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Tonganoxie council member, former administrator facing off in Leavenworth County Commission race

A World War I doughboy statue stands outside the Leavenworth County Courthouse.

A World War I doughboy statue stands outside the Leavenworth County Courthouse.

June 1, 2012

Other county races

Candidates for Leavenworth County offices were set Friday. Here are the others:

• In the sheriff’s race, Andy Dedeke, a rural Easton Republican, will meet Burdel Welsh, a Tonganoxie Democrat. Dedeke, 41, serves as captain in the sheriff’s office; Welsh worked two stints in the sheriff’s office, including five years an undersheriff. Dedeke, 41, filed for the seat in February; Welsh, 55, a former Tonganoxie City Council member, filed Thursday. Sheriff Dave Zoellner, a Leavenworth Democrat, did not seek re-election.

• County attorney: incumbent Todd Thompson, 36, (R-Leavenworth), against Patrick Cahill, 55 (D-Leavenworth).

• County treasurer: incumbent Janice Dickson, 46 (R-Leavenworth), against Thomas Koch, 50 (D-Leavenworth).

• County Commission, 2nd District: incumbent Clyde Graeber, 78, Leavenworth Republican, takes on challenger Ralph Dix, 66, Leavenworth, in the Aug. 7 primary. The winner will meet Leavenworth Democrat Donald Terrien, 37, in the Nov. 6 general election.

• County Clerk Janet Klasinski, 52, a Leavenworth Republican, and Register of Deeds Stacy Driscoll, 45, a Leavenworth Democrat, will both run for re-election unopposed.

The race for the Leavenworth County Commission’s 3rd District seat will pit a former Tonganoxie city administrator against a city council member who voted to remove him from his job.

Council member Dennis Bixby, a Tonganoxie Republican, will face former administrator Mike Yanez, a Tonganoxie Democrat, in the Nov. 6 general election. The deadline to file for county offices was Friday.

The 3rd District covers the area south of Dempsey Road and includes Tonganoxie and Basehor.

Yanez was city administrator in Tonganoxie from 2005 until last month. In August 2011, Bixby joined two other city council members in voting not to extend his contract, which expired in December. Yanez stayed on the job until the council could hire a replacement.

Both candidates said their past would not be an issue in the election.

Bixby, who filed for the race in March, said he could not comment on his decision not to renew Yanez’s contract. What will matter in November will be who voters decide will do a better job as county commissioner, he said.

“I’m sure it will be a spirited debate,” said Bixby, 51.

Yanez, 62, filed for the race Thursday afternoon. He said he decided to run because he wanted voters to have options.

“I think for a position as significant as it is, people need to have a choice,” Yanez said.

He said he also filed because the commission seat would allow him to continue working in public service. His 30 years of experience in the area, he said, would serve him well.

“Public service is what I enjoy doing,” Yanez said.

Bixby said he had educated himself a great deal about public service through his work on the Tonganoxie City Council and a number of workshops and courses, and he was ready for the time commitment required for a commission seat after already devoting about 25 hours per week to his council work. But most of all, he said, he wants to help make the county a better place.

“The main reason I’m doing it is that Leavenworth County has been very good to me, and I just want to pay that back,” Bixby said.

Yanez and Bixby both said they want to focus on growth and development of the county.

“I think Tonganoxie and Basehor are really poised to be the growth engines of Leavenworth County,” Bixby said.

And Yanez said it was vital for the county to look ahead because surrounding counties —Douglas, Wyandotte and Johnson — are competing for businesses and residents.

“We are not in a position to step backwards,” Yanez said. “We are not in a position to stagnate.”

The salary for county commissioners is about $40,000. The winner of the 3rd District race will replace John Flower, a one-term Basehor Republican who announced last month he would not seek re-election.

Comments

kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like sour grapes on yanez behalf. We definitely need conservative leadership on the commission not another liberal Democrat!

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straightup 2 years, 6 months ago

I don't know how you get sour grapes from Yanez? Bixby would be a BIG JOKE for a county commission seat as he is for this City. It is the "Republicans" that has run this country in the ground. We need someone in the county commission that will move this county forward. I say.. "GOOD LUCK YANEZ" you have my support.

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

not true- Obama has more than doubled the national debt- we need a Republican on the Commission who represent conservative fiscal and family values.

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straightup 2 years, 6 months ago

NO NO NO... Check your facts!!! Your wrong again.

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clockwork 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank goodness that someone stepped forward to run against Bixby. Having seen comments by "kansasjayhawk" , sounds like it is Biixby promoting himself.

