February 12, 2016

AG equipment shop in Gardner approved

Danedri Thompson
Sprayer Specialties, an agricultural equipment retailer, plans to open a store in Gardner.
The company, which is headquartered in Iowa, currently leases space in Olathe, but is set to build in Gardner, officials told the Gardner Planning Commission during the June 25 meeting.
Commissioners approved a site plan and final plat for the store and office which will be located on the north side of 191st Street, approximately a half mile west of Gardner Road.
Commissioners briefly debated whether the company’s building plan, which does not include fencing on all sides of an outdoor retail space, should be changed. However, company officials said they planned to fully fence the area as funds become available.
They plan to build a steel building on 5.45 acres on 191st Street.
In other business, planning commissioners:
• continued a public hearing to rezone property at 314 and 324 E. Main from General Business District to Planned Central Business District. Arvest Bank made the request in anticipation of submitting plans for a bank building there.
• Continued a public hearing on changes to the city’s sign ordinance.
• Conducted a public hearing on changes to the city’s landscaping codes and agreed to forward proposed changes to the code to the city council for approval.
• Continued a public hearing on proposed changes to the city’s outdoor storage regulations.
• Conducted a public hearing and approved a conditional use permit for Marvins Tow Service, located at 29960 W. 191st Street. The permit will allow Marvins to host a Motor Vehicle Tow Lot on the property.
• Approved a conditional use permit that will allow Intergrity Communications, located at 408 E. Main Street, to collect and temporarily store electronic recyclables in a trailer at the location.
The Gardner Planning Commission is next scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on July 24 at Gardner City Hall.


  1. Judith Rogers says:

    Why was the owner of the property that Arvest Bank (Walmart) wants to buy and develop not the one to ask for the rezoning??? How can Arvest Bank ask for rezoning of a property when they are not even the owners of the property involved? I guess anyone could ask for rezoning of property before they even have an ownership interest in it.

    Not loving the storage of any items along Main St. and especially not in a trailer. Wouldn’t surprise me if the containter parking lots or containers used for storage will be coming soon along Main St. and who knows where else.

    I note another person booked into the County Jail for prostitution……………..just like that Montana appraiser told me back in 2006 who advised me the prostitutes and drug dealers were right down the street from the intermodal located there and right down the street from a school located right across the street from the intermodal and the asinine school district rented that land to BNSF for that intermodal…………..the slime and crime are there if you want to see it but many don’t……..Fairyland is so much easier to live in and deal with for a lot of people……….while the thieves and the lowlifes laugh on their way to the bank.

  2. Judith Rogers says:

    As soon as Walmart gets the zoning they want and need for their bank I know what will be appearing on the Council Agenda. Walmart will want industrial revenue bonds to bankroll them to build that bank rather than spending their own money or getting their own financing (why would they do that when they can get the people to bankroll them and be involved in the risks of any development) and along with the usual thieving pay-in-lieu agreement where they will only pay one-half of their taxes for 10 years. I feel certain that deal or a similiar deal has already been made in the back room of City Hall with the door closed. And the rubber stamping majority of our City Council will rush to go along with that crap once again just like they did on that Walmart TIF where you haven’t got a cent of sales tax out of that Walmart store since it opened and you only get property taxes based on the “farm” appaised property that was there before the store was built and which is nilch. Citizens are paying millions of dollars for development costs that Walmart did not want to pay for and the slimy, worthless politicians put the knife in the back of every average citizen and go along with this slime.

    Oh, the city of Gardner has their planning all right………..planning how to transfer the big boys’ tax burden and costs to the average citizens to pay and the worthless politicins will look you in the eye and tell you this is good for the community, bring jobs, etc., etc. and as usual many citizens wlll drink the koolaid. Once again the world’s biggest retailer, Walmart, will be smiling on the way to the bank – that is my opinion.

  3. Judith is a Hypocrite? says:


  4. Judith is a Hypocrite? says:

    I wonder what type of person would ever support this evil Walmart corporation to come to Gardner KS? It couldn’t be a pillar of the community who now believes that Walmart is evil? Could it?

    From: Carol Lehman
    Sent: Wed 5/5/2004 5:12 PM
    To: [email edited]
    Cc: [Email edited]
    Subject: RE: (no subject)
    Dear Judith:
    Thank you so much for your email. I really cannot tell you how much it means to me that you took the time to let me know how you feel and that you understand how having convenient retail right here in Gardner can help our overall tax base – not to mention your pocketbook!

    How kind of you to pass on the words about our Asst. City Administrator. She does a great job! Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any more questions.


    Carol Lehman

    —–Original Message—–
    From: [email edited]
    Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 10:33 AM
    To: Carol Lehman
    Subject: (no subject)

    Dear Mayor Lehman:

    YES, I DO WANT A WALMART!!!!!!! I think the TIF would be a good way of financing the needs for this project.

    Gardner has one of the highest mill levies in the whole county. If I am paying this high mill levy I want services RIGHT HERE so I don’t have to drive 10 to 20 miles for them. The cost of gas gets higher every day which adds to my costs.

    I spoke today to your Asst. City Administrator, a Ms. Mundt, who helped me to better understand the TIF. She did a great job in clarifying this matter for me – I hope you remember the good job she is doing at the time of her performance review.

    Judith L. Rogers


    So this alleged ‘problem’ is all Judith’s fault? Et tu Judith? Et tu Judith?

  5. Judith Rogers says:

    Judith is not a hypocrite but she sure was dumber back in 2004, especially concerning worthless politicians like Carol Lehman. I have learned a lot since then and figured out how my slimy government works in more ways than one. I sure as hell learned how Mundt and some others put the spin out there to take care of the bloodsuckers. This should be an excellent lesson to all citizens as to how ignorance will not help you, it will only put a knife in your back and I hope all know who is putting the knife there. I have learned the hard way to do my own research and I recommend to all if they truly want to be informed and educated on their government entities and the thieves who are enabled and supported by the politicians and bureaucrats who, in my opinion, sure aren’t working for the average citizen, then they better be looking out for their own interests and certainly not buying into the propaganda that is such a part of our society now.

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