Government

Leavenworth County commissioner’s replacement would have to run for re-election in 2018
02:56 p.m., September 21, 2017 Updated 05:01 p.m.
Clyde Graeber’s replacement on the Leavenworth County Commission will have to run for election in 2018 if the appointee wants to stay on the board beyond the resident’s appointment. Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski explained the timeline this week.
Tonganoxie mayor recuses himself from future Tyson discussions
September 19, 2017
Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward will not involve himself with any future discussion about the proposed Tyson chicken-processing plant south of Tonganoxie. Questions were raised last week about a potential conflict of interest between Tyson and the mayor because the firm for which he works, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, lists the Arkansas-based company as one of its clients. Ward addressed his employment with the firm.
Tyson plant opponents pack Leavenworth County Commission meeting
September 7, 2017
Bill Jones took to the podium, his voice cracking. The longtime Leavenworth County resident told the Leavenworth County Commission on Thursday that he has placed a “For Sale” sign on his property. He lives on land near an acreage south of Tonganoxie where Tyson Foods, Inc., plans to build a chicken production plant. Jones and others opposing the plant took their fight Thursday to the commissioners, less than 48 hours after the Arkansas-based company and Gov. Sam Brownback announced a planned $320 million project during an event Tuesday in downtown Tonganoxie.
City approves slight mill jump; USD 464 proposal slightly down
August 11, 2017
Tonganoxie’s mill levy will have a slight increase for 2018. The Tonganoxie City Council had its budget hearing Monday before adoption of the 2018 budget, which carries a mill rate of 45.144. That’s a slight jump from the 2017 rate of 44.84 and nearly a 1-mill increase from 2016’s rate of 44.179. No residents spoke during the public hearing. The council then voted to give final approval to make the budget official. The Tonganoxie school board will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Tonganoxie Elementary School library to give initial approval to its 2017-18 budget.
Voter turnout low for primary as two challengers lead vote-getting
August 8, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have at least one new member, thanks to Aug. 1 primary results. Voters selected up to three candidates, as terms for incumbents Chris Donnelly, Andy Gilner and Jim Truesdell are set to expire. The top six candidates out of the 10-candidate field advance to the November general election. Gilner and Donnelly both made the top six, while Truesdell finished seventh in the vote-getting. Challenger Jamie Lawson had the most votes with 209, while fellow challenger Loralee Stevens had 138 votes. Donnelly placed third with 120 votes, AW Rocky Himpel fourth with 115 and Gilner fifth with 99. Ryan Keltner nabbed the final general election spot with 90 votes.
Challengers lead vote-getting, 1 incumbent ousted in Tonganoxie City Council primary
August 1, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have at least one new member, thanks to Tuesday’s primary results. Voters selected up to three candidates, as terms for incumbents Chris Donnelly, Andy Gilner and Jim Truesdell are set to expire. The top six candidates out of the 10-candidate field advance to the November general election. Gilner and Donnelly both made the top six, while Truesdell finished seventh in the vote-getting.
Tonganoxie City Council primary election voter’s guide
July 27, 2017
Editor’s note: The Mirror emailed questionnaires to all active candidates in this year’s Tonganoxie City Council primary. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Additional candidate responses appear on page 4A. Rachell I. Rowand has dropped out of the race, she told The Mirror last week, as her residence likely won’t be annexed into the city anytime soon. Ballots already have been created, so her name will still appear.
Tonganoxie City Council candidate forum today
July 22, 2017
Tonganoxie City Council candidates will be available for a forum from 1-3 p.m. today at the VFW Post Home. Candidates are Chris R. Donnelly (incumbent), Andrew T. Gilner (incumbent), AW (Rocky) Himpel, Ryan Keltner, Jennifer Kohl, Jamie Lawson, Rachell I. Rowand, Loralee D. Stevens, Michael Towle and Jim Truesdell (incumbent). The candidates are vying for three seats. The Aug. 1 primary will shave that number down to six for the general election, which is in November. School board positions also will be decided in the general election.
Rural recycling currently possible through Leavenworth County bins in Tonganoxie
June 28, 2017
County residents are continuing their efforts to retain a recycling option for rural residents. Honey Creek Disposal had a community recycyling drop-off location for several years near Triple Creek Realty along U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie. Triple Creek wanted to utilize that property in a different manner earlier this year. In the spring, Honey Creek removed its recycling containers. The city and school district both looked at ways to offer recycling on their property, but officials determined it wouldn’t be practical.
Tonganoxie City Council to have 10-person race, primary Aug. 1
June 7, 2017
Incumbents will join seven challengers also vying for their seats in a Tonganoxie City Council election that will require a primary. The 10-person field will have a run-off Aug. 1 for the at-large seats.
Leavenworth County Commission votes down Patriot highway plans
June 1, 2017
A proposed six-lane highway that would run through Leavenworth County no longer is in the works.
Leavenworth County makes community recycling bin available again in Tonganoxie
June 1, 2017
Leavenworth County has placed a trial recycling bin at the former Leavenworth County Annex, 425 Laming Road. The bin can be used for paperboard, brown paper bags, phone books, newspaper, glass bottles and jars, plastic, cardboard, in and aluminum cans.
Election filing deadline noon Thursday
May 30, 2017
If you’re planning a run for Tonganoxie City Council or Tonganoxie School Board, it’s come down to crunch time to file. Residents wishing to file have until noon Thursday and must do so at the office of County Clerk Janet Klasinski at the Leavenworth County Courthouse.
Legislators expect extened session with ‘significant tax increase’ on horizon
April 26, 2017
With a “significant tax increase” on the agenda, Kansas legislators should be prepared for a long stay when they return to Topeka in May, Sen. Tom Holland told a town hall meeting Saturday in Tonganoxie. At a forum at the Tonganoxie Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Holland, D-Baldwin City, and Rep. Jim Karleskint, R-Tonganoxie, said much remained on the Legislature’s plate for the 2017 session, including a new school finance formula, the state’s 2018 fiscal budget and the need to craft a tax policy needed to close a $800 million revenue gap for 2018. Holland said he thought there would be quick consensus on the first two items, but that finding agreement on taxes would be difficult.
Legislative update is Saturday
April 20, 2017
The next legislative update will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271, 910 E. First St., Tonganoxie. Area legislators have been invited to attend the event. VFW Post 9271 and First State Bank and Trust are sponsoring the forum.

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