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

No- it is just the fact that we need less government, less regulation, and more economic development and jobs! The Democrats and Obama have increased the national debt to a greater extent than all of the previous Presidents combined! Dennis Bixby will represent Republican and conservative values on the commission he deserves our support! It really would be a tragedy to put a disgruntled former bureaucrat who represents the party of liberalism into that position! A conservative understands the need to reduce unnecessary government spending and protect our freedom and liberty.

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straightup 2 years, 6 months ago

"Unnecessary government spending?" I bet anything... Bixby will not forfeit the 40 k that the tax payers pay the county commission. That is probably the only reason he is running..... is for the pay check!! "Go back to wood craving Bixby."

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

I guess you believe Yanez will forfeit his pay if elected-get real- Dennis will spend less of our tax money and that is the main concern!

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

Vote Bixby say NO to sour grapes!

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clockwork 2 years, 6 months ago

Hey Bixby, you are running for county commissioner, not the president. But feel free to go to the national level and leave us alone. We need someone who can deal with local issues and not spout the national Republican party line. Get your head out of the clouds and get out of Leavenworth Co..

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

We need a conservative who will keep our taxes down and is certainly not Democratic candidate Yanez! Bixby will be great at the tea party to protect our liberty!

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straightup 2 years, 6 months ago

Bixby is a "Teabagger"? That's one good reason not vote for him!!

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

It is just like a liberal Democrat to insult tea party tax payers who want to bring back accountability to our local government. Government of the people, by the people, and for the people. We cannot afford Yanez a government bureaucrat who would represent government but not the people. We need a new new approach to County government which begins with a team approach allowing all citizens to be represented and have input. Dennis Bixby will advocate for this approach!

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straightup 2 years, 6 months ago

No...You are so wrong!!! Bixby has only one view and that is of his own view. The only thing Bixby will advocate is his views. He will not work with others that might have a different opinion or view. He is absolutely not a Team Player. He will stagnate the county..Just like what he is doing to the city. Tell me Just one thing that Bixby has done for this City to help move the city forward? Nothing, Nothing Nothing!!! By the way I'm a Republican! The reason this country is in the shape we are in... Is because of Bush. I will vote for who I think will do the best job and that will work with the other county commissioners and southern county residents and in this county commission race.. it will be Yanez!

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

O k you claim to be a a Republican and blame everything on Bush? What about the last three and one half years with Obama? What about his spending record more debt than all of the previous Presidents combined including Bush! I doubt you are really a Republican.

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm sure you are aware that the way you used that term is an uncivil insult!

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hricane23 2 years, 6 months ago

You're absolutely right, kansanjayhawk. We DO need a "new new approach to County government which begins with a team approach..." But that's where you stop. I do not believe Dennis Bixby will advocate for that approach. I do not believe Dennis Bixby will ever work with ANYbody with an opposing view. Dennis Bixby represents what's wrong with this country. Looking at everything through party-line colored glasses has hurt us more than either side will ever admit, because they're too busy blaming the other side of the aisle.

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clockwork 2 years, 6 months ago

You hit the nail on the head about Dennis Bixby!!!

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

I am tired of personal attacks! Dennis represents what is right because he stepping up to the plate and willing to run and take all of this partisan liberal attacks. Dennis will make an excellent Commissioner.

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clockwork 2 years, 6 months ago

Please do not lump all Republicians into the fanatical fringe of the Tea Party. We need someone on the county commission that can work with the other commissioners to help meet the needs of southern Leavenworth Co..

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

Certainly Dennis will work with everyone but he will keep his conservative principles in mind as he does. We need principles and not politics that is why the tea party began because of taxation without representation! Certainly placing a long time insider bureaucrat in the position will not advance the cause of a less intrusive and more streamlined county government. Republican principles of limited government are what Dennis Bixby will stand for as opposed to the liberal Democrat Yanez tax and spend!

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clockwork 2 years, 6 months ago

Dennis you need to get a job instead of watching too much TV and spending too much time on the interenet. Do you believe everything spouted on political ads?

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

Really another personal attack--- We need a conservative on the commission not a liberal bureaucrat who was recently fired and is running for sour grapes---you probably ought to ask Yanez about his employment status and internet use and TV viewing just as much as Bixby!

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jumairs 2 years, 6 months ago

This is written in response to a number of other comments regarding the two candidates running for Leavenworth County Commissioner. It is my opinion that we shouldn’t be concerned as to whether the candidate is a Democrat or Republican but which of the two candidates will be the best person for the job. We the people of Leavenworth county need/deserve/demand to have someone that has the ability to go right to work and not be hindered by a learning curve for on the job training. Does either candidate have?

