City Council Briefs
Auctions receive council approval
City council members Monday approved an area couple's plans for four farm equipment auctions at a site on the south side of U.S. Highway 24-40 in east Tonganoxie.
Jamie and Angela Moore of Moore Auction Service plan a sale on Dec. 30, as well as sales on March 31, June 23 and Sept. 29. In their request to the city for a temporary use permit, the couple agreed that items for the sales would not be on the site earlier than 30 days before the sales and would be removed from the site within 10 days.
Two weeks ago, council member Ray Usher said he didn't believe items should remain on the site after sales. And Monday night, he questioned the Moores.
"Why do you need 30 days?" he asked.
The couple said that provided time for buyers to inspect property and obtain financing, if necessary.
Council member Kathy Graveman agreed with the Moores, saying its common for items to be available for viewing for 30 days before a business auction. The Moores said they didn't understand they couldn't leave items on the site.
The council, on a 4-0 vote, approved the auction plans. Council member David Hernandez was absent.
Council member Janet Angell asked that city staff members review the temporary use permit process, to ensure that applicants understand what's required.
City completing details of land deal
Within a month, the city will own land southwest of Linwood near the Kansas River. At last week's council meeting, members approved paying $270,000 for the land, owned by Peggy Cooper. The city previously had paid Cooper $30,000 for an option on the land, where the city hopes to drill water wells. City administrator Chris Clark said the closing date will be in three to four weeks.