May 17, 2016
The Tonganoxie City Council has approved hiring counsel for any potential work with a group looking to build a luxury RV resort just east of Tonganoxie.
The council approved, 4-0, an agreement with Shannon Marcano to negotiate any development agreements. Mayor Jason Ward and Council Member Andy Gilner were absent from Monday’s meeting.
Jamie Shockley, assistant city manager, said the legal fees are expected to be reimbursed by the developer, Kansas City RV Resorts.
Shockley said there are several steps that would need to be taken before the resort would be a reality in Tonganoxie, including various approval steps with the Tonganoxie Planning Commission and Tonganoxie City Council.
After annexation for the land was approved last fall, it also was determined that part of the land includes residents in Rural Water District 9, so those residents have to receive notification and grace period of 60 days. Shockley said information was sent out earlier this month.
If the project were to continue to make progress and come to fruition, there would be contract expenses for a city planner and engineer.
“It’s our hope the development agreement will defer costs and we would be reimbursed by the developer,” Shockley said.
She said having legal counsel helps to ensure both the city and the developer are on the same page of what their responsibilities are up front before moving forward with any development.
Shockley noted the development still is conceptual at this time and many steps still need to take place before it could become a reality.
Daycare pass OK’d
The council approved a summer pass for daycare providers at Tonganoxie Water Park.
The passes are $300 and include up to 10 children and the daycare provider, who has to be licensed in the state of Kansas.
When the provider goes to the pool to purchase the past, they will be granted the pass upon showing their state license.
Work sessions approved
The council approved budget work sessions for 6 p.m. June 6 and June 20.
The hourlong work sessions will take place before the regular 7 p.m. meetings both nights in Council Chambers. Any future work sessions will be set at the June 6 meeting.
The council had to conduct some of its business Monday in the dark.
The electricity went out during the last portion of the meeting.
Shockley said power had been restored this morning.
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