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City administrator’s contract to be discussed at Jan. 19 meeting; proposed base salary $161,000

A four year contract with a base salary of about $161,000 for Cheryl Harrison-Lee, Gardner city administrator, has been published with the council’s Jan. 19 city council meeting. According to the proposed four – year contract on the city’s website, effective Jan. 19 , if approved by the council , the salary would be $161,000 and a car allowance of $500 monthly. The car allowance would never increase. Base salary would increase by four percent if performance expectations are met, and by six percent if Harrison-Lee exceeds expectations. Also, upon successful performance evaluation, Harrison-Lee could be eligible for up to a $7,500 yearly bonus. The Gardner city council had recently met twice in closed meeting to discuss the administrator’s contract, but they did not make a statement regarding any actions taken upon reopening in regular session. The council recessed into a 15 minute executive session during their regular meeting Jan. 4, and also spent two hours in closed session at a special meeting Dec. 30. Under the original terms of the March 2013 contract, base salary at that time was about $124,000; with successful performance evaluations base salary would be increased 7 percent in 2014, 6 percent in 2015 and 6 percent in 2016. Harrison-Lee was also eligible for an annual bonus of 5 percent of base salary. As published on the agenda, it appears Harrison Lee‘s annual bonus...

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Get an Eye on Eagles Jan. 16

    PRATT ­– If you’ve never watched a bald eagle soar across a powder-blue Kansas sky, or witnessed a flock of the nation’s treasured symbol perched on a tree like nature’s very own Christmas ornaments, the staff at Milford Lake have an opportunity for you. Eagle Day at Milford Lake, an annual event that provides visitors a chance to view eagles and eagles’ nests in a natural setting, will be held Jan. 16, beginning at 9 a.m. and everyone is welcome to join. Participants will meet at the Milford Nature Center, 3415 Hatchery Drive, Junction City, where a variety of bus tours and programs will be conducted. Programs featuring live raptors, owls, nesting eagles, and birds of prey will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will be repeated throughout the day. Bus tours will depart from the nature center parking lot every half-hour beginning at 9 a.m. with the last tour departing at 2 p.m. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be served courtesy of the Milford Friends Group, and a kids’ tent with activities and crafts will be available. There is no cost. For more information, call (785)...

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PAYTON ANTHONY COHEN

  Payton Anthony Cohen, 13, of Gardner, Kan passed away January 7, 2016 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Payton was born April 9, 2002 in Clinton, Md. to Paul Anthony and Akilah (Rickett) Cohen. He was an 8th grade student at Wheatridge Middle School in Gardner.   Payton enjoyed playing video games, sports and reading. He was a trombone and basketball player for Wheatridge. He will be missed by his family and friends. Payton was preceded in death by his grandmother, Vivian Rickett. He is survived by his parents; siblings, Jessey, Aaliyah and Paul, II all of Gardner and grandparents: Phillip and Katie Cohen of Kansas City, KS and Gregory Rickett of Cleveland, Ohio. Funeral service will be 1:00 pm, January 14, 2016 at New Life Community Church, 17935 S Moonlight Rd, Gardner, KS 66030. Burial following at Gardner Cemetery. Visitation 5:00 – 7:00 pm Wed, January 13, 2016 at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S Center, Gardner 913-856-7111. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com...

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LORNE WILLIAM RAWLINS

    Lorne William Rawlins, 73, of Gardner, Kan. passed away Jan. 9, 2016. Lorne was born April 10, 1942 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada to Lorne Westlake and Ida Selina (Mellen) Rawlins. He grew up in Canada. Lorne moved to Detroit, Mich. where he married Linda Kay Scott on Aug. 16, 1963. Many job transfers led them to Overland Park and retirement in Gardner. Lorne was a Sales Engineer for Eaton Corp. of Marshall, Mich. and Parker Hannifin Corp. of Cleveland, Ohio. He spent time with his grandkids and attended many of their activities. Lorne also enjoyed his dogs, Jo-Jo and Sam. He will be dearly missed by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Linda, in 2011. Lorne is survived by his daughters, Darlene and husband Kevin Callahan, Denton, Texas and Stephanie and husband Heath Cox, Gardner, Kan; sister, Harriet Burmania, Santa Rosa, Calif; brothers, Dean Rawlins, Ava, Mo and Keith Rawlins, Versailles, Ohio; seven grandchildren: William and Zachary Rodgers; Justin, Brittani and Jessica Cox; Cody and Molly Callahan and one great granddaughter, Aubrey Rodgers. Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Fri., January 15, 2016 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, Kan (913) 856-7111. Burial follows at Gardner Cemetery. Visitation 7:00 to 8:30 pm Thur., Jan. 14, 2016 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Am. Heart Assoc.,...

