Monthly Archives: February 2007

Brewer took the top 33 precincts

Not only did city council member Carl Brewer win big in Tuesday’s primary, he won almost every major precinct in town. That means Mayor Carlos Mayans did not have any significant strongholds in the city — at least among the 23,892 people who voted for a mayoral candidate. Mayans’ best showing Tuesday was in precinct 524, according to a quick spreadsheet analysis this morning. Mayans had 134 votes there, but Brewer had 205.

But, it’s worth noting that Mayans logged nearly 29,000 votes in the general election in 2003, which means the potential for him to gain significantly in the April vote is there. But it would probably take a 32 percent turnout like 2003 when there were big name write-in campaigns. This year, it appears no big names are jumping into the race. So turnout could again be a problem for the incumbent in April.

Mayans may be right that many of his would-be supporters stayed home, contributing to Tuesday’s dismal 13 percent voter turnout. And it’s likely that Brewer’s Democratic support brought the party faithful out to the polls. But it appears Mayans will need significant Republican party help to boost him enough to compete with Brewer in April. And it’s not yet clear if the county Republicans are going to push hard on Mayans’ behalf.

I’m so excited! No, really. I am.

In the at-large Wichita school board race, Kevass Harding after a day of campaigning was ready to do cartwheels.

Karl Peterjohn? Well, let’s just say he was awake.

When The Hall Monitor called to interview him about winning a slot in the April 3 election, he saved his excitement and was more reserved than usual. Peterjohn, the taxpayers advocate, isn’t animated by nature but a drop in excitement was still noticeable.

So why no excitement? It’s really about being cautious saying that his “campaign continues” and they will “continue to get the word out.”

And we’ll continue to keep tabs on you Mr. Peterjohn. YEAH! Or should we say… yeah.

Party with the candidates

Want to stand around and drink punch and exchange gossip while the primary election results roll in?

Here’s where to do it — at least with the big campaigns.

Carl Brewer: Courtyard by Marriott in Old Town, 820 E. 2nd St. Starts at 7 p.m.

Carlos Mayans: Broadview Hotel, 400 W. Douglas. Starts at 7:30 p.m.

Let the campaign ads begin

While the direct mail from city council and mayoral candidates have been hitting mailboxes for more than a month and signs are popping up all over town, the TV ads are just beginning.

Carl Brewer’s ads started running this morning and you can expect to see more in between TV newscasts, Sunday morning political talk shows and even between snippets of Ugly Betty, the ABC show that airs before Grey’s Anatomy (one of the most popular shows on TV).

The ad features a female voice over talking about Brewer’s community activities and military career. Hitting TVs is probably the quickest way to develop name identification, which is, right now, the biggest problem for the Brewer camp since Mayor Carlos Mayans is well-known after four years as mayor and 10 years as a Republican state representative. No word yet on any Mayans ads. But stay tuned.

Brewer’s ad debuts just a day before candidates are required to file their latest campaign finance reports. The reports will likely show how many more TV ads viewers can expect as campaigns go into full speed after next week’s primary.

Candidates opine on downtown development

The Wichita Downtown Development Corporation published their candidate questionnaire responses online today, giving voters their most in-depth look yet at candidates’ downtown ideas. (The Eagle’s voters guide is due out Tuesday. See how mayoral candidates responded to the Wichita Independent Business Assocation here and how city council candidates responded here.)

The WDDC has long been focusing on parking and that showed in their questions. Candidates, meanwhile, all seemed to gravitate toward parking plans as the most important issue facing the core of the city. All the mayoral candidates that responded said they would support city-owned parking downtown, although some, like King David Davis, said city involvement should be a last resort.

Mayor Carlos Mayans didn’t respond, and he wasn’t available by phone this afternoon.

Parking, however, is already in the works. The city council is weeks away from a vote on the city’s biggest TIF district ever. But questions remain about who should get inside of the borders.

Charged with illegal dumping after complaining about a messy yard

A few months ago, Sunflower Community Action got fed up with the mountain of garbage that was almost swallowing an entire house near 10th and Volutsia. They spoke at council meetings and they issued press releases.

