November 30, 2015

City hires economic development leader

With nearly 40 years of experience in both local government and private business development, Powell will serve as the key contact for external and internal constituencies on public-private partnerships for economic development. His areas of concentration include business expansion and retention as well as business attraction. Powell’s duties extend to negotiating, developing and monitoring contract Continue Reading

Council approves election for sales tax question

Danedri Thompson There will be an election Sept. 15. City council members unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing a special sales tax mail-in election. The ballot question will ask voters whether to add a half-cent sales tax to fund the construction and maintenance of streets, sidewalks and trails. The tax would sunset in 2026. The Continue Reading

Mayor issues statement on officer-involved shooting

My fellow Gardner citizens, Last week, our city experienced a tragic event involving two of our police officers that resulted in the death of one of our residents. While I cannot go into detail about the incident as it is under investigation, I want to acknowledge the sorrow our city feels for all parties involved. Continue Reading

Officials seek backyard chickens following avian flu outbreak

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is asking those who own backyard chickens  in Leavenworth County to self-report their flock after the discovery of poultry positive for HPAIH5N2, an avian flu. The city of Gardner has allowed backyard chickens since February. Currently, KDA is only seeking self-reporting in Leavenworth County, the site of the infected poultry. Continue Reading

JOY Closet sets new hours

JOY Closet, 504 E. Main Street, is announcing new hours. The community clothing store is now open four days a week. The shop is open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It is closed on Wednesdays, Sundays and Fridays.

I-35 project to slow area commuters

Work is underway on an Interstate 35 project that will likely slow commuters this summer and fall. Crews began a project to refresh pavement on I-35 between 151st and Santa Fe Streets on March 16. They anticipate temporary lane closures beginning March 30 with the $15 million repaving project to be completed in December. Construction Continue Reading

Panel talks development at symposium

Danedri Thompson Gardner has an opportunity to grow by choice or by chance, a panel of experts told audience members during a city-hosted economic development symposium on March 11. Panelists included Owen Buckley, a developer; Bruce Kimmel, a financial advisor; Bob Marcusse, President and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council; former Mayor Continue Reading

County Veterans Day ceremony in Gardner, but parade canceled

Danedri Thompson The county’s annual Veterans Day celebration returns to Gardner this year, but it won’t include a parade as originally advertised. The event is set for Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at Veteran Memorial Park on Center Street. Girls wave flags during the county Veterans Day celebration in 2009. The celebration returns to Continue Reading

Sheriff’s officer charged in Gardner stand-off

Danedri Thompson A Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy was charged today following a stand-off in the St. Johns Trace subdivision on Dec. 5. Ethan Moss, 40, was charged with aggravated assault, criminal restraint and domestic battery. Moss, Gardner, is on administrative leave from the sheriff’s office. He is a six-year veteran of the office. Police Continue Reading

BNSF opens Logistics Park Kansas City Intermodal Facility

Members of the public were introduced to the new Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) Intermodal Facility during a grand opening ceremony Oct. 17. During the ceremony, Chuck Burriss, general director hub and facility operations for BNSF, said the intermodal is currently in phase 2, and 65 percent of the volume has been transferred from Argentine to the Edgerton facility. Continue Reading