February 6, 2016

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 access management code at a meeting in May. They heard details of the proposal on Continue Reading

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 game. “I’m going to be faster than Tyshawn Taylor can do a fast break,” Tom Continue Reading

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 research by the council and by a committee of citizens and community stakeholders. Council member Continue Reading

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 will lead a committee of council members Kristina Harrison and Chris Morrow in narrowing the Continue Reading

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 charge of criminal deprivation of property. The diversion agreement requires Pugh to meet with an Continue Reading

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 dump truck purchase, Interim City Administrator Mike Press told council members that city staff doesn’t Continue Reading

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 number of questions. Eight people ran for three seats on the council last April, Freeman Continue Reading

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 questions. Eight people ran for three seats on the council last April, Freeman was not Continue Reading

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. 17. The council meeting occurred after press time. Several candidates applied to replace Dennis Pugh, Continue Reading

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 the public’s best interest. “I’m not sold that this is something we need to spend Continue Reading