They they decided to go to City Manager George Kolb’s house. Kolb wasn’t home, but his wife was. His wife accepted a letter from Sunflower, said it’s George’s problem to deal with not her’s and then she closed the door, Sunflower reps. say. Sunflower left some signs in Kolb’s yard with photos of the messy yard, ostensibly to show Kolb what it’s like to live next to something like that. But it backfired.

Now, three Sunflower staffers and a 78-year-old woman who lives next to the trashy yard (which has since been cleaned up after a court battle), are being charged with illegal dumping and criminal trespass, according to a Sunflower press release.

Sunflower will have a press conference Friday to share their views about the charges, and, next week, they’ll have court appearances.

Bingo!

Let’s play a game. Ever been to a school board meeting and wondered how they can be more lively? No worries. A reader sent along this gem to The Hall Monitor to help out. There may be a council or county version of this game but we haven’t seen it yet.

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City offers its view for those curious about consultants

The city spent $1.5 million on consultants in 2006. That’s according to the city’s self-analysis released Tuesday in a move that should make Sedgwick County’s forthcoming consultant use analysis that much more interesting.

The city’s release indicates their defensive stance shortly after county commissioners requested an analysis of consultant spending and after inquiries by The Eagle and KAKE-TV. The city’s statements also seem to respond to several mayoral and council candidates who have taken jabs at what they perceive as too much consultant use.

But candidates, many of whom list reduce government spending as a top priority, aren’t likely to cut back their anti-consultant rhetoric anytime soon.

Street engineering studies account for much of the outside firm hiring, but the city has also paid for outside analysis of their productivity, surveys, legal aid and recruiting of job candidates.

Although the council frequently asks why city staffers are asking for consultants, the council is usually satisfied with the results — at least enough to almost always unanimously approve the consultant contracts either one-by-one or in bulk when they’re under $25,000. And a lot of the fees are actually paid by particular neighborhoods via special assessments for paving or sewer projects.

“Consultants provide an independent and outside perspective required on some projects to comply with Federal and state regulations or City ordinances,” according to a press release issued today.

“Consultants are utilized” it continues, “when the project is a nonrecurring one or if the City may be short of critical expertise. Some projects occur infrequently, or call for special skills that cannot be learned quickly or easily by staff. Other projects require a quick turnaround. During peak demands there is an economy of scale utilizing consultants; engaging a consultant is cost effective and will be less expensive in the long run than hiring new employees or manager.”

