Albert Rukwaro
Special to The Gardner News
Gardner City Council adopted a resolution creating a benefit district for an 82 acre multi- phase residential development during its regular meeting January 18.
The establishment of the benefit district will enable the city to install a sanitary sewer lift station and other site related improvements on the proposed Tuscan Farms residential development.
Tuscan farms will contain 208 single family lots and 56 additional rental units.
According to Matthew Wolff, finance director, the home values in the project will start at approximately $250,000. The rental units will be maintenance free.
Chad Burkdoll, developer, has provided the city with a $339,000 letter of credit which will expire after the completion of residencies on 20 lots on the project.
“The maximum cost of the improvements for the improvement district is $1,325,000 including the issuance for temporary notes and long term bonds and the interest expense on temporary notes,” Wolff said.
“The cost of improvement will be assessed one hundred percent against the improvement district, and zero percent to be paid by the city at large,” he said.
The proposed term of the improvement district is 15 years.

In other business
the council adopted an ordinance amending its floodplain and storm-water management in line with requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Tim McEldowney, city engineer, told the council that EPA requires all cities with populations greater than 10,000 to meet the phase II requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) which is administered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
“This ordinance provides the necessary tools for the city to minimize adverse water quality impacts resulting from storm-water runoff from construction sites,” he told the council.
“It also provides requirements for new development and redevelopment sites to provide ongoing storm-water management.”