Archive for Wednesday, October 10, 2001

City Council Briefs

October 10, 2001

Tonganoxie City Council members heard about sewer problems in two duplexes and a home on West First Street.

Butch Rodgers, city superintendent, told council members it's likely that lines from those residences are too low, so sewage is being forced back in those homes during at times.

"We are looking at the situation down there," said City Administrator Chris Clark. "We have some reason to believe it may be builder error in original construction."

By the council's Oct. 22 meeting, Rodgers said he hopes to have a definitive reason for the cause of the backflow.

The council approved purchase of two pieces of equipment for Rodgers' department: a front-end loader for $93,920 and a one-ton service truck with a salt-sand spreader and snow plow for $8,000. The front-end loader which would be used to load salt, sand, rock, asphalt and sludge, as well as help move snow from Fourth Street is new, while the truck will be a 1991 model.

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After hearing that the Tonganoxie Fire Department Auxiliary has raised $10,000 toward purchase of a thermal imaging camera, city council members agreed Monday to help.

The city will contribute its own $10,000 so the department now can purchase the camera.

"The volunteers have worked very hard to raise the $10,000 toward it, which would be a vital piece of equipment for them," said City Administrator Chris Clark.

The camera allows firefighters to detect heat in buildings, so it can pick up both fire in walls, for example, or people who might be trapped in burning structures. The camera also can transmit images to the department's command post.

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At its Oct. 22 meeting, the Tonganoxie City Council is expected to interview candidates for the city's library board. City residents interested in serving on the board may submit applications at city hall until 5 p.m. Oct. 19.

Also on Oct. 22, the city council is expected to fill one vacancy on the planning commission and to interview candidates for a second planning commission vacancy.

For more information about vacancies on city boards and commissions, call city hall, 845-2620.

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