February 8, 2016

Assistant city adminstrator prepares to depart town

Melissa Mundt Assistant city administrator Melissa Mundt’s last day at the city of Gardner is May 23. She worked for the city for almost 10 years, and city officials hosting a going away reception for her on Monday. She will become an assistant city manager in Ames, Iowa, her hometown. She departs on the heels Continue Reading

UPDATED: Mundt leaving Gardner for Iowa

Melissa Mundt Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Melissa Mundt, Gardner assistant city administrator and interim community development director, has been hired as assistant city manager for the city of Ames, Iowa. Mundt, an Ames native, began work for the city of Gardner in 2003. She was recently named one of three finalists among 160 persons who applied Continue Reading

Permits up metrowide, but Gardner planners don’t expect boom in 2012

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com While area home builders are encouraged by housing starts to date in 2012, Gardner officials don’t anticipate booming growth in single family homes this year. Melissa Mundt, assistant city administrator, said planners are projecting issuing 35 building permits this year. “So down on the single family permits,” she said. “But we’re up Continue Reading

Gardner assistant city administrator finalist for job in Iowa

The Ames Tribune (Iowa) reported today that Melissa Mundt, Gardner assistant city administrator, is a finalist for a similar job in Ames. Gardner City Council members currently are seeking to replace former city administrator Stewart Fairburn, who left the community last February for a job in Oklahoma. His replacement process was stopped last year after 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

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

Planning Commission preps for meeting about mini horse

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com Interim Gardner City Administrator Melissa Mundt warned Planning Commissioners they may see the owners of a miniature horse before them at an upcoming meeting scheduled for June 28. “At the next meeting there should be a conditional use permit (before you),” Mundt explained. She said the horse’s owners, the Souter family were Continue Reading

Council debates social media merits

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com City staff will likely create a city of Gardner fan page on Facebook. City council members debated the merits of using social media to inform citizens during a work session on Nov. 8. Assistant City Administrator Melissa Mundt said staff has been gathering information about using social media as an additional form Continue Reading