From the Interim City Manager's Desk

September 11, 2017

IT Department Finalist for Award 

The City of Topeka IT Department was a finalist for the Government Experience Award in the Overall City Government Experience category. These awards are given out by the Center for Digital Government and are used to recognize the achievements and best practices of cities that have used the web to improve government service and create innovative ways to deliver services to citizens. 
"It's really gratifying to see our hard work on the website recognized on a national scale," said Senior Web Developer Matthew Ludwick. "We've put a lot of effort into making the website a better place for citizens to find resources, and those efforts are showing." 
The City of Topeka Website Development team is dedicated to continuing to make improvements that will make the website more user friendly and help citizens find what they are looking for more quickly. 

 Recent Updates 

  • The Wanamaker project between 4th and 6th is underway. Concrete work continuing from 6th to 10th and reconstruction of the intersection of 10th and Wanamaker will likely begin in two weeks.
  • 14 members of the Water staff have volunteered to work with Habitat for Humanity. The work will consist of assisting in the building of two homes for two separate families. Staff will work once a month in four hour slots per month through December.
  • Refuel Topeka is finalizing the marketing campaign for the after-school meal program. The informational meeting will take place Friday, September 15th.
  • Refuel Topeka has received an additional $10,000 from the National League of Cities. This money will be used in the program to help feed Topeka children after school.
  • The Budget Office will be kicking off the annual Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) process on Monday, September 11th.
  • Grant staff worked with the Department of Neighborhood Relations to review and score Empowerment grant applications.

Military Hometown Heroes Banner Program

The Forestry Department will be hanging 20 to 25 banners for the Military Hometown Heroes Banner Program on Kansas Avenue. 
o   Banners will be hung on September 11th and stay up until November 13th. 
o   Each banner will honor a Topeka native military serviceman who is currently serving or is retired from the military. 
o   Find out more information about the program here:

Coming up

• Sept 14th- Big Brother & Big Sisters presentation at all TPD roll calls to enlist police officer mentors ("Bigs in Blue program")
• Sep 26th- COT Emergency Management facilitating tabletop exercise on a winter storm 1-3:00 pm at the ECC.


Doug Gerber

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