February 10, 2016

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 aside the topic of how to best run its meetings. According to a city ordinance, Continue Reading

Residents address council about meeting dysfunction

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com A subdued city council listened as three citizens, including the former mayor, asked that council members learn to work together with civility. “You have a chance from this moment on to change the tenor of these council meetings,” former Mayor Carol Lehman told members. “The code of conduct is a good step, Continue Reading

Pugh charged with battery, criminal deprivation of property

The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Gardner City Council member Dennis Pugh for criminal deprivation of property and battery for an alleged altercation that occurred between Pugh and council member Larry Fotovich after a council meeting on Nov. 21. Pugh is scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 3.  The Continue Reading

Pugh served with protection order

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Sheriff’s deputies served Gardner City Council member Dennis Pugh with a temporary protection from stalking order on Nov. 29. The order prevents Pugh from following, harassing or contacting city council member Larry Fotovich or entering or being near Fotovich’s residence. The order, issued by Johnson County District Court, does not prohibit Pugh Continue Reading

UPDATED: 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 two emails Pugh sent after a council meeting last Monday. “I will gladly tender my resignation right behind the resignation of Mr. Fotovich,” Pugh wrote in an email to council member Chris Morrow. Morrow asked for Pugh’s resignation Continue Reading

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 saying he will not offer his resignation to the council. The Gardner News has requested Continue Reading

Francis explains police department’s arrest policy

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Many Gardner News readers are asking why no arrests were made after Councilman Dennis Pugh allegedly assaulted fellow Councilman Larry Fotovich following Monday night’s council meeting. According to Chief Kenneth Francis of the Gardner Police Department, police officers only have authority to make arrests when they witness a crime. If an officer Continue Reading

Drovetta issues statement regarding Fotovich, Pugh

Mayor Dave Drovetta has released the following statement regarding Monday’s night’s altercation between councilmen Larry Fotovich and Dennis Pugh: “Since the matter from Monday is still being investigated, (City Attorney) Jim Hubbard has advised not to discuss it until the process has run its course,” he wrote in an email to The Gardner News. “After Continue Reading

Morrow calls on Drovetta, Pugh to resign

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Councilman Chris Morrow is calling on Mayor Dave Drovetta and Councilman Dennis Pugh to resign following an argument that started during Monday night’s council meeting and escalated into an altercation in front of Councilman Larry Fotovich’s house. Pugh allegedly followed Fotovich home after the meeting and accosted him. “Considering the ongoing intimidation Continue Reading

Council to consider adopting legislative agenda

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com Annexation, eminent domain and transportation districts are a few of the issues upon which Gardner City Council members may formally stake positions. The group discussed a proposed state legislative agenda during a work session on Monday night. The five page document outlines 15 issues and the city’s official position on them. If Continue Reading