There was an incredible sense of calm in the newsroom Tuesday night. That's the night we normally record the Topeka City Council meeetings so we can listen to the legal lingo 3 or 4 times as we write our stories on council action. We also have their city-cable channel audio turned up along with our police radio.. so we can catch some of the important council votes. But last Tuesday night, April 29th, was the now-legendary "5th Tuesday of the month.." when the council takes a break. Topekans could use one.. or two or three of those breaks.
With no meeting, there is no headline in the paper the next day about the latest council flap. There is virtually no mention of the so-called "Brett-Bots" or "the syndicate" from the Raubin and Megan show on 580. For those of you from out of town, those terms refer to Brett Blackburn and the council members they say follow him like lemmings tumbling off the cliff of another bad city decision.
Having the night off could be the public relations windfall the council is looking for! No council meeting.. no friction. My suggestion is for the council to seriously consider adding to the "5th Tuesday" by holding longer council meetings every other Tuesday night. For two weeks, council members could cool their hidden temper tantrums, take a long look at the issues they'll be considering next.. and avoid any barrage of inflammatory news coverage (by that I mean primarily 580 Radio and the Cap-Journal.)
The helicopter and software purchases are behind us now. We have still have 5 more days to go until the next council meeting. AHHHH! RH