Lee Moore Gardner City Councilman: March 7 Council Work Session

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Lee Moore, Gardner City Councilman

At last night’s work session, we received a presentation of the results of the Town Hall meeting about the golf course. There was quite a lot of discussion afterward and lots of questions from the Governing Body. It seems that most of it was centered around what can we do now to arrest the rapid decline of the condition of the course. I asked for some kind of rough business plan to consider with the ongoing “visioning” process that we are undergoing.

We kicked off the regular meeting with two presentations from staff. Public Words Director, Brian Faust gave a presentation of the progress made by the Streets, Sidewalks, and Stormwater Advisory Committee (SSSAC). Suffice it to say that the SSSAC has been hard at work since 1 September designing a grading criteria and methodology to prioritize the many sidewalks and public walkways needs around the city. Larry Powell, Director of Economic Development and Planning presented the results from the polling at the recent boat and RV parking Town Hall meeting. It seems about evenly split between the same or more restrictive parking codes and less restrictive parking codes. The Land Development Code rewrite is at a point where this sort of input will be required. The consensus of the Governing Body was to lean toward slightly less restriction to allow for two non-passenger vehicles parked on any given property. Staff was directed to roll that into the code rewrite proposal. There will be another opportunity to make changes to this when the rewritten code is actually brought up for a vote. Stay tuned!

For the Consent Agenda, we approved expenditures for the month of February in the amount of $1,909,138.21. We also authorized the City Administrator, Cheryl Harrison-Lee to execute supply contracts for some electrical hardware for the Electric Utility. We approved the extension of the Planning Commission appointment process for 30 days so we can fill the position left vacant by Raymond Kimzey. Lastly, we authorized the Mayor to execute an agreement with Johnson County to help us pay for the Center Street reconstruction project. This is the project where we are going to repair Center St. from Grand St. to Kane.

For new business, and in an historic moment for the future of the City of Gardner, we executed a funding agreement with a developer for a large project located over on the East side of I-35 at the Walmart interchange. The video will be pretty humorous on this one as Kristy and I accidentally interrupted the Mayor with the motion and second. What can I say? This is a huge deal and I was excited. smile emoticon

The second item of new business included a presentation by the president of the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (SJEDC). This is something the Governing Body is faced with every year. That is the decision to renew our membership in the SJEDC. This time around, we approved the $35k membership dues with a 4-1 vote. This is a particularly difficult decision for me because I am always looking for the return on investment. In this case, there is nothing tangible to point to except continued growth in economic activity in and around the City of Gardner. With this year’s investment, and I can’t speak for the entire Governing Body, it is my intent that we send a message to the greater Kansas City area that Gardner is open for business and eager to blaze some new trails. I also asked the SJEDC to leverage some relationships on our behalf to drive some of the fiber optic infrastructure that is headed down I-35 into the City of Gardner. Anybody who might have some questions on this, feel free to contact me.

The second item of new business included a presentation by the president of the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (SJEDC). This is something the Governing Body is faced with every year. That is the decision to renew our membership in the SJEDC. This time around, we approved the $35k membership dues with a 4-1 vote. This is a particularly difficult decision for me because I am always looking for the return on investment. In this case, there is nothing tangible to point to except continued growth in economic activity in and around the City of Gardner. With this year’s investment, and I can’t speak for the entire Governing Body, it is my intent that we send a message to the greater Kansas City area that Gardner is open for business and eager to blaze some new trails. I also asked the SJEDC to leverage some relationships on our behalf to drive some of the fiber optic infrastructure that is headed down I-35 into the City of Gardner. Anybody who might have some questions on this, feel free to contact me.

Last but not least, we lifted the long-standing ban on the sale and use only on July 4th of personal, consumer fireworks within city limits. There was a lot of discussion around this and there is some well-founded concern for public safety. However, the good news is that we can now have an ongoing conversation about the safe and responsible use of fireworks in the city. This is not something the city could have sponsored with a ban in place, even though the ban was, by all accounts, never enforced. Happy early 4th of July!

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