Three decisions at Topeka City Council Tuesday night came without dissenting votes. The council voted 9-0 to approve a project budget totalling $1.5 million for neighborhood infrastructure improvements in Central Park and History Holliday Park. All but $100,000 of that total will come from general obligation bonds. The rest will be funded through the water, wastewater and stormwater utility funds.
The council also voted unanimously not to approve a civil claim filed against the city, totalling $2 million, from developer Gene Jani of Brainstorm Development. Jani is claiming violation of due process in the rejection of his zoning claims for a new commercial and retail development near French Middle School.
Council members also debated a resolution officially and legally terminating their lease-purchase arrangement for another police helicopter. Councilman Bill Haynes urged the council to drop the matter, and not re-visit it.. while his fellow attorney on the council, Richard Harmon, did win a one-week delay with his motion to tweak the legal language on the resolution, and vote on it again next Tuesday. Harmon's motion passed 8-0 with Brett Blackburn abstaining.