On May 8, 2018, a proposed ordinance addressing pedestrian/traffic safety was referred to a special committee with a report due back to the governing body in September 2018. Also on May 8, 2018, a proposed ordinance addressing camping was referred to the Public Health and Safety Committee with a report due back to the governing body in September 2018.
On September 4, 2018, the Governing Body took action to create a committee to consider the similar underlying issues associated with the camping ordinance and the traffic and pedestrian safety ordinance which will consist of five governing body members: Deputy Mayor Brendan Jensen; Councilmembers Sylvia Ortiz, Sandra Clear, Mike Lesser and Mike Padilla; as well as five members of the community to be appointed by Deputy Mayor Jensen and Councilmember Ortiz. The intent of the Governing Body is to have the newly created committee address the issue of homelessness and the displacement of persons as well as poverty. The Special Committee and Public Health and Safety Committee will continue to act upon each ordinance as needed and provide an update regarding each committee’s progress on each ordinance every 90 days as required by Governing Body Rule 8.5(c) until work has been completed. The next scheduled update from all committees is December 4, 2018.
Total committee members: (8)
City Council members (3):
- Deputy Mayor Brenden Jensen
- Michael Lesser
- Michael Padilla
Other members (5):
- Aaron Jones, Topeka Police Department
- Craig Duke, Topeka Fire Department
- Bill Persinger, Valeo Behavioral Health Care
- Barry Feaker, Topeka Rescue Mission
- Brian Cole, Shawnee County Department of Corrections