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Gardner Council Selects Mundt as Interim City Administrator

Posted on Mar. 9th, 2011
Peter Solie
fairburn Mayor Drovetta presents a clock in appreciation for Stewart Fairburn's 10 years with the City of Gardner.
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Following a short Executive Session, the Gardner City Council voted to authorize the Mayor to negotiate and execute a contact with Melissa Mundt to serve as Interim City Administrator. Previously, the Mayor stated that there would be no action on a permanent replacement for Stewart Fairburn until after the April 5th election that will replace three of the five current members of the Council.

Mayor Dave Drovetta presented outgoing City Administrator, Stewart Fairburn with a clock. Fairburn said, "This is a bittersweet moment. I'm excited about the new challenges. I'm not going to miss the work, but I am going to miss the people." Mayor Drovetta reminded the public that "the City of Gardner had experienced 104% growth during the time that Stewart has served the City. With the recent release of Census Data, we learned that Gardner had the fourth largest growth in raw numbers of all the cities in Johnson County. Only Overland Park, Olathe and Shawnee had more people move into their cities."

In other business, the Council passed an ordinance that will permit the sale of 3.2 beer at Celebration Park for certain events during the year. The upcoming balloon festival was the reason for the ordinance, but other groups will be permitted to seek a permit to serve 3.2 alcohol at Celebration Park following a Public Hearing by the City Council. Currently, alcohol is permitted at the Dam Park when properly leased, at the Golf Course, at a defined locations during Festival on the Trails. Officials with the Kansas City Hot Air Balloon Invitational will need to apply for a permit to serve 3.2 alcohol and a public hearing will be held before the permit will be approved.

The Council approved an agreement with Johnson County for 50% reimbursement for rebuilding and paving 183rd Street between Gardner and Moonlight Roads. The Western half of the one mile section will receive a more extensive rebuilding of the road bed. The entire length will have ditch grading and shoulder work done in addition to the new pavement. The total cost of the project is projected to be $785,500. With this agreement, Johnson County CARS funding will pay $343,000 and a federal CDBG grant for $50,000 will also be utilized for this project. David Greene, Director of Public Works for the City said that he expects construction on this project to be completed this summer.

Mr. Greene also received approval for engineering and design costs for the rebuilding of the Gardner Lake Spillway. The roadway over the spillway has been closed for several years and the cement work on the spillway has been broken up for as long as many people can remember. The new spillway will be able to move water off the lake faster than the current facility. As a result, 20 homes that are currently in the flood zone will no longer be in the flood zone. The homes won't be moved, the defined boundary of the flood zone will be changed to reflect the capacity of the new spillway. Seven homes will remain in the flood zone. The City of Gardner will pay for "flood proofing up to seven houses that cannot be removed from the FEMA floodplain limits."

The total cost of the project is $2.74 million. This year's design and engineering costs will be $309,791. The cost of construction will go before the Council next year. The City of Gardner will pay $760,000 of the total cost from its Water Fund. The remaining 75% or $1.98 million paid by Johnson County Stormwater Management Program.

At the request of Mayor Drovetta, Jamie Lavin reviewed the 10 prints that were produced for the Kansas Lottery's celebration of the Kansas Sesquicentennial. Mayor Drovetta asked the council to consider purchasing some of the prints, two of which were done by Gardner residents, for display at City Hall. The prints are available for $55 each and could be framed for approximately $120 each. Mr. Lavin offered to donate the print of his painting to the City. 55 prints were made of each painting and the Lottery took 20 of those, leaving 35 prints available for purchase by the public. No action was taken on this item.

The Council will next meet in a Joint Session with the Gardner Edgerton School Board on Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the School District Administration Building.


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