Sedgwick County Commission

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Sedgwick County Commissioners voted Wednesday to build a gun locker inside the county courthouse for visitors to store their weapons.

Kansas law allows the concealed carry of firearms, but guns aren’t allowed in the Sedgwick County Courthouse--except for by law enforcement.


Sedgwick County now has two plumbing codes. The County Commissioners voted in the new regulations on a 4-1 vote.

The Uniform Plumbing Code, or UPC, has been in use in Sedgwick County for more than 40 years. 

Sedgwick County Commissioners voted this week to give plumbers in certain smaller cities another option: the International Plumbing Code, or IPC.

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Sedgwick County is looking to hire about 250 people to work the Nov. 8 general election.

With less than six weeks to go before Election Day, it’s crunch time for the Sedgwick County Election Office to get poll workers to sign up.

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says they’ve had more cancellations than applications lately.

She says she’s concerned because several polling locations have five openings.

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Three of the four candidates running for the Sedgwick County Commission participated in a forum on community issues Saturday.

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The Sedgwick County Commissioners are taking their regularly scheduled weekly meeting to the zoo on Tuesday.

It will be the third time this year that the commissioners are holding their public meeting in the evening and at a location within one of the five districts.

Tuesday’s meeting at the Sedgwick County Zoo in west Wichita is in Commissioner Karl Peterjohn’s 3rd District.

The commissioners will get an update on the county projects in the 3rd District, and hear reports on the juvenile justice and criminal justice programs.

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The Sedgwick County Commission renewed a $940,000 federal grant on Wednesday morning for a housing program that helps homeless people.

The Shelter Plus Care housing program targets three specific homeless populations: those with mental illness, those who have substance abuse issues and those with HIV/AIDS.

Tim Kaufman with the Department of Public Services says the program provides housing vouchers with a care component.

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Sedgwick County Commissioners have called for a state of emergency after a flash flood caused severe damage in the town of Mulvane last week.

The declaration makes Mulvane eligible for state and federal disaster assistance funding. This is the first time since the Oaklawn Tornado in 2012 that the county has had to declare a state of local disaster emergency.

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Sedgwick County is planning to expand the Regional Forensic Science Center in order to meet the increasing demand for DNA analysis in criminal cases.

The $4 million project will begin in 2018, and it will be the second expansion in the center’s 21-year history. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar had an opportunity to see how crime science happens.

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A group of health leaders from Tulsa will be in Wichita on Monday to learn about Sedgwick County’s health system. The visit is part of the Public Health Sister City program.

Wichita health leaders and elected officials visited Tulsa back in May, and now it’s Tulsa’s turn to learn about the state of health in Wichita.

Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Jim Howell says there are a lot of similarities between the two health departments, but funding levels are different. He says the Tulsa Health Department spends about twice as much on its services as Sedgwick County.

Sedgwick County Proposes New Funding Model For Zoo

Aug 16, 2016
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The Sedgwick County Commission is proposing a plan to bring more stability, and less politics, into annual funding talks with the zoo.


The commission has been in negotiations with the Sedgwick County Zoological Society over future funding and operating agreements for months. Commission Chairman Jim Howell says a new plan is meant to clear up much of the contention.