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  • Commission to renew red cedar discussion

  • Special city commission meeting scheduled.
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  • Shawnee city commissioners will continue discussion on red cedar tree eradication at a special called meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30.
    Commissioner Linda Agee, who has been spearheading the effort, was appointed to a sub-committee along with commissioners Keith Hall and James Harrod.
    Agee, the long-standing proponent of red cedar removal, said she was surprised removal was being discussed so quickly after the May 19 tornado.
    She added that there are many reasons, including the large amount of water that the trees use, that she wanted to see removal underway. Other reasons include affect on other wildlife, as well as fire danger.
    However, she said she doesn’t want to see the trees completely gone.
    “I don’t believe in eradicating the red cedars,” Agee said, adding that she believes that a removal process would be advised, and that it should be started quickly.
    Agee said she hopes with everyone together at Monday night’s meeting that some meaningful discussion can be had, and a plan can be put into place.
    She added that she hopes to get started as soon as possible.
    Other topics to be discussed at the meeting an update on the Water/Sewer Master plan, other capital projects, and discussion regarding applying for an Economic Development Association Grant for a sewer line to the North Airport Property.
    The meeting will be a 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at Shawnee City Hall in Commission Chambers.
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