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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

BOCC update

More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

The BOCC voted to authorize the following items:

Emergency Management

  • Adopted the updated 2019 Regional L Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan for Johnson County, Kansas.

Contracts and Memorandums of Understanding

  • Authorized contracts with Security Transport Services and U.S. Corrections to provide prisoner transportation services, at a cost not to exceed $245,828 for a period of 12 months with the option to renew for four (4) additional 12 month periods.
  • Authorized the Mental Health Director to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Mental Health Department and the Sheriff's Office for the provision of behavioral health services at the Johnson County Adult Detention Center and authorize the Mental Health Department to add 12.5 FTEs.
  • Approved a contract with Forensic Advantage® Systems, a division of THIncIT LLC, for a Medical Examiner Comprehensive Software Management System, in an amount not to exceed $176,000; and approved an increase in the project authorization for the Medical Examiner Software project to $176,000.
  • Authorized countywide term and supply contracts with B Cinalli Designs, LLC, Dake Wells Architecture, Finkle + Williams Architecture, SFS Architecture and The Clark Enersen Partners for On Call Architectural Services, in an amount not to exceed $1,500,000. The terms will be for a one (1) year period with four (4) additional one (1) year renewal options.

Planning and Development

  • Granted an easement to the City of Olathe in connection with a city project occurring near the Johnson County Public Works facility along Old 56 Highway.
  • Granted a request from Olsson/Timothy B. Wiswell, applicant, and Scott D. Buescher and Donna J. Buescher Revocable Living Trust, Scott and Donna Buescher Co-Trustees, landowner, for Preliminary and Final Plat for one residential lot to be known as Buescher’s Landing, on approximately 8.9 acres, on property zoned RUR, Rural District, located at 21225 West 197th Street.

Johnson County Wastewater items

  • Conducted a public hearing and authorized funds for Johnson County Wastewater facility improvement projects in an amount not to exceed $5,044,000.

Personnel items

  • Approved a merit raise for the county auditor in the amount of 3% for the county’s fiscal year 2020 subject to all county policies and procedures.

The Board held a study session on the Strategic Stormwater Plan Implementation Update.

A look ahead for the week of Nov. 11

Below is a look at the BOCC calendar for next week. Details on the meetings are available at https://www.jocogov.org/calendar-created/month?field_event_type_tid=4224&date=2019-11.

BOCC weekly calendar

These are the current items on the Nov. 14, 2019 BOCC agenda.

  • (Sitting as the Governing Board of Fire District No. 2) Consider authorizing the purchase of two (2) 2020 Ford F-350 4x4 super-cab brush trucks with installed 9’ aluminum beds, 250 gallon water tanks, fire pumps, and hose reels from Unruh Fire Equipment, Sedgwick, Kansas per the HGAC bid, for a total price not to exceed $153,214.
  • Consider approving an agreement with the City of Olathe to provide funding in the amount not to exceed $375,000 for the construction of a regional detention basin upstream of Lackman Road, estimated to cost $6.2 million.
  • Consider authorizing a contract with Olsson, Inc. for the survey and design of safety improvements for 199th Street from Clare Road to US-169 Highway at a cost not to exceed $309,408.
  • Consider to authorize and direct the issuance, sale and delivery of General Obligation Internal Improvement Bonds, Series 2019A of Johnson County, Kansas for the purpose of providing funds to finance certain wastewater improvements and the Sheriff Radio Replacement project in the aggregate principal amount to be determined but now estimated to be $22,105,000; providing for the levy and collection of an annual tax for the purpose of paying the principal of and interest on said bonds as they become due, and making certain covenants and agreements to provide for the payment and security thereof; and authorizing certain other documents and actions connected therewith.
  • Consider authorizing the renovation, construction, equipping and furnishing of improvements to the Sheriff's Operations Building, Adult Residential Center 3 and the new Century Adult Detention Center, approving the issuance by the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas of its Lease Purchase Revenue Bonds (Major Asset Replacement Projects), Series 2019A, in the aggregate principal amount to be determined but now estimated to be $1,390,000 for the purpose of funding such new projects; and authorizing and approving the execution of certain documents and taking of certain actions in connections therewith.
  • Request for Proposal (RFP) 2019-114, Consider authorizing a contract with Thomas McGee Group for Workers’ Compensation and Liability Claim Administration Services, (“TPA Services”) in an amount not to exceed $117,700. The contract term is for a one (1) year period with four (4) additional one (1) year renewal options.
  • Consider authorizing a contract with VitalCore Health Strategies, LLC, for inmate and offender medical services, at a cost not to exceed $20,230,253.65 for a period of three (3) years with the option to renew for two (2) additional three (3) year periods.
  • Charter Resolution No. 044-19 to allow the Board of County Commissioners to establish procedures and schedules, including holiday schedules for official meeting dates.
  • Setting an official meeting calendar for the Board of County Commissioners for 2020.

This is the current item on the Nov. 14, 2019 Special Public Building Commission agenda:

  • Consider authorizing the issuance by the Public Building Commission of Johnson County, Kansas of its Lease Purchase Revenue Improvement Bonds (Major Asset Replacement Project), Series 2019A, in the aggregate principal amount to be determined but now estimated to be $1,390,000 for the purpose of funding such new projects; and authorizing and approving the execution of certain documents and taking of certain actions in connections therewith.
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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