September 23, 2014

Council tables truck ordinance changes

Danedri Thompson

dthompson@gardnernews.com

Members of the Gardner City Council tabled a proposed amendment to the city’s truck route ordinance on Sept. 7. The proposed amendment would create new designated truck routes throughout the city.

Bill Miller, Gardner Edgerton School District Director of Operations and Facilities, requested that the proposed changes be tabled until school officials had a chance to examine them.

“We received the ordinances this morning,” Miller told council members. “…The largest concern we have is on Waverly Road.”

Proposed changes to the truck route ordinance would designate Waverly Road between 167th Street and U.S. 56 Highway for truck usage. Both Gardner Edgerton High School and Madison Elementary School sit along the street. In addition to the Waverly Road designation, Center Street; 183rd Street between Center and Moonlight Road; Moonlight Road; and 167th Street between Moonlight and Waverly would also be designated as truck routes.

Miller said school officials are pleased that the proposed changes remove Madison Street’s designation as a truck route from the city ordinance.

“But we would really like to look at some options,” Miller said. “There’s some interest in Moonlight as well.”

Council member Steve Hale said Moonlight Road would likely need to be included as a truck route because there is property south of the school zoned industrial. Council members declined to rezone it to multi-family residential last year, in part due to concerns from school officials.

“We might have been hindered there by the actions of the previous council and the school district,” Hale said.

The proposed changes exempt trucks making local deliveries and pickups, however.

The current ordinance, adopted in 1990, designated Center Street, Cherokee Street – west of Center Street; Madison Street, Main Street, Moonlight Road, Sycamore Street – between Warren and Main Streets; Warren Street and 175th Street as designated truck routes within the city.

Warren Street and Cherokee Street were included in the existing ordinance because of industrial-type businesses located on those streets – specifically Cramer Products and Dot Label.

David Greene, city public works director, said the proposed changes allow trucks to travel through town on arterial roads. Several Gardner schools are located on arterial roads including Sunflower Elementary on Center Street and Moonlight Elementary on Moonlight Road.

Hale said he also is concerned about making Waverly Road a designated truck route.

“That is a residential neighborhood where kids could conceivably walk or ride along that road,” he said.

The road also could use improvement before trucks start using it.

“The same could be said for 183rd Street,” Hale said. “That road is slated for improvement.”

Mayor Dave Drovetta said the proposed ordinance change would not increase truck traffic in Gardner.

“Essentially we’re looking at this as a routing mechanism for routing truck traffic,” he said. “We’re just saying if you are passing through the community – these are the routes you should use.”

Stewart Fairburn, city administrator, said the routing system would be used to eliminate jams and backups along Center Street, Main Street and Moonlight Road.

“Primarily this is to get people from one end of town to the other,” Fairburn said.

School district and council should interact on proposed changes to the ordinance if district officials have concerns, Drovetta said.

He cautioned that without communication between the two parties, not taking action on the item probably wouldn’t change the proposal.

“We’d ask for (school officials) to participate,” he said. “We’ve been designing truck routes forever. I’ve been doing this for 15 years and this is the first we’ve heard concerns ever.”

The proposed truck ordinance changes were tabled until November. Between now and then, council members plan to address the issue during a work session.

In other business, council members:

• adopted a resolution in support of an application for tax credits for the development of low-income housing in the Waverly Pointe subdivion. (See related story.)

• appointed Doreen K. Pesek as city clerk.

• authorized the city administrator to execute an agreement for construction of improvements to Cottage Creek Drive.

• appointed Mayor Drovetta and council members Brian Broxterman and Dan Newburg as voting delegates to the Kansas League of Municipalities conference.

The council will next meet for a joint work session with the Edgerton City Council at  6:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 at city hall.

Comments

  1. “Mayor Dave Drovetta said the proposed ordinance change would not increase truck traffic in Gardner.” What a bunch of bull hockey – I can’t imagine anyone believing that statement. You have not had a truck route along 183rd St. nor 167th St. prior to this if I understand everything correctly so I would say all of the residents off of these two streets will see a tremendous increase in trucks in the years to come considering what Drovetta and Lehman brought to town 5 years ago.

    If you and your kids aren’t killed right off the bat by one of these trucks, you will get the slow method of dying through all of the diesel emissions you will have brought to your doorstep by these new truck routes. Especially at risk will be our babies and small children from the affects of diesel emissions to say nothing of the traffic hazards from these trucks.

    Drovetta/Lehman brought “a new day” to Gardner and area residents with their full support and hard work to get the intermodal project, warehouses and millions of trucks to where you live. Citizens better read the article in the Star today about 159th St. and all of the trucks that will be coming and going to the warehouses that Gardner and Olathe either now have or have planned. Or review last weeks’s County Commissioner’s meeting and read about what is in store for you.

    Drovetta, his City Hall Gang and the Council don’t just need to listen to the school district – THEY NEED TO LISTEN TO THEIR CITIZENS but since they haven’t done that for 5 years or more, I highly doubt if they start now. But to me when you start routing trucks through residential and school areas, then you have reached the lowest level of care for your citizens – that is my opinion.

    Drovetta goes on to say:

    “We’d ask for (school officials) to participate,” he said. “We’ve been designing truck routes forever. I’ve been doing this for 15 years and this is the first we’ve heard concerns ever.”

    Well, I hate to tell you Drovetta but since you brought a railyard and millions of trucks and warehouses to the area then a new day is here. I would say the people definitely should have concerns – that is unless they are planning on moving or already doing so.

