COVID-19 matters occupy large part of Sedgwick County Commission meeting

Rodney Price
July 08, 2020 - 12:12 pm
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Several coronavirus-related items were addressed by Sedgwick County Commissioners on Wednesday.

The county approved the spending plan for the roughly $99 million in federal funding received for COVID-19. $35 million will help support county operations. $25 million will assist in increasing testing efforts and from that, $3.5 million will aid the county in hiring of up to 115 people to support the health department until the end of the year.

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The health department will receive a $101 thousand grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to assist COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts. The grant will help the department hire two temporary, full-time positions.

The county will also spend $100 thousand for a public awareness campaign directed toward TV and digital billboards.

In other news, Tom Stolz will continue as County Manager for another two years.

Sedgwick County Commissioners unanimously approved the agreement at Wednesday's meeting. Chairman Pete Meitzner and the rest of the commissioners had plenty of praise for Mr. Stolz and thanked him and his staff for their professionalism during the tough times right now.

Mr. Stolz joked to the commission that he got approval from his wife to accept the new contract, which will run from September 1, 2020 until August 31, 2022.

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