City council briefs
Drainage problems plague residents
Residents in the 1800 block of Fourth Street told Tonganoxie City Council members Monday that they're unhappy because of drainage problems near their homes.
Gary and Tonya Wagner. who live in South Park subdivision, said their driveway and yard have been damaged because of clogged drainage ditches in front of their house. Rhonda Bradley and the Wagners have made improvements to their property, but damage continues to occur.
"I'm tired of calling the city," Bradley said.
Mayor John Franiuk said the city had a right of way that was its responsibility, but anything that occurs on residents' property is their responsibility.
Franiuk and City Administrator Chris Clark said they would look into the problem.
Council considers inspector's position
City Administrator Chris Clark suggested that the city council consider creating a full-time position of city building official. The work is now done on a contract basis by Tim Pinnick. Clark said the council could start by initially making the job part time.
Clark said he raised the idea because of the increase in building permits in Tonganoxie.
Council member Kathy Graveman suggested the work could be combined by creating a new position of a city engineer who would handle the duties of a building official.
Clark and Mayor John Franiuk didn't think an engineer's position would be feasible because it would require too high a salary. Graveman said creating the position offers the possibility of consolidating various positions and saving money in the long run.
The issue was tabled until the Sept. 24 meeting.
City approves IRBs for Right Choice
City council members voted to issue industrial revenue bonds for Right Choice Pharmacy, which is under construction in Urban Hess Business Center.
The bonds were set at no more than $2.3 million and will be used for acquiring, constructing and equipping industrial facilities.
The new business plans to contract with pharmacies to fill prescriptions for maintenance medications. Using automation, Right Choice will fill the prescription in Tonganoxie and send it by courier to the pharmacy. The patient would pick up the pharmaceuticals the following day at his or her local pharmacy, where the pharmacist will be available to counsel patients about the drugs they are taking.
Two weeks ago, city council members approved an 80 percent tax abatement in the company's first year of operation; a 60 percent abatement in the second year; a 40 percent abatement in the third year; and a 20 percent abatement in the fourth year.