Archive for Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tonganoxie city buildings continue to progress in repurposing efforts

Sesquicentennial event expected to end in the black

July 12, 2016

The landscape of two buildings in Tonganoxie continues to change.

Interior work continues on the new City Hall and Tonganoxie Police Department, which are the results of repurposing projects.

Letters on the north sides of both the new City Hall and police station signal that the projects are getting closer to being finished.

City officials expect both projects to be completed ahead of schedule if they progress on their current timelines.

City Hall will go into the former home of Tan Time, which, before that, was the longtime Tonganoxie Post Office.

The new TPD will take the place of Cornerstone Family Worship at Sixth and Church streets.

Mayor asks for celebration

Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward suggested at last week’s City Council meeting to celebrate the actual anniversary date of Tonganoxie first being platted.

The community celebrated its 150th anniversary with the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial celebration last month in downtown Tonganoxie on the weekend regularly reserved for Tonganoxie Days.

The plat became official at 10:30 a.m. July 21, 1866, so Ward would like to have a ceremony at that time on its 150th anniversary next week on July 21 at the downtown pocket park.

Celebration expected to be in the black

Assistant City Manager Jamie Shockley reported that revenues currently outweigh expenditures from the sesquicentennial celebration.

The city earmarked $31,500 to go toward the festival, but various fees, donations and sponsorships pushed the revenue to $72,400.

Expenditures were about $65,700, though Shockley said there still were some invoices that needed to be paid.

Still, she expected there to be a profit when all final bills have been addressed.

“The steering committee raised almost 25,000 in sponsorships, which is just incredible,” Shockley said. “We set a goal in the beginning of $10,000 and thought it was overly optimistic. They more than doubled that.”

Council members on the steering committee, Curtis Oroke and Kara Reed, echoed Shockley’s sentiments, noting that it was a true community team effort, from the volunteers to the generous donors.

There also was about $15,000 in in-kind sponsorship of people donating services for the event.

Sponsorships were at $24,550, barbecue contest fees $6,355, vendor fees $3,760, reimbursed expenses at $3,475, Donations at $1,960 and raffle donations at $840 for just more than $72,400.

Expenditures were $29,620 for supplies, $25,440 for professional services, $6,860 for equipment rental, $3,245 for marketing and nearly $570 for sales tax. That comes to about $65,700 as of last week’s meeting.

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