Archive for Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tonganoxie hit with another green stripe Wednesday

March 19, 2014, 12:26 p.m.

Updated: March 19, 2014, 2:24 p.m.

Another green line magically has appeared in downtown Tonganoxie.

Anyone driving Wednesday morning down Fourth Street between Shawnee and Green streets might have noticed a green stripe, which apparently was painted overnight, similar to the one that didn't happen for this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The latest stripe appears days after a Tonganoxie man was ticketed for painting the traditional parade stripe early Saturday morning near Fourth and Main.

A Tonganoxie police officer cited Charlie “Tuna” Conrad after 5 a.m. Saturday for criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor. Conrad is to appear in municipal court next month.

Residents traditionally have painted the line since the late John McCaffrey started the parade more than 25 years ago to highlight the parade route. The line was painted annually every year but one in his honor, Conrad said.

Police Chief Jeff Brandau said he’s unsure who painted the new line near the elementary school.

According to Debi Conrad, Charlie’s wife, her husband did not paint the second stripe.

City Administrator Nathan McCommon said he had chatted with Charlie Conrad last year about the line being an ordinance violation, but was unaware at the time that he was doing the painting.

Conrad contends that he never was told specifically to not paint the line. He said several people have done the painting over the years and even police officers have helped direct traffic during some past painting adventures, Charlie said.

McCommon said the green line can continue on in future years, but it would need to be created using a washable substance.

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