Author: Gardner News

Edgerton council approves rezoning of land for warehouse

Press release from the city of Edgerton The Edgerton City Council approved the rezoning of sixteen acres from “A-G,” Agricultural Zoning District to “B-P,” Business Park Zoning District at their July 29th Special Council Meeting. All Councilmembers in attendance voted in favor of the rezoning. The approval rezoned the northeastern-most portion of the BNSF Railway Company property, where BNSF plans to construct a 440-acre intermodal facility and The Allen Group of Kansas City, LLC plans to construct approximately 7.1 million square feet of warehousing and distribution centers. This is the first rezoning applicable to the overall Intermodal Project Area. The Allen Group of Kansas City, LLC is competing for a potential tenant requiring an initial 312,000 square foot distribution center. The BNSF Intermodal Facility and Logistics Park-KC development are located within the City of Edgerton, Kansas. Also considered during the Special Meeting was the Site Plan for the sixteen acre site. The City Council approved the Site Plan with only one amendment to the stipulations recommended by the Planning Commission that addressed concerns related to landscaping and berming. The City of Edgerton appreciates the assistance and review that was provided for this rezoning and site plan application by Johnson County Planning and Public Works and the City of Gardner. Editor’s note: Read Wednesday’s edition of The Gardner News for more on Edgerton’s July 29 special work...

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Johnson County Fair at the mercy of weather, economy

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Although area events and activities have felt the effects of the economic recession, the Johnson County Fair has a more sizable foe to deal with: the weather. And with the recent bouts of sweltering heat mixed with deluges of rain, fair organizers must be ready for anything. “What affects us most is the weather,” said Spring Hill resident Matt Meek, Fair Board president. “If we have a hot week, we see a decrease in attendance.” Meek said that as a pre-emptive strike against inclement weather, fair organizers try to schedule plenty of activities indoors on...

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Great Plains 4-H honors pledge as it prepares for fair

“I pledge my head to clearer thinking…” Members of the Great Plains 4-H Club have enjoyed learning new things this year in preparation for Club Days and the Johnson County Fair. The Eflins taught the Electricity class, making generators and brushless motors. Zach Nason taught the Rocketry class. He taught them how to build certain parts of their rockets and they watched a video on how to paint their rockets. The Gunkel family taught the woodworking class where they made pinewood derby cars. Some of the other projects that people from our club were involved in were Foods, Geology, Rabbits, Goats, Arts and Crafts, Small Engines, Clothing, Ceramics, Public Speaking, Performing Arts and more. “…my heart to greater loyalty…” Great Plains 4-Hers show their loyalty by working hard to represent 4-H at local, regional, state, and national levels. In October, members attended a Lenexa City Council meeting where a 4-H Week Proclamation was made. February brought Club Days with kids doing presentations and demonstrations, singing, acting, and playing instruments. Nine individuals and one group received Top Purples and continued on to Regional Club Days in March, where they also did well. Club president Lauren Gregory attended the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia in November of 2009. She also attended the Kansas City Global Summit in March of this year. In June she was recognized as a State Award...

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Johnson County Fair returns to Gardner next week

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Fair enthusiasts, 4-H members, funseekers and plenty of sheep will descend on Gardner next week for the annual Johnson County Fair. The fair runs Aug. 2-7 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds near downtown Gardner. The theme for this year’s fair is ‘Wild ‘N’ Wooly,’ and, like last year, area merchants have designe d barnyard animals – sheep for this year — that have a special touch – promoting their businesses. Patty Gay, a member of the Fair Board’s theme committee, developed the idea of using wooden sheep cutouts to sell to businesses. “We knew we...

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EDITORIAL: Residents should attend public hearing on budget

There are plenty of ways to make your voice heard. Be it going to the polls on Election Day, writing letters to the editor or to City Hall, or making phone calls to your local, state and federal government officials, an informed people who are involved in the governing of the place in which they live is always a good thing. Perhaps the most effective way to make your voice heard, however, is through listening to and addressing governing entities in person. And you’ll have the chance to do just that on Monday evening when the Gardner City Council holds a public hearing on the city’s 2011 budget. Think the decisions being made in City Hall won’t affect you? Think again. This year’s budget, much like last year’s, is full of difficult decisions to be made by the governing body. The council is considering budgets built around both a 6.5 mill increase and a recently proposed 4.5 mill increase. Either way, it means more dollars paid per month per household by Gardner residents. And in an economic downturn, even though some members of city government say the effects of a larger mill increase likely will not be felt by some Gardner residents, we agree with other members of the council who contend that for a large segment of the population, the difference between a 6.5 mill increase and a...

