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City earns sixth consecutive budgeting award

For the sixth consecutive year, the city of Shawnee won a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

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Board OKs plans for cell tower, new Burger King

Planning commission approved the projects at its March 7 meeting

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Council meeting minutes may become audio-only

Shawnee officials continue to weigh cost, transparency and ease of use when it comes to records of their conversations during public meetings.

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City blames contractor for crack-seal project shortfall

Unsatisfactory work by an out-of-state contractor is making for a bumpy ride on some Shawnee streets, city officials said this week.

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Council meeting minutes may become audio-only

Shawnee officials continue to weigh cost, transparency and ease of use when it comes to records of their conversations during public meetings.

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Shawnee council to consider swapping typed minutes for online audio

Shawnee officials continue to weigh cost, transparency and ease of use when it comes to records of their conversations during public meetings.

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City's roadside mowing under review for savings

In another policy review undertaken to streamline efficiency, Shawnee is considering cutting back the amount of roadside area it mows for property owners.

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City considers changes to pet-related ordinances

Stray cats will become your problem – not the city’s – if the Shawnee City Council approves suggested animal ordinance changes.

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Council delays vote on cutting minutes

Shawnee will continue providing the public with detailed minutes from city meetings, at least until alternatives are further explored.

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New public comment policy possible for city meetings

Shawnee is on a path toward tightening rules for members of the public who speak during meetings and also eliminating full transcriptions of meeting minutes.

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City considers savings with simple change in pet law

The city of Shawnee likely will save several thousand dollars by making a fairly simple change in laws concerning pets, but it remains to be seen if it will do away with pet licensing.

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Special Council meeting set Tuesday

A partial meeting of members of the Shawnee City Council Tuesday will become a full meeting to benefit a local club.

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Police continue to enforce traffic safety on K-7 detours

A major construction project at Kansas Highway 7 and Johnson Drive has police busy making sure motorists on K-7 and detoured into adjoining neighborhoods are observing traffic laws.

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City Council holds rein on mill levy

After months of studying cuts and service reductions, the Shawnee City Council on Monday approved the city’s 2011 budget.

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Council approves 2010 budget

After months of studying cuts and service reductions, the Shawnee City Council Monday approved the city’s 2011 budget.

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Shawnee's population continues trending up

Recently released Census estimates show Shawnee’s population to be about 1,000 people higher last year than the city staff’s own estimates at the same time.

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2011 budget plans maintain programs, mill levy rates

Shawnee will move forward with a 2011 budget that plans to spend $1,467,822 less than in the city spent in 2007.

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Confirmation: City among best in U.S.

Shawnee once again is among the nation’s Best Places to Live, according to Money magazine.

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Budget options hold line on taxes

Shawnee City Council members will decide how to cut back, and by how much, as early as in the coming week as they discuss the 2011 budget.

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Public hearing casts doubts on Ten Quivira Plaza plans

The city of Shawnee’s first proposed Community Improvement District may be dead in the water.

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Five Ward I residents apply for Council seat

The Shawnee City Council will have five applicants to choose from next week when members fill a vacant Council seat.

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Mayor breaks tie to approve road to westside center

The city will build a 115-foot connection from 57th Street to the Oak Valley West shopping center to ease traffic concerns during construction of an interchange.

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Deadline for Ward I Council vacancy approaches

The deadline for anyone interested in the Ward I vacancy on the Shawnee City Council is Monday.

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City officials detail recent trip D.C. trip

Shawnee city officials who earlier this month attended the annual National League of Cities Congressional Conference in Washington, D.C., are sharing their experiences on the city’s Web site.

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City Council moves forward on improvement district

A public hearing is set for early next month for the Shawnee City Council to consider the creation of its first Community Improvement District.

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City prepares for next phase of trail

Work on the first phase of a new recreational trail continues in western Shawnee, and the city hopes to complete the second phase by the end of this year.

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City’s ’09 tax, fee receipts illustrate economic slowdown

Shawnee’s economy continued to be down in 2009, with fewer homes being built and decreasing sales in the city.

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City moves forward on center’s request

The Shawnee City Council has taken the first step in approval of an area using a new tax financing tool.

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Council approves trash ordinance

A nearly four-hour Shawnee City Council meeting covered a variety of issues Monday, chiefly the passage of a much-debated ordinance regulating trash disposal.

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Filing deadline approaches for April City Council races

There are already nine candidates who have filed to run for Shawnee City Council in April, but there is still time for potential contenders to throw their hats in the ring.

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City asks residents to check in on elderly neighbors

As brutally cold temperatures take root, the city of Shawnee is asking its residents to take extra precautions and to check on their elderly neighbors and others with special needs.

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City staff lays out necessary cuts for 2010 budget

In 2010, Shawnee may not look overly different from 2009.

