This Week in Sedgwick County
Board of County Commissioners
- Commissioners appointed Acting County Engineer Jim Weber as County Engineer/ Public Works Director effective immediately.
- Weber has been the Acting County Engineer since June 24, 2020 and had been Deputy Director of Public Works since January 2000.
- Before County Manager Tom Stolz presented the 2021 Recommended Budget, he shared that the Budget Office received its 37th consecutive Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.
- The 2021 Recommended Budget totals $457.6 million.
- County operations continue to be in pandemic response mode.
- The Budget reflects costs associated with doing business, the response to COVID-19, and does not reduce any County services.
- Commissioners authorized the publication of the maximum property tax levy to fund the 2021 Sedgwick County Budget and established public budget hearings on July 22 and August 10.
- A Diversity and Inclusion Officer was added to the organization.
- This position will review policies and procedures to be accountable to diversity, equity, and inclusion within Sedgwick County among other tasks.
- A policy detailing the repair of township roads was discussed. Commissioner Howell will send a letter to township officials related to the policy.
- Commissioners received an update from WSU Tech.
- The school was named a fastest growing college by the Chronicle of Higher Education and is top in the nation for N3 certifications.
- In 2020, there were 8,043 students enrolled in more than 100 degree and certificate options.
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WSU Tech instituted a First 15 scholarship for the first 15 general credit hours for any 2020 high school graduate.
- There was a discussion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
- A funding application for businesses and organizations will be available online on July 20. The application will be reviewed during the BOCC staff meeting on July 21.
- An additional $91,000 was spent for PPE, $54,000 in costs for personnel, $35,000 for the Regional Forensic Science Center, $20,000 for custodial supplies, and $18,000 for technology.
- Currently, the County has more than $96 million CARES funding remaining.
- Commissioner David Dennis was named proxy for an upcoming conference.
- Board appointments: Marc Miller, Minneha Township Board Trustee.
Governing Body of Fire District 1
- Commissioners authorized the publication of the maximum property tax levy to fund the 2021 Sedgwick County Fire District 1 Budget and established public budget hearings on July 22 and August 10.
View the meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k26kW6CGHrU
For questions, contact Public Information Officer Kate Flavin at (316) 660-9370.