Author: Gardner News

Kutak Rock official explains IRB benefits to city

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] The city of Edgerton’s costs in preparing for the approval of the issuance of $500 million in industrial revenue bonds for the KC Logistics Park have been minimal, according to at least one official involved with the deal. Scott Anderson, bond counsel from Kutak Rock LLC, said the city of Edgerton will pay Municipal Partners a total of $250 for the cost benefit analysis associated with the project. That $250 is a reimbursable expense for the city, he added. “All (the firm) did was input the data into a program,” Anderson said. Edgerton City Administrator David Dillner said that fee has not yet been paid. But those numbers have been disputed by more than one organization. At last week’s Edgerton City Council meeting, USD 231 Superintendent Bill Gilhaus said the analysis calculates financial impact based on a decadelong growth of 182 students in the school district, while USD 231’s own growth estimate is 458 students over the next 10 years. Patrick Robinson of the Allen Group also disputed Kutak Rock’s estimates of growth in the school district but did not elaborate. Anderson, speaking with The Gardner News on July 13, said Kutak Rock is paid for its services off the cost of the issuance of the bonds, and that the company is paid based on what it calls ‘basis points,’ which represent one one-hundredth of...

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Starling helps Team USA to victory

Gardner’s Bubba Starling collected a hit and one RBI helping Team USA’s 18-under boys baseball squad to a 4-0 win versus the Greater Alliance N.Y. All Stars, July 10 in Hempstead, NY. The 18-under National team concluded its five-game exhibition slate with the Greater NY all-stars July 10 and now embark on a nine-game exhibition schedule in Minnesota. The team will play area all-star squads and international opponents before entering the 2010 IBAF-AAA 18-u World Championships, July 23-Aug....

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Broncos win Tri-County tournament

It’s been quite a season for Coach Gary Benedict and his Spring Hill 12-under boys baseball squad. Benedict’s Broncos posted a 10-2 first-place league record and then defeated host Baldwin 1-11 to win the post-season tourney title, June 26. The Broncos competed in a Tri-County league which included Wellsville, DeSoto, and Baldwin teams. “It’s been a fun year and everyone made a lot of improvement,” said Benedict. Ivan Hughes stole the spotlight in the tourney title game. He was the winning pitcher and stroked the game-winning hit in the 12-11 win versus Baldwin. Joining Hughes on the roster are Gavin Benedict (lf), Colton Hamilton (ss), Jake Lovetinsky (of), Adrian Martin (1b), Conner McIntosh (2b), Vann Putnam (3b), Selven Shefcyk (cf), Alex Strahan (rf), and Braeden Towles...

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Angels win Gardner Parks post-season league tournament

After posting a 9-1 regular season record, the Gardner Angels 9-10 boys baseball team won three straight post-season games and won the tournament title. Pitchers David Adamson, Hayden Mulford, and Ben Yancey led the way with top performances. In the championship game, Yancey tossed a no-hitter with 16 strike-outs. Adamson was assisted by Tony Taylor, Robert Yancey and Larry Bunce. Team members include: David Adamson (p, 1b); Taylor Bunce (2b, 3b); Cooper Crouch (2b), Tom Fabing (2b, 3b); Hayden Mulford (p, 1b); Cameron Schultz (c, p); Drew Sola (ss); Matthew Swords (3b); Rees Taylor (ss, 3b); Tyler Urban (2b, 3b); Levi Wartner (2b, 3b); and Ben Yancey (p, 1b). The team was coached by Steve Adamson, Tony Taylor, Robert Yancey, and Larry...

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City of Edgerton to begin review of FY 2011 budget on July 15

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] The Edgerton City Council will review the city’s proposed 2011 budget at a work session July 15. City Administrator David Dillner, at the council’s July 8 meeting, distributed a June 22 memo to the governing body; that memo notified the council that the city has received an additional $615,000 in revenue from the increase of ad valorem property taxes from Kansas City Power and Light. The memo outlined four options the council has regarding the allocation of these additional funds, including a reduction of the city’s mill levy, a reduction of outstanding municipal debt, investment in capital projects and infrastructure maintenance, and investment in several other operational enhancements. Dillner’s memo did not elaborate on what constituted ‘other operational enhancements.’ If the city wanted to reduce the mill levy, it is recommended that the city first prepare an analysis on how that action would affect the Intermodal Project Finance Plan. Similarly, the memo advised against a reduction in outstanding municipal debt because “… as a general practice, utilities should not receive subsidization from General Fund revenues and should be operated as a separate expense.” Other proposals to the city’s 2011 budget include subsidization of residential trash services that would allow a savings of $79.80 per customer per year; initial outlay of $20,000 to improve animal control services with a part-time animal control officer; and an increase...