    Also I do not see how the Council could have approved the low-income housing project when they don’t even know how big or how many units are involved. I cannot understand irresponsibility of this nature but the planning commission also showed the same useless bebavior in my opinion.

    I then questioned why taxpayers have to pay for costs involving the Gardner airport which evidently has resulted from an environmental assessment which I feel sure BNSF and the Allen Group are causing. Let those parties pay for these costs – put a driveway tax in place and let those who create the costs pay for them. And if the people don’t start demanding that in the future in this area your taxes will continue to skyrocket so these entities are well taken care of on your dollar, not theirs as it should be. They will tell you federal and/or state funds will be used for the majority of this cost – it makes no difference – you the taxpayer will be paying those costs unless you stop the privatizing of gains and socializing costs and losses.

    On the repair of Cottage Creek Drive, I asked what made it fail and is there a responsibile party and should they not be held responsible for the costs to repair. I see no response on that issue either.

    Drovetta 4 years ago was one of the main instigators of the “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Tax ‘Em”. Citizens found out what a lie that one was when Drovetta voted to give the big boys 85% of the tax revenue that should go to the taxing entities/people. Now Drovetta is ready once again to lie through his teeth it appears about truck traffic not increasing – if you believe his bull hockey for a second time, then you deserve what you get and you will get the government you deserve. I would say a citizen would have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to know that you will have truck traffic like you cannot even imagine and to me there is no citizen who will want that traffic going through their neighborhoods and school areas.

    So it will be interesting to see how they (school district and worthless politicians) rationalize all of this crud and to see if the people buy into the propaganda once again.

  2. Who is Doreen Pesek? Where did she come from and how much is she paid?

    And why would you make Moonlight a truck route? It’s almost impassable now, and the city keeps tinkering with it making it worse. Why not put in sidewalks? And don’t say there is no money when you keep hiring and giving pay raises while you raise all my utilities. What a bunch of selfish people.

  3. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:

    Gardner is not the easiest town to traverse. U.S. Highway 56 is the only direct paved route running east and west through town. Gardner and Moonlight Roads are the only paved north-south roads running completely through town. The city has been bisected by a transcontinental railroad since 1870. We are surrounded rural gravel roads. Gardner has been hemmed in on the northwest at 143rd Street by the Sunflower Ordnance Works since the 1941 and on the northeast by quarries and Olathe Naval Air Station (now New Century AirCenter) since 1942. Access to the east and southeast has been hampered by Interstate 35 since the early 1960s. Four Corners Road ends southwest of town at 199th Street. To the south, Waverly, Gardner, Moonlight and Cedar Niles Roads have all been inundated by Hillsdale Lake since its creation by the Army Corps of Engineers during 1976-1982.

    Current Gardner City Code 10.15 (Truck Routes), adopted in 1990, and the proposed 2010 revision both allow trucks to use any city street to make local deliveries and pickups, as long as they travel by the most direct route to and from designated truck routes. City code also permits trucks engaged in local construction or repair activities to operate within the City. Truck routes are established to facilitate the movement of commercial vehicles to and from their business destinations within the City and to designate the most expeditious paths for long-distance trucks simply passing through town towards external destinations.

    I would be interested in hearing suggestions for truck routes other than those proposed by the City.

    For reference, here is the map of Gardner’s 2008 Community Development Plan: http://www.gardnerkansas.gov/images/uploads/CommunityDevelopment/Planning/Development%20Plan%20Map%20Update%202008.pdf

  4. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:

    During their Tuesday night meeting, the City Council voted to adopt a resolution which only supports the application by the developer of Waverly Pointe to the Kansas Dept of Housing for tax credits, which I understand are part of a federal program to stimulate the construction of additional affordable housing for lower income families. I believe eligible tenants would be restricted to earning not more than 60% of the average Gardner household income. The City has not yet approved any construction site plans for this new housing.

    The developer wishes to modify the original preliminary development plan for Waverly Pointe, approved by the City in 2007, by reducing the total townhouse units from 158 to about 90. To date only five buildings with 26 townhome units have been completed.

    The modified preliminary plans now envision up to 80 multi-family rental units, with only the first phase of 48 units being supported by Tuesday’s resolution. Additional resolutions would be required for subsequent units.

    More details at: Consider adopting a resolution supporting the application for tax credits for the construction of multi-family housing located at Waverly Pointe.

  5. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:
  6. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:

    Here is Public Works Director David Greene’s staff report to the City Council regarding the Gardner Municipal Airport property drainage improvement project:

    http://www.gardnerkansas.gov/images/uploads/City%20Clerk/City%20Council%20Agendas/090710/NB2_CAF_FAA%20Grant%20-%20Airport%20Drainage%20Engineering.pdf

  7. Just as everywhere the worthless politicians and the taker developers and corrupt corporations never will tell you up front what they have planned as an end result or what you will be living with and paying for. Better to feed the people just small doses of propaganda at a time. And the City Hall Gang has proven they go along with this type of management and are pros at it – only give the people the minimum amount of information they need to know at a particular time. Never be forthcoming and let the people know up front what is in store for them. As Fairburn has said in the past: “It is easier to SELL a sales tax”…….it is all about “selling” the people something and figuring out how the people will pay for something that they have not even requested or want to pay for in so many ways, including their health and safety and the health and safety of their children and the total loss of their quality of life.

    Mr. Kellogg can give us all the excerpts from the Council Agenda and the history lesson that most know already he wants but in the end, the citizens need to analyze this information and actually determine what will be crammed down their throuts and what they will be paying for in the long run and what they will be living with when all is said and done – you certainly need to look at the BIG PICTURE and not just the snapshot these jaybirds give you to get something thru.

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