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Work Session - November 20, 2017 6pm Public Library

Posted by George Brajkovic at Nov 17, 2017 01:50 PM |

A Work Session including the Library Board and the City Council will convene on Monday, November 20, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 321 Delaware.  The Work Session will focus on construction of a new Public Library and use of sales tax dollars.

This Work Session is not for public comment.  However, during the regular 7 p.m. City Council meeting, there will be an opportunity for public comment during a Public Forum on the agenda.

Regular City Council Meeting November 20, 2017

Posted by George Brajkovic at Nov 17, 2017 01:34 PM |

Regular City Council Meeting November 20, 2017

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Regular City Council Meeting November 6

Posted by George Brajkovic at Nov 03, 2017 12:55 PM |

The Tonganoxie City Council will convene for it's regular City Council meeting on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7pm, in thh City Council Chambers at 321 Delaware.

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Planning Commission Meeting on November 2 is Cancelled

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Nov 02, 2017 12:08 PM |

The Planning Commission meeting scheduled for November 2, 2017 has been cancelled. The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Regular City Council Meeting October 16

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Oct 13, 2017 02:40 PM |

The Tonganoxie City Council will convene for its regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the council chambers at 321 S. Delaware Street.

Members of the public are invited to attend.

View the agenda packet

 

Citywide Garage Sale October 7

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Oct 02, 2017 10:15 AM |

The semi-annual citywide garage sale will take place this Saturday, October 7. The city wide garage sale occurs on the first Saturday of April and October of each year.

A permit is not needed to hold a garage sale, and you do not need to notify the city of your sale.

Residents are responsible for advertising their own events, but are reminded that signs placed in city right-of-ways are prohibited. All signs must be placed on private property (with the owner's permission).

Planning Commission Meeting Oct. 5

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Oct 02, 2017 10:12 AM |

The Planning Commission will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 5 for their regularly-scheduled meeting.

View the agenda packet

Regular City Council Meeting October 2

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Sep 28, 2017 03:57 PM |

The Tonganoxie City Council will convene for its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the council chambers at 321 S. Delaware Street. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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Community Reception for Fire Chief Jack Holcom

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Sep 25, 2017 09:55 AM |

A community reception will be held on Saturday, September 30 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Myers Hotel Bar to thank Fire Chief Jack Holcom for his service to the Tonganoxie Fire Department. A cash bar will be available and light refreshments will be served.

Statement from Mayor Ward Regarding Proposed Tyson Project

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Sep 15, 2017 04:42 PM |

Dear Citizens:

Our governing body places great weight in the opinions of our constituents and is listening carefully to community feedback on the proposed Tyson project. We will entertain additional citizen comments during open agenda of our next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 18. In order to accommodate those wishing to participate, the September 18 city council meeting will be held at the Jewel on Main, 707 E. 4th Street in Tonganoxie at 7 p.m.

Sincerely,

Mayor Ward

Regular City Council Meeting September 18 - Location Change to 707 E. 4th Street

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Sep 15, 2017 03:55 PM |

The Tonganoxie City Council will convene for its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Please note that this meeting will be held at 710 E. 4th Street at the Jewel on Main building.

Members of the public are invited to attend.

View the agenda packet

Tyson Releases FAQs Regarding Proposed Project South of Tonganoxie

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Sep 11, 2017 02:15 PM |

Tyson issued the attached document to address some of the questions being asked regarding the proposed project south of Tonganoxie.

 

Tyson Releases FAQs Regarding Proposed Project South of Tonganoxie

Statement from Department of Agriculture Regarding Tyson in Tonganoxie

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Sep 06, 2017 04:43 PM |

During the Tyson announcement on September 5, Tyson representatives noted the company will offer town hall meetings so residents of northeast Kansas can learn more about specific details of the project. These meeting dates are not yet scheduled; however, the company will provide opportunities to engage in civil discourse and communicate these dates for distribution to communities and community members via their local-level contacts. State and local level officials will also attend to provide insight into agriculture-related questions, environmental questions (air, water, waste management) and transportation and logistics questions.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Tyson in Tonganoxie

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Sep 05, 2017 03:10 PM |

Is this project being built in city limits?

No, this project is currently planned on two different pieces of property. The processing plant and hatchery is planned to locate on the property at 222nd and Hemphill Road, and the feed mill is planned for the northeast corner of US 24/40 and Honeycreek Road. Neither of these properties are located in Tonganoxie city limits. Because this project isn’t in the City’s jurisdiction, the oversight for the project will be done on a county level.

Will the City annex this property?

The City has not been asked, at this time, to annex the properties into City limits.

What is the City’s involvement in this project?

Because this project is located outside of city limits, the City of Tonganoxie’s involvement has only involved discussions about extending sewer infrastructure at a cost of $1.3 million to service these properties. The City Council has not yet taken official action on this item at this time. The City projects that the cost of extending the infrastructure will be paid for by Tyson through the revenue received from the monthly service charges.  This money will come from the sewer operations fund and not from any tax-receiving funds.  It is likely that more industrial development will happen in this area, as well, and the city will then be prepared to offer sanitary sewer service to those customers at no additional cost to the city, thus improving our annual sewer revenue collections and ability to invest in our sewer infrastructure in other parts of town.

How many jobs will this project create?

The processing plant, hatchery, and feed mill will employ approximately 1,600 people. Tyson also plans to contract with northeast Kansas farmers and ranchers within a 30 mile radius to raise chickens. The operation, which is currently scheduled to open in mid-2019, will produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken for retail grocery stores nationwide.

How would the City pay for the sewer infrastructure for this project?

The City projects that the cost of extending the infrastructure could be paid for by Tyson through the revenue received from the monthly service charges. This money will come from the sewer operations fund and not from any tax-receiving funds.

How will this project impact the City’s crime rate?

The City of Tonganoxie was recently named by Safewise as one of the safest cities in Kansas, and we intend to keep it that way. This particular location was chosen because of its proximity to Interstate 70 and the available workforce in Kansas City, Lawrence, and Topeka. While this plant will create growth and opportunity for Tonganoxie residents, it is likely that many people will commute to this facility via Interstate 70 and will not have an impact on the City’s crime rate. The City will continue to monitor the safety of the community and is committed to dedicating resources to public safety to ensure we remain one of the safest communities in Kansas.

Why did Tyson choose Leavenworth County?

Tyson chose this location in Leavenworth County because of the available infrastructure and the property’s proximity to Interstate 70, as well as the available workforce in Kansas City, Lawrence, and Topeka. The company plans to produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken to grocery stores nationwide, and access to quality infrastructure and a major interstate is very important in this process.

How will this project impact enrollment in schools?

While this project will certainly result in growth for the Tonganoxie community, the City does not believe this will have a negative impact on enrollment in our schools. The schools have been built to anticipate future growth. In fact, Tonganoxie is home to the largest elementary school in Kansas currently. In addition, while this project will create 1,600 jobs, those 1,600 jobs will be filled by people all over the region and not just Tonganoxie residents. In addition, this project will result in a direct increase in the amount of tax revenue the school district receives.

How will this project impact housing in Tonganoxie?

Prior to the City even becoming aware of this project, the City of Tonganoxie has been working on ways to attract high-quality single family and multi-family housing to the community. This past spring, the City Council worked with the State of Kansas to create Rural Housing Incentive Districts, which is helping the City attract market-rate apartments and single family homes of $325,000 and above. These are the two types of housing markets the city is working towards for the community at this time, and we believe Tyson will have a positive impact on this current effort.

What are industrial revenue bonds and how will they be used in this project?

Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs) are a form of public-private partnership – a tool that governments can use to stimulate economic development, allowing them to offer tax subsidies for new or expanding businesses that create jobs and improve communities. Subsidies may include a property tax exemption and compensating tax exemption if certain equipment is purchased with bond proceeds. These types of bond issues have been popular as a way to help Kansas cities and towns compete – without assuming financial liability – for capital intensive projects by extending tax subsidies to reduce the risks and costs for a company to move here. Leavenworth County is currently working with Tyson on the possibility of issuing IRBs for this project, but the City of Tonganoxie is not involved in these conversations at this time.

Why didn’t the City share this project with the citizens before it was announced?

The City was under a non-disclosure agreement with Tyson, as was the State of Kansas and Leavenworth County. Non-disclosure agreements are a common practice in economic development projects and cities sign these types of agreements regularly when they are working with companies and reviewing their proposals for locating in the community. In addition, this project is not within the city limits and the City does not have oversight of it.

Will this facility cause an unpleasant smell throughout town or cause environmental issues?

This is a concern that the City shares and will be addressed throughout the development review process. This is planned to be a state-of-the-art facility and the first facility of its type that Tyson has built in twenty years. The City is committed to working with the state, county, and Tyson to ensure resident concerns are addressed regarding noise, odor, traffic, environment, water quality, and safety.

What action has the City taken to bring this project to Tonganoxie?

The City has taken no formal action at this time to bring this project to Tonganoxie. The City has been asked to extend sewer lines to the project, but the City Council has not officially voted to do this. While the City has not taken any action at this time, Leavenworth County has approved a tax abatement and industrial revenue bonds for this project. More information can regarding this can be found in the Leavenworth Times.

Tyson Announces $320 Million State-of-the-Art Facility South of Tonganoxie

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Sep 05, 2017 03:05 PM |

Tonganoxie, Kansas – In response to strong consumer demand for chicken, Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) today announced plans to build a $320 million poultry complex in eastern Kansas.

The company will construct a processing plant, hatchery and feed mill near the city of Tonganoxie, in Leavenworth County, which will employ approximately 1,600 people and contract with northeast Kansas farmers and ranchers to raise chickens. The operation, currently scheduled to begin production in mid-2019, will produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken for retail grocery stores nationwide.

“More people want fresh food and as one of the world’s leading protein companies, we’re well-positioned to provide it,” said Tom Hayes, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. “We believe this new operation, which will incorporate the latest production technology, will enable us to meet the sustained growth in consumer demand for fresh chicken.”

The poultry plant will be capable of processing 1.25 million birds per week, increasing Tyson Foods’ overall production capacity. The payroll and payments to farmers from the new operation, along with its purchase of grain and utilities, is expected to generate an annual economic benefit to the state of Kansas of $150 million.

“Kansas will be an outstanding home for this Tyson complex,” said Governor Sam Brownback. “Growing Kansas means we must grow the food and agriculture sector which accounts for nearly 45 percent of the state’s economy. The far-reaching impact of this development will be felt by farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and communities throughout eastern Kansas. This is a step in the right direction to further diversify and grow our state’s economy.”

The Governor emphasized the importance of local-level support for economic development. “Kansas is known throughout the world for our commitment to animal agriculture and for our communities which offer an exceptional place for companies of this quality to find a talented workforce in a business-friendly environment.”

“Tonganoxie is looking forward to a successful partnership with Tyson Foods,” said Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward. “We have planned for a development of this type for many years by making strategic investments in public infrastructure targeted to support future industrial growth. This project will bring much anticipated opportunities for local residents to enjoy the quality of life benefit of working close to home. Tyson has a long history of support for small towns and local markets. They will be a great fit for our community.”

“The Leavenworth County Board of Commissioners is excited that Tyson Foods will be opening a state-of-the-art poultry processing facility in southern Leavenworth County,” said Mark Loughry, Leavenworth County administrator. “This represents a significant investment by Tyson and creates new jobs at the plant for our citizens. More than that, it provides an opportunity for area ag producers that was previously unheard of in Kansas.”

“We believe eastern Kansas is the right location because of the availability of grain and labor, as well as access to our nationwide customer base that is accessible through the state’s top-notch transportation network,” said Doug Ramsey, group president of Poultry for Tyson Foods. “We’re grateful for the tremendous support we’ve received for this project from Governor Brownback, as well as leaders from the City of Tonganoxie, Leavenworth County, the Leavenworth County Development Corporation, and a host of other city, county and state officials.”

Tyson Foods anticipates purchasing about 300 acres of property south of Tonganoxie and currently plans to break ground sometime this fall. The company will work with outside contractors to build the plant, hatchery, feed mill and related infrastructure and expects the construction project to involve hundreds of workers. Farmers and ranchers who have interest in raising chickens for the new poultry complex are encouraged to go to www.growwithtyson.com for more information.

Earlier this year, Tyson Foods announced it was moving to No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) in its Tyson® branded retail chicken products, making it the world’s largest producer of NAE. The Tonganoxie plant will be part of the continued expansion of the company’s NAE offerings.

Tyson Foods currently operates facilities in six Kansas communities, employing about 5,700 in the state with an annual payroll of more than $210 million. In its 2016 fiscal year, Tyson Foods paid Kansas cattle suppliers more than $2 billion and hog suppliers more than $1.3 million. The company estimates its total statewide annual impact for fiscal 2016, including grain purchases, utilities, property taxes and charitable contributions to be more than $2.4 billion.

About Tyson Foods, Inc.

Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 114,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit www.tysonfoods.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Certain information contained in the press release may constitute forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements relating to expected (i) consumer demand for certain products that we produce, (ii) construction expense and production timeframes and capacities, and (iii) labor and grain availabilities. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties which could cause our actual results and experiences to differ materially from the anticipated results and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements. We wish to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Among the factors that may cause actual results and experiences to differ from anticipated results and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements those factors listed under Item 1A. “Risk Factors” included in our Annual Report filed on Form 10-K for the period ended October 1, 2016 and subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.

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Contact: Worth Sparkman, 479-290-6358, worth.sparkman@tyson.com

City Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 5

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Sep 05, 2017 09:36 AM |

The Tonganoxie City Council will convene for its regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 321 S. Delaware Street. Members of the public are invited to attend.

View the agenda packet

City Council Meeting on August 21

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Aug 17, 2017 06:05 PM |

The Tonganoxie City Council will convene for its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 321 S. Delaware. Members of the public are invited to attend.

View the agenda packet

City Council Meeting and Budget Public Hearing on August 7

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Aug 04, 2017 09:47 AM |

The Tonganoxie City Council will convene for its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, located at 321 S. Delaware Street. This meeting will include the annual public hearing regarding the 2018 budget, which is required to be held prior to adoption of the budget. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

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DUI and Driver's License Check Lane July 21

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Jul 20, 2017 01:00 PM |

The Tonganoxie Police Department will be conducting a DUI and Driver's License check lane on July 21, 2017 within the city limits of Tonganoxie. The intention of the check lane will be to make sure that drivers are properly licensed and not driving while intoxicated.

Meet the Candidates Forum on Saturday, July 22

Posted by Jamie Shockley at Jul 19, 2017 01:00 PM |

The Tonganoxie VFW Post #9271 and First State Bank & Trust are hosting a "Meet the Candidates" forum on Saturday, July 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the VFW, located at 910 E. First Street.

Ten candidates have filed for the three open city council positions, and a primary will be held on August 1 to narrow down the pool for the general election in November.

For more information on the election and how to vote, please visit www.leavenworthcounty.org or contact the Leavenworth County Clerk's Office at 913-684-0421.

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