• Managerial experience, supervision or assignment of employees, employee evaluation or grievance procedures. • Educational or experience backgrounds that need to be considered. • A work history that would make one candidate better suited for the position. • Ability to properly manage, maintain and build the necessary infra-structure to move the county in a progressive and positive direction. • Experience in short or long term planning for city or county improvements. • Experience with budget preparation and managing large scale cost. • Involvment with any ongoing or proposed infra-structure improvements that required them to work closely with other city, county, state officials, consultants, engineers, contractors to assure the proper construction or maintenance of infra-structure improvements.

We the people of Leavenworth County need to make sure that we've done the due deligence on this one and spent the time required to evaluate each candidate and what they really represent and cast a vote for the best man for the job. .

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

We need to be concerned about the philosophy of the candidates. Do they support limited government or expansive controlling government? The political party can give us an indication of that philosophy whereas the Republican party espouses less governmental power and control the modern Democrat party seems to take a more expansive view of government power we need to know where both gentlemen stand on limited government. Fortunately on behalf of Bixby he has already established a conservative record as a member of the City Commission opposing expansive government spending and unnecessary projects he could be expected to do the same as County Commissioner! On the other hand Mr. Yanez also has established a record supporting many of those same wasteful government projects and spending. So apparently Yanez is a typical liberal Democrat when it comes to spending our money. Thus, the political party affiliation gives us a clue to his philosophy.

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Susan Freemyer 2 years, 6 months ago

I agree. When a job needs to be filled, you look for the best qualified person. Take a look at who is most qualified to do the job. I agree with jumairs on this paticular comment. As to who's the best man for the job. Let them tell us.

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jumairs 2 years, 6 months ago

Who Knew? Bixby and two knew! Who Flew? Yanez non-renewed! SUNSHINE LAW VIOLATION? Could be. RECALL of Two Councilman Long Overdue. RIP24/40

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HCKJR 2 years, 6 months ago

Everyone on the council knows why Yanez's contract was not renewed. Unfortunately, the reasons were discussed in executive sessions and are not available to the public. This is good for Mr. Yanez, but not so good for the public at large. I feel certain there were plenty of good reasons for the action taken by the council and equally certain that no sunshine laws were violated.

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clockwork 2 years, 6 months ago

How would you know what happened in executive session, where would you hear this information, from your favorite council member?

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jumairs 2 years, 6 months ago

This is for the kansanjayhawk. Your comment about Bixby being great at the Tea Party and protecting our liberty should serve as a slap in the face of everyone that wears or has warn a military uniform. The idea that he could protect someone's liberty is idiotic. Check in at the American Legion or the VFW and see a number of us or others that protected your liberty. I've lived in this community for 6 years and I've never known Dennis Bixby to be gainfully employed. He is known for carving golf balls. Hey, that's an art form. I also understand that he did attend college at some time in his life but doesn't use that education for employment or employment opportunities. I for one will not support him in his efforts to be a county commissioner and will help anyone else with a campaign for Mike Yanez. I really don't know much about Mike Yanez but what I do know I respect and appreciate his time spent in the city of Tonganoxie. Bixby and two other councilman had personal indefferences with Mike Yanez and they allowed that to interfere with the business of this community. Two councilman need to be recalled and the third voted out. I would support Paula Crook, Dave Taylor or anyone else for those seats. The councilman are elected to act in our behalf or for the common good of the community. This hasn't happened! Enough is enough! And the last thing, no real "JAYHAWK" would have made the comments that I've read that were posted by "kansanjayhawk". RIP24/40

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

Just what comments are you referring to? If you don't like a conservative philosophy on the County Commission just say so but making attacks that are personal do not help your case. I support electing a conservative to the Commission and Dennis Bixby will do a fine job as our next Republican member from southern Leavenworth county!

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hricane23 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you, jumairs, and your brothers in arms for your service to this Country! And thank you for all of your comments, especially the list of what should be "job requirements" for this position. Sadly, far too many people have become polarized and steadfast in which party they support, and I fear good ideas have been silenced forever for want of votes. If a politician running for office doesn't toe the far side of his party's line, someone else will step in and do it. It's ridiculous that anybody worries which party a County Commisioner/ City Commisoner/ School Board/ etc. is aligned with. It's lazy, really. Too hard to see what politicians believe in, and much quicker/ easier to just pick your favorite party all the way down the list. And you and your brothers, jumairs, deserve more than that!

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

We do not need a sour grapes former bureaucrat who represents the party of Obama representing us and taxing and spending us into the ground. Dennis Bixby will represent a more conservative approach and he will hold the line on spending!

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hricane23 2 years, 6 months ago

Kansanjayhawk... You keep complaining about "personal attacks" against your candidate, and yet you started this whole thread by accusing Yanez of running solely on "sour grapes". Those who live in glass houses shouldn't do what?

