October 20, 2014

Drovetta to seek second term

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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 …

Board appointments tabled by council

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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 …

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

Graphic by Danedri Thompson

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 …

Gardner restarts city administrator search

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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 …

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 …

Pugh will not resign

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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 …

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 …

Morrow calls on Drovetta, Pugh to resign

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
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.…

Council to consider adopting legislative agenda

Danedri Thompson
submissions@gardnernews.com
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.…

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 …