District IV Newsletter
from the
Office of Community Services
 

November 10, 2016

MESSAGE FROM JEFF BLUBAUGH...
Honoring Veterans Day - November 11th
The veterans of our country, from the very first militia back in 1607 to our current day armed forces that are scattered across the globe, must be honored in order to respect and understand the sacrifices made for the land we now know as the United States of America.  It can be a somber day of honoring all those who sacrificed their lives, and the families that suffered from the loss of loved ones.  And it is also a day of celebrating the freedom that America maintains for its citizens of all races and genders.  I ask that all residents and companies fly the American flag on the 11th to show support of our veterans and country, and find a way to tell someone in the armed forces "thank you" for serving and protecting these rights and freedoms.  We should never forget!
THE FOLLOWING CITY SERVICES WILL BE CLOSED IN HONOR OF
 VETERANS DAY,  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th
City Hall, Neighborhood Resource Centers, Wichita Public Library locations, Park & Recreation centers, Great Plains Nature Center, OJ Watson Park, Botanica Gardens, Old Cowtown Museum, Century II administrative offices, Transit administrative offices, Wichita Art Museum, CityArts, WATER Center, and Environmental Health offices. 
  • Wichita Transit bus service and Paratransit service will not operate on Friday. 
  • Mid-America All-Indian Center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. 
  • The Animal Shelter will be open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. 
  • Brooks C & D Landfill, Riverside Tennis Center and municipal golf courses are open regular hours on Friday.
FEATURED DISTRICT IV COMPANY
LTC
Producing Innovative Components
That Protect Lives and
 Keep Aircraft Flying
Founded in 1993, Leading Technology Composites, LTC, has become an industry leader by focusing intently on their customers and constantly improving their service to them.  They protect military and law enforcement professionals with the best body armor plates in the world, safeguard those who are transported in and out of harm's way - whether on the ground, in the air, or on the sea, and build parts and systems that help aircraft fly safely and comfortably.
In 1993 LTC began with 900 sq ft of space and only 3 employees.  They are now utilizing 208,000 sq ft of space and employ 420 in three facilities all in District IV, and recently acquired Senior Aerospace Composites.  In fact, their growth and success is so outstanding that the City Council recently voted to authorize a second 5-year tax exemption based on their exemplary growth and performance.
In addition, LTC is committed to giving back to the community and contribute to the Special Forces Wounded Warrior Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Clubs, Kansas Food Bank, and they initiated the Shocker 9/11 Scholarship to help post-9/11 veterans who bravely served our country.
We think that Leading Technology Composites is an exceptional company that is being led by passionate and compassionate men and women who truly care about their employees, customers, and this community. Thank you LTC!

Todd Lair, CEO and founder of LTC
Structural and Non-Structural Aerospace Components
LTC employees volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity Rock the Block

DISTRICT IV EVENTS & NEWS
Suits for Soldiers
Judy Handley
Meet Judy Handley - your District IV representative
 on the Wichita Animal Control Advisory Board
The Animal Control Advisory Board reviews existing animal control regulations and makes recommendations for changes; seeks constructive solutions to the concerns of community members regarding animal control regulations, and assists in providing education to the community. One of the purposes of this board is to enhance the ability of Animal Control officers to communicate with the community and determine operating policies, which further its mission of both public safety and the humane care of animals.
Judy will be the Chairperson for a new subcommittee, Trap Neuter Return (TNR), and she would like to know your thoughts on feral cats in our community.  She would also love to hear about any issues or ideas you might have regarding the Wichita Animal Control department and procedures.  You can e-mail Judy at jhandley.wacab@gmail.com with your comments.
And please thank Judy for her time and hard work that she has committed to this board!
WICHITA WESTSIDE PROMISE NEIGHBORHOODS COALITION
 FALL FESTIVAL WAS A ROUSING SUCCESS
Thanks to West High School for allowing the WWPN Coalition another opportunity to host the 2nd fall festival on October 29th!  Principal Joel Hudson and  West High School staff and students set up a haunted house, Trunk and Treat, and had a DJ on hand to keep things lively. Wichita's Park and Recreation department was on hand, as well as 16 other service providers with various booths and activities. To read more about the difference that WWPN can make, click  here!
These two bicycles were won by a drawing at the WWPN Fall Festival.

5 year olds and younger were able to pick out one free book.

West High School students gearing up to hand out treats to everyone who came to the WWPN Fall Festival.

