Government

Leavenworth County Commission race highlights local election season
June 15, 2016
Several candidates will be running for county positions in the August primary. According to Janet Klasinski, Leavenworth County clerk, there are many contested races. In the Leavenworth County Commission’s 3rd District race, incumbent Dennis Bixby of Tonganoxie has three challengers in the Republican primary. John M. Matthews, of Basehor, as well as Doug Smith and Bev Hill of Tonganoxie are running in the primary. The Third District covers much of the southern portion of the county, including Basehor, Tonganoxie and Linwood. In the 2nd District race, Republican incumbent Clyde Graeber faces opposition from Louis Klemp Jr., also of Leavenworth. That district covers Leavenworth and Lansing.
Crowded Leavenworth County Commission race highlights local election season
June 14, 2016
Several candidates will be running for county positions in the August primary. According to Janet Klasinski, Leavenworth County clerk, there are many contested races.
Tonganoxie again discussing ban on specific dog breeds
June 7, 2016
Tonganoxie again is revisiting its dog breed ban. City Council Member Kara Reed asked that the city again examine its breed-specific ban of pit bulls and Rottweilers.
Leavenworth County Attorney advocates for awareness following deaths of 3 infants who shared beds with parents
June 2, 2016
The Leavenworth County Attorney’s office has been notified of at least three children, all under a year old, dying due to sharing a bed with their parent(s). In reviewing the incidents, Todd Thompson’s office determined that they were tragic accidents, with insufficient grounds to file criminal charges.
Tonganoxie City Council approves hiring legal counsel for potential proceedings with RV resort group
May 17, 2016
The Tonganoxie City Council has approved hiring counsel for any potential work with a group looking to build luxury RV resort just east of Tonganoxie. The council approved, 4-0, an agreement with Shannon Marcano to negotiate any development agreements. Mayor Jason Ward and Council Member Andy Gilner were absent from Monday’s meeting.
Work on new Tonganoxie City Hall starting on Fourth Street
Power washing started on exterior
May 10, 2016
The ruckus that folks in the downtown area might be hearing can be attributed to the new Tonganoxie City Hall.
Power washing to start on outside of new Tonganoxie City Hall
May 9, 2016
Power washing will be done to the front of the new Tonganoxie City Hall in the 500 block of Fourth Street. Benjamin Cunningham, superintendent with The Osborne Company, said power washing would be taking place from roughly 8 a.m-4 p.m. during the coming days, with a midday break from roughly 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Power washing also will be done to the west side of the building.
Tonganoxie City Council’s Reed to challenge O’Brien for Kansas House seat
KCKCC instructor looks to unseat local incumbent first elected in 2008
May 3, 2016
A Tonganoxie City Council member will be challenging a long-standing incumbent at the state level. Democrat Kara Reed filed April 22 to challenge incumbent Connie O’Brien, R-Tonganoxie, in House District 42 in the November election.
Moratorium continues for certain land south of Tonganoxie
May 3, 2016
Leavenworth County’s moratorium on development south of Tonganoxie continues. Tonganoxie City Manager Nathan McCommon said the county commissioners opted to continue the status at a recent commission meeting McCommon attended.
Tonganoxie bar owners ask city to revise food truck regulations
Contracts approved for asphalt work, security system
April 19, 2016
A couple who owns a new Tonganoxie bar are asking the Tonganoxie City Council to revisit its ordinances regarding food truck vendors in the community. Kate and Jess Brubacher, who operate the Myers Hotel Bar at Third and Main streets, said they’d like to offer some rotating food options at their bar, but said city regulations seem to be hindering those efforts. The couple spoke in open session at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Plans for Tonganoxie’s Army Reserve center move forward
April 5, 2016
Plans for an Army Reserve center in Tonganoxie that would employ 11 and bring in 300 reservists are moving onward. Tonganoxie City Manager Nathan McCommon noted at Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting that he recently received word from Army Reserve officials that construction of the center currently was up for bid and advertising would last until May 2.
Process continues for proposed luxury RV resort near Tonganoxie
March 29, 2016
Plans for a proposed 150-acre luxury RV resort east of the Stone Creek subdivision will continue to be reviewed by various groups in the coming weeks. The first reading for Ordinance 1408, annexing a small parcel of land to the city, took place at the March 21 Tonganoxie City Council meeting. The small parcel of land inadvertently was left out of a November request to annex roughly 150 acres into the city.
Tonganoxie City Council approves Topeka firm for City Hall, police station work
March 22, 2016
The Tonganoxie City Council has selected a Topeka construction company to do renovations to Cornerstone Family Worship for a new police station and the former Tan Time for a new City Hall. The council approved, 4-1, the low bid of The Osborne Company, Inc. $592,900, with alternate additions of $9,200 for City Hall windows and $6,000 for police shower.
Basehor man, great-grandson of Eisenhower, named Kansas’ newest aviation director
February 24, 2016
A Basehor man has been selected to be Kansas’ next aviation director.