Special to The Gardner News
The Gardner City Council met on June 4 and approved final details of the Justice Center bonds and approved appointments to advisory boards and the planning commission.
Bonds for Justice Center
Council considered adopting an ordinance authorizing the issuance and delivery of $14,985,000 principal amount of General Obligation Bonds and and providing for the levy and collection of an annual tax for the purpose of paying the principal of and interest on the bonds as they become due.
Bruce Kimmel, financial advisor, told council the best bid had resulted in a reduction of $865,000.
The bonds pay for three projects – 13.725M for the construction of the Justice Center, $195,000 for replacement of the pool filter system at the Aquatics Center and 1.93 M for phase 3 of the Pavement Management Program (PMP).
This portion of the bonds for the Justice Center is for a 20-year term. The other two items have a 10 year term.
Council adopted Ordinance No. 2580 with a unanimous vote.
The second step to complete the transactions for the sale of the bonds was to adopt a resolution prescribing the form and details of and authorizing the delivery of the General Obligation Bonds.
The resolution provides the details of the bond issue including such items as the principal and
interest payment dates and amounts, the rate of interest, identification of the paying agent and
bond registrar, and more details.
The council had previously directed that all revenue from the city’s share of the countywide .25 percent sales tax approved for the county courthouse will be used to pay a portion of the 20-year debt service. The city’s share of the courthouse sales tax will cover approximately 25 percent of the total estimated debt service for the Justice Center. The remainder of the debt service is property tax supported.
Council adopted Resolution No. 1989 with a unanimous vote.
The council approved appointment of David Gleiter and Dave Hayden to the Airport Advisory Board.
Hayden’s appointment fills a vacancy with a term expiring Feb. 28, 2019 and Gleiter’s term expires Jan. 31, 2021.
The council approved appointment of Steven McNeer to fill the vacancy on the Planning Commission. Mcneer’s term will expire May 18, 2021.
The council also approved appointment of Eric Hansen to the Economic Development Advisory Committee with a term expiring in November 2018.
Approved in the consent agenda was purchase of three vehicles – two 2018 Ram 1500 4X2 quad cab trucks from Davis-Moore Automotive, Inc. for the utilities department at a cost of $41,581.28 and one 2018 Ford 450 4×4 crew cab diesel truck for $107,784.00 from Olathe Ford for the line maintenance staff.
Council approved a three-year contract with Gardner Animal Hospital for animal shelter services at a total cost of $284,400. This is a budgeted annual expense within the police department’s animal control budget.
Council approved a contract with KCP&L to provide three phase power to the irrigation system at the Gardner Golf Course in the amount of $57,106.02. The current irrigation system at the Gardner Golf Course is set up for single phase power to operate the current pumps, which are too small to functionally serve the course.
In council updates, Jim Pruetting, police chief, reported there have been two pit bull dog bite incidents in the past few weeks.
In one incident, a pit bull had escaped its fenced yard and then attacked and killed another dog as it was being walked on the street by it’s owner. The owner tried to intervene and was also bitten.
“I made a determination that that dog be deemed viscious, and it was removed from the city,” said Pruetting.
The second incident involved a dog that was let loose in a fenced field to run, but a gate was open, and the dog went through the open gate ,and then bit a ten year old child.
“We took custody of that dog as well and it’s still being boarded until that case is adjudicated in municipal court” Pruetting said.
Pruetting said he has been asked by several citizens if Gardner has any ordinance against pit bulls and reported that the city does not have any breed specific animal bans.
Steve Shute, mayor, said council could looked at city policy on dogs, if there was reason to, but it appears that these cases were a result of owners not following existing animal ordinances.
Larry Powell, business and economic development director, said that a short term stop work order had been issued last Friday regarding construction on the Hampton Inn. A scheduled fire inspection had found items of concern and alerted the city. Powell said the owners were contacted immediately and a partial work release is allowing work to continue.
“We don’t forsee that this is going to forestall or stop the planned opening in November of this yea,r” said Powell.
The meeting concluded. When motion was made to adjourn after only 43 minutes, Rich Melton voted no, saying the meeting was too short.