Tonganoxie gets connected with cyberspace
Everything's up to date in Tonganoxie, and that includes the city's new website, www.tongie.org, which was unveiled Saturday and shown to city council members Monday night.
Tonganoxie resident Jim Morey designed the new Internet site, which includes minutes of city council and planning commission meetings, as well as photographs of Tonganoxie Mayor John Franiuk and all of the city council members.
"I think it's about time we got caught up with the technology of what's out there," Franiuk said.
The project was funded by Boeing, Wichita, Franiuk said. "By providing funding for this to Kansas towns, they wanted to help everybody be ready for the 21st century," he said.
Indeed, simply by logging on to the web site, an Internet user can easily learn about Tonganoxie's schools, housing, industry, the city library, parks, lodging and restaurants.
Also on the website are historical pictures from our city's past provided by local historian John Lenahan, details about recreation commission games and classes, a calendar listing local events and a bulletin board site.
The web site is an ongoing Internet resource, Morey said. "It will always be a work in progress. We're always going to be updating."
In the future, residents will be able to file applications for building permits and rezoning on the website, Morey explained.
Morey said the website serves two purposes: To provide information about Tonganoxie to people or businesses that might want to move here, and to be an informative tool for local citizens.
"People moving here aren't necessarily going to be coming from places just down the road," Morey said. "They're going to be coming here from all over the country. So we wanted to put our city in the best light from a national point of view."