Archive for Wednesday, October 11, 2000

New member named to planning board

October 11, 2000

The Tonganoxie Planning Commission has a new member.

Karen Walters, 44, rural Tonganoxie, was chosen at Monday night's city council meeting to replace Larry Shepek, who resigned for personal reasons.

"I was the city clerk for 15 years here," said Walters, who will become one of two commissioners from rural Tonganoxie on the seven-member commission.

"I left the job for health reasons. I had told them when I left if they ever needed a planning commission member from the country, I would be willing to do that."

Walters said her family moved to Tonganoxie in 1974. She returned to the Kansas City area, but then moved back to Tonganoxie in 1979.

Walters said planning issues are important to the city.

"There's so much growth going on," she said. "There's lots of planning that needs to be done. I think growth can be troublesome. It's better to be on top of it and prepared for it and be able to control it when it does come."

Also at Monday night's council meeting:

Chris Clark, city administrator, reported he sent a letter with several questions to former administrator Chris Eppley after a member of the downtown improvement committee submitted some questions to the city about the Fourth Street renovation project. Eppley replied with a response to all of the questions. Some of his responses were curt, according to council members. Another letter to inform the committee of the responses will be sent after council members have a chance to review Eppley's letter.

Clark said the city submitted an application to the state to receive funding to clean up the former city dump site on Todd Breuer's property recently. The approximate cost of the clean up came in just under $100,000. Clark anticipates the city being approved.

Clark said the city submitted a request to the Kansas Department of Transportation concerning speed limit changes and traffic counts on U.S. Highway 24-40 and is still awaiting a response.

The council decided to allow open-burning during the first three weekends of November for leaves and other yard waste.

Clark reported that he discovered some inaccuracies in the distribution, not collection, of sales tax money in the past couple of months, so the city will receive a check of about $35,000 to cover the shortage this month.

The council received the resignation of another planning commission member, Joel Stinson.

Council members asked the police department to further investigate the possibility of placing stop signs 12th and Bury streets.

Council members ap-proved the final plat for Eagle Valley South No. 1.

The council was told that the Kansas Concrete Ready Mix Association recognized the city Monday morning in Topeka for the downtown renovation project.

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