Corbin H. Crable
The Edgerton City Council at a meeting June 23 heard a state legislative summary from Rep. Mike Kiegerl (R-Olathe).
Kiegerl represents Gardner, Olathe, parts of Spring Hill and parts of Edgerton. He discussed the Legislature’s successes and failures during the most recent session, which he described as the most difficult he’s faced in his six years in the state House of Representatives.
Besides talking about the governor’s veto of the House’s original proposed budget, which did not include a tax increase, Kiegerl also touched on his reasoning for voting against the controversial Transportation Bill.
“I support the intermodal 100 percent,” he said. “I do not support public funding for it.”
Kiegerl also spoke out against the lawsuit being filed by Schools for Fair Funding against the state of Kansas. The Gardner Edgerton School District is among those school districts suing the state for additional funds. USD 231, despite the pending lawsuit, recently approved 1-percent raises for district faculty.
“The only outcome of this is that the (Schools for Fair Funding) lawyers will make money,” Kiegerl said. “It’s a nice business for them. If you say you disagree with it, then apparently you don’t like education and you don’t like children. That’s what I’m told.”
Kiegerl has already addressed the Gardner City Council on the most recent legislative session; in the coming weeks he will do the same to the governing bodies in Spring Hill and Olathe.
Kiegerl faces Kevin King of Gardner in the race for the state’s 43rd District seat in the House. If Kiegerl wins, it would be his fourth two-year term; he has also said it would be his last.
In other business, the council:
• approved an interlocal agreement adopting the U.S. 56 corridor management plan. The plan, among other actions, establishes a corridor advisory committee, which would be composed of representatives from affected communities, including Edgerton, Gardner and Baldwin. The committee would meet at least twice annually and discuss the evolution of the corridor as traffic patterns continue to change.
• tabled a resolution approving the city administrator to fulfill the duties of the zoning administrator in the implementation of the city’s comprehensive plan. According to City Administrator David Dillner, in the past the council has appointed a zoning administrator annually, but that action has not occurred for several years.
Currently, City Superintendent Mike Mabrey holds the title of zoning administrator.
Council member Ken Gillespie said he thinks the council should revisit the issue at its next meeting.
“I have no problem with you doing this,” Gillespie told Dillner, “but I worry about you wearing too many hats.”
The council will take a break for the Fourth of July holiday and reconvene at 7 p.m. July 8 at the Community Hall, 404 E. Nelson St.
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