February 8, 2016

Mayor issues statement on officer-involved shooting

My fellow Gardner citizens, Last week, our city experienced a tragic event involving two of our police officers that resulted in the death of one of our residents. While I cannot go into detail about the incident as it is under investigation, I want to acknowledge the sorrow our city feels for all parties involved. Continue Reading

Panel talks development at symposium

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner has an opportunity to grow by choice or by chance, a panel of experts told audience members during a city-hosted economic development symposium on March 11. Panelists included Owen Buckley, a developer; Bruce Kimmel, a financial advisor; Bob Marcusse, President and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council; former Mayor Continue Reading

City hires new police chief

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner will have a new police chief come Feb. 27. City council members approved the hiring of James Pruetting, during a Feb. 16 council meeting. Pruetting replaces former Chief Gerald Cullumber, who resigned in June 2014 one-week shy of a year on the job. Cullumber was hired after a nearly year-long search Continue Reading

Gardner State of the City Address scheduled

Gardner Mayor Chris Morrow will give a State of the City Address on March 5. The address will outline the city’s accomplishments in 2013 and 2014 opportunities. The address will be at 8:30 a.m. on March 5 in council chambers. Members of the public are invited. RSVPs are unnecessary.

An open letter to the citizens of Gardner regarding Gardner Auto Sales

Chris Morrow Mayor of Gardner In the interest of clarity and full disclosure I’m writing this letter to inform our citizens and to provide them a timeline regarding the city’s dealings with Singh Food & Gas Service and their tenant Gardner Auto Sales. In September 2012, the Gardner codes administrator issued a land use permit Continue Reading

Council meeting canceled for lack of quorum

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com City officials canceled a city council meeting due to lack of a quorum on May 6. The cancellation came within hours of the meeting’s scheduled start time. There are only four members of the five-person council. The May 6 agenda included Mayor Chris Morrow’s recommendation to appoint Tory Roberts to the council. Continue Reading

Council debates approval of tax credits for income-based housing

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com City council members agreed to support an application for tax credits for the construction of income-based, single family housing in Gardner. David Rhodes is the developer of the proposed Willow Brooke Estates, to be located at the intersection of Oak and McKinley Streets in Gardner. The tax credits, if granted, would subsidize Continue Reading

Survey shows Gardner mayoral race this spring likely to be a tight one

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com A three-person mayoral race likely favors Mayor Dave Drovetta, but in a two-man race between Chris Morrow and Drovetta, it could be a very close race. That’s the word from a Dec.6 -7 poll of likely Gardner voters. The poll was conducted by a political action committee, Kansans for State and Local Continue Reading

Morrow files to run for Gardner Mayor

Gardner City Council Vice President Chris Morrow will seek to become the next Mayor. Morrow filed his intention to seek the position on Dec. 3 at city hall, according to a press release. To date, no other candidates have filed for the role.  Morrow was first elected to the council in 2011. If more than Continue Reading

Council to research changes to appointment process

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner City Council members will research changing the way appointments are made to the council when there’s a vacancy. “I basically have several points that I’m concerned about and would like to see changed,” Council vice president Chris Morrow said. The governing body added another appointment, Randy Gregorcyk, to its ranks on Continue Reading