February 13, 2016

Unanimous council makes admin job offer

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com After a lengthy search, Gardner City Council members unanimously agreed to start negotiations to hire Cheryl Harrison-Lee as city administrator. If she accepts the position, Harrison-Lee will replace Stewart Fairburn, who left more than a year ago for a position in Chickasaw, Okla. Initially, city officials hoped to hire a new city Continue Reading

Farewell reception for Fairburn set for this afternoon

City administrator to leave Gardner for Oklahoma job

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com Gardner City Administrator Stewart Fairburn has accepted a job with the City of Chickasha, Okla. and will start in that city on April 1. Fairburn’s resignation with the City of Gardner was tendered Feb. 8 and is effective March 7.  In the meantime, according to Gardner Mayor David Drovetta, the governing body Continue Reading

City administrator leaving city of Gardner

Gardner City Administrator Stewart Fairburn has accepted a job with the City of Chickasha, Okla and will start in that city on April 1. Fairburn will assume the position currently held by retiring City Manager Larry Shelton.  Officials from Chickasha, population 17,192, selected Fairburn after conducting a nationwide search led by Chris Hartung Consulting, an Continue Reading

Gardner joins environmental challenge

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com Get ready, Gardner residents, to Take Charge of your electricity consumption and, in the process, help your city win $100,000 in a contest designed to promote energy efficiency and conservation. The city council voted on Dec. 6 to participate in the sophomore Take Charge! Challenge, sponsored by a joint effort between the Continue Reading

Fairburn celebrates 10 years in Gardner

Amy Cunnigham acunningham@gardnernews.com City Administrator Stewart Fairburn was honored at Monday evening’s city council meeting for a devoting a decade of service to the city of Gardner. Fairburn came to Gardner late in the winter of 2000 just as the city was in the middle of explosive growth. “I heard about (the job) from (my Continue Reading

Gardner council approves utility rate increases

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com City council members agreed to increase wastewater and water utility rates during a meeting on Dec. 6. The rate increases were built into the 2011 budget that was approved in August 2010, and the new rates take effect on Jan. 1, 2011. The 5 percent water rate increase will cost the owner 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 hammers out details of fire merger agreement

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner City Council members and Johnson County Fire District No. 1 board members hammered out details of an agreement that would consolidate fire services of the two entities and lease the services to city residents. During a Monday evening work session, Gardner council learned that a proposed termination clause in the contract Continue Reading

Gardner council approves revised salary ordinance

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com Gardner City Council members on Monday night approved a 2011 salary ordinance for city employees which reflects reductions of four city positions. The 2011 ordinance includes reductions of one line maintenance worker, two Public Safety officers and one administrative assistant within the Parks and Recreation Department. Council members approved the 2010 Continue Reading