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City of Topeka asks for community input on police chief selection

The City of Topeka is inviting community members to participate in the selection process for the next police chief by providing their input through a public survey and public input sessions. The survey seeks to gather input on the qualities and priorities that citizens believe are most important for the next police chief. This feedback …

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City of Topeka strengthens Retaliatory Action Ordinance

The City of Topeka is pleased to announce updates to its retaliatory action ordinance, aimed at providing stronger protections for tenants and ensuring fair and safe housing practices within the city. In July 2023, the Topeka City Council took a closer look at its retaliatory eviction ordinance, which allowed landlords to be held accountable for …

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City of Topeka Receives $25 Million Grant for Sidewalk Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced the City of Topeka will receive a Raise Grant of $25 million to serve disadvantaged census tracts. The project will cover 50 miles to construct new or improved sidewalks that will transform the River Road and other locations. The City of Topeka’s project is just one of 148 …

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Land Bank Board of Trustees approves lots for transfer to City of Topeka Land Bank for affordable housing

At its June 25, 2024 meeting, the City of Topeka Land Bank Board of Trustees voted to approve the Land Bank budget and several lots for transfer to the Land Bank. In 2023, the city’s Governing Body voted to set aside $500,000 for a 3-year land bank pilot program, with the goal of transforming vacant …

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City of Topeka releases 2024 ‘Point in Time Homeless Count’ numbers

Topeka and Shawnee County’s homeless population has increased by 125 people since 2023, according to numbers released Friday from the City of Topeka’s annual Point in Time Homeless Count. The count took place on January 25, 2024. The one-day event provides a snapshot of the individuals in the community who are experiencing homelessness, as defined …

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Topeka Municipal Court Temporary Closure

The City of Topeka’s Municipal Court will be closed to the public on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 due to technical issues with the Court’s internet and phone systems. During Wednesday’s closure, no in-person dockets will be held, and the Court will not be open for walk-in business. The Court is working to notify those impacted …

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