October 23, 2014

Fire pits, feral cats raise citizens’ ire

Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
Concerns by citizens and the establishment of a “Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund” were the highlights of the Edgerton City Council meeting, held on Oct. 24.
One resident spoke about the cost of his water bill and wanted clarification from the city concerning this matter. Another resident addressed the council about “fire pit” regulations and “feral” cats running loose in his neighborhood.
The resident believed a neighbor’s fire pit was too close to his property. The same resident also voiced his concern regarding a neighbor feeding numerous feral cats. Feral cats are cats that were born in the wild. The resident pointed out that he felt the large number of cats would provide unsanitary conditions for the neighborhood.
Edgerton Mayor Donald Roberts told the concerned citizens that all these matters would be looked into by the council and city staff.
An ordinance authorizing the establishment of a Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund in Edgerton was approved. The city will provide funds for this program, donated by citizens, businesses, and other entities. This fund will provide utility assistance, holiday support to citizens, assistance to Edgerton non-profit organizations, and to promote the general health, safety, and welfare of Edgerton citizens and businesses.
In other business, the council approved an ordinance to annex land owned by Omar and India Holtgraver into the city of Edgerton. The property is adjacent to the BNSF Intermodal facility.
In addition, the council awarded the construction of “quiet” zones at two railroad crossings in Edgerton to Kansas Heavy Construction. The crossings are at 199th Street, and at Nelson Street in Edgerton. If awarded, the construction of these quiet zones would begin within a few weeks.
The next city council meeting is 7 p.m., Nov. 14, at Edgerton City Hall.

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