February 11, 2016

BNSF to abate unoccupied farm properties on intermodal site

From the Edgerton Insights blog: Acting as good neighbors and partners, BNSF Railway Company will soon be removing unoccupied farm houses and outbuildings from properties that were purchased for the purpose of constructing the Intermodal Facility and the Allen Group’s separate warehouse development. These properties have been unoccupied since the purchase and this work has Continue Reading

Edgerton takes proactive stance on potential warehouse site

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Demdaco may be just window shopping in Edgerton, but Edgerton officials are moving forward as if the company will be making a purchase. Demdaco, a Leawood-based importer of figurines and collectibles, is shopping for a location for a 312,000 square foot distribution center and warehouse. Edgerton officials are making plans as if Continue Reading

Editorial: Time to clean up Topeka big top

Legislators who represent Edgerton weren’t told of goodies in the transportation bill that boost BNSF to the tune of $35 million until a few days before the session ended. It’s not a giveaway as the funds must be repaid. However, some BNSF tax dollars are now dedicated to that project alone and can’t be used to balance the state budget. Those tax dollars through 2045 will not be available to maintain or even boost school funding. They won’t be used to provide services to the neediest of Kansas families. The waiting list for services for disabled Kansans remains. Those tax dollars won’t be used for services that benefit all or even most Kansans. Instead, they’ll be used to pay off loans on a project for a company that made more than $1 billion last year. Thanks, Kansas Legislature.

Edgerton council annexes intermodal land

According to Edgerton City Administrator, all three parties involved in the annexation agreement – the city, BNSF and the Allen Group – have signed the document. According to the agreement, the city is required to annex the site within 60 days of it being eligible to be annexed. The council’s vote to annex was unanimous.

Intermodal debate moves from Gardner to Statehouse

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The debate over BNSF’s logistics hub moved to Topeka this week as supporters and opponents of Senate bill 693 testified before the Kansas Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday morning. As written, the bill would make the state a credit backer on loans for infrastructure improvements that Gardner city officials say are necessary Continue Reading