Edgerton’s City Council and Mayor (back row) stand behind local advocates for autism awareness. Front row from left, Jennifer Smith, Raina Lupton and her son Brendan, Megan and David Breiner and their three children. Edgerton city council declared April National Autism Month during their April 14 meeting. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz



Rick Poppitz

Special to The Gardner News
At the Edgerton City Council meeting on April 14, Don Roberts, Edgerton mayor, made an official proclamation designating April as Autism Awareness Month. The proclamation encourages citizens to “become better educated about autism and create a better community for individuals with autism.”
In attendance was Jennifer Smith, executive director of Autism Society The Heartland, who accompanied two local families – Raina Lupton and her son Brendan, and Megan and David Breiner and their three children.

Since the 1970s, April has been recognized as National Autism Awareness Month. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in our country. Current statistics show that 1 in 68  children are being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by age 8. Autism Awareness  Month highlights the growing need for concern and awareness about autism. Chris Morrow, Gardner mayor, proclaimed April Gardner Autism Awareness month at the April 4 city council meeting. Jennifer Smith accepted the presentation. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz

Since the 1970s, April has been recognized as National Autism Awareness Month. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in our country. Current statistics show that 1 in 68 children are being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by age 8. Autism Awareness Month highlights the growing need for concern and awareness about autism. Chris Morrow, Gardner mayor, proclaimed April Gardner Autism Awareness month at the April 4 city council meeting. Jennifer Smith accepted the presentation. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz


In other business:
• Council approved one ordinance and two resolutions, all pertaining to the conversion project for the Edgerton Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The original plan was to use a state revolving loan fund to finance the project. Staff now recommended using general obligation bonds.
“Several of the items on your agenda tonight build the foundation to issue those general obligation bonds for the project” said Beth Linn, city administrator, describing the three items.
All three were passed by unanimous votes.
• Council considered and approved the purchase of a skid steer to replace the 20 year old machine public works has now. This is a wheeled Bobcat tractor with tooth bucket.
• The final business item was 5-0 approval of Application FP-2016-01, Final Plat, Logistics Park.
• Council considered and approved a request for street closure on May 14 for the ‘Edgerton Summer Kickoff Party. ‘
On May 14, East Nelson Street will be closed from East 3rd to East 4th to accommodate the event.
Two people addressed council during public comments.
• Mary Pritchard informed council that the Edgerton Food Pantry is changing its open date from Thursday’s to the third Saturday of every month, starting in May.
Pritchard also mentioned that stock is low, and the pantry is in need of food donations.
• A citizen inquired about city policy regarding feral cats. Linn said that animal control staff can assist residents in trapping and humanely removing feral cats. The city relocates the cats to farms, where they are welcomed and will have a good life as ‘barn cats.’
Linn also said that new city code included ordinance relating to the feeding of feral cats and other animals.
The same resident also requested discussion of policy on two other items – regulating fire pits and 4th of July fireworks.
He was told that the fire department regulates fire pits.
Roberts reviewed city regulations on fireworks, which permit Class C fireworks during certain hours on July 3rd and 4th.