Council approves low bid for fire station expansion
Expansion of the Tonganoxie City Department’s fire station made a step forward at Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting.
The council approved, 4-0, with Bill peak absent, low bids for various work: $83,018 to Craun Construction for building shell installation, $16,845 to LADD for plumbing and $10,815 to LADD for heating, ventilation and air conditioning work, and $11,637 to Absolute Fire for fire suppression sprinklers. The council also approved $8,000 to Kincaid Ready Mix for the concrete. City crews will pour the floor.
The addition will be roughly 2,500 square feet and will have sleeping quarters, a kitchen, day room, men’s and women’s restrooms and a garage bay for maintenance work.
Interlocal agreement talks continues
The City Council continues work with the county on an interlocal agreement regarding County Road 6.
Leavenworth County Commissioner Dennis Bixby spoke to the council at the April 8 council meeting about needing to get the agreement finalized as soon as possible. The agreement would allow for the city to take over maintenance of the road. He said it was important to keep on track for the county to move forward with a sidewalk project on the south side of the street near Genesis Christian Academy.
City Attorney Mike Kelly said he was working with County Counselor David Van Parys to finalize the agreement regarding CR 6, or Washington Street. He said Van Parys told him he was unaware that the agreement was pending.
Ward asked city staff that their be a protocol of proper channels bringing such items to the council.
Bixby, who served on the council before joining the county commission in January with an election victory in November, spoke to the council about the issue during open agenda at the April 8 meeting. Council members said it was their first time seeing the agreement.
“No one likes to receive items on a particular day we are expected to make a decision,” Mayor Jason Ward said.
Council member Jim Truesdell, who is on the Tonganoxie City Infrastructure Committee with county and school district officials, said Bixby talked to him at the meeting following the April 8 meeting.
“He apologized for asking us to improve that the night he gave it to us,” Truesdell said.
In other business, the council:
• Heard first reading of ordinance 1363, which makes amendments to the city’s regulations for special events, street and mobile vending and ice cream vendors.
Council members had concerns about some of the regulations possibly adversely affecting groups having various food sales.
“I don’t want to create any animosity with groups that are good-intentioned,” council member Kara Reed said.
Kathy Kem, city planning consultant for Tonganoxie, said the regulations aren’t intended to do that.
“If you find they don’t work, they always can get amended,” she said.
• Heard first reading of updates to city zoning regulations for day care businesses and the historical businesses district regarding residential use involving apartments in the businesses.