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Gardner Police Department collects coats

Gardner PD is participating in the annual Johnson County Public Safety Toy and Food Drive, which directly benefits needy families in Johnson County. GPD collect toys and food from customers at a number of retail locations in the county on the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Those items are given to families who have applied for assistance from the event Collection dates will be Nov. 18 – 19 at Gardner...

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Morning Glory 4-H

Emmy Holle club reporter Officer installation for the Morning Glory 4-H Club was held on Oct. 23, 2017 at the Grange Hall. Officers for the 2017-2018 year are Chase Eccles, President; Jackson Holle, Vice-President; Deborah Iverson, Secretary; Nick Allen, Corresponding Secretary; Gracey Shippy, Treasurer; Emmy Holle, Reporter; Natalie Claycamp and Ally Rietcheck, Historians; Jackson Holle and Ben Burling, County Council Representatives; Ben Burling, Jr. President; Cooper Burling, Jr. Vice-President; Addison Holle, Jr. Secretary; Camden Rietcheck, Jr. Treasurer; Joseph Iverson, 4-H Information Officer; Nicole Claycamp, Safety Officer; Jackson Holle, Parliamentarian; Cooper Burling, Recreation Officer; Haley Sellmeyer, Song Leader; Gabby Smith, Breanna Heuser and Garrett Heuser, Sergeant at Arms. In addition to officer installation, before the meeting came to order, the club held their annual pumpkin decorating contest. Voted first place was Jackson Holle with his miniature pumpkins painted like donuts, second place was Haley Sellmeyer with her Darth Vader pumpkin, and third place was Cooper Burling with the classic carved monster pumpkin. The next meeting for the Morning Glory club will be Nov. 20 at the Grange Hall. They will be hosting an appreciation dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. for those who have supported them in their 4-H work. The club meeting will immediately follow the dinner....

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Ribbon Cutting

Staff photo by Rick Poppitz At the Dairy Queen ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 2, left to right are – Rich Melton, council member; Steve Shute, council president; Bridgett Hepner, DQ; Matt Escalante, DQ Store manager; Abdul Quddus, DQ store owner; Mackenzie Rea, DQ; Raquel Murphy, DQ; Todd Winters, council vice president; Chris Morrow, mayor; Anastacia Tripp, DQ and Cheryl Harrison-Lee, city...

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Former Gardner Edgerton teacher charged

A former Gardner Edgerton teacher was charged with two counts of aggravated sodomy by force. Todd Burd, 45, was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 31. His bond is set at $250,000. No information is known about the victim in the alleged assaults. His next court appearance is Nov. 8; he pleaded not guilty on Nov. 1. Burd was a choir instructor at Gardner-Edgerton in the fine arts department. In 2015, he was named Gardner-Edgerton’s Teacher of the Year. In 2010, Burd was featured in a health article after he contracted Guillain-Barre...

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Sports Potpourri

Mac Stevenson Kansas State’s football team greatly enhanced their opportunity to secure another bowl bid with the 42-35 OT win at Texas Tech. It was a big game for the Wildcats and Coach Bill Snyder was highly pleased and said, “To see the offense be down 10 points, come back, get the field goal, and then come back and get the touchdown and the 2-point conversion . . . I thought there was a lot of want-to, a lot of passion involved in that. A lot of confidence involved in it as well.” K-State moved their record to 5-4 with three games left on the regular-season schedule; the Wildcats need one more win to obtain their coveted bowl bid. K-State plays an improving West Virginia at Snyder Family Stadium this Saturday (Nov. 11); after the Mountaineers, the Wildcats play at Oklahoma State (Nov. 18) and conclude the regular season against Iowa State (Nov. 25) in Manhattan. The final three games will be challenging, but Kansas State gained confidence with their come-from-behind win at Texas Tech. The Wildcats also gained confidence in their two young quarterbacks; in the first half, Alex Delton completed 13 of 20 passes for 167 yards and one TD and redshirt sophomore Skylar Thompson took over in the second half and completed 5 of 8 passes for 96 yards and one TD. Delton sat out the...