A DUAL PURPOSE POND IN SOUTHWEST WICHITA

At the corner of W 45th St South, and South Clarence, you can visit this beautiful little pond that is maintained by the Stormwater Division of Wichita Public Works.  This is known as a retention pond (or holding pond) that takes in water from the west and east.  The water then drains to the south and eventually gets to a pumping station at 63rd Street South where it is pumped into the Floodway.  But the ducks and geese only know that's it a great place to stop for food and rest. As a bonus, the nearby residents get to see a wonderfully maintained parcel of land that serves a purpose for all of District IV and some interesting wildlife.
2017 WATER & SEWER RATE CHANGES
The City Council is considering a proposal to increase water and sewer rates next year.  The proposed water rate increase of 4% and sewer rate increase of 5% are lower than the 2016 increases, which were 5.6% and 5.1% respectively. The combined increase would be 4.4%, compared to 5.4% last year. This approach is in line with the City Council's priority to reduce rate increases when possible, phase them over many years, and more fairly balance between residential, commercial and industrial customers. This allows the City to invest in its water and sewer infrastructure in a way that is mindful of the impact to ratepayers.  Wichita continues to compare favorably to other municipal utilities.   Black & Veatch's 2016 Fifty Larges Cities Rate Survey ranked Wichita as the 10th lowest provider of mid-range residential water and sewer service.  Wichita's proposed 2017 rate increases are below the national averages of 5.9% for water and 5.8% for sewer, according to the survey.  The vote is scheduled for early December.  If approved, the new rates will become effective January 01, 2017.
So Where Does the Money Go?
Water and sewer revenue is money that comes straight from ratepayers to fund the system that provides clean drinking water and the system that collects and treats wastewater.  Planned infrastructure improvements over the next 10 years account for 74% of the increased revenue needs.  Some of these improvements are necessary for regulatory compliance, like projects that focus on treatment plant processes, as well as projects focused on replacing old water and sewer pipes. 
WEEKLY LIBRARY STORYTIMES ARE BACK
 AT THE  ALFORD BRANCH LIBRARY!
3447 S Meridian
(Now through December 9)
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
(3 years to 6 years) - 10:30 am - 11:00 am - Mondays
NURSERY RHYME TIME
(2 years and under) - 10:30 am - 10:50 am - Tuesdays

For the full schedule and all library locations, go to www.wichitalibrary.org
District IV Advisory Board and Neighborhood Associations
The District IV Advisory Board meets the  first Monday of the month at the Lional Alford Library,  3447 S. Meridian, Wichita KS 67217. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. For a listing of the 2016 meeting schedule,  click here   To find DAB IV agendas and minutes  click here 
To see a listing of the meeting schedule for District IV's neighborhood associations,  click here 
District IV and the City of Wichita are looking for board members!  To see what's available, click here  
DISTRICT IV FACEBOOK PAGE
Do you ever wonder what District IV is currently up to?  Click here to join the action, leave a request, or simply "like" our posts.
DISTRICT IV SAFETY REPORTS

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

WPD Recruitment
Bicycle easier and safer by knowing the rules.

Crime Stoppers
Anonymously report a crime tip.  You could get a cash reward and no one will ask your name.

Illegal dumping
Learn how to report nuisance cases and neighborhood issues by clicking on the photo above.


WPD car
Contact the Wichita Police Department here.
LOOK FOR THIS DECAL WHEN  HIRING  A
 COMPANY TO HAUL YOUR JUNK/BULKY WASTE
Don't become the victim of an illegal trash or junk hauler.  Unfortunately there have been several complaints about paying an individual to haul off large items or junk from houses and garages, and the items end up in a ditch, behind a company, or a country road.  If there is anything that identifies you, the owner of these items, you will receive a severe ticket and fine from a City or County inspector.  If you respond to an ad of someone that will haul your junk, make sure they are licensed to do so.  They will have this decal on their trailer or truck!  Don't let a mistake cost you double.
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
NOVEMBER 12th IS WICHITA'S NEXT "SECOND SATURDAY"

