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Wichita City Council puts proposed hotel on hold

July 16, 2019 - 11:36 am
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The Wichita City Council agreed to put a hold a new hotel agreement at Eisenhower National.

The proposed hotel was to be built near Eisenhower Airport Parkway and west Harry Street, north of the airport.  

After hearing the proposed agreement and public comments, Mayor Jeff Longwell voiced frustration with the Wichita Eagle Editorial board, and also city staff.

"We didn't get it right initially...and shame on us" the Mayor said, adding "there was a mistake made by staff, to put this on consent agenda without the knowledge of any council member.  We got that wrong."

The council voted unanimously to a 30-day right of first refusal on the proposed hotel lease agreement.

That wasn’t the only city business for Tuesday.

The council approved user fee adjustments and ordinance revisions to the Fats, Oils and Grease program.  The new fee structure, assessed to all food service facilities, will be effective September 1st.  The increases will be gradually implemented over four years and is forecast to bring in $400,000 in new revenue by 2023.

The council also approved a pilot program for a 3-person, para-medicine team, staffed by a member of law enforcement, a paramedic and a social worker, focused on solving medical and mental health issues. 

Finally, the council approved a 30-year lease agreement with Yingling Aircraft, at Eisenhower National. Yingling plans to invest at least $2 million in improvements and renovations to the facility.

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