Government

Applications for open Tonganoxie City Council seat due Dec. 3
November 11, 2020
Tonganoxie residents interested in being considered to fill a City Council seat have until early December to apply. City staff will be taking applications until 10 a.m. Dec. 3. The Council then will review the applications at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 7.
ELECTION CENTRAL 2020: November General Election
11:54 a.m., November 5, 2020 Updated 08:45 p.m.
Here are unofficial results from the 2020 general election. Results will be official Nov. 16 when the Leavenworth County Commission canvasses the election.
Satellite voting available today at VFW Post in Tonganoxie
October 28, 2020
Satellite voting will be available today in Tonganoxie for local voters wanting another option to vote in advance of Tuesday’s general election. Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski said late last week that the satellite option was offered two days this week. Satellite voting was available Tuesday at Basehor United Methodist Church and also is available 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today at Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271 at 910 E. First St.
Area voters organizing write-in effort for Karleskint
October 23, 2020
Local voters are assembling a grassroots write-in campaign in hopes of keeping a local legislator serving in Topeka. State Rep. Jim Karleskint, R-Tonganoxie, has represented the 42nd District for nearly four years. But the incumbent lost in the primary to Republican challenger Lance W. Neely in August. With no Democratic opponents running in the general election, Neely doesn’t have any opposition from other parties.
Kansas Gov. Kelly says it’s time to tone down ‘anti-mask rhetoric’
October 21, 2020
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has said it’s time to tone down “the anti-science, anti-mask rhetoric,” after a retired firefighter who was upset about Wichita’s mask ordinance was arrested on suspicion of threatening to kidnap and kill the mayor. “This is serious, and we all need to get on the same page and work together,” Kelly said Monday. Police have said the man could face a charge of criminal threat. He was arrested Friday and prosecutors said he could be arraigned Tuesday afternoon, The Wichita Eagle reported.
Advance voting continues in Leavenworth County
October 21, 2020
Advance voting started last Wednesday, Oct. 14. Staff members in the office of Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinksi started mailing advance ballots that day.
Tonganoxie City Council selects Thomas Turf for mowing contract at business park
October 14, 2020
Council selects Thomas Turf for mowing contract at business park The council approved a contract with Thomas Turf and Landscape for mowing services of city-owned lots at the Tonganoxie Business Park for 2020.
Tonganoxie businesses approved for CARES Act funding plan
October 14, 2020
Tonganoxie business will be receiving a total of more than $387,000 through the CARES Act spending plan. The Tonganoxie City Council approved the funding during its regular meeting Oct. 5. Applications were submitted from Sept. 1-9 and then on Sept. 17, the Allocation Review Committee, comprised of City Council members Lisa Patterson and Jake Dale and Tonganoxie Business Association President Monica Gee reviewed and made recommendations for the funding. The council established the spending plan through an ordinance July 20 and the Leavenworth County Commission then approved it Aug. 12.
Candidate forum Saturday at VFW Park; voter registration deadline is Tuesday
October 7, 2020
Candidates running in the November general election will be speaking at a candidates this weekend. First State Bank and Trust and Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271 again are sponsoring a forum, this time from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at VFW Park, weather permitting. Those attending are requested to bring lawn chairs.If need be the forum will be moved inside with social distancing.
October outdoor forum for local candidates being scheduled at VFW Park in Tonganoxie
September 29, 2020
Candidates running in the November general election will be speaking at a candidates forum next month. First State Bank and Trust and Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271 again are sponsoring a forum, this time from 9-10:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at VFW Park, weather permitting.
Kansas no longer has any COVID-19-free counties as cases top 38,000
August 27, 2020
Kansas no longer has any counties free of reported coronavirus cases, with the last two, sparsely populated ones confirming their first as local schools were preparing to reopen. The state Department of Health and Environment on Monday marked the milestone while reporting 1,545 new cases since Friday, an increase of 4.2%, to put pandemic total at 38,401. The state reported an additional seven COVID-19-related deaths, for 426 in all.
Gov. Kelly appoints Tonganoxie alum to another Court of Appeals position
August 26, 2020
In June, members of the Kansas Senate rejected the appointment of Carl Folsom, Lawrence, an assistant federal public defender in Topeka and adjunct law professor at the University of Kansas, to serve on the Kansas Court of Appeals. The justification among Senate Republicans was that Folsom once represented someone accused of possessing child pornography.
Kansas Gov. Kelly reissues ban on pandemic-related evictions and foreclosures
August 20, 2020
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday announced she was reinstating a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures that are caused by tenants and owners being unable to pay their bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial ban on pandemic-related evictions and foreclosures in Kansas expired in June, but Kelly said that as federal unemployment benefits have expired in recent weeks, Kansas is no longer in a place where it can wait and hope that the country’s leaders can agree on another economic stimulus package.
Deadline for final Tonganoxie Planning Commission seat applications extended to Sept. 2
August 19, 2020
A deadline for county representative applicants to the Tonganoxie Planning Commission has been extended. The deadline originally was Monday, but there were no applicants.
Tonganoxie City Council will not pursue mask ordinance after discussion of mandate draft
07:56 p.m., August 17, 2020 Updated 12:00 a.m.
The City of Tonganoxie will not pursue a mask ordinance. City Council members heard from city staff about an ordinance draft they drew up after Mayor David Frese brought up the issue at the last meeting Aug. 3.`

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