Rick Poppitz
Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton city council considered industrial revenue bonds for two LPKC construction projects, installation of devices on the city’s water towers, condemnation of property needed for easements and discussed areas for Girl Scouts’ meeting space at the Nov. 10 meeting
Girl Scouts meeting space
Becky Blankenship addressed council during public comments to discuss a need of the local Girl Scouts.
Scout groups now meet in rooms on the upper floor of the city building. The lower level contains city offices and was remodeled some time ago. The upper level has not.
Blankenship described various concerns with the space. It’s cold in winter and hot in summer. Electrical wiring is aged, there are outlets exposed and potentially unsafe. Birds are getting in, some dead ones have been found inside.
Beth Linn, city administrator, reported that the city was already evaluating the concerns.
A HVAC technician has already inspected the system and is preparing a report.
Linn acknowledged the birds, but staff is not sure exactly how they get in.
The city also had Public Works inspect the electrical wiring.
Some ceiling fans were disconnected because of poor condition of wiring. Linn said the fans cannot be fixed without a serious expenditure.
Linn noted that because the building is a designated historical building, all repairs must be approved by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
Linn said the SHPO has a say in who does the work, what type of work can be done and what materials can be used.
Another consideration, brought up by Donald Roberts, mayor, is that the city has construction of an entirely new community center facility in its vision for the near future.
Roberts said he hoped that would become home for both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
“I know this doesn’t fix today’s issues…” said Roberts. “It would be my hope that we could go through this process next year, and construction and complete in 2 or 3 years.”
The city will do what they can to make the space safe for current use and continue to evaluate what further repairs might entail.
Automated water meter project
Completion of the automated meter reading system that council approved earlier this year requires installation of communication gateway devices on two of the city’s water towers.
The equipment has already been purchased, but the supplier does not do this installation, making it necessary to contract a third party for installation.
The city issued a Request for Quotes (RFQ) on Oct. 17 but didn’t get any quotes. A second RFQ was issued on Nov. 2. One quote was received this time from Empire Electric.
A motion to approve was made and carried with a 5-0 vote.
LPKC project bonds
Council considered two ordinances authorizing the issuance of industrial revenue bonds to finance LPKC construction projects.
Ordinance No. 1039 authorizes $41,400,000 of industrial revenue bonds for a 780,000 sq. ft. warehouse and distribution facility at 30900 W. 185th Street.
Ordinance No. 1040  authorizes up to $33,000,000 of bonds for a 500,000 sq. ft. warehouse and distribution facility, to be located at 32901 W. 193rd Street.
The city had previously held required public hearings, and the council passed resolutions of intent on both of these projects.
Both ordinances were approved by separate 5-0 votes.
New staff position
Staff presented one new and one revised job position description and asked for council approval.
The Maintenance Technician II position is a new position dedicated to Parks and Recreation.
The description for the Public Works Foreman position has been revised. Jim Elrod will be retiring from that position at the end of the year.
Council approved both job descriptions, and the city will seek applicants for the positions in 2017.
8th Street sidewalks
In February, 2016, council approved the 8th Street sidewalk construction project. The project will install pedestrian sidewalks on West 8th Street from Heather Knoll Drive to Nelson Street and the Edgerton Elementary School.
Easements are necessary to complete the project. Easement agreements have been reached with 9 of 17 property owners.
Resolution 11-10-16A  confirms the necessity for condemnation of the eight remaining properties and authorizes the preparation of survey and legal descriptions.
Passing the resolution does not prohibit the city from continuing to negotiate and/or acquire the easements.
Council passed the resolution with a 5-0 vote