April 20, 2014

Gardner council to discuss abatement at July 15 work session

Danedri Thompson

dthompson@gardnernews.com

Gardner City Council members tonight will discuss annexing and offering a tax abatement to Zimmer Company, a real estate development firm. The company is seeking a 10-year, 75 percent tax abatement and additional incentives for property located …

Council meeting canceled for lack of quorum

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
City officials canceled a city council meeting due to lack of a quorum on May 6. The cancellation came within hours of the meeting’s scheduled start time.
There are only four members of the five-person council. The …

Council declines to repeal Ord. 19

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Changing the quorum requirements from four members to three was a non-starter during a special Gardner City Council meeting on April 29.
Council members called a special meeting to discuss making changes to the Charter Ordinance 19, …

Candidate forum rescheduled

A Gardner-Edgerton Republican Party candidate forum, originally set for Feb. 21, will take place on Feb. 28.

Candidates for Gardner City Council, Gardner Mayor and USD 231 school board will take questions and make brief remarks beginning at 6:45 p.m. …

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 …

Council debates approval of tax credits for income-based housing

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
City council members agreed to support an application for tax credits for the construction of income-based, single family housing in Gardner.
David Rhodes is the developer of the proposed Willow Brooke Estates, to be located at the …

Board appointments tabled by council

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Appointments to the electric utility board and the Gardner Airport Board will be on hold until members of the Gardner City Council discuss changes to the city’s appointment policies.
City council members tabled the reappointments of Randy …

Gardner council tables building code upgrades

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Council members tabled a proposal to adopt the latest version of the international building codes. The codes detail a variety of rules related to the construction of new buildings.
For example, according to the code, permanent foundations …

Council considers rules to govern itself

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
In a lengthy discussion, Gardner City Council members attempted to reach consensus on a document that would govern how council meetings are run.
The 15-page document addresses council organization and duties, conduct, meetings and schedules and guidelines …

City council assesses, realigns its staffing needs; adds two employees

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Gardner City Council members approved a plan to realign city staff. Under the proposal, the city will add two employees and shifting some staff responsibilities in order to conduct city business more effectively.
“In some departments, we’re …