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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The City of Wichita is moving forward with a three-year plan to stay below federal ozone standards and improve air quality. The strategy was presented to City Council members at a workshop on Tuesday.

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Wichita City Council members on Tuesday approved an $18 million, wide-ranging Aquatics Master Plan that will close all but three of the city’s pools.

Councilman Bryan Frye put forth the amended proposal, which keeps open Aley, College Hill and Harvest pools. It will convert six other city pools into splash pads, and install splash pads at Harrison and Planeview parks. Minisa pool will close and be replaced with an unspecified amenity.

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On Tuesday, the Wichita City Council is expected to vote on the Aquatics Master Plan that could close up to nine pools in the city.

Council members will look at several options and determine whether to renovate some of the pools and close others.

The only pool that would be certain to survive is located in College Hill. The other nine were constructed over 35 years ago and need infrastructure improvements.

The first option would retain five pools, while the second option would keep the College Hill pool open as the nine others become splash-pad type sites.

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The City of Wichita is looking at making safety and aesthetic improvements to Old Town.

City Council members approved designs Tuesday for work on 1st and 2nd Streets west of Washington.

The $3.5 million improvement plan includes widening the sidewalks and installing speed bumps at certain intersections to slow traffic without lowering the speed limit.

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The Wichita City Council approved plans Tuesday to study the police department’s needs as it prepares to build a new station.

The Wichita Police Department is planning to build a new facility to replace its aging Patrol East substation near Kellogg and Edgemoor. It was built in 1989 for about 40 people—now, 140 people work there, Chief Gordon Ramsay told council members.

The city’s Capital Improvement Program includes more than $2 million for a new facility. $125,000 of that will be used to first study how to design a modern police station.

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