Local Government

John Segale third candidate to enter Shawnee mayoral race
December 21, 2014
FFormer City Council member John Segale has filed as the third candidate in the 2015 Spring General Election, meaning there will be a primary election on March 3.
Shawnee planning commission approves rezoning for Shawnee Landing, tables initial site plan
December 16, 2014
The Shawnee Planning Commission has approved preliminary steps for a future shopping center at Maurer Road and Shawnee Mission Parkway to be called Shawnee Landing but also asked for more research on several of the site’s plans.
Shawnee residents file lawsuit to stop sewer project near Maurer Road
December 15, 2014
Two residents along Bell Road have filed a law suit in district court to stop a county commission approved sewer line near the southwest corner of Maurer Road and Shawnee Mission Parkway.
Eric Jenkins files for council seat
December 12, 2014
Eric Jenkins filed earlier this month for a seat on the Shawnee City Council.
Johnson County Library lending machines coming to Shawnee
December 10, 2014
Western Shawnee residents and Lenexa residents will no longer have to drive all the way to the Shawnee and Lackman Johnson County Library branches for books and videos.
Shawnee to extend land tax suspension
December 9, 2014
Developers will not have to worry about real estate tax in Shawnee for another two years as the city is set to approve another suspension of the city’s excise tax.
Mayoral candidates have long histories of leadership in Shawnee
December 8, 2014
Shawnee city council members Jeff Vaught and Michelle Distler announced last week that they are running for Mayor in the city’s 2015 Spring General Election.
Grants to be used to build trail connections, bridges
December 4, 2014
The Shawnee Parks and Recreation Department has been awarded two grants worth more than $536,000 that the department will use to add connections to trails throughout the city, as well as build a new trail.
Distler, Vaught running for Shawnee Mayor
December 3, 2014
Shawnee city council members Jeff Vaught and Michelle Distler announced Monday that they are running for Mayor in the city’s 2015 Spring General Election.
Projects to be considered for Turkey Creek Watershed flooding problems
December 1, 2014
The city of Shawnee will soon have to decide how to address floodplain in east Shawnee in the Turkey Creek Watershed area. The city presented the results of two engineering studies along the Turkey Creek tributary just north of Shawnee Mission Parkway along Nieman Road recently to several residents of the area. The Turkey Creek watershed is in a FEMA regulated floodplain and there have been numerous reports of structures and street flooding during heavy rains.
Road to 2015 Spring General Election begins Dec. 1
November 28, 2014
With the November mid-term state elections not even one-month gone, the City of Shawnee will begin preparations for the 2015 spring general election for city government positions.
Shawnee repairing pipes from the inside out
November 24, 2014
Steam is pumped up into the air from a machine holding a serpentine looking large hose, rising from open man-hole covers and evaporating into the cold air. The steam has been popping up in recent years around Shawnee as the city uses a complex system to help maintain and repair storm drainage pipes. The process is called Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP) and uses a resin to patch up metal corrugated pipes that are deteriorating around the city. The steam is not the type of steam you would see rising from man-hole covers in a big city like Chicago or Denver.
Shawnee voters pass two sales tax measures
November 4, 2014
Shawnee voters approved two sales taxes in Tuesday’s general election vote. A one-eighth-cent sales tax renewal passed with almost 70 percent approval and more than 14,000 votes. About 6,000 people voted against the sales tax. A new three-eighth-cent sales tax for road improvements passed with 63 percent of the vote and more than 13,000 votes. About 7,400 people voted against the measure.
Candidate questionnaire: Vicki Hiatt, House District 39
October 28, 2014
Vicki Hiatt, D-Shawnee, is a first time candidate for the Kansas House of Representative District 39 seat. As a former teacher, she says education funding is one of the biggest challenges the state legislature is facing and she believes one of the primary roles of a good politician is to be an educator to voters. District 39 covers western Shawnee. The following are Hiatt’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Candidate questionnaire: Linda Gallagher, House District 23
October 28, 2014
Linda Gallagher is a long-time freelance writer and editor who has lived in Johnson County for 32 years. She is the Republican candidate for the Kansas House of Representatives District 23 seat. District 23 includes parts of northeast Lenexa, southeast Shawnee, and northwest Overland Park, along the I-35 corridor. The following are Gallagher’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.