Government

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.
Tonganoxie’s contribution to land-use study discussed at meeting
January 24, 2018
The Tonganoxie City Council directed City Manager George Brajkovic to offer the county a maximum of $8,730 as a financial partner for a U.S. Highway 24-40 corridor land-use study. The county developed a scope of services for the study after putting out request for qualifications. Video proposed a fee of $58,203.
Tonganoxie City Council approves voluntary annexation of land west of 24-40
January 24, 2018
More property west of U.S. Highway 24-40 will become part of the city. Council members approved, 4-0, with Curtis Oroke absent, voluntary annexation of 1.3 acres, which is owned by the Evans Family Trust. The acreage is an area south of Kansas Highway 16 and west of U.S. 24-40 and is planned for commercial development.
Tonganoxie council meetings to continue streaming via Facebook Live
January 24, 2018
Council Member Rocky Himpel wanted staff to research options for technology with regards to recording council meetings during the last council meeting. City Manager George Brajkovic said staff consulted various area municipalities and found that some recorded, while others didn’t. For one city, the recording came with a cost of $20,000 annually and additional staff time. The city will continue to record the meetings on Facebook Live. Staff also will consult IT officials on possible archiving of the meetings through YouTube or on the city website. Assistant City Manager Dan Porter said the Jan. 8 meeting garnered 2,040 views on Facebook.
Report: Senate won’t confirm Brownback before new year
December 27, 2017
The U.S. Senate will not confirm Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for a diplomatic post in the Trump administration before the end of the year, setting up the possibility that he may still be governor when the 2018 legislative session starts on Jan. 8.
Tonganoxie City Council reflects on outgoing members’ service
December 27, 2017
As the calendar turns to 2018, the landscape of local government also will be changing. For both Tonganoxie City Council and Tonganoxie USD 464 school board, three new faces each will be at meetings. On the city council, Rocky Himpel, Jamie Lawson and Loralee Stevens will be sworn in at a special 7 p.m. meeting Jan. 8 at council chambers.
Donnelly given nod to join Port Authority board
December 20, 2017
Mayor Jason Ward told the council that Bill New was stepping down from the Leavenworth County Port Authority and a replacement was needed. Ward suggested Donnelly fill the role, as he has been involved with the organization in the past and served on the Leavenworth County Development Corporation board.
January meetings being moved for Tonganoxie City Council
December 20, 2017
The council voted to move meetings back a week because of the change in when newly elected officials are to take office. With the Legislature voting to move the local elections away from their normal cycle to state and national race schedules, it was mandated that the new officers take office Jan. 8.
Tonganoxie City Council members serve in final meeting
December 20, 2017
It’s become customary for Andy Gilner to make a motion to adjourn the Tonganoxie City Council. On Monday, he made the motion for the final time.
City OK’s method for funding library
December 20, 2017
General obligation sales tax bonds will be issued to fund a new Tonganoxie Public Library. The council voted, 5-0, to approve the bond issuance of $3.85 million. The council approved $3.75 million in funds for the library at the last meeting. City Manager George Brajkovic said the additional $100,000 was to cover issuers fees and other costs associated with issuing the bonds.
Unilock, city agree to contract to build at industrial park
December 7, 2017
Unilock Construction has agreed to build on the city’s industrial park along 222nd Street.