November 26, 2015

County commission tables discussion regarding $175,000 snake habitat

Mark Taylor Johnson County Commissioners tabled a discussion Aug. 2 on whether to spend $175,000 to mitigate a habitat hazard for two species of snakes considered endangered by the state of Kansas. Commissioners will revisit the initiative during a future meeting. Commissioners were told that the snake habitat would be negatively affected by the Continue Reading

JOCO to improve 215th Street

Mark Taylor Johnson County Commissioners voted June 21 to spend $277,28.70 to for the reconstruction of 215th Street between Gardner and Waverly roads. The contract for the work was awarded to Double D, doing business as the Dale Brothers. The bid came in about $75,000 below the engineer’s estimate. The scope of work will Continue Reading

Johnson County manager to present proposed budget

The proposed FY 2013 Budget for Johnson County Government will be presented to the Johnson County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) on Thursday, May 31, by County Manager Hannes Zacharias and representatives from the Department of Budget and Financial Planning. The public presentation, beginning at 1 p.m., will take place during a Committee of the Whole Continue Reading

BOCC opposes ‘tax shift’ legislation, redistricting maps

Mark Taylor Johnson County Commissioners authorized Chairman Ed Eilert to write a letter to the Kansas Legislature opposing proposed legislation that would shift a tax burden from some commercial properties to residential property taxpayers. Specifically the commission is opposed to the proposed House Bill 2501 and Senate Bill 317. Commissioners said the bills, if Continue Reading

BOCC sells old ambulances, buys new police cars

Mark Taylor The Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved the sale of two surplus ambulances on March 29. One ambulance was sold to Johnson County Community College for $3,000 and the other to Lane County, Kan. for $5,000. MED-ACT recently purchased six new ambulances to replace older models. “The ambulance vendor offered the county Continue Reading

Eilert presents State of the County Address

Mark Taylor 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

County decides against pursuing TIGER grant for Edgerton project

Mark Taylor Johnson County Commissioners are no longer considering applying for federal TIGER grant funds for improvements to U.S. 56 Highway and 199th Street as reported last week. Staff recommended against applying for the grant Feb. 23 due to unforseen costs and time constraints. Mac Andrew, public works director, said the decision was made Continue Reading

Kelly Hayden to address BOCC in advance of American Heart Month

Mark Taylor Kelly Hayden, wife of County Commissioner Calvin Hayden, will address the Johnson County Board of Commissioners at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 26 in observance of American Heart Month. Kelly Hayden has a rare heart disease called Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD). She is a two-time heart attack survivor, who suffered her first Continue Reading

BOCC to fund museum building

Mark Taylor The Johnson County Commission will finance the purchase of a new Johnson County Museum building with debt proceeds rather than reserves. Commissioners approved the purchase of a 70,000 square foot building at 8788 Metcalf Ave. on Nov. 17 to house the museum and directed staff to review financing options, including general fund Continue Reading

BOCC approves condemnation for 191st Street

Mark Taylor 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