Elected officials in Topeka to take up matters involving capital improvements, community health

The Shawnee County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in its chambers in Room B-11 of the county courthouse, 200 S.E.
The city’s governing body, consisting of the nine council members and Mayor Larry Wolgast, plans to consider adopting interim city manager Doug Gerber’s proposed 2018-2020 Capital Improvement Budget and 2018-2027 Capital Improvement Plan.
The governing body each year adopts a CIB, which lists capital improvements the city may consider in the next three years, and a CIP.
The CIP once listed priorities for improvements to be carried out in each of the next five years, but the governing body voted last year to double that to 10.
Expenses in the proposed CIP would total nearly $720.26 million over 10 years.
Governing body members also plan Tuesday to: Consider authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to carry out water, water pollution and stormwater projects identified in the CIB.
Consider authorizing the city engineer to determine what private property interests the city needs to condemn using eminent domain to enable it to build a pump station on vacant property at N.W.
Williams and Eugene.
Hear an update about the city’s property maintenance code enforcement division.
County commissioners on Monday will consider applying for a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation as part of the “Healthy Community Initiative: Improving Health Equity in Kansas.” Allison Alejos, the county’s health department director, told commissioners in a recent memo that the $75,000 grant would enable the county to hire a full-time community health planner who could work with the local Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods coalition to identify disparities affecting the health of babies and access to healthy foods.

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