February 13, 2016

Public forums set to discuss county budget

Johnson County residents are being asked to weigh-in on the county’s FY 2015 budget. County commissioners are hosting a series of public forums to give the public a chance to ask questions and offer suggestions for the Board of County Commissioners to consider when crafting next year’s budget. To date, commissioners have hosted two forums. Continue Reading

County approves contract for aging services

Lynne Hermansen Special to the Gardner News Johnson County Board of Commissioners, reluctantly, approved a $659,000 contract between the Area Agency on Aging and the Southwest Kansas Area Agency for Aging on Monday, November 8, that would allow for the operation of the Aging and Disability Resource Center. “This center will provide for the frail Continue Reading

County approves human service programs funds

Lynne Hermansen Special to the Gardner News Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved submitting their 2013 Housing and Community Development Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at the Oct. 25 meeting. The estimated $1.9 million in Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) and HOME funds would support community organizations such as Continue Reading

Commission candidates square off in debate

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The real debate was the difference between the candidates for two open seats on Johnson County Board of Commissioners seats. Four candidates for two open seats faced off Monday night. Candidates Steve Klika and Terry Presta vie to replace David Lindstrom on the commission. Lindstrom represents Spring Hill and parts of Overland Continue Reading

Burn ban temporarily lifted

It’s safe to burn again in Johnson County. At the recommendation of the county fire inspector and rural fire district chiefs, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners temporarily suspended the open burn ban for unincorporated Johnson County on Sept. 4. A burn ban was initially imposed on July 2 and was to be in effect Continue Reading

County adopts FY 2013 Budget with no tax increase

www.jocogov.org LINK As expected, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners has adopted a $815.1 million spending plan for next year that does not raise taxes. The Board approved the county’s FY 2013 budget with an estimated mill levy set at 23.118 mills, the same as the existing mill levy, which traditionally is the lowest among Continue Reading

BOCC sells old ambulances, buys new police cars

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com 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

Lindstrom will not seek re-election to county commission

David Lindstrom, who represents Spring Hill on the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, announced today that he will not seek re-election. He made his announcement during the board’s weekly business session on Jan. 26. “Ten years is enough for my public service as a county commissioner. I need to move on and somebody fresh Continue Reading

Johnson County issues new open burning ban

For the second time in two months, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners has issued an open burning ban for unincorporated Johnson County. The ban, which became effective Thursday, Oct. 27, was announced after consultation with the county fire inspector and rural fire district chiefs. The burning ban will remain in effect until it is Continue Reading

County votes against relocating public art display

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Johnson County Board of Commissioners voted 5-2 on Oct. 20 against spending $16,000 in general reserve funds to move a sculpture. The Public Building Commission awarded a $130,0000 contract for the sculpture in 2010 as part the new public works facility. County officials had exprecced concern about the original location of Continue Reading