Vol. 2, Issue 5                                                                                  May 2017
County Celebrates Graduating Interns

Seven students from USD 259 were recognized during a graduation celebration on April 19 for Project SEARCH.  Project SEARCH is a program through the school district to provide intern opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Interns gain work experience to help them become gainfully employed. Additional details may be found here.

Commissioners Begin 2018 Budget Hearings

Commissioners are set to begin budget hearings in preparation for the 2018 Sedgwick County operating budget.  Hearings will be held on May 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, and 24. Details will be included in upcoming event listings found online.  Hearings will be recorded and posted to Sedgwick County’s YouTube Channel as well.  

County Manager Scholes’ 2018 recommended budget will be provided on Wednesday, July 12.  Two public hearings will be held prior to the budget’s adoption scheduled for August 2. 

Honoring Local Law Enforcement
May 7 through 13 was National Correctional Officers Week and May 14 through 20 is National Police Week.  Sheriff Jeff Easter brought these proclamations to light at recent commission meetings.  “It is important that we honor those from our ranks who have given their lives as the supreme sacrifice to our community.  I appreciate that the Sedgwick County Commission recognizes this as well in the form of this proclamation,” said Easter. 

Police Week will conclude with a law enforcement officer memorial service at noon on Friday, May 19. This event will begin in the Council Chambers at Wichita City Hall, 455 N. Main. 
County Recognizes May as Bike Month
May 2017 was declared National Bike Month by commissioners.  Representatives from the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita accepted the proclamation on Wednesday, May 3. 

Safe Kids Wichita Area recognized Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 10.  Sedgwick County EMS participated in the event that morning by biking to school with parents and students from Kensler Elementary School.  The Bike Medic Team assisted Safe Kids Wichita Area with their four week bike safety program prior to Bike to School Day. 
Take Time to Enjoy Lake Afton and Sedgwick County Park
Lake Afton Park offers 720 acres of recreational fun for the entire family.  The 258 acre lake provides boating, water skiing, fishing, and swimming opportunities.  Camping facilities include both RV and tent sites with all the expected  amenities and more. 
Sedgwick County Park has shelter and picnic areas to use as well.  Come play volleyball, basketball, tennis, or bocce ball as weather permits. You may also take the time to use the more than 18,000 feet of walking or bike paths.  
Contact  Commissioner Jim Howel l: 
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