Shawnee City Commissioners have a short — but unusual — agenda to face when they meet Monday. The board will hear from Ashley Hill, Producer/Community Relations Representative for the CSPAN Cities Tour.
Shawnee City Commissioners have a short — but unusual — agenda to face when they meet Monday.
The board will hear from Ashley Hill, Producer/Community Relations Representative for the CSPAN Cities Tour.
Mayor Richard Finley and Vyve Broadband will welcome C-SPAN to Shawnee at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Shawnee Public Library as they kick off a visit to record the history and non-fiction literary life of Shawnee on the cable network’s non-fiction book channel BookTV (on C-SPAN2) and history channel American History TV (on C-SPAN3).
In conjunction with its cable partner, Vyve Broadband, C-SPAN producers will reveal the stories and segments that will be explored by the national network. During their time in Shawnee, C-SPAN producers will visit various literary and historic sites, interview local historians, non-fiction authors and conduct educational and community outreach in the area.
“We are super excited to get a segment done on Shawnee,” Diane Quennoz, Sr. vice president marketing and customer service, Vyve Broadband, said.
Local segments recorded during the week of Feb. 4-7 will air on BookTV (on C-SPAN2, Vyve Broadband channel 20) and American History TV (on C-SPAN3, Vyve Broadband channel 21) throughout C-SPAN's special Shawnee weekend, March 3-4.
In other business, commissioners may approve a prorated increase in funding to the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation (SEDF), in accordance with a clause related to the merger with the Greater Shawnee Area Chamber of Commerce in the agreement between the City and SEDF for Fiscal Year 20172018.
The city maintains an annual agreement with the SEDF to fund the marketing program and activities. The contract for the current fiscal year was approved on June 5, 2017, by the Commission. Anticipating a merger between the SEDF and the Greater Shawnee Area Chamber of Commerce, the contract includes a provision related to increased funding that would be required to facilitate the new organization (Shawnee Forward) and get it up and running, a memo from City Manager Justin Erickson reads. The merger was approved by both entities in January 2018, triggering this clause for consideration by the Commission.
“Staff recommends that the City Commission approve a pro rata increase to SEDF in the amount of $4,167 per month from February through June — for a total amount of $20,835 over the remaining fiscal year,” the agenda reads.
Also on the agenda, commissioners may consider acceptance of property from Pottawatomie County — 808 West Main Street — the releases of liens, and the lease of said property to Community Renewal to facilitate the establishment of a community garden.
In a letter, Community Renewal Friendship House Coordinator Travis Flood said during the engagement process Community Renewal found that Kickapoo Park residents identified a community garden as something they wanted developed in their neighborhood.
The city has been working with Pottawatomie County, Blue Zones Project and Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County to establish a community garden on the vacant lot. Community Renewal has a Friendship House under construction near the garden and the site also is located adjacent to the Kickapoo Park Housing Complex, which is owned and managed by the Shawnee Housing Authority.
“Community Renewal staff, through the Friendship House, will work to connect with area residents, and the community garden will be a means by which they are able to build relationships and involve residents,” Flood said.
In another agenda item, the city has received a letter of credit in lieu of completing public improvements for the Chicken Express project, authorizing obtainment of signatures and recording of a final plat. Funding in the amount of $19,305 has been made available to the City of Shawnee to complete the Sanitary Sewer Extension in the event the extension has not been installed and accepted by the city within a year.
Unless some unknown item arises, the only task set on the agendas for the Municipal Authority and Airport Authority are to approve the minutes from their last meetings.
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.