Vol. 1, Issue 11                                        December 2017
It is hard to believe that this year is drawing to a close and that I am completing my first year as your County Commissioner. Sedgwick County offers many services to the community, from our court system to COMCARE; from the Sheriff’s office, to fire and EMS; from the Clerk, Treasurer, Register of Deeds, District Attorney and election office to Corrections, Emergency Management, Planning, Aging, Health, Forensic Science, Public Works, and SCDDO to name some of the agencies that serve our community. During the past year, I have had the opportunity to tour every department within Sedgwick County and meet with many of the men and women who serve our citizens. The dedication and professionalism of our employees is exemplary. I am very proud of each of them and their call to service for our community. They deserve our sincere thanks.

I am also pleased that I have been able to establish a Citizen’s Advisory Board for District 3. We do have an opening on the board. If you are interested in learning more about Sedgwick County and advising me on issues that are coming to the Board of County Commissioners, please let me know. We meet the first Monday (unless there is a holiday such as New Year’s Day—then we meet the second Monday) of each month in Goddard at 7:00 p.m.  

On behalf of all our commissioners and the other elected members of our County Team, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

David Dennis
County invests in Spirit AeroSystems expansion
Leaders from the State of Kansas, Sedgwick County, and the City of Wichita stood with Spirit AeroSystems’ President and CEO Tom Gentile as he announced plans at a press conference to significantly grow the company in Wichita. This project includes 1,000 new jobs and $1 billion in capital investment and expansion over the next five years.

The Wichita City Council and Sedgwick County Commission approved an investment of up to $14.5 million for joint ownership in a building and other required infrastructure needs.

Sedgwick County Chairman Dave Unruh said, “What a great announcement from a great company. We are so fortunate Spirit AeroSystems is a leader in this industry and in our community. Their commitment to grow here is a big win for the region and the state, and we are so pleased to be able to partner with them. It also shows that further developing our technical training capabilities, such as through our commitment to the National Center for Aviation Research more than a decade ago, was the right investment, and to reach these employment numbers, we must continue these important educational programs.”

The community is fortunate that Spirit AeroSystems’ leaders recognized the importance of the aviation ecosystem in Wichita, especially partnership with the National Center for Aviation Training at the WSU Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology and the National Institute for Aviation Research, both affiliated with Wichita State University.
 
Stay safe over the holidays with these tips from Sedgwick County Fire District 1
Members of Sedgwick County Fire District 1 want to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. There were 19 house fires reported last December in Sedgwick County – most were caused by careless disposal of fire place ashes. Click on the photo for a brief video by SCFD1 for holiday safety tips.  
EMS supports U.S. Olympic team
Sedgwick County EMS participated in a flag raising ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 28. This was to support the U.S. Olympic bobsled and skeleton teams who will compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. First responders across the U.S. are participating in this flag relay to show teamwork and resilience. The flag is flown for one day at each location and will make its way across the country before going to South Korea for the games. 
Holiday treats at the Zoo
Animals at the Sedgwick County Zoo recently received special holiday treats. Mitch (black bear), Dora (deer), Lincoln (elk), Mallory (grizzly bear), and Jalapeno (pronghorn) especially enjoyed them.

Zoose, the resident Elf on the Shelf, was spotted getting kisses from Tao (orangutan) and hiding in C.C.’s stocking in the Downing Gorilla Forest. Thanks to the Sedgwick County Zoo for sharing these photos.
Tree recycling program offered by Environmental Resources
Once you are finished enjoying your live Christmas tree, convert it to mulch! From Friday, December 22 to Tuesday, January 23 numerous locations are offering you the opportunity to safely dispose of your Christmas tree. Remember to remove decorations and lights before dropping it off at one of the locations. Take advantage of the free mulch for your landscaping too.  
Crews continue to work on the Kellogg/ I-235 interchange rebuild. This first phase is scheduled to be completed in 2019.
Update on Kellogg/ 235 interchange
Project updates can be found at www.235red.org and include:

  • In early January, weather permitting, steel bridge beams for the north bound I-235 ramp bridge to west bound Kellogg will be placed over traffic lanes. Detours will be used since Kellogg under I-235 and I-235 over Kellogg will be closed.
Projects in District 3
Bridge Construction on MacArthur between 327th W and 343rd W (B467)
  • Road closed October 16, 2017.
  • Expected to reopen Spring 2018.
We're moving!
Several Sedgwick County offices are relocating to the Ronald Reagan building at 271 W. 3rd. Follow Sedgwick County on social media for details about the relocations and a future open house. 
  • The Appraiser’s Office can be found on the 5 floor. 
  • The Division on Aging reopened to the public on Dec. 12 on the 5 floor. 
  • COMCARE administration and records moved to the 6 floor. 
  • Geographic Information Services (GIS) will move to the facility in January. 
County employees give back to community
This holiday season employees across the organization gave back to the community by supporting nonprofit organizations. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Benefit Fund filled boxes of perishable items for residents in need of assistance. They delivered food items to 600 families in two days. 

The Register of Deeds office volunteered with Salvation Army’s gift distribution on December 15. Staff guided families to each station and made sure each child left with two gifts and each family had at least one turkey. 
County offices to close for holidays
Sedgwick County offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Emergency services will be available by dialing or texting 9-1-1. Emergency Communications (9-1-1) will operate the non-emergency line this New Year’s Eve from 9:00 p.m. on Dec.31, 2017 to 1:00 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2018. Dial 660-6011 for non-emergencies (i.e. noise complaints). From our family to yours, have a happy and safe holiday season! 
316-660-9300
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