Vote set on clerk’s residency
Tonganoxie city residents will be headed for the polls again soon.
In a May 22 special election, voters will be asked to approve a measure that would allow the city clerk to live in Leavenworth County or an adjoining county.
At Monday night's Tonganoxie City Council meeting, council members set the election date.
The special election was prompted after Jean Lenahan, a downtown business owner, submitted a petition protesting a charter ordinance the city council approved in January.
That ordinance would allow the city clerk to live in Leavenworth County or an adjoining county.
Kathy Bard, who began work as clerk in November, lives in DeSoto, which is in Johnson County. She is a former deputy DeSoto city clerk.
Monday night, the city council approved a formal title change for Bard. She now is acting city clerk.
According to City Administrator Chris Clark, it was Bard who discovered that an earlier charter ordinance required that the clerk live in Leavenworth County. So the council adopted another ordinance in January.
It's not certain exactly how much the special election will cost the city.
Leavenworth County Clerk Linda Scheer has estimated it would be in the $1,400 range, if city officials decide to open two polling sites. The price tag includes the cost of printing ballots, workers' salaries and other election-related expenses.
"That may be a little on the high end," Scheer said Tuesday morning.
It's likely the city will have both polling places open for the special election, the city administrator said. That decision was to be made during a meeting he had planned to have Tuesday afternoon with Scheer.
The city's polling places are at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds on West Fourth Street and at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 703 S. River.