Sedgwick County

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Updated Tuesday, April 19: Commissioners approved the consent agenda item allowing vaping in county buildings in a 3-2 vote Monday night during their meeting in Derby. 

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The Sedgwick County Commission will consider a change to the policy procedures manual regarding county buildings and county personnel within them. One of the changes will allow vaping.

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The Sedgwick County Commissioners will be taking their regular meeting on the road next week.

Holding meetings in their districts is part of a broader plan they have for engaging the community.


A new study confirms that when it comes to life expectancy, income matters: The richest American men live 15 years longer than the poorest men, and the richest American women live 10 years longer than the poorest women. But the study also contains some surprises.

The report in the Journal of the American Medical Association found the poor in some geographical areas live nearly as long as their wealthier neighbors while the longevity gap is widening in other geographical areas.

Customers can spend less time waiting at the tag office with Sedgwick County’s recently implemented Virtual Wait Line Management System.

The $50,000 system, called QLess, was launched two weeks ago at all four tag offices in Sedgwick County: Derby, Maize, Wichita’s downtown office and the Brittany tag office at 21st and Woodlawn. It’s the same system used to create a virtual waiting line for driver’s licenses throughout the state of Kansas.

Abigail Wilson / KMUW

A group of health professionals is facing new challenges as it takes on work that used to be done by the Sedgwick County Health Department.

Health Alliance and its community partners are in the process of putting together a new Community Health Improvement Plan.

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

The Sedgwick County Health Department will continue to receive state and federal money to support its local health programs and services.

Sedgwick County Commissioners voted 5-to-0 Wednesday to accept a $1.9 million grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The grant is a longstanding funding source for county health department to carry out its mission to prevent disease and promote wellness in the community.

Health Department Director Adrienne Byrne-Lutz says the grant provides the foundation for several public health programs.

Abigail Wilson / KMUW

The Wichita Bar Association recently hosted an event called Clean Slate Day where free legal help was offered to anyone looking to erase certain convictions--like traffic infractions, perjury, and misdemeanor crimes -- from their criminal records. The purpose was to help low-income people who are struggling with the cost of expunging such records.

Deborah Shaar

A group of health professionals is taking the lead on developing Sedgwick County’s next Community Health Improvement Plan.

The first step came on Friday when the group released the findings from health surveys conducted last year.

The Health Alliance group presented an overview of the results from health assessments completed by county residents and leaders of area health systems and agencies.

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

A plan to reopen the Lake Afton Public Observatory is moving forward.

Wichita State University closed the 34-year old observatory last August as attendance had dipped in recent years. Ever since the Lake Afton Public Observatory closed, a local group of astronomers has been working to reopen the facility.

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Before you head out tomorrow to try to see the new Gordon Parks exhibit at the Wichita Art Museum, remember: Many city and county facilities will be closed Monday in observance of President’s Day.

The following City of Wichita facilities and operations will be closed Monday: