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Wichita City Councilman James Clendenin has announced his re-election bid for the 3rd District seat.

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Wichita City Council members heard the results of a new police department staffing report Tuesday.

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The City of Wichita is exploring the possibility of creating a public-private partnership to pay for the next phase of its Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.

At 48 years old, the downtown circular building with the light blue roof is showing its age, and the convention business has changed. Also, the city-owned public library next door will be vacant in a few years.

City Manager Robert Layton said Tuesday that the city is considering a number of options for remodeling Century II or building new facilities based on results from a 2014 market study.

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Stormwater service charges are going up for Wichita residents.

City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to increase the drainage fee rate for all Wichita customers, with residents bearing more of the cost increase.

Right now, all customers are charged $2 per month, with commercial property owners paying an additional fee based on their amount impervious surface -- property where water can't soak into the ground. The new system will charge a base rate of $1.50 per month, and begin charging residents based on actual square footage of impervious surface.

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Community activist Brandon Johnson on Monday officially began his campaign for a spot on the Wichita City Council.

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There’s a lot of development going on west of the Arkansas River.

There’s the Advanced Learning Library taking shape at the corner of 2nd and McLean. South of that, a multi-million dollar mixed-use building is planned at the Delano Catalyst Site, and across the street sits the wood framing of the future River Vista development.

There’s millions of dollars of development going in here -- and the city wants to capitalize on it.

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The City of Wichita is taking public comments about its proposed use of federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The city receives Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships and Emergency Solutions Grant funds. The city's 2017-2018 action plan, which begins July 1, allocates an estimated $4.3 million for programs benefiting low- and moderate-income residents in Wichita. Those programs include affordable housing, domestic violence shelters, homeless prevention and homeless assistance.

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The president of the Wichita Park Board has launched an exploratory campaign for a seat on City Council. Cindy Claycomb made the announcement Thursday to a group of supports gathered at a venue in Old Town.

Claycomb, assistant to the president for Strategic Planning at Wichita State University, emphasized her public service with the City of Wichita in her campaign announcement. She says she’s considering running for the District 6 seat currently held by Vice Mayor Janet Miller, who is in her final term on the council.

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The City of Wichita is considering establishing a Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district to support development along the west bank of the Arkansas River.

The TIF district would help fund improvements to the 95-acre area that includes Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, the Delano Catalyst Site and the future Advanced Learning Library.

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