City Council Briefs
Council rejects auction permit
City council members rejected a Tonganoxie couple's request for a temporary use permit for an auction Dec. 30.
Council members expressed frustration that items from an earlier sale conducted by Moore Auction Service remain on the site, which is on the south side of U.S. Highway 24-40 in east Tonganoxie.
"What I've noticed is that everything that's out there has been out there for four months," said council member Ray Usher. "It's not a temporary use and I think it's unsightly."
But Angela Moore said she and her husband had no idea that removing items was one of the requirements of temporary use permits.
Mayor John Franiuk offered to allow the Moores to withdraw their application for the permit, asking them to resubmit substitute application that clearly outlines when items would be removed after the Dec. 30 sale. But Mrs. Moore said that would pose scheduling problems for the couple.
The council voted 3-1, with Janet Angell opposed, to reject the permit request. Usher, Pat Albert and Dave Hernandez voted in favor.
Industrial parking rules approved
Industrial parking regulations in Tonganoxie have been eased. Previously, parking has not been allowed in setback areas in industrial areas.
But under new regulations adopted Monday night, one parking space will be required for every 1,000 square feet of building space, and it will be allowed within the setback area, up to within 10 feet of the property line.
Council hears update on water wells
City administrator Chris Clark told council members that the city has met a small snag in its application for water rights on land near the Kansas River.
The city has paid $30,000 for an option to purchase the land from Peggy Cooper. The city hopes to drill water wells on the property, but first must obtain permission from the state. The option expires Nov. 28. To complete the purchase, the city must pay Cooper an additional $270,000.
The Kansas Water Office has determined that the city's population estimates are too high, and is requiring it change them. Council members agreed to alter the application and resubmit it to the water office, in hopes of receiving approval before the option expires.
City considering revenue-builders
In an effort to infuse money into the city's budget, city administrator Chris Clark is investigating whether to allow cell towers on city property.
It's possible the city could make up to $17,000 in the first year, and at least $12,000 in subsequent years, if cell towers were allowed on property, such as the wastewater treatment plant or water towers.
Council members agreed that Clark proceed with the idea and return to them with a proposal.
In another budget matter, Clark said he plans to offer 3 percent cost-of-living pay increases to city employees and merit pay increases of up to 4 percent. And the council agreed to pay Christmas bonuses of $25 to part-time workers and $50 for full-time workers.
Developers reminded of infrastructure rule
The city administrator has sent a letter to Tonganoxie developers reminding them the city requires completion of all infrastructure before building permits can be issued.
If infrastructure improvements are not complete, the developers must pay a performance bond that would cover the cost of completing those improvements.
Chris Clark, city administrator, said the move was precipitated by homeowners moving into a house in the Stone Creek development, even though the sewer pump station was not operational.
Council members said they fully supported Clark's letter.
Commission, clerk vacancies filled
Following a 40-minute executive session that included interviews with seven planning commission applicants, Mayor John Franiuk appointed Ronald Kampfer to the commission. Kampfer, 209 Pleasant St., will fill the vacancy created by Joel Stinson's resignation.
Tonganoxie's new city clerk attended her first council meeting Monday. Kathy Bard, who has worked in DeSoto city government, was sworn in by Karen Daniels, acting clerk.