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jumairs 2 years, 6 months ago

KansanJayhawk, this is my last response through this publication to you. It’s hard for me to know the politics or the little groups within Tonganoxie. I’ve been here 6 six years and have found it very unfriendly and in some respects backwards in day to day activities of city or community business. This could be the problem of not enough professionalism or not enough qualified people to go about running the city. The other thing that bothers me is just which part of the “Dark Ages” did you grow up in or are still living in. The position of county commissioner is a local government position and really doesn’t need to reflect what the democrats or republicans use for their national guideline or banner(s). It’s a job that requires responsible people making good choices and decisions about conducting the day to day business for Leavenworth County. In the article in the Mirror, both candidates said they want to focus on growth and development of the county. Dennis Bixby even stated that he thought Tonganoxie and Basehor are really poised to be the growth engines of Leavenworth County. This somewhat contradicts Dennis Bixby’s position on the city council. He’s not growth oriented, he’s not a progressive or for change that may be in the best interest of the community. He and Bill Peak are all about two people that want things to remain the same or to turn the clock back 10 or 20 years. They fail to see that the community needs to be progressive, needs development, new business and generally more roof tops to change the tax base for the entire community. How many more empty store fronts are there going to be over the next 12 months?

It was also apparent to me in your comments that you know very little about city business in Tonganoxie or how the government functions. The city administrator position or filing as a democrat doesn’t make Mike Yanez a liberal bureaucrat. This position has a lot of responsibility in overseeing the day to day activity of administration, supervision of staff, maintenance and construction of infra-structure improvements, daily care of city property, interaction with local governments, updating standards of employment, personnel action and state compliance regulations for maintaining a city of this size based on the number of residents. And your comment about Mike Yanez and his employment status was in very bad taste. As I grew up I was taught good “Christian Values”, grew up within the church and was always told that it was wrong to create undue hardship on your fellow man. Dennis Bixby and two other councilman did what they did out of personal indifference and used that council position to terminate his contract. You have to be a really small person in stature to think that a person losing a job in this day and age was a good thing. If that’s your position, you’re wrong. Dennis Bixby’s unemployment status is a choice that he has made and I don’t think that he is a very responsible person.

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maintainer 2 years, 6 months ago

jumairs, Dennis and Bill are the only two councilmen who want to keep the police station downtown. For wanting that why do you call them isolationists? Seems to me it would be a great idea since there are so many open buildings downtown already. Also, more roof tops don't really add much more tax base, industry does. They are trying to support that in the industrial park south of town. Are you only a progressive if you spend money on things that you could get by with less. Almost sounds like you have a big white elephant that you want to dump on the city.

We have elected these men to run our city. Again you had a chance to be part of this and you chose to sit on the sideline and judge these two men and assasinate their character and run down their opinions because they don't feel the same way as you. Too bad. That's real Christian. They voted to not renew his contract in public and also Mr. Gilner voted to not renew his contract also, yet his name doesn't enter into this converstion. Why not? Is he a isolationist also? Get off you soap box and move on. They must of had good reason to vote this way.

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clockwork 2 years, 6 months ago

Lets talk facts -- I didn't think Mr. Yanez was actually fired. I thought Mr. Yanez's contract was not renewed due to personal agendas of Bill Peak and you, Dennis Bixby. Dennis, please admit that you are "kansasjayhawk". It is sickening to see you pretend that you have anyone's support other than your own and maybe your buddy, Bill Peak. You are childish. You are the one making personal attacks which is consistent with your un-christian character. The more you try to defend partison party politics as important on the local level, the more you show your incompetence to participate in local government. I do not want someone like yourself, who can't find and hold a job, representing me at any level. You appear to me to be an incompetent person who is trying to satisfy his ego by gaining attention in being an elected official and pleasing your coffee shop buddies. Anyone would be better than you as a county commissioner.

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

I can assure you that I am not Dennis Bixby but I am a conservative and I understand what the liberal agenda has done to America and Kansas! We need to elect this good man to represent the values of less government and more freedom. The party of Obama and socialism as represented by Yanez will not give us the efficient county government we need!

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

I can assure you that I am not Dennis Bixby but I am a conservative and I understand what the liberal agenda has done to America and Kansas! We need to elect this good man to represent the values of less government and more freedom. The party of Obama and socialism as represented by Yanez will not give us the efficient county government we need!

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clockwork 2 years, 6 months ago

They say everyone has a twin, you must be his.

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HCKJR 2 years, 6 months ago

It is really too bad that Bill Peak is not running for county commissioner. He would be a better candidate than either of the two who are running. He has not used his seat on the city council as a stepping stone to a higher office with a salary, as Mr. Bixby has done. He voted for the non-renewal of Mr. Yanez knowing it would be best for the city and not for any personal agenda. The biggest problem with this commissioner's race is lack of a qualified candidate. Unfortunately, the people will have to choose between the lesser of two evils.

