The city of Shawnee municipal court services are temporarily moving to the police department as crews remodel the area to make it more efficient and customer friendly.
City Attorney Mary Ann Karns said the remodeling has been planned for a while, so there are no pre-scheduled court appearances for the next two weeks as the move is expected for the week of Aug. 19 and the week of Aug. 26.
During the remodel, court clerks will be located in the records area of the police department, which is in the basement of city hall. Those who need to pay tickets or take care of other court-related business will need to go to that area for service until the remodel is complete.
The improvements are expected to provide a better workflow for clerks in the municipal court office and provide better services for the public, Karns said.
“It will be better for employees and more efficient,” Karns said, adding the arrangement should reduce lines and improve customer service.
As part of the project, the new municipal court window will be lowered on both sides to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Karns said, and clerk stations also will be reorganized. A new safety door and new security measures are also a part of the project.
During the remodel, signs in the municipal court area will direct those needing a court clerk to the downstairs police department area.