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Wichita District II
January 20, 2017
A Message from Council Member
Pete Meitzner...
Today is a historic day.   The inauguration of newly elected President Trump, and our nation's ability to have a peaceful transition of leadership is truly remarkable... and comforting.   The value of Wichitan's, including Mike Pompeo as the Director of CIA, and President Trump having a personal friend with local businessman, Phil Ruffin, are just a few examples of our Wichita value.

I want to congratulate soon-to-be former Congressman Mike Pompeo, on his appointment as the Director of the CIA.  Suzi and I are good friends with Mike and Susan Pompeo, long before he was in Congress, and I wish them well in their new roles for our country and the world.

I have fielded many questions about the replacement of Mike's
Congressional seat in the 4th District.  The steps to fill his seat are as follows:   After he officially resigns, (assuming right after he is officially confirmed), then Governor Brownback has five days to announce an election.  The election will be no sooner than 75 days and no longer than 90 days out from the announcement.  After the Governor announces the date of the general election, then a select group of chosen Republican and Democrat "Delegates" will call for a meeting and they will determine one candidate from their respective parties.  In other words, there is no Primary Election, and you, as a citizen and voter, do not have a vote on the final candidates.  However, you will get to vote in a general election for the Republican or Democrat candidate that was determined by the Delegates.  There is a provision for any independents to gather 3,000 signatures to also be included on the general election ballot. 

Recall that House of Representatives are elected every two years, as set up by the US Constitution.  So, the new Congressional member that is elected sometime in April or May will only serve less than 18 months, before another traditional election occurs (a Primary, followed by a General Election).

I am very excited how our new year has started off, and we seem to be making positive improvements for our City.   

Pete Meitzner
Wichita City Council
District II Council Member
Ph: 316.268.4331
DISTRICT NEWS & EVENTS
Wichita District II Community Breakfast

Join Wichita City Council Member Pete Meitzner for breakfast!

All are invited!

When: 8:30 a.m., Saturday, February 4

Where:  The Regent, 2050 N. Webb Rd.

Come enjoy a FREE breakfast and hear District updates from Councilman Pete Meitzner. Representatives from WPD and WFD will also give District II activity reports.
East Kellogg Improvements Update
   The Kellogg & Webb Project is nearing the end of the second phase of construction as the east side of Webb Road and the south frontage road, east of Webb, are essentially complete.  The next major work will be the north frontage road and the west side of Webb.
 
The second East Kellogg improvement project, between Greenwich and K-96, began in September and is administered by the KTA. The first phase of the project is utility relocation, with minimal impacts to traffic. In addition to utility work, crews will be paving on Kellogg for future traffic configurations.
 
Traffic impacts include:
  • Occasional lane changes and closures along Greenwich as utility relocation continues.
  • Access to and from the Kansas Turnpike at the Kellogg toll plaza is via eastbound Kellogg only. All left turns at Webb Road are prohibited, so drivers will need to use U-turn lanes 1/2 mile east of Webb on Kellogg and the U-turn lane at Rock Road. This is a result of the demolition of the KTA bridge over Kellogg near Webb Road.
  • Kellogg speed limit reduced to 40 mph between Cypress and 143rd Streets, and Webb Road speed limit reduced to 30 mph in the construction zone for the remainder of the project.
Click here to stay up-to-date on East Kellogg construction or via Twitter at @E54ict.
Executive AirShare website
Executive AirShare Moves to Jabara
Executive AirShare (EAS) completed construction and has begun operations in its new facilities at Colonel James Jabara Airport. EAS has moved into two hangars comprising 27,000 square feet of floor space, plus has an additional 7,000 square feet of adjoining office area for its Operations Center staff of 25. 

EAS is headquartered in Lenexa and is the nation's third largest fractional aircraft provider to customers who invest in partial ownership of aircraft. In addition, the Jabara facilities of EAS serve as an authorized service center for maintenance of Embraer business jet aircraft.
Neighborhood Cleanup Application
Start Planning Now for your
 Neighborhood Cleanup!

The City of Wichita neighborhood cleanup applications for 2017 were sent out to neighborhood associations and home owner associations. If we missed your association, please give us a call at 316-268-4197.  

Applications are due by January 31.

The cleanups start the 1st Saturday in April and conclude the last Saturday of November. There is much preparation involved when planning a neighborhood cleanup, so now is the time to get with your association to set a date, fill out and submit your application, and recruit volunteers.
 
The work is fun, rewarding, and a great way to get to know your neighbors! We all live in a great city, and it's everyone's responsibility to take care of it.

Click here  to view the application and instructions.
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COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
The Chung Report

Wichita moves into 2017 propelled by the momentum of those who took seriously the challenges - business cycle, human capital, The Chung Report website entrepreneurship, perception - laid out by James Chung in his paradigm-shifting research. It's important that we keep looking forward.

But, we also must stay connected to the foundations of our progress and remember the original diagnosis that set us in motion.

To start this new year, we encourage you to revisit the core challenges, remember what is at stake, contemplate how far we've come and resolve to stay the course towards a better future for all Wichitans.
 
Watch the video...

Visit TheChungReport.com
Wichita Restaurant Week website
January 20 - January 29, 2017

What is Wichita Restaurant week?
Get ready for another luscious Wichita Restaurant Week January 20-29, 2017. Enjoy 10 delicious days of exploring Wichita's amazing restaurants. As a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas, Wichita Restaurant Week and its participating restaurants will offer a mouthwatering pre-fixed menu at $15 and $30. When you order from the Restaurant Week menu, 10 percent will be donated to Wichita's Boys & Girls Club.

