Johnson County Appraiser’s Office extends deadline to April 17; Lenexa neighborhood bands together during COVID-19 shutdown

Johnson County Appraiser’s Office extends deadline to April 17

The Johnson County Appraiser’s Office has extended the Informal Appeal filing deadline to 5 p.m. on April 17, citing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the community.

There are three ways in which to file an informal appeal:

  • Submitting appeal applications online at
  • Mailing with a postmark on or before April 17
  • Placing appeal applilcations inside the Appraiser’s Office drop box located outside the front door at 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe

More details are on Johnson County’s website.

Lenexa neighborhood bands together during COVID-19 shutdown

After a Lenexa Hills Elementary School parent was among the first Kansans to test positive for COVID-19, a local neighborhood banded together to offer support and comfort during this unprecedented time of physical distancing.

Dozens of neighbors began checking on one another, especially older and other vulnerable individuals.

“Our neighborhoods – like it or not – have become a refuge,” wrote Dawn Bormann Novascone, who serves a contributing editor for The Journal.

[A Lenexa neighborhood becomes a refuge after COVID-19 hits close to home — The Journal]

Rep. Sharice Davids calls for tribal businesses to have access to COVID-19 relief programs

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids and U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., are calling for tribal small businesses to receive access to relief programs. Davids and Gallego authored a letter signed by a bipartisan group of 38 members of Congress on Wednesday.

Although tribal small businesses can access paycheck protection program loans, the Small Business Administration last week “released an interim rule” excluding tribally-operated gaming and financial operations from relief programs, according to an Indian-County Today press release.

Davids’ letter called on SMA and the Department of Treasury to reverse the interim rule.

“We should be doing everything we can to support our small businesses right now, including our tribal business, which are vital employers for tribal reservations and their surrounding communities,” Davids said in the release. “It’s essential that tribal small businesses can access these critical loan programs as Congress intended so they can pay their employees, keep their businesses afloat and help to preserve their economy.”

Additionally, Davids said small tribal businesses with less than 500 employees are essential to tribal sovereignty and are often critical to both the tribal nation’s well being as well as the economy of the surrounding communities.

Merriam police to celebrate kids in the city with birthdays in a special way

The city of Merriam on Thursday announced on Twitter that the Merriam Police Department intends to help kids celebrate their birthdays during the coronavirus pandemic in a special way.

Those interested in the service can contact Capt. Chris Brokaw at (913) 322-5566 or to schedule a parade. Officers will participate in these parades until the end of the pandemic.