Archive for Wednesday, December 13, 2000

City Council Briefs

December 13, 2000

Development plan work continues

City council members Monday night received an overview of recent work on a new 20-year comprehensive development plan for Tonganoxie.

A citizens committee and the city's planning commission have been working on the plan with a Kansas University professor of architecture and urban design.

"At this point, I can see February or even March before it's complete," said city administrator Chris Clark.

The city's existing comprehensive plan will be in effect until the council adopts the new plan.

Mobile home park receives approval

The Tonganoxie City Council on Monday approved a final plat for a one-lot subdivision along the west side of U.S. Highway 24-40. Kenny Galyean plans to either add onto a building at the site or construct a new one. The council also set a 90-day deadline for Galyean to connect sewer and water to the existing building. The council also approved final development plans for Country Hills Estates mobile home park at U.S. Highway 24-40 and Smiley Road.

Council protests water district request

Council members approved a letter protesting a plan by Rural Water District No. 9 to construct a booster pump building on land at 22000 235th St. The water district's request for a special use permit will be considered at tonight's Leavenworth County Planning Commission meeting.

The land is adjacent to the city limits, and it's likely the city will annex parts of the water district in the future. Then, the city would have to pay the district for improvements, such as the building.

Council lowers pay for city inspector

The city has paid $107,650 in building inspection fees to a part-time inspector for services during the past two years.

But Monday, council members set a limit on Tim Pinnick's salary in Tonganoxie. Pinnick, who is a full-time inspector for the city of Lawrence, has received 70 percent of inspection fees, while the city has retained 30 percent. As Tonganoxie has grown, so has Pinnick's salary.

Beginning Jan. 1, the city will retain 60 percent of the fees, while Pinnick will be paid 40 percent. In addition, city administrator Chris Clark said there will be a $35,000 annual cap on his contract.

"He was actually kind of embarrassed he had made that much money," Clark said, adding Pinnick willingly agreed to the new terms.

In 1997, Pinnick earned $4,680, compared with $49,296 last year and $58,354 so far this year.

Condemnation ready for sewer easement

City council members approved a resolution Monday night that is the first step in condemning land for a sanitary sewer interceptor project. The city wants an easement at 105 N. Main, but has been unable to obtain it. Next Wednesday, the council is expected to adopt an ordinance concerning the condemnation and then file a court action.

City to examine sewer improvements

City council members heard reports Monday about improvements to the city's wastewater treatment plant and sanitary sewer system. Council members agreed that Cecil Kingsley, the city engineer, should meet with city administrator Chris Clark and other city staff members to determine a plan to work on the plant and system. It's likely the city could obtain federal money to fund part of the work, which could total $4.7 million.

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