Rick Poppitz
Special to The Gardner News
At the July 27 meeting, Edgerton city council members heard concerns from an intermodal neighbor, considered a contract for 2017 street overlays and reviewed costs, estimates and projections related to the city budget.

Public comments
Fred Fraley, who owns property adjacent to the intermodal, told council about his concerns about storm water drainage for warehouse facilities, specifically building 6, which is under construction, and building 7, which is proposed. He says the new buildings will stretch the entire length of one side of his property.
Fraley has appeared before planning commission and council several times in the past. Another part of his property is bordered by the JB Hunt cargo facility. In 2014, he petitioned against that facility being built, citing storm water drainage concerns.
In March 2017, he returned to council to report problems with water runoff and trash blowing into his field from the JB Hunt facility.
Fraley expressed concern that the same problems are going to occur with the new facilities being built or proposed. He said he has consulted with a third party who reviewed the site plans and told him “this isn’t going to work.”
Fraley says that the storm water collected during heavy rains will end up being released onto his bordering property.
He also said he believed there was a disparity in the consideration of bordering properties. He said that the developments bordering Gardner residential property required berms, trees and other protection that is not applied here.
“I think we’re going way too fast and allowing too much to be done without the proper… looking at something in one direction and not another,” he said.
Don Roberts, mayor, and Lee Hendricks, city attorney, both noted that final plat, which includes storm water drainage plans, have not yet been reviewed by planning commission. Hendricks advised council to wait to discuss the issues in depth until final plat review is presented to them.

Bonds for warehouse construction
Council considered Ordinance No. 1058, authorizing the issuance of $38 million in Industrial Revenue Bonds, to finance a 200,000 square foot warehouse and distribution facility located at 19400 Essex Road.
Beth Linn, city administrator, gave the staff presentation.
“One of the things that is important always to remind council of, is these are not General Obligation Bonds of the city. These are bonds paid solely by the developer,” Linn told council.
Council approved Ordinance No. 1058 with a 4-0 vote.

2017 Street Overlay
Council considered awarding construction contract for the 2017 Overlay Program.
Trey Whitaker, public works superintendent, gave the staff presentation.
The city collected bids, asking for cost options for different amounts of work.
The base bid includes cost for overlay of  E. McCarty Street, W. Hulett Street, E. Hulett Street, E. Martin Street, and E. McDonald Street.
Alternate bid #1 adds  E.
Rankin Street, E. Meriwood Street, E. 3rd Street and E. 4th Street.
Alternate bid  #2 adds E. 5th Street and E. 6th Street.
The final option was for all of the above.
Staff focused on two bids, from Little Joe’s Asphalt and from O’Donnell-Way Construction.
O’Donnell-Way was the lowest bid for the base project.
The 2017 Capitol Improvement Program budgeted $150,000  for street maintenance. Both base bids were under $150,000.
Little Joe’s bids were lowest on all of the alternate options. Their bid to do all of the mentioned streets was $245,557.22.
Should council choose that option, staff suggested the additional $95,557 could come from unallocated and unused funds from the 2016 and 2017 LPKC Maintenance Fee, which has a balance of over $440,000.
Don Roberts, mayor, said he was in favor of doing all the streets now. He mentioned doing it now would save thousands in mobilization costs.
Ron Conus and Clay Longanecker, council members, both wanted to know if the city had any experience with Little Joe’s.
Whitaker said he was familiar with them and had worked with them previously when he was with the city of Mission.
“They stand behind their work and they get it done in timely fashion,” said Whitaker.
Contractor work would start after Labor Day and the contract requires substantial completion by October 31, 2017.
Council approved the bid with all alternates from Little Joe’s by a 4-0 vote. Cindy Crooks, council member, was absent.

2018 Budget
Beth Linn, city administrator, asked council to approve the publishing of public notice in the paper of record regarding the official public budget hearing in August.
She reviewed major items associated with the city budget including the general fund, water fund, sewer fund, special highway fund, bond and interest fund, and vehicle replacement schedule.
Jody Brown, council member, asked about the mill levy rate. “Currently, today our mill levy is 33.654,” Linn said, adding that staff recommended a reduction of 2.
City revenue is increasing partly because LPKC Pilot payment collections are increasing in 2018, and in addition, the city will begin receiving a portion of the new Johnson County Sales Tax and recently increased property taxes.
Don Roberts, mayor, said that the rate was almost 44 when he became mayor and now it was close to 30.
Roberts hopes that mill rate can be reduced more in the future to help offset the increases in county taxes.