Rick Poppitz
Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton city council reviewed the city’s quarterly financial report at the July 28 council meeting, as well as approving a $26.5 million bond issue, staff salary rates and establishing the cost for food truck licenses.
Range of salaries
At the July 14 meeting, council was presented with Ordinance 1022, which sets the range of salaries and compensation of city positions. At that time, council tabled the item asking for additional information.
July 28, staff provided data from a Mid America Regional Council (MARC) Compensation study that was used in drafting the ordinance. Metro cities providing data for the compensation survey included Gardner, Belton, Raymore, Raytown, Bonner Springs, Mission, Roeland Park and Harrisonville.
“We tried to take into account our size and what we do on a daily basis in those positions and how we compare to the metropolitan area,” said Beth Linn, city administrator.
The ordinance lists a minimum and maximum salary for job titles in eight pay ranges. Starting salary was increased in two of the eight ranges and maximum salary was increased in all.
The goal is to recruit and retain quality staff by offering competitive compensation.
Council approved Ordinance 1022 with a 5-0 vote.
Bonds for LPKC project
Council unanimously approved Ordinance 1025, authorizing the city to issue up to $26,500,000 of industrial revenue bonds for the 378,000 sq. ft. warehouse facility project at 31800 W 196th Street.
Triumph Group, Inc., a company that manufactures aircraft components, will be the first tenant, occupying 155,000 sq.ft. of the new space. Triumph will begin relocating their operation currently in Grandview, Mo., to Edgerton in September.
Scott Anderson, bond counsel, presented the item to council.
“This bond issue is a ‘buy your own bond’ issue, it’s not publicly offered, it’s not a general obligation of the city, it’s a limited obligations. The city’s not on the hook for these bonds,” Anderson explained. “The bond issue is pretty much the same as the other 8 or 9 or so we’ve done at the Intermodal and Logistics Park.”
Mobile food vendors
At the previous council meeting,  Ordinance 1023 was approved. Ordinance 1023 establishes regulations for mobile food vendors. Vendors will need a license to operate within city limits.
Resolution No. 07-28-16A establishes the cost of the license for mobile food vendors at $100 per year. Licenses for the remainder of 2016 may be purchased for $50.
The resolution adds the mobile food vendor license fee into a rate sheet listing all other city fees and rates for permits. licenses and services.
Council approved with a 5-0 vote.
Public comments on beekeeping
Two residents spoke to council during public comments. Both came to say there was no need for beekeeping regulations to be established in the city of Edgerton. One said he felt like it was a “personal vendetta” against him.
Council has not yet established beekeeping regulations, but it has been discussed at two previous meetings. Staff is currently in the process of creating draft regulations for council consideration at an upcoming meeting.
Other business
Beth Linn, city administrator, reviewed the second quarter financial report with council. The report covered the general fund, sewer fund and water fund through the end of June.
Council approved a payment of $24,509 for easements on property owned by Johnson County Parks and Recreation, necessary for the sewer pump station project.
Council approved final acceptance of work and authorized final contractor payment for improvements to Manor Park.
Two ordinances previously approved pending modifications to wording used, No. 1020 and No. 1021, were presented with the changes and approved. Both ordinances relate to the re-zoning of acreage around the Intermodal.