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Edgerton council discusses Dollar General construction; Coldpoint

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Edgerton city council met on Oct. 26 and considered a trucks’ prohibition on Martin Creek Park, bonds for construction of a Dollar General store and a lease amendment for the expansion of the Coldpoint facility at LPKC. Council considered adopting an ordinance prohibiting commercial trucks from Martin Creek Park parking lot and driveway. The city recently paved the parking lot and driveway with a two inch asphalt overlay. Prohibiting commercial trucks will protect the investment by increasing the lifespan of the overlay. The proposed ordinance provides exemptions for emergency vehicles, city and utility vehicles. Council adopted Ordinance No. 1066 with a 4-0 vote. Cindy Crooks was absent. Council considered a Resolution of Intent to issue industrial revenue bonds in the maximum amount of $1 million 7,500 square foot retail building at 106 West 3rd Street in Edgerton. This will be a Dollar General store. The developer will be eligible for a sales tax exemption on construction materials and personal property. It is not eligible and does not receive any property tax abatement. Council adopted Resolution No. 10-26-17A with a 4-0 vote. Council considered an amendment to the Base Lease and the Lease and Performance Agreement for the Coldpoint Logistics project. The city previously issued bonds and granted property tax abatement for a term of ten years to build the Coldpoint facility. The...

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Council approved a memorandum of understanding with Heartland Family Farms

Staff photo by Rick Poppitz In December, the Gardner council approved a memorandum of understanding with Heartland Family Farms, LLC. Heartland wants to develop a 2 million square foot warehouse, manufacturing and distribution facility on a triangular shaped, 123 acre piece of land located on the east side of Four Corners Road and the south side of 183rd Street. The Heartland Farms development agreement would require that the road be improved to handle normal truck traffic and 12 inches of asphalt would be very adequate, according to Larry Powell,...

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Residents express concern over Bethel Estates expansion

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News The Gardner Planning Commission met on Oct. 24 and considered expansions of a senior living garden apartment complex and an addition to a building at Gardner Municipal Airport. Bethel Estates Expansion Item 2 on the agenda pertained to applicant requests for expansion of Bethel Estates and required four separate votes. The commission first considered a request for rezoning the 7.84 acre site from R-1 Single Family Residential District to RP-3 Planned Garden Apartment District. The land is currently vacant. It is surrounded by single-family residential properties to the north, east and west. To the south, across Madison Street, is Bethel Estates, a senior living garden apartment development. The proposed development is an expansion of the existing senior apartment complex, Bethel Estates. Garden apartments are not allowed in R-1 zoning, but RP-3 will allow for a variety of residential housing building types, including Detached House – Suburban, Duplex, Row House and Garden Apartments. The staff’s opinion was that completion of the development “provides diverse housing options within the City, providing a diverse age range within the neighborhood, and would have minimal impact to existing single-family residential immediately adjacent to the site.” The only requirement was for additional pedestrian connections between building 1 and 2, adding that as a condition for approval. Aaron Gaspers, CFS Engineers, representing the owners, RFK Investments, LLC, told the...

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Repairs drag on at JC executive airport

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Aaron Otto, executive director, provided an update at the commmision’s Oct. 25 meeting regarding repairs from the storm damage incurred at Johnson County Executive Airport last spring. Area storms last March produced 80 mph straight line winds that caused serious damage to hangars at the Executive Airport. The airport was shut down that night for about 12 hours while runways were cleared of debris. Damage occurred to buildings, as well as the aircraft and other items stored inside. Repairs are still ongoing. Lee Harris, vice chairman, asked for a timeline on the repairs. Otto said once a vendor was selected, it would take eight weeks to go through the process, because county policy requires that of expenditures over $100,000. Weisenburger asked if the commission would see a bid by the next meeting. The answer was “most likely not.” Harris was not pleased with this timeline. “How can it take eight weeks? I mean this storm happened in March. I realize all the steps we had to take – but this is not good, the bureaucracy runs this slow. We’re at the point where we need to get going and approve stuff, and it’s going to take eight more weeks?” Harris said. Otto explained that expenditures over $100,000 had to be approved by BOCC and that alone is a three week process. He...

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USD 230 launches new mobile app

The Spring Hill School District launched an official mobile app designed to enable parents, staff, students and the community to stay informed about important issues, information and activities within the school community. The free app can be downloaded for Apple iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play). Highly secure and flexible, the district’s new app is built on a communication platform that permits the district to manage and share content easily. Key features include: • Lunch menus • News • Events • Staff directory • Employment opportunities • School information • Secure access to online systems For more information about the Spring Hill School District or the new mobile app please visit www.usd230.org or contact Misty Eytcheson, Director of Communications at...

