Daily Archives: Dec. 14, 2010

Commissioner Welshimer to stay a week longer

Sedgwick County Commissioner Gwen Welshimer is postponing her last meeting by a week.

Welshimer, a Democrat who did not win enough votes to keep her District 5 seat on the commission, planned for this week’s meeting to be her last as she prepares to move to California.

But medical issues might keep another commissioner, Kelly Parks, from attending the Dec. 22 meeting, officials said at a meeting with county staff today. So Welshimer has agreed to stay through Dec. 23.

A reception for Welshimer is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday in the basement of the courthouse, 525 N. Main.

Wichita council delays decision on intersection fundraising

The Wichita City Council voted unanimously today to defer until Feb. 15 a decision on an ordinance that would ban fundraising solicitations at intersections.

The council also agreed to set up a study committee made up of two council members and representation from the police department and a few nonprofits that have applied for a solicitation permit. A vote will be taken at next Tuesday’s council meeting on whether there will be a moratorium on the solicitation until a final decision is reached in February.

The local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association told the council that it raised $50,000 during Labor Day weekend this year with firefighters taking to the streets for the “Fill the Boot” fundraiser. Angela Kessler, executive director of the Ark Valley MDA chapter, told the council that their fundraising would be reduced 70 to 90 percent if the firefighters weren’t allowed to use the intersections for collections.

Police had requested a complete ban of solicitation, citing public safety issues with increasingly busier intersections.

Intrust Bank Arena to celebrate anniversary with free event

Free ice skating and local music will highlight a community event Jan. 16 to celebrate the first anniversary of Intrust Bank Arena.

SMG, which manages the arena, will offer public ice skating on the arena’s ice rink and complimentary skates rental. Select concessions will be featured for $1.

The Wichita Thunder mascot, Thunder Dog, will greet fans, and complimentary face painting will be available for guests.

Several performers also will provide live music.

The event will be 2 p.m.to 6 p.m. Jan. 16.

Read more in Wednesday’s Eagle.