Lynne Hermansen
The issuance and delivery of General Obligation Bonds for several city projects passed at the Monday, July 18 meeting.
Bruce Kimmel, senior municipal advisor for Ehlers, presented the bonds’ positive results.
The $11,425,000 principal amount of Series 2022A bonds are for paying off 2020C temporary notes for the Tuscan Farm Special Benefit District, reimbursement for the Grata/Prairie Trace property to WaterOne and certain sewerage improvements and improvements to Old Highway 56 traffic way.
Kimmel said there had been a $1,095 decrease with a dent service of $756,000.
“We have seen such rapid inflation and rates over the Spring,”he said. “Rates now have tapered off and come down to the city’s benefit. Interest costs have lowers and you’re saving in the debt service. $756,000 was less than estimated.”
Kimmel said the $1,395,000 in 2022B Temporary Notes are for renewing a portion of the 2020C General Obligation Temporary Notes for the Hilltop Ridge Benefit District.
There had been a $15,000 decrease and the debt service was $29,000 less than estimated, he said.
Kimmel said they had a very good call with S&P and the city maintains a AA- rating and stable outlook.
“You had strong marks in all categories and are very well regarded,”he said. “They want to wait and see with the ongoing growth and see more sustained growth in the economy. They recognize a lot of the debt is utilities and not property taxes.”
Kimmel said the city has a great finance department team.

Other Business
-New classes of wastewater customers and their rates were approved. Amy Foster, business services manager, said the city is providing wastewater to the new development east of I-35 but not water.
“This is a new way to bill customers without data,”she said.
The customers will be billed in two seperate classes at a flat monthly rate based on the monthly service charge and average usage of similar customers. Residential Wastewater users are single units that will be billed $57.63 monthly and Multi-Family users referred to as apartment building games will be billed $31.29 per unit monthly.
Foster said the rates were averaged on winter usage which is the normal usage rate.
“In the future we feel it to be more beneficial to get water safe but right now a flat rate works better,”she said. “We have beans new customers so we felt the need to get moving on billing for that.”
Mark Baldwin, council member, said he thought it was a clever way to calculate rates but would like to revisit it so one resident is not subsidizing another.
-two zoning planning commission recommendations were approved. The first rezones 24.69 acres of Prairiefire Crossing from R-1 Single Family Residential and RP-3 Planned Garden Apartments to RP-4 Planned Mixed Density. The duplex development is south of St. John’s Highland for 62 lots of 124 units on approximately 8,700 square feet.
Dave Knopick, community development director, said there were concerns about traffic and open green space.
Baldwin said because the greenspace was being eliminated were there plans for a park area.
Knopick said there was a trail area with green open space but it wasn’t formally a park and facilities were not planned.
“The intent is for the trail to attach to KillCreek,”he said.
Tory Roberts, council member, said hadn’t there been a plan for a park in that area in the last ten years as part of the park plan.
Jason Bruce, parks and rec director, said the parcel was only cut out for a neighborhood park not a public park.
Knopick said a lot of that had to do with it being I the airport runway protection zone.
Deaton said even if it was zoned they were still marrying duplexes.
Knopick said the final plan has to be substantially the same as the preliminary plan.
“It is not mixed density but duplexes, but because of the way the lots are set up any substantial plans need to come back to planning commission for a new hearing,”he said.
The second rezoning is for .1865 acres from R1 Single Family Residential to RP-2 Planned Two Family Residential for a Gardner Lake property.
Knopick said it was an unusual situation because the property is in city limits but adjacent to Gardner Lake.
“The family desire to do modifications but most of the properties there don’t meet our zoning requirements,”he said.
Knopick said it will be RP-2 because of the lot size and the final plan will be the building application.
Steve Shute, council vice president, said there were limitations in the existing code and it was “putting a square in a round peg”. The ultimate fix, he said, would be creating zoning for the lake area.
-the existing Big Bull Wastewater Treatment Plant contract with the City of Edgerton was approved in the consent agenda. The agreement began in 2012 to transport and treat wastewater at the new treatment plant with Gardner financing half the cost. The contract states Edgerton is to pay the City of Gardner $4,338,007.46 of the remaining balance of the city’s loan for the Cooperative Facilities. Gardner will also receive half of the $103,122.46 Repair Fund balance.
Jim Pruetting, city manager, said they have 120 days to terminate the contract and it will lower their loan rate. They will come back with options for wastewater treatment services at a future meeting.