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Mayor appoints new council member

I was excited to read of Kara's appointment. She is a very energetic, articulate and knowlegable young woman. I am sure she will be a tremendous asset to the city of Tonganoxie. Welcome!

January 15, 2013 at 4:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

NEW PERSPECTIVE: Tonganoxie woman credits faith with helping combat condition

God bless you and your family as you work through your illness. Never doubt for a minute that God will answer your prayers and be with you every step of the way. Our family has experienced a life-changing diagnosis so I know what you are going through. You will be in my prayers. Blessings, Judy Ward

January 3, 2013 at 11:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie City Council pays tribute to Bard

To Kathy's family and friends, please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one and colleague. Our city has lost not only an employee but a champion for the good of Tonganoxie. These employees are the ones who go about their daily work load with efficiency, knowledge and quiet expertise to do the very best they can with every task they take on. For those who knew and worked with Cathy and the city of Tonganoxie are much better for having known her. Rest in Peace.

July 12, 2012 at 11:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie council member, former administrator facing off in Leavenworth County Commission race

Hricane23, let me clarify. My position (only) is that I’ll make an honest attempt not to personally attack anyone. The comment about throwing what….. certainly applies in a lot of situations. Blogs and personalities are something that we get caught up in and can sometimes be fun. We all have/had made negative comments at one time or another about unpopular topics, situations and people. I did and I’m angry at myself for getting involved. I absolutely hate dissention or disagreements. Let me ask you this, what’s the general feeling about my friends Burdel Welch, Todd Thompson and Janet Klasinski. Electable or not? RIP24/40

June 4, 2012 at 4:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie council member, former administrator facing off in Leavenworth County Commission race

To further explain myself to 12345, maintainer, kansanjayhawk, tophat and all other bloggers that put stock in or want to quantify one’s participation. The following isn’t my attempt to brag but an explanation of facts. It doesn’t make me any better than or worse than any other individual. I am a senior, senior citizen that served in the military service with distinction, obtained a formal education, spent fifty-eight (58) years in the work force, was a community activist, participated in urban renewal and development, former bureaucrat, ran for public office, authored and co-authored Ordinances/laws for city/county governmental bodies, served on Boards of Certification, wrote and published technical manual/books that are used as guidelines throughout the mid-west/U.S. and after my 1st retirement was/is the principal in my own company. With this diverse background I’m fully aware of what it takes to be a good custodian of government large or small, to govern, to participate at all levels, provide knowledge and input on tough questions/situations no matter how it’s received and believe in the resolution of difficult problems by committee and that criticism good or bad can be used for recommendations of/for change.
I further agree that these blogs like political affiliation shouldn’t become a love/hate issue among neighbors. Let’s keep it clean, conservative, liberal or independent and make your voice heard at the polls. With my background I sometimes characterize others in certain ways when I don’t think that they are responsible people or acted in an irresponsible way or manner. Is it the right thing to do? No. We’re only responsible for ourselves and how we think, what we say and do. Have a great summer and don’t forget to vote for your candidate of choice. RIP24/40

June 4, 2012 at 1:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie council member, former administrator facing off in Leavenworth County Commission race

This is RIP24/40. This signature is for Rest in Peace 24-40 Highway. This is the most important issue for the city of Tonganoxie. Not the election of a county commissioner. The highway through Tonganoxie has become a very dangerous roadway over the past several years with very little or no action by this town’s governing body. This is what prompted my entry into the blog maze. There have been way too many accidents between Main St. and 206th St. The city has the primary responsibility to provide a safe roadway through the community whether it’s a city street, county road or state highway. For the city it appears that it’s only an enforcement issue for giving out citations for exceeding the speed limit. It’s really a safety, life and property issue that needs to addressed. The answer is less enforcement and the installation of traffic signal(s) to regulate traffic and allow safe ingress and egress to 24-40. The Planning and Zoning Board made a poor decision in allowing subdivision access to 24-40 without the proper signaling in close proximity to Laming Road. It’s my opinion that the city needs to enlist the services of Mary O’Brien and Tom Holland in an effort to interface with KDOT and resolve this situation. This isn’t to say that the improvement referenced earlier by Bill Peak for work at 4th St & 24-40 wasn’t necessary. It just didn’t appear to me to be the most important issue that needed to be addressed.
In answer to 12345, tophat, maintainer and kansanjayhawk or anyone else that reads these blogs. The comments recorded in this publication are just opinions. Because they are opinions it doesn’t make one right or one wrong. Being a Democrat or Republican doesn’t make one right or wrong. These are choices that we all make as individual and they should be respected. I agree that if possible everyone should be a part of city government in some capacity. More input lends to better decisions and improved relations. Please keep in mind that because people blog doesn’t necessarily mean that they are any less interested in what goes on within the community. Some for one reason or another may not be able to attend or be part of activities outside their home.
The issue surrounding the county commissioner seat is all about individual trust, credibility, and integrity, stature of an individual within a community, responsibility and experience. We expect elected officials to be good citizens and pillars of their communities. This guideline may or may or apply to every situation or election. It’s important for “We the People” to make the best selection and elect the best qualified person for the job. RIP24/40

June 4, 2012 at 11:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie council member, former administrator facing off in Leavenworth County Commission race