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jumairs 2 years, 6 months ago

It is really a good thing that Bill Peak is not running for county commissioner. Bill Peak is one of the problems with this city council. It really doesn't matter whether it's Bixby or Peak because neither person is qualified for the job. Their no growth non-progressive attitude does more to hurt the community than to help. Bill Peak thought that the salary for Mike Yanez was way too high and out of line. Bill Peak being a retired Postal employee helps me understand his thought process. He's totally out of touch with the salary scale for similar positions throughout the midwest. If Bill Peak and Dennis Bixby really wanted to do something for the community maybe they need to: • Resolve the issues surrounding traffic on 24/40 with KDOT. Placement of signage, flashing lights, a traffic signal and lowering the speed limit. Get Mary O’Brien and Tom Holland involved. • Look into over staffing of the Police Department. FBI study recommends 1.7 to 1.9 officers per 1,000 residents for a town this size. That’s a national average. Why does a city this size need a detective? Carpenter staffed this city just like he staffed Roeland Park, Ks. • Why we have so many police cars? Why are officers allowed to take them home? • Determine why the new 12” water main doesn’t provide water to all Tonganoxie residents? We’re all paying for it but only those residents South of 12th St. are using the water. • Recommend bidding out engineering services contract to get a more competitive price. • Look into Right-of-Way management requirements, dump site requirements/restrictions, hauling permits by local contractors for street use and street cut permits/replacement guidelines.

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maintainer 2 years, 6 months ago

Where did you hear that Mr Peak was against the wage Mr. Yanez received for being a partime administrator? That he worked for the post office doesn't matter. You could of worked for the postal service to if you would of just filled out a application to work there. Its not Mary O'brien it's Connie. You should apologize to her for not knowing who your Representatives are. There you go again, Chief Carpenter retired over a year ago. There is another sheriff in town so maybe you should go introduce your self to him at the police station which is presently located downtown Tonganoxie. It's has them cars with the fancy red lights on them. Again the new Chief has sold 5 or 6 ( I could be wrong on the number) of the police cars in the last year. How many more should we get rid of?
Again where did you hear that the new BPU water line would not furnish enough water for Tonganoxie? That's a new one. It supplies the whole town and not just south side of Tonganoxie. Get your facts straight before you speak.

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William Peak 2 years, 6 months ago

Since we have hardly anyone come to the meetings I find the generalizations quite disturbing. The idea that Mr. Yanez was not renewed because of a personal vendetta is a lie and you should be ashamed. After five years of seeing the budget reserve shrink from 800k to around 200k (4% vs the 15-20% recommended) I find it refreshing and sad to hear the administrator(who is charged with being over the budget) declare that we don't have the money for an item. I have been for growth coupled with fiscal discipline. If you came to meetings and asked questions you would find that out. My friendship with Dennis or Jim or Jason is my business and does not interfere with my vote. They will tell you that! Come to the meetings and get involved or sit on sidelines and stay cynical. If I have diffences of opinion it does not take away the respect for the council. They are for the most part dedicated to helping our city and must work without much public input because of the apathy expressed on this column. Anyone can call or ask me in person about any issue. That has happened but not nearly enough. Get the facts, ask questions and get involved. The fact that only two people filed illustrates the lack of involvement. We had one candidate for Mayor and three candidates for council. That is insulting to our democracy. Thanks.

Bill Peak

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William Peak 2 years, 6 months ago

Jumairs, We are to receive the study done on 24/40 about speed limits, light at Laming and the "right lane only" sign next to old Caseys. We have discussed an RFQ for engineering and will be considering that. I look forward to you attending the meetings and informing us of any concerns. If you want to keep harping about me being non-progessive and no growth then identify yourself and I will gladly meet with you. Thanks.

Bill

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jumairs 2 years, 6 months ago

