Wichita City Council

Wichita City Councilman Hopes For Spot In Congress

Jan 12, 2017
wichita.gov

Wichita City Councilman Pete Meitzner is the most recent contender for the 4th Congressional District seat, a position currently held by Mike Pompeo, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the CIA.

Meitzner, a Republican, has served on the city council since 2011 and recently started his second four-year term. He says that while on the council he's worked to apply business practices to Wichita's government.

"I'd like to follow the lead, along with the president, about putting some more business applications in the federal government," Meitzner said.

City of Wichita

The Wichita City Council elected a new vice-mayor during a special meeting Monday.

Janet Miller won in a unanimous vote. She represents District 6, which covers north-central Wichita and includes Old Town.

Miller was the only council member to express interest in the position.

"I would be very interested and pleased, it would be my privilege to serve as your vice mayor for this next year," she told the council before the vote.

Wichita Biking, Walking Paths To Be Expanded In 2017

Jan 5, 2017
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

The Wichita City Council voted Tuesday in favor of $1.6 million in projects to expand the city's bike and walking paths.

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A Save-A-Lot discount grocery store opened its doors this morning in a Wichita neighborhood previously considered to be a food desert. 

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The City of Wichita will no longer allow residents to file their own complaints to report noisy dogs.

City Council members approved the amendment at their meeting Tuesday.

Assistant City Attorney Jan Jarman said the change to the city's animal control ordinance is a small one: Residents used to be able to file a charge with no review or oversight from law enforcement, including Animal Control.

Jarman said the ordinance put prosecutors in the position of pursuing complaints where there was no evidence available.

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The City of Wichita has released a map and a list of the streets it plans to repair with money from the sale of the downtown Hyatt hotel.

The $10 million will be enough to fix about 41 percent of the city’s worst asphalt side streets over the next two years. That’s a total of 212 lane miles, located mainly in neighborhoods in established areas of the city.

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The Wichita City Council approved a plan Tuesday that will allow a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the downtown Hyatt Hotel to go toward improving the city's public transit system.

Council members allocated $4 million dollars from the $20 million sale to fund a Transit Sustainability Plan. The city’s transit system is only sustainable through 2018.

The proceeds will go toward redeveloping the system by improving service, offering alternative transportation programs and increasing ridership through education and marketing.

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Wichita will use some of the money from the recent sale of the downtown Hyatt Hotel to improve city streets.

Half of the revenue from the $20 million sale will go toward repairing some of Wichita’s worst asphalt and concrete streets. Voters rejected a 1 percent sales tax two years ago that would have only generated about $8 million for maintenance over the course of five years.

Uptown Landing Group

Wichita City Council members on Tuesday approved two mixed-use developments totaling $65 million dollars.

The council unanimously approved developer Uptown Landing’s proposal for a site near Hillside and Douglas. The group will start construction on the commercial and residential space next year, with an expected completion date of March 2020.

“This has been a vacant piece of land in the College Hill community for a number of years," council member Lavonta Williams said. "College Hill residents are very, very anxious to see this new development going to their community."

City of Wichita

The City of Wichita has revealed more details about two development projects totaling $65 million.

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