Government

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.
Leavenworth County asking for residents to take comprehensive plan survey before Sept. 1
August 8, 2019
Leavenworth County is creating a new comprehensive plan, and the county commission needs as much input as possible as it weighs priorities that are key to the county’s future growth and development. Residents are encouraged to take a five-minute survey about several issues important to the future growth of the county. The survey closes Sept. 1.
Ballots 101: All the information for the USD 464 mail-in election
August 8, 2019
Ballots will be sent out next week for a special Tonganoxie USD 464 bond election that will determine the future of the Tonganoxie High School campus.
Council appoints Tonganoxie Planning Commission members
August 8, 2019
The Tonganoxie City Council selected two planning commission members from a list of nominees at Monday’s meeting. The council approved another term for Jake Dale and also appointed longtime resident Patricia Bitler.
Asphalt overlay project bid approved for nearly $239,000
August 8, 2019
Asphalt overlay project bid approved for nearly $239,000 The city selected the low bid from Little Joe’s Asphalt, Inc., Bonner Springs, out of five bids, for $239,210.55.

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