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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

BOCC update

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

BOCC actions for the week of October 7, 2019

The Board proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month. Jay Leipzig and his team accepted the proclamation. Johnson County created its Planning, Development and Codes department in 1978.

The BOCC voted to authorize the following items:

Boards and Commissions

Purchasing and Contracts

  • An exception to competition to increase the purchase authority for the Airport Commission to purchase Cryotech deicer not to exceed $140,000 in FY 2019 and not to exceed $140,000 in FY 2020.
  • A contract for lobbying services with Federico Consulting, Inc., for a 24-month period in an annual amount not to exceed $67,000, with an option to renew the contract for three (3) additional 24-month periods and authorizing the County Manager to execute the contract on behalf of the Board.
  • A contract with Dirks Dozing & Excavating for New Century Parkway Stormwater Improvements, in the amount not to exceed $801,548.20.

Planning and Zoning/Legal land items

  • An agreement submitted by the City of Olathe, Kansas and the Johnson County Northwest Consolidated Fire District, 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.
  • A request from Olsson/ Timothy B. Wiswell, applicant, and Agnes M. Cox Revocable Trust, James Cox, Trustee, landowner, for Preliminary and Final Plat approval for a two-lot plat to be known as Cox Family Farms, in Section 9, Township 15, Range 23, Johnson County, Kansas, located at 24585 West 199th Street.

Wastewater items

  • Conducted a public hearing and authorized funds for Johnson County Wastewater facility improvement projects in an amount not to exceed $3,080,000.

Personnel items

  • Establishing protocols for the Board of County Commissioners in conducting performance reviews for certain positions in Johnson County government.

The Board sat as the Committee of the Whole to discuss the 2020 State Legislative Platform.  You can access the video of this discussion as well as the latest drafts of the platform at https://boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

A look ahead for the week of Oct. 14

Below is a look at the BOCC calendar for next week. Details on the meetings are available at https://www.jocogov.org/calendar-created/month?field_event_type_tid=4224.

BOCC calendar for week of Oct. 14

These are the current items on the Oct. 17, 2019 BOCC agenda.

  • Consider reappointing Therese Iverson as the Sixth District representative to the Museum Advisory Council through May 7, 2022.
  • Consider authorizing an exception to competition for LC-MS/MS method validation utilizing ToxBox® kits for detection and confirmation of drugs in biological samples, at a cost of $125,750.
  • Consider authorizing a five-year Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) renewal with World Wide Technology (WWT) for CISCO Systems Inc. maintenance support and licensing of the County’s Voice Services System not to exceed $114,072 per year under the State of Kansas Contract #42860.
  • Consider a request from CJ Garrett, applicant, and Robert W. Sullivan, Trustee for the Robert W. Sullivan Trust, landowner, for Rezoning from RUR to PRUR and an associated Preliminary Development Plan as the preliminary plat for 10 residential lots, to be known as Waverly Estates, on 80 acres located on Waverly Road at 102nd Street.
  • Consider directing the Wastewater General Manager to enter into a Consent Order with the State of Kansas Department of Health and Environment related to Johnson County Wastewater’s long-term Integrated Management Plan.
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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