The downtown Edgerton intersection improvement project began Sept. 24, 2018, with the removal of the existing failing asphalt roadway on Nelson Street between E. 4th and E. 5th Streets. The intersection will be expanded and upgraded with concrete pavement and new sidewalk ramps meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The second phase of the project will be new concrete pavement on E. 4th St. from Nelson St. to north to Hulett St. The improvement project, funded by the County Assistance Road System (CARS) program, is scheduled to be substantially completed by mid-December, 2018. Photo courtesy of Jerry Kellogg

Albert Rukwaro
Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton City Council approved a recommendation to renew an agreement with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department for the law enforcement services for fiscal year 2019.
The agreement calls for the city to pay the sheriff’s department $310,459. a five percent increase from the $295,677 the city paid this year.
The agreement, outlined during the Sept. 27 council meeting, states that the sheriff’s department will provide services at the same level as those provided for the unincorporated area of the county. A fully manned patrol car will be available for the city and additional cars and personnel shall be available as needed.
Included in the overall cost is $5,000 for overtime pay for officers that appear in court as witnesses or for special events within city limits. The boundary for the city is the Johnson county line to the south and west, 167th street to the north and Gardner Road/Center street to the east and includes the massive Logistics Park.
The agreement also calls for the city to provide an attorney to serve as a municipal judge, an attorney to prosecute all cases and a designated clerk to supervise the court docket.
The city also moved to condemn private property for easements on Homestead lane/207th street project.
According to Beth Linn, city administrator, the city has met with and spoken to several property owners affected by the project to negotiate easements.
“Requests to grant of right-of-way and easements were mailed to property owners on Aug. 31 with a request to have them signed and returned by October first,” Linn said.
However, for those property owners who do not sign the agreements, the staff anticipates the need to exercise the use of condemnation to acquire the remaining easements.
Linn said that passing the resolution does not prohibit the city from continuing to negotiate and acquire the easements but simply authorizes the preparation of the descriptions.
The project includes the design and construction of Homestead Lane (Interstate 35 to 207th street) and 207th street (Homestead Lane to Waverly Road). Homestead Lane includes a new four-lane bridge and a 10-foot protected sidewalk on one side.
During the same meeting the council approved a public works department request to spend up to $57,034 for a pick-up truck through the Mid-America regional council’s metro vehicle bid list. The vehicle will be fitted with a snow plow prep package, a skid plate and high capacity trailer tow, among other options.
The city also approved the rules and regulation for two baseball fields located at Martin Creek Park. The fields, which have so far cost $118,000, will be open to the public between March and October every year.