Monthly Archives: October 2008

Workers must get time to vote, AG says

TOPEKA – Workers may take two hours out of their day to vote on Election Day, Attorney General Steve Six reminded employers on Thursday.

The business can specify the time, but cannot make the worker vote over their lunch hour, his release said.

“It is important that employers make sure their employees have the opportunity to participate in the democratic process,” Six said.

Below is the full law: Read More »

Boathouse = Kansas Sports Hall of Fame?

Would the Boathouse be a great place for the struggling Kansas Sports Hall of Fame? Bill Koch thinks so, and neither one would be possible right now without him. (Koch, a billionaire, donated the Boathouse to the city in 1994 and recently donated $100,000 to the Hall of Fame, which was about to be evicted by the city after coming up short on rent payments.) Read More »

George Kolb up for water utility job in San Antonio

Former Wichita City Manager George Kolb is one of five finalists vying for the job as president of the San Antonio Water System, the San Antonio Express-News reports today. He and the other candidates are interviewing today, and it’s expected the field will narrow once more before a panel conducts more detailed interviews, according to the article. Read More »

Bring your beer with while bar hopping?

So you’re at a bar and all your friends want to take off to the next establishment — but your beer is still half full. As it stands now, you’ll have to pound it or leave it behind. But there’s some hope for pedestrian drinkers. One of the legislative issues Wichita City Council members will discuss Tuesday is a move that would urge the state to pass a law allowing “entertainment overlay districts” where you could take your drink out of the bar and down the street. Read More »

Scott Moore interviews in Corpus Christi

(Here’s another piece about Moore from the Caller-Times. (Added on Oct. 28.))

Wichita’s interim city manager, Scott Moore, is being driven around Corpus Christi, Texas today as council members there evaluate their five finalists for their vacant city manager position, the Caller-Times reports.

Meanwhile, Wichita’s city manager search committee plans to narrow the field of 10 candidates down and make recommendations to city council members when they meet Wednesday. We should get a list of the finalists’ names soon after that meeting. Stay tuned.

Kansas House Democrats get a new website

Kansas House Democrats unveiled a new website for their caucus on Wednesday.

“Communicating with constituents is one of the most important jobs of state legislators,” said House Minority Leader Rep. Dennis McKinney, D-Greensburg. “We want people to know who House Democrats are and what we are doing to meet the challenges Kansas families face.”

The site, www.kshousedems.com, includes links to member profile pages, issue positions, a media center and upcoming events. It also allows visitors to sign up for email updates and lists ways visitors can get involved in politics such as internships or testifying before a committee.

The House Republicans have a similar website, www.kansashouse.org.

Major council business awaiting Brewer when he returns from China

The Intrust Bank Arena tax increment finance district is back on the agenda, but not for the regular Tuesday meeting. It will wait until a special 1 p.m. meeting Thursday when Mayor Carl Brewer and Vice Mayor Sue Schlapp return from a taxpayer-funded trip to China with other Kansas officials. Read More »

Council to vote on arts funding, better parks and West Street

Fixing the police chopper, spreading cash to arts groups, paving park roads and smoothing West Street. It’s all on next Tuesday’s City Council agenda. Here’s a breakdown of the major items. (If you want more details, download the entire 558-page packet.) Read More »

Wichita’s interim city manager may be Texas-bound

Wichita’s interim city manager, Scott Moore, is one of five finalist vying for the city manager post in Corpus Christi, Texas, according to a story in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times today.

Moore told Wichitopekington that he’s excited about the Corpus Christi job. But he said he has been on short lists elsewhere — a product of being in touch with head hunting firms that often conduct candidate searches for mid-sized and large cities.

For more, check out The Eagle’s story.

Big Ditch bridge back up for debate

It’s time, once again, to talk about a new bridge over the Big Ditch in northwest Wichita. Folks in that part of town are well-acquainted with the issue, which basically involves the question of where should it go — 13th Street? 21st Street? 25th Street?. But those northwest residents have also seen plans for the bridge live, die and come back to life again. Well, it’s back (officially) again on Wednesday night (Oct.8), when city officials plan to show off some options, chat with those who show up and collect input.

The Eagle requested some more details from the city Monday, but got no response. Already, the city has studied and re-studied ways to bridge the ditch. The latest of those studies was only recently completed, leading to the unveiling of options Wednesday night.

The public meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Sedgwick County Extension Office, 7001 West 21st St. North.