City Council Motions To Pass 2 Items And Promotes Free Parking

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- The City Council had several items on their agenda and made progress on a few issues affecting Topeka citizens.

A $2.5 million plan to replace water mains around the city is going forward. The council voted 9 to 1. The initial plan was to use bonds to pay for the project, but city manager, Jim Colson, said Tuesday night the city will pay cash.

Councilman, Chad Manspeaker, casted the lone no-vote, saying he didn't believe there was a solid plan for how the improvements would proceed.

Another item on the agenda was about a program that would cost $4 million.

A much-discussed housing development for homeless veterans won unanimous approval. "Victory Village" will be built on the Southeast corner of the VA's property at 21st and Gage.

Council approval was needed for the developers to obtain tax credits for the $4 million project.

The project first came before the council a year ago. Developers worked with neighbors to move the project to a new area of the VA property, and downsize it from 78 units to 30.

In other council meeting news, people headed to downtown Topeka on Saturdays will find more free parking.

City manager, Jim Colson, announced Tuesday night a 6 month trial program that allows parking in the city's downtown garages to be free.
The free parking will be on Saturday's and starts March 30th.