Fiscal YearDocument No.Commodity CodeDocument Title *Vendor NamePurchase Order Total **Comments ***
2006PO60000691842Design Services for WDS Reed’s Cove 3rdBaughman Company$4,100.00CM 1/5/06
2006PO60005691842Design Services for 13th & BroadwayRuggles & Bohm PA$24,730.00CC 1/10/06
2006PO60006491842Supplemental Agreement #1Certified Engineering Design$4,170.00CC12/12/05
2006PO60006591849Supplemental Agreement #1ACSG Inc.$4,950.00CC 12/28/05
2006PO60010291842Design Services for University – Maple Lane & ArapahoCertified Engineering Design$5,858.00January Report
2006PO60010391842Design Services for Park Lot Planeview Park FootballCertified Engineering Design$8,100.00January Report
2006PO60011791842Design Services for Lateral 5, Main 10, FMCSProfessional Engineering Consultants$6,000.00CM 1/26/06
2006PO60020091842Design Services for Mascot, 29th St N to 31 St NCertified Engineering Design$12,450.00January Report
2006PO60021791842Design Services for HillsideBaughman Company$17,325.00CC 2/7/06
2006PO60021891842Design Services for Storm Water Drain #267Baughman Company$13,625.00CC 2/7/06
2006PO60022391842Design Services for WilliamsgateMKEC Engineering Consultants$8,000.00CC 2/7/06
2006PO60022595630Historical Studies and ServicesThree Gables Preservation$8,000.00February Report
2006PO60024291827Consultant Services for Redevelop Authority StructureMichael Syphoe Consultant$9,196.00February Report
2006PO60024491842Design Services for ParkdaleProfessional Engineering Consultants$15,000.00CC 2/7/06
2006PO60024591842Design Services for Eberly Farm OfficeBaughman Company$10,400.00CC 2/7/06
2006PO60024691842Design Services for MacArthur, Meridian to SenecaBaughman Company$14,400.00CC 2/7/06
2006PO60030690607KS Aviation Museum Construction EngineerSchaefer Johnson Cox Frey$25,000.00CC 3/24/04
2006PO60030891842Brooks Landfill Groundwater RemediationCamp, Dresser, & McKee$2,750.00CM 4/5/06
2006PO60033291874Brooks Landfill Title V Air Permit ProjectCamp, Dresser, & McKee$12,500.00CC 1/24/06
2006PO60034291842Design Services for WDS & SS to Auburn Hills 16th Addn.Baughman Company$21,210.00CC 2/28/06
2006PO60034391842Design Services for 16″ Water Line on 13th, 143rd to 159thProfessional Engineering Consultants$5,500.00CC 2/28/06
2006PO60034491842Design Services for Ridge & Maple IntersectionMKEC Engineering Consultants$16,500.00CC 2/28/06
2006PO60034590607ADA Compliant Restroom McAdams ParkLaw/Kingdon Inc.$11,400.00March Report
2006PO60037091842Construction Engineering Services for WDS Reed’s Cove 3rdBaughman Company$1,490.00CM 3/8/06
2006PO60037890779Topo Survey & Point Elevations-BrooksBurns & McDonnell$3,900.00CC 11/8/06
2006PO60039792587Wellfield Waste Disposal StudyCertified Engineering Design$4,922.00CM 2/22/06
2006PO60044492597ASR Phase 1-Temporary Inspection SvcsPoe & Associates of Kansas Inc.$25,000.00CM 3/16/06
2006PO60046991842Design Services for Paving to Krug North 2nd AddnBaughman Company$7,470.00CC 3/21/06
2006PO60047291842Design Services for Paving to 21st St. Kid’s & FamilyProfessional Engineering Consultants$15,250.00CC 3/21/06
2006PO60047391842Design Services for WDS & Paving for Woodland Lakes 3rdMKEC Engineering Consultants$15,600.00CC 3/21/06
2006PO60048991842Design Services for WDS & Paving for Blue Sky Addn.Certified Engineering Design$8,600.00CM 3/27/06
2006PO60054691886WaterWalk Design ServicesGreteman Group$14,912.75CC 3/28/06
2006PO60054891842Engineering & Construction ServicesProfessional Engineering Consultants$10,000.00April Report
2006PO60054991842Mechanical & Electrical Eng ServicesProfessional Engineering Consultants$22,500.00April Report
2006PO60055291842Design Services for 11th St. Bridge & Hillside @ Gyp CreekCook, Flatt & Strobel Engineering$13,660.00CC 2/14/06
2006PO60055591842Independent Cost Estimate Supp #2ACSG Inc.$2,000.00CM 3/9/06
2006PO60059194612Actuarial ServicesHilb Rogal & Hobbs of Kansas Inc.$15,000.00March Report
2006PO60060791551Serv Agreement-Flight Info Display SystemARINC Inc.$13,392.00May Report
2006PO60062690607Architectural Services Kiosks @ Old TownSpangenberg Phillips Inc.$3,000.00May Report
2006PO60062791819Consult Serv Infrastructure AssessmentTerracon Consultants Inc.$4,663.00May Report
2006PO60063296160Concessions SurveyTouchpoll Surveys$2,470.00May Report
2006PO60064191812Wholesale Rate StudyRaftelis Financial Consultant$14,268.00CM 4/25/06
2006PO60064591842Design Zelta from Kellogg to WatermanCook, Flatt & Strobel Engineering$19,812.00June Report
2006PO60066291842Design Services for 37th & Ridge Rd.Baughman Company$9,400.00CC 4/25/06
2006PO60069791839Lynnette Woodard Elevator Feasibility StudyMcCluggage Van Sickle & Perry$14,942.35June Report
2006PO60070090607WaterWalk Change Lewis/Water IntersectioGossen Livingston Associates, Inc.$4,800.00CM 5/18/06
2006PO60071290607WaterWalker Redesign amphitheaterGossen Livingston Associates, Inc.$23,900.00CM 5/18/06
