Police department applying for grant to fund added holiday patrol
Tonganoxie motorist might want to take extra care to obey traffic law on Thanksgiving with the knowledge added patrolmen will be on the streets with the help of a state grant.
Tonganoxie Police Chief Jeff Brandau received the Tonganoxie City Council’s blessing Nov. 8 to apply for a Kansas Department of Transportation grant that will provide $3,000 in overtime reimbursement for added patrols for Thanksgiving, Memorial and Labor day weekends.
The theme of the saturation patrol is DUI and seat beat enforcement, Brandau said.
To participate, the city will have to update its code to comply with the state primary seat belt law, which allows officers to pull over and cite drivers for not wearing a seat belt. The council indicated it would pass such an ordinance at its Nov. 22 meeting.
Brandau said should the city document its participation in the program, it could receive additional grant dollars for overtime use in the future and money for equipment.
In other business, the council:
• Renewed the city’s franchise agreement with Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative Inc. for 20 years. The agreement established the fee rate of 4 percent, which is consistent with the city’s franchise agreement with Westar.
• Set the date of Mayor Jason Ward’s Project Tonganoxie informal discussion meetings with community volunteer groups or organizations of 6 p.m. Dec. 13. The Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce and the Tonganoxie Retail and Retention Committee will be invited for 30-minute sessions on that date.