February 11, 2016

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 intersection of Oak and McKinley Streets in Gardner. The tax credits, if granted, would subsidize Continue Reading

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 Tedford and Lance Boyd to the Gardner Electric Utility Board and Lanny Turner to the Continue Reading

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 and other permanent building supports must be protected from frost by one of several methods, Continue Reading

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 for meeting behavior. It was designed using meeting rules from several area entities including Overland Continue Reading

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 putting out fires,” city administrator Cheryl Harrison-Lee said. “And there are things that citizens should Continue Reading

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 for the role.  Morrow was first elected to the council in 2011. If more than Continue Reading

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. The council began a visioning process shortly after hiring city administrator Cheryl Harrison-Lee in July. Continue Reading

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, general contractor, filed a delay claim with Kansas Department of Transportation over a KCPL duct Continue Reading

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 of the city council agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be at 7 Continue Reading

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 be banned in the city’s parks and recreation facilities. Currently, only the Gardner Aquatic center Continue Reading