Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton residents will see a newly remodeled Manor Park next year.
The city council voted at their Dec. 10 meeting to close the park on Jan. 1, 2016 to begin demolition for construction with Mega Industries Corp.
Changes to the park will include reducing the basketball court to half-court size, removing a large tree and adding a wheel-chair friendly climbing dome, a mounded slide and a swing set.
Chris McMullin, parks and recreation director, told the council the new park would be more accessible.
“It will be incorporating all the elements people want to see,” he said.
Charlie Troutner, council member, was concerned that the amount the city had estimated for the park construction kept going up in cost from their original bid.
The city accepted Mega Industries bid of $141,899.62 for park renovations.
City council members also approved renewing their contract with Candid Marketing for maintaining and enhancing the city’s website, branding and marketing needs.
“We’re all about improving communication with residents and growing a more regional presence,” Becky Freetly-Graber, president of Candid said. “In 2016 we’d like to continue to engage with residents, build and promote community events, attract new business and maximize and leverage partnerships.”
Freetly-Graber said they’d also like to “overhaul the advertising” for Edgerton, and that they’d been recommended for a grant for a new city website with Kansas City Power and Light.
“We’d like to bring the city into the 21st Century,” she said.
Other Agenda items that were approved were:
continuing their facility use and maintenance agreement with Edgerton Historic Society for the Edgerton Community Museum in 2016.
providing law enforcement services for 2016 with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. The cost increased for 2016 by 4.52 percent over 2015 (total contract $270,928) .An ordinance was passed for the city to issue up to $38 million in industrial revenue bonds for acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, improving and equipping various projects within Logistics Park.