Council Actions

The Shawnee City Council held its regular meeting on Monday, November 14, 2016. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. and the following actions were taken.

Consent Agenda
The Consent Agenda was approved and included minutes from various meetings, extensions of various Special Use Permits for in-home beauty salons, a nursing home, and several daycares. A final change order was approved for the Lakecrest Drive and Johnson Drive Emergency Pipe Repair project (P.N. 3421) and a funding agreement with the City of Lenexa was approved for improvements to 79th Street to the east City limits.

Mayor’s Items
Debra Zuniga, a Maranatha High School junior, read her winning Voice of Democracy Essay. This year’s theme was “My Responsibility to America.”

The Mayor presented the “Small Business Saturday” proclamation to local small business owners and members of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce.

Finally, City Manager Carol Gonzales and the Mayor presented service awards to employees who have been with the city for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years. Collectively, the group of honored employees represent over 850 years of public service.

Mike VanLandingham was appointed to the Shawnee Downtown Partnership. His term will expire on November 14, 2019. The Downtown Partnership exists for the purpose of aiding, promoting, and encouraging the enhancement of Downtown Shawnee. Members are Downtown business owners and other community leaders who share an interest in the growth of Downtown.

Public Items
A public hearing was held to consider vacating a portion of 47th Street between Clare Road and Frisbie Road. The vacation was approved.

A Franchise Ordinance with Kansas Gas Service was approved. The new franchise provides for an initial 10-year term with two successive 5-year terms and continues the current franchise fee of 5% of gross receipts.

Items from the Planning Commission Meeting of October 17, 2016
An Ordinance was passed to rezone property in the 22700-22800 Blocks of West 71st Street from Agricultural to Commercial Highway.

Two Ordinances that would have amended the Zoning Regulations and Comprehensive Plan were tabled to the November 28, 2016 City Council meeting. Both Ordinances were related to senior living facilities and density requirements.

Staff Items
A Resolution was adopted to allow the developer at Midland and Renner more time to complete two hotel projects.

Two grants were accepted for the Police Department. The first was the Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services Grant that will help fund five additional Police Officers over a three year period. The second grant was the Bureau of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance Grant for body-worn cameras.

An agreement with Hays Companies was approved for employee benefit services.

Three contracts were approved for various projects throughout the City. The first was for the 2016/17 Stormwater Pipe Repair Project (P.N. 3423). Bids were low enough to include 12 additional pipe repairs. The second contact was for engineering and inspection services for the Connect Shawnee Project (P.N. 3412). The third contact was for engineering services for the Nieman Road, 55th Street to Shawnee Mission Parkway Street Improvement Project (P.N. 3427).

Miscellaneous Council Items
Lastly, the semi-monthly claims for November 14, 2016 (city-wide expenses for the period) were approved and the Governing Body held an executive session to discuss property acquisition. The meeting adjourned at 9:44 p.m.

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