February 12, 2016

County commissioners take action to reduce the size of government

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Johnson County Board of Commissioners took two actions on Oct. 13 to streamline county government. In separate votes, commissioners approved a proposed consolidation of the Emergency Management, Homeland Security and Emergency Communications Center, and authorized an early retirement incentive program for county employees. Hannes Zacharias, county manager, said the recommendation to Continue Reading

Charter commission hosts introductory meeting

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The 2011 Johnson County Charter Review Committee met for the first time Monday afternoon. The 25 member appointed board will examine the county’s home rule charter and make recommendations for possible changes to the document. Don Jarrett, attorney for the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, said the committee will wrestle with a Continue Reading

Veterans Day activities rededicate Naval Air Park

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com On one of the first dreary, blustery mornings of this fall season, Johnson County community members gathered together at Naval Air Park in the New Century AirCenter to honor veterans and re-dedicate the park in the County’s 24th Annual Veterans Day Program. In front of a backdrop of former service planes that Continue Reading

County approves intermodal agreements

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved agreements for public road infrastructure improvements to accommodate the intermodal facility last week. Estimates for necessary road improvements total more than $32 million. One agreement replaces a previous agreement between the city of Edgerton and the county for road improvements on 191st Street. Under the new agreement, the Continue Reading

County trash plan could cost residents

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Johnson County residents could see higher trash bills if the Johnson County Board of Commissioners approves a proposed solid waste management plan. County officials are considering a proposal that would require trash haulers to offer curbside recycling to all residents at no additional costs. The proposal would also limit the amount of Continue Reading