Daily Archives: June 22, 2010

Dire city budget includes outsourcing, layoffs and (maybe) franchised trash

gold coinsCity Hall is eying multi-million dollar budget deficits and planning to outsource more city services, streamline management, eliminate 65 positions and put even top city officials on furlough.

But City Manager Robert Layton won’t propose any property tax rate hikes, and he’s increasing funding for the police and fire departments.

Some fees will likely increase, but Layton said he’s trying to isolate fee changes to areas that impact only a portion of the city’s population.

Layton also plans to share documents on trash franchising with local haulers within about a month. Then he plans to get an agreement with them and ask city council members to explore franchising. It’s unclear how that would impact trash collection rates, but in many other communities it has cut costs.

Asked about process of getting agreement on the politically-hot topic, Layton said: “It’s been tough.” Read More »

Recommendation to Sedgwick County: Keep Coliseum pavilions open through 2016

Alan Strain, of Calrksridge, Arkansas, leaves one of the pavillions at the Kansas Coliseum after being weighed for the competition in 2002.

A tractor leaves one of the pavillions at the Kansas Coliseum after being weighed for the competition in 2002.

An independent analysis of the Kansas Coliseum complex recommends that Sedgwick County keep the complex’s pavilions open through at least 2016.

The county has committed to keep them open through next year.

The study, by the general manager of the nearby Hartman Arena, also suggests rebranding the pavilions as the “Kansas Pavilions” to address confusion about the complex. The county has mothballed the complex’s Britt Brown Arena, which many people refer to as the Kansas Coliseum. The Coliseum includes the arena and the pavilions.

A team of county officials has recommended that commissioners make a decision next week about whether to keep the pavilions open, fund some immediate repairs to three parking lots and construct a shower building.

The county also must decide the future of Wiedemann RV park and a nature habitat on the site for spotted skunks.