Council decides against stipend
City council members opted not to grant themselves a monthly stipend at their last meeting.
By a 3-2 vote, the council declined to create the monthly pay on March 27. City Administrator Mike Yanez proposed the stipend -- $150 monthly for the mayor and $100 monthly for council members.
Ron Cranor said that the stipends were a bit high. He made a motion that the stipends be set at $75 for the mayor and $50 for council members.
Cranor and Jason Ward voted for the ordinance, while Velda Roberts, Jim Truesdell and Steve Gumm voted against it.
"I guess I have a problem that when I was elected, that wasn't part of the deal," Truesdell said.
Truesdell said that if the council received stipends, planning commission members also should be compensated because of the time they put in.
Ward said the stipend helped with some minor expenses, but said, "I don't really care either way."
In other matters, the county agreed last week that the Tonganoxie City Fire Department should purchase some new equipment.
The council approved the purchase of a new air machine, which will cost about $40,000, and minor repairs to the department's ladder truck, priced at about $1,720.
The seal on the waterway swivel joint had some deterioration, according to Bennett.
The air machine is used to fill air tanks, which are used during firefighting operations.