July 3, 2019
Tonganoxie has eclipsed a population of 5,500, according to estimates recently released. The next official county will come with the 2020 U.S. Census.
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The Tonganoxie City Council had its first work session as it works to finalize the 2021 budget. Council members met virtually Monday through a Zoom meeting. The two-hour session came before the regular meeting.
Tonganoxie ranks No. 2 and Basehor No. 3 in HomeSnacks’ Top 10 Safest Cities in Kansas list. HomeSnacks, a website that has compiled best and worst lists for cities, counties and state for the last five years, “combines recent data from the Census, FBI, OpenStreetMaps and dozens of other sources into bite-sized studies to help you understand what it’s like to live in different communities across the country,” according to its website.
As the COVID-19 pandemic moves along, small businesses across the country continue to do what they can to weather the economic downturn. A new drive established locally, it’s hoped, will give some Tonganoxie businesses some relief from that storm.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced two Tonganoxie restaurants to temporarily close, while others are offering carryout and some delivery options. Its grocery store also has designated certain shopping hours be reserved for people most susceptible to the virus. Brothers Market has announced that, effective Thursday, it will be open to senior citizens 65 and older, residents with increased susceptibility to serious illness and expectant mothers from 7-9 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It then will be open to the general public 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on those days.
Celebrating business: Tonganoxie organization honors its members, hears from state tourism director at banquet
There is some encouraging news for Kansas tourism, but the state’s new director of tourism also hopes that the industry can become more of a priority in Topeka. Bridgette Jobe served as keynote speaker Feb. 18 at Deer Ridge Estate for this year’s Tonganoxie Business Association Appreciation Banquet.
A vacant Tonganoxie City Council member position has attracted eight applicants. The interested residents all submitted their applications by Friday’s deadline at City Hall. The position became vacant with Dave Bennett’s announced resignation Nov. 18. The City Council likely will review applications at and make a decision at the Jan. 6 meeting, which also will be the first meeting for the new council.
A Tonganoxie City Council member position on the Tonganoxie City Council is currently vacant with Dave Bennett’s announced resignation Nov. 18. The position is open for applications, which will be reviewed by the City Council at a future council meeting.
The potential re-zoning of property near County Rd. 1, south of Tonganoxie, was discussed at the last Planning & Zoning meeting. None of residents who spoke were in favor of re-zoning. However, the committee unanimously voted in favor of re-zoning. It begs the question: Why even bother attending and speaking if no one listens?
The Tonganoxie City Council selected two planning commission members from a list of nominees at Monday’s meeting. The council approved another term for Jake Dale and also appointed longtime resident Patricia Bitler.
The Tonganoxie City Council a budget that holds the line compared to last year’s mill rate. Council members approved, 4-0, the mill rate of 45.284 for 2020, with Lisa Patterson absent.
Every incorporated city in Leavenworth County has seen an increase in population since the 2010 U.S. Census, according to population estimates released earlier this month. The estimates are from July 2018.