2006PO60071491815Airport Administration Building StudyRichard B. Kraybill$6,000.00June Report
2006PO60074091843Environmental Consult ServicesCamp, Dresser, & McKee$20,000.00CM 12/5/05
2006PO60074392597Supplemental Agreement#2 Water Master PlBurns & McDonnell$9,073.00CC 4/4/06
2006PO60076591842Design Services for 11th St BridgeMKEC Engineering Consultants$15,180.00CC 5/23/06
2006PO60078691885Search Firm Chief Info Officer RecruitmentSlavin Management Consultants$21,601.28June Report
2006PO60078791817Air Service Consulting ServicesSabre Inc.$25,000.00CC 4/11/06
2006PO60079391842Design Services for Storm Water Sewer #621- Pawnee MesaPoe & Associates of Kansas Inc.$4,989.00CC 6/6/06
2006PO60079691842Design Services for WDS,SS, & Paving for Timberland LakesMKEC Engineering Consultants$18,400.00CC 6/6/06
2006PO60079791842Design Services for WDS for Krug North 2nd AdditionBaughman Company$10,300.00CC 6/6/06
2006PO60082691842Consultant Service to Rehab Hanger 16Hanney and Associates Architects$8,000.00July Report
2006PO60088492597Revision Risk Management Plan EPA regulationBlack & Veatch Corporation$21,600.00CM 6/12/06
2006PO60088791842Design Services for 13th- 119th to 135thSchwab-Eaton, PA$2,750.00CC 6/20/06
2006PO60088891842Design Services for Sanitary Sewer on Oliver, Harry to KelloggMKEC Engineering Consultants$4,600.00CC 6/6/06
2006PO60088991842Design Services for WDS & SS for Central & OliverMKEC Engineering Consultants$6,750.00CC 6/6/06
2006PO60089091842Design Services for Main 4 NW InterceptorRuggles & Bohm PA$12,039.50CC 6/20/06
2006PO60089191842Design Services for Parking Lot Planeview ParkCertified Engineering Design$15,600.00CC 6/20/06
2006PO60091491876Consulting Services Lawrence DumontSRL Consulting, LLC$9,900.00July Report
2006PO60092491842Fairway Storm Water ImprovementsBaughman Company$7,200.00July Report
2006PO60093591842Design Services for 21st & Valleyview SWS & ChannelBaughman Company$8,200.00July Report
2006PO60093691842Design Services for Maple St & Maple Dunes SWSMKEC Engineering Consultants$9,000.00July Report
2006PO60093891842Design Services for 32nd & Porter Storm Water SewerDuBois Consultants, Inc.$6,900.00July Report
2006PO60093991526Electronic Data Interchange ServicesXEBEC Data Corporation$4,800.00July Report
2006PO60095690735Cowskin Creek Water Quality ReclamationProfessional Engineering Consultants$19,800.00CM 6/25/06
2006PO60095891842Design Services for E Kellogg San Sewer ModificationsMKEC Engineering Consultants$11,480.00CC 7/11/06
2006PO60096091842Design Services for 35th & Payne Storm Water ImprovementsKE Miller Engineering PA$7,500.00CM 7/13/06
2006PO60099296150Expert Witness ServiceDr. Will Yancey CPA$10,000.00CM 7/20/06
2006PO60103891812Historic Central Busines District SurveyBrenda A. Spencer$19,800.00CM 6/2/06
2006PO60105390607Arch & Eng Serv Impro Lawrence DumontSchaefer Johnson Cox Frey$17,250.00CC
2006PO60105490680Supplemental Agreement # 4Professional Engineering Consultants$21,650.00CC 4/8/03
2006PO60107691842Design Services for WDS, SS, & Paving for Brighton CourtsMKEC Engineering Consultants$23,400.00CC 8/1/06
2006PO60107891842Design Services for Paving Wilson Estates CourtMKEC Engineering Consultants$23,800.00CC 8/15/06
2006PO60108191842Design ServicesRuggles & Bohm PA$9,000.00CC 8/15/06
2006PO60113391842Design Merton, East of SenecaBaughman Company$12,500.00CC 8/15/06
2006PO60113591842Design Services for WDS & SS for Copper Gate North Addn.Baughman Company$20,300.00CC 8/15/06
2006PO60115791842Design Sanitary Sewer Serve N of 31st NKE Miller Engineering PA$3,500.00September Report
2006PO60115891842Design Sanitary Sewer Serve N PawneeCertified Engineering Design$2,495.00September Report
2006PO60115996121Cost Allocation PlanMaximus, Inc.$9,500.00September Report
2006PO60116791842Design Services for Storm Water Drain #296 FontanaProfessional Engineering Consultants$3,500.00September Report
2006PO60116891842Design Services for paving Michelle;Tara Falls 3rdRuggles & Bohm PA$4,300.00September Report
2006PO60116991842Design Services for WDS for Santa Fe Industrial Addn.MKEC Engineering Consultants$3,600.00September Report
2006PO60120196150Assist with statistical analysisThe Tasa Group Inc.$25,000.00CM 8/30/06
2006PO60120291842FAA Consultation AgreementFederal Aviation Administration$22,926.00CM 8/22/06
2006PO60125191842Design Services for a Water Line in Hoover, N. of Zoo BlvdTransystems Corporation$1,000.00CC 9/12/06
2006PO60125291842Design Services for Lateral 4, Main 20 SWIBaughman Company$6,500.00September Report
2006PO60127191842Design Services for Harry & Mead Storm Water Sewer ImprvTransystems Corporation$9,800.00CC 9/19/06
2006PO60127291842Design Services for paving Grove & 63rd St S.Certified Engineering Design$20,850.00CC 9/12/06
