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Daily Archives: September 7, 2017

Wellington Council approves developer’s agreement with Cowley College at tonight’s meeting 4-1

Sumner Newscow report — By a 4-1 vote the Wellington City Council approved the Developer’s Agreement for the Cowley College- Sumner Campus to be built in Wellington.

Voting for approval was: Kelly Hawley, Kip Etter, Bill Butts, and Vince Wetta. Voting against: Jim Valentine.

We will have a full story soon.

Live Wellington Council Feed: Special Work Session – Sept. 7, 2017

City of Wellington starting to conduct 2017 Fire Hydrant testing

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the schedule for the 2017 Fire Hydrant testing.  The schedule will be followed as close as possible.  At times, due to unforeseen circumstances, changes to the schedule will be necessary.  Announcements for any changes will be made as soon as possible.  Hydrant testing will start on Sunday Sept.10 and will continue on weekdays only until all of the hydrants are tested.

Crews will be trying to keep the water as clear as possible.  Some “dirtying” of the water may occur in the area that is being tested.  The possibility exists for adjacent areas to receive some of the “dirty” water also.

 Sept. 10 – Sept. 15, 2017

Downtown hydrants from second to ninth on Washington.

Washington from 10th to 16th St.

Jefferson from First St. to 16th St.

“A” St, and “B” St. from Lincoln to 16th St.

Crusader preview: Wellington opens at home against Bill Shaw led El Dorado

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There’s been an extra spring in the Crusaders fans step this week after Wellington opened its season with an almost stunning-like 34-6 victory over Clearwater in the season opener.

It’s as if that 11-game losing streak never happened. Now it’s like people are saying “I hope Wellington isn’t resting on its laurels.” Things change quickly on the sports landscape.

Wellington has its home opener Friday in what seems like forever. Quickly… when was the last time the Crusaders played at home on a Steve Gill manicured Sellers Park? It was that overtime home game vs. Winfield on Oct. 14. It has been awhile.

El Dorado comes into the game at 0-1 searching not only for its first win but its first score. It was knocked down by Mulvane 33-0 in its season opener. Like Wellington, El Dorado has seen its struggles in recent years, going 3-6 in 2015.

During the off season, El Dorado changed coaches and hired someone who is familiar to old-time Crusader fans. Bill Shaw was hired. It’s hard to name all the sports teams Shaw has been involved with because there have been a lot. He was one of the earliest coaches in the Wellington girls basketball program, and led the boys baseball program in the early 1990s in its infancy- coaching the team to a state championship in 1995.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, September 6, 2017:

WHS Daily Bulletin: Band is going to Kansas State Fair on Monday

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017:

Thursday

•Girls golf at Winfield Country Club, 1 p.m.

•Tennis at Circle, 3 p.m.

•9th volleyball at Mulvane, 5 p.m.

Friday

Football at Wellington vs. El Dorado, 7 p.m.

Pep rally, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday

•Tennis at Pratt, 9 a.m.

•Cross Country at Wellington, 9:30 a.m.

Friday menu:

Breakfast: Biscuits and gravy.

Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza, Fish Sandwich.

Today’s News

Dear Wellington Council: Don’t let us lose the Cowley College Campus

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Dear Wellington City Council… please.

Please, please, please sign the Developers Agreement for the Cowley College at the special meeting held at the Council Chambers tonight at 8:30 p.m.

Normally, I reserve editorials for Sundays. This one is too important not to do so now. For if you turn the developer’s agreement down tonight, Wellington runs the risk of losing this campus to another community. Whether it is a high risk or a low risk, I’m not sure. But if I were a council man from, say, Mulvane, I would be licking my chops. “Hey, we stole their casino. Let’s go get that Cowley College Campus as well,” I would be saying to myself.

Will that happen? Not sure. I just remember 10 years ago, getting close to this very day actually, there was confidence that a Kansas Casino would be built off Exit 19. Some would argue that of the four casino proposals listed at the time, the best proposal was the one to be built off the Wellington exit ramp. Wellington civic leaders worked hard to bring the town its casino. It had the better logistics, the more established police force, the equitable distribution of tax base revenue amongst countywide governmental entities, the support of the County Commissioners, the overwhelming support of the Wellington electorate and those living in the surrounding neighbors for which the casino was proposed. If you remember, Exit 33 neighbors didn’t want the casino.

Still…. it didn’t matter.

It didn’t friggin matter.

The Kansas Lottery Commission awarded the casino to Mulvane. And after the first company proved to be incompetent neanderthals and the proposal fell through, the state commission was asked to vote a second time. And it did so – to Mulvane. And the third time? Yep, Mulvane.

And that is where it now sits.

I’m not saying the same thing will happen with the Cowley College – Sumner Campus here. But those old memories came streaming back yesterday. If we, as in us, the community of Wellington, screw around with these Cowley officials with this petty squabbling about percentages on streets and electricity and whatever, then we run the risk of ticking off our partner.

I know the land was donated. I know it was sold as a centralized Wellington campus facility. But if this agreement is not signed tonight, you run the risk – whether it be small or large – of having that door opened ever so slightly and allowing the campus go someplace else.

And God forbid if that happens to Wellington!

I have heard people say, “the campus isn’t going anywhere because they have already started the dirt work.” Well, call Hibbett Sports of Wellington to see how that is working out.

I obtained the ballot question from the Sumner County Election Office yesterday. It reads:

I don’t see anything about the campus being built in Wellington in any of that wording.

I can hear the skeptics. Well, Mulvane already has a Cowley College. No, that is a storefront much like we had in the mid-1990s. This is a campus. Believe me Mulvane officials know the difference.

Do you really want to see Cowley College – Sumner Campus in Mulvane advertised off the exit 19 ramp?

“Hey, let’s just drop my kids off for a college education and then gamble. At least, I won’t have to drive to Wellington.”

Are you willing to risk the campus over a couple of mills which equates to $2.61 a month on a $100,000 home (which might get you an egg roll at your favorite Chinese Restaurant) to appease a few social media warriors? Mind you, these are mills that you have already been penciled into the 2018 budget you approved two weeks ago.

I tell you what if you turn this developer’s agreement down now, this put the bargaining leverage on Cowley College because essentially you are saying, “we don’t trust you.” Also, you made that recommendation at the May 11 work session meeting with the streets of going 50-50. To change your mind now, would be unethical — because you set the rules!

I’m not going to haggle over the details of the project. That information can be found here. There is so much ambiguity to these agreements – so much complexity. You could go on forever. Even city staff had trouble remembering the details of who paid for what with some of these projects.

There is no real right or wrong reason to these questions you will be asking yourself tonight.

But maybe it is in good faith to stand behind your city staff who was asked to perform a duty under your directive.

Do you really want to risk everything, and be faced with a legacy of losing Cowley College to a neighboring town? Do you really want to lose that one thing that gives Wellington the opportunity for growth in this community at the moment, when we have so many other pressing economic problems — including keeping our hospital open?

We lost the casino. The one redeeming solace we have is it wasn’t our fault. There was nothing we could do.

And yet it still stings.

If we lose the campus, we won’t be able to point our finger anyplace else but at ourselves. And that is a whole lot worse. Let’s stop the petty bickering amongst ourselves and secure this campus for Wellington.

You know I love football and I’m going to use an analogy here. You have a touchdown lead and all you have to do is kneel on the ball and run out the clock.

Don’t fumble the ball away.

It’s your legacy you’re talking about here.

Sign it now!

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