October 25, 2014

Edgerton votes for stringent container lot regulations

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
After viewing photographs of intermodal container storage lots in Argentine, the Edgerton City Council voted to have more stringent requirements for storage lots within city limits.
All container storage facilities must have a minimum of 20 acres and a hard asphalt or concrete surface.
Beth Linn, city administrator, showed photos of the Argentine lots that were not hard surfaced.
There were visible pot holes, standing water, and trucks kicking up dust.
“Some of these pictures look almost like a salvage yard,” said Councilman Clay Longanecker.
Linn said container storage facilities are sure to locate in Edgerton and Gardner.
She said an owner of a container storage lot in Argentine has already purchased property in Edgerton.
“Neither the BNSF Intermodal Facility nor Logistics Park KC is mean for the storage of cargo containers of trucks for extended periods of time,” Linn said. “There are companies that specialize in the storage of cargo containers, truck trailers and truck chassis. Usually these companies prefer to locate in areas surrounding the intermodal facilities to reduce travel distances, which can equate to less pollution, wear on streets, decreased transportation costs, and possibly centralizes perceived negative impacts from these facilities on the surrounding community.”
The city of Gardner is also considering regulations for storage containers.
The intermodal logistics park is expected to open in late 2013.

In other business:
The council approved a build/design agreement wit Burns and McDonnell and CAS Construction LLC for the construction of a sanitary sewer system to serve the BNSF site as well as future growth areas.
The $16.9 million project will be financed in partnership with the city of Gardner.
Edgerton’s share, which will be funded with a state low interest revolving loan, will be $10.23 million.
Gardner’s share will be $6.71 million.
The interest rate on Edgerton’s loan will be 2.26 percent. Payments will total $700,000 per year.
The first payment is due in March, 2014, will allows time for more tenants to sign onto the logistics park.
Agreed to look further into an ETC Direction Finder study that would gauge citizens’ thoughts  regarding parks and recreation programming and other items.
The survey would cost $11,000 and would net 400 responses.
The survey would also use comparisons with similar sized cities from across the country.
Approved a request from Patrick Robinson, president of the Allen Group, developer of the logistics park, to allow for a heavy weight corridor inside the development.
Robinson said the Allen Group would pay for and maintain the upgrade.
He said several potential tenants have requested a heavy weight corridor because it allows them to ship 15 to 20 percent more weight in a container.
For exports, trucks enter the facility at street legal weights, and then overfill the container.
For imports, the additional weight in the container is broken down into additional trucks of legal weight.
Robinson said overweight trucks would not be allowed on “regular” streets outside the facility.

Comments

  1. Judith Rogers says:

    Ah, the lovely industrial wasteland that your Dictator, Lehman, Fairburn, Mundt, Kindle, Press, the Jo. Co. Commissioners and rotten politicians and their thieves throughout the state and beyond have brought to you and you will get the astronomical bill and much suffering. More than once I have said if I wanted to live in a neighborhood like Argentine, I would have purchased a home there. All should know who to thank for the loss of your property values and the fact that you will be living in a pithole called a freight district. Enjoy – the thieves who will be making money like crazy off of the project won’t be living in the middle of it.

    Those lovely storage lots of all kinds will bring minimal tax revene to the citizens since basically you will only be getting taxes on the land which you have always got – wonder if the corrupt politicians will give them “farm” appraisals on the properties where these scummy storage lots will be??? If they can swing the three votes through back room wheeling and dealing, I am sure they will go for it. Terrible eyesore and more trucks and all of their adverse affects for you.

    They act like they will protect the citizens by only allowing trucks on the highways and byways that have street legal weights. What a bunch of propaganda garbage – you will get the same problem because you will just have more trucks involved. You will bending over further with the tax burden to maintain those roads, build overpasses, underpasses, bridges, etc., etc.

    So from me to the Dictator and rotten politicians and their thieves across the U.S., here is the bird from an old gal in Kansas and which I have received and will continue to receive from your kind till the day I die.

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