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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 am. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, social distancing will be observed, and limited seating will be available in the hearing room, with additional limited seating in the adjacent lobby with audio available. A live broadcast will still 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 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.

BOCC actions for Sept. 17, 2020

The meeting began with the following recognitions:

The BOCC and the city of Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department recognized Johnson County Fire District 2 Firefighter Andrew Eccles and his girlfriend, Breanna Shannon, for an act of heroism. While fishing on the Kansas River on Aug. 22, they spotted multiple children go into the water to retrieve a beachball and saved three lives that day.

The BOCC, District Attorney Steve Howe, Sheriff Calvin Hayden and county leadership recognized Tim Mulcahy who is retiring after 27 years as director of the Justice Information Management Systems (JIMS). JIMS is a part of the Johnson County Regional Interagency Operating Network, the largest consortium in the U.S. Under Mulcahy's tenure as director, JIMS has won several awards, including the Liberty Bell Award from the Johnson County Bar Association, for its innovation in automating and providing electronic filing of documentation from arrest to incarceration.

BOCC actions:

  • Authorized the reappointment of Paula Hurt – Chairman representative to the Commission on Aging through August 31, 2023.
  • Appointed Robert R Cantu – Fifth District representative to the Commission on Aging through August 31, 2023.
  • Reappointed Michael A. Panethiere, P.E. – Electrical Engineer representative and James “Mike” Vaughn – Mechanical Engineer representative to the Board of Code Review through May 31, 2023.
  • Appointed Aderonke Kiki Oyetunji – Fifth District representative to the Developmental Supports Board through August 31, 2023.
  • Appointed Chad Riley – Fourth District representative to the Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee through March 31, 2021.
  • Reappointed Heidi Thummel – Second District representative to the Transportation Council through August 31, 2023.
  • Reappointed Andrew Belt – Sixth District representative to the Board of Zoning Appeals through May 5, 2023.
  • Reappointed Rebecca Galati – First District representative and Nancy Wallerstein – Second District representative to the Museum Advisory Council through May 7, 2023.
  • Reappointed James Donavan and Richard Boeshaar to the Consolidated Fire District No. 2 through August 25, 2023.
  • Approved and authorized an increase of $2,400,000 for the Central Resource Library Central Staffing & Space Consolidation (CSSC) Project bringing the new total project authorization to an amount not to exceed $11,107,000, and transferring $2,400,000 out of the FY 2020 and FY2021 Library Capital Replacement Plan projects to fund this project increase.
  • Approved and ratified an Addendum to the Property Conveyance Agreement between the Board of Directors of the Johnson County Library (JCL) and the City of Merriam.
  • Authorized the Mental Health Center to add 1.0 FTE and authorized the reclassification of reserves in the amount of $98,000 in the FY 2021 budget for a proposed co-responder position to provide crisis intervention assistance to the City of Overland Park Police Department.
  • Approved a request from Brett and Kimaree Manifold, applicant and landowners, for a revised preliminary plat, to be known as Brinlyn Ridge, for four residential lots on 76 acres, zoned RUR, Rural, located at 30600 W. 143rd Street.
  • A motion for the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners to allow E.O. 20-52 to become not applicable in Johnson County, Kansas did not pass.
  • Approved to reaffirm the Governor’s Executive Order 20-52, issued on July 2, 2020, pursuant to the State of Disaster Emergency Proclamation as extended by the State Finance Council, to October 15, 2020, requiring the wearing of masks or other face coverings in public.
  • Approved and adopted Resolution No. 073-20 authorizing the sale of approximately $5,080,000 principal amount of General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2020C (the "Series 2020C Bonds") and approximately $52,185,000 principal amount of Taxable General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2020D (the "Series 2020D Bonds") of Johnson County, KS on October 14, 2020.
  • Approved and adopted Resolution No. 067-20 approving and authorizing the execution of a Partial Release of Facility related to the release of a portion of land and improvements from the Amended and Partially Restated Base Lease, as amended, and the Amended and Partially Restated Lease Agreement, as amended (together, the “Master Lease Agreement”), between Johnson County, Kansas and the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas.
  • Authorized an FY 2020 start date for the FY 2021 approved Planning Updated Comprehensive Plan request, 1.0 FTE Sheriff Security Systems Administrator, and 1.50 FTE Medicolegal Death Investigators; and authorized the reallocation and expenditure of fund balances (reserves) for FY 2020 General Fund in the amount of $40,000 and the reallocation and expenditure of fund balances (reserves) for FY 2020 Public Health Fund in the amount of $40,000.
  • Declared furniture, fixtures and equipment located in the existing County Courthouse as surplus property and authorized its disposal.
  • Authorized a contract with Max Business Products (American Discount Office Supply) for a term and supply contract for the purchase of Office Supplies, Inkjet, Ink and Toners, in the amount not to exceed $550,000 for a term of one (1) year with an option to renew four (4) additional one (1) year renewals.
  • Authorized $400,000 of federal funds received for COVID-19 response to the County Manager’s Office to delegate and distribute for a hospital dashboard and coordination and deployment of testing teams. A vote on the federal funds for Communications and Engagement of Community Organizations was deferred. This will assist in sustaining access to hospital inpatient data and provide additional capacity to the Department of Health and Environment (DHE) for testing for the residents of Johnson County.
  • Adopted the following statement: The Board of County Commissioners of Johnson County, Kansas does not agree with or approve elements of or the tone of a recent social media post by Commissioner Mike Brown. The Board of County Commissioners does agree with the Constitutional provisions of free speech and the right of citizens to bear arms. A top priority of the commission and our community is public safety. Both safety of our law enforcement officers, deputies and police officers as well as the safety of our community remains the BOCC’s strongest commitment. Words Do Matter. Words that are easily understood to imply that our public safety agencies cannot keep our community safe should be rejected. Commissioners’ communications should also show respect for the diversity of our county workforce and the larger community. The BOCC serves and advocates for all of Johnson County and should do so in a respectful manner that promotes understanding and unity in our community.

