Emotions run high at Wichita City Council meeting

Rodney Price
October 27, 2020 - 1:38 pm
Wichita, Kansas City Hall


Discussions on potential revisions to city ordinances got heated Tuesday morning at Wichita City Hall.

Mayor Brandon Whipple, citing rising coronavirus numbers and hospitalizations, discussed with the council ordinance changes that would affect local businesses defying local health orders, including but not limited to bars and nightclubs.

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A few council members expressed concern with targeting or penalizing businesses that were in fact complying with local health orders and urged more dialogue with the county, who is the board of health. 

Discussion about COVID-19 hospitalizations and how many were from out of state led to a heated exchange between the Mayor and Council member Jeff Blubaugh.

Mayor: Do you have any other questions you'd like me to answer before I release the floor to the next person in line?
Blubaugh: No, we have lots of colleagues who have been on here for 20 minutes. We want to have a public discussion but you won't ...you do most of the talking on this.
Mayor: I won't be accused of not answering your questions, then be ridiculed when I answer your question."

Council member Bryan Frye urged restraint and to focus on the task at hand.

The council took no action on this item.

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