Mayor Chris Morrow

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Special to The Gardner News
March 5, 2014 – Mayor Chris Morrow delivered the 2014 State of the City address at Gardner City Hall on Wednesday. The 8:30 a.m. meeting began with Gardner Edgerton High School junior Cooper McGuire singing the National Anthem, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation.
City Council President Kristy Harrison then recognized several people in attendance, including District 5 Commissioner Michael Ashcraft, Johnson County Commission Chair Ed Eilert, Deputy County Manager Penny Postoak-Ferguson, and Cindy Green from the office of Sen. Jerry Moran.
Morrow began his presentation by acknowledging the past mayors of Gardner who he said had “paved the way for the future we now embrace.”
He then reviewed the City’s accomplishments in 2013 which included:
·    adopting a new budget process
·    initiating an update of the comprehensive plan
·    revitalizing strategic planning
·    and developing community outreach programs
The remainder of the speech was devoted to a detailed explanation of four strategic goals adopted by the City Council for 2014 and beyond, which are to:
• Promote economic development
• Improve the quality of life in our community
• Ensure maintenance and development of adequate infrastructure
• Provide a high level of fiscal stewardship
The mayor concluded by saying “Gardner is where the trails divide and it is also where opportunities converge to bring a prosperous and hopeful future for us all.”