From the Interim City Manager's Desk

April 24, 2017

State of the Community

We held our annual State of the Community event, in which Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast and Shawnee County Commission Chairman Bob Archer talked about the past successes and future goals for the community. We made a quick video highlighting the past year and what's to come.

 Recent Updates

  • Sign crews installed 51 signs in downtown Topeka designating our dismount zone. The zone prohibits people from riding their bicycles, skateboards and roller blades on certain sidewalks downtown. Read more about the installs and the dismount zone on our Topeka Tweet-A-Long blog.
  • The Planning Commission recommended approval of two re-zoning requests: A CUP for a 5.2 acre expansion of the Forest Park Retreat/Conference Center, 3158 SE 10th; and an amendment to the Reser's PUD to relocate wastewater/stormwater facilities at the plant at SE 6th and Croco.
  • Strategic Government Resources launched its recruitment for city manager Thursday. The position is being actively recruited for through about 20 sources and is posted on the City’s website, on left the Current Openings page.
  • The final Curb Your Clutter event was Saturday in two neighborhoods, Downtown and Tennessee town. We should have statistics from this year's event within the next month.
  • Fire crews responded to 398 calls for service, including 204 EMS/Rescue calls and 19 fires. So far this year, TFD has investigated 47 fires.
  • Street filled 841 potholes, and traffic inspected 52 street lights. The street division also received its two new sweepers, which were wrapped free of charge by the vendor. Look for them soon on a street near you.
  • The updates from street construction projects continue as we drive head-on into busy season:
    • Construction started on SE Golf Park Boulevard
    • Phase 1 of the Central Park Neighborhood is set to start May 1
    • We opened bids for Fremont Street and SE California
    • We held two public  meetings, for Central Park and Oakley
    • Concrete paving on Topeka Boulevard should start next week

Clean Slate Day

The second Clean Slate Day will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12 at Topeka Municipal Court. Click "Read More" below.
In related news, Judge Jason Geier, Monique Glaude', former Chief of Prosecution Chuck Kitt and the firm Cook and Associates received the Liberty Bell Award from the Topeka Bar Association for their efforts in the first Clean Slate Day.

Coming up

  • Interviews for the Topeka Way To Work start today. Stay tuned for the announcement on which 20 will be selected for our summer employment program. Work starts June 5.
  • There is a Public Health & Safety Committee meeting from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the LEC. The agenda includes discussion on miniature pigs.
  • The Tip A Cop fundraiser for the Special Olympics will be from 5-8 p.m. April 26 at Red Robin.
  • The final Futures 2040 meeting will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 3 at the Library. The plan recommendations are available online at
  • There will be a Transient Guest Tax Committee meeting at 3 p.m. May 11 at the LEC.
  • Our Police and Fire departments are embroiled in a showdown for a good cause: The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. The blood drive will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 15 at the Holliday building, 620 SE Madison. Everyone who donates has the opportunity to vote for either police or fire. You can pre-register at Use the sponsor code “topeka.”


Our next electronic recycling event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 29, at the Expocentre. The news release and flyer have more information.
Also, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., our police officers will be participating in Drug Take Back Day. Officers will accept expired pharmaceuticals from the Law Enforcement Center and the two Community Policing offices, 2209 S.W. 29th and 2345 S.E. 25th.

Doug Gerber

This weekly report is presented to you from the office of Interim City Manager Doug Gerber.
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