Sirens cut council meeting short
Before the blare of outdoor warning sirens forced them to abruptly adjourn their Monday night meeting, Tonganoxie City Council members agreed to explore more options to handle the city's water needs.
The council did not complete its agenda, and will conduct a meeting at noon today to complete the work it started Monday night.
Before they fled for shelter from the storm Monday night, Mike Breuer of Suburban Water Company, based in Basehor, visited with council members.
He said he would like to supply the city with water, as either the city's main supplier or on an emergency basis.
Breuer said he had no cost estimates for city officials, but added those would be available soon.
City council members asked City Administrator Shane Krull to schedule a work session with Suburban officials and to study any further information Suburban provides to the city. Krull questioned whether Suburban could help the city with its needs this summer, considering that Breuer said the city couldn't hook onto its line immediately.
Suburban purchases water from the Board of Public Utilities in Kansas City, Kan., and the city is currently talking with BPU officials about providing water to the city. That plan would entail the city constructing a new water line between Kansas City, Kan., and Tonganoxie.
The city council, in their noon meeting today at city council chambers, 321 S. Delaware, will consider these agenda items:
- A resolution authorizing sale of general obligation refunding and improvement bonds.
- A request to waive the permit fee for a fireworks stand for Project Grad 2005.
- These planning items: zoning ordinance amendments and a request to rezone 3.5 acres in Tongaridge subdivision from moderate industrial to multifamily zoning.
- A cereal malt beverage license for Casey's.
- Increasing sewer tap fees, effective July 1.
- A resolution authorizing the mayor as the official signee for the city.
- Discuss terms of monthly payment for utility billing.
- A letter from Tonganoxie Township concerning first responders from the city fire department.
- An executive session on two issues of non-elected personnel.