Government

New Tonganoxie City Council appoints former member to fill vacant spot
January 8, 2020
A former Tonganoxie City Council member is returning to the governing body. Tonganoxie’s new council — Mayor David Frese and Council Member Jake Dale were sworn in at the beginning of Monday’s meeting — selected Chris Donnelly to finish out the unexpired term of Dave Bennett, who stepped down this past November. Donnelly served on the council for eight years before losing a re-election bid in 2017. That race required a primary for a crowded field. Donnelly advanced past the primary, but did not finish high enough for another term.
New Tonganoxie City Council to appoint new member from field of 8 candidates
January 2, 2020
A vacant Tonganoxie City Council member position has attracted eight applicants. The interested residents all submitted their applications by Friday’s deadline at City Hall. The position became vacant with Dave Bennett’s announced resignation Nov. 18. The City Council likely will review applications at and make a decision at the Jan. 6 meeting, which also will be the first meeting for the new council.
Ward serves on Tonganoxie City Council in final meeting as mayor
December 18, 2019
The Tonganoxie City Council made its way through agenda items Monday as it usually does, but the meeting was bookmarked with recognition of someone who’s been on the governing body the past 14 years. Jason Ward, who started as a council member before being appointed mayor and then serving two full terms, oversaw his final meeting Monday. Ward opted not to seek another term. And with that, Mayor-elect David Frese will be sworn in Jan. 6.
City of Tonganoxie accepting applications for city council, planning commission
December 12, 2019
A Tonganoxie City Council member position on the Tonganoxie City Council is currently vacant with Dave Bennett’s announced resignation Nov. 18. The position is open for applications, which will be reviewed by the City Council at a future council meeting.
Bennett resigns from Tonganoxie City Council position
November 20, 2019
A Tonganoxie City Council member announced his resignation effective immediately at Monday’s regular meeting, but how he will be replaced — and when — still is in limbo. Dave Bennett made his announcement at the beginning of Monday’s meeting. Bennett said “certain developments in my personal life” in the last two weeks regrettably forced him to submit his resignation, effective immediately. A former Tonganoxie City fire chief, Bennett was appointed to the City Council in April 2018 to fill a vacancy after Jamie Lawson stepped down.
Baldock defeats O’Brien in Tonganoxie USD 464 re-election bid
November 14, 2019
Local races were decided last week, as was a Constitutional Amendment for the state. The question on the back side of the ballot was for a potential amendment to the Kansas Constitution. The question, asked whet
ELECTION CENTRAL: Patterson, Dale win council seats; Frese new mayor; Baldock defeats O’Brien
10:52 p.m., November 5, 2019 Updated 11:17 a.m.
The Tonganoxie City Council will have new faces, while an incumbent won re-election in a USD 464 school board race against a political mainstay. Current council member Lisa Patterson, along with challenger Jake Dale were top vote-getters in the Tonganoxie City Council race.
Election Day is Tuesday; polls open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
November 4, 2019
Local elections for city council and school board are Tuesday. For the City Council races, the two incumbents will run to remain on the governing body. Curtis Oroke is seeking a second term, while Lisa Patterson will seek a full term. Patterson was appointed earlier this year to take over Kara Reed’s seat, as the former council member stepped down with her move out of city limits. This year’s council race has two challengers with experience on a municipal board. Jake Dale and Zachary Stoltenberg both currently serve on the Tonganoxie Planning Commission board.
Tonganoxie City Council, USD 464 school board races to be decided Nov. 5
October 23, 2019
Local elections for city council and school board are drawing closer. The election is Nov. 5 For the City Council races, the two incumbents will run to remain on the governing body. Curtis Oroke is seeking a second term, while Lisa Patterson will seek a full term. Patterson was appointed earlier this year to take over Kara Reed’s seat, as the former council member stepped down with her move out of city limits. This year’s council race has two challengers with experience on a municipal board. Jake Dale and Zachary Stoltenberg both currently serve on the Tonganoxie Planning Commission board.
Tonganoxie City Council to meet again today; rezoning for townhome development on agenda
09:32 a.m., October 14, 2019 Updated 08:09 p.m.
Tonganoxie’s next city council meeting will be today due to scheduling conflicts with the regular meeting that was scheduled later this month. City Manager George Brajkovic and Assistant City Manager Dan Porter will be at a conference Oct. 21. The council decided to schedule the meeting for today.
Opinion: Reviewing Leavenworth County budget discussion for FY 2020
September 4, 2019
The battle of the budget for fiscal year 2020 is now over. The debate during the past few weeks has been on how to prioritize spending levels, and whether to give the taxpayers any kind of reduction in the mill levy in light of the enormous property valuation increases and resulting tax increases. Overall, the county budget is about $61 million but this number includes nearly $10 million in carry-over and transfer budget amounts, including pass-through state and federal grants.
Town hall meeting to discuss local issues, including bond issue
August 23, 2019
Leavenworth County Commissioner Mike Stieben will lead a town hall meeting next week.
Man found guilty in Leavenworth fleeing case
August 14, 2019
Orion Sherley, 24, Vassar, Kan., was found guilty in Leavenworth County District Court of fleeing and attempting to elude Tonganoxie police.
High school bond issue mail-in ballots being sent out this week; voter registration ends 5 p.m. Thursday
August 13, 2019
If residents within the Tonganoxie USD 464 district lines aren’t already registered to vote, they have utnil 5 p.m. tomorrow to do so in advance of the school bond mail-in election. Ballots will be sent out Friday for a special Tonganoxie USD 464 bond election that will determine the future of the Tonganoxie High School campus.
Stieben: Leavenworth County Commissioners go to Washington
August 8, 2019
Commissioner Kaaz from Leavenworth and myself representing the southern parts of Leavenworth County recently attended the Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma Leadership Day in our Washington, D.C.

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