Council Actions

The Shawnee City Council held its regular meeting on Monday April 25, 2016. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. and the following actions were taken.

Consent Agenda
The Consent Agenda was approved and included:
  • The final Change Order with Saltus Technologies for the e-ticketing project;
  • Dedication of land for public purposes for the Greens of Chapel Creek 7th Plat;
  • A Resolution consenting to expand the Consolidated Wastewater District to include 6935 Mill Creek Road; and
  • A Memorandum of Understanding between Shawnee, Olathe, Lenexa and two Fire Districts related to the administration of FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus equipment.

Mayor's Items
Mayor Distler recognized Paul Hartman, a local 7th grader, who won the first-ever “Mayor for the Day” essay contest.

Michael Vielhauer and Richard Hoelting were reappointed to the Code Board of Appeals with terms expiring on May 1, 2021. Mr. Vielhauer has served on the Board of Appeals since 1980 and Mr. Hoelting has served since 1992. The Code Board of Appeals considers and reviews requests for hearings and to administer the details of appeals, variances and time extensions where provided for in the Shawnee Municipal Code.

Public Items
A Massage Establishment License was approved for Lifeway Chiropractic located at 6339 Long Street. Lifeway Chiropractic is a new business that offers a full range of chiropractic services as well as massage therapy as an accessory use.

Two Resolutions were adopted. The first authorizes the issuance of General Obligation Bonds to pay the costs of repairs associated with a storm drainage pipe beneath Holliday Drive and Interstate 435 that has failed. This will allow the City to debt fund the repairs should it be necessary. If the project needs to be debt funded, a Resolution and Ordinance would be considered by the Governing Body at a future meeting.

The second Resolution approves and authorizes the Mayor to sign various documents related to the DigitTron project. In 2007, the City issued $1.5M in industrial revenue bonds to finance their office/light industrial building located at the corner of K-7 and 83rd Street. Industrial Revenue Bonds are an economic development tool used by the City where the project is conveyed to the City and the City leases it back to the developer. The developer pays the bonds back over time in the form of lease payments. The incentive is in the form of a property tax abatement since the City owns the project during the term of the lease. In this case, the bonds were paid off early so the City is conveying the project back to the developer. This will result in the project being placed back onto the tax rolls two years earlier than expected.

Items from the Planning Commission Meeting of April 4, 2016
Two items from the Planning Commission meeting of April 4, 2016 were approved. The first item was a Special Use Permit for Jay Shree Ram Development for a drive-thru at 16600 Midland Drive. Jay Shree Ram Development is also developing two hotels (Fairfield Inn and Comfort Inn) at this site. The second item was an Ordinance amending the Zoning Regulations for fences around residential pools. The Ordinance removes references to fence heights around residential swimming pools resulting in all requirements now located in the building codes. The Ordinance takes effect after publication in The Shawnee Dispatch on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

Items from the Council Committee Meeting of April 5, 2016
Two items from the Council Committee meeting of April 5, 2016 were also approved. The first the renewal of Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance plans for City Employees for 2016/17. The second was revisions to Policy Statement, PS-27, Development and Service Fees. The revisions pertain to fees charged for right-of-way permits. Residential driveway permits will be reduced from $75 to $40. The formula for utility excavation permits will change to a per parcel basis instead of a linear footage basis. The new fee will be $40 per parcel affected. This change went into effect on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Staff Items
Three staff items were approved. They included the submittal of various projects for County Assistance Road System (CARS) funding, final plans for the Johnson Drive Rehab Project from Quivira to Pflumm, and an Ordinance striking breed specific identifies in the Shawnee Municipal Code. This change will eliminate the “pit-bull ban” in the City. The Ordinance takes effect after publication in The Shawnee Dispatch on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

Miscellaneous Items
Lastly, the semi-monthly claims for April 25, 2016 (city-wide expenses for the period) were approved and the Governing Body held an Executive Session to discuss property acquisition. After the Executive Session, the Governing Body authorized the Mayor to sign contracts to acquire properties located at 6216 Ballentine for $110,000, 6216 Ballentine for $4,000 6215 Ballentine for $88,000, and 6221 Ballentine for $77,000, all related to the Nieman Road South-Storm Drainage Improvement Project.

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.