September 2, 2014

Edgerton approves CARS projects

Corbin H. Crable
chcrable@gardnernews.com

The Edgerton City Council on Sept. 23 approved the city’s participation in a project to improve 1,450 feet of Waverly Road as part of County Assistance Road System programs for 2011.

The proposed improvement would allow for the construction of half of a 24-foot-wide typical arterial road, which would serve 16 acres of property zoned to serve the Logistics Park. That road would include shoulders, storm sewer crossings, an eastbound acceleration lane at U.S. 56 Highway and a deceleration lane west of Waverly Road. The improvements are scheduled to begin in January and end in April.

According to a project briefing form from Johnson County, the total cost of the project is estimated to be $2.1 million. The city of Edgerton has requested that the county’s CARS program fund $800,000 of that total; the city, then, would pay the remainder of the balance, roughly $1.3 million.
The city’s portion of costs will be financed by revenue generated by the logistics park site.

The city of Edgerton must send its funding proposal to the county by November. According to Edgerton City Administrator David Dillner, the city has not participated in a CARS program since 1988.

In addition, Edgerton Mayor Don Roberts responded to statements made by Gardner Mayor Dave Drovetta at a Sept. 18 town hall meeting that Demdaco, a Leawood-based company that produces and ships figurines and collectibles, likely would not build a warehouse at the Logistics Park site. Although Drovetta had only said the decision was speculative and not official, he added that Demdaco wants its warehouse to be operational by April, and at that point, construction on the Logistics Park itself will only be in the beginning stages then.

Roberts assured the council that he had not heard such speculation regarding Demdaco’s pending decision on a location for the warehouse. Other potential sites for the company’s warehouse include Belton, Mo., already home to the Richards-Gebaur Intermodal International Freight Center and Inland Port of Call.

In other business, the council:

• approved the adoption of the 2010 edition of the Code of Regulations for Buildings and Construction.

• approved the city’s proposed trash service consolidation fee, which the council had decided to enact in lieu of a mill rate decrease for 2011. Now, instead of paying $13.30 per month per single-family household, each single-family dwelling in the city will pay a monthly rate of $6.65 for trash services. This includes the cost of one 95-gallon trash container. Any resident who requests to use additional solid waste containers will be billed an extra $2 per month.

•approved an agreement with Lowenthal, Webb and Oberman, P.A. for the firm to serve as the city’s financial auditors for fiscal years 2010 and 2011.

• agreed to award $250 in compensation to Edgerton resident and Gardner Edgerton High School student Matthew Todd, who won the city’s logo contest. Sixteen-year-old Todd received $250 for winning the contest to design the city’s new official logo; the governing body agreed to award him another $250 in order to compensate him for the time it took to draft revisions of the logo.

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