Wichita City Council approves Midtown drainage study

WICHITA — Flooding relief for the Midtown Neighborhood took another step today with the Wichita City Council approving an agreement and funding for a consulting firm to study the drainage problems.

In a 6-0 vote, the council endorsed an agreement that pays MKEC Engineering Consultants $291,000 to do the study.

"I'm excited to get it, if anyone can get excited about stormwater," said councilwoman Janet Miller, whose district includes Midtown.

Joe Pajor, the city's assistant director of public works, didn't know how long the study would take or how soon work would start. He said most of the flooding that has hampered the neighborhood for years is "nuisance" street flooding.

"But it doesn't take very much rain to do that," Pajor said. "It's an older, established neighborhood that needs to be improved."

Funding for the project was included in the 2010 capital improvement budget and will be paid with general obligation bonds.