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Filings begin early

Just a week after the first day of filing, there is almost a full slate of candidates for April’s Shawnee City Council election, with all but one race already being contested.

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Mayor objects to e-mail demands

Shawnee Mayor Jeff Meyers says he is concerned that some Shawnee City Council members are asking too much of the city staff.

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2 incumbents mum, 2 will run for re-election in 2010

Voters are likely to see some familiar faces in the April 2010 elections for Shawnee City Council, though this time, they’ll be running for a three-year, rather than a four-year, term.

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Council seeks proposals for efficiency study of City Hall

The Shawnee City Council will move forward to get information about the costs of an efficiency study, but some Council members say the city shouldn’t conduct such a study without first getting more feedback from residents.

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City takes step to become first in county to use employee furlough day

The city of Shawnee’s plan to become the first in Johnson County to have an employee furlough day is one step closer to approval.

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Reduced capital improvement plan approved

The Shawnee City Council on Monday approved a pared-down version of the 2010-2016 Capital Improvement Plan, cutting the list of projects by an estimated $20.6 million.

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Multiple haulers, PAYT garbage plan gain favor

The city of Shawnee will do more research and create an ordinance for the Shawnee City Council to consider that would allow multiple trash haulers in the city but require a pay-as-you-throw system, recycling and yard waste composting.

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City shies away from single trash hauler proposal

A single, citywide provider of trash hauling or recycling services is looking less likely for Shawnee.

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City releases Solid Waste Report

Shawnee city officials have released their Solid Waste Report, a 27-page report outlining the pros and cons of various types of trash and recycling services to be considered by the city.

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Franchise fees to return April 1

Shawnee’s franchise fees on residential gas and electricity bills will be reinstated next year, though not immediately at the full 5 percent, the Shawnee City Council decided Monday.

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Council to consider performance review for city

The city of Shawnee is looking into hiring a firm to conduct a performance review of city departments and services.

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City answers fee questions; Council to decide Monday

Community discussion about the possible reinstatement of franchise fees on residential utilities has caused the city to put a “Frequently Asked Questions” section about the fees on its Web site, cityofshawnee.org.

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Funding question puts brakes on interchange

The Kansas Department of Transportation, after previously announcing that the project was one of only a few it would move forward with, is delaying construction of an interchange at Kansas Highway 7 and Johnson Drive due to uncertainty about federal funding.

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Franchise fee discussion delayed

The Shawnee City Council will wait until its next meeting before determining if it will reinstate franchise fees for residential natural gas and electric utilities.

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Fees no stranger to metro area

The reinstatement of franchise fees has been tabled for two weeks, but should the Shawnee City Council approve it later this month, Shawnee residents will have to pay the fees they haven’t paid since 1989.

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Council tables franchise fee discussion

The Shawnee City Council will wait until its next meeting before determining if it will reinstate franchise fees for residential gas and electric utilities.

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City Council to consider reinstating franchise fee at Monday's meeting

The Shawnee City Council will consider reinstating franchise fees of up to 5 percent on residential and natural gas utilities at its regular Monday meeting.

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Utility fees to return with larger city budget

The Shawnee City Council has paved the way for reinstatement of a fee on utility bills that has not been collected since the mid-1980s.

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Council paves way for reinstatement of tax on utility bills

The council, before a full house at city hall, approved its 2010 city budget, which included $850,000 in new franchise fee revenue.

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Business openings defy dour economy

The economy may be down, but that is not stopping some new businesses in the city of Shawnee.

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City looks at fees to boost budget

The Shawnee City Council on Monday said it would like to leave open the option of reinstating franchise fees on residential gas and electrical utility bills.

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Census estimate puts city's 2008 population at 60,954

The U.S. Census population estimates for city populations as July 1, 2008, seem to be in line with numbers Shawnee city staff uses, if only a bit larger.

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Budget picture remains gloomy

City manager warns no more 1-time fixes

Tough decisions face the Shawnee City Council this month as it considers the city’s 2010 budget.

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City OK’s 2nd tax increment financing district

No development proposed yet within area near I-435 between SM Parkway and Johnson Drive

The city of Shawnee now has a second tax increment financing district, though no development projects are currently planned for the area.

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City addresses sales tax shortfall

Even after all of the budget cuts the city of Shawnee has made in the face of a tough economy, it appears further cuts may be necessary.

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City to pick up trash debate after more research

A task force has recommended that the city move to one trash hauler, but the Shawnee City Council asked that city staff research the cost implications of the move before making further decisions.

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City unveils fruits of branding effort

How do you describe a place that is full of history but growing, with people who are honest, hard-working and genuine? Shawnee may have found the best way to convey that in the phrase “Good Starts Here.”

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