February 10, 2016

County commission, parks board reach agreement on oversight

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Members of the county commission may now remove a member of the county parks board with a simple majority vote, according to a Memorandum of Agreement commissioners approved in December. The memorandum also gives the county commission authority to approve any land acquisitions in which the parks board uses eminent domain. The Continue Reading

Eminent domain used for Big Bull Creek Park

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com County officials put a high emphasis on acquiring park land at the end of the 1990s. “It was, let’s get the land now while it’s affordable,” Randy Knight, community relations manager for the Johnson County Parks and Recreation District, said. Despite more than a decade of ownership, however, there are no immediate Continue Reading

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. The five page document outlines 15 issues and the city’s official position on them. If Continue Reading

Appraisers will determine value of land school wants to purchase

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Three court-appointed appraisers will determine the value of land USD 231 wants to purchase. The school district and the owner of property near Waverly Pointe subdivision will make their cases during a hearing on April 1. Appraisers will then determine the land’s fair market value no later than April 12. The hearing Continue Reading