TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__The council deferred a decision on a demolition permit for the East Topeka United Methodist Church twice in the past few months, but decisions tonight make it appear the church will remain standing.
The owner, the Kansas East Conference United Methodist Church, initially said it wasn't feasible to repair the aging structure on Southeast Lime.
They have since had a change of heart and dropped its request to demolish the church.
Established in the spring of 1896, supporters of the church are looking forward to adding to its rich history.
Sarah Bremer Parks was a member at of the church as a child and said, "I'm extremely pleased they have decided to allow further exploration of future use as a sanctuary so things look good."
Council members also decided on a June 18th date to interview the four candidates who applied to fill the District 8 seat left open by councilman Andrew Gray's resignation.
Mayor Larry Wolgast says they will look at each candidate more closely. He saide, "We look at how do they feel about representing their district and their responsibility for the city? Also their involvement in the community, and how they work in the community will all be things council members take into consideration.
Jared Holroyd, David Mountain, Charles Dean Wilson and Nathan Schmidt are the four applicants for the seat.
Council members will interview them on that June 18th dateand are expected to make the selection that night as well.