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KS to retain Bombadier

Gene Meyer Kansas Reporter TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson and top executives of aircraft giant Bombardier Inc. said July 22 they’ve agreed in principle on a pact to keep production of a new Learjet based in Wichita. Details of the proposal,  and of incentives Kansas may be offering to keep help keep production of the new midsize Learjet 85 in the state, are to be revealed July 30 at a Wichita press conference. Spokesman Joe Monaco of the Kansas Department of Commerce said Kansas tax codes provide for a number of incentives to companies that create or increase jobs in Kansas, but that he couldn’t say which of those might apply to Bombardier’s plans. The governor’s announcement of the tentative agreement also gave no details or any indication of when a final agreement might be reached. The announcement said only that Parkinson and Bombardier Aeropspace president Guy Hachey reached an agreement this week at the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom to “collaborate on securing the future of the Learjet site in Wichita.” About 2,000 Wichita aircraft workers work for Bombardier now. Wichita is a final assembly point for the company’s new Learjet 85, the company’s first all composite aircraft, with many of components made in Mexico. The high-tech twin-engine business jet is designed to carry as many as eight passengers and cruise as far as 3,000 nautical...

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Jr. ‘Blazers 2nd at 3&2 post season tourney

It’s been quite a season for Coach Matt Yeamans and his Gardner ‘Blazers third grade boys baseball squad. Yeamans guided his group to a second-place finish in the top division of the Johnson County 3&2 third grade post-season tournament, July 17-18. Forty-one teams competed in the third grade division at 3&2. During post-season play, teams are divided into three divisions. The ‘Blazers also took third place in the regular season standings. Yeamans is already looking to next year. For info regarding tryouts for next summer’s fourth-grade ‘Blazer team, contact Yeamans at...

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Great Plains 4-H gets ‘wild ‘n’ wooly’ for Johnson County Fair

Abigail Gunkel, Club Reporter The Great Plains 4-H club is split in two committees decorating two lamb silhouettes for the Wild‘N’Wooly sheep decorating contest.  One of these committees has put their sheep behind the wheel of a Lamborghini.  This rich ewe has spiral permed hair studded with rhinestones and cherry red bows.  Her rhinestone, and mirrored sunglasses match her earrings, steering wheel, and her wool.  Her red hot car has a personalized Kansas license plate that says, Lamb-r-ghini, in a frame that says, a sheep at the wheel.  All the Wild’N’Wooly plywood sheep entries will be displayed around the fair grounds for the Johnson County Fair.  This committee had a lot of fun decorating their...

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Johnson County Fair schedule

Main events Open Youth Rodeo 7 p.m., Aug. 2 (Admission: ages 5 and under are free; ages 6-12 are $3; ages 13 and over are $7) Family Fun Night 6 p.m., Aug. 3 Admission is free. Firefighter and police demos 7 p.m., Aug. 4 Admission is free. Amateur flat track racing 6:30 p.m. hot laps; 7:30 p.m. race, Aug. 5 (Admission: 5 and under are free; ages 6-12 are $6; ages 13 and over are $12) Barrel racing and bull blast 7 p.m., Aug. 6 (Admission: 5 and under are free; ages 6-12 are $5; ages 13 and over are $10) Johnson County Drill Team also will perform during this event. Demolition derby 7 p.m. Aug. 7 All tickets are $12 Rain date: Aug. 14 Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010 8 a.m.: ARBA Rabbit Show (Open and Youth)  (Livestock Pavilion) Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 1 p.m.: 4-H Foods Judging 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.:School 5 p.m.: Dog Show Check-in – Agility Trials & Rally “O”     (Livestock Pavilion) 5:30 p.m.: Dog Show – Agility Trials & Rally “O”     (Livestock Pavilion) 6 p.m.: Arena Ticket Booth opens 6:30 p.m.: Entries accepted between 6:30 and 9 p.m. (except Livestock and Open Class Flowers – see Wed.) 6:45 p.m.:     Johnson County 4-H Rodeo Queen and Princess Coronation (Main Event Arena) 7 p.m.: OPEN YOUTH RODEO (Main Event Arena) Tuesday, Aug. 3,...

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Gardner Boy Scouts to take part in 100th anniversary

Six Gardner Boy Scouts, members of Troop 88, will celebrate the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. They left town on July 21 and are traveling with 160 boys and scout leaders from all over the Kansas City area. The travelers stopped at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and spend a few days in Washington, D.C., along the way. The Jamboree started on July 26 and runs through Aug. 4. While attending the Jamboree, the Gardner boys will take part...

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Kansas Senior Farmers Market returns

The Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), designed to provide low-income seniors with $30 of cash benefits to purchase fresh, unprocessed, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey, has returned to Kansas.  A limited number of eligible seniors will receive checks to use at local farmers markets between June 1st and October 15, 2010. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is collaborating with the Department of Social Rehabilitation Services and regional and local Area Agencies on Aging to identify and distribute the food coupons to eligible seniors. Applicants will be served on a first come, first serve basis.  A total of 5,700 Seniors living in the following counties will be eligible:  Anderson, Atchison, Bourbon, Cowley, Dickinson, Douglas, Finney, Franklin, Harvey, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Lyon, McPherson, Osage, Reno, Republic, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee, and Wyandotte. Checks can be used between June 1 and October 15th. Local promotions will occur when checks are available for distribution. To be eligible to receive SFMNP coupons, seniors must meet the criteria below: Age – person must be 60 years of age or older on the day of issuance, no one under age 60 is eligible, and Income level – Individual annual gross income (i.e. before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below $20,036 ($1,670/month) Farmers who have been certified to participate in the program may accept SFMNP checks.  Any Kansas farmer...

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Gardner Public Safety reports

July 5 1700 Blk E Santa Fe, DUI 800 Blk S Juniper Terr, Ambulance Call 400 Blk S Moonlight, Ordinance Violation 18400 Blk S Spruce, Suspicious Activity 600 Blk E Valerie, Death Investigation 600 Blk E Valerie, Ambulance Call 18300 Blk S Mimosa Ct, Traffic Complaint 1100 Blk E Santa Fe, CDP Under $1000 1100 Blk E Santa Fe, CDP Under $1000 400 Blk N Spruce, Animal Control 1100 Blk E Santa Fe, CDP Under $1000 I-35 & Gardner Rd, Traffic Complaint 1100 Blk E Santa Fe, CDP Under $1000 100 Blk E Madison, Ordinance Violation 900 Blk E Wildcat Run, Ordinance Violation 1100 Blk E Santa Fe, CDP Under $1000 800 Blk E Pinewood, Ordinance Violation 300 Blk E Shawnee, Animal Control 1100 Blk E Santa Fe, CDP Under $1000 900 Blk E Buffalo Tr, Disturbance 1100 Blk E Santa Fe, CDP Under $1000 900 Blk E Wildcat Run, Ordinance Violation 1100 Blk E Santa Fe, Ambulance Call 600 Blk E Bluebird, Ordinance Violation 31300 Blk W 172nd Terr, Ordinance Violation 200 Blk N Alder, Ordinance Violation 400 Blk N Cherry, Ordinance Violation 400 Blk E Main, Narcotic Information 200 Blk E Park, Ordinance Violation 600 Blk E Mockingbird, Ordinance Violation 400 Blk N Locust    , Ordinance Violation 400 Blk N Locust    , Ordinance Violation 100 Blk E Madison, Ordinance Violation 400 Blk N Spruce, Ordinance Violation 900...

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Johnson County Sheriff department seeks fugitive

OLATHE – Sheriff’s Deputies need assistance in finding a wanted man who has been described as “flashy” by those who know him.  Richard Wayne King Jr. is a fugitive in Johnson County who is wanted for a felony bad check charge which stemmed from an incident in July of 2008 and was investigated by the Lenexa Police Department. Mr. King who is known to behave in a “flashy” manner frequently utilizes limousine services and describes himself as a Construction Business Owner and Contractor.  He also is known to frequent businesses with free Wi-Fi access.  He has family in the Grandview, Mo. and is known to visit the Olathe, Kan. area. King who currently has a $50,000 bond is a Johnson County Sheriff’s Most Wanted Fugitive and is featured on the sheriff’s website at http://www.jocosheriff.org/Index.asp?incl=mwd&mwid=333 Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (913)791-5212 or the TIPS Hotline at...

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Marriage class helps couples deal with expectations

GARDNER—Couples who struggle with unrealized expectations soon may find help for their marriages at Fellowship Bible Church in Gardner. Beginning Aug. 1, the church is offering an eight-week video-based class called iMarriage: Transforming Your Expectations. Taught by well-known author and pastor Andy Stanley, the series is designed to help spouses step back from their immediate circumstances and transform their marriages into the relationships God intends for them. The class will be held at the church, 16900 S. Waverly Road, from 10:45 a.m. to noon on Sundays from Aug. 1 through Sept. 19. Childcare is provided. For more information, contact the FBC office at...

