October 7, 2015

Grant would fund sewers, manholes in SH

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Slow and steady gets the job done, that was the consensus during a Spring Hill City Council meeting on May 12. Council members discussed an ongoing project to upgrade old sewer lines and replace worn manholes in the city. To date, they’ve used a county grant – the Community Block Development Grant Continue Reading

SH budget outlook improves

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Spring Hill’s budget appears healthier than it did last spring, city finance director Melanie Landis told the city council on Nov. 18. Each quarter, she provides the council with a year-to-date budget update. At the end of the third quarter, she said, the city is on track to finish the year with Continue Reading

Fire district briefs SH council

Amy Cunninghham acunningham@gardnernews.com Chief Jeff Johnson from Johnson County Fire District No. 2 presented third quarter performance measures to the Spring Hill City Council. Since January,  the district has had 3,800 contacts and responded to 17 different events; this exceeded the department’s goal of six events.    The report also detailed information on some of the Continue Reading

SH Council approves rezoning for tractor biz

The Spring Hill council will allow a tractor sales business to set up shop within its borders. Members of the council agreed to re-zone land a 21814 W. 223rd Street from general business (C-2) to General Industrial (M-1) during a meeting last week. The 6.9 acre location was formerly a salvage yard. Initially, planning commissioners Continue Reading

SH Council approves bank card agreement

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com In a short meeting Sept. 9, Spring Hill City Council members approved a new bank card agreement that will allow city department heads to make purchases with purchasing cards rather than city credit cards. Melanie Landis, city finance director, told council members that most cities have ceased using credit cards. “We can Continue Reading

City of SH considers agreement to protect water rights

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The city of Spring Hill may sign on to an interlocal agreement governing water usage out of Hillsdale Lake. The lake serves as a drinking water source for Spring Hill, along with a number of neighboring communities and rural water districts. Rory Hale, public works director, told Spring Hill City Council members Continue Reading

SH Council approves old school house ballot question

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The old school house is salvageable, consultant Julie Cawby, told members of the Spring Hill city council. “We found that the building has quite a few exterior issues,” she said. “…It is savable, and it can be rehabilitated to your needs.” On Thursday, council approved a November ballot initiative that will offer Continue Reading

SH proposes budget with mill levy decrease

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Spring Hill residents will pay slightly less in property taxes next year thanks to a transfer from an excise tax reserve fund to the general fund. City officials presented council members with a proposed budget that reduces the mill levy rate slightly next year. If council approves the proposal at its next Continue Reading

SH officials examine budget at work session

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Spring Hill city officials need to save more than $50,000 between now and the end of December to close 2010 with a zero balance. The budget deficit is largely the result of sales tax revenues not meeting projections. The 2010 budget was drafted and approved in August of 2009. Sales tax revenue Continue Reading

SH residents bring firework concerns to council

But “community-oriented” aren’t words Don Flanagan, Spring Hill, would use to describe the community celebration of Independence Day. Flanagan said he believed his house may have been targeted by revelers following the holiday.