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Adam Joseph Bates

Adam Joseph Bates, 29, of Girard, Kan passed away Jan. 8, 2016.  Adam was born August 12, 1986 in Birmingham, Ala. to Joseph and Sue (Clark) Bates.  He grew up in Gardner and graduated from Gardner-Edgerton High School.  He is an Eagle Scout and member of Troop 494 of Olathe and Mic-O-Say.  Adam received certification from JCCCs National Academy of Railroad Sciences program.  He has worked for Kansas City Southern Railway in Pittsburg, Kan as an Engineer and Conductor for the last nine years.   He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Local #527 and United Transportation Union Local #763.  Adam enjoyed drag racing and working on his 2005 Camaro. He will be missed by family and friends. Adam was preceded in death by his grandparents: Ivan and Mary Clark and Elmer and Regina Bates.  He is survived by his parents, Joe and Sue Bates of Gardner, Kan; sister, Amy and Lynn Beer of Manhattan, Kan. and girlfriend, Danielle Weitkamp. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 555 W. Main, Gardner, Kan.  Burial will follow at 1:00 pm Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Lenexa.  Visitation 6-8:00 pm Monday, Jan. 11, 2015 at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, Kan 66030 913-856-7111.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts Heart of America Council.  Condolences may...

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George “Wayne” Nevius

  George “Wayne” Nevius, 82, of Spring Hill, Kan. passed away Jan. 5, 2016 at his home. Wayne was born April 10, 1933 in Spring Hill, Kan. to Samuel Lee and Mary Christina (LaRosh) Nevius. He grew up in Spring Hill where he graduated from high school. Wayne married Eunice Mae Cox Nov. 1967 in Paola, Kan. He was a lifelong farmer. Wayne was a charter member of the Spring Hill Ruritan Club since 1973. He will be dearly missed by family and friends. The family would like to thank Interim Hospice for its care and compassion during Wayne’s illness. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Eunice. Wayne is survived by his son, John and wife Gina Nevius, Spring Hill; daughter, Deborah and husband Jeffrey Rice, Spring Hill and step-daughter, Vickie Eddy; sister, Dorothy Zimmerman, Olathe, Kan. and brothers, Bill Nevius, Spring Hill, and Edward Nevius, Rockville, Md.; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 1:00pm – 3:00pm Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at Bruce Funeral Home in Spring Hill, Kan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Spring Hill Ruritans, that will then go towards a scholarship in Wayne’s name. Condolences may be left at...

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RAMON AYALA

    Ramon Ayala, 96, of Gardner, Kan. passed away Jan. 4, 2016 at his home. Ramon was born Nov. 11, 1919 in Juarez, Mexico, the third child of Jose Macedonio del Refugio and Domitila (Contreras) Ayala. He grew up in Clare, Kan, which was a railroad town built for migrant workers to live in. Clare was a stopping point between Gardner and Olathe on the railroad bend. He went to school in a one-room schoolhouse in Clare, from first to the eighth grade and graduated from Gardner High School in 1938. Ramon enlisted in the US Navy and was deployed to the Marshall Islands during WWII. He proudly served his country as Gunners Mate Third Class. Ramon received an honorable discharge at Norman, Okla. on Dec. 7, 1945. He flew to Washington DC on May 19, 2015 with Honor Flight KC.  Ramon married Guadalupe Juarez on April 23, 1949 in Kansas City, Mo. He worked in the printing and engraving industry his entire life; first for Cramer Chemical Company, and then for Intercollegiate Press. While working for Intercollegiate Press he developed an innovative way to engrave graduation cards and his idea was patented by the company. He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish in Gardner. Ramon was a self-taught mandolin player and completed a class in amateur ham radio. He was an avid gardener who was well...

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Legal Notice

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING. Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission of Gardner, Kansas will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 120 E. Main Street in consideration of the following item:   Adoption of the I-35 & Gardner Road Interchange Subarea Plan and amendments to the City of Gardner Comprehensive Plan, Chapter 5 Land Use & Development, to incorporate the subarea plan by reference and other changes to Chapter 5 related to the subarea plan and the area south of the interstate.   All persons interested in said matter shall be heard at this time for the public record.  For additional information regarding these applications and detailed descriptions, contact the Business & Economic Development Department, 913-856-0913, 120 E. Main Street, Gardner, Kansas....

