October 25, 2014

Edgerton reconsiders 191st Street agreement with county

Corbin H. Crable
chcrable@gardnernews.com

The Edgerton City Council, at its Oct. 14 meeting, discussed rescinding an agreement between the city and Johnson County providing the construction of 191st Street from Four Corners Road to the corporate limits of the city of Gardner.

The council also discussed the possibility of adopting an agreement between the city and the county that provided for the design of the street from Four Corners to Waverly Road. The move comes on the heels of boundary and annexation talks between the Edgerton and Gardner councils.

According to the revised agreement, the county will provide funds for the design and construction of the project, which is contingent upon BNSF’s issuance of a notice to proceed with the development of the intermodal and logistics park. That announcement is expected to be made by the end of this year, although no date has been announced as of yet.

The city of Edgerton will agree to maintain the road within the corporate limits of the city and the unincorporated areas of the county, according to a memo from City Administrator David Dillner. The city also will agree to maintain Homestead Lane south from 191st Street to the Homestead Lane interchange upon its completion.

Area firm Shafer, Kline and Warren Inc. will provide engineering services for the 191st Street project.

The county is expected to contribute $14 million to the project.

Edgerton Mayor Don Roberts said that as the annexation talks were ongoing, he felt uncomfortable agreeing to maintain roads that may eventually belong to someone else.

“I’d hate to take over the maintenance of roads that may not be Edgerton roads,” he said. “It makes no sense to me whatsoever.”

If Edgerton eventually decides to reject the revised agreement, the county will ask Gardner to maintain the road instead, according to Dillner.

Roberts said the council will continue to talk about the proposed revisions to the 191st Street agreement. The old agreement will remain in effect until the issue goes to a vote.

The council also heard from City Superintendent Mike Mabrey on quotes he received for traffic lights to be installed in the city’s school zone near Edgerton Elementary. Resident Mary Pritchard asked the governing body to consider the purchase and installation of such a device following the death of 7-year-old Kade Meyer last month.

Mabrey said he found solar-powered, stationary blinking lights being sold by a Lenexa company at $3,000 apiece. The city likely will purchase two units for the school zone.

The council directed Mabrey to receive more quotes on solar-powered technology; it will vote on the purchase of the units at a later date.
Pritchard, who was in the audience at the council meeting, commended the governing body on taking a proactive stance to help keep children safe when going to and coming from school. She cautioned, however, that technology should not take the place of the presence of law enforcement officials on and near the school’s premises.

“I believe that we still need officers in that area,” Pritchard said.

The council will next meet for a work session at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21, at the Community Center, 404 E. Nelson St.

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