February 11, 2016

County to seek loan for Gardner Lake sewers

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Commissioners approved an agreement March 8 for a low-interest State Revolving Fund Loan with a 30 percent principle forgiveness to construct sanitary sewers at Gardner Lake. John O’Neil, general manager of Johnson County Wastewater, said the loan includes a 2.42 percent interest rate, which is about 1 percent lower than Continue Reading

Cemetery district to hold elections March 29

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com McCamish Township will hold an election for a board of directors to oversee a new cemetery district at 7 p.m. on March 29 at Edgerton City Hall. Registered voters who are landowners within the boundaries of the new district are eligible to vote or to run for one of five positions on Continue Reading

County decides against pursuing TIGER grant for Edgerton project

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Commissioners are no longer considering applying for federal TIGER grant funds for improvements to U.S. 56 Highway and 199th Street as reported last week. Staff recommended against applying for the grant Feb. 23 due to unforseen costs and time constraints. Mac Andrew, public works director, said the decision was made Continue Reading

BOCC merges health, environmental departments

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County commissioners approved a merger of the county’s health and environmental departments on March 1. The new, consolidated department will be called the Department of Health and Environment. The vote carried 5-1, with commissioner Edward Peterson dissenting. Commissioner Calvin Hayden was absent. Penny Postoak Ferguson, assistant county manager, said the consolidation Continue Reading

Intermodal bids come in below estimates

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Construction bids for road improvements serving the intermodal logistics park came in below estimates, Johnson County Commissioners were told Feb. 2. Hannes Zacharias, county manager, said bids were opened by the Kansas Department of Transportation on Jan. 19. The bids for the county’s share of improvements to 191st Street, Homestead Lane and Continue Reading

County approves Edgerton taxing district

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Commissioners narrowly approved a request from the Edgerton Cemetery Association to form a cemetery district with taxing authority on Jan. 26. The vote carried 4-3 with commissioners  Jim Allen, Calvin Hayden, C. Edward Peterson, and Chairman Ed Eilert voting in favor and commissioners Michael Ashcraft, David Lindstrom and Jason Osterhaus Continue Reading

County Commissioners approve Edgerton Cemetery taxing district, 4-3

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Commissioners narrowly approved a request from the Edgerton Cemetery Association to form a cemetery district with taxing authority on Jan. 26. The vote carried 4-3 with commissioners  Jim Allen, Calvin Hayden, C. Edward Peterson, and Chairman Ed Eilert voting in favor and commissioners Michael Ashcraft, David Lindstrom and Jason Osterhaus Continue Reading

County to continue hiring freeze through 2012

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Commissioners have extended the county’s hiring restriction policy through 2012. The county has suspended the hiring of new employees — with the exception of those deemed necessary for the delivery of essential services — since 2009. Only Hannes Zacharias, county manager, has the authority to make exceptions to the policy. Continue Reading

Sheriff’s department eyes $324,000 armored car

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Commissioners will vote Nov. 3 on approving the sheriff’s department’s planned purchase of a $324,234 Bearcat armored car. Kent Brown, chief financial officer for the sheriff’s office, told commissioners during their agenda review meeting on Oct. 27 the vehicle is needed for “tactical situations” in critical situations such as standoffs. Continue Reading