Government

Tonganoxie City Council approves UTV ordinances
April 16, 2019
Expansion of UTV usage in Tonganoxie moved forward with approval of ordinances addressing the vehicle use. Tonganoxie City Manager George Brajkovic laid out ordinances and fees that he said staff did a good job of “streamlining” for residents who want to operate the vehicles within city limits. If the ordinances become official after legal publication in The Mirror, the changes could go into effect next month.
Stieben officially wins Leavenworth County Commission Fifth District race, to be sworn in Friday
April 4, 2019
Mike Stieben will be the first Leavenworth County Commissioner representing the Fifth District. Official results after canvassing took place Wednesday showed that Stieben, at Tonganoxie Republican, was the top vote-getter, collecting 681 votes. Tonganoxie Independent David Frese secured 651 votes for second place.
ELECTION CENTRAL: Leavenworth County Commission Fifth District race still could be up in air
March 28, 2019
The Leavenworth County Commission Fifth District race might not be over just yet. Mike Stieben appeared to be the winner of the new district’s first election after votes were counted Tuesday. But County Clerk Janet Klasinski said there still were some mail-in ballots to be counted, along with provisional. Plus, Advance ballots postmarked by Tuesday also are being counted. With five of five precincts reporting Tuesday night. Stieben, a Tonganoxie Republican, had 654 votes in what turned out to be a tight three-person race.
ELECTION CENTRAL: Stieben wins Leavenworth County Commission race by 33 votes; April 3 canvass to determine official results
07:25 p.m., March 26, 2019 Updated 09:32 p.m.
Mike Stieben appears to be the winner of the first Leavenworth County Commissioner Fifth District.race, but election won’t be official until next Wednesday.
Polls open until 7 p.m. today for Leavenworth County Commission special election
March 26, 2019
Election Day is here. Voters can cast ballots until 7 p.m. today in a special election for the new Leavenworth County Commission Districts 4 and 5.
Advance voting continues for Leavenworth County Commission election
March 12, 2019
Advance voting has started for the new Leavenworth County Commission races. On-site advance balloting started March 6 at the Leavenworth County Courthouse. Voters can visit County Clerk Janet Klasinski’s office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Advance balloting will conclude at noon March 25.
Tonganoxie City Council remembers former Mayor Mike Vestal
March 6, 2019
The Tonganoxie City Council had a moment of silence Monday for a former mayor. Mayor Jason Ward led the remembrance for former Mayor Mike Vestal, who died last week in Florida. Ward remembered Vestal for his years of service on the Tonganoxie City Council, along with many years as dispatch for the Tonganoxie Police Department.
Leavenworth County Commission District 5 candidate forum is Saturday morning
March 1, 2019
There will be a candidate forum Saturday morning for candidates vying for the new Leavenworth County Commission’s Ffith District. The forum will run 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the VFW Hall in Tonganoxie. Republican Mike Stieben, Democrat Stuart Sweeney and independents David Frese and Curtis Oroke make up the field. The election will take place March 26.
Tonganoxie City Council approves funding for Tonganoxie Business Association
February 20, 2019
The council unanimously gave the nod to a Tonganoxie Business Association request for $5,000 in 2019 at its March 4 meeting. The request continues previous policy of offering monetary support to organizations that promote businesses. When Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce was in operation, the council annually gave that amount to the organization. TBA formed when the chamber folded a few years ago. It formed as a merger between the chamber and Entrepreneuers Achieving Success Together.
Public Works Department encouraging Tonganoxie residents to use off-street parking if possible
February 15, 2019
The Tonganoxie Public Works Department is asking city residents to use off-street parking as much as they can. Keeping the streets as clear as possible will benefit city workers as they work to keep clean streets as complete as they can. Snow started falling this morning. Tonganoxie is in a winter weather advisory as considerable snow is expected to fall today and tomorrow.
Leavenworth County Commission race finalized: Oroke will be 4th candidate on ballot
06:16 p.m., January 25, 2019 Updated 07:58 p.m.
A fourth and final candidate completed the field for the Leavenworth County Commission’s Fifth District race late Friday afternoon. Curtis Oroke, who currently serves on the Tonganoxie City Council, secured the required 400 valid signatures, County Clerk Janet Klasinski confirmed late Friday afternoon. Oroke’s bid for election became official in advance of the 5 p.m. deadline for candidate petitions. He joins fellow Tonganoxie resident David Frese as candidates running as independents in the race. Per social media, Oroke indicated he had hoped to secure the Republican nomination, but no delegates brought his name forward during the Republican convention about a week ago.
LCDC appoints new board president at annual meeting
January 24, 2019
The Leavenworth County Development Corporation has a new president. Harland Russell was appointed president of the LCDC Board of Directors at Friday’s annual membership meeting. Russell previously was serving as vice president. His appointment is for a two-year term. He also takes over for David Schroe-der, who was completing his two-year term as president for the nonprofit economic development organization. LCDC also has three full-time employees: executive director Steve Jack, economic development director Lisa Haack and office manager Mary Mack.
Leavenworth County Commission race now at 3; filing deadline for independents is Friday
January 23, 2019
The field is much clearer in the new district race in southern Leavenworth County after Saturday’s Republican appointment, though there are still a few days for more independents to get on the ballot. A convention of county Republican voters selected Mike Stieben as its nominee for the new Leavenworth County Commission’s Fifth District.
Leavenworth County Commisssion candidates announced; more expected this week
January 17, 2019
The candidate field continues to take shape for the upcoming Leavenworth County Commission races. The new Fifth District, which includes Tonganoxie and Linwood, so far has two candidates and the new Fourth District, which includes the city of Lansing, Delaware Township and a portion of southeast Leavenworth, has one. Per state statute, Democratic and Republican conventions select party candidates for such a special election. Democrat selected Stuart Sweeney, rural Linwood, for the Fifth District and Troy Smith, Leavenworth, for the Fourth District candidate, at a special convention Thursday in Basehor. Tonganoxie freelance writer David Frese will be running in the Fifth District as an independent. He is running for the first time, but is heavily involved in the Tonganoxi community, as he serves on Tonganoxie Public Library and Tonganoxie Recreation Commission boards and is an assistant coach for the Tonganoxie High School boys soccer team.
Tonganoxie City Council approves business park landscape, Stone Creek addition and League of Kansas Municipalities agreements
January 9, 2019
The Tonganoxie City Council approved a landscape design agreement with GBA Architects for Tonganoxie Business Park. The agreement, approved by a 4-0 vote, with Curtis Oroke absent, will allow for several key factors, according to city staff, that will enhance the landscape design of the business park, including landscape architecture, irrigation, wetlands beautification and entrance monument signage.2

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