Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton City Council members debated the merits of a conditional use permit during a council meeting on Jan. 9.
The issue required that the council pass a city ordinance adopting the Edgerton Planning Commission’s recommendation to approve a conditional use permit for a cargo container storage, maintenance, and repair facility at 30700 W. 191st St, at Logistics Park Kansas City, near the BNSF Intermodal facility. The cargo container facility would be operated by JB Hunt Transport.
Fred Fraley, who owns property adjacent to the proposed facility, spoke at the council meeting in opposition of the conditional use permit. His concerns were the proximity of the facility to his property and stormwater drainage concerns. Fraley recently filed a protest petition with the city of Edgerton in opposition of the cargo container facility.
Due to the protest petition, the ordinance needed a super-majority, or approval of five of six members of the governing body, in order to pass.
The applicant for the conditional use permit, JB Hunt,  made concessions to attempt to appease Fraley’s concerns. The concessions included  providing a landscaping berm to separate the storage facility from Fraley’s property, and the usage of a concrete/asphalt compound that would help alleviate storm water drainage onto the neighboring Fraley’s property.
After much discussion,  the governing body decided the changes to the plan were sufficient and approved the ordinance allowing a conditional use permit to JB Hunt, by a 6-0 vote.
In other business, the City Administrator Beth Linn introduced the new Edgerton Parks and Rec Coordinator Tegan Meadors. She also reported on the progress of some city issues.
Linn said that the construction of quiet zone at the railroad crossing at 199th Street, and at Nelson Street will begin sometime in March and will take no more than 60 days to complete once construction begins.
Linn also reported that the city of Edgerton had completed the purchase of property at 305 E. Nelson Street. The property includes a house and land.
Linn said there are no firm plans for the property. Future uses will be considered at a later date. The city now owns the entire south side of the 300 block of Nelson Street.
Linn reported that the Johnson County-sponsored Senior Lunch Program for Edgerton residents, age 60 and over, began on Jan. 6. She said it has been successful so far, and she hopes the program will continue possibly expand in the future.
The next city council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Jan. 23, at city hall.