Himpel leads Tonganoxie City Council meeting
October 17, 2018
With Mayor Jason Ward and council member Kara Reed both absent from Monday’s meeting, the council had to appoint one of its members to lead the meeting. Reed served as mayor pro tem, which means she assumed mayoral duties in the event of the mayor’s absence.
Tonganoxie City Council hears more plans for former TES land
October 17, 2018
Plans for the rest of the land at the former Tonganoxie Elementary School campus were discussed in more detail at Monday’s City Council meeting. The Tonganoxie City Council took steps forward at the last meeting with regards to the new library’s future on the south end of the former TES site.
Candidate forum is Saturday at Tonganoxie VFW Hall
October 12, 2018
Voters will have a chance to interact with candidates before the general election Saturday morning at the Tonganoxie VFW 9271 Post Home, 910 E. First St. Republican incumbent Willie Dove and Democratic challenger Stuart Sweeney in the 38th District race and Republican incumbent Jim Karleskint and Democratic challenger Thea Perry in the 42nd District race will be on hand. Any other candidates running for office are also welcome to speak at the event, which will run 9-10:30 a.m. First State Bank and Trust and Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271 are co-sponsoring the event.
Election Day about a month away
October 11, 2018
Voters will have plenty of races and an initiative to decide in about a month. Election Day is Nov. 6, with polls open 7 a.m.-7 p.m., though advance voting also is an option. Voter registration still is open, but residents have until next Tuesday. Tonganoxie Public Library offers assistance for anyone needing to register to vote. More information also is available at or This is a much-anticipated midterm election at the federal level.
Tonganoxie City Council to make appointment without Reed
September 21, 2018
It appears outgoing council member Kara Reed, who served for five and half years on the Tonganoxie City Council, will not have a hand in selecting her successor. Reed announced at the Sept. 4 meeting that she would be resigning because she was moving outside the city limits. “It has been my great honor to serve alongside a dedicated staff and fellow elected officials on behalf of the city of Tonganoxie for the last five and a half years,” she wrote in a letter she read to citizens, city staff and fellow members of the governing body. “It is with regret that I must leave before my term has expired, but a move outside of city limits makes my resignation necessary.”
Tonganoxie City Council member stepping down because of move out of city
September 5, 2018
A Tonganoxie City Council member is stepping down because she is moving out of the city. Council President Kara Reed posted on her city council member Facebook page Tuesday that she was resigning. She posted an open letter to citizens, elected officials and city staff and also read the letter at Tuesday’s council meeting. “It has been my great honor to serve alongside a dedicated staff and fellow elected officials on behalf of the city of Tonganoxie for the last five and a half years,” she wrote. “It is with regret that I must leave before my term has expired, but a move outside of city limits makes my resignation necessary.”
Tonganoxie seeking animal control services proposals
September 5, 2018
Tonganoxie is looking for animal control service proposals. Inquiries about the request for proposals are due by 2 p.m. Sept. 14 and will be posted on the city’s website. Inquiries should be directed to Dan Porter, assistant city manager;; 913-845-2620, ext. 1040. Proposals must be submitted by 2 p.m. Sept. 19. Full details on the scope of services and submission instructions are available in the 2018 Animal Control Services Request for Proposals.
Tonganoxie Water Park season finishing up Monday
August 29, 2018
Swim enthusiasts will get their last chances to visit Tonganoxie Water Park for the season. Tonganoxie Water Park is open Labor Day Weekend, but its final day of the season is Monday. The water park again will open up in May 2019.
Tonganoxie City Council meeting moved to Tuesday
August 29, 2018
The Tonganoxie City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday for its first meeting of the month. The governing body normally meets the first and third Monday of each month, but Monday’s meeting was moved to Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday.
GOP officials mend fences with candidate in 2nd District
August 29, 2018
After expressing grave skepticism earlier in the campaign, Republican Party officials in the 2nd District said Monday they are now fully behind their own congressional candidate, Steve Watkins.
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.