Shawnee City Commissioners will gather Monday to hear a presentation about the award of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Community Challenge grant, which is funding the installation of a mini-traffic circle at the intersection of Burns Street and Chapman Avenue.

Shawnee City Commissioners will gather Monday to hear a presentation about the award of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Community Challenge grant, which is funding the installation of a mini-traffic circle at the intersection of Burns Street and Chapman Avenue.

“The City of Shawnee has been selected to receive grant funding in the amount of $9,936 from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) through the AARP Community Challenge,” the agenda memo reads. “AARP has invested nearly $780,000 to improve the quality of life for people of all ages. This was a highly competitive selection process, with more than 1,200 applications for the first-ever AARP Community Challenge.”

This funding will be used to replace stop signs at the intersection of Burns Street and Chapman Avenue, with one of the city’s first residential mini-circles.

Mini-circles are raised circular islands constructed in the center of residential street intersections. They reduce vehicle speeds by forcing motorists to maneuver around them and are typically used instead of stop signs.

“They are traffic calming devices that have been found to reduce motor vehicle crashes, and when properly designed can greatly benefit the safety of pedestrians and cyclists,” according to the memo to the board.

City Planner Justin DeBruin said staff selected this intersection keeping several factors in mind:

• Located between Kickapoo St. and Shawnee High School, Burns is highly trafficked by students and residents on a daily basis. A common safety complaint made the city on this intersection is vehicular traffic disregarding stop signs.

• As a well-established residential neighborhood, Jefferson Terrace is ideally located with many existing amenities that foster an atmosphere of walkability. It is adjacent to Shawnee High School, Jefferson Elementary School, Community Renewal Headquarters, Kickapoo Street (the city's major commercial corridor), and perhaps most uniquely, two pocket parks located north and south of the subject intersection.

• The area reflects great diversity in population age. The historic housing stock, alongside the abundance of amenities in a short proximity, citizens from all walks of life serve to benefit from improved safety and accessibility to basic, local services.

City staff plans to design the project in-house and select a qualified contractor to implement the work.

“All projects must be completed by Nov. 1, 2017, leaving a short window of time to complete the work,” DeBruin said. “This is an ambitious deadline, but a wonderful opportunity to incorporate a best practice traffic measure now, and measure the results for possible use in the future.”

City Commissioners may approve an agreement with Excel Auction to auction surplus city property.

According to the agenda, the date for the auction will be Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center.

“The City’s auction items will be sold in conjunction with a regularly scheduled auction that Excel already has going on,” the memo reads. “The cost to the City is 10 percent of the total sales of the city’s items that do not bring more than $1000.”

If this contract is approved, city staff will bring the list of items to be sold in front of the commission to be deemed surplus property before the auction.

Also, approval of a change order for the Fire Station No. 2 Rehab Project is requested.

There will be a public hearing and consideration of an ordinance to rezone with a conditional use permit for property located 16712 Magnino Road to allow applicant Lora Davis to run a bed and breakfast. Planning commissioners voted in favor of the request.

The board is scheduled to appoint a Vice Mayor.

Commissioners will receive an update on September Sales Tax collections, hear a report from City Manager Justin Erickson and Director of Operations James Bryce will share his administrative reports on Parks and Recreation.

Erickson will present Employee of the Month Jarrod Jackson, of the Streets Department, to board members.

The only item set for Airport Authority and Municipal Authority agendas are to approve the minutes from the last meeting.

The 6:30 p.m. meeting will take place Monday in the Bertha Ann Young City Commission Chambers at City Hall, at 16 W. 9th St.