July 30, 2015

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 …

Morrow files to run for Gardner Mayor

Gardner City Council Vice President Chris Morrow will seek to become the next Mayor.

Morrow filed his intention to seek the position on Dec. 3 at city hall, according to a press release.

To date, no other candidates have filed …

Planning commission sets sign code proposal aside for now

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Planning commissioners reluctantly set aside plans to make changes to the city of Gardner’s sign regulations.
Amy Kynard, city planner, told commissioners the sign code revisions could be reconsidered once the city council completes its visioning process. …

Council settles dispute with Moonlight contractor

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
The Gardner City Council approved a $355,954 settlement Oct. 15 over a dispute with a construction company that worked on the recent Main Street and Moonlight Road improvements.
According to David Greene, public works director, Amino Brothers, …

Council Oct. 1 agenda now available

Gardner City Council members will consider canceling the Gardner Spillway Improvement Project at its meeting on Oct. 1. They will also be asked to approve utility easements related to the construction of a QuikTrip store in town.

A complete copy …

Residents seek to ban smoking in city parks

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Smoking may soon be a thing of the past in Gardner parks.
During a Sept. 10 work session, Jeff Stewart, parks and recreation director, presented the council with a petition signed by 18 residents asking that smoking …