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UPDATED: Edgerton approves issuance of $500M in bonds for logistics park

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] A resolution of intent to issue industrial revenue bonds totaling $500 million for the construction of facilities related to the intermodal breezed through the Edgerton City Council on July 8. It took council members only minutes to make the $500 million decision. Scott Anderson of Kutak Rock LLC, treated the approval of the resolution as a foregone conclusion before the public hearing  opened, and said council members could discuss further but had to issue a decision under obligation of contract. In essence, the city had unofficially agreed to approve the IRB issuance before the public hearing occurred Thursday. “You can discuss this as long as you want, but you’re contractually obligated (to issue a resolution of intent),” Anderson said. He later elaborated on that statement to The Gardner News. “What the city had agreed to was to adopt a form of a resolution of intent,” Anderson said later. “If they want to continue with the logistics park project, at some point before the first building goes in, they are contractually obligated to adopt the resolution of intent.” Under state statute, governing bodies must convene public hearings before making decisions on topics such as issuing IRBs. The lone speaker for the public hearing on the bonds was USD 231 Superintendent Bill Gilhaus, who noted that he had only recently received a cost benefit analysis on the project, slated...

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Edgerton Planning Commission OKs rezoning land for distribution center

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Edgerton City Administrator David Dillner announced on the Edgerton Insights blog on Wednesday that the Edgerton Planning Commission has recommended to the city council approval to rezone 16 acres of land south of U.S. 56 to Business Park District. Pending the council’s approval, the land eventually will be home to a 312,000-square-foot warehouse/distribution facility for Leawood, Kan.-based Demdaco, a company that specializes in figurines and collectibles. The Planning Commission made the approval with several stipulations, including the inclusion of a photometric lighting plan for the building and installation of additional landscaping in lieu of a required 30-foot setback. The council will review the rezoning issue for discussion and approval during a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at the Community Center, 404 E. Nelson...

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Mill increase would help offset shortfall in Bond & Interest fund

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Gardner City Council members on July 12 discussed the possibility of a 6.5 mill increase in the city’s 2011 budget to help offset a shortfall in the Bond and Interest Fund – and Gardner residents could see higher utility bills beginning next year as well. The city already plans to transfer $100,000 from the General Fund to Bond and Interest to help cover delinquencies on special assessments, according to Assistant City Administrator Melissa Mundt. The potential mill increase translates into an additional $10 per month – or $220 per year — each single-family household will pay to the city. Mundt and City Administrator Stewart Fairburn said, however, that while the city anticipates an additional 2-mill increase in 2012, things will start to level off in 2013 with a potential 4-mill decrease. A reduction in force enacted in early May has helped cushion the shortfall in the city’s General Fund, now at only $500. Similarly, Water manager Jim Melvin and Public Works Director David Greene told council members that more funds will be needed for water and wastewater next year. The water department is requesting an additional $2.2 million for anticipated maintenance on equipment, Melvin said, and it is likely to need an additional $20,000 each year for the next five years to continue with replacement and maintenance, specifically on older water lines. Melvin told council...

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Commemorative Air Force to host Warbird Open House

Mica Marriott [email protected] Airplane enthusiasts will have the chance to fly high when the Commemorative Air Force, KC Ghost Squadron’s Heart of America Wing open house and air show takes place July 17 and 18. The KC Ghost Squadron’s Heart of America Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is located on the northeast side of New Century Air Center between Gardner and Olathe. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) began with a single plane in 1957. Ex-service pilots from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas combined their money  to purchase a P-51 Mustang. Soonafter, the group purchased a pair of...

