From the Interim City Manager's Desk

July 17, 2017

Topeka Confirms Five Finalists for City Manager Position

The city of Topeka is considering five candidates for the city manager position that has been vacant since October. The candidates will be in Topeka for interviews on July 21st and July 22nd. Strategic Government Resources (SGR), a local government executive search firm based in Keller, Texas, was selected to conduct the nationwide city manager search. SGR's recruitment and vetting process produced an impressive field of candidates, with the city receiving 28 applications from candidates in 17 states.
A community reception will be held on Friday, July 21st from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Holliday Building, 620 SE Madison Street, Topeka, KS where members of the community will have an opportunity to meet the candidates.

 Recent Updates

·         The 2016 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) has been posted online. This is a condensed version of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report designed to give the public a snapshot view of 2016 finances.
·         Several staff members volunteered at one of the Refuel Topeka Summer Meal Program sites. Volunteers served food and entertained kids receiving free meals at St. David's Episcopal Church.
·         Wanamaker and 21st Street intersection improvements continuing.   Changes are being made to help traffic enter the shopping center on the southeast corner.  This is a very challenging location and road construction will continue to impact these businesses through the summer.
·         Housing Services demolished  a structure at 1129 SW Lincoln on July 7th.

WaterShare Program

The WaterShare Program allows customers paying their City utility bill to add an automatic amount of their choosing to go to charity, for the purpose of assisting in the payment of City utility bills of those less fortunate.
Local charitable agencies and the City of Topeka created the WaterShare program as a means of facilitating convenient monthly charitable donations by citizens through their City of Topeka utilities bill. Doorstep, Let's Help, and the Salvation Army are administering all funds and selecting eligible recipients. In addition, all donations to the WaterShare program are clearly marked as charitable contributions on City utility bills and may or may not be tax-deductible (consult a tax advisor).
You may sign up to contribute to the WaterShare Program by:
  • Calling the Customer Service Center at 785-368-3111
  • Applying online
  • Faxing The PDF form to the Customer Service Center at 785-368-3825
  • Mailing a PDF form with your next City utility payment or to the following address: City of Topeka Customer Service Attn: Utility Accounts 3245 NW Water Works Dr. Topeka, Kansas, 66606
Your contribution will be appreciated by those in need.

Coming up

·         Monday, July 17th at 6:00 the Topeka Planning Commission will meet to consider two rezoning proposals: (Both can be found at: )
·         The Topeka Zoo is hosting a Twilight Tour Friday, July 21. This is a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo at night to see the animals like never before. Registration is required.
·         We have a Coffee on Your Corner scheduled for Wednesday, July 18th at the McDonald’s on Gage and the topic is Bikeways.
·         July 19th the TPD will welcome Austin Klumpp as Chief For a Day – he won this as a prize from the City Picnic!
·         There is a mayoral candidate forum, Wednesday, July 19, at the Jayhawk Theatre, 720 S.W. Jackson. Representatives from five media outlets plan to ask questions of candidates during the forum, which will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Candidates Michelle De La Isla, Spencer Duncan, Chris Schultz, Clark Trammell and Mark Weiser will visit with the public during a reception taking place prior to the forum from 6 to 6:45 p.m.
·         Reconstruction of the collapsed retaining wall on 37th west of Topeka Blvd. is scheduled to start soon!

Topeka Neighborhood Partnership Program

We are currently accepting applications for Topeka Neighborhood Partnership Program. The Neighborhood Partnership Program is a competitive grant program providing funding for neighborhood projects. This program:
o   Provides funding for events, projects and local grant-matching requirements for other grant programs
o   Is open to all formal and informal neighborhood groups. Informal groups can partner with a local non-profit or the Department of Neighborhood Relations Division of Community Engagement
o   Funds project costs from $500 to $2,500
The deadline for applications is July 28.


Doug Gerber

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