Government

Tonganoxie City Council to meet tonight
February 18, 2021
Tonganoxie City Council will meet tonight in a meeting rescheduled from earlier in the week.
Upcoming meetings: Leavenworth County Commission meets today; Tonganoxie City Council to meet Monday
January 28, 2021
Leavenworth County Commission will meet today and Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Leavenworth County Courthouse. Meetings can be viewed live or later on the county’s YouTube page.
Advocates seek law for appeals of evictions from adult care homes
January 27, 2021
Advocates for older Kansans in assisted living facilities are pushing for legislation that would allow them to appeal to the state if a facility evicts them. The House Children and Seniors Committee plans to have a hearing Thursday on the measure, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports. It would allow older Kansans who’ve been involuntarily discharged from an adult residential care facility to appeal to the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.
GOP senators reject Kansas appeals court nominee with Tonganoxie ties a 2nd time
January 27, 2021
Republicans in the Kansas Senate on Thursday rejected Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s nomination of a public defender — and Tonganoxie High School graduate — to the state’s second-highest court for the second time in eight months, despite support for him from the state’s top federal prosecutor and other attorneys.
Tonganoxie City Council extends mask ordinance into April on 3-2 vote
January 27, 2021
Tonganoxie will continue with a mask ordinance for two more months. City Council members voted, 3-2, Jan. 19 to extend the mask ordinance into April. The original ordinance was set to expire at the end of this month. Members Jennifer McCutchen, Loralee Stevens and Jake Dale voted in favor of the measure, while Chris Donnelly and Rocky Himpel voted against it.
Kansas lawmakers moving quickly on COVID-19 legislation
January 21, 2021
Kansas lawmakers have been moving quickly on legislation that would extend the state’s COVID-19 emergency declaration before it expires on Jan. 26. “I’ve not seen, and I don’t think we’ve seen before, a bill that moved with such expediency,” said Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City. “I dare say it is abnormal and it lends a certain question as to how fairly it can be deliberated and considered. This is a very crucial issue in terms of the public health.”
Nurses in Kansas county refuse to give COVID-19 vaccine
January 20, 2021
Four nurses at a rural health department in Kansas are refusing to administer any COVID-19 vaccines, citing the fast development and production of the shots. Coffey County Public Health Administrator Lindsay Payer said the nurses made their own decisions and expressed their concerns one by one. She called the vaccine documents concerning.
Tonganoxie officials to announce later this week status of next week’s City Council meeting
January 13, 2021
Tonganoxie city staff will let residents know later this week whether Tuesday’s City Council meeting will be the first in-person session since the COVID-19 pandemic began or whether it will be another virtual meeting. The expectation as of Tuesday morning was for the meeting to take place at the new Council Chambers at Third and Bury streets in the former public library building, according to Assistant City Manager Dan Porter.
League of Kansas Municipalities membership fees aproved for 2021
January 6, 2021
Tonganoxie City Council members signed off on membership in the Leauge of Kansas Municipalities for another year. The total fee is just below $3,120.
Mobile generator, electrical work approved at regular meeting
January 6, 2021
The council approved the purchase of a lift station mobile generator from CK Power for $59,927 and preparations for connection of the generators to the lift stations from Capital Electric Construction for $11,990. Both were low bids.
Tonganoxie City Manager ‘pretty confident’ that in-person meetings can return Jan. 19
January 6, 2021
Tonganoxie’s new City Council Chambers still look to be on course to host the first in-person council meeting since last winter. City Manager George Brajkovic told the council during Monday’s virtual meeting that there were some hiccups on the IT front earlier Monday, but he anticipated the city to still be on schedule to have its next regular meeting in the larger space at Third and Bury streets.
McCutchen sworn in Monday to Tonganoxie City Council position; meetings potentially returning to in-person variety later next month at new venue
December 30, 2020
A new Tonganoxie City Council member was sworn in a new way Monday during a special meeting. Jennifer McCutchen was sworn in during a virtual Zoom meeting Monday. Council members normally are sworn in during a traditional in-person meeting, but the council has been meeting virtually throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Challenges with the size of the current council chambers at 321 Delaware Street and other factors have kept the meetings in virtual mode, though that soon could change.
Tonganoxie City Council passes mask ordinance with 3-2 vote
December 10, 2020
Tonganoxie joins Lansing and Leavenworth, as well as many counties in establishing a mask covering ordinance in public places. The Tonganoxie City Council approved the measure, 3-2, during a special meeting Thursday conducted virtually.
Tonganoxie revisiting mask ordinance Thursday
December 9, 2020
The Tonganoxie City Council again will discuss the possibility of enacting a mask ordinance in public places. Council members will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday for a special virtual meeting to discuss drafting of mask ordinance. Council Member Jake Dale asked to revisit the topic during Monday’s regular meeting. Initial efforts to implement an ordinance sputtered in August. City staff crafted an ordinance, but it didn’t have enough support to move from discussion to a vote.
3 more COVID-19 deaths recorded in Leavenworth County
December 8, 2020
Leavenworth County had 119 new positive community cases between Monday and this past Wednesday, Dec. 2. There also have been a new U.S. Penitentiary positive case and two Lansing Correctional Facility case and another case transferred to another jurisdiction. There also were 115 community recoveries during that time. As of Monday’s Leavenworth County Health Department report, LCHD was monitoring 304 active cases, with three currently being hospitalized.

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