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Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is asking Johnson County residents to complete a short survey in order to understand how many people in Johnson County have or do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). The survey will close at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 10.

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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, the Johnson County Administration Building is closed to the public effective March 25, 2020. 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 https://boccmeetings.jocogov.org/onbaseagendaonline 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. 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 the week of March 30, 2020

These items were continued until the board’s May 7, 2020 action agenda.

  • Conduct a public hearing and consider authorizing additional funding for the Johnson County Wastewater Backup Prevention Program in an amount not to exceed $425,000, increasing the total project authorization to $4,425,000.
  • Consider a request from Todd Allenbrand, Payne & Brockway, PA, applicant and Stephen and Beth Hines, landowners, for a Preliminary and Final Plat for one residential lot, to be known as Three Willow, on approximately 1.6- acres, on property zoned RUR, Rural District, located at 29147 and 29183 W. 151st Street.
  • Consider a request from Carol Hatfield, applicant, and the Carol J. Hatfield Revocable Trust, landowner, for Preliminary and Final Plat for 5 residential lots to be known as Hatfield Acres, on approximately 77 acres, on property zoned RUR, Rural District, located at 14470 Dillie Road.
  • Consider a request from Phelps Engineering Inc., applicant, and Matthew H. and Tracy Thompson Smith, landowners, for Rezoning from Rural District (RUR) and Planned Residential Urban Single-Family 1B (PRU-1B) District, to Residential Neighborhood Two District (RN-2), for Preliminary and Final Plat for one residential lot to be known as Free State, and for Conditional Use Permit approval for two existing, detached accessory buildings that together exceed the size limit required by the Regulations, located at 5885 Locust Street.
  • Consider a request from David W. and Julie D. Secrist, applicants and landowners, for Conditional Use Permit approval 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.

The board authorized a special meeting at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 6.

Various members of county leadership provided the board with updates on COVID-19 including: Director, Department of Public Health and Environment - Dr. Sanmi Areola; Johnson County Health Officer - Dr. Joseph LeMaster and Medical Director for EMS – Dr. Ryan Jacobsen.

County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson and Budget and Financial Planning Director Scott Neufeld provided an update on FY 2020 Financial Projections due to COVID-19

To stay current on the Board’s schedule, please check the board’s calendar at https://jocogov.org/calendar-created/month?field_event_type_tid=4224



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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