Bill Peak, you, me and everyone else that reads these blogs understand or understood that Mike Yanez wasn't responsible for depleting those funds. Things happen during the coarse of doing business that often require decisions about budgetary items. Unforseen issues arise that involved more people than the city administrator. The action by you and two other councilman could have cost this city a large amount of money had it been sued for wrongful termination. Had that contract been worded a little different and based on previous evaluations your decisions could have put us in the same position as Basehor with their former City Administrator. And rightfully so. I found it totally unprofessional and despicable. It smelled of small town or should I say Wyandotte County politics. It smelled that bad. I'm think this situation and the termination of Dr. Erickson by the School Board is a real shame. In fact it is my position that the elected officials involved in these two terminations be recalled. I've talked with the Leavenworth County Attorney twice about the city administrator situation. This is a work in progress so stay tuned. The termination of an employee can and generally is devastating to the now out of work former employee. I have no idea as to what you did for the postal department but try to remember all of those times that you were fearful of losing your job. How devastating it would have been for your wife and family and your entire world has to chage. Was it a misplaced package, not cutting the wheels properly into or at a curb, scratches on a truck or car, etc. Get my drift? With my background of 37 years in middle and upper management for a large company and 3 1/2 years in private practice I have a very clear understanding about employee relations, personnel issues, budget preparation, short and long term forecast, schedules of all types, balanced budget and unforseen budget expenditures that are directly or indirectly the cost of doing business. My position on honesty is that everyone lies at some point in their lives for one reason or another. I really try to refrain from that if I know most of the facts. One thing about me is that I never apoligise for anything because I feel that it's a sign of weakness. Try to have a good week and maybe I'll drop in for a council meeting to see true professional at work. RIP24/40

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maintainer 2 years, 6 months ago

I want to commend Mr. Peak for telling it like it is. The city managers contract was not renewed. He was not fired. He is in charge of the budget and he is responsible for informing the council so that they can make a informed decission. If you have ever looked at the budget it is hard to make heads or tails of how much money is in it or where the money comes from to purchased something. I have a great respect for anyone who wants to run for the coucil seats and to put up with people who talk a good game but don't want to participate. It is easy to coach from your living room and condem the folks that are willing to serve this community free of charge( by the way) and then have to listen to jumairs and others that have no idea of what is going on. If you have a problem with any of the councilmen you should contact them and sit down and talk to them face to face not over this stupid blog. The question is who would make a better commissioner. Who is better qualified or what their track record is. So keep your comments on the subject and quit coaching from the sideline. Get involved, attend the city council meetings, talk to your representives. Unless you attend each meeting you will never know full hand what goes on there from just reading the paper. Get off your couch and get envolved in this city.

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12345 2 years, 6 months ago

Wow. I don't even know where to start here. I am embarrassed for those of you hiding behind a screen name calling others names on here.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our elected officials for the gift of their time in the operation of the city. I firmly believe that all of you are doing what you believe to be best for this city, and I thank you for it. I don't agree with some of the decisions made, and am often critical of them - but all of you are above this kind of terrible treatment.

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William Peak 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks to maintainer and 12345. I actually enjoy the job in trying to help our community. There are many productive ideas being considered by Council. Blogger criticism is a newer aspect to the old letter to the paper except you have to sign your name to the letter. I commented when I ran for office and still maintain that citizen apathy is a major source of weakness in our system. I have heard some great ideas from public but we average two to three citizens a meeting. All of the documents that are on our desk become public. Stop in and see facts and figures if you wish. It is your government. Keep it healthy. Because I want to look at how policys affect the people of the town, I get criticized by some who only want to deal with "movers and shakers". You've got the wrong guy for that. I don't care who your golf buddies are, your money, or how long you have been here. I do care about our debt load, raising the reserves and getting new business and expanded growth. If you have ideas come to the meeting and let us know.
Bill

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

The bottom line is that Dennis Bixby has been doing a fine job on the City Council attempting to reign in the out of control spending and advocating a conservative philosophy! That is exactly what we need on the County Commission level a real true fiscal conservative who will be exacting and careful with the tax money he is entrusted with. We will all have to be involved to hold any elected official accountable that is true but the philosophy of the person who is elected does count. In this case it will be a choice of a Republican with a conservative philosophy that has been demonstrated and a Democrat who also has a record on fiscal issues that has been demonstrated. I side with Dennis Bixby and his more conservative approach!

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straightup 2 years, 6 months ago

Dennis Bixby = Kansanjayhawk Bill Peak = Tophat, maintainer, 12345, HCKJR

Wow.... they are having a conversation with thier self's!!!

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm not Dennis Bixby...maybe you are Obama...

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William Peak 2 years, 6 months ago

Paula, You are better than these kind of comments. Raise the level a bit. Your friend Bill

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straightup 2 years, 6 months ago

Sorry...... Bill Peak my name is not Paula and your not my friend!

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maintainer 2 years, 6 months ago

Come on Paula ( anonymous) We will let you join our conversation if you want. We play well with others.

