Albert Rukwaro
Special to The Gardner News
Katee Smith, former planning commissioner, has been appointed to the Edgerton City Council.
Smith was sworn in during a council meeting Sept. 12. Smith resigned her position on the planning commission on Sept. 7.
During the same meeting , the council approved the appointments of Jeremy Little and Charlie Crooks to the planning commission. The two will serve for two years.
The council also approved the rezoning of approximately 15 acres of land from Johnson County rural zoning to Edgerton City Logistics Park zoning district. The land is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Kill Creek road and 191st street in Edgerton.
The city also approved a raft of rate increases ranging from utilities to building permits. According to Karen Kindle, finance director, residents will see their water bill increase by about two percent and the wastewater rate increase by about 5 percent. The new rates go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.
The city approved a resolution establishing fees and rates for permits, licenses and services. The city consolidated city code fees into a single resolution enabling the city to effect changes to the city code fees without first requiring an amendment to particular sections of the code.
The changes follow a study by Ratfelis Financial Consultants who conducted a rate study for both the water and wastewater utilities. The company recommended small rate increases in each year in order to avoid large increases in the later years of the forecast period.
Kindle said the increases were factored into the budget resolution the city approved a few weeks ago.
During the meeting , the council prohibited parking along 181st street between Waverly Road and the end of the roadway and on Montrose Road between 191st and 183rd streets.
Katie Crow, development services director , said the prohibition is necessary because semi trucks delivering goods at the Logistics Park and employee passenger cars create unsafe conditions on the roads.
She said employees at the logistics park have ample parking on the facility but did not indicate an alternative parking spot for the truck drivers delivering goods to the park.
“The city of Olathe has imposed steep fines on parking on their off ramps, and we expect more truck drivers will resort to parking on our streets,” she said.