November 30, 2015

Drovetta to seek second term

Danedri Thompson Mayor Dave Drovetta will seek a second term. He announced his intention to seek the position in a Jan. 6 press release. He has served as Gardner’s mayor since 2007, and served on the council for 15 years. He will face council vice president Chris Morrow in the race. To date no Continue Reading

Board appointments tabled by council

Danedri Thompson Appointments to the electric utility board and the Gardner Airport Board will be on hold until members of the Gardner City Council discuss changes to the city’s appointment policies. City council members tabled the reappointments of Randy Tedford and Lance Boyd to the Gardner Electric Utility Board and Lanny Turner to the Continue Reading

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

Danedri Thompson 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

Gardner restarts city administrator search

Danedri Thompson Gardner is again seeking city administrator applicants. Mike Press, interim city administrator, told council members he had received 35 resumes as of Feb. 6. He anticipates about 100 applicants by the end of February. Mayor Dave Drovetta will lead a committee of council members Kristina Harrison and Chris Morrow in narrowing the Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Gardner council dysfunction continues with KOMA violations

For anyone who regularly follows Gardner politics, it’s no surprise that members of the Gardner City Council twice violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe recently notified council members that they had violated the act – once, by discussing employee salaries in executive session and again in a series of Continue Reading

Pugh will not resign

Danedri Thompson Council member Dennis Pugh doesn’t plan to resign, at least that’s the word from council member Chris Morrow who called for Pugh’s resignation and that of Mayor Dave Drovetta. Morrow said he’s received an email from Pugh saying he will not offer his resignation to the council. The Gardner News has requested Continue Reading

Drovetta issues statement regarding Fotovich, Pugh

Mayor Dave Drovetta has released the following statement regarding Monday’s night’s altercation between councilmen Larry Fotovich and Dennis Pugh: “Since the matter from Monday is still being investigated, (City Attorney) Jim Hubbard has advised not to discuss it until the process has run its course,” he wrote in an email to The Gardner News. “After Continue Reading

Morrow calls on Drovetta, Pugh to resign

Mark Taylor Councilman Chris Morrow is calling on Mayor Dave Drovetta and Councilman Dennis Pugh to resign following an argument that started during Monday night’s council meeting and escalated into an altercation in front of Councilman Larry Fotovich’s house. Pugh allegedly followed Fotovich home after the meeting and accosted him. “Considering the ongoing intimidation Continue Reading

Council to consider adopting legislative agenda

Danedri Thompson Annexation, eminent domain and transportation districts are a few of the issues upon which Gardner City Council members may formally stake positions. The group discussed a proposed state legislative agenda during a work session on Monday night. The five page document outlines 15 issues and the city’s official position on them. If Continue Reading

Drovetta halts administrator search

Mayor David Drovetta has released the following statement regarding the Gardner city administrator search: From the Office of the Mayor: I have decided to place the City Administrator search on hold. I will recommend to the Council that we enlist the services of Michael Press, former Johnson County Manager, to serve as our Interim City Continue Reading