February 8, 2016

Fotovich resigns from Gardner council

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Larry Fotovich has tendered his resignation from the Gardner City Council, effective today, Sept. 26. “Due to the sale of my home, I am no longer able to meet the residency requirements necessary to continue to serve as a council member,” Fotovich wrote in an email to Mayor Chris Morrow and Council Continue Reading

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 different options to city council members during the meeting. One proposal would eliminate all routes Continue Reading

Gardner welcomes new police chief

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com There’s a new chief in town, or at least there will be one soon. Gardner City Council members approved the hiring Gerald C. Cullumber as chief of police at a June 17 council meeting. Cullumber will replace Ken Francis, who died last August. Cullumber has more than 30 years of law enforcement Continue Reading

Council meeting canceled for lack of quorum

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com City officials canceled a city council meeting due to lack of a quorum on May 6. The cancellation came within hours of the meeting’s scheduled start time. There are only four members of the five-person council. The May 6 agenda included Mayor Chris Morrow’s recommendation to appoint Tory Roberts to the council. Continue Reading

Council debates approval of tax credits for income-based housing

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com City council members agreed to support an application for tax credits for the construction of income-based, single family housing in Gardner. David Rhodes is the developer of the proposed Willow Brooke Estates, to be located at the intersection of Oak and McKinley Streets in Gardner. The tax credits, if granted, would subsidize Continue Reading

Public officials attend KOMA training workshop

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe hosted dozens of public and appointed officials at a workshop on the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA). More than 90 people, including Gardner City Council members Larry Fotovich and Randy Gregorcyk and city administrator Cheryl Harrison-Lee, attended the two-hour presentation. “Several city officials have expressed confusion Continue Reading

Gardner City Council members clash over 2013 budget concerns

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner City Council has two weeks to hash out its differences over the city budget before voting to publish it. Council members debated the budget for nearly three hours on July 2 before agreeing to disagree and to submit recommended spending changes to city staff before the council’s July 16 meeting. Continue Reading

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 will lead a committee of council members Kristina Harrison and Chris Morrow in narrowing the Continue Reading

Council approves Pugh replacement

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Heath Freeman will replace Dennis Pugh on the Gardner City Council. Council members, in a 3-1 vote, approved Mayor Dave Drovetta’s appointment to the council, but not before council member Larry Fotovich asked Freeman a number of questions. Eight people ran for three seats on the council last April, Freeman was not Continue Reading

Pugh appears in court; added to diversion docket

Dennis Pugh, who resigned from the Gardner City Council after being charged with battery and criminal deprivation of property, has applied for diversion. “As I understand, it is being granted,” his attorney, Mark Lewis, told the court Jan. 12. Pugh allegedly battered council member Larry Fotovich following an argument about videotaping council proceedings at a Continue Reading