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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Organizations accept awards for disaster response following May tornado

  • Shawnee Mayor Wes Mainord presented awards to several organizations in the Shawnee and Pottawatomie County area that helped in disaster relief response and recovery during and after the May 19 tornado.
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  • Shawnee Mayor Wes Mainord presented awards to several organizations in the Shawnee and Pottawatomie County area that helped in disaster relief response and recovery during and after the May 19 tornado.
    The Certificates of Appreciation for Disaster Response and Recovery were accepted by all but one organization at Tuesday night's city commission meeting.
    Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman Rocky Barrett did not accept the CPN award. He said the CPN Disaster Recovery Relief Effort is funded by its 8.5 percent sales tax profits.
    "We see some irony in the award," he said.
    Barrett was one of four tribal leaders who recently received a letter from the city of Shawnee asking the tribes to pay the city sales tax for sales made to non-tribal members at tribal businesses.
    The organizations that did accept the award include OBU, Walmart, Rotary Club, Avedis Foundation, Salvation Army, Lowes, Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Shawnee Public Schools, East Central WorkForce Investment Board, United Way of Pottawatomie County and TDK.
    Mike McCormick, president of the Shawnee Rotary Club, said he accepted the award not only for the Shawnee Rotary Club, but also for the rotary clubs across the United States.
    "Those as far away as New Jersey, Texas, and Kentucky…we really appreciate their support," he said.
    Septic hauler price changes under new resolution
    City commissioners approved a resolution setting certain fees connected with water and wastewater system.
    Utility Director Steve Nelms said industrial industries, like septic services, would see an increase in fees. He said industrial industries currently pay $10 per load but under the resolution, fees will be determined by size of load.
    Currently the fee for a permit for trucks is free but Nelms said under the resolution, the permit fee will be $100 per truck per year, along with a $10 tipping fee.
    "This will be just a small drop in the bucket to get some of that money back," he said.
    Nelms said he hopes to make the changes in fees by April.
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