Archive for Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Stop detours house mover’s plans

July 20, 2005

Thursday's job of moving a house from Tonganoxie to southwest of McLouth turned out to be a little more complicated than planned.

But Clifford Tessendorf, who owns Valley Moving, was taking it all in stride. Despite a setback, and being ticketed for $454, on Friday, Tessendorf said the highway patrol and state department of transportation officers were "super nice."

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper stopped Tessendorf about 9 a.m. Thursday, just about a mile east of Tonganoxie High School, near Ridge Street on U.S. Highway 24-40. For about a half-hour, the semi truck, the trailer carrying a house and accompanying vehicles, were parked along the side of the highway.

The owner of the house, which was built by a Tonganoxie High School building trades class, had commissioned Valley Moving, Wamego, to move the house to a site southwest of McLouth on Wellman Road.

Tessendorf said he planned to take the house north of Tonganoxie through Jarbalo and west of McLouth, to avoid traveling on Kansas Highway 16.

Tessendorf said he was ticketed for having a state permit that wasn't written correctly.

"We thought we were OK yesterday," Tessendorf said Friday. "But there was another misprint, basically."

And, he said, although an unused fuel tank was still on the truck he was using to pull the house, it was not connected. Nevertheless, he said, the tank was tested to determine if it had contained any off-highway fuel, which would have been another violation. As of Friday, he hadn't heard the results of the test.

And, though the house they were moving has been temporarily stored on Jack Willis' property at the east side of Tonganoxie, Tessendorf said he'd rather have it there than at the school property. That's because, with school construction under way, it was crucial to move the house so that utilities could be relocated, Tessendorf said.

"It's worth the $500 to have it out of the school's way," Tessendorf said.

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