Councilmembers Approve Citywide Sidewalk Project

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__Council members and the Mayor began the session by unanimously approving an issue 10-0 that would allow the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority to continue the current mill levy cap of 4.2 mills for 2014. The TMT believes the increased mill will add revenue for future projects.

Councilmembers also approved an issue called the citywide 50/50 Sidewalk Repair Project.

The project allows for $60,000 to be used to improve Topeka residents' sidewalks and this year the program, which has homeowners and the city split the cost for sidewalk improvements, will extend beyond cement.

"Brick sidewalks will also be included as well as other sidewalks. What happens is the city will inspect the area and the first thing that is offered to the homeowner is the 50/50 program, where the city pays half and the owner pays the other half up front before the work is done," said City Finance Director Pam Simecka,

She also says the program is not limited to certain council districts but with just $60,000 available, you need to act fast.

Simecka says, "Contact your public works and let them know of the problem, they will come out and put you on a list based on priority and severity, but you have to do it fast and give them a call.

City Manager Jim Colson also urged all Topekans to attend Saturdays Neighborhood Summit, which will be held from 10 am-2 pm at the Ramada.