2006PO60128292523Cheney Settlement & Deflection SurveyCarlson-Baughman$8,175.00November Report
2006PO60130591842Design Services for Main 4 NWIRuggles & Bohm PA$5,516.50CC 10/3/06
2006PO60133891842Structural Engineering ServicesMauler Engineering LLC$10,000.00October Report
2006PO60137391842Design Services for Pawnee Ct-Water Main ReplcmntKE Miller Engineering PA$3,500.00October Report
2006PO60137491842Design Services for WDS for Harrison Pk 3rdBaughman Company$4,700.00October Report
2006PO60137591842Design Services for Lateral 401, FMCSBaughman Company$2,600.00October Report
2006PO60139191842Design Water Main Repalcement EstelleCook, Flatt & Strobel Engineering$16,440.00October Report
2006PO60139291842Design 16″ Water Supply Line 45th StBaughman Company$18,000.00October Report
2006PO60140592685Geotechnical Service Fire Train FacilityAllied Laboratories$2,500.00November Report
2006PO60140691842Design Services for Governeour & Osie Cir S. of HarryBaughman Company$15,800.00CC 10/24/06
2006PO60141091849Consulting for professional baseballHVS International Convention Sports$11,250.00CM 10/31/06
2006PO60147091842Design Services for Dry Creek Channel ImprovementsBlack & Veatch Special$15,000.00cc 10/17/06
2006PO60147191842Design Services for paving 135th St. W, Maple-CentralSchwab-Eaton, PA$9,300.00cc 10/17/06
2006PO60147291842Design Services for Gypsum Crk Channel ImprovementsHNTB Corporation$10,000.00cc 10/17/06
2006PO60147591842Design Services for WDS Merton ParkBaughman Company$3,000.00November Report
2006PO60148991843Consult Serv Fuel Farms Study @ AirportsBurns & McDonnell$19,855.00November Report
2006PO60149091842Design concrete bridge rail repairParsons Brinckerhoff Quade$15,000.00November Report
2006PO60152291842Design Services for Storm Water Drain #296Professional Engineering Consultants$15,400.00November Report
2006PO60152391842Design Services for paving Brookside PkwyMKEC Engineering Consultants$16,100.00November Report
2006PO60158691812North Air Cargo Pavement StudyApplied Pavement Technology$4,590.00CC 11/7/2006
2006PO60161491885Recruitment for HR DirectorThe Par Group Paul A Reaume Ltd$13,650.00December Report
2006PO60163696149Outside legal servicesEdwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP$5,500.00CC 9/12/06
2006PO60164791846Architect Serv Airport Concession UtilityRichard B. Kraybill$2,400.00December Report
2006PO60164891819Tenant building upgrade option studyRichard B. Kraybill$2,400.00December Report
2006PO60165291839Facilitation Serv Hilltop NeighborhoodThe Austin Peters Group, Inc.$12,500.00December Report
2006PO60165391889Architectural Study 2204 S Tyler RdTerracon Consultants Inc.$4,297.00December Report
2006PO60166691843Environmental ConsultingCamp, Dresser, & McKee$17,000.00December Report
2006PO60166791843Environmental ConsultingCamp, Dresser, & McKee$12,250.00December Report
2006PO60169792464Focus Group StudyCenter for Economic & Development$3,525.00December Report
2006PO60174391842Design Services for Main 22Poe & Associates of Kansas Inc.$5,200.00CC 11/21/06
2006PO60174991842Design Services for paving Jardine Dr/21st St KidsProfessional Engineering Consultants$16,000.00CC 11/21/06
2006PO60175296150Legal Services City’s Worker’s CompEdward D. Heath Jr.$25,000.00CC 2/1/06
2006PO60175791842Design Services for Lateral 7, Main 15, SS #23Ruggles & Bohm PA$9,200.00December Report
2006PO60175891842Design Services for paving 143rd St E, 21st- 24thBaughman Company$15,200.00December Report
2006PO60175991842Design Services for paving Cambell’s AddnMKEC Engineering Consultants$3,120.00December Report
2006PO60177391842Supplemental Agreement # 3ACSG Inc.$4,900.00December Report
2006PO60177496150Legal ServicesHite Fanning & Honeyman LLP$10,000.00December Report
2006PO60187191842Design Services for WDS and paving Sycamore Pond Addn.Ruggles & Bohm PA$22,600.00CC 12/19/06
2006PO60187291842Design Services for Pawnee & McLeanRuggles & Bohm PA$4,828.00CC 12/19/06
2006AV606587Professional Data Processing AnalysisBruce Benaway$10,000.00October Report
2006DP607674Consulting Multi Function Print DevicesGloria Williams$2,650.00October Report
2006PO601431I-135 Tunnel Repair CostCH2M Hill$8,200.00November Report
2006DP608098Sewer Bond IssueBurns & McDonnell$4,929.50November Report
2006DP608153Design Services for Arena Storm Water DrainageAllied Environmental Consultants$1,275.00November Report
2006Canyon Research SouthwestThe Star Bond Marketing Study$6,000.00December Report
Total$1,518,800.88
  • The majority of design contracts listed on this report are neighborhood or development type projects, or charged to specific homeowners through special assessments. The original intent for outsourcing these design contracts was to minimize construction time for public improvements through efficient office and field coordination, thereby reducing inconvenience to the public, and lowering interest costs.

