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For Immediate Release
October 7, 2020
Kate Flavin


This Week in Sedgwick County - October 7

Board of County Commissioners

  • Commissioners adopted a proclamation declaring October as National Arts and Humanities Month.
  • A proclamation declaring October as Walktober was adopted.
  • Board appointments: Zach Daher to District 3 Citizens Advisory Board; Maria Gonzalez, Robert Simon, and Debbie Gruver to District 4 Citizens Advisory Board.
  • Commissioners approved a Resolution authorizing the sale of General Obligation bonds.
    • A bond sale is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20.
    • The sale will fund bridge projects, street improvements for the Campus complex improvements, and refund $1.66 million 2010 Build America Bonds.
  • A Charter Resolution exempting Sedgwick County from certain funding requirements based on the County’s status as an urban area was approved.
    • The Resolution removes the requirement for Sedgwick County to issue General Obligation bonds for County facilities only within a three-block radius which is essentially the courthouse complex.
    • A 60-day protest period would be take place before the Resolution takes effect in December.
  • There was a discussion of the CARES Act.
    • Commissioners approved funding 58 public health and social service agencies totaling $7.2 million. There are seven pending applications.
    • The portal for non-profits to apply for funding will be reopened and available for other, health or social services organizations.
    • Nearly 1,000 applications have been received for a safe operating grant.
    • Commissioners voted to open the safe operating grant portal to other non-profits, not related to social services or public health.
    • Portal for PPE Kit reservations remains open and is open to non-profit organizations. Distribution will begin Monday at various locations.
    • Non-profits are also able to request PPE kits through Sedgwick County.
    • Commissioners approved funding agreements with WSU Tech, Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, and Friends University for training opportunities for laid-off workers.
    • So far, Sedgwick County has spent more than $21 million in CARES funds.
      • $13.2 million has been used to support County needs: hero pay, temp positions, testing, court technology, temporary positions, and PPE.  
      • More than $8 million was provided to K-12 schools and cities which is half of the total allocations to cities and all the funding allocated to schools.
      • $241,000 through CARES HAVA funds has been used for additional ballot boxes, voting site PPE, and cleaning and operating supplies for the Election Office.
    • An additional $1.5 million will be divided between school districts that originally applied for CARES funding on a per-pupil basis.
    • Commissioners received an update on research related to business interruption grants.  
  • Off-agenda item related to a grant for the Election Office. Commissioners voted to accept the grant.
    • Grant funds may be used for express vote machines, ballot on demand printers, increased salaries, security cameras for ballot drop boxes, materials in languages other than English, and promoting early voting.



Upcoming Events

  • There is a back-to-school vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 10 at the Health Department’s main clinic, 2716 W. Central. No appointment necessary.
  • County offices will be closed Monday, October 12 in observance of Columbus Day.
    • Emergency services are available by dialing or texting 9-1-1.
    • Schedule a no cost COVID-19 test with the Sedgwick County Health Department by dialing United Way of the Plains at 2-1-1.
    • The Health Department’s drive-through site will be operational on Monday.




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