February 13, 2016

Gardner council begins reviewing 2013 budget proposal

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner City Council reviewed previewed two funds from the 2013 fiscal year budget on June 11. The budget, which interim City Administrator Mike Press called “a spending blueprint for what you hope to accomplish within a certain amount of time,” must be completed by August. The council will review each fund Continue Reading

Church asks city to help fund road on vacant land

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com First Light Methodist Church asked city council members about sharing the cost of a proposed road during a work session last week. The idea appeared to be a non-starter for council members, as they discussed the possibility of the church constructing a community center on a plot of ground near where U.S. Continue Reading

Residents address council about meeting dysfunction

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com A subdued city council listened as three citizens, including the former mayor, asked that council members learn to work together with civility. “You have a chance from this moment on to change the tenor of these council meetings,” former Mayor Carol Lehman told members. “The code of conduct is a good step, Continue Reading

USD 231 unveils plans for new school buildings

Editor’s Note: The attached master plan for new schools is an updated version of the one seen here previously. Masterplans Option 2B Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com School officials asked Gardner City Council members to commit to partially fund infrastructure for a new elementary school and a new middle school Wednesday night. Bill Miller, USD 231 Director Continue Reading

Editorial: It’s not just summer; It’s budget season too

It’s not just summer. It’s budget season, too. Memorial Day weekend doesn’t only signify the start of longer days, warmer temps and vacation from school. In Kansas, the summer solstice also ushers in budget season. All local taxing entities in Kansas, including cities, counties and school districts must have their budgets published and submitted to Continue Reading