Overview: Wichita City Council meeting notes

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November 12, 2019 - 1:03 pm
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It was a jam-packed Wichita City Council meeting Tuesday.

In the Public agenda portion of the meeting, Lisa Finch spoke about the horror of losing her son nearly 2 years ago.  He was shot and killed by a Wichita Police officer in December 2017, after responding to what was believed to be a homicide and hostage situation.  It turned out to be a hoax call.

“I scream internally, every second of every single day.  And it's not ever going to stop," she said.

The family is suing the City of Wichita for $25 million as a result of Andrew Finch's death.

The city wants to reduce the boundaries of the East Bank Redevelopment District and expand the West Bank Redevelopment District in downtown Wichita and in Delano.  That public hearing is now set for December 17th.

The city reached an agreement with Douglas Market Development, LLC, to issue Industrial Revenue Bonds for the Kansas Health Science Center, a $75 million dollar medical education campus.  Construction is set to begin in earnest next year and open in the summer of 2022.

IRBs were also approved for several other Wichita companies, most notably $23 million for Spirit AeroSystems.

The council approved a $25-thousand dollar grant from the Knight Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation, which could help pay for a pilot project on Douglas Avenue in downtown Wichita to turn it into a three-lane street, with paths for bike and scooter traffic.

If the city moves forward next year with the project, it will need to secure another $50 thousand to cover the project budget of $75-thousand.

Several street improvement projects were approved Tuesday, including Mt. Vernon, from Broadway to Southeast Boulevard and on West Street, from Harry to Kellogg.  The city will also make improvements to the Harry Street Bridge over the Arkansas River. 

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