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The Shawnee News-Star
  • City commission repeals tourism advisory board

  • Shawnee City Commission passed an ordinance Monday night repealing Ordinance 2487, which was passed by the previous city commission.
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  • Shawnee City Commission passed an ordinance Monday night repealing Ordinance 2487, which was passed by the previous city commission.
     
    While Ordinance 2487 was repealed, the emergency clause did not pass. The emergency clause puts a law into effect immediately, instead of implementing it in 30 days. A unanimous vote would have been required to pass the emergency clause, as only five commissioners were present. Commissioner Steve Smith voted no.
     
    Ordinance 2487 removed the Tourism Advisory Committee, which handles the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). The CVB handles tourism for Shawnee, and is funded through the Hotel Occupancy Surcharge.
     
    Ordinance 2487 will go into effect Thursday, Sept. 20, because at the time it was adopted its emergency clause did not pass either, City Attorney Mary Ann Karns said during the meeting. Because the emergency clause to repeal 2487 did not pass, Ordinance 2487 will remain in effect until Wednesday, Oct. 17.
     
    The same ordinance implemented a Tourism Advisory Board, to be appointed solely by the mayor and city commission. The board would advise Shawnee Tourism, Inc. which was to replace the CVB in fostering tourism.
     
    The ordinance repealing 2487 and re-implementing the Tourism Advisory Committee will not go into effect until Wednesday, Oct. 17.
     
    The commission also approved members of the pool advisory board. Members include Terry West, Richard Finley, Nancy Ford, John Ayers, John Winterringer, and James Bryce.
     
    The board will meet and discuss plans for a new pool, or plans for improvements to the existing pool.
     
    "I think the sky's the limit, except we'll have a budget," City Manager Brian McDougal said during the meeting.
     
    Commissioners deferred discussion on rezoning the property at 204 N. Louisa for use as a homeless shelter to their Nov. 5 meeting. This will give the commissioners time to review the recommendation from the Wednesday, Oct. 10 Planning Commission meeting.

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