Vol. 3, Issue 5                                         May 2018
Friends, this last weekend, many of us took time to remember those military men and women that gave their lives to secure our nation and preserve the great freedom we enjoy. Thankfully, most of us have not lost a loved one to warfighting but those that have are all around us. Parents, children, spouses and friends of those lost in defending our nation can attest to the incredible sacrifice made by their family member or friend. As we consider those that have suffered this tragic loss, our hearts ache for their sacrifice. To be part of a country where our veterans volunteer to serve our country and pay the ultimate sacrifice is truly a reason for gratefulness. How do we honor and remember their sacrifice? How do we teach our children to do the same? We struggle with knowing how to help those left behind, the fellow veteran that survived combat, the family members left all alone fighting to carry on each day without their family member.  

We must make intentional choices to actively remember and show honor. I encourage you to proudly and respectfully fly your American Flag. Show honor by flying it especially on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veteran’s day. If you know a veteran or family member who lost someone in service to our great country, say something. Give a hug. Tell them how grateful you are for their sacrifice. Tell them how you miss their loved one. Tell them how you wish you could have known this person that they grieve in remembering. Say it in person, say it in a card, or say it on social media. It doesn’t matter how, just help remember those who died in sacrifice for us and our country’s freedoms. 
Public engagement opportunity for space needs solutions
The County will be making a big decision next Wednesday (June 6, 2018) when we decide what to do about a new administration building. We began this process with the goal of gaining 93,323 sq. ft. in new office space to address our current and future space needs. The decision has be narrowed down to two options and there are a lot of variables that make it hard to compare the two. Here is some basic info:
 
Option #1: Buy and renovate the Riverlawn Building. This will provide 91,700 sq. ft. in new office space and will cost approximately $5.3 million. Repair costs have been estimated at $2.5 million and remodel costs range between $2.3 and $4.1 million. Utility costs for 25 years are estimated at $3.3-4.4 million. The cost per square foot for 25 years would range between $156 and $207. This option would meet our current and future space projections.
 
Option #2: Tear down the current Courthouse annex and then rebuild a larger building. This will provide 76,000 in new office space (net) and will cost approximately $19.2 million to build. Utility costs for 25 years are estimated to be $1.9 million. The cost per square foot would be $217. This option would NOT meet our current and future space projections.

More information on each building can be found here ( www.sedgwickcounty.org). Please provide your thoughts on the two primary options. This information will be gathered and shared with all Commissioners and County staff involved in this decision-making process. 
Commissioners prepare for 2019 Budget 
This month, Commissioners held budget hearings with all County departments to gain a better understanding of the organization’s needs for the coming year. From now until July 18, Commissioners will hold workshops on more complex topics related to the 2019 budget. Recordings of the budget hearings and workshops can be found on Sedgwick County’s YouTube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/user/SedgwickCountyKS) or on the organization’s website ( www.sedgwickcounty.org).

The County Manager is expected to present his 2019 Recommended Budget to Commissioners on Wednesday, July 18. There will be two public hearings available for members of the public to attend, along with a town hall on social media and an online forum on the County’s website once that budget is presented. More details will be shared closer to the events. 
EMS Week recognized this month
The week of May 20-26, 2018 Sedgwick County celebrated National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week and honored the first responders who provide compassionate, patient-centered care to the community. The 2018 theme is “Stronger Together.”

Serving a population of 508,000 over 1,000 square miles, they are the exclusive County provider and primary agency responsible for providing quality out-of-hospital care and transportation. EMS crews are dedicated to the citizens of Sedgwick County by delivering emergent and non-emergent Advance Life Support (ALS) services to all. In 2017, EMS responded to more than 60,000 requests for service. 
Projects in District 5
Road construction on 87 th S between Webb and Greenwich
  • Daily closures in preparation for R342 later this summer
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.235kelloggcentral.com and include:

  • The reconstruction of the Elder and Maple intersection should be completed by the end of May. 
  • Maple St. under I-235 is reduced to one lane for each direction but should end soon.
  • On June 11, eastbound US 54 west of I-235 will be reduced to two lanes for 120 days to finish bridge work over the Wichita – Valley Center Floodway, the eastbound US 54 Ramp to northbound I-235, overhead signs, and other project work. 
  • On June 12, westbound US 54 Ramp to northbound I-235 will be closed for 120 days to finish reconstruction of the ramp. A detour will be signed. 
Public Works Week recognized May 20-26
National Public Works Week, celebrated the week of May 20-26, 2018, recognized the Power of Public Works and the impact they have on improving the quality of life for Sedgwick County residents. Responsibilities vary from building bridges and removing snow to safely disposing of old chemicals and controlling and eradicating noxious weeds.

