Danedri Thompson
Members of the Southwest Johnson County Consolidated Zoning Board are anxious to have a full body. The seven-member board is down two members and are eager for Johnson County Commissioner John Toplikar to make appointments to their board.
The board takes a preliminary look at development in the southwest portion of unincorporated Johnson County. For example, during a July 24 meeting, the board decided to recommend approval of a conditional use permit for construction of a city of Gardner lift station at 19003 Waverly Road. Though owned by the city of Gardner, the station will be outside of city limits. The Johnson County Board of Commissioners will consider the recommendation during its Aug. 29 meeting.
Members of the southwest zoning board are volunteers, and Toplikar said right now, all boards are operating as needed. He has announced the openings at commission meetings and met with county planning officials to gather ideas about soliciting volunteers for the boards.
“As you can guess, this takes time, especially with the variety of issues, both temporary and ongoing, the boards are tasked with in making recommendations,” he said in an email to The Gardner News.
Currently, Toplikar seeks two Gardner Township Representatives to serve on the southwest consolidated zoning board. The terms would end March 13, 2014 and March 13, 2016. Gardner Township is located, roughly, from Clare Road to Waverly Road and from 143rd to 215th Street, but not within Gardner city limits. One of the representatives will also be asked to serve as the Gardner Township representative to the Johnson County Planning Commission. That term expires on Oct. 4, 2015.
In addition to seeking applicants for the Southwest Johnson County Consolidated Zoning Board, county commission chair Ed Eilert is seeking applicants for five vacancies on a variety of county boards. They include:
• A family member of a consumer of mental health services to serve on the Mental Health Governing Board through Dec. 31, 2014;
• An unincorporated area representative for the Johnson County Planning Commission through Oct. 4, 2014;
• An architect or civil engineer member for the Contractor Licensing Review Board through Jan. 17, 2017;
• A representative of low-income households on the Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee through April 1, 2015; and,
• A representative from the seventh district (at-large) on the Airport Commission through July 31, 2017.
Johnson County residents interested in being considered for appointment to the advisory boards should submit their cover letter and current resume or curriculum vitae to the Johnson County Manager’s Office at the following address:
Johnson County Manager’s Office; Attn: Appointments Clerk, Board of County Commissioners; 111 South Cherry Street, Suite 3300; Olathe, KS 66061
Applications are available on the Board of County Commissioners website at http://bocc.jocogov.org. More information is available by contacting the County Manager’s Office at (913) 715-0430.