TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Topeka Mayor Mike Padilla and Metropolis Supervisor Steve Wade held their month-to-month information convention Tuesday morning in Metropolis Corridor, the place they mentioned a wide selection of topics.
Amongst matters mentioned have been town of Topeka’s ongoing concentrate on rising variety in it its workforce; efforts to draw new companies to Topeka whereas retaining present firms; and the necessity for the occupants of some buildings on the north fringe of downtown Topeka to search for new houses because of the Polk-Quincy Viaduct reconstruction venture alongside Interstate 70.
Neither the mayor nor town supervisor was capable of touch upon a lawsuit introduced this previous week by three high-ranking feminine officers towards the Topeka Police Division.
“That’s pending litigation, and so I’m actually not at liberty to remark,” Wade mentioned. “What I can say is we at all times take claims of that nature very significantly. We count on the justice system to resolve that.”
Of their $1.5 million federal lawsuit, the three feminine officers allege they have been the victims of discriminatory practices on the Topeka Police Division, in addition to being handed over for promotions in favor of their male counterparts.
Wade mentioned town of Topeka continues its efforts to have a various and inclusive workforce, not simply within the police division however in all of its divisions.
Padilla mentioned the Topeka Police Division has much more feminine officers working there than when he began his 34-year profession on the pressure.
“Coming from the police division, I do know the modifications which have taken place there,” Padilla mentioned. “The variety of feminine officers which can be there serving this neighborhood has grown amazingly since I began.”
In the meantime, Hill’s Pet Vitamin introduced a few weeks in the past that it is going to be shifting its company workplaces from Topeka to Overland Park.
Nonetheless, Wade famous that Hill’s will proceed to be a serious participant in Topeka’s economic system as it’s going to maintain its world science, expertise and manufacturing hubs within the capital metropolis.
Wade added that native leaders are always in search of new companies to carry to Topeka whereas retaining these already right here.
The mayor and metropolis supervisor additionally mentioned the continued work with the Polk-Quincy Viaduct alongside Interstate 70 on the north finish of downtown Topeka. They famous occupants of a number of buildings in that space should discover new places.
Wade mentioned the Legislation Enforcement Heart at 320 S. Kansas Ave. will have the ability to keep at its current location through the reconstruction of the Polk-Quincy Viaduct.
Nonetheless, town’s Fleet Companies division, positioned throughout the parking zone from the Legislation Enforcement Heart close to S.E. 4th and Monroe, should discover a new house.
Padilla mentioned efforts are already underway to discover a new location for the Fleet Companies division, the place repairs and upkeep are accomplished on metropolis autos, together with the Topeka Police Division cruisers.
“They’ve checked out completely different websites,” Padilla mentioned, “and are persevering with to do this to try to discover probably the most cheap and helpful property and site for us to maneuver.”
Mayor Padilla additionally thanked the Topeka Hearth Division for its work in battling a rash of blazes in current weeks.
In the course of the information convention, Mayor Padilla took a second to want a cheerful 93rd birthday on Tuesday to his mom, Rose.
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