Firm ready to work on city facilities study
Officials from BG Consultants on Monday presented the Tonganoxie City Council with an informational booklet of past projects on which the group has worked.
The company, which is the city's engineering firm, has been asked to do a feasibility study on city facilities.
That study will focus on the future of city hall, along with the city shop, the police department and the fire department.
"We're ready to start on this project whenever you feel you're ready," said Cecil Kingsley of BG Consultants.
Council members have said they would like to keep city offices in the downtown area, if possible.
"It's always been in the central business district," Kingsley said. "A departure from that might not be profitable."
In other matters, the council:
- Approved the city's 2006 budget. The budget carries a mill levy of 33.614, compared to the previous budget's 33.705.
One mill equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in assessed property valuation.
The council also approved the 2004 audit by Tom Singleton of Lawrence, who is the city's auditor.
- Voted to spend $7,600 to remove mold from the police department basement. The council agreed to contract with Kingston Environmental Services for the work.
Council member Ron Cranor said he thought the situation already had been taken care of.
"I'll make a motion to do this because it's something that should have been done some time ago," Cranor said.
- Heard that Eagle Valley subdivision is in need of some address changes. As Bucher, Willis and Ratliff -- the city's planner -- was assigning house numbers in new subdivisions, workers discovered that address problems exist in Eagle Valley. The problem affects 23 homeowners and 12 lots that either have not been built or are unoccupied.
Assistant city administrator Kathy Bard said the city notifies the customer of the address change and also notifies various services of the address change, such as energy, phone and cable providers, along with the post office, school district, police and sheriff's department.
- Heard from Mayor Dave Taylor that the Leavenworth County Alliance Against Family Violence recently honored Tonganoxie police officer Larry Burns as officer of the month. The organization recognized Burns for his work in domestic violence cases. The organization also said Burns "has made a difference in the lives of victims."