February 7, 2016

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

Gardner extends Press’s contract for 1 month

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Mike Press will be Gardner’s interim city administrator for one more month. The city council approved a one-month extension of Press’s interim consulting contract through July 31. That will keep Press on board for two weeks after new City Administrator Cheryl Harrison-Lee starts work. According to Harrison-Lee’s contract, her first day with Continue Reading

Gardner restarts city administrator search

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner is again seeking city administrator applicants. Mike Press, interim city administrator, told council members he had received 35 resumes as of Feb. 6. He anticipates about 100 applicants by the end of February. Mayor Dave Drovetta will lead a committee of council members Kristina Harrison and Chris Morrow in narrowing the 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

Edgerton seeks ‘out-of-box’ thinker in city manager

Mark Taylor submissions@gardnernews.com The Edgerton City Council hopes to have a new city administrator in place by early June. Mike Press, interim city admin, told the council on April 14 that 50 applicants have expressed interest in the job. The council will review the applications during a 7:30 p.m. special meeting/executive session on April 21. Continue Reading

Edgerton to get updated phone system

Mark Taylor submissions@gardnernews.com The city of Edgerton is getting a $5,000 phone system upgrade. Mike Press, interim city administrator, said the existing phone system is antiquated and inefficient, and the upgrade is necessary for improving city operations. “We’ve been having difficulty with the phones here,” he told the city council on March 24. “I have Continue Reading

Edgerton to create job description for city administrator

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com Edgerton City Council members plan to establish a profile for a permanent city administrator in the coming weeks. Interim City Administrator Mike Press, at the governing body’s Feb. 17 work session, distributed a checklist of qualities and traits the council members may wish to consider in a permanent administrator. Press asked Continue Reading

Interim manager takes the helm at Edgerton

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com For Edgerton’s new interim city administrator service to area residents isn’t just a job – it’s a career. Mike Press, who took the reins from former City Administrator David Dillner on Feb. 7, has an extensive background in management at the county level. Edgerton Mayor Don Roberts, in fact, cited it as one of the Continue Reading

Edgerton hires interim city administrator

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com Mayor Don Roberts announced on Thursday that Mike Press has been hired as Edgerton’s interim city administrator. Press, who currently serves the city as a consultant, replaces outgoing City Administrator David Dillner, who has resigned his position to accept a job as city manager of Abilene, Kan. Dillner’s last day as Continue Reading