May 19, 2020 9:05 PM

Cantrell says council should be prepared to meet often

Posted May 19, 2020 9:05 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Hutchinson City Manager Jeff Cantrell says the city council should expect to meet more often to hammer out a budget this year than in the past. Cantrell says, with the ever-changing economic picture, it will be necessary.

“It may be in some scenarios we have budget meetings that are a little bit closer in frequency than what they might have been in years past,” Cantrell noted. “In years past you might have done budget meetings two, two and a half weeks apart. In this scenario, you might do them a week to 10 days apart.”

As far as the numbers for 2021, Cantrell says it will be a tough budget year because of the economic slowdown, but is not sure how much damage will be done.

“The real component for our city is going to be sales tax,” Cantrell said. “That’s what we’re waiting for to see really how hard the hammer’s going to hit. We know we’re going to hit, we don’t know exactly how hard.”

Cantrell says news of a 4% reduction in revenue is probably not accurate.

“I wouldn’t let the 4% reduction in the last report be reflective of any indicative position to take,” Cantrell warned. “It’s going to be worse than that I think . . . from what we’re hearing.”

Cantrell says he wants to set up the budget meetings to coincide with any new information that will come the city’s way. The hope is to not push action on the budget too close to the deadline to have the final numbers in place. The city must have a budget in place by mid-August.

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May 19, 2020 9:05 PM
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.