Government

Tonganoxie City Council approves alcohol permits for library, festival; Bennett sworn in; roof repairs approved
April 21, 2018
The Tonganoxie City Council approved alcoholic beverage license for Tonganoxie Days and for the Tonganoxie Public Library for its monthly art nights. As was the case for the Sesquicentennial celebration in 2016 and last year’s Tonganoxie Days, the city will have a beer tent just north of the water park. Folks attending again, like last year, will be able to roam the grounds with their beverages. The grounds again will run from Fourth and Main to Second and Main and will include Gallagher Park and Third Street from Main to Delaware. That measure passed, 5-0, while the library issue passed, 4-1.
Tonganoxie Planning Commission approves recommendations on large projects
April 11, 2018
The Tonganoxie Planning Commission approved recommendations for a handful of notable projects at its meeting Thursday. The rezone request and special use permit for the proposed luxury RV resort and retail development passed.
Tonganoxie Planning Commission to hear proposals today for luxury RV, new Casey’s store
April 5, 2018
The Tonganoxie Planning Commission will decide whether to approve plans for two projects that could have major implications on the Tonganoxie landscape. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers to decide whether to approve plans for a proposed luxury RV resort just east of Tonganoxie and a new Casey’s General Store south of the U.S. Highway 24-40 and Kansas Highway 16 intersection. Hoefer Wysocki Architecture, along with Red Circle Development are proposing the luxury RV resort and adjacent retail development, respectively.
Area educator appointed to Tonganoxie school board
April 5, 2018
A local educator has been appointed to the Tonganoxie School Board, but members will need to appoint another, as the board president also resigned this past week. The Tonganoxie school board selected Stephanie Shupe on Thursday to finish out the unexpired term of Bryan Kemp.
Former fire chief appointed to Tonganoxie City Council
April 5, 2018
Dave Bennett is the newest member of the Tonganoxie City Council. The council voted, 3-2, to appoint Bennett to Jamie Lawson’s unexpired term. Curtis Oroke, Rocky Himpel and Loralee Stevens all voted in favor of Bennett, while fellow Council Member Kara Reed and Mayor Jason Ward voted against. Because of the type of vote it was for an appointment, Ward had the option to vote. Normally the mayor does not vote unless a tiebreaker is necessary or a super majority is required.
City Council discusses potential Tonganoxie road improvements
March 28, 2018
Public works director Kent Heskett addressed the council about potential road improvementt plans in the city for 2018.
Tonganoxie City Council approves update to Unilock contract
March 28, 2018
The council, by a 4-0 vote, approved a first amendment to the city’s contract with Unilock for its property at the Tonganoxie Business Park. City Manager George Brajkovic said the amendment comes with Unilock’s plans for some building reconfiguration on the site. The change pushes back a final approval, which now is May 14.
Tonganoxie taking city council applications until Friday morning
March 28, 2018
Tonganoxie is accepting applications for the vacant City Council seat. City Manager Geroge Brajkovic outlined the timeline for considering an appointee to take Jaime Lawson’s position on the council. Lawson announced his resignation from the council a few weeks ago, citing personal reasons for his decision.
Tonganoxie City Council approves bonds to fund new library
March 21, 2018
The Tonganoxie City Council approved the sale of bonds that will fund the new library project. Members voted, 3-0, to approve the sale to Commerce Bank. The sale of $3.85 million in bonds will mostly go to the library project, with roughly a $100,000 earmarked to cover issuance and underwriter costs. The bond issuance is for 20 years. The bonds went up for sale at 9 a.m. Monday.
Senate bill allows for more poultry production
March 1, 2018
Despite the fact that most state government offices were closed Thursday due to weather, the Kansas House and Senate met throughout the day and into the evening, working through a mountain of legislation covering a wide range of topics on the final day to consider most bills in their chambers of origin.
School board meeting moved; Bothwell named VP; former city maintenance shop drawing interest from potential buyers
February 22, 2018
The Tonganoxie USD 464 board is expected to select a search firm for its new superintendent, though the meeting originally was set for this past Friday, but it was moved to 6 p.m. today because of scheduling conflicts. Board members will hear from Kansas Association of School Boards, as well as McPherson and Jacobson.
Lawson resigns from Tonganoxie City Council
February 20, 2018
A Tonganoxie City Council member who was the top vote-getter among a crowded field in the 2017 election has resigned. Jamie Lawson, who had been in office for about six weeks, announced at the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting that he would be stepping down. Lawson apologized for the sudden announcement.
Basehor Beat: Hunter safety education courses to be offered
February 15, 2018
The Basehor Community Library partners with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to offer state certified hunter education taught by Steve and Marsha Letcher. The class is taught in two parts to ensure the mandatory 10 hours of instruction. Please go to safehunters.com for more information and registration. The class is free, but students must be 11 or older to enroll.
Residential gunsmith and gun repair operation approved
January 24, 2018
The council approved, 4-0, a special-use permit for an in-home gun dealer and gunsmithing business. The permit was approved for Justin Barker at his residence, 2604 E. Sycamore St., which of course is zoned as residential. Barker told the council the permit allows him to make money through his business until he can move his business into a shop. He said his services will be provide by appointment only and on weekends and that it will be more a matter of buying or selling a single gun at a time with a customer.