Support local merchants, and save money! Simply purchase a re-usable 2nd Saturday shopping bag or keycard for $5 and receive discounts at any of our participating merchants. Click HERE to see a list of participating merchants where you can save!
Share the Season
NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS
PROVIDING HELP AND HOPE TO THE WORKING POOR
During the holiday season, one of the best ways to help people in need is through the Share the Season program. A 16-year program, Share the Season is a joint effort of The Salvation Army, The Wichita Eagle, and the Wichita Community Foundation.  Here are a few facts about Share the Season (STS):
  • STS is a special program providing help and hope to the working poor during the holiday season
  • Families who do not qualify for other indigent programs apply for assistance and are screened carefully by the Salvation Army personnel to verify needs
  • Each family can receive one-time assistance for needs such as utilities, paying medical bills, etc.
  • Payments are made directly to vendors, such as the bank or utility company
  • Best way possible to get charitable donations directly to those in need
  • The Wichita Eagle donates ad space and runs daily stories on families in need
  • The Wichita Community Foundation handles all donations and issues receipts to all who contribute
  • STS works in the best possible way, reaching those in need and encouraging our community to be charitable
  • Program began in 2000, raising $72,069.59 and helping 100 families the first year
  • 3161 families have been helped with $2.9 million in donated funds since inception
Last year $218,000 was raised that benefited 145 Wichita families.  To apply, or to donate, click here
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Kids to Parks Day
CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO ENTER THE CONTEST!
KIDS TO PARKS DAY SCHOOL CONTEST
This year, National Park Trust is once again hosting the Kids to Parks     Day National School Contest! The purpose of the contest is to empower students to create and plan their own park experience. This national contest is open to all under-served schools across the country and in all U.S. Territories. Students can submit proposals for a Kids to Parks Day event at a park in their community. National Park Trust will award grants up to $1,000 to winning entries . Grants will be used by the winners to implement their Kids to Parks Day event during the month of May 2017.
Contest entries will be accepted beginning on Monday, November 7, 2016. Deadline for entries is on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 via our website.

ComicCon
AIR CAPITAL COMICCON
NOVEMBER 12 - 13
Century 2 Convention Center
This convention focuses on family-friendly comic books, culture, and all things geek that brings you comic book creators and the wonderful artistry of cosplay and gaming in all its forms.  So what are you waiting for?  Dress up as your favorite character and join the fun all for $5.00 for youth up to a $15 VIP Weekend Pass.  Click HERE for hours and tickets.
NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH
Wichita Park _ Rec
Senior Services
Senior Services at 200 S Walnut in Delano
SENIOR SERVICES IN DELANO

Senior Wednesdays are great, but...
Did you know that the building in Delano at 200 S Walnut has activities, exercise classes, a quilting club, pool tournaments, grand slam bridge, and so much more going on every week.

To see the ongoing activities that are too numerous to mention here, click on photo to the right.  You will be in for a treat!
COMING SOON SO SAVE THE DATE!
Illuminations 2016
You can simply click on this photo to find out about tickets and cost for this wonderful family event.
Paw Patrol Live
Century II Concert Hall - Morning & Evening times. Click on the photo above for tickets and more information.

Nutcracker Ballet
December 16, 17, and 18 - Century II Concert Hall
TRAVEL
 Wichita Dwight D Eisenhower National Airport has a magazine just for you travelers.   Check it out!
Southwest Airlines is offering rates as low as $59.00, one way.  For more information and destinations, click here!
DISTRICT IV STREET CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

  TO SEE  THE LATEST NEWS FROM KDOT ON WICHITA PROGRAMS, CLICK ON  WICHWAY
MERIDIAN STREET CONSTRUCTION UPDATE!
The east side of Meridian is now underway.  There is still water accumulating after a strong rain, but not as much and the main hindrance now is that the rain slows down the construction process. However, the construction is staying on course and we will all be glad when it's behind us.  Plus, kudos to Greg Baalman, City of Wichita, for keeping this project on course and looking forward to May 2017!
Traffic Impact:     Meridian is restricted to one lane in each direction between McCormick and Pawnee. Left turns are prohibited from Meridian onto Harry. Harry is one-way westbound, east of Meridian while intersection is reconstructed.  
PAWNEE BRIDGE CLOSED
Pawnee will close between Broadway and McLean Boulevard, beginning August 8, until spring 2017.  Thru traffic will detour to 31st Street South at Broadway and McLean Boulevard.  Local traffic on Pawnee will be allowed west of Broadway for access to residential streets.
JOB & VOLUNTEER 
OPPORTUNITIES
TO CHECK OUT THE LATEST JOB FAIRS AND TRAINING COURSES, CLICK HERE.

