Government

Leavenworth County Commission race now at 3; filing deadline for independents is Friday
January 23, 2019
The field is much clearer in the new district race in southern Leavenworth County after Saturday’s Republican appointment, though there are still a few days for more independents to get on the ballot. A convention of county Republican voters selected Mike Stieben as its nominee for the new Leavenworth County Commission’s Fifth District.
Leavenworth County Commisssion candidates announced; more expected this week
January 17, 2019
The candidate field continues to take shape for the upcoming Leavenworth County Commission races. The new Fifth District, which includes Tonganoxie and Linwood, so far has two candidates and the new Fourth District, which includes the city of Lansing, Delaware Township and a portion of southeast Leavenworth, has one. Per state statute, Democratic and Republican conventions select party candidates for such a special election. Democrat selected Stuart Sweeney, rural Linwood, for the Fifth District and Troy Smith, Leavenworth, for the Fourth District candidate, at a special convention Thursday in Basehor. Tonganoxie freelance writer David Frese will be running in the Fifth District as an independent. He is running for the first time, but is heavily involved in the Tonganoxi community, as he serves on Tonganoxie Public Library and Tonganoxie Recreation Commission boards and is an assistant coach for the Tonganoxie High School boys soccer team.
Tonganoxie City Council approves business park landscape, Stone Creek addition and League of Kansas Municipalities agreements
January 9, 2019
The Tonganoxie City Council approved a landscape design agreement with GBA Architects for Tonganoxie Business Park. The agreement, approved by a 4-0 vote, with Curtis Oroke absent, will allow for several key factors, according to city staff, that will enhance the landscape design of the business park, including landscape architecture, irrigation, wetlands beautification and entrance monument signage.2
Patterson joins Tonganoxie City Council
07:58 p.m., December 5, 2018 Updated 11:36 a.m.
Lisa Patterson officially joined the Tonganoxie City Council on Monday. She also might have a future government official in the family. Tonganoxie Assistant City Manager Dan Porter swore Patterson in at the beginning of Monday’s regular council meeting.
Proposed Leavenworth County Commission map splits Tonganoxie and Basehor into separate districts
December 1, 2018
Leavenworth County officials have posted a proposed 5-district commission map. Residents can visit the Leavenworth County website to see a proposed 5-district map for future county commissions. Voters approved by roughly a 2-to-1 margin increasing the number county commissioners from the current three commissioners to five.
Patterson appointed to Tonganoxie City Council
November 21, 2018
Lisa Patterson is the latest appointment to the Tonganoxie City Council. Members appointed the Tonganoxie, 5-0, at Monday’s regular council meeting. The council chose Patterson, a senior communications manager with H&R Block, to the post. She will be sworn in at the Dec. 3 meeting. Patterson replaces Kara Reed, who is moving out of city limits.
More officials calling for resignation of area commissioner after ‘master race’ comment; administrator says phrase not used in ‘racist manner’
06:00 a.m., November 16, 2018 Updated 07:28 p.m.
More officials are publicly denouncing comments that a Leavenworth County commissioner made about being part of a master race. Commissioner Louis Klemp made the remarks during Tuesday’s regular commission meeting to Triveece Penelton, a black woman representing a firm conducting a study on the County Road 1 corridor south of Tonganoxie.
ELECTION CENTRAL 2018: Kelly defeats Kobach; Davids wins against Yoder; 5-person commission approved
07:43 p.m., November 6, 2018 Updated 11:11 p.m.
Here are results as they come in for the 2018 election.
Newcomer, political survivor contest for 42nd Kansas House District
October 31, 2018
The 42nd House District race pits incumbent Republican Jim Karleskint, of Tonganoxie, against Democrat Thea Perry, of rural Tonganoxie. The 42nd District includes Eudora and western Leavenworth County. Karleskint, 71, is seeking his second term in the 42nd District seat. Running as a moderate in 2016, he defeated conservative incumbent Connie O’Brien, of Tonganoxie, in the primary and survived against Democrat Kara Reed in the general election. He turned back a tough challenge in the August primary from conservative Lance Neelly.
Owner donating land to city of Tonganoxie
October 17, 2018
The city will be acquiring more land near its parks and swimming pool. The council approved, 4-0, a donation from Nancy Younger for property at 103 and 105 Pleasant St.
Animal control contract approved for Tonganoxie
October 17, 2018
Animal control will continue with the same contractor for Tongnoxie. The council approved, 4-0, annual agreement with Frank Robinson, the current contractor, not to exceed $17,300. The contract is the same as the previous agreement, which carries a base annual fee not to exceed $14,400, an annual vehicle allowance not to exceed $2,400 and an initial, one-time equipment stipend of $500. Tonganoxie’s contract with Robinson is for field services. The city still maintains an agreement with Leavenworth for its animal control for the impoundment and veterinary care of animals.
Applications still being accepted for Tonganoxie council position
October 17, 2018
With Kara Reed’s departure from the Tonganoxie City Council, her position is open for applications, which will be initially reviewed by the City Council at the Nov. 5 council meeting. Applications must be submitted by 10 a.m. Oct. 26.
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.