Public Works provides safe and efficient transportation for Sedgwick County by coordinating maintenance and construction of roads. Additionally, they maintain 600 bridges and 600 miles of road throughout the County. Public Works is responsible for planning, building, managing, and operating Sedgwick County’s infrastructure, making it a great place to live, work, and play. 
Protect yourself against mosquitoes this summer
Fight the bite this summer and protect yourself against mosquitoes. Sedgwick County Division of Health suggests following the three D's to avoid mosquito bites this summer. Drain standing water; the insects breed in standing water. Use mosquito dunks or mosquito-eating fish in ponds and stagnant water. Use insect repellent that contains DEET; this offers the best protection against mosquito bites. Dress appropriately: wear loose-fitting clothing when outdoors, especially at dawn or dusk when the insects are most active.

Mosquitoes can cause serious health problems and spread diseases like West Nile Virus to humans and animals. For more information about West Nile Virus and mosquito bite prevention, contact the Division of Health at (316) 660-7300 or visit www.sedgwickcounty.org
Commissioners show support for education pathway
Commissioners and County leaders attended a news conference on May 7, in support of the partnership between Textron Aviation, Wichita Public Schools, and WSU Tech regarding a new aviation curriculum, Aviation Pathway.

This new curriculum is designed to aid high school students in discovering a new career and allow them to receive a technical certificate at graduation. Students will be given the opportunity to learn new skills regarding aviation right here in the Air Capital of the World. 
Commissioners honor law enforcement
Commissioners and County leaders attended a wreath laying ceremony on May 18 at the Law Enforcement Memorial outside Wichita’s City Hall to honor fallen law enforcement officers in Sedgwick County.

The memorial honored fallen officers from the following agencies: Wichita Police Department, Sedgwick County Sheriff, Clearwater, Kansas Police Department, and Derby Police Department.
Spirit AeroSystems breaks ground
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. broke ground on May 21 on its new state-of-the-art Global Digital Logistics Center. The expected completion date for this 150,000 square foot facility that will increase storage capacity and part retrieval efficiency is early 2019. Funding for this facility is in collaboration with Spirit, City of Wichita- Government, and Sedgwick County.
County supports business groundbreaking
Commissioners and County leaders attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a world-class ethanol production facility in Colwich, Kansas on May 21. Element LLC, a biofuels producer, broke ground at its $175 million facility that will create a new market for local corn producers, high-value cellulosic ethanol, and higher-value co-products. This facility is a collaboration between Element, ICM, Inc., and The Andersons, Inc.
Hope to see you at Riverfest!
County Commissioners and staff plan to participate in the Safelite Autoglass Sundown Parade on Friday, June 1. We hope to see you on the parade route through downtown Wichita!

Join us on Thursday, June 7, as we honor select public safety employees for their service to our community. This tribute will be at the Kennedy Plaza stage around 6:15 p.m. Additional festival details can be found in the festival guide or online ( www.wichitariverfest.com). Riverfest buttons are required to participate in the festival’s events.
As the top outdoor family attraction in the State, the mission of the Sedgwick County Zoo is to inspire discovery, appreciation, and respect for animals and nature. It is home to 3,000 animals and nearly 400 species. The Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley exhibit is the third largest elephant habitat in the United States. 
Exploration Place, Kansas’ premier science center, inspires a deeper interest in science through creative and fun experiences for people of all ages. Through its permanent and travelling exhibits, education programs, Digital Dome Theater films and special events, visitors can enjoy learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For example, the all-new, 5,100 square foot Design Build Fly exhibit celebrates our community’s aviation industry. Visitors encounter dozens of hands-on activities that focus on manufacturing and engineering to reveal what happens behind-the-scenes in our aircraft plants.   
The Kansas African American Museum endeavors to make the Kansas African American experience resonant with EVERY Kansan. Located in the venerable Calvary Baptist Church, visitors may expand their knowledge and understanding of the Kansas African American story. 
Residents and visitors can gain an understanding of our community and cultural heritage at the Wichita – Sedgwick County Historical Museum. By collecting, preserving, and interpreting materials which reflect the area’s heritage visitors can experience different facets that shaped the community we live in today.  
County Information
Contact  Commissioner Jim Howel l: 
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:
316-660-9370
525 N. Main, Ste 343, Wichita, KS 67203