Government

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.
Building activity up in Tonganoxie
April 19, 2017
There’s a lot of building activity these days in Tonganoxie. Assistant City Manager Jamie Shockley presented numbers at Monday’s City Council meeting. She noted that Tonganoxie leads the county in single-resident building permits being issued so far this year. Shockley said many numbers are encouraging so far this year, including 26 percent of budget estimates have been collected for sales tax. That’s up from 13 percent at this time in 2016. Shockley said she wanted to research why that number has doubled from last year.
Mayors for Meals in Tonganoxie
April 19, 2017
To help raise awareness of this service and its demand in the community, each year, the Council on Aging participates in Meals on Wheels of America’s “March for Meals” campaign. Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward, as he has done often in recent years, helped deliver meals to homebound seniors last month in Tonganoxie as part of mayoral support acoss the country.
Senate advances bill granting limited access to cold case missing person files
April 6, 2017
Topeka — The Kansas Senate advanced a bill Wednesday that would give limited public access to investigation records in unsolved missing person cases that are more than 25 years old. Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, added that provision as an amendment onto another bill that would standardize the fees public agencies can charge for producing copies of public records.
Tonganoxie City Council revokes interlocal agreement following AG opinion; work session, liquor license approved; brush dump site discussed
March 24, 2017
Tonganoxie plans to continue with improvements at its undeveloped business park, but it will have a new partner in an intelocal agreement. The city had approved an interlocal agreement with the Leavenworth County Port Authority for development of the business park. The county also has pledged $5 million to the park.
Leavenworth senator’s response to donation likens Planned Parenthood to Nazi concentration camp
March 17, 2017
A Kansas legislator is standing by a comment he made in a letter comparing Planned Parenthood with a Nazi concentration camp. Republican state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald of Leavenworth told The Kansas City Star on Monday that he considers Planned Parenthood worse than the Nazi regime in Germany.
Taxes, education dominate legislative forum in Tonganoxie
March 8, 2017
Taxes and education dominated the first legislative update of the latest Statehouse session Saturday at Tonganoxie VFW Hall. Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, Rep. Jim Karleskint, R-Tonganoxie and State School Board Member Janet Waugh of Kansas City, Kan., spoke during the forum.
Unanimous decision by Kansas Supreme Court: School financing system does not meet constitutional requirements
March 2, 2017
The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday declared that funding for public schools in the state is unconstitutionally low, and it gave the Legislature until June 30 to come up with a response, setting up another possibility that it could order the closing of public schools if lawmakers fail to come up with a satisfactory solution.
Candidate forum Saturday at Tonganoxie VFW
March 2, 2017
Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271 will host a legislative update next month. The forum will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie VFW Post Home. The venue traditionally has been the venue for candidate forums, a city polling site and legislative updates. This will be the first legislative update for state Rep. Jim Karleskint, R-Tonganoxie. Karleskint, a retired educator and school superintendent, defeated longtime Republican incumbent Connie O’Brien of Tonganoxie in the primaries and then Democrat and Toganoxie City Council Member Kara Reed in the general election this past November. Karleskint represents the 42nd District in the Kansas House of Representatives.
Tonganoxie voters approve 20-year sales tax; Tonganoxie Days entertainment agreement approved; VFW Park news
March 1, 2017
A 3/4-cent sales tax will fund a new Tonganoxie Public Library. Tonganoxie residents voted, 776-429, to replace the current 3/4-cent sales tax with a new 20-year sales tax at the same rate, according to Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski. She noted voter turnout was nearly 42 percent. The “yes” votes won with about 64 percent of the vote.