October 8, 2015

City outlines effect of potential mill increase on specific properties

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com The Gardner City Council, at a July 19 work session, received a glimpse of how the proposed 6.5 mill increase for 2011 would impact specific local homeowners. City Administrator Stewart Fairburn gave council members a handout that detailed how much specific property owners would pay if the increase were to go Continue Reading

Mill increase would help offset shortfall in Bond & Interest fund

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com Gardner City Council members on July 12 discussed the possibility of a 6.5 mill increase in the city’s 2011 budget to help offset a shortfall in the Bond and Interest Fund – and Gardner residents could see higher utility bills beginning next year as well. The city already plans to transfer Continue Reading

City official presents timeline for Gardner Lake task force

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com City Administrator Stewart Fairburn updated the Gardner City Council on the newly formed Gardner Lake Rules Advisory Committee at the governing body’s meeting July 6. The task force was formed late last month in response to concerns raised by Gardner Lake residents and the city about private construction on city-owned land Continue Reading

Gardner Lake residents sound off on potential land use policy changes

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com Gardner Lake residents, with prepared statements in hand, filled the city council chambers on June 21 to address the Gardner City Council’s  potential changes to the lake’s land use policies. At issue is the city’s enforcement of ordinances that prohibit construction of structures like fences and sheds. Docks are the only Continue Reading

Timeline for action on Gardner’s unsafe structures uncertain

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com It is uncertain how last month’s reduction in force (RIF) for the city will affect action the Gardner City Council will take on potentially unsafe and dangerous structures in town during the coming months. When then-Community Development Director Fred Sherman presented more than 20 potentially unsafe structures to the council last Continue Reading