City of Wichita

City of Wichita

The City of Wichita has revealed more details about two development projects totaling $65 million.

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Wichita residents and businesses can expect to see a slight increase in their water and sewer rates next year. The Wichita City Council approved a water rate increase of 4 percent, and a sewer rate increase of 5 percent for a combined 4.4 percent increase. It’s less than the rate increase approved last year . Under the new rates, a household that uses 7500 gallons of water a month could expect their bill to jump from $61.12 to $63.90. The hike will generate an additional $6.3 million for the...

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The Wichita City Council will have a first reading of a proposed food truck ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday. The city and the Wichita Food Truck Coalition have been going back and forth on the draft policy for months. The current mobile food vendor ordinance hasn’t been updated in many years, and doesn’t allow trucks to operate on city streets in downtown Wichita. Jeff Schauf owns the Flying Stove and is president of the Food Truck Coalition. He says the new policy could benefit food...

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The City of Wichita says it has its resources ready for whenever the area gets its first snow which is forecasted to hit Wednesday. Public Works and Utilities Director Alan King says the city has been gearing up for inclement weather. “Staff’s been busy preparing for the upcoming winter season,” he said at the weekly mayor briefing Thursday. The city has 61 plow trucks and more than 200 employees trained to keep the streets clean. “For our new employees that have been with the city for two...

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A Sedgwick County organization that helps law enforcement agencies solve crimes is in need of a helping hand. Donations to Crime Stoppers have hit an all-time low. It’s been a tough few years for the Wichita-Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers organization when it comes to financial support. The nonprofit is funded solely by donations from individuals and corporations, and there’s not a lot of money coming in these days. Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $2,500 for information that leads to...

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In observance of Thanksgiving, many Sedgwick County and City of Wichita facilities will be closed and/or have special hours. Here's a complete list of closures, per the city. Closed Thursday, Nov. 24: City Hall, Neighborhood Resource Centers, Wichita Public Library locations, Park and Recreation centers, Great Plains Nature Center, OJ Watson Park, Old Cowtown Museum, CityArts, Mid-America All-Indian Center, Century II administrative offices, Wichita TIX box office, Transit administrative...

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The Wichita City Council is now considering three options for the future of its pools under the wide-ranging Aquatics Master Plan released earlier this year. The Department of Park and Recreation is recommending an option that would convert four out of 10 city pools into water playgrounds: Boston, Linwood, McAdams and Orchard would have splash pads by 2023. College Hill, Aley, Edgmoor, Evergreen and Harvest would remain in operation as swimming pools. The city is also considering partnering...

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Wichita has been recognized nationally for its ongoing efforts to improve conditions for bicycling. The League of American Bicyclists awarded the local government an Honorable Mention designation on Wednesday for working with community partners to create a bicycle-friendly city. According to a press release from the city, communities that are given an honorable mention are generally recognized for having popular shared-use paths, community-wide bicycling events or recent bicycle planning...

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Construction is now complete on a two-mile pipeline that will bring recycled water from the City of Wichita to Spirit AeroSystem’s manufacturing plant. The city will sell its treated wastewater to Spirit for use in its manufacturing process. The water conservation partnership was announced last year. The company says the project will reduce potable water usage by 70 percent and save millions of gallons of water annually. Under the agreement with the city, Spirit covered the $4 million design...

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The City of Wichita wants to make more improvements along the Arkansas River, and it wants to expand a bond district to pay for it. The city plans to issue Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, or STAR bonds , to fund renovations to properties along the west bank of the Arkansas River. One major focus would be upgrades to the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. A STAR Bond District was established for the east side of the river in 2007. It helped to fund improvements from the WaterWalk to the Keeper of the Plains...

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