Cowtown Annual Meeting Info
When:  Monday, February 23, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Cowtown Visitor Center

Admission: Free

Meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Reception with Board members and staff at 6:30 p.m.
Remarks by Board members and staff at 7:00 p.m.

Learn about new programs, 2017 signature events and volunteer opportunities! Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.


Chisholm Trail Celebration
OLD HISTORY WILL BE MAKING NEW HISTORY IN 2017 
WITH THE SESQUICENTENNIAL OF 
THE CHISHOLM TRAIL

The year of 2017 will be a year-long celebration of the Chisholm Trail. The Wichita - Sedgwick County Historical Museum - 204 S. Main - Wichita KS will be celebrating  Kansas Day on Sunday January 29th - 2:00 - 3:00 pm - Kansas History in Song,  with a tip of the Hat to the Chisholm Trail - a live music program presented by a cavalcade of cowboy troubadours. 
 
Come and see many items from Wichita and the Chisholm Trail. Visit with Wichita historians and learn about how Wichita became a booming town in part because of the cattle drives and the Chisholm Trail.  Stay tuned for the upcoming cattle drive.
Senior Wednesdays info
SENIOR WEDNESDAYS 
IN WICHITA


Senior Wednesdays are always fun and there is something different to do; someone new to meet. There are also many senior activity centers in Wichita and the surrounding areas, so be informed. Be entertained.  Be active.
 
To see the upcoming events for January through March,  read more here...
Downtown Event Calendar
Life Happens Here!

From year-round to seasonal events, Downtown 
is the preferred location for Wichita to celebrate throughout the year. A variety of events cater to the diverse interests of Wichita residents and many visitors from Kansas and throughout the regional area.

VOLUNTEER  OR  DONATE
H2O Care Fund
The City of Wichita recognizes that there are many residents who are struggling during these difficult economic times, especially during the holidays.  

This voluntary program provides a simple way to directly help others. Even small donations can add up and provide a way for people to maintain their water service.  There are three ways to help, and you can find out how by filling out the City of Wichita H2O Care Fund Program Donation Form here. 
 HELP  WANTED

KANSEL Construction 
Training Program
KANSEL has a great training opportunity for men and women interested in a career in construction.  This 
FREE program prepares students for entry level construction work.  They are trained in power & hand tools, construction math, blueprint reading, and receive OSHA, physical fitness, and life management skills instruction. 
 
Students who complete the course have an opportunity to interview with local construction companies.  Applicants must be 18 or older, have a high school diploma or GED, be legally employable in the U.S. and attend all session of the 7 week course.

Interested students should plan to attend one of the above information sessions to apply for the program. 

Call 263-9620 for more information.  
JOBS are here in Wichita!
The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer a job board with local, Wichita area, jobs only! A free service for job seekers, it will save you the time of searching through dozens of jobs outside of the area. Create a free account here and you will be automatically signed up for all Wichita area updates and can customize the search further if you wish.
 
 
 Check out the latest job fairs and 
training courses.  Click here.
Helpful Information
How to report...

Don't be left in the  dark
If you notice streetlight outages within your neighborhood, fill out this simple form on Westar Energy's website.

 


Track the Snowplows

Are you ready for winter weather? The City of Wichita is! Crews have been preparing snow plows and training new drivers ahead of the storm. 

You can see where the City of Wichita snowplow/treatment trucks are on a Google map. The map can be zoomed and panned as usual to see what ever area you desire

 
Check out what's happening at the Library by clicking here!
  WInter 2017 Activities Guide
Winter 2017
Park & Recreation Activities Guide is now available!

Get registered for classes  by
 
  Sign up now for classes at CityArts by clicking here!
                
More Helpful Links
City Council Agendas, Minutes and streaming video link
  

Municipal Court Docket 
Stay up-to-date on City events, announcements and headlines by reading our daily News Releases
District II Activities
Comotara Branch Library
Inside Dillons Market, 2244 N. Rock

Rockwell Branch Library

5939 E. 9th

Eastview Park

Just South of Coleman Middle School

Boston Park

6655 E. Zimmerly St.

Cottonwood Park

Located just East of Boston Park

W.B. Harrison Park

Located East of S. Webb, just South of E. Bayley St.

District II Advisory Board and Neighborhood Associations
The District II Advisory Board meets the second Monday of the month at Fire Station #20 at 2255 S. Greenwich Rd. Wichita, KS 67207. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. For the 2017 meeting schedule,  click here. 

The District II Breakfast  occurs quarterly. The next breakfast is scheduled for February 4, 2017   at 8:30 a.m. at The Regent Senior Living Residence at 2050 N. Webb Rd. (In the  theater on the second floor).  
  
To find DAB II agendas and minutes click here. 
  
To see a listing of the meeting schedule for District II's neighborhood associations, click here
Become part  of the solution and tell us what's on your mind. Visit Activate Wichita today!
   
     Click here to find up-to-date 
     information regarding street
     maintenance in your area.
City of Wichita, Office of Community Services | 316-352-4886
lrainwater@wichita.gov | http://www.wichita.gov
City Manager's Office
455 N. Main, 13 Floor
Wichita, KS  67202
Have questions or concerns? E-mail pmeitzner@wichita.gov or call 316-268-4331