Government

Work continues on Tonganoxie City Hall, police station
June 24, 2016
Repurposing of the former Tonganoxie Post Office and Cornerstone Family Worship into a new City Hall and Tonganoxie Police Station, respectively, continue to be on schedule.
Tonganoxie moves ahead in process to lift specific dog breed ban
June 21, 2016
Tonganoxie came a step closer to lifting its specific dog breed ban. About 35 people were in attendance at Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting, with many speaking in favor of lifting the specific dog breed ban on pit bulls and Rottweilers. The City Council originally established the breed ban by adopting an ordinance in 1993, and following with an amendment ordinance later that year. At the request of a citizen who had dogs that fell under the breed ban, the council again looked at the issue in 2009. After hearing arguments on both sides of the issue, the council at the time opted to not take any further action. People in dog care professions again spoke in favor of lifting the ban, as pet groomer Monica Gee and pet boarder Jenny Worden both spoke in favor of lifting the ban.
Dog breed ban, vendor trucks likely topics for City Council
04:53 p.m., June 15, 2016 Updated 10:53 a.m.
Dog breeds and water drainage likely will be two topics discussed at this Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting. The council is looking at lifting specific bans on Rottweilers and pit bulls in city limits, as it has discussions at its last meeting. A veterinarian, dog handler and Humane Society representative all spoke in favor of lifting the ban, saying that the public needs to be better educated on animals and that dogs can become more aggressive based on how they’re treated by owners.
Leavenworth County Commission race highlights local election season
June 15, 2016
Several candidates will be running for county positions in the August primary. According to Janet Klasinski, Leavenworth County clerk, there are many contested races. In the Leavenworth County Commission’s 3rd District race, incumbent Dennis Bixby of Tonganoxie has three challengers in the Republican primary. John M. Matthews, of Basehor, as well as Doug Smith and Bev Hill of Tonganoxie are running in the primary. The Third District covers much of the southern portion of the county, including Basehor, Tonganoxie and Linwood. In the 2nd District race, Republican incumbent Clyde Graeber faces opposition from Louis Klemp Jr., also of Leavenworth. That district covers Leavenworth and Lansing.
Crowded Leavenworth County Commission race highlights local election season
June 14, 2016
Several candidates will be running for county positions in the August primary. According to Janet Klasinski, Leavenworth County clerk, there are many contested races.
Tonganoxie again discussing ban on specific dog breeds
June 7, 2016
Tonganoxie again is revisiting its dog breed ban. City Council Member Kara Reed asked that the city again examine its breed-specific ban of pit bulls and Rottweilers.
Leavenworth County Attorney advocates for awareness following deaths of 3 infants who shared beds with parents
June 2, 2016
The Leavenworth County Attorney’s office has been notified of at least three children, all under a year old, dying due to sharing a bed with their parent(s). In reviewing the incidents, Todd Thompson’s office determined that they were tragic accidents, with insufficient grounds to file criminal charges.
Tonganoxie City Council approves hiring legal counsel for potential proceedings with RV resort group
May 17, 2016
The Tonganoxie City Council has approved hiring counsel for any potential work with a group looking to build 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.
Work on new Tonganoxie City Hall starting on Fourth Street
Power washing started on exterior
May 10, 2016
The ruckus that folks in the downtown area might be hearing can be attributed to the new Tonganoxie City Hall.
Power washing to start on outside of new Tonganoxie City Hall
May 9, 2016
Power washing will be done to the front of the new Tonganoxie City Hall in the 500 block of Fourth Street. Benjamin Cunningham, superintendent with The Osborne Company, said power washing would be taking place from roughly 8 a.m-4 p.m. during the coming days, with a midday break from roughly 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Power washing also will be done to the west side of the building.
Tonganoxie City Council’s Reed to challenge O’Brien for Kansas House seat
KCKCC instructor looks to unseat local incumbent first elected in 2008
May 3, 2016
A Tonganoxie City Council member will be challenging a long-standing incumbent at the state level. Democrat Kara Reed filed April 22 to challenge incumbent Connie O’Brien, R-Tonganoxie, in House District 42 in the November election.
Moratorium continues for certain land south of Tonganoxie
May 3, 2016
Leavenworth County’s moratorium on development south of Tonganoxie continues. Tonganoxie City Manager Nathan McCommon said the county commissioners opted to continue the status at a recent commission meeting McCommon attended.
Tonganoxie bar owners ask city to revise food truck regulations
Contracts approved for asphalt work, security system
April 19, 2016
A couple who owns a new Tonganoxie bar are asking the Tonganoxie City Council to revisit its ordinances regarding food truck vendors in the community. Kate and Jess Brubacher, who operate the Myers Hotel Bar at Third and Main streets, said they’d like to offer some rotating food options at their bar, but said city regulations seem to be hindering those efforts. The couple spoke in open session at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Plans for Tonganoxie’s Army Reserve center move forward
April 5, 2016
Plans for an Army Reserve center in Tonganoxie that would employ 11 and bring in 300 reservists are moving onward. Tonganoxie City Manager Nathan McCommon noted at Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting that he recently received word from Army Reserve officials that construction of the center currently was up for bid and advertising would last until May 2.
Process continues for proposed luxury RV resort near Tonganoxie
March 29, 2016
Plans for a proposed 150-acre luxury RV resort east of the Stone Creek subdivision will continue to be reviewed by various groups in the coming weeks. The first reading for Ordinance 1408, annexing a small parcel of land to the city, took place at the March 21 Tonganoxie City Council meeting. The small parcel of land inadvertently was left out of a November request to annex roughly 150 acres into the city.

Previous