City of Wichita

Spirit Plans To Add 1,000 New Jobs In Wichita

Dec 6, 2017
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Spirit AeroSystems announced a plan Wednesday to add 1,000 new jobs and invest $1 billion in its Wichita facility over the next five years.

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Wichita residents will pay higher water and sewer rates starting next year after City Council members voted to move forward with planned infrastructure improvements.

The overall utility rate will go up just over 6 percent: For residential customers, that means $2.69 to $6.72 more on their monthly water and sewer bills. 

It's slightly higher than last year's rate increase, and higher than the base increase anticipated this year. The additional revenue will go toward funding Phase II of the city's infrastructure maintenance and improvement project.

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A woman will be leading the Wichita Fire Department for the first time in its 131-year history.

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A public hearing has been scheduled for next month on a proposed 1 percent sales tax to support a development in west Wichita.

In 2015 a community improvement district, or CID, was established in the area around Kellogg and West Street. Now, developers want to amend the CID to include newly purchased buildings.

Businesses in the district can charge an additional sales tax, with the revenue being used to pay for land acquisition, demolitions, and site improvements.

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Kansas drivers could soon sport the Wichita flag on their license plates. The city of Wichita is trying to build support in the state Legislature to approve a line of Wichita flag plates.

City leaders unveiled a design at the mayor's briefing Thursday.

Council member Bryan Frye said in order to get the plates made, the city needs to demonstrate to lawmakers the public's interest.

"This only works if we get the demand from the public for these plates," he said.

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Wichita has been selected to participate in a nationwide program focused on advancing racial equality.

The National League of Cities chose just 15 cities for the program, part of its Race, Equity and Leadership initiative.

Along with Wichita, the inaugural group includes cities such as Gary, Indiana; Boston; and Philadelphia. Over the next 18 months, city leaders will work together to find ways to strengthen equity and ease racial tensions in their communities.

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The Wichita Park and Recreation department is getting closer to the design phase of its Aquatics Master Plan, which city council approved in February.

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The City of Wichita is responding to a handful of complaints from people in west Wichita and north of downtown noticing a distinctive taste and odor in their tap water.

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City leaders are recommending expanding and renovating Century II in downtown Wichita instead of building new facilities.

The preliminary ideas presented at a special workshop Tuesday night are based on a consultant’s report.

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City Council members voted Tuesday to allocate more than $4 million from the recent sale of the Hyatt Hotel to projects across Wichita.

Five of Wichita's six council districts put forward plans on how to use their share of the funds. Only District 6, which encompasses Old Town, was not part of the vote.

Projects include a new dog park at Harrison Park in District 2; a matching donation of $250,000 for the renovation of Dunbar Theatre in District 1; and $1 million toward the development of the Pracht Wetlands Park in District 5.

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