Topeka City Council not planning to include discussion of Dominique White case in Thursday meeting

Topeka’s governing body at its special meeting this evening doesn’t plan to hear announcements from city officials and governing body members or accept public comments on general matters, such as the shooting of Dominique White.

 

That body, which consists of the nine city council members and Mayor Larry Wolgast, plans to meet at 6 p.m. in its chambers at 214 S.E. 8th.

Today’s agenda calls for the governing body to do only three things: Take roll, consider the action item and adjourn.

The action item involves authorizing the sale of properties the city owns, including the asbestos-contaminated former Van Buren School at 1601 S.W. Van Buren, for $1 to a local development group to be used for affordable housing purposes.

“The public will be able to comment on the agenda item but there will not be public comment at the end of the meeting,” city media relations coordinator Molly Hadfield said Tuesday.

 

 

This evening’s meeting comes one day after Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced Wednesday that two Topeka police officers who fatally shot White on Sept. 28 in East Topeka were justified in the shooting and won’t face criminal charges. White’s family expressed disappointment with the decision.

City council meetings generally include time periods set aside for city officials and governing body members to make announcements and hear comments from the public on general matters. Residents spoke critically of the city’s reaction to White’s shooting in public comment sessions at the council’s last four meetings, on Nov. 21, Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.

The process that body will follow today is consistent with the one followed at its previous 11 special meetings this year.

Announcements and public comments haven’t been part of the agenda at any of those meetings, according to meeting minutes and agenda packet information published on the city website.

Six of those special meetings involved the governing body’s efforts to recruit and hire a city manager, three involved the Wheatfield Village development and two focused on the process of crafting a 2018 city budget.

Reporter Tim Hrenchir can be reached at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.

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