Government

Tonganoxie City Council OKs plans for Casey’s final plat, approves industrial bond issuance, delays decision on daycare zoning
August 23, 2018
A new Casey’s General Store cleared a notable benchmark. The Tonganoxie City Council approved, 4-0, a final plat for a new project for the convenience store chain. The store is to be built in the area generally between Fifth and Sixth streets on the west side of U.S. Highway 24-40.
Karleskint, Dove andvance in respective primaries
August 15, 2018
As the state waits to find out a winner in the Republican pimrary race for governor between Gov. Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach, many other races were set after last week’s election Aug. 7. State Reps. Jim Karleskint, R-Tonganoxie, and Willie Dove, R-Bonner Springs, held off challengers Lance Neelly and Noel Hull in the 42nd and 38th districts, respecitvcely. Laura Kelly breezed her way to a Democratic primary victory in the governor’s race, as did Debbie Deere in another Democratic primary — state representative in the 40th District.
Late resident’s proposed projects laid out at Tonganoxie City Council meeting
August 9, 2018
Per Larry Meadows’ wishes, his wife, Lois Meadows, spoke before the City Council during open session about two projects Larry hoped could be done in the coming years. Larry Meadows, an involved community member for several years, died last month at the age of 76. In his final days, he worked with others in the community and his wife to pitch a couple ideas to the council.
Tonganoxie City Council approves budget; mill rate slightly lower
August 9, 2018
City officials are holding the line for the 2019 budget. The Tonganoxie City Council voted to approve the budget, which carries an estimated mill levy rate of 45.295. That is down slightly from 2017, when the city an actual tax rate of 45.326 mills. The 2017 rate was 44.84. The approval came after a 90-minute budget work session before the regular meeting Monday night in council chambers. No residents voiced opinion during the budget hearing, which is required for Kansas municipalities to do before giving final approval to a budget.
ELECTION CENTRAL: Kobach leads Colyer by 191 votes with all state precincts reporting; Karleskint, Dove advance
08:53 p.m., August 7, 2018 Updated 07:44 a.m.
Here is a look at unofficial election totals as they come in, first the county numbers and then statewide:
Tuesday primary to set up November elections
August 3, 2018
Tuesday will decide several primaries across the state, including a hotly contested governor’s race. Some races are not contested in the primaries, but there are many vying to represent a specific party heading into November. Here’s the list of candidates for that most contested race — governor — for both Democrats and Republicans is for governor. Incumbent Jeff Colyer, Overland Park, faces Kris Kobach, Lecompton; Patrick Kucera, Overland Park; Tyler Ruzich, Prairie Village; Ken Selzer, Leawood; Joseph Tutera Jr., Mission Hills; and Jim Barnett, Topeka, in the primaries. Colyer formerly was lieutenant governor, but was sworn in to fill the rest of former Gov. Sam Brownback’s unexpired term after President Donald Trump appointed Brownback ambassador for international religious freedom. For the Democrats, there are five candidates running in the primaries: Carl Brewer, Wichita; Laura Kelly, Topeka; Joshua Svaty, Topeka; Arden Andersen, Olathe; and Jack Bergeson, Wichita.
Many contested primary races to be decided Aug. 7
July 25, 2018
Some crowded fields will be narrowed down soon in Kansas politics. The primaries are Aug. 7 and though some races are not contested, there are many vying to represent a specific party heading into November. The most contested race for both Democrats and Republicans is for governor.
Leavenworth County Commission approves petition to put expanded commission question on ballot
July 20, 2018
Leavenworth County voters will decide in November whether the county commission will expand to five members from three. The Leavenworth County Commission approved a resolution July 10 to put the question on the November ballot. A group pushing for the expanded board had 3,000 signatures, far more than the required 2,153, which is 5 percent of registered county voters, according to County Clerk Janet Klasinski.
City gives initial approval of contract for Tonganoxie Public Library land
July 18, 2018
Tonganoxie is one step closer to having a new library. The City Council approved Monday a resolution of the first amendment to the contract between Tongie 5, LLC and the city on 2 acres of land where the elementary school campus once was. The sale and price is expected to be final with a closing next month. Plans call for the library to be built on the south end of the property. The remaining 2.5 acres is expected to be developed, but there are no specific plans as of yet.
Tonganoxie City Council approves more fireworks stands
June 22, 2018
The council approved five more fireworks stands for this year’s July 4 holiday season. The additional stands approved Monday were Anthony R. Miller/Sacred Heart Catholic Church Youth Group (1100 West St.), Rockstar Fireworks (325 E. U.S. Highway 24-40), Trieb’s T-Town No. 1 (420 Stone Creek), Trieb’s T-Town No. 2 (105 E Fifth St.) and J’s Fireworks, Inc. (205 E U.S. 24-40). Sale and discharge of fireworks in Tonganoxie can be done 8 a.m.-11 p.m. June 30-July 4.
Ordinance on sellf-service storage passes Tonganoxie City Council
June 22, 2018
The council voted, 3-1, for an ordinance that allows for self-service storage in the general business district. Council Member Rocky Himpel cast the dissenting vote. Council Member Kara Reed was absent.
Council recognizes first Tonganoxie Citizens Academy class
June 20, 2018
The first Tonganoxie Citizen Academy class officially graduated. Members of the first academy class attended Monday’s City Council meeting.
City Council appoints Bretthauer to rec commission board
June 20, 2018
John Bretthauer will be the newest member of the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission board. The City Council approved, 2-1, to appoint Bretthauer to the TRC board. Curtis Oroke made the motion and Dave Bennett the second.
Tonganoxie officials unveil 2019 proposed budget
June 6, 2018
Assistant City Manager Dan Porter laid out the remaining timeline for the proposed 2019 budget, which at this point would hold the line compared to last year’s mill rate. Porter presented the proposed budget at Monday’s City Council meeting in Council Chambers. Another presentation and opportunity for public input will take place at the next regular council meeting, which is June 18.