. 2, 2022.
  • Consider authorizing the Wastewater General Manager to review and extend the current 2021 deferment extension requests one additional 5-year deferment period, if eligible, per the requirements of Charter Resolution No. 29-92.
  • Consider a request from John Gaar, Finkle Williams Architecture, applicant, Johnson County, landowner for a Special Permit for an adult detention center, Sheriff’s facility, and water tank in Section 18, Township 14, Range 23. Located at 27745 W. 159th Street.
  • Application No. SW 21-134-PP/FP (MC).  Edward Moore, III, applicant and landowner, is requesting a Preliminary and Final Plat for three residential lots, to be known as Moore Estates, on 32.5 acres, on property zoned RUR, Rural District, located at the northeast corner of 159th Street and Edgerton Road.
  • Consider amending the FY 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to include a capital project in an amount not to exceed $269,085 for Safety/Security Gates at New Century AirCenter (IXD) and Johnson County Executive Airport (OJC); authorize a contract with BKM Construction, LLC, for the purchase and installation of three (3) motorized sliding safety/security gates at New Century AirCenter (IXD) and three (3) motorized sliding safety/security gates at Johnson County Executive Airport (OJC), in the amount not to exceed $269,084.18, Sourcewell cooperative contract, KS-E-GC02-111319 and authorize the reallocation and expenditure of 2021 Airport reserves in the amount of $40,363.
  • Consider a Request for Proposal (RFP) #2021-001 to authorize a contract with Delta Dental of Kansas for the administration of the self-funded dental plan for the 2022 calendar beginning Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2022 at a cost not to exceed $72,000 for administrative costs and $2,548,778 for anticipated claims costs for a total of $2.62 million for a period of one (1) year with the option to renew for an additional four (4) one (1) year periods.
  • Consider authorizing the Chairman to execute the proposed “Real Estate Sale Contract” in connection with the contemplated purchase of a site for a future Med-Act station in the City of Shawnee in the amount of $230,000, and authorize the reallocation and expenditure of County General Fund reserves in an amount not to exceed $230,000 to fund the purchase.
  • Consider Resolution No. 053-21 to hold a public hearing and consider approving the County Manager’s recommendation to change the administrative organization of the County by reorganizing and merging the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Emergency Management and Communications (EMC) Departments including related employees and budget authority, and naming it the Department of Emergency Services, and transferring the EMC Medical Director to the Department of Health and Environment (DHE).

A Committee of the Whole meeting was held following the BOCC meeting on July 22, regarding the Master Development Plan for New Century.

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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