Mark Taylor
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The Edgerton City Council approved an agreement to participate in a study of the Southwest Johnson County Freight District on March 8.
The proposed partnership includes the cities of Edgerton and Gardner, Johnson County, Mid America Regional Council (MARC) and the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).
The freight district study will examine land use and transportation planning in the areas surrounding the BNSF intermodal logistics park in Edgerton.
“The ultimate build-out for the logistics park includes up to 7 million square feet of distribution center and warehouse facilities,” City Administrator Beth Linn wrote in a memo to the council. “In addition, there is potential for millions of square feet of additional distribution centers and warehouse and other truck oriented development in areas surrounding (the logistics park). There is also potential for retail development that will serve this emerging employment center and the surrounding region as it develops. Finally, additional residential development is anticipated in this are as the cities continue to grow.”
The study includes five main components, including local major road planning, state highway planning, land use, active transportation and natural resources in a 21-square mile area generally bounded by Sunflower Road, 175th Street, Gardner Road and 215th Street.
The study will look into transportation system improvements, the possible realignment of U.S. 56 Highway, future land use scenarios, the development of bicycle and pedestrian trails, and safe routes to school, among other items.
The cost of the study is $450,000.
Edgerton, Gardner and MARC would be responsible for $25,000 each.
KDOT’s share is $300,000 and Johnson County’s is $75,000.
In other business, the council appointed Karen Torline as the new municipal judge.
She replaces Trey Pettlon, who resigned the post in November but agreed to stay on until a successor was named.
Torline is currently senior prosecutor for the city of Shawnee and prosecutor for the city of Lake Quivera.
She also serves as judge pro-tem for the cities of Overland Park, Olathe and Lenexa.
Torline will be paid $75 per hour for in-court appearances and out-of-court preparation time.
She will also receive a $15 travel fee for in-court appearances.