Daily Archives: Oct. 21, 2009

What might a change in management mean for WaterWalk?

WaterWalk conceptual rendering

WaterWalk conceptual rendering

The big news circulating in City Hall today is the change in management at the WaterWalk. The slow-moving project with more than $36 million of you tax dollars invested is now under day-to-day control of Jack DeBoer’s Consolidated Holdings Inc.

The change is intended to speed up development. Whether that will turn the letters of intent project managers continually say they have in hand into reality is a big question. Sorry, no answers or predictions here. It’s too early to tell. Read More »

CJCC gets two new members from Sedgwick County commission



In what might have been the ultimate agreement to disagree, Sedgwick County commissioners appointed two new members from their board to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

But the appointment of commissioners Karl Peterjohn and Gwen Welshimer came after some disagreement about whether board members should serve on the council at the pleasure of the commission chairman.

Chairman Kelly Parks last week said he was using his authority as chairman to remove himself and Dave Unruh from the council, which is looking into ways to ease overcrowding at the jail. Unruh has served on the council since it was formed in 2004. Read More »

Wichita, Cowley County, Harper, others honored for water-quality efforts


Wichita’s water department is among 10 being honored by the state for trying to exceed minimum requirements for water quality.

Other area water agencies honored include Cowley County Rural Water District No. 1 and the city of Harper.

The honors are part of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s third annual Capacity Development Awards . Read More »

County OK’s temporary site for mass H1N1 vaccinations

syringeSedgwick County will lease space at the Wichita Mall on Harry Street for a mass H1N1 vaccination site.

Health director Claudia Blackburn said the health department doesn’t have room to accommodate a mass-scale vaccination. Commissioners approved leasing 7,211 square feet for at least four months. The cost will be $4,800 a month, including utilities but not janitorial services, which would cost an additional $360 a month.

The money for the vaccination site will come from a grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.