City council members tackle few matters at brief meeting
In one of the shortest Tonganoxie City Council meetings in several years, council members on Monday approved a new library board member and accepted sanitary sewers in Eagle Valley subdivision.
Before council members concluded their meeting in just 20 minutes, they approved Mayor Dave Taylor's appointment of Lajean Keene to replace Ken Rahjes on the library board. In addition, council members accepted sanitary sewers that were constructed near the northeast corner of 12th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40.
Kathy Bard, assistant city administrator, also told council members that the city could be reimbursed several thousand dollars for costs from an ice storm that hit the area Jan. 4 through 6. The city, which had costs of about $11,000, could be reimbursed 75 percent from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and 10 percent from the state, according to Bard. The city spent money on sand and salt, as well as on public works personnel who worked overtime to grapple with the storm. Tonganoxie city firefighters also were called out numerous times to investigate downed power lines.
At the council's next meeting, set for April 11, the city's new administrator will be on board. Mike Yanez's first day on the job in Tonganoxie will be next Monday.