Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Council to Pick Its New Member

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Council to Pick Its New Member

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Capital improvements, a proposed zoning change and the selection of a new Topeka City Council member are among matters local governing bodies plan to take up this coming week.

The Shawnee County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in its chambers in Room B-11 of the county courthouse, 200 S.E. 7th.

The Topeka City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers at 214 S.E. 8th.

The city's governing body, consisting of the eight council members and Mayor Larry Wolgast, intends to interview applicants and choose someone to temporarily fill the District 2 council seat left vacant May 9 when Councilman John M. Campos II resigned while facing an ouster action.

Residents next April will elect a council member to serve a four- year term representing District 2, which encompasses North Topeka and most of northeast Topeka's Oakland community.

Three people have applied to fill the seat until then: Keri Strahler, 42, of 1015 N.E. Kellam Ave.; Katrina M. Bayless, 45, of 1115 N.W. Jackson; and Teddy John "T.J." Brown, 53, of 521 N.E. Sumner. Brown held the District 2 council seat from February to April of 2013.

Council members also plan Tuesday to:

- Hear a wrap-up presentation regarding matters affecting the city before this year's Kansas Legislature.

- Consider approving city manager Jim Colson's proposed 2015- 2017 capital improvement budget and 2015-2019 capital improvement program. Capital expenditures in the proposed CIB and CIP for the years involved total $55,474,451 for 2015, $73,743,532 for 2016, $55,552,720 for 2017, $67,414,347 for 2018 and $51,191,050 for 2019.

- Consider a resolution that would authorize the issuance of bonds to finance projects in the CIB and CIP.

Colson indicated in his weekly report Thursday that the measure is "a standard resolution paired with the CIP."

He wrote: "When proposing to issue revenue bonds for utility projects, State law requires that the governing body give the public an opportunity to protest the issuance of revenue bonds. …

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