October 4, 2015

BOCC OKs purchase of new busses for The Jo

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Jo will soon have as many as 10 new, low-floor, wheelchair-accessible, transit busses. Commissioners on April 19 approved the purchase at a cost not to exceed $3.712 million. The money will come from $2.756 million in federal grants, and a local $956,000 match from the transit operating budget and fund balance. Continue Reading

Eilert presents State of the County Address

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The KC Logistics Hub in Edgerton was a highlight of Johnson County Commission Chair Ed Eilert’s State of the County Address on March 27. Eilert said the project is 50 percent complete and is due to open in late 2013. “There are about 150 construction workers, of which 90 percent are local Continue Reading

BOCC, city of Olathe to share closed captioning services

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Board of County Commissioners approved an amended interlocal agreement with the city of Olathe Jan. 5 for the shared use of Olathe’s cable television production facilities and closed captioning services. Stephen Powell, clerk of the board, said the county and city have been shared the Olathe’s broadcast facilities since 2007. The Continue Reading

BOCC approves condemnation for 191st Street

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Johnson County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 29 voted 5-2 to condemn right-of-way along 191st Street between Four Corners and Waverly Roads. The condemnation follows a December 2009 agreement with the city of Edgerton for road improvements to serve the intermodal logistics park, which is slated to open in late 2013. Continue Reading

BOCC reallocates $25,000 to Utility Assistance Program

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Johnson County Board of Commissioners voted Sept. 22 to reallocate $25,000 in personnel funding to the county’s Utility Assistance Program. The Utility Assistance Program provides emergency utility bill assistance for low income households. The program is funded by the county, 15 cities, the Wastewater Department, Water District No. 6, and various Continue Reading

BOCC votes to extend sewer service to Gardner Lake

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Gardner Lake residents will soon have access to sanitary sewers. Johnson County commissioners voted Sept. 15 enlarge the Consolidated Main Sewer District and the Consolidated Lateral Sewer District and the creation of Lateral Sewer District No. 1 to serve  about 279 homes in the area. The $8.3 million sewer project could begin Continue Reading

Johnson County Visioning Committee plans public forums

Two community forums are scheduled this week by the Johnson County 2030 Citizens Visioning Committee as part of its Community Outreach campaign to gather citizen input as it finalizes its comprehensive report by the end of this year. The community forums will take place: Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Sylvester Powell Community Center, 6200 Martway, Continue Reading

Charter committee may examine county redistricting

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com The new U.S. Census Bureau numbers will be released soon, and with the announcement also will come the possible need to redraw the county’s election distict boundary lines. According to state statute, county officials must discuss the potential need for redistricting at least once every decade, around the time Census numbers Continue Reading

Toplikar to run for county commission chair

John Toplikar threw his hat in the ring today. Toplikar, who represented Gardner and Edgerton on the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, has joined the race for County Commission Chair. He faces current Chair Annabeth Surbaugh and Commissioner Ed Eilert. The three-person race will force an Aug. 3 primary. Toplikar narrowly lost re-election to Continue Reading