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Tonganoxie Deputy Fire Chief John Callaghan conducts weekly maintenance on one of the department's trucks Monday near the Tonganoxie City Fire Station. Area cities can find themselves competing with other local communities because of higher pay for its employees in fire, police, public works and other departments.

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Tonganoxie City Fire Chief offers firework safety tips

Tents have popped up in Tonganoxie and surrounding towns and will be hubs of activity through July 4 for fireworks sales. Fireworks can be shot off within city limits from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. daily during the days of fireworks sales, which started Sunday and will conclude Thursday evening on Independence Day.

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Firefighters called to fire in Tonganoxie's Urban Hess Business Center

Firefighters battled a structure fire Tuesday night in Tonganoxie’s Urban Hess Business Center. Tonganoxie City firefighters were called out just before 9 p.m. Tuesday to S&S Alloy Steel, Inc., 1821 Commerce Drive.

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Tonganoxie City Council approves fire department pumper truck

The City Council approved the purchase of a fire pumper truck for the Tongnoxie City Fire Department. Council members approved, 4-0, the purchase for $300,449.46 from Conrad Fire Equipment. The price included trade-in value of $105,000 and the additional cost of $23,128.84 for extrication rescue tools. Total cost is $346,923.37 through 10-year lease purchase agreement at 2.95 simple interest (First State).

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Tonganoxie Library story time to be at fire station Tuesday

Story time will have a special location Tuesday. The Tonganoxie Public Library program will take place 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Tonganoxie City Fire Station., 825 E. Fourth St. Parents can bring their children to the fire station for the special story time.

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Tonganoxie City Fire Department fire calls, April 13-May 3, 2015

Tonganoxie City Fire Department fire calls from April 13-May 3, 2015:

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Tonganoxie City Fire Department calls for Feb. 15-21, 2015

Tonganoxie City Fire Department calls for Feb. 15-21, 2015:

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Tonganoxie City Fire Department calls, Dec. 14-27, 2014

Tonganoxie City Fire Department calls for Dec. 14-27, 2014

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In step with neighboring communities?

Setting worker wages a balancing act for cities

This year, the average police officer in Shawnee takes home an hourly wage of about $23.59, a rate equal to about $49,000 per year, not including overtime. Across the Kansas River in Basehor, the average officer earns about $16.76 per hour, equivalent to just under $35,000 per year.

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