From the Interim City Manager's Desk

May 8, 2017

TPD Officer Receives International Recognition

Officer Aaron Bulmer has been the recipient of international attention this week after saving a small child from a pond. 
"I didn't have time to think. I just reacted."
Officer Bulmer was patrolling the area of 16th and Clay when he observed a small child walking in the Central Park Community Center toward. Officer Bulmer was exiting his vehicle to speak to the young boy when the child fell into the water. Officer Bulmer immediately jumped into the pond and was able to pull the child to safety. 
You can watch the video on TPD's blog.

 Recent Updates

  •  Dustin and Sylvan Coles were featured in the April 2017 Digest of WEF Highlights. Good work, and congratulations!
  • Topeka’s regional transportation plan, Futures 2040, is available for review and comment at If you'd still like to submit comments, they can be sent to Carlton Scroggins, 
  • Property Maintenance has put a focus on housing cases recently, and have completed 1307 since the beginning of this year, with a goal of doubling the number from last year. Communications told the story of the demolition of 1125 NW Jackson this week. 
  • SeeClickFix is the City of Topeka's utility to help you report issues around town, such as potholes, downed tree limbs, missing street signs, and other maintenance problems. To date, the application has had 1549 downloads, with 307 issues entered and 216 of them closed.
  • Last week Streets filled 43, crack sealed 31,800 linear feet of street, maintained 650 linear feet of aggregate alley and 83 lane miles were cleaned by street sweeping!

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

  • Topeka's Governing Body meets the first three Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m. This week's agenda includes a presentation of the City's financial report for the first quarter and naming the 10th Street and Branner Bridge the Nick Chiles Memorial Bridge.
  • Next week is Public Service Recognition Week! Keep an eye out for fun information about what City employees do every day to keep Topeka running.
  • 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 Mayor Larry Wolgast and Interim City Manager Doug Gerber in on the fun!


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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