kANSASWORKS
KANSASWORKS helps with job seekers, employers, training/education, and resources.
MORE COMMUNITY INFORMATION
Family Promise
Family Promise of Greater Wichita addresses the needs of homeless families
Being without a safe, warm place to sleep, eat, and care for children; living without the security of familiar people and belongings-that is homelessness. The loss of one's home, the most basic element of stability, is a profound crisis for anyone, but especially for families. Parents endure the heartache of being unable to provide a secure environment for their children. And children, who now make up 25 percent of our nation's homeless population, are deprived of a fundamental requirement for healthy development-a safe, permanent home.
What Can We Do to Help?
People of faith want to respond to the needs of their homeless "neighbors," but this can be an overwhelming task for one congregation. What do we do? How do we become part of the solution? Family Promise of Greater Wichita is part of a national program that responds to the growing need to provide shelter, meals and comprehensive support services to families without homes. The program unites the congregations from area churches to assist the homeless families.
For more information, contact Carrie Corliss at 316-204-9997, or e-mail:  carrie.corliss@familypromisewichita.org
Home Improvement program has funding
 available  for income qualified homeowners
 
The Housing and Community Services Department's Home Improvement Program now has funding available for interest-free, forgivable deferred payment loans of up to $5,000 for income-qualified (60% of median) owner-occupant homeowners.  Loans are provided for emergency needs, such as furnaces, water heaters, sewer lines, water lines, electrical system repairs and plumbing repairs.  Loans are also provided for minor home repair needs for senior citizens, age 62 and older.  Property taxes must be current.  Call 462-3713 for more information or to apply.  Read More
Keep your trees healthy and beautiful!
Feed your trees in the fall!
Homeowners may not realize the full importance of maintaining their trees by performing regularly scheduled tasks throughout the year to keep their trees healthy. In the Wichita area, fertilizing your trees in the fall is very important to maintaining the proper health of trees. After fall fertilization, the trees are ready for the spring growing season and will be much healthier looking.  Many homeowners are unaware that while trees in a forest are fertilized naturally, trees planted outside of forests require help in the form of fertilizing.  In the forest, trees obtain nutrients through the cycle of leaves and fallen branches that decompose and provide nourishment to the surrounding trees.  When trees are planted in yards, however, they do not receive nutrients that way since most people do not allow leaves and other organic debris to decompose in their yards. Additionally, trees planted in yards are in competition for nutrients with lawns, shrubs, flowers and any other plants that may be nearby. 
To know which fertilizer is best for your tree(s), visit your local nursery or garden center for expert advice.  Our trees provide us with oxygen, so let's treat them with the kindness they deserve
STAY FIT TIPS
(Contributed by Bike Walk Wichita)

Bike Walk Wichita

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LOWERS

CANCER RISK

When asked about how our lifestyles affect our risk of cancer, most are aware that smoking can cause lung cancer, and that sun exposure can lead to skin cancer.  However, physical activity is known to lower the risk of some cancers, specifically breast cancer and colon cancer.  A new study published in 2016 also saw an association of physical activity with lower risks of 13 other varieties of cancer. This is an interesting finding which further suggests that being active is good for your health in all kinds of ways!  Choose your favorite activity, and try to spend at least 30 minutes, five days/week, doing it.  Remember that walking at a moderate pace counts! Wichita has many parks, biking and walking paths.  Take advantage of them!

FUN FACTS ...
November 11
Veterans Day - CITY HALL CLOSED  
November 12
National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
November 13
In 1982 the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
November 14
Full "Super" Moon - the closest such moon to Earth since January 1948
November 15
National Philanthropy Day
November 16
National Fast Food Day 
November 17
November 18
Mickey Mouse Birthday (m-i-c-k-e-y...m-o-u-s-e!  Everybody sing!)
November 19
National Adoption Day
November 20
National Absurdity Day
November 21
National Stuffing Day (wait, I thought that was on Thanksgiving)
November 22
National Cranberry Relish Da y
November 23
Tie One on Day - (Celebrating the apron - the day before Thanksgiving)
November 24
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY  (Don't forget to take a walk after dinner)
November 25
Black Friday - CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED!
DISTRICT IV PLACES
 OF INTEREST
MORE
 HELPFUL LINKS
3447 S. Meridian

433 S. 135th St. West

1931 S. Tyler

2625 S Tyler

City Council Agendas, Minutes and streaming video  link
  


  

Click  here to find up-to-date information 
regarding street maintenance and street sweepers in your area.
Stay up-to-date on City events, announcements and headlines by reading our daily News Releases

Online Reporting for

Animal Control Problems

Wichita Animal Control has launched an online form to report non-emergency animal control problems as part of an ongoing effort to improve services. The form can be accessed here.

 
  
Sign up now for classes at CityArts by clicking here!
 
 F ind out about Park and Recreation FALL Classes by clicking here!
City of Wichita, Office of Community Services | 316-268-4197 |
City Hall, 455 N Main St.
Wichita, KS 67202
Have questions or concerns? E-mail Jblubaugh@wichita.gov or call 316-268-4331