October 21, 2014

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …