April 21, 2015

Council to move forward with BPU, Edgerton sewer plant agreement

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
City council members killed further research on a private-public partnership to oversee Gardner utilities and approved a resolution directing city staff to research ways to implement a board of public utilities instead.
Both decisions followed months of …

Gardner restarts city administrator search

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Gardner is again seeking city administrator applicants.
Mike Press, interim city administrator, told council members he had received 35 resumes as of Feb. 6. He anticipates about 100 applicants by the end of February.
Mayor Dave Drovetta …

Pugh case diverted from prosecution

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office granted Dennis Pugh’s diversion request last week.
The former Gardner City Council member was charged with assaulting fellow council member Larry Fotovich following a heated council meeting. He also faced a …

Council vetos purchase, project

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
City Council members vetoed two purchases – a new dump truck and a lightning protection system for the Hillsdale Water Treatment Plant – despite staff recommendations to make the purchases.
After council members voted down the $67,735 …

Freeman appointed to city council

Heath Freeman

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Heath Freeman will replace Dennis Pugh on the Gardner City Council.
Council members, in a 3-1 vote, approved Mayor Dave Drovetta’s appointment to the council, but not before council member Larry Fotovich asked Freeman a …

Council approves Pugh replacement

Danedri Thompson

dthompson@gardnernews.com

Heath Freeman will replace Dennis Pugh on the Gardner City Council.

Council members, in a 3-1 vote, approved Mayor Dave Drovetta’s appointment to the council, but not before council member Larry Fotovich asked Freeman a number of …

Pugh replacement to be announced

According to comments on the Citizens for the Future of Gardner Facebook page on Jan. 16, Mayor Dave Drovetta will ask Gardner City Council members to confirm Heath Freeman to fill Dennis Pugh’s seat during a council meeting on Jan. …

Council members discuss public-private partnership agreement

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
At least one council member doesn’t think the city should spend more time considering a private-public partnership for Gardner’s utility management.
Council member Chris Morrow said maintaining management of Gardner’s electric, wastewater and water utilities is in …

DA says Gardner City Council violated KOMA – UPDATED 1-13-12

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
The Gardner City Council violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) on two occasions last summer, according to an investigation by the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office.
District Attorney Steve Howe, in a Jan. 10 letter to …

Candidates miss report deadline

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Two former candidates for Gardner City Council have yet to file campaign finance reports. By state statute, candidates for office in cities of the second class, like Gardner, are required to file finance reports by Dec. 31 …