Topeka Council Members Remove A Historic Landmark

Before the City Council meeting started, council members held a work session where they discussed an update on property code maintenance and a presentation regarding the historic North Topeka East Neighborhood plan.

On Sunday October 27, a historic Topeka church on Harrison Street burnt down. The Topeka Fire Department says it was due to arson.

Before the fire, on August 13, Topeka City Council voted to tear down the building and in City Council chambers Tuesday, council members approved to remove the historic landmark overlay zoning to the property.

"Removing the zoning on that, specific a lot of land would allow for a diverse mount for potential projects to come in to that area," said council member, John Campos.

"Well the church is gone, so there is nothing there that is historical,at this point so we remove it and now we can go back to the use of that neighborhood and what can be helpful there," said Mayor Larry Wolgast.

Council members also voted 9 -1 approving the completion of construction of a perimeter fence at the Topeka Zoo in the amount of $141,179, something that Mayor Larry Wolgast says will keep the community safe. And council member John Campos says it needs to be done.

"About 4 years ago, there were several break-ins, and it was people getting into the zoo, and I know that some animals were let out, and it was in very disarray, so we have to improve it," says Wolgast.

"We always try to balance out needs versus wants and this was of course a need, USDA has come in and said that we had to come up to specs according to their regulations, and we are just merely following some of the directives, been passed down from USDA so it was a necessity to pass that," said Campos.

City Council members voted 7-3 in the approval of increasing the 2013 adopted budget by $910,000 in additional expenditures.


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