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EDITORIAL: Edgerton council, school board handled IRB issuance poorly

The city of Edgerton has grossly missed the mark when it comes to the issuance of $500 million in industrial revenue bonds for facilities to be constructed in the KC Logistics Park. The council approved the issuance of the IRBs, which would translate into a 10-year, 75 percent tax abatement, at its July 8 meeting, but only after sarcastic, almost condescending remarks from Scott Anderson, bond counsel with Kutak Rock LLC. Anderson told the council it was “contractually obligated” to approve a resolution of intent on the issue – in essence, saying ‘yes’ to the IRB issuance. He said council members could discuss the topic and take action on it later, but that action had to be taken on the issue eventually. Perhaps the council should have indeed waited on approving the resolution. Council President Clay Longanecker was absent from the meeting, and City Administrator David Dillner had handed council members an incomplete cost benefit analysis shortly before the meeting started. Thus, council members did not even have complete information in front of them on which to base an educated decision. The council should have tabled action on the resolution until all council members could attend the next meeting and have time to review the complete cost benefit analysis. The fact that Anderson made his comments directly before a public hearing on the issuance of the bonds is even...

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Gardner Public Safety reports

June 2 700 Blk N Spruce, Harassment by Telephone 500 Blk E Shawnee, Citizen Assist 1000 Blk E Wilderness Tr, Ambulance Call 16700 Blk S Conestoga, Outside Agency Assist 18500 Blk S Spruce Ct, Citizen Assist 18700 Blk S Gardner Rd, Vehicle Accident – Non-injury 100 Blk S Moonlight, Motorist Assist Parma & White, Animal Control 31300 Blk W 171st, Animal Control 800 Blk N Center    , Animal Control 200 Blk E Park, Animal Control Stonecreek & Aspen, Ordinance Violation 500 Blk W Main, Animal Control 500 Blk E Main, Suspicious Activity Pawnee & Elm, Animal Control 200 Blk E Washington, CDP Under $1000 300 Blk E Park, Animal Control 200 Blk W Mockingbird, Check the Welfare 600 Blk S Walnut, Outside Agency Assist 31600 Blk W 174th Terr, Animal Control 1100 Blk E Santa Fe, Fire Call 200 Blk N Alder, Civil Case 900 Blk E Buffalo Tr, Fire Call 100 Blk E Pawnee, Ambulance Call 400 Blk W Main, 911 Hang Up 400 Blk E Main, Motorist Assist 800 Blk S Sumac, Vehicle Lockout 400 Blk N Waverly, Theft Under $1000 400 Blk S Moonlight, Suspicious Activity 100 Blk E Madison, Check the Welfare 800 Blk S Sumac, Suspicious Activity 200 Blk N Evergreen, Vehicle Accident – Private Property 1000 Blk E Buffalo Tr, Check the Welfare 800 Blk E Main, Alarm Call 500 Blk E Willow,...

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Edgerton council approves issuance of $500M in IRBs for logistics park facilities

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] A resolution of intent to issue industrial revenue bonds totaling $500 million for the construction of facilities related to the intermodal breezed through the Edgerton City Council on July 8. It took council members only minutes to make the $500 million decision. Scott Anderson of Kutak Rock LLC, treated the approval of the resolution as a foregone conclusion before the public hearing even opened, and said council members could discuss further but had to issue a decision under obligation of contract. In essence, the city had unofficially agreed to approve the IRB issuance before the public hearing occurred Thursday. “You can discuss this as long as you want, but you’re contractually obligated (to issue a resolution of intent),” Anderson said. He later elaborated on that statement to The Gardner News. “What the city had agreed to was to adopt a form of a resolution of intent,” Anderson said later. “If they want to continue with the logistics park project, at some point before the first building goes in, they are contractually obligated to adopt the resolution of intent.” Under state statute, governing bodies must convene public hearings before making decisions on topics such as issuing IRBs. The lone speaker for the public hearing on the bonds was USD 231 Superintendent Bill Gilhaus, who noted that he had only recently received a cost benefit analysis on the project,...

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Chamber mingling

Members of the Gardner Area Chamber of Commerce gathered at Medicalodges of Gardner for the chamber coffee on July 7.  This is the third time Medicalodges of Gardner has hosted the event.  Medicalodges of Gardner first opened its doors in 1975.  The company has more than 20 locations throughout the area.  Staff photos by Michelle...

