City Council Briefs
The city of Tonganoxie won't be able to burn brush and trees accumulated after the May 11 tornado at a rock quarry west of town.
According to Leavenworth County officials, the state will not allow burning of the materials at the county-owned quarry just off Kansas Highway16 about a mile or so west of Tonganoxie.
The city would have to rent a large grinder to handle the trees and brush, at an hourly cost of about $300.
"The money would put us in a financial strain," Mayor John Franiuk said. "We just don't have 4,000 bucks to do that."
Franiuk said he planned to talk to Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials this week in an effort to persuade them to allow the burning.
The Tonganoxie City Fire Department received a temporary use permit for fire training Monday night from the city council. Firefighters want to set a donated mobile home on a foundation and use it for smoke training. Originally, plans called for the mobile home to be set up behind the fire department. But city council members said they preferred a site at the sewage treatment plant, which would move it away from downtown and a park.
Fire Chief Charlie Conrad agreed.
It is expected that the council will grant a permanent special-use permit once the mobile home is moved to the sewage treatment plant.
Amy Train, reporter
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