Archive for Wednesday, March 28, 2001

City Council Briefs

March 28, 2001

Local restaurant seeking liquor OK

When Jack Cronemeyer opens Bad Jack's Southwest restaurant in downtown Tonganoxie, he'd like to sell alcoholic drinks.

But because the proposed restaurant at 416 E. Fourth is within 200 feet of a church, laws prohibit a liquor license.

So Monday night, Cronemeyer asked city council members if the city could amend its ordinances.

Because some specifics in the ordinance and state law are not clear on this issue, Mike Crow, city attorney, will research restrictions by the state.

Cronemeyer said he talked to church representatives but was still waiting to hear their opinion.

"It's not a make or break deal," he said. "I'll still sell food with or without the license."

Council member Dave Hernandez said that if the state will allow an amendment, or if some other action could be taken, he didn't see a problem with Cronemeyer's request.

In addition to researching state laws, council members asked city staff to contact neighbors about the proposal.

City plans two burning weekends

Council members on Monday approved two consecutive burning weekends.

The city will allow burning of brush, leaves and shrubs between 7 a.m. and sunset on April 21 and 22, and on April 28 and 29. Burn permits, free of charge, must be obtained from the fire department for burning on any other day within the city.

Water, sewer fees waived for VFW

City council members Monday night agreed to waive water and sewer connection fees for the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

The VFW is planning a building in Reusch Memorial VFW Park. Plans are complete, and the city is prepared to issue a building permit. The council earlier waived the fee for the building permit.

Elder & Son to farm new water site land

Council members Monday agreed to accept a lease agreement with Elder & Son, LLC to farm the recently purchased land for the new water site.

Council members agreed that they would like for Elder to provide them with details about the crop, fertilizers and chemicals used. The site is near Linwood, north of the Kansas River.

"We need to know what's in there for future reference," said Janet Angell, council member.

Seats on city boards, commissions open

The city council is looking for a few good men or women for local boards and commissions.

These seats soon will be open: two planning commission posts; one library board seat; and two site review board seats. It's also possible that the tree board will have openings. Anyone interested in serving on any city board or commission is encouraged to contact city hall, 845-2620.

City donates $500 to rescue squad

At the request of Mayor John Franiuk, council members agreed Monday to donate $500 to the county's new water rescue squad. The group needs $3,500 to purchase a boat motor.

Council supports educational funding

After discussion, council members agreed Monday to send a letter to Sen. Bob Lyons, Rep. Kenny Wilk and Gov. Bill Graves in support of increased education funding.

Mayor John Franiuk originally asked council members for their support of the governor's plan to increase taxes to increase education funding.

However, council member Janet Angell said it was not a city issue. She said it was action council members and the mayor could take individually. But, she added, the matter was more a school board issue.

Franiuk and council members Ray Usher, Dave Hernandez and Pat Albert said they thought it was a city issue and the council should support it.

Angel and Kathy Gravemen said they thought the letter should be reworded.

The council agreed to send a letter in support of the state's effort, not the more specific "governor's effort."

Council working on building codes

Two council members on Thursday met in a study session concerning city codes.

Council members Pat Albert and Janet Angell generally agreed that the city should strengthen its building codes and fire life-safety codes. Three council members Dave Hernandez, Ray Usher and Kathy Graveman and the mayor were absent from the meeting.

The study session was designed to discuss what the city should do, in light of a Feb. 14 fire at a local apartment complex. The complex was constructed before some city building codes went into effect, and the city wants to implement codes that cover existing structures.

The council is expected to take up the issue April 9.

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