Topeka city employees cited more than 300 property maintenance code violations during a "Team Up to Clean Up" initiative held in May in central Topeka's Historic Old Town.

They removed more than 9,000 square yards of asphalt and refurbished the sturdier and longer-lasting brick streets below, which motorists now drive on.

Those were among figures shared in an interactive report Topeka's city government made public Thursday.

"There was an incredible amount of work that went on in this area during the month of May and the accomplishments were amazing," said the document, which is available online.

Old Town is located roughly between S.W. 6th, S.W. 10th, S.W. Topeka Boulevard and S.W. Summit Avenue, according to

City officials announced last spring that Old Town would become the first area to benefit from “Team Up to Clean Up,” in which the city is teaming up with community partners to help one neighborhood at a time by taking steps that include repairing infrastructure and helping homeowners make repairs.

“Instead of just fixing up issues all over the community as they pop up, the city really wanted to help one neighborhood at a time and really help them fix it up right,” city property maintenance manager Mike Haugen told The Topeka Capital-Journal in May. “Historic Old Town was a perfect place to start.”

Various city departments provided assistance and services in Old Town with help from groups that included the Historic Old Town Neighborhood Improvement Association. Activities undertaken included picking up trash, painting houses, trimming trees, repairing streets and rebuilding a house's front porch.

Thursday's report was made public by Molly Hadfield, the city's media relations coordinator. It indicated that in Old Town:

• The neighborhood relations department's property maintenance division cited 306 property maintenance code violations. Employees canvassed the neighborhood and provided information and resources to property owners.

• The public works department's traffic operations division allocated about $39,836 in resources to take steps that included removing 9,113 square yards of asphalt from streets while refurbishing the bricks below. Asphalt removal took place in the 600, 700 and 900 blocks of S.W. Buchanan and the 600 and 700 blocks of S.W. Taylor, Hadfield said.

• Traffic operations employees replaced 345 signs and posts.

• The utilities department carried out preventive maintenance on 78 fire hydrants and conducted 459 storm inlet inspections and cleanings.

• Westar Energy upgraded street lighting to LED in the area's Historic Old Town neighborhood.

• The planning department surveyed the area's brick sidewalks to evaluate their conditions, and plans to use the information to decide which brick sidewalks to preserve and which to replace with concrete.

• The public works department's forestry division allocated about $22,280 in resources to remove nine trees and clear 17 alleys of vegetation.

• Topeka firefighters handed out literature about open burning ordinances and fire safety, as well as applications for free smoke detectors, which the American Red Cross donates and the fire department installs.

• The fire department provided training on "Hands Only CPR."

• Firefighters identified houses where residents have special needs, and addressed fire safety concerns at those homes.

• Kansas Gas Service donated new house numbers to replace those identified as being missing or illegible.

• Firefighters and Topeka police teamed up to develop a plan to address the area's structures that are vacant or have been damaged by fire.

The next Team Up to Clean Up takes place this month and next month in central Topeka's Central Park area, Hadfield said.