February 11, 2016

County signs on to freight district study

Mark Taylor

The Johnson County Commission has signed on with the cities of Gardner and Edgerton, the Mid-America Regional Council and the Kansas Department of Transportation in funding a study of the Southwest Johnson County Freight District.

Commissioners approved the agreement as part of its consent agenda on March 22.

The freight district study will examine land use and transportation planning in the areas surrounding the BNSF intermodal logistics park in Edgerton.

“The BNSF intermodal facility and logistics park has and will continue to change the character of Southwest Johnson County,” Mac Andrew, director of infrastructure for the county, wrote in a memo to commissioners.  “This development includes 1,000 acres of development and an untold number of adjacent projects.”

The intermodal development — scheduled to open in 2013 — has resulted in the closure of three major arterials between Gardner and Edgerton, including 183rd Street, 191st Street and Four Corners Road.

A new $33 million interchange will be constructed at Interstate 35 and Homestead Lane.

The study includes five main components, including local major road planning, state highway planning, land use, active transportation and natural resources in a 21-square mile area generally bounded by Sunflower Road, 175th Street, Gardner Road and 215th Street.

The study will look into transportation system improvements, the possible realignment of U.S. 56 Highway, future land use scenarios, the development of bicycle and pedestrian trails and safe routes to school, among other items.

The realignment of U.S. 56 Highway along 199th Street between Edgerton and Interstate 35 would shift maintenance responsibilities between the city of Gardner, the county and the state.

The maintenance of the Gardner portion of the current state highway (Main Street) would shift from the state to the city, and maintenance of 199th Street from the county to the state.

The cost of the study is $450,000.

Edgerton, Gardner and MARC will be responsible for $25,000 each.

KDOT’s share is $300,000 and Johnson County’s is $75,000.


  1. Judith Rogers says:

    Here is some news on your good ole Kutak Rock which is embedded in your city, county, state and federal government entities – I would like to give them the boot right along with Springsted and get them out of my government but the sad thing is there would be 10 more entites just like them or worse to take over for them and I know who would be putting the welcome sign out to them…………that is my opinion. You had a Brooke Insurance Agency here in Gardner for a short period of time.


    Judge tosses two claims against Kutak Rock tied to Brooke Corp. bankruptcy
    Kansas City Business Journal by Paul Koepp, Reporter
    Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 12:00pm CDT – Last Modified: Thursday, March 29, 2012, Reporter – Kansas City Business Journal

    Follow this company for its alleged role in the collapse of insurance franchiser Brooke Corp., but two other claims against the firm remain intact.

    In a March 21 ruling, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dale Somers said it was “plausible” that Kutak may have committed legal malpractice and aided and abetted a breach of fiduciary duty by Brooke’s board of directors.

    He dismissed two other counts, including one on a “deepening insolvency” theory that Kutak allowed Brooke to sink into worse financial shape.

    Somers made a similar ruling Feb. 2 regarding Brooke’s underwriters.

    Brooke hired Kutak in 2004 to advise the company on stock offerings, dividend payments and regulatory filings. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2008 amid lawsuits about its hundreds of complicated franchising arrangements.

    Attorneys for Kutak argued its lawyers were not obligated to independently review Brooke’s books and accounting practices. But Brooke trustee Christopher Redmond of Husch Blackwell LLP Husch Blackwell LLP

  2. Judith Rogers says:

    I wonder if any citizen will be asking City Hall how much it is going to cost the citizens of Gardner to take over the maintenance of Highway 56 through the city of Gardner. I am sure City Hall knows but I sure haven’t heard them talking about this additional cost to taxpayers. Maybe Gourley will let us know about that too along with the city’s debt in August…….don’t hold your breath in getting the straight skinny on about any of the things you pay for – you will have to puuuuuulllll the information out of them.

  3. Judith Rogers says:

    This article tells you how the manipulative, conniving Kansas Republicans use religion as a way to sock it to the gays much like they are socking it to women……………..just like Gardner City Hall, they love to give the bird to citizens and discriminate against those who have the right to make their own choices or who want to know about their own government…………….no wonder we have the problems that we have when you see stuff like this going on day in and day out……….


    Statehouse Live: House gives final approval to bill that opponents say will allow discrimination of gays

    March 29, 2012

    Topeka — The Kansas House on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that supporters said was needed to protect religious beliefs, but opponents said legalized discrimination against gays.

    The bill called the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act would provide a defense against legal action on a claim of discrimination. It was approved 91-33. The Senate would have to approve it before it would go to Gov. Sam Brownback for consideration. His administration has testified in support of the bill.

    State Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, said the measure was needed to protect religious freedoms in an environment of changing court rulings.

    Opponents said it was a direct attack on gays and the city of Lawrence ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

    During debate Wednesday on the bill, House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, asked Kinzer if under Kinzer’s bill an apartment owner could cite his religious beliefs to fight a complaint if he refused to rent to a same-sex couple.

    “That is generally correct,” Kinzer said.

    State Rep. Charlie Roth, R-Salina, said Kinzer’s legislation was “homophobic” and that it will hurt Kansas’ image.

    Locally, state Reps. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence and Davis voted against the bill. State Reps. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, and TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City, voted for it.

  4. SWOTI speaks... says:

    Odd that SWOTI spends so much time worrying about what everyone else is doing, posting online or posting on this website. She must believe that she can convince people to go away and not question the inanity of her frequent and usually insulting posts.

  5. Odd that SWOTI speaks spends so much time following Judith around and posting after her comments. You two are meant for each other.

  6. Judith Rogers says:

    SWOTI is trying to shut my voice down and it is not working. That person can post until doomsday as far as I am concerned but that person does not discuss issues – their only mission is very clear.

  7. I’m not trying to silence SWOTI. Who could? She can cling to her fantasy that the world is out to get her so she’s justified in hating it all and that’s fine by me.

    What I have a hard time with is letting her attack people, time and again, usually with no provocation other than that she apparently likes repeating her insults. She even insults people who are trying to be nice to her.

    I think she’d find that if she simply stayed to the issues and didn’t spend so much time and effort at smearing people, her most vocal critics would simply shut up and go away. Or debate her on the issues alone like normal, reasonable people would do. I don’t mind her opposing opinions. I DO mind her rampant hatred.

    I’m fully aware of the futility of posting responses to SWOTI’s hate-filled posts. But I’m also aware of the damage she does..by sheer volume…to our city and the people in it. When I read other news sources in the metro picking up on insulting nicknames; when I see local news sources, like our Gardner News, use their website as her personal platform to spew hatred; when I see her spinning half-truths into full-lies about people in the community, all because she’s carrying years-old grudges against them…and I see people pick up her lies as if they’re all real – well, it’s worth a little effort to provide some equal-time silliness to balance what she says. Just to put her message into perspective.

  8. Judith Rogers says:

    Just to put things in perspective, all know what your role is SWOTI………….and as I have said before it takes 2 to lie, one to tell the lie and one to believe it. The choice is there for every citizen.

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