A canvass of Topeka mayoral votes and continued discussion about finalists for Topeka city manager are among matters local governing bodies plan to take up this coming week.
The Shawnee County Commission will hold the vote canvass at 9 a.m. Monday at the county election office, 3420 S.W. Van Buren, while the Topeka City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers at 214 S.E. 8th.
Commissioners Bob Archer, Kevin Cook and Shelly Buhler plan to meet as the county’s board of canvassers to make individual decisions about whether to count about 140 ballots classified as provisional because election workers questioned their legality after they were cast in Tuesday’s Topeka mayoral primary. Commissioners will then consider certifying results of that election.
Monday’s canvass isn’t expected to affect the election’s outcome. Final, unofficial results show Topeka City Councilwoman Michelle De La Isla and Spencer Duncan earned places on the ballot in the Nov. 7 general election, with Duncan getting 200 more votes than third-place candidate Chris Schultz.
The city’s governing body, consisting of the nine council members and Mayor Larry Wolgast, plans Tuesday to consider going behind closed doors into executive session to continue to discuss five candidates chosen as finalists for the vacant city manager’s position, said city media relations coordinator Amy McCarter. Governing body members interviewed those candidates last month.
The governing body also plans to:
Hear comments from the public on the proposed 2018 city budget. The governing body plans Aug. 15 to consider finalizing the $292.9 million budget, which includes spending limits aimed at keeping in place this year’s property tax levy of 39.927 mills.
Consider scheduling a Sept. 12 public hearing to consider the advisability of establishing a Community Improvement District for the Wheatfield Village development near S.W. 29th and Fairlawn Road.
Consider scheduling a Sept. 12 public hearing to consider adopting a redevelopment project plan for the Wheatfield Village development near S.W. 29th and Fairlawn.
Hear public comments on the city’s proposed 2018 Consolidated Action Plan regarding investment of about $5.9 million in public money designated for neighborhood improvements.
Consider changing zoning for the former Army Reserve armory property at 2014 S.E. Washburn to enable it to be used as the site of an “East Topeka Learning Center.”
Considering issuing temporary notes totaling $43.76 million to finance city projects.
Consider issuing general obligation bonds in the amount of $29.08 million, mostly to finance new improvements but also to refinance bonds issued in 2012 for capital improvements. The refinancing is expected to save the city an estimated $800,000 between 2018 and 2036, said finance director Nickie Lee.
Consider appointing Shampayne Lloyd to the Citizens Advisory Council for a term ending Aug. 9, 2020.
Contact reporter Tim Hrenchir at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.