February 8, 2016

Council poised to demand change for changes’ sake

Council members appear perilously close to hosting a pointless, directionless work session in the near future. Members of the Gardner City Council acquiesced to a demand from council members Rich Melton and Lee Moore to host an eventual work session to discuss making changes to how members of boards and commissions are appointed. The goal Continue Reading

Council adopts incentives policy

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com City council members adopted an economic development incentive policy during an April 20 meeting. The policy will serve as a tool kit of sorts, providing developers with a list of 13 potential incentives and city officials with guidelines for using those incentive tools. Herb Hardwick, a consultant hired to assist in drafting Continue Reading

Gardner Edgerton Chamber to host candidate forums

The Gardner-Edgerton Chamber of Commerce will host a series of candidate forums in the lead-up to the April 7 General Election. Three separate forums will feature candidates for Gardner City Council, Edgerton City Council and the USD 231 Board of Education. Candidate forum March 24 The Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce will host a forum Continue Reading

Fire district, city officials debate merits of merger

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com It will take three or four years before the mill levy rates of the Johnson County Fire District No. 1 and the city of Gardner reach parity, city finance director Laura Gourley told members of the Gardner City Council on March 16. Fire district officials are asking Gardner to fully consolidate with Continue Reading

Fotovich resigns from Gardner council

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Larry Fotovich has tendered his resignation from the Gardner City Council, effective today, Sept. 26. “Due to the sale of my home, I am no longer able to meet the residency requirements necessary to continue to serve as a council member,” Fotovich wrote in an email to Mayor Chris Morrow and Council Continue Reading

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 at 183rd and Waverly Road. Under its existing policy, the city offers 50 percent abatements. Continue Reading

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 May 6 agenda included Mayor Chris Morrow’s recommendation to appoint Tory Roberts to the council. Continue Reading

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, city legislation that exempts the city from a series of state statutes that deal with Continue Reading

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. on Feb. 28 at New Century Fieldhouse. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Bipartisan elections for 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