Topeka Metro Board Clarifies KOMA Policies

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - In the wake of an investigation that found them in technical violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act, the Topeka Metro board is stepping up its notification policy.

At its meeting Monday, the board accepted a policy that directs staff to remind media outlets each year when their request to be notified of meetings expires. It also requires all new board chairpersons and members to receive training on the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

The board came under fire earlier this year for not notifying media until after an emergency meeting that ended with a separation agreement for former CEO Janlynn Nesbett Tucker.

Board chairman Rod Miller says ensuring the public knows about the meetings is important. He says Topeka Metro has various constituencies - from riders to taxpayers to council members to business owners - whose feedback and input are important to the operation decisions the board makes.

The board also continues its search for a new general manager. They'll interview the second of two finalists Tuesday. Miller says they then hope to make a decision in the next couple weeks.

Miller also mentioned feedback from South Topeka business owners. He says it stemmed from discussion on adding routes to service the new Mars facility. Miller says other business owners have contacted Topeka Metro, saying they, too, would be interested in having bus service to their businesses. He says the board will discuss the issue as it finalizes any route expansions.


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