Rick Poppitz
Special to The Gardner News
From roofs to water rates and public improvements to donations, five of the five agenda items at the Edgerton Council meeting were passed by unanimous votes on March 10.
Four of  five council members were present; Cindy Crooks was absent.
Last year, the city hired a consultant to perform a utility rate study for water and sewer utilities. The study provided recommendations for new utility fees. Consumer cost for both water and sewer utilities will increase. One of the major factors is an increase in the cost of electricity provided by KCPL to the city. Council approved the resolution with a 4-0 vote.
Council considered the 2016 multi-year Capitol Improvement Program, which determines funding sources for various projects.  The CIP was originally created last November.
Beth Linn, city administrator, provided details regarding progress and changes to the plan. Projects in the CIP include: a parks master plan, 8th street sidewalks, roofing for the historical museum, a new community center, design of 2nd street and Manor Park improvements. The CIP was approved by a 4-0 vote.
Public improvement of Sunflower Road from 215th street to Nelson Street was discussed.  Council approved an agreement that splits the $180,000 cost between three parties. The County Assistance Road System (CARS) program will pay $90,000, Johnson County will pay $45,000 and the city of Edgerton will pay the remaining $45,000. The agreement was approved by a 4-0 vote.
Council then considered bids received for construction of Montrose street phase II. This project includes roadway, sidewalks and storm sewers.
Edgerton’s city council met in regular session on March 10 with Mayor Don Roberts (center) presiding. During the meeting, council unanimously approved several agenda items including water and sewer rate increase. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz

Edgerton’s city council met in regular session on March 10 with Mayor Don Roberts (center) presiding. During the meeting, council unanimously approved several agenda items including water and sewer rate increase. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz


The Montrose project is to be covered by a KDOT economic development grant. Emery Sapp and Sons low bid of $1,389,364.22 was awarded the project by a 4-0 vote.
Charlie Troutner, who is both a council member and museum director,  excused himself from discussion and vote on installation of a new roof for the Edgerton Community Museum.
Council reviewed the three roofing bids received and selected the local vendor, Cottonwood Roofing Company, pending confirmation that the contractor was providing a particular three tab shingle for the job.
Rita Jones, representing the Edgerton United Methodist Church Relay For Life Team approached council to request a donation for the event. Relay For Life events are annual community based fundraisers of the American Cancer Society. Council approved a $500 donation.
During the public comment session, a resident appeared before council to question licensing fees required relating to his dog breeding operation.