** Purchase Order dollar amount designated is the not to exceed amount for the contract and not the amount that was paid to the vendor.

*** Contracts that have December Report under Comments will go to City Council on February 13, 2007.

What about those tasers, board members say.

After getting tons of phone calls from constituents, school board members, in particular Kevass Harding, who is also a candidate for the at-large race, and Shirely Jefferson, asked for an update on the city and district’s talks about the memorandum of understanding. The document not only outlines which entity pays for when it comes to school resource officers but it also outlines a continuum of force that tells officers when to use Tasers.

The discussion on Taser use in schools became a fire storm last year when a 15 year-old special education student at North became the first to be stunned.

That prompted groups like Hope Street Youth Development, an organization that promotes leadership among children, to ask for more studies to be done on Tasers and a board policy to regulate them. Board member Lynn Rogers voiced his opinion Monday night against a policy on Tasers saying that it wasn’t the school boards place to tell the officers what to do.

The information asked by Harding and Jefferson could be available as early as the Feb. 26 meeting. Included in those requests are the number of times that Tasers have been used in schools.

Oh and those constituents who called the board members? Students from Hope Street as part of a campaign to bring attention to the issue.

Contracts pending, another $20,000 for hired guns

As the Fraternal Order of Police and International Association of Firefighters Union continue to meet with the city about their overdue contracts, the city’s hired lawyers are asking for another $20,000. And the council appears poised to give it to them, based on the fact that no one contested the spending when the council reviewed this week’s agenda last Friday.

The city’s hired lawyers — McAnany, VanCleave and Phillips law firm and Frank Ojile — have already been given $75,000 to be the city’s contract “consultant” and oversee the who-gets-what between the city’s three biggest unions: the FOP, IAFF and SEIU, which represents maintenance and public works employees.