From the Interim City Manager's Desk

May 12, 2017

Nick Chiles Memorial Bridge

Topeka City Council voted in favor of renaming the bridge at SE 10th and Branner the Nick Chiles Memorial Bridge after reviewing the application filed by Del Wilburn of Topeka, as well as several letters of support.
“It is my hope that when people see Nick Chiles’ name on the bridge, it will spark their interest and encourage them to learn more about this important man,” said Mr. Wilburn of his desire to honor Mr. Chiles.
Nick Chiles lived in Topeka from 1877 until his death in 1929. Mr. Chiles was a businessman who owned a restaurant and hotel, but most notably, was the owner and editor of the Topeka Plaindealer. He championed civil rights both locally and nationally, and his newspaper held the largest circulation of any African-American owned newspaper west of the Mississippi.

 Recent Updates

  • Clean Slate Day was held last Friday with a great turnout and results! Special thanks to Judge Geier and everyone who made this important event such a success.
  • City Council holds meetings the first three Tuesdays of each month. However, if you can't make it to the meetings, you can always catch the re-cap!
  • In case you missed the official ribbon cutting for the newly named Nick Chiles Memorial Bridge, you can watch the video on the City of Topeka's Facebook page.
  • We've got some interesting stats to report: the City has used 106 tons of asphalt to patch potholes so far this year and of that number, 51 tons was used in a one-week period. We've repaired 8 water main breaks in the month of May with a year-to-date total of 97.

Coming up

  • Battle of the Badges Community Blood Drive will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 15 at the Holiday Building. Participants who donate may vote for their favorite “badge.” You can pre-register at . Use the sponsor code “topeka.”
  • May is Bike Month, and our annual bike ride with the City is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. We’ll leave from City Hall, so plan to join Interim City Manager Doug Gerber in on the fun!
  • Also on May 17, we're hosting a Coffee On Your Corner at the McDonald's on SE California at 10:00 a.m. to talk about special events. We hope you can join us!
  • TPD is hosting a joint event – “Coffee with a Cop” and “Cop on Top” to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run on Thursday, May 19 at the Dunkin Donuts on SW 21st.


Budget Public Feedback Forum

Come learn more about the proposed 2018 budget and have the chance to voice your opinions
6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18
Classroom A of the LEC, 320 S. Kansas Ave.
Learn more at


Doug Gerber

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