Wichita City Council

Government
5:18 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Wichita City Council Considers Water And Sewer Rate Increases For 2015

Credit City of Wichita

 

Wichita city council members reviewed a proposal on Tuesday afternoon for water and sewer rate increases for 2015.

Alan King, director of Wichita Public Works and Utilities, says the city maintains over 4,000 miles of water and sewer lines. To keep up with that infrastructure, King’s department has proposed a 6 percent increase for water and 5 percent increase for sewer.  

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Politics
5:57 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Wichita City Council Member Jeff Longwell To Run For Mayor

Credit City of Wichita

 

Wichita City Council member Jeff Longwell announced Friday afternoon he’ll be running for mayor. The former vice-mayor is finishing up a second term representing District Five in south Wichita.

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Community
11:22 am
Fri September 5, 2014

"No Ferguson Here," A Community Discussion in Wichita

After speaking to panelists at the "No Ferguson Here" meeting, a man shouts to the crowd.
Credit Sean Sandefur

On Sept. 5, KMUW aired a story about policing in Sedgwick County, we took a look at a military equipment acquired through the federal government's 1033 program, including a newly acquired armored vehicle.

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Government
6:25 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Local Organization Critical Of Proposed Sales Tax

Members of Coalition For a Better Wichita gathered at Handy Mailing in west Wichita on Wednesday afternoon. The group was formed to speak out against the City of Wichita's proposed one-cent sales tax.
Credit Sean Sandefur

 

Members of a newly formed organization are criticizing the City of Wichita’s proposed one-cent sales tax, which could appear on ballots this November. Coalition For a Better Wichita spoke out on Wednesday afternoon at Handy Mailing, a local small business. 

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Transportation
4:27 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

City Of Wichita To Acquire 10 New Buses

The inside of a current Wichita Transit bus
Credit Sean Sandefur

Wichita City Council members approved the purchase of new city buses at Tuesday’s meeting. They will help update the transit system’s aging fleet. 

A total of ten new buses will be coming from a California-based manufacturer. They will all be diesel powered. 

“The total cost for the acquisition is $4.2 million and a little over 80 percent of that will come from the Federal Transit Administration," Wichita City Manager Robert Layton says. "The rest will be local.”

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Government
6:39 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Wichita City Council Approves Proposed Sales Tax Referendum

Downtown Wichita's Central Transit Center
Sean Sandefur

Members of Wichita’s City Council spent much of yesterday discussing a new sales tax that could be used to shore up the city’s water supply,  encourage job growth and keep the transit system running for five more years. 

 

Tuesday’s meeting marked the first step in funding some key areas of Wichita’s future. A proposed one-cent sales tax referendum, worth $398 million over five years, was approved by council members. 

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Government
1:36 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Wichita Public Works Talks Future Of City's Water Security

Credit djmcaleese / flickr Creative Commons

Yesterday afternoon Wichita’s Public Works & Utilities Department gave a presentation on the future of water supply in the area. City Council members were in attendance and ideas concerning both conservation, as well as new sources of water, were discussed.

Wichita’s Public Works Director Alan King presented a power point demonstration about what could be done to sure up the city’s water supply until the year 2060. King’s model included five plans that he said take into consideration both effectiveness and the city’s budget.

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Government
10:30 am
Wed March 19, 2014

City Council Approves New Hotel Tax To Promote Tourism

Wichita's City Council voted 7-0 yesterday to approve a new hotel tax to finance efforts to promote tourism and attract large events.

The 2.75 percent tax will apply for guests at hotels with more than 50 rooms.

The levy is expected to generate about 2 1/2- to- 3 million dollars a year.

The Council also approved the establishment of a tourism business improvement district yesterday.

Wichita officials say current promotional funding was growing slowly, and the city is facing strong competition from other cities to attract conventions and tourists.

Government
12:01 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Lavonta Williams Appointed Chair Of National League Of Cities Committee

LaVonta Williams joins volunteers in painting the historic Dunbar Theater in 2013.
Credit Hugo Phan / KMUW

Wichita City Council Member Lavonta Williams has been appointed to chair the 2014 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee of the National League of Cities. 

The National League of Cities provides resources and advocates for 19,000 cities, towns and villages in the U.S. 

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Community
11:17 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Why Does Wichita Need A New Downtown Library?

Cynthia Berner Harris, director of libraries for the Wichita Public Library, sits with Joel Potter and his children, Emeth and Sela, in the children's room at the central library.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The changing role of libraries is evident across the country. With e-books and other emerging technologies, libraries continue to adapt to meet the needs of their patrons.

A master plan to build a new central library in downtown Wichita has been in the works for the last seven years. Funding for the $29 million facility is now up in the air with the Wichita City Council directing the library to seek out more private funds. 

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