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Fitness Myth #3 – Community Contributor

The 30 Minute Workout I am sure that there are a lot of you that are reading this and  probably have said this exact sentence before.  I want to work out but just don’t have time.  I know that a lot of my clients have mentioned this  to me.  I am going to do my best to help you out with a 20-30 min. workout that can be pretty intense. Before I give you the workout I must suggest a few things first.  I want you to understand that if you don’t have an hour a day to allocate...

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Edgerton announces tournament winners

Last weekend’s Edgerton Frontier Days included a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, organized and sponsored by the Edgerton Recreation and Cultural Arts Committee. First place went to the team made up of Corey Adams, Ben Adams and Jason...

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GEHS’ Starling, Miller on All-Metro baseball squad

Bubba Starling of Gardner-Edgerton High School and Jordan Miller or Spring Hill were recently named to the K.C. Star All-Metro baseball squad. Starling earned first team honors as an outfielder. The GEHS senior-to-be hit .508 with eight home runs, 24 RBI, 33 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases for the Blazers, who finished 14-7. As a pitcher, he went 3-2 with an 1.89 ERA, with 53 strikeouts and only seven walks in 37 innings. Starling is projected as a possible first round pick in next summer’s baseball draft. He has committed to Nebraska for football and baseball. Named to the second team as an outfielder was Jordan Miller. He also serves as one of the Broncos’ top pitchers. His efforts helped Spring Hill to a 19-7 record, and runner-up honors in the 4A...

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Starling joins National 18-under baseball roster

After a two-week trial, Bubba Starling earned a spot on the elite 20-man 18-under National baseball team roster, July 4. Starling and his teammates begin their quest for a gold medal at the 2010 IBAF AAA 18-under world junior championships this week in New York. Team USA play the Greater NY Alliance All-Stars starting July 6 in Brooklyn, NY. The two teams play a five-game exhibition at various stadiums in the NY area. The 18-under team travels to Minnesota for nine exhibition games before starting the 2010 IBAF AAA 18-u world junior championships July 23-Aug. 1, in Thunder Bay, Canada. Starling stroked a two-RBI fifth inning triple, July 2, to improve the Blue squad to a 3-1 win versus the Red squad in the 18-u National Team trials. On July 3, Starling hit the only home run of the 18-u trial games to help the Blue squad to a 6-1 win versus the Red squad in the final game of the 18-u National Team...

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Lions Club officers

The Gardner Lions Club selected new officers recently. They are pictured here. Back: Sandy Hampton, secretary; Ray Hess, treasurer; Butch Freund, director; Keith Davidson, direction/Lion tamer; Dave Johnson, second vice president. Front: Charles Ryals, director; Steven (T.C.) TanCreti, president, Gene Vogel, past international director; and Evans Dunlap, first vice...

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Mayor to host town hall meeting on budget

Staff reports Gardner Mayor Dave Drovetta will host the next in a series of town hall meeting on the city’s 2011 budget this weekend. The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 10, at City Hall, 120 E. Main St. The public is encouraged to attend and give input on the city’s budget review and approval process. Visit the city’s website at www.gardnerkansas.gov for more information. Look for the story on the meeting in Wednesday’s edition of The Gardner...

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Total preparation has no place at DMV

The old saying that, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes” is correct but still incomplete. I’d add “the pain of dealing with the Department of Motor Vehicles” to that short list. Last week I decided to finally get a new drivers license, as I had moved recently. As anyone who has had to endure the ordeal knows, a kindergartner hopped up on sugar would have an easier time operating a particle accelerator than your average driver would have in getting a new license in a timely manner. Before going to the DMV, I made sure to do my research. I made sure to get the right documents and to set aside enough time – sadly, I had to use an entire vacation day to do it. But I was determined to beat the soulless DMV at its own game. Unlike the other members of the patient masses who wasted entire days standing in line only to be told they didn’t dot the appropriate ‘I’s, I would be prepared. I would wow those unenthusiastic DMV employees with my skills in organization. I picked what I thought was the best time to go – mid-morning on Tuesday. I waited an hour in line and patiently read a book while trying to ignore the screaming, apparently parentless toddlers running around and the couple behind me arguing in Cantonese. I wondered how...

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