July 28, 2014

Council eliminates 167th Street as truck route

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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 …

Drovetta to seek second term

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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 …

Board appointments tabled by council

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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 …

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

Graphic by Danedri Thompson

Graphic by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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 …

Gardner restarts city administrator search

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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 …

Gardner city council considers communication policy

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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 …

Pugh will not resign

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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 …

New members sworn in at council meeting

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com

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 …

Divided council approves citizen survey

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com

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 …

Council discusses hiring new administrator

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com

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 …