From the Interim City Manager's Desk

March 20, 2017

Public Input: 2018 Budget

We've launched our second wave of public input on the City’s 2018 budget. You can vote on your top budget priority through Friday, March 24, four ways. The poll is very simple -- it only asks one question: What is your highest priority for Topeka's 2018 budget? Please take a minute to tell us your opinion. We will compile all the results and present it to the Governing Body to help your elected leaders develop a budget that fits your needs.

Vote here

Your next and final chance to vote your 2018 budget priority will be at the Neighborhood Resource Expo: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Big Gage Shelter House. More on this below.

Recent updates

  • Our Zoo on Friday celebrated the first graduation of its recently restarted Docent program. Thirty-five volunteers went through the weeklong training to become guides at the zoo. Together, they will contribute between 8,000 and 10,000 volunteer hours at the zoo the rest of this year.
  • Development Services issued a building permit for the State of Kansas Parole Office at 1825 SW Western, a building in Chesney Park that has been vacant for 10 years. The project will re-purpose 10,000 square feet of largely industrial space for offices.
  • Street received 22 service requested and filled 933 potholes. Traffic also processed 53 traffic signal and 61 sign work orders.
  • Property maintenance processed 13 warrants as well as the first demolition from the 2017 budget: 509 SW Buchanan St. So far this year, inspectors have completed 1,002 housing cases.

Topeka's Bug Zoo

Topeka Tweet-A-Long spent a couple of hours in the Zoo's Bug Zoo (located in the Animal & Man building). It's dim lights make it so you can see the insects in their exhibits easier -- and not at all to increase the terror of sharing a room with so many tiny legs.
In all seriousness, invertebrates make up the vast majority of life on earth, and are critical to ecosystems throughout the world. Our bug zoo is one of only a handful in the country, and showcases species from around the globe. Keeper Maloney offers free tours of the bug zoo at 2:30 p.m. every other Thursday -- the next one is March 23.

Coming Up

  • Topeka's Governing Body meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The agenda includes a vote on the development agreement for a downtown plaza and a discussion with a representative from our executive search firm, which is heading up the search for Topeka's new city manager.
  • JEDO will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. March 29.
  • The Neighborhood Resource Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Big Gage Shelter House. Participants who visit 10 of the 50 booths will receive free entry to the zoo that day.
  • If you're taking advantage of the nice weather and clearing out your unwanted household items, don't forget to put aside your electronics. We are having an electronic recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Expo Centre. Everything is free to recycle, except for CRT TVs and monitors -- those are $20 (cash only), each.

Doug Gerber

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