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For Immediate Release
August 12, 2020
CONTACT
Kate Flavin

316-660-9370

This Week in Sedgwick County

Board of County Commissioners

  • There was a discussion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
    • Commissioners approved a request for $72,000 to fund HVAC assessments in 12 County buildings including the main courthouse, historic courthouse, Ronald Reagan Building, Juvenile Detention Facility, and the Adult Detention Facility (jail).
    • CARES spending totals $6.6 million since early March. Increases from the last report to the Commission two weeks ago include:
      • $63,000 for temp positions
      • $31,000 for Families First Coronavirus Response Act
      • $40,000 for cleaning services
      • $41,000 for custodial supplies
      • $18,000 for technology for new and remote staff
      • $26,000 for chairs and desks for new Health Department staff
      • $13,000 for cleaning services
    • Sedgwick County has funded a PSA campaign related to healthy behaviors on various platforms such as radio, TV, social media, and static and digital billboards. These campaigns are running concurrently through November.
    • Chief Human Resource Officer Sheena Schmutz provided a staffing report for various positions throughout Sedgwick County. 181 COVID positions have been approved by the BOCC since July 31, 2020.
      • 170 Health Department positions.
      • Two Human Resource positions.
      • Two Finance positions.
      • Seven Emergency Management positions.
  • A CARES Economic Recovery Plan totaling $9.3 million was approved, which is using the State’s allocation of CARES funding to Sedgwick County.
    • The external review committee made one recommendation contingent approval from Arrowhead West for PPE and cleaning supplies contingent on receiving receipts for facilities only in Sedgwick County. Commissioners approved the recommendation.
  • Commissioners adopted the 2021 Sedgwick County Budget and the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
    • The operating budget totals $438,259,900.
    • The 2021CIP totals $24 million.
  • Commissioners approved a request for a zone change from rural residential to single-family residential to allow for residential lots smaller than two acres in District 5.
  • An agreement with Evergy for renewable energy was approved.
  • The quarterly financial report showed that Sedgwick County is in sound financial condition.
    • Local unemployment has increased.
    • There is consistent growth in sales and use tax.
    • Staff continue to forecast immediate and long-term declines in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governing Body of Fire District 1

  • Commissioners adopted the 2021 Sedgwick County Fire District 1 budget.
    • The operating budget totals $19,368,910.

Upcoming Events

  • A vote canvass will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, August 12 in the Election Office, 501 N. Main.
  • There will be a special Board of County Commissioners meeting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 13 to discuss COVID-19 testing options. The meeting will be livestreamed on the County’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

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View the meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiwatwnCyJo

For questions, contact Public Information Officer Kate Flavin at (316) 660-9370.