Citizen’s Advisory Council

Meetings of the Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) are held on the first Wednesday of every month, except for the months of July and August. There is no meeting in January. All meetings are held in the Holliday Conference Room of the Cyrus K. Holliday Building, 620 SE Madison, Topeka, KS, and convene at 6:00 p.m. The CAC meeting dates are as follows:
2020 Work Plan Goals Committees – Goals were identified by the members of the CAC in 2019 and committees will be established in 2020.

Crime Committee – will develop a project, program, or event with the goal to reduce/combat drugs, human trafficking/prostitution, or person to person robbery/assault crimes in the Topeka community.

Housing Committee – will develop a project, program, or event with the goal to reduce/combat vacant properties, homelessness or housing/property violations.

Community Engagement (Boots on the Ground) Committee – will develop a project, program, or event with the goal to reduce/combat lack of community pride/engagement, facilities, or resources.

Health Committee – will develop a project, program, or event with the goal to reduce/combat drug addiction, mental health, other medical conditions, food security and safety, or childhood obesity.

2020 Work Plan Committees

Tentative 2020 Citizen’s Advisory Council Meeting Schedule

  • February 5, 2020
    Scheduled Items – Annual Photo
    Action Items – Explanation of New Direction for CAC / Choose 2020 Community Work Plan Goals Committees to join: Select Committee Chairs
    Guest Speaker – 2021 City of Topeka Budget Presentation – City of Topeka Finance Department
  • March 4, 2020
    Action Items – Determine Vision Statement, 2020 Community Work Plan Goals Committees select issue for 2020 project, program, or event. Identify Stakeholders & Other Potential Partners to invite to join the CAC committees
    Guest Speaker – FREE Financial Counseling & Financial Counseling in the neighborhoods – Housing & Credit Counseling, Inc.
  • April 1, 2020
    Scheduled Items – 2021-2026 Consolidated Action Plan and the Housing Study – DNR Division of Housing Services
    Action Items – Discussion & Recommendations for 2021-2026 Consolidated Action Plan and the Housing Study – DNR Division of Housing Services
  • May 6, 2020
    Action Items –Community Work Plan Goals Committees discuss 2020 project, program, or event ideas.
    Guest Speaker – TBA
  • June 3, 2020
    Scheduled Items – 2020 Community Work Plan Goals Committees provide update on 2020 project, program, or event.
    Action Items – 2020 Community Work Plan Goals Committees discuss 2020 project, program, or event ideas
    Guest Speaker – TBA
  • *July 8, 2020
    Scheduled Items – 2021 SORT Program Overview
    Action Items – 2020 Work Plan Committee Groups Meet – Select Target Community Issues & Identify Stakeholders to invite to September Meeting
    Guest Speaker – City Planning Department
  • *August 12, 2020
    SORT Application Review Committee (non-applicants only)
  • September 2, 2020
    SORT Neighborhood Selection Scheduled Items – 2021 SORT Program Target Neighborhood Selection
    Action Items – 2020 Work Plan Committee Groups-Invite community stakeholders to discuss project, program, or event goals & identify resources
  • October 7, 2020
    Scheduled Items – 2020 Work Plan Committee Groups Selection of Community engagement Initiatives to implement in 2021; Determine Success Evaluation Measures
    Guest Speaker – TBA
  • November 4, 2020
    Scheduled Items – 2020 Work Plan Committee Groups Presentations – selected target issues, identified resources & stakeholders, community initiatives to implement in 2021, Success Measures
    Final Report will be presented to City Council in 2021
    Action Items – CAC 2021 Election of Chairs
  • December 2, 2020
    CAC Holiday Gala
    Guest Speaker: City Manager & Mayor

* Indicates special meeting date

2019 CAC Budget Report

Picture of the entire CAC

About the Council

The Citizen’s Advisory Council (CAC) represents views and ideas from the broader community on issues of interest to the Department of Neighborhood Relations. The CAC and the Department of Neighborhood Relations jointly decide on the topics on which they will seek input. The topics have a broad community interest, not just a narrow, neighborhood-based focus. The City of Topeka Ordinance No. 18329 requires the CAC to provide recommendations to the Department of Neighborhood Relations on community needs as they relate to the allocation of city, state, federal and trust funds for the preparation of the Department of Neighborhood Relations Consolidated Plan.

Mission

The Citizen’s Advisory Council is and organization committed to improving the quality of life within the city limits of Topeka. This concept focuses on the use of available resources at both governmental and neighborhood locations that will empower rebuild and revitalize our community.

Members

CAC Member Contact List
Attendance Roster

Citizen’s Advisory Council Agendas & Minutes

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