Sitting as the Public Building Commission agenda:

  • Authorized a contract with A-R Commercial Roofing, LLC for roof replacement at the Adult Residential Center No. 3 (ARC3), for a total amount not to exceed $115,527.89.
  • Approved and adopted Resolution No. PBC 005-20 approving and authorizing the execution of a Partial Release of Facility related to the release of a portion of land and improvements from the Amended and Partially Restated Base Lease, as amended, and the Amended and Partially Restated Lease Agreement, as amended (together with the "Master Lease Agreement") between Johnson County, Kansas and the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas.
  • Approved and adopted Resolution No. PBC 006-20 authorizing the sale of approximately $6,175,000 principal amount of Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas Lease Purchase Revenue Bonds, (the "PBC Series 2020C Bonds") on October 14, 2020.
  • Approved and adopted Resolution No. PBC 007-20 authorizing the sale of approximately $7,280,000 principal amount of Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas Lease Purchase Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2020D (the “PBC Series 2020D Bonds”) on October 14, 2020.
  • Approved and adopted Resolution No. PBC 008-20 to construct, equip and furnish a Library Building located in Merriam, Kansas; and authorized the issuance of revenue bonds in an amount not to exceed $10,785,000 plus financing costs for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the costs thereof and related financing costs; and providing for the giving of notice of said intention.

Weekly Manager’s Memo, Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager

Jocogov.org Website Rebuild Project Restart
We will start the website rebuild project in October, which the Board approved on March 5 and was subsequently delayed due to COVID. The original cost approved included a one-time expense of $758,300 and a five-year hosting and support agreement starting at $92,000 per year increasing 3% annually. By starting the project this year, the vendor agreed to reduce the one-time cost by $40,000 (5%). The funding for this project is allocated and included in the current budget, and no additional funding or action is required by the Board.

Innovative Technology Funding Opportunity for Transit
Transit is planning to apply for funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) new “Innovative Technology” program, which seeks to “provide financial assistance to partners for innovative technology projects that improve safety, increase total technology investment and help both rural and urban areas of the state improve the transportation system.”

More information on both of these items is available here.

COVID-19 Funding and Expense Report and CRF Phase One 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 $6,975,916.79 in costs which are eligible for CARES act reimbursement and received $130,071,896.60 in federal funds.

PPE update, Dan Robeson, Johnson County Emergency Manager

Details on our PPE procurement and distribution are available at this link.

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

The weekly report is available at this link.

Items planned for the Sept. 24 agenda:

  • Consider reappointing P. Brian Miller – Certified Master Plumber representative to the Board of Code Review through May 31, 2023.
  • Consider reappointing Mike Hey – Recycling Industry representative and Anne Melia – Citizens Organizations representative to the Solid Waste Management Committee through July 8, 2023.
  • Consider approving the District Coroner's appointment of Christine James, D.O. as deputy district coroner for the Tenth Judicial District of Kansas, pursuant to K.S.A. 22a-226.
  • Consider City of Gardner Application No. FDP-20-02, final development plan, and FP-20-02, final plat, for Prairie Trace Meadows, First Plat, for 27 single-family lots on 13.2 acres; located in the vicinity of the southeast corner of 175th Street and I-35 Highway; within 1 mile of the New Century Airport.
  • Consider City of Gardner Application No. FDP-20-03, final development plan, and FP-20-03, final plat, for Prairie Trace Estates, First Plat, including 27 single-family residential lots on 19.39 acres; located in the vicinity of 178th Street and Clare Road; within 1 mile of the New Century Airport.
  • Conduct a public hearing and consider approving the proposed Streamlined Annual (2021) PHA Plan for submission to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • Conduct a public hearing and consider authorizing funds to construct the Mill Creek No. 1 Contract 3 Sanitary Sewer Improvements Project in an amount not to exceed $861,700, increasing the total project authorization to $1,034,000.
  • Consider authorizing a contract with Site Rite Construction Co. to construct the Mill Creek No. 1 Contract 3 Sanitary Sewer Improvements Project in an amount not to exceed $610,000.
  • Consider the creation of the Wastewater Development Advisory Committee as an advisory committee to the Board of County Commissioners and Johnson County Wastewater on matters related to wastewater development of policies, procedures and standards.
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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