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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.
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.
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.
Sitting as the Public Building Commission agenda:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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