Archive for Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tonganoxie bar owners ask city to revise food truck regulations

Contracts approved for asphalt work, security system

April 19, 2016

A couple that owns a new Tonganoxie bar are asking the Tonganoxie City Council to revisit its ordinances regarding food truck vendors in the community.

Kate and Jess Brubacher, who operate the Myers Hotel Bar at Third and Main streets, said they’d like to offer some rotating food options at their bar, but said city regulations seem to be hindering those efforts.

The couple spoke in open session at Monday’s City Council meeting.

They said they had been talking to a food truck vendor interested in selling food on the venue’s property. When the couple checked with City Hall staff about any regulations, they were told there were restrictions under the current code.

“He just immediately said ‘no thanks,’” Jesse Brubacher said. “We’re finding that it’s going to be very hard (to attract mobile food vendors).”

The business, which opened late last year, is open starting at 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. With no commercial kitchen, the bar only offers drinks. However, it has menus from Tonganoxie businesses open during their hours and welcomes folks to order food from those establishments.

“We’re open to people using the community options available to them,” Brubacher said, “but would also like to have another option available.”

But as the business grows, the Brubachers said they’re looking to provide other offerings. The food trucks would fit that category.

Kate Brubacher suggested that ordinance wording allow for some expanded food truck allowances so that they could be available when the bar is open in the later hours of the day.

City Manager Nathan McCommon offered to meet with the couple about looking over the ordinances and seeing what might be workable to present before the City Council at upcoming meetings.

Asphalt contracts approved

The council approved, 6-0, mill and overlay of Fourth Street.

Council Member Jim Truesdell was absent.

Little Jo’s Asphalt was awarded the bid for $96,091. It came in below bids from Sunflower Paving ($111,241) and Seal-o-matic ($116,404).

The project will extend along Fourth Street from U.S. Highway 24-40 east to the former grain elevators just east of Fourth and Pleasant streets.

City crews will apply asphalt to the east, ending at the bridge over Tonganoxie Creek.

Lawrence Asphalt was awarded the bid for that asphalt at $24,872, compared to Leavenworth Asphalt, which provided a bid of $25,672.

City superintendent Kent Heskett told the council that amount could fluctuate because of the ever-changing market value.

Work is expected to start next month and and conclude in early June before the sesquicentennial celebration.

Wirenuts gets security contract

The council also approved hiring Tonganoxie company Wirenuts for $21,900 to install a security system at the new police station at Sixth and Church streets. Wirenuts came in with a low bid to Gateway Wireless and Network at $24,127.

The former Cornerstone Family Worship will be repurposed for the new police station.


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