February 9, 2016

KOMA violation UPDATED

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office hopes to complete its investigation into alleged Kansas Open Meetings Act violations by the Gardner City Council before the end of the year. Steve Howe, district attorney, would not confirm a deadline for wrapping up the investigation, but said he was hopeful his office would conclude Continue Reading

Council approves new truck over objections of member

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Council members Larry Fotovich and Chris Morrow asked that two items be pulled off the consent agenda. Items on the consent agenda are typically considered general business items that don’t merit discussion, but Morrow requested that an item to approve the purchase of a new city truck be moved to new business, Continue Reading

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 Brian Broxterman and Kristina Harrison listened as interim city administrator Melissa Mundt talked them through Continue Reading

Provisional ballots unlikely to change outcome of Gardner council race

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Larry Fotovich can tell you about the waiting game following a close election. On election night in 2009, he was down by six votes once election officials had finished voting machine tallies. But there were still provisional ballots to be counted – ballots that could be the difference between Fotovich becoming Gardner’s Continue Reading

Council makes changes to wastewater billing process

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner customers can expect a change in the way their sewer bills are calculated this year thanks to a concerned citizen. Larry Fotovich, Gardner, first noticed a problem with the city’s wastewater billing when the cost of his service spiked. “I called and asked about how my sprinklers were metered during the Continue Reading

Gardner City Council ballot set

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com A lot of newcomers threw their hats in the ring for a chance to sit on the Gardner City Council for the next four years. Three seats will be up for grabs in the April 5 municipal elections and eight people are vying for the seats of Steve Hale, Dan Newburg and Continue Reading