Rick Poppitz
Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton city council met on Sept. 14 and considered a new phone system and service provider for the city, bond financing for a new warehouse at LPKC and expansion of another, and agreements with developers of a new Dollar Store.

New phone system
Council considered a quote and terms of service from Net2Phone to provide a new city wide telephone system.
Staff and their new IT provider, Strategy, LLC, began researching phone system upgrades and service providers in 2016.
In January 2017 staff recommended a contract with Net2Phone, subject to contract approval by the city attorney. However, the previous city attorney and Net2Phone were unable to reach agreement on the contract. A second vendor also declined the contract changes proposed by the city attorney.
In July 2017, Lee Hendricks, the new city attorney, reviewed the proposed phone contracts and said it is typical for this type of service and nothing appeared to be outside the norm for this type of contract.
He described the contract as “beyond one sided” but said that was not rare and was typical for this type of service.
“This contract has language in it that says that Net2Phone can modify the terms at any time without notice, and it’s immediately applicable,”Hendricks advised council, later adding, “But you have the ability to get out anytime you please, so I wouldn’t let that scare you.”
A representative of Strategy, LLC, reviewed recent and planned improvements to the city’s information technology services including upgrades in internet speeds, back up systems and security systems. He said nine of 19 computers have been replaced and the others are on a replacement schedule.
Council approved the quote and terms of service from Net2Phone for the new telephone system and authorized the mayor to execute the contract by a 4-0 vote. Jody Brown was absent.

LPKC warehouses No. 21 and 22
Ordinances were considered to authorize industrial revenue bonds to finance construction of two warehouse and distribution facilities in LPKC.
Ordinance No. 1063 would authorize up to $35,155,000 in industrial revenue bonds for a 492,000 square foot warehouse at 30700 W. 183rd Street.
Ordinance No. 1064 would authorize up to $23,800,000 in industrial revenue bonds for a 184,405 square foot expansion to the ColdPoint cold storage facility at 31301 W. 181st Street.
These are the 21st and 22nd warehouse projects the city has authorized bonds for in Logistics Park.
Council approved both ordinances with separate 4-0 votes.

Dollar Store
Near the end of the meeting, council went into executive session for 15 minutes to discuss finalization of items in a contract negotiation.
When open session resumed, Cindy Crooks, council member, made “a motion to empower the mayor to execute agreements with Colby Series 17 LLC and Coleman Development construction company, pending attorneys review.” The motion was seconded by Darius Crist, council member and passed with a 4-0 vote.
Colby Capital LLC and Coleman Development Corporation are the developers planning to build a Dollar Store in Edgerton.

Briefly
Council approved the appointments of Katee Smith, Josh Beem, and Andrew Merriman to the Planning Commission with terms expiring in September 2020.
During public comments, Donnalee Stevens of Edgerton asked for permission to hold a free garage sale on Dec. 2 in City Hall and to have the normal hall rental fees waived.  Stevens said her group would be working with Mission , and they would bring in clothing, toys and other items that are offered free to the public. Council approved waiving the fees and scheduling the event.
A representative from Cops n’ Bobbers appeared and requested a $1000 donation for the Kid’s Fishing Derby to be held on Sept. 23. Council unanimously approved the donation.