Government

Tonganoxie to have equestrian restrictions on sidewalks, trails
No decision yet on police station
December 23, 2015
The Tonganoxie City Council approved an ordinance amending city code to restrict equestrian use and some motorized vehicles on trails and sidewalks. The governing body approved the measure, 4-0, with Council Member Kara Reed absent. The council recently requested city staff draw up an ordinance that would prohibit animals and motorized vehicles on sidewalks and trails within the city limits. It makes a revision to city code with the exception of a dog or cat properly licensed in the city that is properly restrained or on a leash.
Questions on classroom spending cloud Kansas schools debate
December 20, 2015
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback says he and many Kansas legislators won’t be ready to consider big increases in aid to public schools until they are confident that enough of the money already spent on education is finding its way into the classroom.
McLouth tree lighting ceremony is Saturday
December 4, 2015
McLouth will get into the holiday spirit with its annual tree lighting ceremony this weekend. The ceremony will be 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the city park in downtown McLouth.
Both Kansas Cities raise age to buy tobacco products to 21
November 20, 2015
Young Kansas City smokers will have to drive a bit farther to buy their cigarettes, e-cigarettes or vapor products under an ordinance that’s getting widespread support in the metropolitan area.
Tonganoxie police station, City Hall discussion trudges on
Council approves appraisal bids, tentative budget
November 17, 2015
The Tonganoxie City Council approved the setting of a budget for an updated City Hall and police station, along with the appraisal bids for a church that could be the new home for the police department. About 20 people were in attendance, some voicing opposition to a police move to the current Cornerstone Family Worship at Sixth and Church streets.
Tonganoxie city officials readying for Mayor’s Christmas tree lighting; police station continues to be hot topic
November 12, 2015
City officials are preparing for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting later this month. The event will run from 3-6 p.m. Nov. 21 in downtown Tonganoxie. Carriage rides and various entertainment are planned for this year’s event, along with the tree lighting as it gets dark that night.
Mayor’s vote helps pass Tonganoxie charter ordinance
October 21, 2015
After another vote, the Tonganoxie City Council has approved a charter ordinance changing its form of government. The Tonganoxie City Council voted, 3-2, to approve a charter ordinance earlier this month changing the city’s form of government.
Charter ordinance does not pass council
Measure required super majority
October 14, 2015
The Tonganoxie City Council voted, by a slim margin, to approve a charter ordinance last week changing the city’s form of government. Though initially reported that the ordinance passed, it actually required a 2/3 vote or super majority. The vote was 3-2, with Council Members Jim Truesdell and Curtis Oroke voting against the measure. The charter ordinance required four votes to pass.
Kansas Supreme Court to hear Wichita pot ordinance arguments
September 10, 2015
Kansas’s highest court is considering the legality of Wichita’s marijuana ordinance next week.
Kansas Supreme Court may review case dealing with its power
September 3, 2015
Chief Justice Lawton Nuss won’t rule out having the Kansas Supreme Court review a lawsuit that involves an attempt by the Legislature to diminish the high court’s administrative power.
Mathematician not optimistic about suit seeking ballot audit
August 23, 2015
A Wichita State University mathematician says she’s not optimistic that she’ll win her lawsuit seeking ballot information so she can perform an audit of the 2014 election.
Tonganoxie City Council gives final approval for 2016 budget
Architect selected for potential police plans
August 19, 2015
The Tonganoxie City Council has given final approval for its 2016 budget. The council approved the budget Monday after a public hearing on the matter during the council’s regular meeting. Tonganoxie’s 2016 budget will come with a lower mill levy, but residents will see an increase in sewer rates in the new year.
Tonganoxie City Council still mulling police stations
City buys former post office for offices
August 5, 2015
The Tonganoxie police station is expected to be moving, but where exactly that will be continues to be a point of contention. The council continued its ongoing discussion about the department headquarters’ future at Monday’s meeting. At the previous meeting, the council approved pursuing an existing building to repurpose.
25 years on, disabilities act has changed lives of millions
July 26, 2015
The Americans with Disabilities Act is monumental in scope, intended to protect people with disabilities from discrimination and enable them to participate fully in the workforce and their communities. Its protections, which now cover an estimated 55 million Americans, extend to five key areas: employment, state and local government facilities and services, public accommodations, telecommunications, and transportation.