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For Immediate Release
December 2, 2020
CONTACT
Kate Flavin

316-660-9370

This Week in Sedgwick County - December 2

Board of County Commissioners

  • Commissioners approved the 2020 National Electrical Code with local amendments.
    • These requirements are part of the National Fire Code and other code standards.
    • It will take effect and be enforced on January 1, 2021.
    • New homes and homes that upgrade electrical service will be required to have an emergency disconnect on the exterior of homes. This is for the safety of emergency responders and anyone responding to an emergency at the home.
  • Dalton Glasscock was sworn in to serve as the District 2 County Commissioner. His term began today and will conclude on January 10, 2021.
  • Commissioners received a report of CARES funding.  
    • The total allocation for public health and social service grants is $19.3 million.
    • Staff learned the YMCA would not be able to spend the entire award they originally received but will instead use the funds to expand existing day care programs.
    • Commissioners voted to clarify that robotics equipment used to do high volume COVID-19 testing at the new WSU Molecular Diagnostic Lab is eligible for a CARES reimbursement.
    •  The following items were approved:
      • $1.38 million for the WSU molecular diagnostic lab
      • $636,848 to remodel the first floor of the county courthouse
      • $51,315 for EMS handheld monitoring kits
      • $350,000 for 10,000 units of an antigen test
      • Up to $2 million for K-12 school remote learning support 
    •  Sedgwick County has spent $52.7 million for the response and recovery from COVID-19. Funds are used for personnel, PPE, and other safety measures.
  • The 2021 Legislative Agenda was approved. It focuses efforts on behavioral health and public safety.  
  • Following an executive session, commissioners voted to approve an agreement to purchase the building located at 2622 W. Central (former Riverside Hospital) for $4.1 million.
    •  The County has paid $25,000 in earnest money and will proceed with a 90-day due diligence period.
    • The space is planned to house various County departments.

 

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View the meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1fHcKgcv4E

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