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Legal Notice

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY   FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY   Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations for the City of Edgerton, Johnson County and City of Gardner, Johnson County, Kansas, and Case No. 15‑07‑2149P. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) solicits technical information or comments on proposed flood hazard determinations for the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), and where applicable, the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report for your community.  These flood hazard determinations may include the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations, base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway.  The FIRM and, if applicable, the FIS report have been revised to reflect these flood hazard determinations through issuance of a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), in accordance with Title 44, Part 65 of the Code of Federal Regulations.  These determinations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that your community is required to adopt or show evidence of having in effect to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program.  For more information on the proposed flood hazard determinations and information on the statutory 90-day period provided for appeals, please visit FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/bfe, or call the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) toll free at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627)....

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Legal Notice

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY   FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY   Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations for the City of Edgerton, Johnson County and City of Gardner, Johnson County, Kansas, and Case No. 15‑07‑2149P. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) solicits technical information or comments on proposed flood hazard determinations for the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), and where applicable, the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report for your community.  These flood hazard determinations may include the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations, base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway.  The FIRM and, if applicable, the FIS report have been revised to reflect these flood hazard determinations through issuance of a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), in accordance with Title 44, Part 65 of the Code of Federal Regulations.  These determinations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that your community is required to adopt or show evidence of having in effect to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program.  For more information on the proposed flood hazard determinations and information on the statutory 90-day period provided for appeals, please visit FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/bfe, or call the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) toll free at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627)....

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Legal Notice

(First published in the Gardner News on December 30, 2015, and subsequently on January 6, 2016) NOTICE OF BOND ELECTION UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 231, JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS (GARDNER-EDGERTON) The Board of Education of Unified School District No. 231, Johnson County, Kansas (Gardner- Edgerton) (the “District”), has heretofore, pursuant to resolution duly adopted, declared it advisable to construct, equip, furnish, repair, remodel or make additions to buildings used for school district purposes including: (a) constructing, equipping and furnishing additions to the existing high school, (b) repairing, renovating, remodeling, making additions to and equipping and furnishing existing school district facilities, (c) making technology upgrades and improvements, and (d) making all other necessary improvements to school district facilities and paying fees and expenses incidental thereto in the District and make all other necessary improvements appurtenant thereto (the “Project”) at an estimated cost of $29,700,000. Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the District that a bond election has been called and will be held on February 2, 2016, for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors of the District the following proposition: Shall the following be adopted? Shall Unified School District No. 231, Johnson County, Kansas (Gardner-Edgerton), issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $29,700,000, to pay the costs to construct, equip and furnish, repair, remodel or make additions to buildings used for school district...

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Barbara Ann (Nunnink) McAtee

76, of Gardner, KS, formerly of Parsons, died at 10:27 P.M., Friday, December 25, 2015 at her home.  Her death was unexptected. She was born July 21, 1939 at Shreveport, LA, a daughter of Anthony J. and Juanita Leah (Hardman) Nunnink.  The family moved to St. Paul, KS when she was five years old.  She attended St. Francis Catholic School until the Fourth Grade, when her family moved to Parsons, KS.  She then attended the St. Patricks Catholic School. She married Floyd “Gene” McAtee on June 4, 1960 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at Parsons.  He survives of the home. She was employed by the Census Bureau in Pittsburg and later worked for the Internal Revenue Service in Parsons from 1958-1980.  She was also a co-owner with her husband of the Daylight Donut Shop and also McAtee’s Liquor Store.  She also operated an antique booth at Connie’s Antiques in Joplin for ten years. She was a member of the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church and later St. Patrick’s.  Upon moving to Gardner in 2006, she transferred her membership to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  She was a fine art painter.  Her other hobbies included gardening, golfing, collecting antiques, computers and spending time with family. In addition to her husband, survivors include: Two sons and daughters in-law – Dean and Sheryl McAtee,                         Olathe, KS Nick and Jill McAtee,                                                                                     Shawnee,...

