February 9, 2016

Development director reports for city duty

Mike Hall

Mike Hall

Danedri Thompson
There’s a new face at Gardner City Hall.
Michael Hall’s first day as Gardner Community Development Director was Feb. 11.
Hall served as the planning and development director for the Capital City Development Corporation in Boise, Idaho, prior to coming to Gardner.
“There’s a lot of work to be done,” Hall said as he was introduced to Gardner City Council members on Feb. 18. “I’m thrilled to be here.”
Hall’s experience includes several years of sales and customer service in the private sector as more than 18 years in local government work including zoning administration; neighborhood and transportation planning; and downtown revitalization.
The community development director staff position is a result of a reorganization of city staff following the departure of assistant city administrator Melissa Mundt.
“Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the city of Gardner,” city administrator Cheryl Harrison-Lee said in a press release. “He will be an asset in helping develop our vision to move the city forward.”
Hall’s family remains in Boise, but will be joining him within the next three months.


  1. Judith Rogers says:

    Well, Mr. Hall will be one of the new contacts for the thieves. The following news today reminds you again the thieves are always showing up in our government halls of shame with their hands out and wanting any sweet deal they can get out of the politicians and bureaucrats………


    Kansas lawmakers consider bill to offer tax breaks to for-profit health clubs

    Josh Heck
    Wichita Business Journal

    The debate about for-profit health clubs versus nonprofit health and fitness venues is flaring up again as a new bill is being discussed in the Kansas Legislature.

    The Topeka Capital-Journal is reporting that owners and operators of for-profit fitness centers are urging lawmakers to grant them nearly $4 million in property and state sales tax breaks in order to level the playing field with nonprofit facilities.

    This has long been a contentious topic in Wichita with Genesis Health Clubs representatives arguing that their business is at a competitive disadvantage as a for-profit operator against organizations like the Greater Wichita YMCA that don’t pay taxes because of their nonprofit status.

    Genesis owner Rodney Steven on Wednesday was in Topeka lobbying for the passage of the bill, the Capital-Journal report states. Last year, Steven spoke out against the city of Wichita issuing the YMCA $23 million in industrial revenue bonds for its new downtown branch.

    According to the Capital-Journal, the Senate Taxation Committee is expected to debate the bill in March before deciding whether to bring the proposal before the full Senate.

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