Local Government

Company moving from Olathe to Shawnee approved for SEED loan
February 25, 2015
An Olathe company is moving to Shawnee and the business received approval from the city for forgivable loans that will cover moving expenses, build-out costs and new equipment.
Primary Preview: Get to know the mayoral candidates
February 25, 2015
Ahead of Tuesday’s primary election, Shawnee’s four mayoral candidates answer questions posed by The Dispatch about their run for office.
Mayor’s Column: Proposal from State Legislature Would Negatively Affect Local Elections
February 23, 2015
Mayor Jeff Meyers says bill in the state legislature considering making local elections partisan would negatively impact how Shawnee’s city government operates.
City earns award for 2015 Budget
February 23, 2015
For the ninth consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the City of Shawnee the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the city’s 2015 Budget.
City to postpone Shawnee Landing Project public hearings
February 20, 2015
Two public hearings scheduled for Monday’s Shawnee City Council meeting will be postponed until March 23.
Battle for Bell Road remains in county court
February 16, 2015
The residents on Bell Road suing the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners over the creation of a contract sewer district for the proposed Shawnee Landing development are still waiting to see if their claims hold water in court.
Mayoral candidates square off in debate ahead of March 3 primary
February 15, 2015
The four candidates for Shawnee Mayor debated key issues in front of a crowd of about 100 Thursday evening in preparation for the March 3 primary.
Mayor Jeff Meyers gives final State of City Address
February 11, 2015
Mayor Jeff Meyers’s final State of the City Address was an emotional goodbye to a position so many know him to embody in Shawnee. The speech touched on the challenges and the successes he’s witnessed in Shawnee over the past 11 years as Mayor. It also brought out the emotions of leaving the seat of Mayor. For more than a decade, Meyers has been known as either “Mayor” or “Coach,” and this year he is passing the torch to someone else.
Shawnee looks to upgrade council chambers
February 9, 2015
The City Council chambers could see a face lift as soon as the fall. The chamber room stands as it did in 1990 when it was last completely remodeled. Since then, only the carpet and the benches for the public have been replaced. The city think’s it’s about time for an upgrade and it has budgeted $235,000 for the project.
Council debates vacancy appointment process
February 4, 2015
The Shawnee City Council is still at odds on how council member appointments should be handled. With three of the four candidates for mayor in this spring’s election being current City Council members, there is a 75 percent chance the city will have to appoint a new council member in the coming months.
Races set for Shawnee mayor, council, with primary to be held March 3
February 2, 2015
The races have been locked in for the upcoming Spring 2015 general election and Shawnee is the only city in Johnson County that will hold a primary election for mayor.
City conducting survey for potential improvements to Johnson Drive intersection
January 28, 2015
The City of Shawnee is seeking public input for improvements to the intersection of Johnson Drive and Woodland Road.
Challenger files for Ward 1 council seat
January 28, 2015
A long-time Johnson County resident and new Shawnee resident has filed for the Ward I City Council seat just before the filing deadline. Ben Terrill, who has lived resident of Johnson County for over 45 years, moved to Shawnee in March 2014 with his wife Sally and he says being new to the city is a benefit.
Shawnee residents face challenges in addressing train horn noise complaints
January 20, 2015
Residents around Shawnee have been dealing with train horn noise for years but now they are looking to reduce the high volume of horns affecting their quality of life.
Shawnee street maintenance program to see increased funding in 2015
January 7, 2015
The street maintenance program of Shawnee is going to have about $1.7 million more to work with in 2015 as a result of county and state funding, as well as the landfill impact fee and gas tax.