Archive for Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tonganoxie calls special meeting for further financing disucssion

February 2, 2016

The Tonganoxie City Council held off on financing for the city’s new police station and city hall at Monday’s meeting to go over some changes in the contract.

The council voted to set a special meeting for Tuesday evening. The meeting took place after The Mirror’s print deadline, but more about the special meeting can be found online or in next week’s print edition of The Mirror.

Council members held off on the agreement because the institution financing both the buildings’ renovations for $1.3 million, First State Bank and Trust, had extended the length of the loan from 20 years to 40 years.

City Manager Nathan McCommon said the lengthier agreement was not uncommon, but members wanted to meet again Tuesday night with bank representatives and the city’s financial advisers to better understand the changes.

Firefighters offer shirts, hats

Tonganoxie City firefighters presented Tonganoxie City Council members with fire department hats and shirts at Monday’s meeting.

The shirts were specially made for the upcoming Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial celebration June 10 and 11 in downtown Tonganoxie.

The back of the shirts feature the likeness of the antique fire truck that once was used in the area. It now is at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site and is brought out for parades and other events.

Fire Chief Jack Holcom said firefighters would be wearing the shirts during the celebration.

City hall signage

Temporary signage is up at the future Tonganoxie City Hall.

Council Member Andy Gilner commented at the end of Monday’s meeting that the signs were a nice addition to the building, which is the former Tan Time in the 500 block of Fourth Street. Previously, it was the Tonganoxie Post Office.

City Manager Nathan McCommon said the signage was Holcom’s idea and that Tonganoxie resident Rachel Kelly designed the signs.

City offices are expected to move into the building in the summer or fall. Council chambers at 321 Delaware still will be used for council meetings.

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