Government

Tonganoxie City Council approves 3 Tahoe SUVs for police
May 5, 2022
Tonganoxie City Council approved the purchase of three Tonganoxie Police Department vehicles for just more than $117,000 and outfitting of the vehicles for around $18,000 at Monday’s regular meeting.
Lawmakers give preliminary approval to Kansas Senate resdistricting map
March 24, 2022
The Kansas Senate gave preliminary approval on Wednesday to a plan to redraw the boundaries of Kansas’ 40 state Senate districts.
Tonganoxie City Council approves $3.29 million water tower
March 23, 2022
The Tonganoxie City Council approved a bid for $3.29 million water tower at the Tonganoxie Business Park. The city received four bids for the 750,000-gallon water tower, with the low bid coming from Gerard Tank and Steel at $2.616 million. However, as Brian Kingsley with BG Consultants explained, the bidder did not meet all qualifications, specifically that the company hadn’t constructed a similar tank previously.
Democrats, others sue over new Kansas congressional districts
February 16, 2022
Democrats, a civil rights group and a national elections watchdog filed two lawsuits Monday against Kansas officials over a Republican redistricting law that costs the state’s only Democrat in Congress some of the territory in her Kansas City-area district that she carries by wide margins in elections.
COVID-19 cases dropping, but county reports 12 new deaths in past 2 weeks
February 16, 2022
Active cases have dropped steadily in the past two weeks, but there also have been 12 more COVID-19 related deaths during that time, according to Leavenworth County Health Department statistics. For instance, Leavenworth went from 364 active cases Jan. 31 to 117 on Monday. Tonganoxie went from 48 to 22 during that two-week span and Basehor from 73 to 20.
Kansas Supreme Court considers case of Ottawa man on death row for 4 murders
February 2, 2022
Kansas’ highest court wrestled Monday with whether a man invoked his right to remain silent before making statements that were key to him being convicted of capital murder in the fatal shootings of three adults and a toddler.
Opinion: Reflecting on 2021 Leavenworth County Commission
January 20, 2022
The year 2021 was very active in bringing change to Leavenworth County government. These changes that will benefit the citizens included: Adoption of a more than $50 million budget that included a reduction in the mil levy, implementation of spending priorities for the $19 million of CARES ACT funding for COVID-19 relief, establishing goals for expenditure of the additional $16 million dollars scheduled to be received from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act, and most recently refinancing county bonding of sales tax funds which cut the amount of interest the county will pay by $814,000 over the life of the bonds. In addition, during 2021 the county implemented a new direction in economic development. A new economic development office was established, to be led by Tom Cole as economic development director.
Stevens officially sworn in for next term at Tonganoxie City Council meeting
January 5, 2022
Council Member Loralee Stevens was sworn in for another term during Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting. Stevens and fellow Council Members Rocky Himpel and Chris Donnelly won re-election in 2021. Himpel was sworn in during the Dec. 20 council meeting, as he would not be in attendance for Monday’s meeting.
Tonganoxie City Council approves liquor sale expansion
December 23, 2021
Tonganoxie City Council said yes Monday to an earlier start to Sunday liquor sales in the city. The council unanimously approved the change, which would mean sales could start at 9 a.m. instead of the current noon start. Recent changes in state law allows for cities to change operating times. Time must be allowed for any protest petitions, which means the new hours wouldn’t take effect for about two months.
Active COVID-19 cases down in Leavenworth County
December 15, 2021
COVID-19 active community cases were down this week for the first time in the last few weeks in Leavenworth County, though the county had two more deaths. Leavenworth County Health Department statistics released Monday showed active cases up were at 252 this week. That’s down from 280 the previous Monday. The county was at 222 active cases as of Nov. 29.
Tonganoxie City Council approves emergency appointment following death of longtime municipal court judge
December 10, 2021
Tonganoxie Council members approved Mayor David Frese’s appointment recommendation of longtime Kansas City, Kan., attorney Ken Moore to serve as municipal court judge.
City Council approves butterfly garden Scout project at Tonganoxie Public Library
December 10, 2021
Tonganoxie will have a butterfly garden thanks to a local Boy Scout who plans to create the space at Tonganoxie Public Library as part of an Eagle Scout project. Boy Scout Troop 3057 member Christian Secrest spoke to the Tonganoxie City Council on Monday during the council’s regular meeting.
Gov. Kelly appoints former hospital executive as health secretary
December 2, 2021
Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday appointed a former Topeka hospital executive as the new secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Janet Stanek has most recently been director of the state employee health benefits program.
Tonganoxie City Council OKs land sale for new store
November 17, 2021
A Dollar General Market is expected to come to Tonganoxie after the Tonganoxie City Council finalized the purchase of land along U.S. Highway 24-40 at its Monday meeting. Council members approved the sale of 2.4 acres near the U.S. 24-40 curve for $220,000 to Colby 2021 LLC. The company plans to build a 12,460 square-foot Dollar General Market on the tract of land.
Incumbents win re-election in Tonganoxie
November 10, 2021
All Tonganoxie City Council and USD 464 school board incumbents successfully won re-election in the general election. In the school board races, current board president Jim Bothwell easily won his reelection bid for Position 4 with just more than 50% of the votes (642).

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