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
Patterson joins Tonganoxie City Council
07:58 p.m., December 5, 2018 Updated 11:36 a.m.
Lisa Patterson officially joined the Tonganoxie City Council on Monday. She also might have a future government official in the family. Tonganoxie Assistant City Manager Dan Porter swore Patterson in at the beginning of Monday’s regular council meeting.
Proposed Leavenworth County Commission map splits Tonganoxie and Basehor into separate districts
December 1, 2018
Leavenworth County officials have posted a proposed 5-district commission map. Residents can visit the Leavenworth County website to see a proposed 5-district map for future county commissions. Voters approved by roughly a 2-to-1 margin increasing the number county commissioners from the current three commissioners to five.
Patterson appointed to Tonganoxie City Council
November 21, 2018
Lisa Patterson is the latest appointment to the Tonganoxie City Council. Members appointed the Tonganoxie, 5-0, at Monday’s regular council meeting. The council chose Patterson, a senior communications manager with H&R Block, to the post. She will be sworn in at the Dec. 3 meeting. Patterson replaces Kara Reed, who is moving out of city limits.
More officials calling for resignation of area commissioner after ‘master race’ comment; administrator says phrase not used in ‘racist manner’
06:00 a.m., November 16, 2018 Updated 07:28 p.m.
More officials are publicly denouncing comments that a Leavenworth County commissioner made about being part of a master race. Commissioner Louis Klemp made the remarks during Tuesday’s regular commission meeting to Triveece Penelton, a black woman representing a firm conducting a study on the County Road 1 corridor south of Tonganoxie.
ELECTION CENTRAL 2018: Kelly defeats Kobach; Davids wins against Yoder; 5-person commission approved
07:43 p.m., November 6, 2018 Updated 11:11 p.m.
Here are results as they come in for the 2018 election.
Newcomer, political survivor contest for 42nd Kansas House District
October 31, 2018
The 42nd House District race pits incumbent Republican Jim Karleskint, of Tonganoxie, against Democrat Thea Perry, of rural Tonganoxie. The 42nd District includes Eudora and western Leavenworth County. Karleskint, 71, is seeking his second term in the 42nd District seat. Running as a moderate in 2016, he defeated conservative incumbent Connie O’Brien, of Tonganoxie, in the primary and survived against Democrat Kara Reed in the general election. He turned back a tough challenge in the August primary from conservative Lance Neelly.
Owner donating land to city of Tonganoxie
October 17, 2018
The city will be acquiring more land near its parks and swimming pool. The council approved, 4-0, a donation from Nancy Younger for property at 103 and 105 Pleasant St.
Animal control contract approved for Tonganoxie
October 17, 2018
Animal control will continue with the same contractor for Tongnoxie. The council approved, 4-0, annual agreement with Frank Robinson, the current contractor, not to exceed $17,300. The contract is the same as the previous agreement, which carries a base annual fee not to exceed $14,400, an annual vehicle allowance not to exceed $2,400 and an initial, one-time equipment stipend of $500. Tonganoxie’s contract with Robinson is for field services. The city still maintains an agreement with Leavenworth for its animal control for the impoundment and veterinary care of animals.