Local Government

Council approves adjusted capital improvement plan through 2020
September 29, 2015
The Shawnee City Council approved several changes to the city’s Capital Improvement Project list through 2020 that include several road repair projects and storm water system repairs.
City seeking input through citizen survey
September 18, 2015
The city of Shawnee has published its 2015 Citizen survey and is seeking responses from Shawnee citizens regarding a variety of issues.
Johnson County Park and Recreation District celebrates history with 60th anniversary
September 15, 2015
The Johnson County Park and Recreation District is celebrating 60 years on Sunday and several of its leaders are looking back over the years to see how far the district has come since its creation in 1955.
City purchasing new street sweeper with mixed City Council reaction
September 15, 2015
The city of Shawnee will be purchasing a new street sweeper to keep the 780 lane miles of roads in Shawnee clean. But the cost of the vehicle inspired some debate on the City Council about city spending and bid processes.
Midland Drive and 68th Street intersection closed Tuesday for repair
September 14, 2015
The intersection of Midland Drive and W. 68th Terrace will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for pavement repair.
Changes suggested to food truck regulations in Shawnee
September 14, 2015
The City of Shawnee is continuing to look at ways to simplify and clarify rules for food trucks seeking to operate in the city.
Shawnee approves contract for 9 miles of fiber connection for city facilities
August 26, 2015
The city of Shawnee is signing an agreement to install 9 miles of new fiber cable to further connect the city’s technology capabilities.
Shawnee receives Secretary of Defense Freedom Award at Pentagon
August 25, 2015
The city of Shawnee was recognized at the Pentagon on Friday with the 2015 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award.
County raises property taxes to fund libraries, parks and transit
August 17, 2015
The Johnson County Commission narrowly approved several property tax increases Thursday, one of which is the first step in funding the construction of the Monticello Neighborhood branch of the county library in western Shawnee.
Shawnee council approves contracts worth $235,000 for chamber remodel
August 11, 2015
The Shawnee City Council approved construction and technology contracts for the complete remodel of the Shawnee City Council chambers Monday despite concerns about costs, even after the proposed plan had been effectively killed.
Shawnee to evaluate food truck regulations
August 10, 2015
The city of Shawnee is looking into its food truck regulations as the national trend continues to grow.
Council approves 2015, 2016 budgets
July 28, 2015
The city of Shawnee is looking at finishing out 2015 and starting 2016 with a growing tax base that is recovering from the national recession, with debt levels in the city decreasing and a reserve fund above expectations.
Face to Face: Riley Rambo, guest City Councilman
July 23, 2015
Get to know your Shawnee neighbors with our Face to Face feature.
Community relishes communication with city government through Third Thursdays
July 22, 2015
Shawnee Mayor Michelle Distler sat down with about 30 people Thursday morning over coffee to discuss city government in her first Third Thursdays with the Mayor meeting.
Letter to the Editor: Budgetary ideas always welcome
July 21, 2015
A Letter to the Editor published in the upcoming July 22 issue of The Dispatch from Shawnee City Council President Stephanie Meyer about the city’s budget and the upcoming public hearing.