February 13, 2016

New members sworn in at council meeting

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner’s new city council members, Larry Fotovich, Chris Morrow and Dennis Pugh, received a crash course in the role of city officials during their first council meeting Monday night. The newbies as well as returning council members Brian Broxterman and Kristina Harrison listened as interim city administrator Melissa Mundt talked them through Continue Reading

Divided council approves citizen survey

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com A divided council agreed to hire ETC Institute to conduct a citizen satisfaction survey for $9,900 Monday night. Gardner council member Kristina Harrison opposed the measure. “I’m kind of speaking facetiously,” she said. “But for $9,900 I could bring in 495 residents and buy them dinner for $20 apiece and get feedback Continue Reading

Council discusses hiring new administrator

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Hiring a new city administrator will be challenging. That’s the word from  Gardner City Council member Steve Hale and Mayor Dave Drovetta. The council selected members Kristina Harrison and Brian Broxterman to assist Drovetta in hiring a consulting firm to search for a new administrator during a meeting March 21. Drovetta said 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

Recall committee files more detailed finance report

The Gardner Recall Committee filed a detailed campaign finance report Feb. 25, following an inquiry by investigators from the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office. Many of the contributors are listed as “anonymous.” The report reveals that Mayor Dave Drovetta and former council members Eric Schultz and the campaign of former council member Dennis Pugh were Continue Reading

City hits pause on electric board’s offer for additional funding

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Although Gardner Electric Utility Board members have offered to inject more than $260,000 into the city’s budget in 2011, Mayor Dave Drovetta sent Randy Tedford, utility board chair, a letter saying the city council will not consider the offer until it addresses the 2012 budget. “So as to not make any major Continue Reading

Mayor responds to franchise fee increase

Randy Tedford Chair Electric Utility Board 1150 E Santa Fe Gardner KS 66030 Dear Randy, The EUB has made an offer to the City Council that they may consider using an increased transfer from the Electric Fund the franchise fee to help the General Fund during the economic downturn that we are experiencing. From what Continue Reading

Council to consider new utility

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com City council members instructed city staff to prioritize and fund potential storm water projects within city limits during a work session Nov. 8. Celia Duran, city engineer, showed council members a variety of photos showing poor drainage in a number of yards in Gardner. The slide show featured yards with standing water Continue Reading

Council debates social media merits

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com City staff will likely create a city of Gardner fan page on Facebook. City council members debated the merits of using social media to inform citizens during a work session on Nov. 8. Assistant City Administrator Melissa Mundt said staff has been gathering information about using social media as an additional form Continue Reading

Gardner council inks deal with fire, police merger; applies for funds for Main, Center Street improvements

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner City Council members gave their approval on an application for state funds to make improvements to the intersection at Main and Center Streets Oct. 18. The proposed improvements include adding east and west turn lanes on Main Street and north and south turn lanes on Center Street. If the Kansas Department Continue Reading