Topeka Council Delays Decision On Conceal Carry Ban

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Council members discussed options for conceal and carry and it may be allowed in Topeka Zoo because City Attorney Chad Sublet said Zoo Director Brendan Wiley does not want metal detectors at the Topeka Zoo, however the outcome of Tuesday's meeting may be different for other city buildings.

The council discussed the city's options for prohibiting firearms in city buildings in response to a Kansas law approved this year which goes into effect January 1st.

City Attorney Chad Sublet said city council will have a concealed carry exemption for 4 years to give them time to budget.

"I think this is the best decision because it gives us the opportunity to set a security plan," says Sublet.

"I really don't have an opinion at this time. I am glad we are waiting and not rushing to make any decisions," says Mayor Wolgast.

Sublet said the estimated cost for required security in City Hall would be $7,100, and $21,00 for Holiday Building and $47,000 for the Topeka Zoo.

City council members also approved 8-0 to distribute $150,000 for the 2014 neighborhood Empowerment Grant Program.The program provides neighborhood infrastructure to primarily sidewalks in neighborhoods where residents have low to moderate incomes.

"I think it is valuable we do this for our communities where the need is there," says Mayor Wolgast.

Council members voted 7-2 approving a one year labor agreement between the city and the bargaining unit representing 59 water pollution employees.City Manager Jim Colson says the agreement will provide a .75% of a percent across the board increase to their pay schedule.


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