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Candidates seek two spots for Topeka Town Council


Four candidates met with the Topeka Town Council Monday afternoon to introduce themselves as they seek to be one of the two new council members that will be appointed later this month.

The four candidates that were on hand to share their background with the current council were Greg Schrock, Ray Folk, C.J. Stoltz, and Jeff Carlisle. Topeka Town Council President Yvonne Eash noted that former member Doug Fought had indicated he would also be a candidate, but was not in attendance Monday.

The current board members will make their appointments for the two new board members at the Jan. 28 meeting. The new members will be sworn in and take their seats at that meeting.

In November, Topeka voters approved a measure to expand the town council from three seats to five.

In other business:

The council received a draft ADA (Americans with Disability Act) transition plan from the town’s engineering firm, DLZ. The plan outlines the town’s current situation from an ADA point of view, such as wheelchair ramps and building accessibility.

The plan also prioritizes the town’s ADA issues and lists an estimated cost to fix each item. The council was told that the schedule to fix any of the items was dependant on the town’s priorities and budget.

The council was told that the fire department and town attorney are working on a keybox ordinance. This would allow businesses to have an outside keybox that can be accessed by the fire department in case of emergency via a single key.