Police to remain downtown
The Tonganoxie Police Department is back to square one for its search for a new home.
The Tonganoxie City Council voted at Monday’s meeting to end discussions with Everlasting Specialties for purchase of its building at 725 Laming Rd.
Police Chief Jeff Brandau said he viewed negotiations for the building to be at an impasse. After discussion, the council voted to end discussions with the business regarding relocation of the department to the site.
The council voted in February to enter into talks with Everlasting Specialties, owned by Steve LaForge and Jim Bennett, for a turn-key building at $875,000.
The department moved in February from its longtime home on the northeast corner of Fourth and Delaware to a space across the street to the west after concerns of mold and water in the basement, an ongoing issue in the building. The department moved into the former Kansas Firearms Specialties space at 328 Delaware on a month-to-month basis, utilities included. The 2,000-square-foot space is part of a building with five other tenants.
At Monday’s meeting, the council directed City Attorney Mike Kelly to discuss the department’s occupancy in the space on a more permanent basis with owner Calvin Quisenberry, with the idea of looking closer at a permanent site in 2013 or 2014.