May 25, 2015

Council considers code for driveway access to city streets

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Traffic congestion and delays suffer when access to public streets is poorly planned, David Greene, public works director, told city council members during a work session April 9.
Council members will be asked to approve a proposed …

Council restructures existing sewer debt

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
City council members, city staff and guests moved quickly through the council agenda on April 2 hoping to make it home in time to watch the University of Kansas men’s basketball team play in the national championship …

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 …