February 8, 2016

Divided council approves citizen survey

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com A divided council agreed to hire ETC Institute to conduct a citizen satisfaction survey for $9,900 Monday night. Gardner council member Kristina Harrison opposed the measure. “I’m kind of speaking facetiously,” she said. “But for $9,900 I could bring in 495 residents and buy them dinner for $20 apiece and get feedback Continue Reading

Council discusses hiring new administrator

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Hiring a new city administrator will be challenging. That’s the word from  Gardner City Council member Steve Hale and Mayor Dave Drovetta. The council selected members Kristina Harrison and Brian Broxterman to assist Drovetta in hiring a consulting firm to search for a new administrator during a meeting March 21. Drovetta said 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

Gardner council inks deal with fire, police merger; applies for funds for Main, Center Street improvements

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner City Council members gave their approval on an application for state funds to make improvements to the intersection at Main and Center Streets Oct. 18. The proposed improvements include adding east and west turn lanes on Main Street and north and south turn lanes on Center Street. If the Kansas Department Continue Reading

Council tables truck ordinance changes

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Members of the Gardner City Council tabled a proposed amendment to the city’s truck route ordinance on Sept. 7. The proposed amendment would create new designated truck routes throughout the city. Bill Miller, Gardner Edgerton School District Director of Operations and Facilities, requested that the proposed changes be tabled until school officials Continue Reading