Vol. 1, Issue 1                                                                                  February 2017
Call to Serve
Are you interested in Sedgwick County and community engagement?  During my campaign, I decided to create a citizens advisory board (CAB) once I became elected.  I am looking for seven to ten citizens who reside in District 3 to serve on a newly created advisory board. My goal for the board is to meet monthly, in the evenings, and discuss County business. I want to hear from you!  Some training will be required to serve on the board. The CAB will also develop the bylaws, and elect a chair and vice chair. 

The main function of the board is to provide input on a variety of topics such as planning and zoning in District 3, local traffic concerns, upcoming County projects, and services.

If you are interested in taking part in this great opportunity, please let me know.   

Oath of Office Ceremony Kicks Off New Year

Sunday afternoon, January 8, Commissioner Michael O’Donnell, II (District 2) and Commissioner David Dennis (District 3) were sworn in to serve as commissioners during the Oath of Office Ceremony.  Sedgwick County Clerk Kelly Arnold, Treasurer Linda Kizzire, Register of Deeds Tonya Buckingham, and Sheriff Jeff Easter were also sworn in during this ceremony.  

Commission Selects New Chairman

Wednesday, January 11, the Board of County Commissioners selected Commissioner Dave Unruh (District 1) to represent the Board as Chairman and Commissioner Michael O’Donnell, II (District 2) to serve as Chair Pro Tem. They will serve in these capacities for one year. 

Chisholm Trail Celebrates 150 Years
Commissioners recognized a proclamation earlier this year honoring the Chisolm Trail and its contribution to the development of the Sedgwick County region, the State, and the American West. Volunteers who received the proclamation shared their passion for the trail and wore period appropriate attire during the meeting.  For more information about celebrations and history of the Chisolm Trail, click here
Commissioners Recognize School Choice Week 
National School Choice Week celebrates the diversity in school choices available to parents. Sedgwick County has a number of public, magnet, charter, and nonpublic schools that offer exceptional educational opportunities for parents and students.  School Choice Week was January 22 to 28, 2017.  The Board of County Commissioners recognized this through a proclamation on January 18. Pastor Wade Moore, Jr. of Wichita Urban Preparatory Academy accepted the proclamation. 
American Heart Month
February is American Heart Month; be sure to follow Sedgwick County on Facebook and Twitter for heart healthy tips throughout the month. EMS is sporting red lapel pins to celebrate.  Employees celebrated National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 3. 
Construction Continues on Kellogg
The interchange project at Kellogg and I-235 is moving towards its proposed completion in summer 2019. The southbound I-235 ramp to westbound US-54 is still closed as two bridges are under construction over the Wichita – Valley Center Floodway. That ramp is expected to open in late summer 2017. More details on the Red Project (phase one) can be found here.   
Offices Closed for Presidents' Day
Sedgwick County offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, in observance of Presidents’ Day.  Emergency services will be available by dialing 9-1-1.
Contact Commissioner David Dennis:
316-660-9300
david.dennis@sedgwick.gov
525 N. Main, Ste 320, Wichita, KS 67203

Contact Public Information Officer:
Kate Flavin, 316-660-9370
525 N. Main, Ste 343, Wichita, KS 67203

Contact Corporate Communications Manager:
Keturah Austin, 316-660-9370
525 N. Main, Ste 343, Wichita, KS 67203