Government & Politics

Solve sewage problems or get ‘flaming bags of poo,’ Lawrence commissioner teases Topeka

Matthew Herbert
Matthew Herbert

A Lawrence city commissioner vented about leaving “flaming bags of poo” in Topeka after the city’s third recent release of raw sewage.

Matthew Herbert says he had a “little tirade” on Facebook after finding out Tuesday that Topeka spilled 55,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Kansas River.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Topeka also released sewage into the river in April and again earlier this month. Topeka’s sewage releases head downstream toward Lawrence.

Herbert said in a letter to Topeka on Facebook that he’d leave the excrement-filled bags “on your city steps” until the city solves its sewage issues.

Herbert said Wednesday his remarks were tongue-in-cheek, and he’s aware the releases were within state limits. He says he has no intention of leaving flaming bags of anything in Topeka.