Archive for Wednesday, June 27, 2001

City Council Briefs

June 27, 2001

City OKs building codes
Tonganoxie City Council members Monday night adopted several codes that will make it easier for the city to control building.
The council adopted the International Plumbing Code for 2000, the Internation-al Mechanical Code for 2000, the Uniform Housing Code for 1997 and the Inter-national Building Code and the Inter-national Residential Code, both for 2000.
The need for additional building codes in the city was underscored in February, when fire broke out at a local apartment complex. Some residents complained that they had had difficulty with their landlord in getting maintenance performed at the complex. City officials say adoption of these and other codes will mean the city can take action to ensure structures in Tonganoxie are safe.
"I think that is going to be a great tool for the city," said City Administrator Chris Clark.

Work to start on skate park
Work will begin soon on a master plan for a skate park in Tonganoxie.
On Monday, city council members agreed to pay $4,000 to BG Consultants, Lawrence, for the master plan. Area youths had requested the city to look into building a skate park in the city, and they currently are trying to raise money. A potential site for the park is across the street from Magnatech Park, according to City Administrator Chris Clark.

Mobile home laws pass
City council members adopted two ordinances Monday that pertain to mobile home parks.
One ordinance outlines that the sewer connection fee charged for mobile homes will be a one-time charge. It will not be levied each time someone moves into the home.
The other ordinance outlines the city procedure for obtaining an occupancy permit in a mobile home.
The city's attorney and an attorney for Steve Sturgeon, who is developing a 90-lot mobile home park in the city, had worked out details on the two ordinances.

Cable franchise altered
The cable television franchise for Tonganoxie is under new corporate ownership.
City council members approved the transfer in the cable franchise from WorldNet LLC to the World Company, owner of The Mirror newspaper. Principals in both companies include members of the Simons family of Lawrence.
"This is an internal restructuring to bring all the cable operations into the same corporate entity," said Ralph Gage, general manager of the World Company.
Patrick Knorr, general manager of Sunflower Cablevision, told council members that by the end of this year, the company hopes to provide digital and high speed Internet access, as well as offer all the cable channels available to Sunflower's customers in Lawrence. And by the end of 2002, he said, the company would begin offering telephone service.

Plat returned to plan board
City council members decided Monday to ask the planning commission to work with an Overland Park developer concerning potential traffic concerns at Laming Road and U.S. Highway 24-40.
Steve Kelly, who wants to develop 29 acres at the northeast corner of that intersection, told the council he was having difficulty marketing his property because of a notation the city made on his final plat. The notation says that any future landowners could be required to pay for traffic improvements at the intersection.
After hearing Kelly's concerns, the council decided to ask the planning commission to find an alternative way to alert potential land purchasers.

Commissioner reappointed
City council members on Monday approved the reappointment of Kent Weatherby to the Tonganoxie Planning Commission.

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