From the City Manager's Desk

January 7th, 2019

Fire Department Provides Free Smoke Alarm

The City of Topeka Fire Department Smoke Alarm Program, is sponsored by the American Red Cross. This program provides lifesaving benefits to the citizens of our community.
Homes without a smoke alarm can apply to have a free one. Alarms will be installed by members of the Topeka Fire Department
The Topeka Fire Department will also survey of any current smoke alarms in the home; including replacing batteries; replacing outdated alarms and education on testing and maintaining smoke alarms in the home. Smoke alarms for the hearing impaired are also available. 
Apply To Get a Free Smoke Alarm: 
Smoke alarm quantities are limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis. To apply for the program,
fill out this application, then submit the application.  You may also print out the form and return it to:
Topeka Fire Department
Attn: Smoke Alarm Program
324 SE Jefferson St.
Topeka, Kansas 66607
For assistance in submitting your application, please call 785-368-4000

Building Permit Map 

Have you ever asked “What are they building there?” Now you can view a map of current and previously issued commercial and residential building permits!
The building permit map shows all commercial and residential building permits in Topeka. Information includes the date the permit was initiated, issued and when it expires. 

 Recent Updates 

  • There have been 67 broken water mains in December with 874 breaks in 2018. In 2017 there were 442 breaks total.  
  • The two tree planting projects and the landscaping project at five roundabout projects are complete. A total of 185 trees were planted during those projects.
  • Budget and Performance staff are meeting with city departments to prepare the 2020-2029 Capital Improvement Plan, which will be considered by the Governing Body beginning in February.

Snow and Ice Removal Plan 

Winter weather is here. Check out the city's snow and ice removal plan
You can also see a map of all the streets in Topeka to see if they have been treated. 
Priority 1:
Primary Streets: Arterial Streets and Emergency Snow routes
Service Level – Plowing will typically begin with 2” of snow accumulation. Complete snow and ice control within 24 hours of snowfall ending.
Priority 2:
Secondary Streets: Collector Streets
Service Level – Plowing will typically begin with 4” of snow accumulation. Complete snow and ice control within 24 hours after Priority 1 completion.
Priority 3:
Residential Streets: Local Streets
Service Level – Plowing will typically begin with 6” of snow accumulation to ensure that they are passable to emergency services and general public as necessary upon completion of Priorities 1 through 2.

Coming up

  • City Council Meeting, January 8th at 6 p.m.  

Brent Trout 

This weekly report is presented to you from the office of City Manager Brent Trout.
This report was produced through our open data portal. We have several other open data portals to help connect you with the work we do, including portals that let you: