Here is an update from Monday's meeting:
1- The council passed an ordinance that would create a lien on a property that the city would need to demolish. The lien would be no more than 15%. The purpose for the lien would be to recoup the cost of demolition.
2- The Civic Centre's first floor will see an upgrade. The front desk area will be renovated, plus the first floor bathrooms will be upgraded to comply with the Americans for Disabilities Act.
3- The skate park at Swarner Park will restored and repaired. The skate park needs a little T.L.C., and the council approved a contract with Concrete & Masonry Restoration Inc. to repair the park.
Upcoming City Council Meetings:
Tuesday, May 22nd, 7 pm - Council Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 23rd, 5 pm - Special Call Meeting (Applicant review for new City Manager)
Tuesday, May 29th, 7 pm - City Council Meeting
Here is an update from last night's meeting:
1- The council voted 8-0 on the plans and the Guaranteed Maximum Price for the new Fire Station at 53rd St. and Woodsonia. The architecture firm for the project is William Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock Architects, Inc. The Construction Manager for the project is McCown Gordon. Last night, the architect working on the project, Rick Kuhl, explained the plans for the new station:
* A training room that will be open for community use as well as a training space for the firefighters
* A gear storage room that can also be used as a storm shelter
* It will be gender neutral, allowing equal access for all firefighters working at the station
* An energy efficient design (spray on insulation in the walls and ceiling)
* A drive-thru station with access to both 53rd St. & Woodsonia
* It will be roughly 9200 sq. ft.
* It will house 4 firefighters, with 2 additional bunks.
McCown Gordon provided the council with a hard number of $3.8 million for the project; this is the Guaranteed Maximum Price. The ONLY way the price could increase is due to additional site work and inflation. City staff has the project at a 100% design stage in regard to the plans and is comfortable with the $49,000 contingency built into the price. We want to make sure the new fire station blends in with the surrounding community, so there will be brick and stone on the outside of the station as well as a stucco like material. The council will discuss at a later date the funding source for the new station.
2- Through CARS funding, the city will be reimbursed up to 50% (up to $1.1 million) for the Johnson Drive Rehabilitation project. This is between I-435 and Martindale Road.
3- The council approved the 53rd Street improvement plan from Roberts Road to Woodsonia with an estimated cost of $875,000. This will connect the existing commercial Woodsonia West Center (Knubs Pub, Pegahs, Salon Hello Beautiful, etc.) to the residents of Woodsonia subdivision. This connection is necessary for the firetrucks.
4- Sarah Johnston, from Monticello Trails Middle School, won the Mayor for the Day contest; great video Sarah!!!
Please reach out if you have comments, questions, or concerns. The next City Council Meeting will be May 14th at 7:00pm
Here is an update from the first City Council meeting of the month:
1. The council approved the SEED (Shawnee Entrepreneurial and Economic Development) agreement with PBI-Gordon. The SEED program—over the past five plus years—has helped bring new businesses to the area. PBI-Gordon will be relocating their headquarters from the West Bottoms to Western Shawnee. The established company will occupy two floors of the Shawnee Crossings building (which formerly housed, Perceptive Software). They are bringing 100 jobs to the area and will be hiring 5 new positions over the next 4 years with an average salary of $100,000. The Shawnee Economic Development Committee has been working to bring PBI-Gordon to Shawnee and that dedication has come to fruition with Monday’s announcement. We owe a huge 'thank you' to Anne Smith-Tate, the SEDC, and the chamber for all of their hard work over the past months to bring businesses to the area. Please visit PBI-Gordon's website to learn more them: www.pbigordon.com/about-us.php
2. The council approved 6-2 to amend Chapter 5 of the comprehensive plan in regard to land use. The area the council approved to change is south of Shawnee Mission Pkwy between Renner Blvd. and Maurer Road. The land will now be designated as Mixed-Use/Destination (this area was previously designated as Commercial/Office space.) There has been rigorous debate over the change, but any large scale development on this land will have to go through the council. We will work hard to make sure that any new development will have a maximum benefit to the surrounding residents. Any zoning changes for this land will have to be approved by the council. I am excited as this is another step forward to bring more diverse projects to our city, and to further cultivate the growth along the SMPKY corridor.
3. Last night, the Shawnee Police Department's Traffic Safety Unit received the AAA Gold Award for traffic safety. This is the 6th time the unit has received an award from AAA for traffic safety. Over the past few years, the unit has worked hard to reduce the number of people not wearing seat belts; in a recent study, 98% of Shawnee residents wear seat belts. They have also worked hard to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the streets. Another HUGE thank you to the Traffic Safety Unit for their hard work making the streets safer!
4. Finally, the Police Department will be receiving a structure to cover and protect their patrol cars from weather; completion by late Spring of 2018.
(More updates on these project will be available at a later date)
Next City Council meeting is April 23rd, 2018; 7:00 pm
Have a great week!
Here is an update from last night's City Council Meeting:
1. In Perimeter Park (83rd and K-7), Service Master DSI signed a SEED agreement to move their regional headquarters to Shawnee. This will bring 100 jobs to Shawnee and over the next 10 years there will be an additional 100 jobs. Their average salary is $67,500. Great News for Shawnee!
2. WaterOne received approval, Stephanie and myself voted in dissent, for an above ground 3 million gallon water tank. I voted no because I believe that this tank is quite large and residents have sent me emails that they are concerned of the size and location. This will be at 18690 Johnson Drive in Shawnee between the landfill and Johnson Drive, on the property of the Shawnee Public Works Service Center. This tank will be the largest in their service area. There will be no pumps or generators at this tower, so it is essentially quiet. The city will also receive access for conduit to run fiber to the northern half of Western Shawnee. This fiber will connect traffic signals, so their timing can be better managed.
3. The council approved special assessments to be placed on the land directly to the south and to the north of the new fire station. This will help pay for the new 53rd St. extension and will provide access for the new station and the land to the north. Any new development on the land to the south (east of Walgreens and north of Johnson Dr.) will have an extra tax to pay if they want to develop the land.
4. The council decided to send the discussion of restricting the sale of drug paraphernalia in Vape Shops and restriction of location of Vape Shops in Shawnee. The council has until the end of 2018 to make a decision on these two topics, but in the mean time there is a restriction on new vape shops opening up in Shawnee.
Have a great week!
The Top Three takeaways from the meeting:
1. The City Council approved a plan for county and federal funding for our infrastructure. In 2019, we will begin work on 43rd street from K-7 to Frisbee Road.
2. Waste Management provided an update on the on-going odor issue from the landfill. They have install a larger flare to reduce odor along with purchasing a new grinder for yard waste, also to reduce odor. They are using a new, more effective odor neutralizer to control the odor. WM has revamped the way they collect sludge. They are asking for a pre-treatment of an odor neutralizer to be used prior to being dumped at the landfill. Only one truck is allowed to dump sludge at a time, per day, and each day WM rotates the site of where the sludge will be dumped. When they accept the sludge, they use a second odor neutralizer as well. There have been 4 complaints in 2018, this is compared to 40 complaints in the first two months of 2017; a 90% reduction in complaints. Mike Hey, from Waste Management, encourages home owners to tour the facility, so they can get a better idea the process that WM uses on a daily basis.
3. There is a rising concern about E-Cigarette/Vape stores in the city, so the council listened to city staff about possible solutions to limit their access to minors. Future resolutions will be sent to the council for a final vote soon.
The council was given an update on a few industrial projects on the western side of Shawnee; presentation given by the President/CEO of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce, Ann Smith-Tate.
- Westlink, building 3, will return 170% of the cost associated with construction of the building to the city within two years. Building 2 is 88% occupied, and building 3 is 70% occupied.
- The JDC Shawnee LLC Project will create a new 100,000 sq. ft. building, south of 83rd and west of K7. The building will house the expansion of Nazdar (40,000 sq. ft). and will have 60,000 sq. ft. of vacant space. This is great for the city!!! The space is ready for use, so if you know of someone who is looking for industrial space in Shawnee, this building will be a great place for their business!
The council approved replacing 6 outdated warning sirens; the existing sirens along with the new warning sirens will blanket city with almost 100% coverage.
The council also approved the extension of 53rd street from Woodsonia to Roberts for the new fire station. The preliminary plans for Fire Station 74 were approved, but the council is still working on the funding source for this building, as the cost of the original budget went up roughly 38%. McCownGordon will be the contractors for this 9,135 sq ft. facility.
Finally, the city had a conversation with Art Davis from Springsted/Waters, the firm to help select the new City Manager. The council had a very positive discussion about characteristics, qualities, highest priorities, experience, programs, approach to management, and more in which the council would like to see in the new City Manager and how they will tackle certain issues that are important to the citizens of Shawnee. The staff members have received the same questions that the council discussed, and within the next week citizens will have the chance to provide input on this process.
The next City Council meeting will be Monday, March 19th, 2018.
Here is an overview of the meeting, I am going to use bullet points for this post:
- A right of way was approved for the new fire station at Woodsonia & 53rd St.
- The mayor recognized Josh Owen for his bravery in 2016; he received a gunshot wound for helping a woman who was being attacked at a WalMart.
- The council chose SpringSted Waters for the firm to help the council choose a new city manager.
- The council approved the appointment of James Kilmartin to the Board of Zoning Appeals; he will replace Matt Zimmerman.
- Federally Taxable Private Activity Revenue Bonds were issued for the Westbrooke Green Project.
- A Special Use Permit was issued for the new Scooters at the NE corner or 75th and Quivira.
- The city will permanently close the railroad crossing at 55th street (Martindale Rd & Johnson Drive).
Our next council meeting will be Feb 26th, 7:00pm, Shawnee City Hall.
The mayor recognized Craig Christopher for his heroic effort in saving a Shawnee family from a fire that broke out in their home. Mr. Christopher was driving home from work and smelled smoke. He was able to get the family out of their home at 3:00 am; he is a true samaritan!
The council heard information about the community block grants that the city receives from the government. We are able to provide area charities with money to help families in need. The council also approved the 2018 stormwater management program to continue looking at the city's aging sewers. We also approved the purchase of 11 new police vehicles, one new fire truck, and 8 new pieces of equipment for the Parks and Recreation + Public Works Departments.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, please go to the contact me page on my website!
Have a great end of January!
Next City Council meeting is February 6th at 7:00pm