November 29, 2015

Trash truck accident causes power outage

Danedri Thompson Approximately 500 Gardner Energy electric customers lost power shortly after noon on March 22. Power has been restored to a majority of those customers, but a handful of customers will have to wait several hours before they have electricity. Bill Krawczyk, Gardner Energy director, said a trash truck took out a power Continue Reading

Utility board debates economic development investments

Danedri Thompson Electric utility board members may up their investment in the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (SWJCEDC) next year. Tom Reiderer, president of the SWJCEDC, asked Gardner Energy to consider upping their membership level in the group, which helps new development in New Century AirCenter, Gardner and Edgerton. Reiderer suggested that the Continue Reading

Gardner Electric to consider new development incentive rates

Danedri Thompson Gardner Energy may start offering incentive rates to new businesses. Members of the electric utility board discussed a proposal that would offer reduced electricity rates of up to 30 percent to new commercial and industrial customers. Under the proposal, a business granted the economic development rate would see a 30 percent reduction Continue Reading

Utility board approves budget

Danedri Thompson 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

Boy Scout troop works to light flag at Gardner Cemetery

Amy Cunningham This Memorial Day a volunteer from the American Legion agreed to tend to the American flag located at the Gardner Cemetery; each day at dawn the Legionnaire would dutifully trek out to the cemetery to raise Old Glory and at evening he would lower her right at dusk. Members of the Legion 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

Utility board raises franchise fee to give employees pay raise

Danedri Thompson Members of the electric utility board agreed to inject $260,000 into the city of Gardner’s budget next year. At a special meeting, the board members approved a measure that would increase the city franchise fee from 5 percent to 7 percent. According to Bill Krawczyk, Electric Utility Director, the fee increase would Continue Reading