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jumairs 2 years, 6 months ago

This is RIP24/40. This signature is for Rest in Peace 24-40 Highway. This is the most important issue for the city of Tonganoxie. Not the election of a county commissioner. The highway through Tonganoxie has become a very dangerous roadway over the past several years with very little or no action by this town’s governing body. This is what prompted my entry into the blog maze. There have been way too many accidents between Main St. and 206th St. The city has the primary responsibility to provide a safe roadway through the community whether it’s a city street, county road or state highway. For the city it appears that it’s only an enforcement issue for giving out citations for exceeding the speed limit. It’s really a safety, life and property issue that needs to addressed. The answer is less enforcement and the installation of traffic signal(s) to regulate traffic and allow safe ingress and egress to 24-40. The Planning and Zoning Board made a poor decision in allowing subdivision access to 24-40 without the proper signaling in close proximity to Laming Road. It’s my opinion that the city needs to enlist the services of Mary O’Brien and Tom Holland in an effort to interface with KDOT and resolve this situation. This isn’t to say that the improvement referenced earlier by Bill Peak for work at 4th St & 24-40 wasn’t necessary. It just didn’t appear to me to be the most important issue that needed to be addressed. In answer to 12345, tophat, maintainer and kansanjayhawk or anyone else that reads these blogs. The comments recorded in this publication are just opinions. Because they are opinions it doesn’t make one right or one wrong. Being a Democrat or Republican doesn’t make one right or wrong. These are choices that we all make as individual and they should be respected. I agree that if possible everyone should be a part of city government in some capacity. More input lends to better decisions and improved relations. Please keep in mind that because people blog doesn’t necessarily mean that they are any less interested in what goes on within the community. Some for one reason or another may not be able to attend or be part of activities outside their home. The issue surrounding the county commissioner seat is all about individual trust, credibility, and integrity, stature of an individual within a community, responsibility and experience. We expect elected officials to be good citizens and pillars of their communities. This guideline may or may or apply to every situation or election. It’s important for “We the People” to make the best selection and elect the best qualified person for the job. RIP24/40

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12345 2 years, 6 months ago

So you think that your opinions don't make you right or wrong because they are just opinions? I happen to agree with you.

That in no way excuses you calling Bill Peak and Dennis Bixby "despicable," "idiotic," and "unprofessional." Your personal attacks add nothing of value to the discussion and only serve to derail the actual discussion of the issues. I happen to agree with you that one's opinions (particularly with small town issues) doesn't make one specifically right or wrong. In this case, they were both elected by the people of this town and are doing exactly what they promised in their campaign (lower spending). They took a lot of heat for it then, and they are now too. At the end of the day, I am grateful to them and the rest of the council for the time they spend doing what they do. But I do believe that all of them are genuine and doing what they honestly believe is best for this city. For that reason I think you're completely out of line. As you said, an opinion doesn't make a person wrong.

For the record, I've never met Bill Peak and know Dennis but haven't seen him or talked to him in months.

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Big_Dan 2 years, 6 months ago

I agree that the highway has become problematic. Expecting our State Senator Tom Holland to do something about it is a dream at best. The guy shows up here twice a year during an election cycle othewise we might get a visit once.

I know both Dennis and Mike, both will do well. Anyone will do better than the three in there now. We need to release the county administrator or reduce the commissioners salaries by half. There is no justification for paying both to do the same job.

The 24/40 traffic issue, money for county improvements, county development opportunities, all reasons why Leavenworth needs its own Senator. As long as we are a house divided we'll get nothing but the scraps.

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maintainer 2 years, 6 months ago

Jumairs,
Again, the question is not who made the decision to build where and why but it is how to make it all work now that that decision was made years ago. Now that's my opinion and I will stick with it.

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

Yes- I agree-and Dennis Bixby clearly is the fiscal conservative choice!

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jumairs 2 years, 6 months ago

To further explain myself to 12345, maintainer, kansanjayhawk, tophat and all other bloggers that put stock in or want to quantify one’s participation. The following isn’t my attempt to brag but an explanation of facts. It doesn’t make me any better than or worse than any other individual. I am a senior, senior citizen that served in the military service with distinction, obtained a formal education, spent fifty-eight (58) years in the work force, was a community activist, participated in urban renewal and development, former bureaucrat, ran for public office, authored and co-authored Ordinances/laws for city/county governmental bodies, served on Boards of Certification, wrote and published technical manual/books that are used as guidelines throughout the mid-west/U.S. and after my 1st retirement was/is the principal in my own company. With this diverse background I’m fully aware of what it takes to be a good custodian of government large or small, to govern, to participate at all levels, provide knowledge and input on tough questions/situations no matter how it’s received and believe in the resolution of difficult problems by committee and that criticism good or bad can be used for recommendations of/for change. I further agree that these blogs like political affiliation shouldn’t become a love/hate issue among neighbors. Let’s keep it clean, conservative, liberal or independent and make your voice heard at the polls. With my background I sometimes characterize others in certain ways when I don’t think that they are responsible people or acted in an irresponsible way or manner. Is it the right thing to do? No. We’re only responsible for ourselves and how we think, what we say and do. Have a great summer and don’t forget to vote for your candidate of choice. RIP24/40

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hricane23 2 years, 6 months ago

So, we all can apparently agree that this is no place for personally attacking candidates or public servants. Does that include accusing Yanez of running solely on a platform of "sour grapes"? Are we to believe that only liberals have been making negative comments about these candidates? Is it a personal attack to comment on something factual about a person? What other "rules" do we need to concern ourselves with before posting? I just want to make sure I don't cross any boundaries.

