Council OKs temporary building permit
A new veterinary clinic in Urban Hess received an early OK from the Tonganoxie City Council in a special meeting Friday.
The new building, which is in the works at Leavenworth County Road 5 and Laming Road, was awarded a temporary building permit.
Gas line and drainage problems in the area have slowed the building's progress by about 45 days.
The natural gas lines must be lowered to accommodate the building and a detention pond.
With the temporary permit, construction can start before winter sets in. The decision, though, came with three conditions: The permit must satisfy all requirements of the site review process, a performance bond of $10,000 must be submitted and City Administrator Shane Krull must approve the completed drainage structure before a certificate of construction is awarded.
City planner Diane Wicklund said the project should progress well.
"I've no question that they'll go ahead and complete it," Wicklund said. "With winter weather coming along they want to build the building first while the gas line is resolved."
Council members Kathy Graveman, Cami Zimmerman and Steve Gumm were in attendance for the meeting. Graveman served as acting mayor.
Sam Campbell spoke on behalf of vet clinic owner Dr. Vickie Smith, while Deidre Gamill-Hock, economic development coordinator with Lawrence Area Development, spoke on behalf of the Leavenworth County Port Authority, which is developing the land.