February 10, 2016

Gardner council to apply for low interest state loan for sewer plant

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner City Council authorized a revolving loan agreement with the state of Kansas to help finance its portion of a partnership with the city of Edgerton to construct a sewer treatment plant. The $6.945 million will cost the city about $460,000 per year at an estimated interest rate of less than Continue Reading

Council inks senior center deal

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner City Council approved an agreement with the county to continue using the Gardner Senior Center as a Senior Nutrition Center. The new agreement will cost the city about $25 per month in fee reductions. The county will pay $125 for use of the facility through September, 2013. “The previous agreement Continue Reading

Gardner plans management restructuring

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner City Council is considering a restructuring of its management system. The council tabled action July 16 that would eliminate the assistant city administration position and bring back the community development position. The assistant city administrator job was vacated earlier this year when Melissa Mundt left to accept a job in Continue Reading

Utility board approves budget

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Members of Gardner’s Electric Utility Board passed a $15 million budget on July 9 that projects no electric rate increases for the next five years. The budget effectively pushes rate increases beyond 2018. Last year’s budget also anticipated no rate increases before 2017. “We have budgeted every penny of our revenue for Continue Reading

Gardner, Edgerton to break ground on new sewer plant

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner and Edgerton city councils will hold a joint dedication for the new Big Bull Creek Wastewater Facility on July 17. The groundbreaking will take place at 8:30 a.m. The Edgerton City Council approved a lease agreement June 21 with Johnson County Parks and Recreation for property for the new sewer Continue Reading

Gardner City Council members clash over 2013 budget concerns

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner City Council has two weeks to hash out its differences over the city budget before voting to publish it. Council members debated the budget for nearly three hours on July 2 before agreeing to disagree and to submit recommended spending changes to city staff before the council’s July 16 meeting. Continue Reading

Funeral home re-zoning crosses hurdle

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnrenews.com The Gardner City Council approved a re-zoning request for Bruce Funeral Home on June 18. The re-zoning includes the removal of two existing single residences and the addition of a 54-space parking lot and a three-car garage on Park Street. The approval is subject to three conditions recommended by the planning commission Continue Reading

Council to research changes to appointment process

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner City Council members will research changing the way appointments are made to the council when there’s a vacancy. “I basically have several points that I’m concerned about and would like to see changed,” Council vice president Chris Morrow said. The governing body added another appointment, Randy Gregorcyk, to its ranks on Continue Reading

Mayor appoints Gregorcyk to replace Broxterman on Gardner council

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com There’s a new appointee to the Gardner City Council. Three of four council members approved the appointment of James Randall “Randy” Gregorcyk, Jr., to the council during a meeting June 4. Gregorcyk will serve out the remainder of former council member Brian Broxterman’s term, which expires in April 2013. Broxterman rendered his Continue Reading

Unanimous council makes admin job offer

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com After a lengthy search, Gardner City Council members unanimously agreed to start negotiations to hire Cheryl Harrison-Lee as city administrator. If she accepts the position, Harrison-Lee will replace Stewart Fairburn, who left more than a year ago for a position in Chickasaw, Okla. Initially, city officials hoped to hire a new city Continue Reading