October 4, 2015

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

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 forward asking to be considered for the position. “I am not contacting anyone and encouraging Continue Reading

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

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