February 10, 2016

Survey finds residents satisfied with county services

Johnson County’s 2015 Community Survey reveals increases in overall satisfaction with quality of services, value of county taxes and effectiveness in communicating with residents. “We value the feedback we receive from our residents through this survey,” said Ed Eilert, Chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. “We strive to make Johnson County a Continue Reading

County commission delays asphalt plant decision

Members of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners delayed a granting or denying a conditional-use permit for a proposed asphalt plant near Edgerton. The commission will next take up the issue during an Oct. 23 commission meeting. Read the full story in the Oct. 1 print edition of The Gardner News.

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

Local election notes

New faces on county commission There will be at least one new face on the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners come January. One familiar face will be absent, and a third seat is still up for grabs as election officials tally provisional ballots following Tuesday’s election. Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill voters did not Continue Reading

County commission approves contract for $21 million crime lab

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved a $21 million contract Sept. 23 to build a new crime lab for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. The lab, to be located at 119th Street and Ridgeview Road in Olathe, will be connected to the county’s communications center that was completed last year. Officials anticipate Continue Reading

Updated: Toplikar to run for county chair

John Toplikar threw his hat in the ring yesterday afternoon filing to replace Annabeth Surbaugh as the Johnson County Commission Chair. Toplikar, who represented Gardner and Edgerton on the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, also faces fourth district Commissioner Ed Eilert. The three-person race will force an Aug. 3 primary. Supporters asked that he Continue Reading