April 18, 2014

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 …

Mayor Drovetta expects to name Pugh replacement in January

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Mayor Dave Drovetta expects to name an appointment to former council member Dennis Pugh’s seat in mid-January.
Pugh resigned after being charged with battery against council member Larry Fotovich.
To date, Drovetta said four residents have stepped …

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 …

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 …

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 …