That’s one busy City Council…

City CouncilWhile several Wichita City Council members were away in Washington D.C. requesting federal money for road, drainage and water projects (not to mention decrying the tanker contract), city officials were busy building a heavy agenda for their March 18 meeting. (Download the agenda here.)

The 482-page reader includes:

  • $320,000 more for snow and ice removal, prompted by a snowy, icy winter
  • Bigger budgets to build three new fire stations due to rising construction costs
  • Mostly minor changes to the city’s building, mechanical and inspection codes
  • Organization of the National baseball Congress, Inc., which the city now owns
  • A lease agreement at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium for the National Baseball Congress
  • A public hearing for anyone to raise concerns about an 8-block tax increment financing district (C.O.R.E. Redevelopment District) generally bounded by Central, Murdock, Santa Fe and Topeka streets (At least two people have already signed up to address this proposal.)
  • A request for proposals to develop a master plan for the New Communities Initiative, a complex and controversial concept aimed at improving a large swath of central and northeast Wichita that include some of the city’s highest crime rates and most visible blight
  • New rules to govern City Council members’ conduct and procedures, which includes new ways for members to censure each other, rules discouraging leaks after private council discussions and a new procedure for filling vacancies on the council
  • The final appointments to a committee that will screen applications to fill the city manager position vacated by George Kolb