October 13, 2015

Hayden proposing ‘inter-generational’ lunch program for Edgerton seniors

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com County Commissioner Calvin Hayden visited the monthly senior citizens luncheon Sept. 19 in Edgerton. In addition to visiting with seniors, he also shared some news with them — he is working with the Johnson Area Agency on Aging on an initiative that would allow seniors to participate in the school lunch program Continue Reading

County to consider redistricting commission

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Commissioners have green-lighted a tentative redistricting map that they are expected to formally vote on in June. The new map would impact southwestern Johnson County by joining Spring Hill and Gardner together in District 6, which is represented by Calvin Hayden. Spring Hill and Gardner were split into separate districts Continue Reading

Charter commission hosts introductory meeting

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The 2011 Johnson County Charter Review Committee met for the first time Monday afternoon. The 25 member appointed board will examine the county’s home rule charter and make recommendations for possible changes to the document. Don Jarrett, attorney for the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, said the committee will wrestle with a Continue Reading

EDITORIAL: Charter review committee lacks small town representation

A group of Johnson County residents will be reviewing the county’s Charter – essentially the county’s constitution – and recommending potential changes to the document. They’ll meet for the next year reviewing county processes as well as our form of government. As Don Jarrett, attorney for the Johnson County Board of Commissioners noted during the Continue Reading

Landfill capacity could last beyond 2027

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The Johnson County Landfill’s life may be extended. Just last year, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners adopted new countywide solid waste regulations, in part, because estimates suggested the landfill would reach capacity and close by 2027. As recently as August 2010 – prior to the passage of more stringent solid waste Continue Reading

Charter committee may examine county redistricting

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com The new U.S. Census Bureau numbers will be released soon, and with the announcement also will come the possible need to redraw the county’s election distict boundary lines. According to state statute, county officials must discuss the potential need for redistricting at least once every decade, around the time Census numbers Continue Reading

Veterans Day activities rededicate Naval Air Park

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com On one of the first dreary, blustery mornings of this fall season, Johnson County community members gathered together at Naval Air Park in the New Century AirCenter to honor veterans and re-dedicate the park in the County’s 24th Annual Veterans Day Program. In front of a backdrop of former service planes that Continue Reading