Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Sedgwick county leaders are considering whether to redraw county lines, a measure that would move the City of Sedgwick into Harvey County.
Tim Norton, 2nd district commissioner, said Sedgwick’s city manager is concerned about drainage. Norton said town officials have expressed that Sedgwick County has done nothing for their community.
“I understand drainage is an infrastructure,” Norton said. “If that’s a full sticking point with them we need to help them fix it, instead of giving up the property.”
Commissioner Richard Ranzau, 4th district, said he is not opposed to the idea.
“It’s in my district,” Ranzau said. “I can’t think of any showstoppers so-to-speak as to why this can’t happen. It would just be easier for them to be in Harvey County.”
Norton said the drainage issues would continue, regardless of where county lines are drawn. He said he does not want to trigger a boundaries battle.
“I’d hate to see our boundaries look like a saw tooth,” he said.
Sedgwick and Harvey counties would have to pass a boundary resolution before proceeding with the measure. Public hearings would then follow.
Both counties must also approve the changes in an election. Sedgwick officials told Ranzau they hope to have it available on the ballot for the November general election.