August 29, 2015

Fire district, city officials debate merits of merger

Danedri Thompson
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 …

Fire crews respond to Sunflower Elementary

Danedri Thompson

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 …

Gardner continues budget review with police, parks, public works

Mark Taylor
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 …


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 …

Emergency response training comes to town

Danedri Thompson
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 …

Firefighters respond to 2 false alarms at Wheatridge

Mark Taylor
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 …

Fire district’s proposed mill levy increase excludes Gardner taxpayers

Mark Taylor
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 …

Fire services becomes fire district function

Danedri Thompson

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 …

Council hammers out details of fire merger agreement

Danedri Thompson

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 …