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The Shawnee News-Star
  • No contract between chamber and city

  • The contract between the city of Shawnee and the Convention and Visitors Bureau has not been finalized, due to an illness with the city attorney.
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  • The contract between the city of Shawnee and the Convention and Visitors Bureau has not been finalized, due to an illness with the city attorney.
     
    The Greater Shawnee Area Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit against the city after the previous Shawnee City Commission moved to sever the contract without adequate notice or reason, according to the chamber.
     
    The CVB is an auspice of the chamber, according to the 1994 contract.
     
    The commission created a new entity to promote tourism, which was previously the work of the CVB.
     
    After the initial hearing, Judge Ferrell-Ashwood placed a restraining order on the city so they could not sever the contract, and thus place the Hotel Occupancy Surcharge with another entity.
     
    The restraining order is still in effect.
     
    According to the contract, the Hotel Occupancy Surcharge, an additional charge on hotel rooms to be used to promote additional tourism, will be paid to the chamber for the CVB.
     
    After the current city commission was seated, meetings began to create a new contract with the chamber for the CVB.
     
    Mayor Wes Mainord said the negotiations should restart with City Attorney Mary Ann Karns returning to the office after an illness.
     
    “We’re going to meet with her tomorrow,” Mainord said.
     
    He expects after the Wednesday meeting the city officials will meet with Chamber President Nancy Keith and other chamber members to finish negotiates, hopefully this week, Mainord added.
     
    “I would never have thought it would take this long,” he said.
     
    Keith said she is ready for things to settle down.
     
    “We’re just letting it rest,” she said.
     
    She added that finishing the contract quickly is important, but she believes it will be done soon.
     
    “I’m confident in Wes,” she said.
     
    Chamber Chairwoman Marta Land said she is glad Karns is recovering, but she is also ready for a new contract.
     
    “I’m a little bit disappointed that things weren’t resolved a little sooner,” Land said.
     
    Land said the limbo with the restraining order still being in effect is difficult everyone.
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    “I just feel like we need to reach a revolution,” she said. “We just have to do it.”
     

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