November 26, 2015

Council eliminates 167th Street as truck route

Danedri Thompson Despite reaching a consensus on Jan. 21 to eliminate all truck routes within the city of Gardner, council members only mothballed one route, 167th Street, during a Feb. 3 meeting. Public works director Brian Faust offered two different options to city council members during the meeting. One proposal would eliminate all routes Continue Reading

Drovetta to seek second term

Danedri Thompson Mayor Dave Drovetta will seek a second term. He announced his intention to seek the position in a Jan. 6 press release. He has served as Gardner’s mayor since 2007, and served on the council for 15 years. He will face council vice president Chris Morrow in the race. To date no Continue Reading

Board appointments tabled by council

Danedri Thompson Appointments to the electric utility board and the Gardner Airport Board will be on hold until members of the Gardner City Council discuss changes to the city’s appointment policies. City council members tabled the reappointments of Randy Tedford and Lance Boyd to the Gardner Electric Utility Board and Lanny Turner to the Continue Reading

Survey shows Gardner mayoral race this spring likely to be a tight one

Danedri Thompson A three-person mayoral race likely favors Mayor Dave Drovetta, but in a two-man race between Chris Morrow and Drovetta, it could be a very close race. That’s the word from a Dec.6 -7 poll of likely Gardner voters. The poll was conducted by a political action committee, Kansans for State and Local Continue Reading

Gardner restarts city administrator search

Danedri Thompson Gardner is again seeking city administrator applicants. Mike Press, interim city administrator, told council members he had received 35 resumes as of Feb. 6. He anticipates about 100 applicants by the end of February. Mayor Dave Drovetta will lead a committee of council members Kristina Harrison and Chris Morrow in narrowing the Continue Reading

Gardner city council considers communication policy

Danedri Thompson Council members will continue to discuss a communication policy once they’ve all had the opportunity to read the Kansas League of Municipalities recommended policy. Monday night’s work session was the second meeting in which council members set aside the topic of how to best run its meetings. According to a city ordinance, Continue Reading

Pugh will not resign

Danedri Thompson Council member Dennis Pugh doesn’t plan to resign, at least that’s the word from council member Chris Morrow who called for Pugh’s resignation and that of Mayor Dave Drovetta. Morrow said he’s received an email from Pugh saying he will not offer his resignation to the council. The Gardner News has requested Continue Reading

New members sworn in at council meeting

Danedri Thompson Gardner’s new city council members, Larry Fotovich, Chris Morrow and Dennis Pugh, received a crash course in the role of city officials during their first council meeting Monday night. The newbies as well as returning council members Brian Broxterman and Kristina Harrison listened as interim city administrator Melissa Mundt talked them through Continue Reading

Divided council approves citizen survey

Danedri Thompson A divided council agreed to hire ETC Institute to conduct a citizen satisfaction survey for $9,900 Monday night. Gardner council member Kristina Harrison opposed the measure. “I’m kind of speaking facetiously,” she said. “But for $9,900 I could bring in 495 residents and buy them dinner for $20 apiece and get feedback Continue Reading

Council discusses hiring new administrator

Danedri Thompson Hiring a new city administrator will be challenging. That’s the word from  Gardner City Council member Steve Hale and Mayor Dave Drovetta. The council selected members Kristina Harrison and Brian Broxterman to assist Drovetta in hiring a consulting firm to search for a new administrator during a meeting March 21. Drovetta said Continue Reading