Group fails to file campaign finance report

Three political committees formed to support candidates during the spring 2009 campaign for Gardner City Council. State law requires they file campaign finance reports, but to date, only one committee – Take Back Gardner – has done so. One committee – Senior Citizens for Lower Taxes, organized by George Bulgaris – is likely in violation of campaign finance laws.

Gardner council debates the fate of unsafe structures

The Gardner City Council decided to raze one unsafe and dangerous property, while four others were temporarily spared in order to give their owners time to bring them to the city’s safety standards.

Edgerton debates intermodal  funding

Council members learned this month that water and wastewater improvements are not eligible for funding through the state’s Intermodal Revolving Fund. David Dillner, city administrator, said that in the six-stage public infrastructure improvement period outlined in the agreement, only water and wastewater system improvements are not covered by the fund; all other improvements, such as those to roads, will receive IRF funding. In all, the infrastructure improvements will cost more than $42 million.

Gardner mom, Kari Rauer, was named to People.com's "Most Beautiful Mom" list in January 2010. File photo

HELP files suit against BNSF, Army corps

Hillsdale Environmental Loss Prevention has filed a lawsuit against BNSF and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A press release issued from the organization cites the corps’ “insufficient environmental study for the BNSF intermodal rail yard and logistics warehousing park” as its reason for filing suit. A recent environmental assessment was conducted and a 404 permit issued for the site. Critics of the measure have argued that an environmental impact study should have been done, and that the environmental impact of the project would be significant for air and water quality, specifically for Hillsdale Lake and area groundwater.

Judge denies injunction; Recall election set for March 2

Johnson County District Judge Kevin Moriarty on Friday denied a request from embattled Gardner City Council members John Shepherd and Mary Peters to halt the recall efforts of the Gardner Recall Committee.

“I believe all of the requirements have been met and that there is sufficient information by which someone could seek a recall,” Moriarty said. “People have a right to elect their representatives and they have a right to change their minds.”

Gardner voters will now decide whether to keep the two council members in office following a special election on March 2.