May 19, 2020 3:56 PM

City Council approves housing grant

Posted May 19, 2020 3:56 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Hutchinson City Council approved an action plan for housing rehab funds during Tuesday’s meeting. 

Earlier this year the city was awarded $265,500 in community development block grants for housing rehab projects. The funds will help rehab 10 properties in the Creekside neighborhood. The area covers 6th to 8th Avenue and between Main and Adams Streets.

The hope is to provide enough funding to add about 20-years od usable life to the homes under the program according to Planning Director Ryan Hvitlok. So far 21 applications have been turned into the city from residents eligible for the funding.

The program is also intended for landlords to make improvements to rentals. The landlord must match the grant with 25% of their own funds and must freeze the rent on an improved unit for a period of three years.

Hvitlok says they hope to begin taking bids for the projects in July and have work on the qualified homes starting in late July or early August.

Also Tuesday, The Council approved the contract work for renovating the main runway at the Hutchinson Airport. The project will be fully funded by the FAA as part of the CARES act. The project includes sealing the runway and new markings. The project costs $587,671 and is expected to begin in later this summer.

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UPDATED: Injury accident closes portion of US-50 for several hours Tuesday

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — An accident on Highway 50 Tuesday morning sent two people to the hospital.

According to the Reno County Sheriff's Office, at 7:34 a.m. Tuesday, a deputy was dispatched to the 7600 block of East U.S. 50 where 22-year-old Chase Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer of Mayetta was driving a white 2013 Jeep Patriot and passed a 2017 black Honda Accord driven by 42-year-old Elizabeth Touzel of Hutchinson.

The Mayetta woman began driving erratically after passing, crossed the center line and continued into the westbound lane, where she collided head on with a semi. The 2011 semi was driven by 56-year-old Phillip Adams of Orrick, Mo.

Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer’s vehicle then collided with Touzel's vehicle. The semi exited the roadway and ended up in the north ditch. Touzel's vehicle exited the roadway and ended up in the south ditch. Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer's vehicle remained on the roadway.

Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer was wearing her seatbelt. The airbags deployed, and she was trapped in her vehicle. She was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Touzel was transported by Reno County EMS to the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. She was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident and airbags deployed.

Adams sustained minor injuries and declined treatment by EMS. He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

Both lanes of U.S. 50 were opened back up around 3 p.m. Tuesday. The accident is still under investigation.