Wichita hears a proposal to ban plastic bags

Rodney Price
September 10, 2019 - 11:01 am
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Several people spoke to the Wichita City Council Tuesday, asking the city to consider a ban on single-use plastic bags.

Four out of the five speakers discussed the issue in the public agenda portion of the meeting.  The group was headlined by former council member Lavonta Williams, who explained why action is necessary.

"Plastic bags are every place in our community, and they are a hazard to our environment," she said.

Mrs. Williams urged the formation of a task force, to consider a ban on single-use plastic bags in the city by February 2020.

Council member Brandon Johnson was open to the idea.  "I would love to continue this conversation, to see if we can get some more businesses in having that," he said.

There's no word from city leaders on when a task force may be formed.

In other council business, a total of $12.4 million in revenue bonds was approved for Newman University.  There's no cost to the city, as the Kansas Independent College Finance Authority will issue the bonds.  There's also no property tax abatement for the university, since it's a 501(c)3 organization.

The city also approved $53 million in revenue bonds for Presbyterian Manors, who has their headquarters here in Wichita.

We also found out next year's cultural funding allocation amounts.  The 2020 budget is nearly $4.5 million, with $435,893 going toward grants.  Of that, Exploration Place will receive $60,535 and Music Theatre Wichita will get $59,275.

Finally, a Patio Space Lease Agreement at Naftzger Park was deferred to the Oct. 1 meeting.

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