Archive for Wednesday, September 28, 2011

City council notes: Most items to be accepted at citywide cleanup

September 28, 2011

Plans for the next month’s citywide cleanup are going well and residents should be able to rid themselves of just about all unwanted items in their homes and yards except medical waste, explosives and asbestos, Dennis Bixby told his fellow Tonganoxie City Council members Monday.

The cleanup day will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, in the parking lot east of the Tonganoxie Fire Station on Fourth Street.

Bixby is organizing next month’s cleanup day, just as he did last year’s inaugural citywide cleanup before being elected to the council in April.

A recycler has stepped forward to take electronics such as old cell phones computers and VCRs, Bixby said. That person will not take old TVs, but the Leavenworth County Solid Waste will be at the site with a truck and trailer at a $355 charge to the city and will take them, he said.

“They will take everything except oil, explosives, medical waste and asbestos,” Bixby said. “I think we will be able to take oil, because we have a couple of people who take it to burn as fuel.”

While welcoming almost all items for the cleanup, the cleanup site will not be open to all.

“This is a citywide cleanup, not a countywide cleanup, and IDs will be required,” Bixby said.

In other action, the council:

• Agreed to provide the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce an additional $2,500 for 2011. Chamber director Susan Freemyer and President Donna Hoegler said the changes the chamber has made this year, including the hiring of Freemyer — who was hired as an employee rather than an independent contractor and thus subject to Social Security and other required benefits — and the moving of the office downtown, has consumed the $5,000 the city budgeted for the chamber for 2011.

The chamber has added 20 new members since Freemyer started, but Hoegler said they were given a 30 percent discount as a promotion with the chamber’s 30th year and paid pro-rated fees based on less than a full-year of membership. There recruitment should put the chamber in good financial shape next year, she said.

The chamber is also getting a lot of traffic on its Facebook and Twitter accounts, Freemyer and Hoegler said. And the chamber’s goal is to teach businesses the value of social media and to give members more value from their membership, overall, they said.

The additional $2,500 would help with the chamber’s coming Spooktacular and Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting, the women said.

• Recognized former Mayor Mike Vestal for his service since 1974 with the city’s answering service. The city ended its contractual arrangement with the answering service in April.

• Passed resolutions that will allow the city to proceed with the demolition of two structures in the city — the old creamery at 1000 E. First St. and the building on the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 24-40 and Laming Road — found to be unsafe and dangerous in a June hearing.

• Approved purchase of property and liability insurance from Midwest Public Risk of Kansas Inc. The city already purchased employee health insurance from the

company, which pools cities and counties in a shared risk arrangement. It is estimated the city could save $17,000 with the new policies.

• Received an update on West Haven Baptist Church’s appeal on its new sign to the Tonganoxie Board of Zoning Appeals. The city code inspector sent a letter to the church stating the sign doesn’t comply with conditions of the Tonganoxie Planning Commission establish when approving an application for the sign.

Because of the required need to notify neighbors, the appeal will not be heard Oct. 5 but on Nov. 3. The church will also be required to appeal filing fee of $150.

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