April 23, 2014

State, county and local offices, schools close ahead of winter storm

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
The list of closings continued to grow, as forecasters warned of the upcoming storm earlier this week.
Cheryl Harrison-Lee, Gardner city administrator, said the city was prepared to weather the anticipated snowfall.
“We’re ready for the upcoming storm,” she said late Monday evening.
Before the first flake flew early on Feb. 5, officials closed offices and schools. City hall and non-essential city employees did not work on Feb. 5. The Gardner Edgerton and Spring Hill School Districts announced their closures late in the afternoon on Monday, Feb. 4.
Gov. Sam Brownback shuttered state offices in Shawnee County, and allowed non-essential executive branch employees in storm-affected counties to stay home. His declaration did not cover employees of the Board of Regents, Regents Institutions or the legislative branch of government.
However, most were covered by other closure orders. The district court closed, and Kansas House leadership canceled legislative business on Feb. 4. Many county employees also stayed home. County offices closed as did Johnson County libraries and some county parks.
At press time on Feb. 4, an inch had fallen in Gardner. Forecasters predict that by the time this paper reaches readers up to 10-inches may cover the ground. A second snow storm is expected to hit the area this weekend.

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