December 1, 2015

Board appointments tabled by council

Danedri Thompson 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

Electric utility board members will consider approving rate policy

Danedri Thompson The Gardner Electric Utility Board will consider a policy to guide electric rates. Board members discussed a proposal during a meeting June 18. Under the proposal, the utility would base rates on recovering the cost of providing service, creating a stable and predictable revenue stream, and pricing competitively as well as other Continue Reading

Electric board, school district to split cost for redundant power at new school campus

Mark Taylor The Gardner Electric Utility Board and the Gardner Edgerton School Board will split the $20,000 cost of providing redundant power at the new elementary and middle school campus. Electric staff had recommended that the board require the school district to pay for a “loop feed” that would provide back-up power to the Continue Reading

Utility board purchases KCPL customers

Mark Taylor The Gardner Electric Utility Board voted April 5 to spend $188,056 to purchase several electric customers from KCPL. The 10 properties consist of KCPL customers who were annexed into Gardner city limits in recent years. The properties will generate a net annual revenue of $33,079, making the payoff about five years. “Our Continue Reading

EUB considers meter-testing policy

Danedri Thompson Gardner Electric Utility Board members reviewed possible changes to a meter testing policy during a work session Sept. 19. Under the proposed policy, Gardner Energy would establish a routine to regularly test — at least once every 10 years — commercial and residential electric meters for accuracy. When a faulty meter is Continue Reading

Electric board hopes to prevent vandalism with high-tech security cameras

Mark Taylor The Gardner Electric Utility Board is hoping to deter vandalism at its facilities with high tech security cameras. Bill Krawczyk, electric utility director, said the cameras are in response to a break-in at a Gardner substation in May that resulted in an hour-long power outage for 2,000 to 2,500 electric customers. Krawczyk Continue Reading

Utility board holds rates steady for third year

Amy Cunningham With a unanimous vote Gardner Electric Utility Board members approved a 2012 budget that will see energy rates remain steady for the third year in a row. “I want to emphasize that the budget does not include an increase in electric rates,” electric utility director Bill Krawczyk told the board. According to Continue Reading

Electric Utility Board considers sale of gas line

Amy Cunningham Gardner’s Electric Utility Board members took a brief break at the start of their meeting to witness fellow board member Ryan Beasley and new appointee Mark Baldwin’s swearing in during the city council meeting Tuesday evening. Member Eric Schultz who, like Beasley, has also been reappointed to the board, was away on Continue Reading

City hits pause on electric board’s offer for additional funding

Danedri Thompson Although Gardner Electric Utility Board members have offered to inject more than $260,000 into the city’s budget in 2011, Mayor Dave Drovetta sent Randy Tedford, utility board chair, a letter saying the city council will not consider the offer until it addresses the 2012 budget. “So as to not make any major Continue Reading