Rachel James was introduced as the city clerk for the city of Edgerton by Scott Peterson, assistant city administrator, at the Edgerton city council meeting on May 24. Staff photo by Rick Poppitz

Rick Poppitz
Special to The Gardner News
At their May 24 meeting, the Edgerton council considered details of Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce participation, Frontier Days, a hot dog fundraiser for the museum, rezoning and a new Community Improvement District at LPKC.

Chamber of Commerce
Jason Camis, president of Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce presented council with an annual update and request for contribution. Camis asked for $5000, which is the same amount Edgerton contributed last year; $2000 of that goes towards GE magazine. About $1000 goes towards area maps.
Camis reviewed chamber activities of the past year and told council he was looking for feedback on what the chamber could do for them.
Don Roberts, mayor, wanted assurance of “deliverables.” He cited three meetings that never happened and believed that Edgerton didn’t get enough coverage in the chamber’s GE magazine.
“I want to know what you’re proposing to do for Edgerton, specifically, so that we can have deliverables that we can count on and hold you accountable for,” Roberts said.
Camis and Roberts disagreed about an article in the magazine about a business with an Edgerton address. Camis considers that a feature story on an Edgerton business, but because the address is not in city limits, Roberts does not.
Camis said he always has viewed both communities equally and sits with board members from both communities.
“We’re here to serve and as much as you want from us, we need to hear from you – what are the things that are important, what are the things that are priorities and then we can figure out what we can deliver,” Camis said.
The amount requested was not disputed, and it was decided that the chamber and city staff will work together to create a list of deliverables for council consideration.

Rezoning for LPKC
Council considered an ordinance to approve rezoning of approximately 120 acres of land on the Northeast corner of Four Corners Road and 199th Street from RUR (rural) to L-P (Logistics Park) to accommodate future intermodal-related, logistics park development as part of Logistics Park Kansas City Phase II.
The Planning Commission held a public hearing on May 8 regarding this rezoning and recommended approval of the application.
Council approved with a unanimous vote of those in attendance. Josh Lewis, councilmember, was absent.

Council considered an ordinance authorizing creation of LPKC District No. 1 Community Improvement District (CID).
“The ordinance would authorize creation of a Community Improvement District over what we refer to as the Kubota site in Phase 2 of Logistics Park and it also approves a form of development agreement to go along with that community improvement district,” explained Scott Anderson, bond counsel.
The development agreement calls for special assessment equal to $0.05 a sq. ft. for all structures constructed within the district that are 50,000 sq. ft. or larger and constitute a warehouse, manufacturing or distribution facility. The special assessments shall run for a 10-year term that coincides with the term of property tax abatement for the project.
The special assessments will be used to pay for the demolition of existing improvements within the district and the design and construction of utility infrastructure improvements to accommodate industrial facilities to be constructed within the district.
LPKC CID #1 was established when council voted unanimously to adopt Ordinance No. 1081.

Museum fundraiser
Del Sawyer, owner of a concessions business called Willie’s Wacky Gourmet Hot Dogs, told the council he would like to be authorized to participate in the July 3 Community Picnic and Fireworks Show.
He wants to do this as a fundraiser to benefit Edgerton Community Museum. The council indicated they would ask staff and the city attorney to create policy to allow exceptions for non-profit situations such as this.