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The Shawnee News-Star
  • City supports Sunday alcohol sales

  • A resolution requesting Pottawatomie County Commission place before voters a ballot title permitting the Sunday sale of alcoholic beverages at restaurants in the county was approved at the Monday night Shawnee City Commission meeting.
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  • A resolution requesting the Pottawatomie County Commission place before voters a ballot title permitting the Sunday sale of alcoholic beverages at restaurants in the county was approved at the Monday night Shawnee City Commission meeting.
    City Manager Brian McDougal said the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation had also voted a resolution of support and he expected the item to appear on the County Commission agenda soon.
    Currently in Pottawatomie County, only beer can be sold on Sundays. McDougal said some Native American casinos are the exception. Commissioner Steve Smith expressed his approval of the resolution, stating it would provide a revenue opportunity.
    “We still have laws to protect the public. We can’t over serve,” Smith explained. “But it will allow some economic development.”
    Mayor Wes Mainord agreed the change would be great. He noted he had received calls from people, traveling through Shawnee, who vowed to never stay in the city again on a Sunday night, because they were unable to get a drink.
    “We want people stopping here and loving our city,” he said.
    During the city manager’s report, McDougal announced he had appointed Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz to Interim Public Safety Director following Shawnee Fire Chief David Short’s recent retirement.
    “Essentially what I did there was just add some administrative duties to an already-approved position by City Commission,” McDougal said.
    Those duties consist of human resources, budgeting and assessment of the fire department.
    Commissioners approved a staff recommendation to award the rehab concrete streets project to S&J Construction Specialists in the amount of $466,725. The project had previously been re-advertised for bid letting after a sole bid was rejected at the June 2 meeting.
    Rex Hennen, assistant city engineer – utilities, said the winning bid was roughly $100,000 less than the original bid.
    Acknowledging the significant difference in bid amount, Mainord joked, “Could we delay it one more?”
    An item regarding the reduction of the statutory minimum liability limits on some city-owned property, considered to be the north airport property, harvested approving action that will allow tenants to maintain a minimum liability of $500,000 for the time being. The amount is expected to increase in the future. SEDF Executive Director Tim Burg said he viewed the decision as a grace period.
    Two items calling for possible action in relation to an ordinance of detachment of territory were tabled until the next meeting.
    An executive session included discussion of potential claims, litigation or other options regarding Nash Construction v. City of Shawnee, and discussion regarding performance evaluations and employment contracts of the city manager, city attorney and municipal judge. No action was taken in executive session.

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