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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 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. Please watch the broadcast of the meeting from our link at boccmeetings.jocogov.org or on Facebook Live for a live feed or later when the video is posted.

During this time of health emergency, we will also be prudent with our business agenda, deferring action when feasible, and we will not be accepting Public Comments during the meeting. If you have information or comments related to any item on our agenda that you would like to have presented to the Commissioners, we encourage you to submit that information in writing. If you wish to submit information, please email those comments/statements to the BOCC-Clerk@jocogov.org before noon on the Wednesday, before the Thursday BOCC meeting. Please include your Name and Address. Comments received by noon will be shared with the entire Board prior to the meeting. If you are unable to email the comments, you may call the following number, and we will record your information. (913) 715-0424.

BOCC actions for May 21, 2020

  • Authorized a contract with Independent Salt Company, in an amount not to exceed $150,000, for rock salt, per City of Overland Park cooperative bid for 2020.
  • Authorized the revised MED-ACT Ambulance fee structure, as shown in attachment 1, to be effective June 1, 2020
  • Authorized an increase in the amount of $400,000 to the exemption from competition to SeaChange Print Innovations, LLC for the Election Office to purchase election-related printing and mailing services for a contract total amount not to exceed $750,000 in FY 2020 per Administrative Policy and Procedure #110.175.A.4.
  • Authorized a contract with Election Systems & Software, LLC for additional voting equipment in the amount of $1,020,500 per Sedgwick County RFP 15-0078, a multi-county request for proposal; and authorized the reallocation and expenditure of fund balance (reserves) for FY2020 for the county’s general fund in an amount not to exceed $1,020,500 with reimbursement of $488,750 from the CARES Act funding available through the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) distributed by the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office, and $496,950 reimbursed through the county’s CARES Act funding.
  • Authorized a contract with Heritage Environmental Services, for Household Hazardous Waste Disposal, at a cost not to exceed $200,000 for a one (1) year period with the option to renew for an additional four (4) twelve (12) month periods with any extensions to come back to the board for approval.

COVID-19 updates

Continuity of Government – Johnson County Government Recovery Planning Update, Joe Waters, Assistant County Manager
The board received an update on the reopening of county buildings to the public including the Johnson County Library and Johnson County Park and Recreation reopening plans.

COVID-19 Funding and Expenses Report, 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 expended $790,336 and received $118,365,620 in federal funds.

2020 CERI Indicators – March Edition, Maury Thompson, Deputy County Manager
The March 2020 edition of the Economic Indicators for Johnson County has been provided by the County Economic Research Institute (CERI). Please note due to the time lag in available data and implementation of stay-at-home orders the March indicators are not yet reflecting the impact of COVID-19.

Updates from Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager

  • A board retreat to discuss the 2021 budget will take place next Tuesday, May 26 from 1-3 p.m. It will take place via Zoom with more details to come.
  • Postoak Ferguson participated in a National Association of Counties media call that took place during a portion of the board meeting. National and local media including CNN, USA Today and the Kansas City Star were on the call. The goal was to increase understanding that counties are on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. Discussion included how counties have responded to the pandemic, budgetary impacts and the flexibility they would like for the use of federal funding. 

Dr. Sanmi Areola, director, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

Johnson County currently has 679 positive cases, 14,075 negatives, 59 deaths and a 4.6% positive percentage. We have 422 presumed recovered. More information is available on our dashboard.

Appointment testing began on Monday. JCDHE tested 46 people on Monday, 51 on Tuesday and 46 on Wednesday. Today they have all 60 slots filled. Due to logistical issues JCDHE has decided to have testing clinics only at the Olathe location, and will increase the number of slots available to 90 per day from 60.

Next Friday, JCDHE will have a drive-thru testing from 9 -2 at College Boulevard Activity Center in Olathe. Anyone can attend and JCDHE hopes to test 750 – 1,000 residents. More information on that is to come.

Dr. Areola gave an update on testing at Salvation Army, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, FedEx and Long Term Care Facilities. Dr. Areola’s full presentation is available at this link. He also recommended that people continue to follow CDC guidelines on physical distancing and hygiene.

Dr. Joseph LeMaster, Johnson County Local Health Officer

Governor Kelly is moving Kansas to Phase 2 of her Ad Astra reopening plan on Friday. The gating criteria in Johnson County is trending in the right direction and we continue to see a decline in cases. Dr. LeMaster recommends Johnson County move with Kansas into Phase 2. More information on the Governor’s plan is available here. Dr. LeMaster referred to the state’s Safe Memorial Day Guidance and a reminder on the strong encouragement to wear barrier masks in public when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.

Items currently scheduled for the May 28 BOCC agenda.

  • Consider adopting Resolution No. 023-20 submitting as a ballot question for the November 3, 2020 general election the proposition of allowing the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink in public places without a requirement that any portion of their gross receipts be derived from the sale of food.
  • Consider approving an agreement submitted by the City of Overland Park, Kansas and Johnson County Fire District No. 2, and ordering the detachment of land from the boundaries of the Fire District, and the transfer of such land to the City for fire protection services.
  • Consider authorizing a contract with PCI Roads, LLC for repairs to the De Soto River Bridge in an amount not to exceed $612,210.40.
  • Consider authorizing staff to, within sixty (60) days, report to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) progress made relative to a proposed new organizational structure, identification of needed facilities, other additional resources required, and a proposed budget consistent with such plan, for the remainder of the 2020 and the 2021 budget years for aging services.


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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