April 23, 2014

Freight advisory committee meets for first time

A BNSF crane picks up freight from an incoming train. A new statewide freight advisory committee is tasked with proposing ways to move freight more easily through Kansas. File photo

Danedri Thompson
No one from the city of Edgerton earned an appointment to Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King’s recently-formed Freight Advisory Committee.
However, Edgerton City Administrator Beth Linn and Edgerton Mayor Don Roberts attended the first meeting …

After many years of planning, intermodal opens in 2013

Intermodal crane parts were delivered to New Century Air Center in 2009. They were constructed at the intermodal site in 2013. The intermodal officially began accepting cargo deliveries in September of last year. Here, the crane parts are delivered by rail from New Century to the intermodal site. File photo

After several years of planning, occasional controversy, and a lengthy construction process, the long-awaited BNSF intermodal opened its doors in late September. Its sounding bell was a train whistle last fall. Officials hosted a public, grand opening on Oct. 17.…

Gardner council to examine trash hauling, truck route elimination

Danedri Thompson
There may be new trash regulations coming to Gardner. City council members will discuss whether to contract trash services through a city bidding process at a future meeting.
Officials were debating how to handle truck traffic in …

New warehouse to be constructed at intermodal

Another warehouse is set to land in Edgerton. Northpointe Development, the developer of the logistics park adjacent to the BNSF intermodal, announced that Smart Warehousing will lease a 575,000-square-foot distribution center to be built in Edgerton.
Smart Warehousing is a …

City grants use permit over neighbor’s protest

Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton City Council members debated the merits of a conditional use permit during a council meeting on Jan. 9.
The issue required that the council pass a city ordinance adopting the Edgerton Planning …

KC Pumpkin Patch earns hard-fought permit


Danedri Thompson
The KC Pumpkin Patch is moving, but the pumpkin cannon won’t be making the trip across town.
That’s the decision members of the board of county commissioners reached after hours of debate about whether to allow KC …

Northpoint looks to add acreage at intermodal

Strings of empty shipping container well cars sit under the five large production cranes at the Edgerton intermodal. The adjacent logistics park developers seek to almost double the size of acreage available for logistics and warehousing. Northpoint Development recently purchased 560 acres to add to Logistics Park Kansas City. File photo

Danedri Thompson
Edgerton City Council members continued a public hearing to issue $1 billion in industrial revenue bonds for an expansion of the Logistics Park Kansas City.
Northpoint Development, the development company for the project, recently purchased 560 acres …

City Council approves salary increase for city administrator

On December 12, 2013, the Edgerton City Council approved a 15% salary increase for Beth Linn, City Administrator. Linn has held this position since July 2011. During this time, she has made a significant impact on the processes and procedures …

City agrees to help finance water tower

Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
Two main items of discussion were on the agenda at a special session of the Edgerton City Council on Dec. 3.
Construction of a water tower near the BNSF Intermodal facility and Logistics …

BNSF opens Logistics Park Kansas City Intermodal Facility

BNSF  photo's crane lift

Members of the public were introduced to the new Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) Intermodal Facility during a grand opening ceremony Oct. 17.

During the ceremony, Chuck Burriss, general director hub and facility operations for BNSF, said the intermodal is …