November 1, 2014

OUR VIEW: Council adds truck scales to 2014 budget

Thanks to the Gardner City Council for adding portable truck scales to an updated version of the 2014 budget. Last week, we editorialized that the lack of scales were a critical oversight in the 2015 budget.
Council obviously heard our …

OUR VIEW: Drivers should be on look-out for school pedestrians

Summer doesn’t actually end until Sept. 21, but school starting signals the unofficial end of the season. The waning summer months coupled with the start of a new school year and the beginning of fall sports practice mean children will …

OUR VIEW: One item missing in 2015 budget: truck scales

As trucks whiz by and rumble through town, residents complain, windows shake and roads take a beating.
City officials have taken the first step toward ensuring the impact of truck traffic in Gardner is minimal – training a police officer …

OUR VIEW: Citizens rejoice: Council proposes tax decrease

Gardner City Council did groundbreaking work during a marathon meeting on Aug. 4. With the city budget due to the county in less than a month, council members slogged through a series of proposed projects slashing the 2015 budget by …

OUR VIEW: Fair arrives again thanks to tireless volunteer efforts

Fair volunteers have done it again.
While fair goers enjoyed the sights and sounds of the annual Johnson County Fair, volunteers work tirelessly year round to make it possible.
It’s a process so well-oiled, the fair almost seems to function …

Merit or mystery: Pay increases shrouded in secrecy

Merit increases for public staff should not be mysterious.
Anyone who performs above and beyond that which is normally expected should be rewarded and commended. It would be nice to believe that’s how city of Gardner’s merit increases function, but …

OUR VIEW: Still time to pack in a staycation, short weekend trip

With sky-high gas prices and summer flying through, it may seem like there’s no time or funds for a vacation.
There remains, however, plenty of time for a staycation, or at the very least, a near-cation.
Long summer days are …

OPINION: State workers get a bonus; Kansas borrows from itself

State workers are getting a raise, but not everyone is happy about it.
Last week, Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators approved a $4.5 million expenditure that will give $250 bonuses to state workers. The one-time $250 bonuses will be given …

OPINION: Utility decision unlikely to end debate

The discussion probably isn’t over yet.
Though city council members reached a consensus to create a city utilities department and an advisory board to assist it, we have little faith that the decision will be a final one.
First, previous …

OPINION: Was proper public notice provided to Edgerton residents?

Some Edgerton residents say they weren’t given proper notice regarding a proposed asphalt/concrete plant to be built at 20125 Sunflower Road.
They might be right. We’ve had concerns about the legality of the county’s official newspaper for at least a …