August 29, 2014

County drafts 2013 legislative platform

Lynne Hermansen
Special to the Gardner News
Johnson County Commissioners discussed the 2013 State Legislative Platform and 2013 Joint County/City State Legislative Platform at their Nov. 15 meeting.
Fifth District Commissioner Michael Ashcraft was not in support of the platform …

Commission eliminates JO bus routes

Lynne Hermansen
Special to the Gardner News
Johnson County commissioners hesitantly approved eliminating five of the previously proposed nine bus routes at their Oct. 18 meeting.
Routes 669, 676, 677, 810 and 816 will no longer operate effective Jan. 2, …

County commission accused of favoring OP

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Johnson County Commissioners were accused of lopsided representation in favor of Overland Park on Oct. 4.
“There are seven chairs there,” Ken Dunwoody, resident of rural Johnson County, told the commission. “Five of you represent Overland Park.”…

$2 fee increase proposed to cover shortfall at DMV

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Johnson County Commissioners expressed frustration last week over ongoing motor vehicle registration problems associated with a new computer system launched by the state in May.
Although Tom Franzen, county treasurer, said wait times have improved over the …

Problems continue to plague DMV

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Johnson County Commissioners expressed frustration Sept. 6 over ongoing motor vehicle registration problems associated with a new computer system implemented by the state last May.
Although Tom Franzen, county treasurer, said wait times have improved over the …

Commissioners to revisit snake habitat issue

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Johnson County Commissioners tabled a discussion Aug. 16 on whether to spend $175,000 to mitigate the loss of a snake habitat.
It was the second time commissioners tabled the topic in as many weeks.
According to the …

Gardner museum receives $3,000 Heritage grant for walking history

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
The Gardner Historical Museum was one of a handful of historical organizations in Johnson County to receive a slice of the Johnson County Heritage Trust fund pie for 2012, Johnson County Commissioners were told Aug. 16.
Eleven …

Commissioners to revisit snake habitat issue on Aug. 30

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
For the second time in as many weeks, Johnson County Commissioners tabled a discussion Aug. 16 on whether to spend $175,000 to mitigate the loss of a snake habitat.
According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks …

County approves 2013 budget

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Johnson County Commissioners adopted a $815 million budget that holds the mill levy steady at 23.118 mills.
One mill is equal to one dollar for every $1,000 of assessed valuation.
Under the new budget the owner of …

BOCC approves park exchange with Blue Valley

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Johnson County Commissioners approved a property exchange that will deed the 40-acre Stanley Nature Park over to the Blue Valley School District.
In return, the school district will give the county two Stilwell properties that total 60 …