City Manager's Update - Jan. 31, 2020
Domestic Violence Grants
The City’s STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grants have been renewed for 2020. These grants fund two City positions – a Domestic Violence Investigator in the Police Department and a Victim/Witness Coordinator in Municipal Court. This year we will receive a total of $108,664 from the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program. Newton’s multi-jurisdictional approach to responding to domestic violence is used as a model throughout the state, and we are grateful to be able to continue building upon the program in its 10th year.
As of Thursday (Jan. 30) close of business, the Utility Billing Office has received 1,755 responses back regarding voluntary recycling: 935 requesting recycling, 820 declining. Residents have until Feb. 10 to return the sign-up form opting into the program. After the 10th, those that did not sign up for voluntary recycling will have their recycling bins picked up. If a resident decides that they do wish to enter the program after the 10th, staff will return the recycling bin to their house promptly.
Community Survey Update
City staff and the Survey Steering Committee met with Wichita State University staff on Wednesday to finalize the questions for the community survey. The survey has been sent to Mennonite Press who will print and mail it on or before February 10th. Citizens have the month of February to complete the survey and return it to WSU. The City will heavily promote the survey to encourage citizen participation. It is anticipated that WSU will have raw data results to review in late April, with an analysis, report, and formal presentation to the Commission in May.
Last night (Jan. 30) was the fundraising dinner to benefit Centennial Park ballfield improvements, and we consider it a huge success! Approximately 70 people attended, raising about $2,800. Staff is working with Mr. Severns on the possibility of another appearance in the future.
CVB Annual Luncheon
The Convention & Visitors Bureau Annual Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Meridian Center. The featured speaker is John Rolfe, current Chief Development Operator at Kansas Leadership Center. He is also formerly Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau and President and CEO of Wichita CVB. He will discuss how travel and tourism dollars trickle down into the community. Cost is $10 and includes lunch. RSVP by calling Melody Spurney at 316-284-3642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interim City Manager