February 10, 2016

Council postpones decision to make EUB an advisory board

Debbie Hickman Special to The Gardner News An ordinance tabled by the Gardner City Council October 21, by a 4-1 vote, would have changed the role of the EUB to an advisory capacity. Councilman Heath Freeman stated that the ordinance in its current form needed review and more work sessions. He believed that the process Continue Reading

Council to consider changes to EUB

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Members of the Gardner City Council will consider changes to the ordinance that created the electric utility board (EUB). They discussed the ordinance during a meeting on Feb. 4, but didn’t seem to formulate a plan for re-working the ordinance. “We have three options,” Council president Kristina Harrison said. “We can repeal Continue Reading

Utility board debates economic development investments

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Electric utility board members may up their investment in the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (SWJCEDC) next year. Tom Reiderer, president of the SWJCEDC, asked Gardner Energy to consider upping their membership level in the group, which helps new development in New Century AirCenter, Gardner and Edgerton. Reiderer suggested that the Continue Reading

Electric board plans for upcoming utility maintenance projects

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner Electric managers presented to the electric utility board an aggressive list of maintenance projects for this fall and winter. The list includes at least one upgrade or maintenance project a month for the next eight months. “This is kind of what we have planned for right now,” Darrin McNew, electric operations Continue Reading

Utility board approves budget

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Members of Gardner’s Electric Utility Board passed a $15 million budget on July 9 that projects no electric rate increases for the next five years. The budget effectively pushes rate increases beyond 2018. Last year’s budget also anticipated no rate increases before 2017. “We have budgeted every penny of our revenue for Continue Reading

Council to move forward with BPU, Edgerton sewer plant agreement

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com City council members killed further research on a private-public partnership to oversee Gardner utilities and approved a resolution directing city staff to research ways to implement a board of public utilities instead. Both decisions followed months of research by the council and by a committee of citizens and community stakeholders. Council member Continue Reading

Electric utility board discusses long-term strategy

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com As part of a long-term plan to move the city’s electric forward, Gardner Electric’s Director Bill Krawczyk has identified five main components that he believes will be critical to the organization’s success: rate stability, outage responsiveness, service reliability, public safety and succession planning. Krawczyk told members of the Gardner Utility Board there Continue Reading

Utility board hears performance report

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com Gardner Utility Board members had the opportunity to review the Gardner Energy’s performance when they received a report measuring that information over the past seven months at their meeting on Thursday evening. “At the time of ‘keep or sell’ the one thing we had to offer our customers was response time (to 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

Utility board raises franchise fee to give employees pay raise

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Members of the electric utility board agreed to inject $260,000 into the city of Gardner’s budget next year. At a special meeting, the board members approved a measure that would increase the city franchise fee from 5 percent to 7 percent. According to Bill Krawczyk, Electric Utility Director, the fee increase would Continue Reading