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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

The Board of County Commissioners resumed meeting in the Hearing Room on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9:30 am. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, physical distancing will be observed in the Hearing Room, with 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 are being accepted for those who preregister.  Live public comments will be accepted either in-person or via Zoom, audio only. Individuals wishing to speak in-person or via Zoom may register by completing the registration form link at https://boccmeetings.jocogov.org/onbaseagendaonline. Registration opens Tuesday afternoon/evening (coincides with publishing the agenda) and closes at noon (12:00 p.m.) on the Wednesday before the Thursday meeting. If you complete the registration, you will receive an email notice later in the day on Wednesday regarding the status of your registration. Instructions on joining and speaking at the meeting via Zoom will be included in the email notice for individuals who register to speak via Zoom. 
Individuals registering to speak in person at the meeting will receive email confirmation of their registration. The BOCC has established a limit of 50 speakers for general public comments or for a specific agenda item. If more than 50 individuals register, the 50 speakers will be determined by a random process. Speakers will be limited to 2 minutes each.  Speakers who have registered to speak via Zoom will be called upon to speak first, followed by speakers who have registered to speak in person.  Registered speakers using Zoom will be called upon to speak in the order in which they signed up. Speakers who have registered for in person public comment will be admitted into the Hearing Room in the order specified by the Deputy Clerk.  The Chairman may modify these procedures as needed to conduct an orderly and efficient meeting.

If you would like to make a WRITTEN public comment for the meeting, please use this link, WRITTEN Public Comments and complete the form. Written comments received by noon Wednesday will be shared with the entire Board prior to the meeting. Written comments will not be read into the record during the meeting. If you are unable to use this internet link, you may call the following number, and we will record your information. (913) 715-0424.

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] or contact us 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.

The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed April 2021 as Autism Awareness Month.

BOCC actions for April 29, 2021

  • Accepted awarded grant funds and authorized an exception to competition contract with Cadre Forensics to purchase a 3D Topography System using Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program funds in an amount not to exceed $244,850. 
  • Authorized an exception to competition and contract renewal for the Election Office to purchase printing and mailing services from SeaChange Print Innovations, LLC in an amount not to exceed $750,000 in FY 2021 per Administrative Policy and Procedure #110.180.A.16.
  • Approved a Preliminary and Final Plat for five residential lots, to be known as Heartland Family Subdivision, on 70 acres, zoned RUR, Rural District, located at 32815 W. 167th Street. 
  • Authorized and submitted the Johnson County Department of Corrections’ SFY 2022 Community Corrections Comprehensive Plan and Funding Requests to the Kansas Department of Corrections in an amount not to exceed $2,431,108.69, and the use of Client Reimbursement/Fee Fund Budget Request in the amount of $328,246.44. 
  • Approved and transmitted the 10th Judicial District’s SFY 2022 Juvenile Justice Comprehensive Plan Grant Application in the amount of $1,632,691.81 and the SFY 2022 Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board (JCAB) Grant Application in the amount of $400,773.17 to the Kansas Department of Corrections - Juvenile Services (KDOC-JS) and authorized the associated positions, contracts and client services. 
  • Authorized and submitted the SFY 2022 Application for Reinvestment Grant and Regional Collaboration Grant to the Kansas Department of Corrections - Juvenile Services, as approved by the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board, in the amount of $403,250.75 to support programs and interventions for justice-involved youth. 
  • Reviewed the Public Health Order issued March 25, 2021 and adopted Resolution No. 032-21 thereby establishing Public Health recommendations to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Johnson County, Kansas.
  • Approved and authorized the employment of Peggy Trent, effective May 17, 2021, at an annual salary and benefits set by Johnson County policy, to serve in the capacity of County Advisor pending her admission to the Kansas Bar to quality for appointment by this Board as Chief Counsel for Johnson County.

Manager's Memo, Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager

City of Leawood – KBP Investments, LLC IRB (Notice of Public Hearing)

The City of Leawood will be conducting a public hearing on Monday, May 3, to consider approving a property tax abatement in connection with property financed with approximately $36,000,000 million in industrial revenue bonds for KBP Investments, LLC generally located at 10700 State Line Road. The proceeds of the bonds will pay the costs of acquiring, purchasing, constructing, installing and equipping an approximately 120,000 sq. ft. commercial facility. More information is available here.

FY 2022 Proposed Capital Improvement Plan Update

The board received a presentation on the FY 2022 Proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The presentation is available here.

COVID-19 update, Dr. Sanmi Areola, Director and Elizabeth Holzschuh, Director of Epidemiology

JCDHE had enough open appointments Wednesday and Thursday of this week to open up walk-in first-dose appointments for the first time. More will be made available as the schedule allows. Our data shows that 144,759 people in our county are fully immunized, and 43.1% of our eligible population has received at least one dose. We are seeing a slight uptick in our incidence rate and percent positivity rate, although not as dramatic as in other parts of the country. However, the UK variant of the virus is more infectious than what has been circulating over the past year, and it is not the time to let our guard down. Read the full report.

The Board held a Committee of the Whole on the Wastewater Capital Improvement Plan. That presentation is available here.

Items currently on the agenda for the May 6 meeting

  • Consider approving the appointment of Kelly S. Kilgore - Second District Representative to the Library Board through April 30, 2025. 
  • Consider approving the appointment of Ali Seeling - Third District Representative to the Library Board through April 30, 2025. 
  • Consider authorizing the County Appraiser's Office to make an appraisal correction to the 2020 tax roll for Commercial Real Estate pursuant to K.S.A. 79-1701a.
  • Consider authorizing a contract(s) with Security Transport Services, Inc. for the purchase of Prisoner Transport Services, in the amount not to exceed $277,500. 
  • Conduct a public hearing to authorize funds for the construction phase of the Middle Basin Wastewater Treatment Facility Building 4 Boiler Replacement, Ventilation and Safety Upgrades Project (IMB1-Contract 35) in an amount not to exceed $1,138,800 increasing the total project authorization to $1,353,800. 
  • Consider authorizing a contract with Stanger Industries, Inc. to construct the Middle Basin Wastewater Treatment Facility Building 4 Boiler Replacement, Ventilation and Safety Upgrades Project (IMB1-Contract 35) in an amount not to exceed $638,000. 
  • Conduct a public hearing to authorize funds for the Nelson Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements (NEL-C001) pre-design phase services in an amount not to exceed $16,085,000.

Items currently on the agenda for the May 6 Special Public Building Commission meeting

  • Request for Proposal (RFP) 2020-077, Consider authorizing a consulting contract with Latta Technical Services, Inc, for security system upgrades in the Sheriff detention centers and Correction facilities in an amount not to exceed $311,813 and to amend the project total for camera, security, and control systems upgrade in an amount not to exceed $3,927,250.
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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