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William Peak 2 years, 6 months ago

Just to clarify an issue on 24-40. The work I referenced was only one part of the situation. I agree with Jumair about the way growth north of the road was done. KDOT has been contacted and was requested to do study on speed limit and other issues. Please check agendas as a KDOT official is to let us know the findings. He was scheduled for last meeting but had a conflict. It may be at the next meeting. Thanks.

Bill

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jumairs 2 years, 6 months ago

Hricane23, let me clarify. My position (only) is that I’ll make an honest attempt not to personally attack anyone. The comment about throwing what….. certainly applies in a lot of situations. Blogs and personalities are something that we get caught up in and can sometimes be fun. We all have/had made negative comments at one time or another about unpopular topics, situations and people. I did and I’m angry at myself for getting involved. I absolutely hate dissention or disagreements. Let me ask you this, what’s the general feeling about my friends Burdel Welch, Todd Thompson and Janet Klasinski. Electable or not? RIP24/40

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hricane23 2 years, 6 months ago

It's noble to set out without the intent to personally attack people, but while you're regretting some of your comments, remember the good points you made. Personally, reading back through other's responses, it seems like they made your comments out to be a whole lot worse than what you actually said!

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tongie38 2 years, 6 months ago

Pathetic and sad, but entertaining. Fiscal conservative.....liberal....Democrat ............blah.....blah....blah....I know it's you Bill, I know it's you Dennis......No, it's Mike..............Have any of these guys had a steady job? What do they specialize in? I was especially entertained regarding the fiscal conservative Obama stuff. We are talking about running for County Commissioner for crying outloud. Keep it going guys. This is awesome.

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

Well the only yardstick we have is their philosophy and past behavior in office! In this case all indications are that Bixby will be tighter with the purse strings.

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clockwork 2 years, 6 months ago

For once we agree on someting "kansasjayhawk" -- past behavior should be looked at. An elected official should be able to take each issue and judge it on it's merits for the community, but with Bixby's "PHILOSOPHY" it is just NO, NO and NO. I want someone who can make decisions and not just live on "PHILOSOPHY".

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

When it comes to big government an too much regulation of our lives and too much taxation I want someone in office with ability to say No.

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Big_Dan 2 years, 6 months ago

“NO, NO, NO”? It is a matter of perspective. Some would say that Bixby's philosophy is just YES, YES, and YES. YES to fiscal responsibility, YES to good stewardship of the taxpayers resources, and YES to smaller government. And NO isn't always a negative when making decisions. Clockwork writes NO, NO, NO based upon what I perceive as a philosophical bias that is of the minority in Leavenworth County. Leavenworth is a predominately conservative county where YES, YES, YES is perceived as a conservative value when viewed as I have written above. So instead of going back and forth over nothing, why not ask why either is running for office. Is it to serve or is it for self? Based upon recent history, Bixby serves on the city council for little or no compensation. Mike is a great guy, but he served as the city administrator for a significant salary. Just facts so far, we don’t know why Mike was let go but we know that it was discussed in closed session. There were some budget issues and mistakes. The council had lost confidence in him and ended their relationship, it happens. Dennis has lived here a long time. How long has Mike lived in Leavenworth county? I thought he lived in Eudora? Now I don’t agree with the statement that he is running because of “sour grapes”. That is a personal attack and not productive toward good discussion. I would have to give the edge to Dennis at this point.

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Paula Crook 2 years, 6 months ago

I guess I need to read the Tonganoxie paper more often. I haven't been in this city business for some time now, but it looks like I'm being pulled in on this.

My views are: All voters should evaluate each candidate and cast thier vote as they see fit.

These are question that I will be asking.

What are thier views? What do each candidate have to offer the county? What do they represent? Do they beleive in progress and creating jobs? Are our county roads and bridges important to them.. like they are to me? How important is it to them to keep our taxes down?

I suggest that everyone evaluate each candidate. Leavenworth county deserve the best man for the job!! By the way... Bill , I'm not "strightup" I will tell you what I think using my own name. I do not hide behind anonymous names. That is just how I roll! Paula Crook

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Westglencitizen 2 years, 5 months ago

Perhaps "None of the Above" would be the correct use of your VOTE !!!

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