February 12, 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 says USD 231 nixes senior meals pilot program

Rhonda Humble publisher The Gardner Edgerton School District is no longer interested in working with the county on a proposed intergenerational pilot program that would allow Edgerton senior citizens to receive vouchers for meals at Edgerton Elementary. The meal program was announced by Calvin Hayden, county commissioner, in September. Edgerton is the only community in 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, cities issue burn bans

A burning ban for unincorporated Johnson County was issued Monday, July 2, by the Johnson County Board of Commissioners after consultation with the county fire inspector and rural fire district chiefs. The burning ban comes on the eve of local Fourth of July celebrations. The use, sale, and possession of fireworks are illegal in almost Continue Reading

DMV to add 17 positions

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County is backfilling nine vacant positions in the Motor Vehicles Department. Eight of nine of those positions were eliminated earlier this year as part of the county’s early retirement incentive program. The county is also adding an additional eight positions to help fill out staffing at the two motor vehicle buildings. Continue Reading

County signs on to freight district study

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Johnson County Commission has signed on with the cities of Gardner and Edgerton, the Mid-America Regional Council and the Kansas Department of Transportation in funding a study of the Southwest Johnson County Freight District. Commissioners approved the agreement as part of its consent agenda on March 22. The freight district study 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 commissioners to vote on Gardner Lake sewers

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County commissioners will vote Sept. 15 on whether to expand sanitary sewer service to Gardner Lake. A public hearing on the issue was held in August. The sewer initiative proposes enlarging the Consolidated Main Sewer District and the Consolidated Lateral Sewer District and the creation of Lateral Sewer District No. 1 Continue Reading

Burning ban issued for Johnson County

A burning ban for unincorporated Johnson County was issued on Aug. 4 by the Johnson County Board of Commissioners after consultation with the county fire inspector and rural fire district chiefs. The burning ban becomes effective immediately and will remain in effect until it is rescinded by the board. Dry weather and high winds have Continue Reading

County employees deployed to Alabama for disaster relief

Two Johnson County employees have been deployed for up to two weeks to assist in recovery efforts in the aftermath of deadly tornadoes in Alabama. Tom Erickson, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office, and Adam Crowe, assistant director of community preparedness for Johnson County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, left for Clanton, Ala., on Continue Reading