Wichita mayor discusses city issues, emergency assistance, water rebates, library curbside service

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The mayor of Wichita held his weekly briefing at 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

Mayor Brandon Whipple discussed a new Emergency Assistance Program and the water rebate program, and the start of library curbside service.

The Emergency Assistance Program is for Sedgwick County residents who are having trouble paying rent or utilities due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To qualify, the resident needs to meet federal income guidelines, have financial hardship due to COVID-19, and live in Sedgwick County.

To apply, call (316) 462-3775 or email wsccap@wichita.gov.

Whipple said people can also save money by getting rebates for household appliances that use less water.

The City Council approved $100,000 for the 2020 Water Conservation Rebate Program at its meeting Tuesday. The product must have been purchased this year and must qualify for the program. Visit Save Wichita Water to learn more.

The Wichita Public Library will begin curbside and drive-up window service Monday, May 11.

If you had something on hold before the library closed in March, you will receive a notification to pick up the items beginning Monday, May 11.

Customers who would like to check materials out can place holds on items through the online catalog beginning Monday, May 18, or by calling (316) 261-8500 during regular business hours.

When customers go to their designated library branch to pick up their materials, they should call the phone number on the outdoor signs or proceed to the drive-up window.

Library staff will ask for their name and library card number. Then the worker will bring the materials, in plastic bags, to the customer’s vehicle.

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