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Home sales slowed in Kansas in June

Gene Meyer Kansas Reporter TOPEKA — Home sales in Kansas slowed in June, just as they did in the rest of the nation, Realtors report. The winding down of national home buyers’ tax credit programs in April contributed to the slower sales, industry executives said. Kansas home sales totaled 3,359 units in June, barely changed from 3,355 a month earlier and up 1 percent from the 3,327 units sold in May, 2009, the Kansas Association of Realtors said Friday. Home prices also improved modestly from year earlier levels, to a statewide average $169,402 from $168,313 last year, the Topeka association reported. “The last of the tax credit-induced sales are working through the system, so we expect to see less activity through the rest of the summer,” said Brian Jones, a Pittsburg Realtor and state association president. “The good news is that overall, for the state of Kansas, the sales for June 2010 were higher than in 2009, even with the expiration of the credit,” Jones said. Broadly comparable U.S. sales of existing homes fell 5.1 percent from month earlier levels, to a seasonally adjusted 5.37 million units during June, but remained 9.8 percent higher than in May, 2009, the National Assocation of Realtors reported separately. National sales are likely to continue to ebb this summer as sales that were made, but not closed before the homebuyer’s credits expired, continue to...

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PRESS RELEASE: County spending analysis identifies millions in potential savings

Press release from the Kansas Policy Institute WICHITA – A new study, “Kansas County Budget Analysis – In Search of Efficient Government,” from Kansas Policy Institute compares 2009 per-resident spending across all 105 counties and creates a benchmarking tool for county officials and Kansas citizens.  The findings suggest hundreds of millions of dollars in potential savings from improved efficiency and transparency.  The full study can be found here, with complete data set here. “Benchmarking is standard practice in the business world,” said study author and KPI president Dave Trabert.  “From the corner grocery store to the largest manufacturer, employers do their very best to know how much it costs their competitors to build a widget, deliver a service, or conduct back office support.  Governments also need to know what their competitors charge.” The study groups counties by population to provide similar-sized comparisons and spending is broken out into nine categories, including general government, law enforcement, court services and emergency services.  Stevens County budgeted $5,415.66 per-resident for the highest while Wyandotte spent the least per-resident at $449.52; median spending per-resident was $1,262.61.  Some additional noteworthy findings; * Johnson County spent $4.42 per-resident on County Commissioners, or nearly three times the $1.50 spent by Sedgwick County; * The high total spender among counties with less than 5,000 residents was four times greater than the low spender; * The high law enforcement...

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News briefs: Edgerton mayor seeks Planning Commission appointee

Edgerton mayor seeks Planning Commission appointee From the Edgerton Insights blog: Mayor Roberts is seeking citizens who are interested in serving the City of Edgerton as a member of the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission currently meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at City Hall. The Commission is charged with reviewing development and rezoning proposals and recommending policies that concern the City’s growth and development. The Planning Commission is currently undertaking an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which helps guide future development within the City. Duties of the Planning Commission include: To make or cause to be made, or to update annually, a Comprehensive Plan for the Edgerton Planning Area; to propose and recommend all revisions and amendments to the Comprehensive Plan to the Governing Body. To give notice of and conduct all public hearings pertaining to matters of zoning, planning, and subdivision. To recommend all actions, after hearing, concerning zoning text and map amendments, and conditional uses for consideration to the Governing Body. To review for final approval or disapproval all required site plans and preliminary and final plats. To add conditions to subdivision plats and zoning map amendments when, in the opinion of a majority of Planning Commissioners, such conditions are essential to the preservation of property values, the public health, safety and welfare, and the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of...

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OPINION: BP CEO's buyout nothing short of obscene

It’s a story we’ve heard too many times before. BP CEO Tony Hayward agreed earlier this week to step down as the company’s top executive as BP found a temporary fix to the deluge of oil that has slicked the Gulf Coast. While it may be seen as a good PR move for the embattled oil giant – an American businessman will replace Hayward this fall – any optimism is overshadowed by the price tag on Hayward’s departure: $1.6 million, or a year’s salary. Obviously, this is nothing short of obscene on several levels. The most obvious, of course, is related to the economy. In an age when the common breadwinners in American households are lucky only to keep their jobs, let alone get even the smallest merit pay increase, Hayward is basically being rewarded for failing to address one of the largest domestic missteps since the U.S. government’s sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The payout to Hayward – BP’s biggest embarrassment of the day — is a slap in the face to decent, hard-working Americans who do their jobs and do them well, even amid an uncertain economic climate. What’s more, according to a report from CNN, is that BP itself sustained a second-quarter net loss of $17.2 billion. Even more angering is the fact that while Hayward is not expected to face jail time, some...

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‘Blazer 9U team wins area baseball tournament

The Gardner ‘Blazer 9U baseball team finished its summer season by winning the Olathe Youth Baseball League tournament. After losing the first game of a double-elimination tourney, they battled back through the loser’s bracket winning the next five games to earn the title of “Tournament Champions.” Their bats carried them through as the squad out-scored opponents 64-30. “It was an exciting way to end the season,” Coach Bill O’Connor said. “The boys were playing the best they had all summer during the tournament which was great to see!” The coaches want to also thank the call up players who helped due to injuries and...

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