Local Government

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.
Erfurt Park construction making progress, although slow because of rain
June 10, 2015
Standing atop the already built overlook hill at Erfurt Park, a person can see for miles, a beautiful view that will be even better when the park is completed this fall.
Street improvements move forward for 59th Terrace
June 9, 2015
The city of Shawnee is moving forward with plans to improve the street, sidewalk and gutters on 59th Terrace from Flint Street to King Street in downtown Shawnee for $604,000.
City continues to investigate ways to mitigate train horn noise
June 8, 2015
It’s a long, challenging track for the city to find ways to appease residents in Shawnee who say train horn noise in their area has become a quality of life issue.
Shawnee council has mixed reaction to state’s changes for local elections
June 2, 2015
The Kansas State legislature has agreed to move local city election to the fall of odd numbered years, among other changes, and the Shawnee City Council has varied reactions to the moves.
Judge dismisses case against county sewer district near Bell Road
June 1, 2015
A Johnson County District judge dismissed a case filed by two Bell Road residents against the county’s formation of a contract sewer district near Shawnee Mission Parkway and Maurer Road earlier this month.