Peterson to challenge Eilert for County Chair

Ed Peterson

Ed Peterson

First District Johnson County Commissioner Ed Peterson announced today, Wednesday, Oct. 9, that he will seek election to the position of chairman of Johnson County’s Board of County Commissioners.

“Johnson County faces many challenges if it is to continue to be a premier county.  In recent years we have been treading water, and it is time to put the recession in the rearview mirror and move forward with the steps that will preserve our status as a county of choice for working and raising a family,” Peterson said.

Peterson noted that one of the immediate challenges facing the county is catching up with the results of recent indifference to county needs.   Continue reading

Commissioners OK redistricting plan

Today, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to redraw the six commissioner districts effective 2014. Every three years, the state of Kansas requires the Board to consider if districts need to be redrawn based on current and projected population within those districts. The last time Johnson County redrew its districts was 2008. Under the plan adopted today, 45,505 Johnson County residents (8.2 percent of the population) will shift to a different Commissioner District.

All County districts must maintain proportionality in population, which requires a five percent or less deviation between the highest-populated district and the lowest. According to 2010 Census Data, building permits, and other County and State data, population is projected to increase in District Two (north central Johnson County including Shawnee, Lake Quivira, Bonner Springs, northern Lenexa and northern Olathe), District Three (portions of Leawood, Olathe, Overland Park, Spring Hill, and the southeast unincorporated areas that include the Aubry and Oxford Townships) and District Six (includes most of Olathe, De Soto, Edgerton and Gardner.) Continue reading

County seeks applicants to fill advisory board vacancies

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners is now accepting applications from interested residents who would like to be considered for appointments to serve on eight advisory boards of County Government.

Chairman Ed Eilert has five vacancies to fill, including:
•    A family member of a consumer of mental health services to serve on the Mental Health Governing Board through Dec. 31, 2014;
•    An unincorporated area representative for the Johnson County Planning Commission through Oct. 4, 2014;
•    An architect or civil engineer member for the Contractor Licensing Review Board through Jan. 17, 2017;
•    A representative of low-income households on the Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee through April 1, 2015; and,
•    A representative from the seventh district (at-large) on the Airport Commission through July 31, 2017. Continue reading

Johnson County event showcases Smart Justice

Furnished by Gerald Hay
Johnson County Government

Johnson County is celebrating National County Government Month by inviting the public to learn more about local criminal justice programs and public safety services.

The free event, “Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities,” will be from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Youth and Family Services Center, 920 West Spruce, Olathe.  

County entities, including Community Corrections, Sheriff’s Office, Courts Services, and Mental Health’s Regional Prevention Center, will set up displays featuring their contributions to a safer community. Continue reading

County mails out 2013 Citizen Survey

Submitted by Gerald Hay
Johnson County Government

A 2013 Citizen Survey of Johnson County to assess community needs and priorities is being mailed out this week to approximately 2,500 households.

The survey, which is conducted every two years, was authorized by the Johnson County Board of Commissioners with approval of $31,055 to fund the costs of conducting the 2013 citizen poll. It is the same amount earmarked for surveys in 2011, 2009, and 2007. The 2005 survey was completed for $29,860.

The 2013 survey will be administered by ETC Institute, an Olathe firm that’s one of the nation’s leading community-based market research firms in public surveying and polling processes. ETC also conducted the past four biennial surveys. Continue reading

Gardner code agreement on county commission agenda

On the Thursday, April 11 agenda for the Johnson County Board of  County Commissioners will be an item concerning an amendment to an agreement with the city of Gardner to provide temporary building code-related services through July 31 of this year.

The agreement originally was approved this past February.

To watch the video of the April 4 meeting, click here.

Reception, inaugural events set for commissioners

A farewell reception is scheduled on Thursday, Jan. 10, in honor of Johnson County’s Third District Commissioner David Lindstrom and Sixth District Commissioner Calvin Hayden, who are leaving their elected office with the start of the New Year.

The public event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 200 located on the Lower Level of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, in downtown Olathe.

Lindstrom is leaving the Board of County Commissioners after serving 10 years. Hayden has served for the past four years. Continue reading

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