Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
A summary by Kansas state Rep. Bill Sutton and a report concerning the city’s corporate insurance program were the highlights of the Edgerton City Council meeting on April 11.
Sutton, R-Gardner, addressed the council informing them of his actions during the 2013 legislative session of this year.
The freshman legislator said, “everything was a whirlwind” the first few weeks of his first session. But he said he has adjusted to the busy schedule and is becoming more comfortable in his position. He reported about pieces of legislation he has been involved in thus far during his short tenure in Topeka. Sutton gave a detailed synopsis of the legislative session.
Kevin O’Brien, of the Reilly Company, provided a detailed explanation of the city of Edgerton’s renewal of its corporate insurance policy with EMC. The council unanimously approved an adjustment to the insurance premium, for the upcoming year. The adjustment will result in a $79 decrease from the premium quoted at the March 28 council meeting. In addition, after city staff analysis and recommended changes, the insurance program is now considered to be much more accurate and comprehensive.
The City Council also approved the purchase of a Bobcat Compact Excavator for use by the city’s Public Works Department. The “mini excavator” would be used in water line maintenance and installation, street and sidewalk maintenance, including cleaning of stormwater ditches and sanitary sewer line maintenance. This smaller piece of equipment would offer more flexibility to work in situations where there is not sufficient room to run a backhoe or similar equipment.
In other business, the city council
• tabled a scheduled discussion concerning the keeping and raising of chickens within the city limits until the next council meeting. This item was added to the agenda at the request of Councilmember Frances Cross, but she was unable to attend the April 11 meeting.
• heard a report from two Edgerton Elementary teachers about the school’s annual “Family Fun Night and Fun Run” to be held on April 25.The next Edgerton City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25  at Edgerton City Hall.