Lynne Hermansen
Special to The Gardner News
At their May 12 city council meeting, Edgerton hired George Butler Associates, a full service engineering firm from Lenexa, to assist with additional planning and engineering projects for the city.
“The desire is during certain periods it allows them to assist during high capacity times, and when we have unique situations come up we are not used to dealing with,” said Kenneth Cook, community development director.
Cook said those unique situations could be anything ranging from zoning and commercial regulations to reviewing building codes and inspections.
“We will have the ability to have conversations researching draft regulations with a more specialized staff,” he said. “It’ll be handy to have someone we can go to and have a relationship with on an as-needed basis,” he said.
Brad Burton, George Butler Associate civil engineer, said they appreciated the opportunity with some of the things they can do.
“This goes beyond what Johnson County provides,” Cindy Crooks, council member, said.
Beth Linn, city administrator, said this agreement would be beneficial for a lot of people.
“It will give us the opportunity to broaden relationships with other firms out there,” she said. “A lot of firms are to benefit from LPKC.”
In other business:
Council members approved a five year city and county street improvement program to submit to Johnson County’s Community Assistance Road System Program for funding.
Linn told city council members that the county pays for half of the construction. Projects in the proposal for 2017-2021 include reconstructing 115 feet of Nelson Street adjacent to the quiet zone, 4th Street and Nelson Intersection Improvements and 207th Street grade separation.
Linn said she was excited to be able to submit three projects for a five year plan.
“We tried to tell a story about the impact the city feels if all three tracks are occupied,” she said. “That creates 13 miles that it takes to get around to either Gardner or Wellsville.”
Donald Roberts, mayor, said it was a competitive process.
“It doesn’t mean we’ll get it,” he said. “But if we don’t try we won’t have anything.”