February 7, 2016

Fire district, city officials debate merits of merger

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com It will take three or four years before the mill levy rates of the Johnson County Fire District No. 1 and the city of Gardner reach parity, city finance director Laura Gourley told members of the Gardner City Council on March 16. Fire district officials are asking Gardner to fully consolidate with Continue Reading

Fire crews respond to Sunflower Elementary

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Johnson County Fire District No. 1 engines responded to a potential fire at Sunflower Elementary School on March 2. School was not in session when firefighters received the call at about 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening. “There were only a couple of people there – the principal and a few maintenance people,” Continue Reading

Gardner continues budget review with police, parks, public works

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner Aquatic Center’s lap lane pool may need an estimated $250,000 to $300,000 in repair work. Jeff Stewart, parks and recreation director, told council members during a June 25 budget meeting that gutters on the lap lane may need to be replaced. Stewart identified the work in a budget request that Continue Reading


Staff photo by Mark Taylor The Gardner Rotary Club is sponsoring Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) at Johnson County Fire District No. 1’s New Century AirCenter station. Pictured is Cherlyn White-Conklin, Rotary president. The program trains volunteers to identify and anticipate hazards, extinguish small fires, assist emergency responders, conduct light search and rescue, set up Continue Reading

Emergency response training comes to town

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com When a massive tornado demolished Greensburg, Kan. in 2006, citizen volunteers conducted search and rescue efforts that recovered two survivors. The citizens were trained through a Homeland Security program called the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The program was designed to train individuals to help themselves, their families, neighborhoods and communities in Continue Reading

Firefighters respond to 2 false alarms at Wheatridge

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Fire District No. 1 responded to two automatic fire alarms at Wheatridge Middle School on Nov. 7. According to Battalion Chief Trig Morley, both alarms were false. He said the automatic alarms were inadvertently set off while maintenance work was being performed on the school’s fire detection system. “We went Continue Reading

Fire district’s proposed mill levy increase excludes Gardner taxpayers

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Fire District No. 1 is proposing a 13.839 mill levy for the 2012 budget year. That includes 10.914 mills for the district’s operating budget plus an increase of 2.925 mills for debt service the district assumed in 2009 and must begin making payments on in  2012. Property owners in the Continue Reading

Fire services becomes fire district function

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner is officially out of the fire protection business. As of Friday, Nov. 26, the city’s fire services merged with Johnson County Fire District No. 1. The city inked a lease service deal with the fire district in late October that consolidated Gardner’s fire services with the county fire district. The move Continue Reading

Council hammers out details of fire merger agreement

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner City Council members and Johnson County Fire District No. 1 board members hammered out details of an agreement that would consolidate fire services of the two entities and lease the services to city residents. During a Monday evening work session, Gardner council learned that a proposed termination clause in the contract Continue Reading