Stiles family creates The Nathan Project
On the night he died, Nathan Stiles’ parents came home to find their son’s imprint on the couch from where he’d sat that morning reading his Bible. Now his pastor and family hope Nathan’s life will leave the imprint of a relationship with Jesus on his peers through the Nathan Project.
“What we really want to do – his parents – through his memorial to honor him, we’re going to collect money towards buying young people a Bible, a student Bible, and to sign a commitment to join a Bible study throughout the year,” said Laurie Johnston, pastor at Hillsdale Presbyterian Church.

SFFF files lawsuit
Attorneys for Schools for Fair Funding (SFFF), a lobbying group that successfully sued the state for additional school funding in 2006, has filed a new lawsuit against the state. The group, which includes Gardner Edgerton USD 231, alleges that Kansas public schools are not being funded adequately and are denying Kansas children the right to an education.

SH voters reject plan to restore old school
Spring Hill voters rejected a ballot initiative that would’ve saved an old school building in town. A ballot question asked voters to allow the city to issue bonds up to $1.5 million to renovate and restore the old building for use as office space.
The voter’s rejection of the initiative will likely lead to the destruction of the part of the building.

GEHS actors perform in "Jekyll and Hyde." File photo

Council considers storm water funding, projects
City council members instructed city staff to examine ways to prioritize and fund potential storm water projects within city limits during a work session Nov. 8.
Celia Duran, city engineer, showed council members a variety of photos showing poor drainage in a number of yards in Gardner.

Utility board proposes franchise fee increase
Members of the electric utility board agreed to inject $260,000 into the city of Gardner’s budget next year. The board members approved a measure that would increase the city franchise fee from 5 percent to 7 percent.
According to Bill Krawczyk, Electric Utility Director, the fee increase would not lead to a utility rate increase for consumers. It will, however, slow the speed at which the utility board increases its own reserves.
Unlike other electric utilities, franchise fees, funds that typically go from utilities to municipalities — in Gardner are included in the rates.

Mayor: Utility board offer to be considered next year
Although Gardner Electric Utility Board members have offered to inject more than $260,000 into the city’s budget in 2011, Mayor Dave Drovetta sent Randy Tedford, utility board chair, a letter saying the city council will not consider the offer until it addresses the city’s 2012 budget.
“So as to not make any major changes outside of the normal budget process, your offer will be discussed next year in the context of the 2012 budget,” Drovetta wrote in a letter.