Archive for Wednesday, September 26, 2001

City Council Briefs

September 26, 2001

Burn weekends scheduled in October

Local residents can burn leaves during two upcoming weekends.

On Monday, Tonganoxie City Council members established Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28 as dates that city residents can burn without first obtaining a permit.

"You can burn any day of the week, as long as you get a burning permit through the fire department," said Mayor John Franiuk.

Skate park plan complete; city seeks site

A master plan for a skate park in Tonganoxie is complete, but funding and a site for the park remain up in the air.

On Monday, city council members viewed a plan for the park, which includes nine ramps and other features on a 100-by-110-foot concrete pad. The plan was devised by BG Consultants, a Lawrence firm that serves as the city engineer, by working with several local youths. The firm also prepared a cost estimate for the park that totaled $187,677. That amount, however, does not include acquisition of land, fencing, lighting, site preparation, landscaping or seeding.

City officials originally thought the park, which will accommodate bicycles, skateboards and in-line skates, could be constructed on Second Street, just west of the bridge into the VFW Park. However, much of that site is in the floodway, where construction is prohibited.

"I think it may be kind of tight, and we may have to look elsewhere," said City Administrator Chris Clark.

Clark said that if city council members agree in the future to proceed with the project that it could be built in phases. It is possible that some labor and materials for the park would be donated, he said.

Federal grant would fund portion of salary

The Tonganoxie police department is seeking a federal law enforcement block grant that would fund 90 percent of the salary and benefits for a police officer.

The funding would cover a three-month period, beginning Dec. 1, according to Police Chief Ken Carpenter. The 2002 city budget includes funding for a police officer, beginning March 1.

If the city were to receive the grant that officer could begin work in December, Carpenter said.

Tonganoxie resident charged with violations

The city has issued three tickets to Tonganoxie resident Steve Trieb, alleging three of his properties violate the city's nuisance ordinances.

A Tonganoxie Municipal Court hearing has been set for Oct. 11 on these properties: a commercial tract at the southwest corner of Laming Road and Leavenworth County Road 5; a commercial lot in the 300 block of Main Street just north of Glen's Opry; and Trieb's home at 204 Main.

Each violation carries a maximum penalty of a $100 fine and 30 days in jail.

"That $100 can be, if the judge decides, per day," said Tonganoxie Police Chief Ken Carpenter.

Carpenter said that the city has sent numerous warning letters to Trieb about cleaning up his properties. The chief said that in the past Trieb has done some work on the properties.

"But then it gets worse again," he said. "Writing tickets is my last resort."

Day care center obtains special use permit

It's possible a new day care center could open in November in the former Bitler's restaurant site.

On Monday, Tonganoxie City Council members approved a special use permit for Sunny Days Learning Center at 220 West St.

Jody Hupe, owner, said she anticipates the center could open in November.

In another planning matter, city council members waived building permit fees for Wrangler 4-H Club, which plans to construct a memorial garden and gazebo just north of the Administration Building at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.

Barton Street sewer slated for improvements

City council members agreed on Monday to look into repairing a sewer line on Barton Street as part of a larger sewer project the city is undertaking in the area.

Barton Street is one block long, running between Pleasant and Delaware.

City officials will obtain an estimate from Miles Excavation on the cost of adding Barton Street to the city's interceptor sewer project.

"This has become a fairly severe problem," said City Administrator Chris Clark.

He said it's likely the city has sufficient funds budgeted to complete the additional work.

City seeks candidates for planning panel

The chairman of the Tonganoxie Planning Commission has resigned.

Greg Ward submitted his resignation last week, saying his family soon will move to Lawrence.

The city will accept applications for the commission until Oct. 19 and conduct interviews on Oct. 22, said Mayor John Franiuk. Applicants for Ward's seat must live outside the city, but within a three-mile radius of Tonganoxie.

For additional information, call city hall, 845-2620.

Franiuk said he hopes soon to appoint a Tonganoxie resident to the commission to fill a vacancy created by Connie Putthoff's resignation from the board.

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