The city is pushing forward after discovering that a sizable chunk of promised retail development has stagnated.

The city is pushing forward after discovering that a sizable chunk of promised retail development has stagnated.

City Manager Justin Erickson confirmed Friday that the city had recently been made aware that Hunt Properties no longer has a lease/contract with the Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) for the Phase Two Marketplace property, which sits just south of Hobby Lobby.

As a result, that property and the adjacent state land just west of the Marketplace and south of Interstate 40 are now under negotiation between the State of Oklahoma, CLO and the City of Shawnee. Shawnee City Commissioners are set to consider a Memorandum of Understanding Monday.

The state and CLO own several hundred acres of land

located north and south of Interstate 40, west of Kickapoo Street and east of Leo Street. Portions of this property have been sold or leased over the last two decades for commercial use, Erickson said.

Given the significance of the property and the potential development of land to the west, discussions were held with CLO staff regarding the launch of a collaborative effort to facilitate development of the CLO property, which would generate significant taxes for multiple parties and be a benefit to the state, according to the agenda.

“The City and the State have been exploring ways to help promote the property and encourage development,” Erickson said. “The purpose of the MOU is for the city and state to work together to master plan the property, engineer site improvements and possibly construct some public improvements (roadways, water/sewer) to facilitate additional development.”

Erickson said the CLO does not normally collaborate with cities to the extent set forth in the MOU and this would provide a major opportunity to help induce additional economic development in the city.

The CLO is set to consider the MOU at its board meeting Aug. 10.

In other business, the city’s website, which has been internally managed and designed since inception, may get the go-ahead from commissioners to initiate an agreement with Revize Software Systems for professional services related to a complete redesign.

“Given available staff resources and the critical importance of web function to a City’s image and customer service capabilities, staff has determined that it is time utilize a website design firm with expertise in governmental operations to redesign the City’s site.

Staff recommends approval of the proposal in the amount of $43,500, which is under the estimated budget of $50,000. Annual maintenance is projected to cost just under $6,000 per year. If approved, the new website is scheduled to launch by mid-December.

Public hearings and consideration of rezoning ordinances are scheduled for a couple properties: a conditional use permit for 1215 E. Farrall Street is being sought to allow for a manufactured home; and for 4010 N. Kickapoo St., Nelmon Brauning is requesting a rezone from R-1; Single Family Residential District to C-3; Highway Commercial District, for use as a restaurant or for retail services.

Also, a final plat is requested for Avedis Park, 1500 E. Independence St., where the Avedis Foundation's headquarters are being established.

City Commissioners may discuss and possibly direct staff regarding election processes to clarify terms of office and the Ward 6 Commissioner election for the remainder of the term.

The board also may amend Section 56 of Ordinance No. 2520NS, which would re-instate Chapter 12, Section 13, of the Shawnee City Code titled, “Municipal Courts – Failure to Appear Before the Court.”

A maximum $500 fine would be issued to any person deemed to be in violation of failing to appear in municipal court — having been duly issued a summons or citation or having been arraigned and released on recognizance or having made a promise to appear.

Commissioners also plan to meet in executive session regarding a pending workers compensation case brought against the city by Wesley Treece.

Other than approving minutes of last meeting, there is no known business slated on Municipal Authority and Airport Authority agendas.

The 6:30 p.m. meeting will take place Monday in the Commission Chambers at City Hall.