Local Government

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.
Council votes to investigate election alternative for board vacancies
July 14, 2015
The Shawnee City Council agreed last week to look into an election process in place of its current appointment system for filling vacant council seats.
Council budget debates intensify as session wraps up
July 8, 2015
Amid more claims of micromanaging, the council voted against a list of suggestions for the city budget from Council Member Eric Jenkins on Tuesday.
Distler launches Third Thursdays community meetings
July 6, 2015
Beginning next week, the city of Shawnee and Mayor Michelle Distler will launch a new program called Third Thursdays with the Mayor, which will give citizens an opportunity to engage with their city’s mayor and government.
City budget suggestions cause conflict on Shawnee council
June 29, 2015
New City Council Member Eric Jenkins has proposed some changes to the city’s department structure and budget as the city wraps up its 2016 budget session, which caused some backlash from other members of the council.
Street Improvement Task Force agrees on plan to address eastern Shawnee streets
June 22, 2015
The 12-member Shawnee Street Improvement Task Force was able to see how their criteria for addressing road repairs would address the city’s needs at their third meeting last week.
City moves forward with $235,000 plans to upgrade council chambers
June 18, 2015
The city is moving forward with plans to upgrade the City Council chambers at a cost of $235,000 to redesign the room and upgrade the room’s audio and visual components.