Archive for Wednesday, February 13, 2002

It’s time to clear site south of Tonganoxie

February 13, 2002

Enough truly is enough.

For nearly two months, cardboard boxes, old pickup trucks and concrete mixers have sat near Paradise Mobile Home Park south of Tonganoxie.

County officials had approved a one-day permit for a sale at the site in December. The sale came and went, but the items have not.

Now, Leavenworth County officials are poised to act. And it's to Tonganoxie's benefit that they are.

The county counselor said he plans to file action in Leavenworth County District Court to force the property owner to clean up the land.

After a visit to the site on Monday, David Van Parys, county counselor, determined it violated county regulations that prohibit salvage/junk yards from operating without a permit.

The site, at the intersection of Leavenworth County Road 1 and U.S. Highway 24-40, is unsightly. This is not how we want to introduce our community to visitors. It doesn't say, "Welcome to Tonganoxie." It says, "Welcome to Junkville."

It gives the wrong impression of our city. And the sooner it's gone, the better it will be for our town.

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