Danedri Thompson
There’s a new appointee to the Gardner City Council. Three of four council members approved the appointment of James Randall “Randy” Gregorcyk, Jr., to the council during a meeting June 4.
Gregorcyk will serve out the remainder of former council member Brian Broxterman’s term, which expires in April 2013.
Broxterman rendered his resignation to the council last month. He was appointed to the council in 2010.
Gregorcyk is a client relations manager for a national facilities company. He moved to Gardner from Iowa in 2005 and he and his wife recently adopted a daughter. He has a bachelor of science and a masters in school leadership from Friends University.
Council member Larry Fotovich voted against his appointment to the council.
“I checked your voting record and see you voted twice since 2004,” Fotovich said. “You could have voted 9 times since then.”
He asked why someone who wasn’t interested in voting should be making decisions for the citizens who do vote.
Gregorcyk said he was on the road for 24-46 months.
“I don’t know that I wasn’t interested (in voting),” Gregorcyk said. “I just didn’t have the opportunity to vote.”
Gregorcyk said he thinks the citizens of Gardner would be more interested in quality than the quantity of his voting record.
“We adopted about two years ago. During that period of time, I was traveling extensively,” he explained.
He said since the beginning of the year, he’s attended approximately 75 percent of council meetings and work sessions as an observer.
Gregorcyk said he intends to seek re-election in 2013, and Johnson County Commissioner David Lindstrom, who represents Spring Hill and Stilwell, attended the meeting in support of Gregorcyk.
In other business, council members:
• Selected Council member Chris Morrow to serve as vice president of the council. He replaces Broxterman in that role.
• Approved a special permit that will allow Austin’s Bar and Grill to serve 3.2 beer in a tent outside the restaurant on June 9 for a fundraiser to support an employee who is battling cancer.
• Hosted a public hearing to discuss the Big Bull Creek Wastewater Treatment plant project. The project is a joint effort between Gardner and Edgerton. The public hearing was required as part of the loan process.
• Adopted a resolution approving the 2013-2017 County Assistance Road System Program. The resolution seeks more than $637,000 in county funds for three projects including the rehabilitation of Moonlight Road from the Interstate 35 overpass to Buffalo Trail Street; the reconstruction of Gardner Road from I-35 to 183rd Street; and the reconstruction of Gardner Road from 183rd to Grand Street.