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Police Report

Gardner Police Daily Activity Report 12/19/15 through 12/25/15 12/18/2015 08:49:51        TRAFFIC STOP    N I35 HWY/GARDNER RD 12/18/2015 09:03:20        SOLICIT                 400 BLOCK OF N WAVERLY RD 12/18/2015 09:12:36        TRAFFIC STOP    200 BLOCK OF N I35 HWY 12/18/2015 09:13:49        PROPERTY RECOVER       S US169 HWY/E MAIN ST 12/18/2015 09:24:43        ABAND                 17100 BLOCK OF S KING CT 12/18/2015 09:25:43        TRAFFIC STOP    N I35 HWY/GARDNER RD 12/18/2015 09:28:45        TELEPHON           400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 12/18/2015 10:24:25        TRAFFIC STOP    N I35 HWY/GARDNER RD 12/18/2015 10:52:17        SELF SRO              800 BLOCK OF W MADISON ST 12/18/2015 10:54:06        ASSIST 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 12/18/2015 10:58:17        TRAFFIC COMPLAIN        N I35 HWY/GARDNER RD 12/18/2015 11:34:21        CARCHECK UNOCC          1700 BLOCK OF E SANTA FE ST 12/18/2015 11:45:52        ANIMAL PICKUP               400 BLOCK OF S HICKORY ST 12/18/2015 12:07:38        TRAFFIC STOP    W 175TH ST/N I35 HWY 12/18/2015 12:11:22        SPECIAL                1200 BLOCK OF  ENERGY CENTER DR 12/18/2015 12:24:55        SPECIAL                1200 BLOCK OF  ENERGY CENTER DR 12/18/2015 12:34:05        FORGERY             400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 12/18/2015 12:40:59        TRAFFIC STOP    W MAIN ST/N OAK ST 12/18/2015 14:20:56        FIRE       300 BLOCK OF W MADISON ST 12/18/2015 14:56:00        TRAFFIC STOP    W WARREN ST/S OAK ST 12/18/2015 15:20:47        TRAFFIC STOP    400 BLOCK OF W MAIN ST 12/18/2015 15:26:30        TRAFFIC STOP    N OAK ST/W MAIN ST 12/18/2015 15:33:35        SUSPICI VEHICLE               S CEDAR ST/E GRAND ST 12/18/2015 15:57:39        ACCIDENT NON                18300...

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LISA MICHELLE ZIMMERMAN

Lisa Michelle Zimmerman, 36, of Gardner, Kan. passed away Dec. 22, 2015. Lisa was born Nov. 21, 1979 in Olathe, Kan. to Robert Ray and Wanda May (Noland) Grigsby. She grew up in Gardner and graduated from Gardner Edgerton High School. She was employed by K-Mart where she started working as a high school student Lisa married Luke Zimmerman on March 1, 2003 in Osawatomie, Kan. Lisa enjoyed painting, drawing, music and dance. She will be missed by family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father. Lisa is survived by her husband, Luke; her mother, Wanda Grigsby and her fiancé Robert Fletcher, all of Gardner, Kan; her in-laws, Mark and Deborah Zimmerman, Paola, Kan and many extended family members. Funeral service 11:00 am Tue., Dec. 29, 2015 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, Kan (913) 856-7111. Visitation at the funeral home before the service from 9:30 to 11:00. Burial follows at 3:00 pm at Oak Lawn Cemetery, 1st and W. Swan St., LaCygne, Kan 66040. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hereditary Neurological Disease Centre in Wichita. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.  ...

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TYLER M. KNUDSEN

    Tyler Matthew Knudsen, 23, passed away December 19, 2015. Tyler was born February 7, 1992 in Olathe, Kan. to Tina Marie Knudsen Campbell and Richard Dean Campbell.  He graduated from Olathe North.  He was a machinist for Marley Cooling Technology in Olathe for the last five years.  Tyler was a real outdoorsman, enjoying trapping, hunting, fishing and camping.  Tyler married Jamie Lynn Lyons on June 16, 2011 in Olathe, KS.  He attended New City Church in Edgerton.  Family was the most important thing in life to Tyler.  He had a big heart and would do anything for anyone.  He never knew a stranger and wanted to make everyone laugh and smile. He will be dearly missed. Tyler is survived by his wife Jamie of the home; mother Tina Marie Knudsen Campbell of Overland Park, Kan; father Richard Dean Campbell and step-mother Laurie of Wellsville, Kan; brothers Dustin Campbell of Olathe, Jesse Campbell of Overland Park, Wyatt Campbell of Wellsville, and Bailey Knudsen of Overland Park; maternal grandparents Ron and Coni Knudsen of Ottawa, Kan; nieces; nephews; and many, many friends. Funeral Service will be 1:00 pm Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, Kan 913-856-7111.  Burial will follow at Olathe Memorial Cemetery, Olathe, Kan.  Visitation will begin at 11:00 am before the service at the funeral home.  Memorial Contributions may be given to District 11...

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