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SWJCED president Martinette updates JCAC on business projects

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Greg Martinette, president of the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (SWJCEDC), updated the Johnson County Airport Commission on development projects in Gardner and New Century at their Oct. 25 meeting. Amazon HQ2 bid Martinette discussed a bid package that was submitted for the Amazon HQ2 project. HQ2 promises jobs with high salaries. Part of the bid package was a 3D video visualization of potential buildings and layout of a complex stretching from east of I-35 into New Century. The Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation has created this simulation to demonstrate the possibilities available for the Amazon 2nd Headquarters project. Martinette said Jill McCarthy, commission member, had been heavily involved with preparing and submitting the proposal. “Everything was delivered last week, and we have some ongoing discussions and have received some follow up. They actually received more than 250 proposals,” said McCarthy by phone. She said many of those proposals did not meet all the criteria and were being eliminated. She believed this proposal did meet the criteria and would be on the shortened list after those eliminations. Amazon says that a decision will be made sometime in 2018. McCarthy hopes a shorter list of finalists could be announced as early as January, but added, “We don’t have a firm date at this time.” Lineage Logistics, Project School Brad Weisenburger, chairman,...

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School candidates provide answers

The Gardner News sent questions to candidates running for school board. Candidates Board Member – Position 4 (4 Year Term) : Wes Rains, Lana Sutton Board Member – Position 5 (4 Year Term) D: Rob Shippy (Incumbent), Write in candidate, Dustin Martin Board Member – Position 6 (4 Year Term) Shawn Carlisle, Brad Chandler (Incumbent) Additional information is available at jocoelection.org. All candidates answered submitted questions. Questions and answers are below. BOE meetings currently do not allow flexibility for public comment or input. Do you support open dialog – within reason and subject to statutory allowances – between patrons and BOE members at meetings? How would you change the current process to encourage public input? Dustin Martin – Yes, I support open dialog. It’s important that the BOE and the families that are represented by the BOE have open communication. Time should be allowed during BOE meetings for citizens to address the BOE with any compliments or concerns they may have. If elected I would like to work with members of the board to make this happen. Rob Shippy – BOE meetings do have a public input section currently. The items presented to the BOE do have public input from site councils and committees that present recommendations to the BOE. I am not opposed to a change, however currently only The Gardner News and one patron has expressed this...

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OUR VIEW: Endorsements

It’s a tradition for The Gardner News to endorse candidates. In actuality, we applaud anyone willing to put their name forward, especially at a time when negativity seems to rule. Our area is fortunate to have most seats contested; competition is good and causes all candidates to be well-rehearsed and put their best game face on. Running for an elected position, sitting in a political seat, is not for the faint of heart. We considered candidates on an individual basis, not a slate. Endorsements don’t judge a candidate as a person, but indicate we believe they have the strengths and temperament needed to best represent the community in the positions up for election. Edgerton mayor We endorse Donald Roberts, incumbent, for mayor. He has a proven track record and is forward-thinking. Roberts is able to work with local and state officials, represents Edgerton in a professional way and always has the best interest of his constituents at heart. (Mike Sleister) Gardner Mayor We endorse Chris Morrow, incumbent. As with Roberts, he has a proven track record and is forward thinking. He has remained calm during sometimes raucous council meetings, suffered thru negative personal attacks online and in chambers, while remaining focused primarily on issues  rather than personalities. Under his tenure Gardner has seen both residential and business growth. He responds to constituents’ concerns in a respectful manner and presents...

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Lineage Logistics withdraws New Century plans

Lineage Logistics, LLC (“Lineage”), a leading international warehousing and logistics company, today announced that due to a change in customer needs, Lineage will no longer pursue the development of a temperature-controlled storage facility at the New Century AirCenter in Olathe. “Lineage’s approach to new construction, expansion and acquisition has long been to provide the space and solutions where and when our customers need it,” said Mike McClendon, EVP of Network Optimization at Lineage. “In the case of the proposed New Century facility, unforeseen changes to our customers’ supply chain and logistics needs have, for now, prompted us to withdraw...