Bill Peak, you, me and everyone else that reads these blogs understand or understood that Mike Yanez wasn't responsible for depleting those funds. Things happen during the coarse of doing business that often require decisions about budgetary items. Unforseen issues arise that involved more people than the city administrator. The action by you and two other councilman could have cost this city a large amount of money had it been sued for wrongful termination. Had that contract been worded a little different and based on previous evaluations your decisions could have put us in the same position as Basehor with their former City Administrator. And rightfully so. I found it totally unprofessional and despicable. It smelled of small town or should I say Wyandotte County politics. It smelled that bad. I'm think this situation and the termination of Dr. Erickson by the School Board is a real shame. In fact it is my position that the elected officials involved in these two terminations be recalled. I've talked with the Leavenworth County Attorney twice about the city administrator situation. This is a work in progress so stay tuned. The termination of an employee can and generally is devastating to the now out of work former employee. I have no idea as to what you did for the postal department but try to remember all of those times that you were fearful of losing your job. How devastating it would have been for your wife and family and your entire world has to chage. Was it a misplaced package, not cutting the wheels properly into or at a curb, scratches on a truck or car, etc. Get my drift? With my background of 37 years in middle and upper management for a large company and 3 1/2 years in private practice I have a very clear understanding about employee relations, personnel issues, budget preparation, short and long term forecast, schedules of all types, balanced budget and unforseen budget expenditures that are directly or indirectly the cost of doing business. My position on honesty is that everyone lies at some point in their lives for one reason or another. I really try to refrain from that if I know most of the facts. One thing about me is that I never apoligise for anything because I feel that it's a sign of weakness. Try to have a good week and maybe I'll drop in for a council meeting to see true professional at work. RIP24/40

June 3, 2012 at 6:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie city administrator settling in to post

Nathan McCommon Welcome to Tonganoxie. In this town, It's a position with a lot of responsibility but with your background you should fit in very well.

June 3, 2012 at 5:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie council member, former administrator facing off in Leavenworth County Commission race

It is really a good thing that Bill Peak is not running for county commissioner. Bill Peak is one of the problems with this city council. It really doesn't matter whether it's Bixby or Peak because neither person is qualified for the job. Their no growth non-progressive attitude does more to hurt the community than to help. Bill Peak thought that the salary for Mike Yanez was way too high and out of line. Bill Peak being a retired Postal employee helps me understand his thought process. He's totally out of touch with the salary scale for similar positions throughout the midwest. If Bill Peak and Dennis Bixby really wanted to do something for the community maybe they need to:
• Resolve the issues surrounding traffic on 24/40 with KDOT. Placement of signage, flashing lights, a traffic signal and lowering the speed limit. Get Mary O’Brien and Tom Holland involved.
• Look into over staffing of the Police Department. FBI study recommends 1.7 to 1.9 officers per 1,000 residents for a town this size. That’s a national average. Why does a city this size need a detective? Carpenter staffed this city just like he staffed Roeland Park, Ks.
• Why we have so many police cars? Why are officers allowed to take them home?
• Determine why the new 12” water main doesn’t provide water to all Tonganoxie residents? We’re all paying for it but only those residents South of 12th St. are using the water.
• Recommend bidding out engineering services contract to get a more competitive price.
• Look into Right-of-Way management requirements, dump site requirements/restrictions, hauling permits by local contractors for street use and street cut permits/replacement guidelines.

June 3, 2012 at 4:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tonganoxie council member, former administrator facing off in Leavenworth County Commission race

KansanJayhawk, this is my last response through this publication to you. It’s hard for me to know the politics or the little groups within Tonganoxie. I’ve been here 6 six years and have found it very unfriendly and in some respects backwards in day to day activities of city or community business. This could be the problem of not enough professionalism or not enough qualified people to go about running the city. The other thing that bothers me is just which part of the “Dark Ages” did you grow up in or are still living in. The position of county commissioner is a local government position and really doesn’t need to reflect what the democrats or republicans use for their national guideline or banner(s). It’s a job that requires responsible people making good choices and decisions about conducting the day to day business for Leavenworth County.
In the article in the Mirror, both candidates said they want to focus on growth and development of the county. Dennis Bixby even stated that he thought Tonganoxie and Basehor are really poised to be the growth engines of Leavenworth County. This somewhat contradicts Dennis Bixby’s position on the city council. He’s not growth oriented, he’s not a progressive or for change that may be in the best interest of the community. He and Bill Peak are all about two people that want things to remain the same or to turn the clock back 10 or 20 years. They fail to see that the community needs to be progressive, needs development, new business and generally more roof tops to change the tax base for the entire community. How many more empty store fronts are there going to be over the next 12 months?

It was also apparent to me in your comments that you know very little about city business in Tonganoxie or how the government functions. The city administrator position or filing as a democrat doesn’t make Mike Yanez a liberal bureaucrat. This position has a lot of responsibility in overseeing the day to day activity of administration, supervision of staff, maintenance and construction of infra-structure improvements, daily care of city property, interaction with local governments, updating standards of employment, personnel action and state compliance regulations for maintaining a city of this size based on the number of residents. And your comment about Mike Yanez and his employment status was in very bad taste. As I grew up I was taught good “Christian Values”, grew up within the church and was always told that it was wrong to create undue hardship on your fellow man. Dennis Bixby and two other councilman did what they did out of personal indifference and used that council position to terminate his contract. You have to be a really small person in stature to think that a person losing a job in this day and age was a good thing. If that’s your position, you’re wrong. Dennis Bixby’s unemployment status is a choice that he has made and I don’t think that he is a very responsible person.

June 3, 2012 at 10:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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