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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.

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.

We will not be accepting live public comments during the meeting. If you would like to make a public comment for the meeting, please email those comments to [email protected] 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. Comments will not be read into the record during 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.

Special recognitions for Nov. 19, 2020

  • Proclaimed Nov. 19, 2020 as the Great American Smokeout
  • Proclaimed November 2020 as National Aviation History Month

BOCC actions for Nov. 19, 2020

  • (The board voted to add this item to the agenda) Adopted Resolution No. 108-20 establishing that noncompliance with a public health order issued by the Johnson County Local Health Officer or the Johnson County Board of Health is a violation of the Johnson County Code as amended to remove individuals, and to authorize the Chairman to sign agreements with cities in Johnson County for enforcement of health orders within city limits.
  • Annual approval of the Investment Policy for Johnson County, with no revenue or cost impact to the County. 
  • Set an official meeting calendar for the Board of County Commissioners for 2021.
  • (Sitting as the Governing Body of Fire District No. 2) Accepted Fire District No. 2’s Financial Statements for year ended December 31, 2019. 
  • Amended the FY 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to include the Airport Design and Reconstruct Taxiway B at Johnson County Executive Airport in an amount not to exceed $532,100 and authorized the reallocation and expenditure of 2021 Airport operating budget in the amount of $532,100. 
  • Authorized a request from Chris and Tarah Jansen, applicants/landowners, for approval of an approximately 3,100 sq. ft. accessory dwelling unit on 46 acres located at 13665 Nemaha Road.
  • Authorized a request from C.J. Garrett/J&C Ventures LLC, applicant and landowner, for a Preliminary and Final Plat for 6 (six) residential lots, to be known as Heartland Farms, on 80 acres, on property zoned RUR, Rural District, located at 115th Street and Gardner Road. 
  • Authorized a request from Brett and Kimaree Manifold, applicant and landowners, for a final plat, to be known as Brody’s Ridge (formerly Brinlyn Ridge), for four residential lots on 76 acres, zoned RUR, Rural, located at 30600 W. 143rd Street. 
  • Authorized a request from Mike Morris, applicant/landowner, for amendments and renewals of Conditional Use Permits for keeping one exotic animal, which is a serval, and for a private kennel, on approximately 10 acres, zoned RUR, Rural District, located at 12240 Moonlight Road, in Section 24, Township 13 South, Range 22. 
  • Approved a City of Olathe Application No. FP20-0018, for a Final Plat for Willow Crossing, 5th Plat (single family residential development), located at the southeast corner of 143rd Street and Pflumm Road, Olathe, Kansas, within one mile of the Executive Airport. 
  • Allocated $141,775 of 2021 Johnson County Human Service Funds as recommended by United Community Services of Johnson County (UCS) in its 2021 Human Service Fund Recommendations Report. 
  • Allocated $140,667 of 2021 Johnson County Alcohol Tax Funds as recommended by the Drug and Alcoholism Council of Johnson County, a program of United Community Services of Johnson County (UCS) in its 2021 Alcohol Tax Fund Recommendations Report. 
  • Held a public hearing for the purpose of receiving public comment and testimony on the proposed amendment to the FY 2020 Budget and adopted Resolution No. 102-20 amending the FY 2020 budget for the Mental Health Fund in the amount of $1,522,700; and approved State SPARK grant funds in the amount of $438,082. 
  • Accepted funding and increased budget authority in the amount of $187,877 related to the service agreement between Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) and the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute, Inc. for participation in the “RADX-UP: Improving the Response of Local Urban and Rural Communities to Disparities in COVID-19 Testing”. The agreement includes two additional full-time equivalent positions. 
  • Authorized the purchase of a Tableau Server Core subscription (including associated tools and licenses) from SHI for $217,407.61 to improve COVID data analytics and dashboards, per the State of Kansas Contract #42145.
  • Authorized the disbursement of funds as indicated on the Coronavirus Relief Fund Reimbursement Phase 1 (page 1 | page 2) and Phase 3 reports dated Nov. 19, 2020.
  • Voted to hold the next scheduled regular business session, Dec. 3, via Zoom, with public comments being submitted in writing by Dec. 2 at 12 p.m.

The Manager’s Memo and other weekly reports are available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

In a Committee of the Whole, the BOCC heard a report on the recommended state legislative platform for the 2021 legislative session and an update on plans for Johnson County Square, the space that will be created with the demolition of the current Johnson County Courthouse after the new courthouse opens in 2021. Reports are available at this link.

The BOCC will not meet on Nov. 26 due to Thanksgiving.

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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