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‘Bees of Johnson County’ program offered

Join the Johnson County Park & Recreation District and the Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City for a multimedia presentation called “The Bees of Johnson County” Nov.  8, at 6:45 p.m. in the board room at the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. The program is expected to last about an hour and is intended for adults. During this free program, renowned bee expert Mike Arduser will unveil the results of native bee population surveys conducted on the Ogg Prairie in Shawnee Mission Park and at Kill Creek Park’s native prairie area. Learn what species are present in these remnant natural areas and which native plants the bees prefer. Native bees are more efficient pollinators than European honeybees and critical for native plants and agriculture. Johnson County was at one time 86 percent tallgrass prairie, but today less than 0.006 percent of that original prairie remains. Population levels of North American native bee species are declining across their ranges. This survey data will be critical as JCPRD moves forward with extensive prairie restoration work across Johnson County. Arduser is retired from the Missouri Department of Conservation, where he was a natural history biologist and insect heritage biologist. His survey of the two JCPRD properties took place between April and October and involved about 40 acres. For more information about the Nov....

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Letter to the editor

Gardner voters, I’ve submitted this letter to our local newspaper, The Gardner News, and I’m asking you to vote for me for mayor of Gardner, on Tuesday, November 7th. For the past 6 and a half years I’ve concentrated on providing leadership in a manner that is reasonable and responsible, as well as reliable and respectful, all while bringing smart growth to Gardner, and I promise to continue. Since I was first elected to city council in April 2011 much has changed for the better in Gardner. Always while focusing on moving Gardner forward reasonably and responsibly. I will always refrain from making far-fetched and unrealistic promises that have no chance of becoming reality. In my term as mayor, Gardner has become more fiscally responsible. Over the last five budget years we’ve built an award-winning city budget. Our city property tax rate is low and has remained steady or decreased each of those years. For the past nearly three years we’ve run our new Utilities Department in safe, reliable, and award-winning manner, and without a rate increase. My goal has always been to keep Gardner affordable, and that will continue. We’ve also improved Gardner’s infrastructure. While mayor I’ve worked hard to make sure we take care of our streets and improve traffic flow throughout the city, and our 10-Year Pavement Management Program is making substantial progress in just its...

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Letter to the editor

My name is Steve Shute, current Gardner City Council President, and I’m running to be your Mayor. As I’m knocking on doors talking to people, I’m frequently asked, “Why are you running?” The answer is simple. For far too long, this community has been divided – within our city, between our city and surrounding entities, and regarding our future. In short, our city is a fast-growing community, but we haven’t figured out what we are growing up to be – and, worse yet, we haven’t been able to agree on what we can agree on to get there. That’s precisely why my campaign slogan is, “United We Rise.” It’s more than just a catchphrase to me; it guides my entire philosophy of the role of government. I believe that government works much better as facilitator than as dictator. People say that the machinery of government is slow, and for the most part, I concur. However, I believe it’s not because government itself is slow. As the space race showed in the 1960’s, when synergy is created between elected leaders, staff, and citizens around a common vision, things can happen with breathtaking speed. But we must be willing to place our differences on the back burner and focus on what we can all agree on to make this happen. So, what CAN we all agree on? I have focused my...

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City council candidates respond to questions

The Gardner News recently sent four questions to the Gardner City Council candidates. All four responded. On Nov. 7, residents will narrow the slate to two. Q – Edgerton is home to one of largest economic projects in the state, how has their growth impacted Gardner in a positive way? Randy Gregorcyk – LPKC has provided several examples of positive growth opportunities. Residential market is thriving, commercially we recently broke ground on a new hotel and a new warehouse was recently approved by current City Council. All directly related to LPKC, furthermore, Gardner must be prepared for such growth i.e. infrastructure...

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Cochran captures 6A boys cross country title at Rim Rock Farm

Trenton Cochran (top photo), junior, came back a winner from the Kansas 6A High School Cross Country Championships at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence this weekend. He was closely followed by Brian Beech, a junior from Olathe North, who finished one second behind Cochran at last week’s 6A Regionals, repeated his second place performance at Rim Rock on Saturday, and Olathe East junior Ben Kahnk, who took third at 6A Regionals, who was two seconds behind Cochran, also earned third at the 6A Championships in Lawrence. Submitted photos Pete Logan Special to The Gardner News Some may not welcome...

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Boo Bash

An estimated 4,000 people attended Gardner’s Boo Bash and about 500 lbs. of candy was distributed.   New this year to the event was an additional carnival ride, a pirate and parrot show, additional new games and a new hayride trail. Staff photos by Rick Poppitz...

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