Special to The Gardner News
On Jan. 28, in a meeting that lasted over three hours, the Edgerton City Council considered a variety of agenda items including a Johnson County Parks and Recreation draft version of a master plan for developing Big Bull Creek Park.
Council members viewed a map which shows proposed development ideas. Those ideas include a 500 acre section devoted to preservation of natural grass prairie
“I’m not a fan of 500 acre prairies anywhere,” said Don Roberts, mayor. “I think that should be split up in much smaller chunks. Personally I think the focus could be mixed prairie and creek and woodland forest areas.”
Jody Brown, council member, wanted to know more detail about what areas would be designated to allow hunting and fishing.
Charlie Troutner, council member, asked about a walkway connecting the park to Edgerton.
One of the primary concerns expressed was with the location of the proposed main entrance to the park. The council seemed to be in agreement that the proposed entrance at Homestead and 199th was too close to the Intermodal property and it would be better to come off Sunflower Road in the 207th Street area.
The thought was that visitor traffic, especially school buses, should be well separated from intermodal truck traffic.
“I think… adding school bus traffic to Homestead and 199th is long term bad,” Roberts said. “I’m not saying no activity over by the Intermodal, but I would limit that immensely.”
In other business:
• Edgerton Elementary PTO President Desi Goans appeared before council to request a $500 donation to help offset the costs of the ‘One School One Book’ program. Council approved the request in a 5-0 vote.
• Next on the agenda was consideration on whether or not the city should participate in the Johnson County Contractor Licensing program. JOCO representatives were present to provide information and answer council’s questions. The licensing program covers plumbing, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, framing, roofing, swimming pool and three types of general contractors.
Brown questioned whether homeowners would be required to have a license to work on their own homes. The answer was that there are exclusions to permit that at present, and in addition, each participating city is free to write in its own specific exclusions.
The county representative stated that Edgerton was one of only two Johnson County towns that is not currently a participant.
In discussion that followed, council members seemed to all be in favor of first applying the program to commercial and industrial construction projects only and evaluating the program there before deciding to apply it for single family and duplex residential construction.
No decision was made ; the subject was tabled and will be discussed in a future council sessions.
• Council also considered purchase of a new storm warning siren. The city currently has three sirens, one of which is an old model that requires electricity to work. Newer models feature many improvements, most importantly is that they function on DC power and will work even if electricity is out in the area.
The cost of the siren mounted on a wood pole was quoted at $21,415.34. Don Roberts, mayor, was interested in the option of a metal pole. The representative said that would increase cost but could not give a precise amount at that moment. The subject was tabled for more discussion at a future council meeting.
• Council considered and approved purchase of a new water telemetry system at a cost of $82,725.
• Council recessed into executive session to discuss acquisition of real property, reconvening to open session after 15 minutes. No action was taken.
• Ordinance 1009 which approves description and survey of lands necessary for acquisition of easements and right of way needed to construct sewer and associated improvements. Ordinance 1009 was approved by a 5-0 vote.