Local Government

Shawnee departments earn national accreditation
November 24, 2015
The Shawnee Public Works and Development Services departments have been honored by an independent agency some of the best in the country.
Public hearing on luxury apartment complex postponed
November 17, 2015
The public hearing on a proposed luxury apartment complex on Pflumm Road north of 62nd Street has been postponed at the developer’s request.
Shawnee hires Doug Whitacre as new Public Works Director
November 17, 2015
Shawnee City Manager Carol Gonzales has hired Doug Whitacre, current public works director for the city of Topeka, as the city’s new public works director.
Shoe and clothing drive benefiting disabled veterans
November 17, 2015
The charitable work for local veterans by the late Tony Lang is continuing even after his death. Lang started his namesake shoe drive, The Tony Lang 1000 Shoes Drive, a few years ago to collect shoes for the Kansas Disabled Veterans Store in Kansas City, Kan.
Shawnee employees honored for years of service
November 16, 2015
Shawnee employees and volunteers were honored for their years of service to the city last week, including Mike Hartman, a fire captain with the Shawnee Fire Department, who has dedicated 30 years to the city.
Shawnee receives national award for use of technology in city services
November 9, 2015
Shawnee has been named a first-place winner in the national Digital Cities Survey in recognition of its continued work to improve citizen services through technology.
Retirees find volunteer opportunities through city and county
November 9, 2015
Retirees who still want to sharpen their professional skills and pursue their favorite hobbies have numerous avenues of finding volunteer opportunities in Shawnee and in the county.
Luxury apartment complex proposal draws opposition from surrounding community
November 4, 2015
The Shawnee Planning Commission recommended 8-2 that the City Council approve the rezoning and preliminary development plan for Vantage at Shawnee, a proposed luxury apartment complex, at the Monday, Nov. 23, council meeting.
2015 Citizen’s Survey results positive for city
November 4, 2015
The 2015 Shawnee citizen’s survey shows that an overwhelming majority of residents are pleased with city services and said that the city should continue to focus in the future more on street maintenance.
Council approves additional public comment at meetings
October 29, 2015
A citizen’s suggestion to change a policy in City Council meetings to allow additional public comment was approved despite some resistance.
Council chamber remodel begins, meetings moved
October 28, 2015
Construction begins this week on the Shawnee City Council chamber room.
Citizen task force approves final plan for recommended street repairs
October 28, 2015
Eleven streets have been identified by a set of criteria established by the Street Improvement Task Force as the most deserving for repaving, curbing and guttering with $9.7 million of the city’s new pavement tax.
Shawnee approves changes to pet chicken ordinances
October 27, 2015
The Shawnee City Council approved changes to city ordinances on Monday that ease restrictions on people owning chicken as pets in the city. Shawnee adopted policies similar to Roeland Park’s in that chicken coops, runs and tractors can now be on any property as long they are 10 feet from the property line and 40 feet from a house or building.
Council Member driving on dealer license plates
October 26, 2015
A member of the Shawnee City Council who makes policy decisions regarding the collection and use of property taxes in the city has been seen driving on dealer plates that do not require a county registration fee, of which a portion goes directly back to Shawnee property taxes.
Shawnee earns distinction for promotion of solar energy
October 19, 2015
Shawnee has been officially recognized as a solar-ready community by the Mid-America Regional Council, making it the first city in Kansas in the Kansas City metropolitan area to achieve this designation.