From the Interim City Manager's Desk

May 22, 2017

Bike With The City Manager

In honor of Bike Month, and Bike to Work day, Topeka hosted a Bike With The City Manager ride this past week.
About twenty Topekans joined Doug on a 6.5 mile ride through the city and got to hear an exciting overview from Planning staff of future bike infrastructure plans during a break at Gage Park.
Everyone had a great time, despite a little rain. Thanks to everyone who joined in on the fun!

 Recent Updates

  • The 2016 Audit and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is available for public viewing.
  • The Topeka Police Department and Topeka Fire Department participated in a “Battle of the Badges” blood drive to benefit the Red Cross. They had a great turnout and it was a close call, but TFD won by a margin of two votes!
  • The preliminary numbers are in for Clean Slate Day and over 700 people went through the resource fair. About 100 expungements were granted, 130 warrants were recalled, and 47 people entered pleas and were sentenced on pending cases. By all standards, a great success. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard on this event!
  • If you weren't able to join us for City Council this week, you can catch up via our Recap. They will hold a special Executive Session on the 23rd, so we'll be back with our recaps the following week.

Special Olympics

Members of local Law Enforcement participated in Coffee with a Cop and Cop on Top to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Kansas.
The event had a great turnout. Thanks for showing your support, Topeka!
According to Doug, science says that strawberry donuts are the best donuts. What say you, Chief Kramer?

Coming up

  • We’re working on rescheduling the budget public engagement forum that had to be postponed due to inclement weather.
  • Staff is still working hard on the proposed 2018 budget and are looking forward to the upcoming budget workshops with the Governing Body. 
  • TPD will host the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run  on Wednesday, May 31. The route this year will be a two mile run through downtown Topeka, ending with a celebration at the LEC.
  • The Planning Department received 3 grants from State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) totaling $39,000 for historic building surveys in the Country Club Addition, Collins Park, and Greater Auburndale. Pending federal approval of budget, these surveys should take place in 2017/18.
  • TPAC will hold a Focus Group Discussion on Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7 at 12:00 p.m. with the goal of gathering input from the community about what types of artists and entertainment you are most interested in. Participation is encouraged!


Doug Gerber

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