Recently, I read a quote that sums up the last year, “The only time you should look back is to see how far you’ve come.” As we look back over the last several years, our community has come a long way and has had to overcome unique challenges. However, what’s ahead for Edgerton promises to be even better.
In the coming year, you can expect to see new sidewalks along 8th Street so that Edgerton Elementary students can safely walk to school, as well as continued street improvements as part of the Five-Year Street Maintenance Program. In addition, the Waverly Road project is coming to completion and every water meter in Edgerton will be replaced with new automated meters leading to quicker leak detection. Also ahead are further conversations about constructing a new lift station for sanitary sewer to flow to the Big Bull Wastewater Treatment Facility. This will result in Edgerton contributing cleaner water into the watershed, ultimately reaching Hillsdale Lake.
More job fairs and hiring opportunities are expected through the Learning & Career Center at LPKC. So far, more than 800 jobs have been created at LPKC, and we will continue to make more infrastructure investments to secure additional tenants at LPKC.
In 2015 alone, several national and international companies selected LPKC for its central location and access to BNSF’s intermodal facility. Excel Industries, a turf care product manufacturer has plans to add 200 new jobs and Jet.com expanded their national footprint by adding a fulfillment warehouse at LPKC. We also welcomed Kubota to LPKC, and they have already announced plans to hire 100.
Our community is positioned as the premier global logistics hub with endless opportunity to create jobs and connect national and international companies to the supply chain. As recently as December, Global Trade Weekly, a leading industry publication in exporting and logistics, named LPKC “One of America’s Top Intermodal Facilities.”
Our drive forward doesn’t stop there. This spring, Manor Park will re-open with a variety of new amenities including new playground equipment, a covered shelter and a half-court basketball area. The Parks and Recreation team will also be future-focused on conducting a Parks Master Plan to ensure that we meet the needs of our current and future residents. The city is participating in Johnson County Parks and Recreation District’s Big Bull Creek Park Master Planning process to identify its best and highest use of its 1,950 acres.
It’s a good time to live in Edgerton and the future continues to look bright.
Thank you for the privilege of serving the residents of Edgerton.
800 jobs created at LPKC; improvements continue in Edgerton