City council briefs
Public hearing set on request to serve liquor at restaurant
During a public hearing Aug. 27, Tonganoxie City Council members will discuss whether to allow Badd Jack's Southwest restaurant to serve liquor.
The restaurant is 170 feet from the United Methodist Church's property line. One city ordinance states that liquor may not be sold within 200 feet of a church. But another ordinance provides regulations of liquor sales within 500 feet of churches, schools and other functions but also says the city can grant waivers to sell liquor within that distance.
Jack Cronemeyer is converting a former antique store in the 400 block of East Fourth Street into a restaurant, where he wants to sell beers and margaritas. Cronemeyer is seeking a state liquor license, but also must comply with city regulations.
"There are about 15 different ordinances that deal with this, and how each plays a role is not clear in my mind," said City Administrator Chris Clark.
Council members agreed to conduct a public hearing on Aug. 27 to decide the issue.
"I would prefer a waiver," Cronemeyer said. "That's the simplest thing. I think probably everybody in the room would be better served if there were a public hearing."
Several representatives of Tonganoxie churches were in the audience, and Cronemeyer said they should be able to express their views, which a public hearing would accomplish.
"I think we should have a public hearing and be done with it," he said. "Either way, Badd Jack's Southwest is going to serve food. If we don't get to serve beer and margaritas, we're still going to be there."
During the days until the hearing, City Attorney Mike Crow will review the city's ordinances that pertain to liquor sales.
Rezoning request earns council approval; duplexes planned
Tonganoxie City Council members on Monday approved a rezoning request that will pave the way for a duplex at the southwest corner of Seventh and Church streets. Chris and Marilyn Weller plan to construct duplexes on the site. The couple own two nearby duplexes, at the northeast corner of Eighth Street and U.S. Highway 24-40.
"I think it will be an asset to the area down there," Chris Weller said.
Council members voted 3-0 in favor of rezoning the tract from a single-family to two-family designation, with member Emmett Wetta absent and member Pat Albert abstaining.
City council members to attend countywide planning session
City council members agreed to conduct a special meeting in September so they legally can attend a meeting in Lansing to discuss planning and zoning throughout the county.
If council members had not called the special meeting, two members of the council could not attend the Lansing meeting without possible violation of the Kansas Open Meetings law.
The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Lansing Community Center and will include representatives from planning commissions for Leavenworth County, as well as the cities of Basehor, Lansing, Leavenworth and Tonganoxie.
City ordered to pay $8,100 for sewer project easements
City Administrator Chris Clark informed council members that the city was ordered to pay $8,100 for condemnation of five pieces of property needed for an interceptor sewer line.
In addition, the city will pay $7,500 for court-appointed appraisers who decided the condemnation case on Monday.
"Once we pay those awards into court, we can proceed with the work," said City Attorney Mike Crow.
The money will come from the city's sewer capital fund, Clark said.
Council approves measure to allow sick leave donations
City council members have approved a request from the city administrator to allow staff members to donate sick leave to a Tonganoxie police officer.
Officer Brian Daily's infant son, Garrett, is battling leukemia. City Administrator Chris Clark told council members on Monday that city staff members are allowed to donate sick leave to one another if the staff member is ill, but not if a family member is ill.
Brian Daily currently has 29 hours of sick leave remaining, but he would require two to three weeks off work, if his son were to receive a bone marrow transplant.
Council members unanimously approved the Clark's request to allow city staff members to donate sick leave to Daily.