Wichita City Council

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The City Council gave initial approval to an ordinance allowing outdoor drinking areas ahead of this spring’s NCAA basketball games in Wichita.

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Wichita City Council members are holding off for now on making any changes to the city's fireworks ordinance. The council agreed Tuesday to study the issue more.

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The Wichita City Council will vote Tuesday on a multimillion dollar plan to develop the 600 block of East Douglas, near Naftzger Park.

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Wichita City Council members passed two ordinances Tuesday aimed at curbing panhandling.

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City Council will hold a public hearing next month over a tax district meant to support a combination entertainment venue-restaurant in east Wichita.

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More than 60 percent of Kansas women vote—but only about a quarter of state elected offices are held by women. A Kansas City-based nonprofit is expanding its efforts to change that, starting at the local level.

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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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Updated Tuesday at 7:50 p.m.

Wichita City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to direct more than $600,000 toward revitalizing and reopening the historic Dunbar Theatre.

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Last week’s general election was the first local one held in the fall. The change from spring elections gives newly elected Wichita City Council officials more time to prepare before they enter office.

Outgoing Councilwoman Lavonta Williams says that in the past, local elections were an “immediate transaction”: officials were elected one week, and sworn in the next.

Now, though, incoming members of the council have close to two months to prepare for their new jobs.

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Incoming Wichita City Council representative Brandon Johnson will be the youngest on the board by more than a decade.

Johnson won the race for the District 1 seat with about 65 percent of the vote. Speaking to supporters on election night, he reflected on the importance of engaging young residents.

"It’s about working together, bridging gaps," he said. "Age gaps, gender gaps."

The 31-year old community activist said as a council member, he wants to make sure everyone has a voice.

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