When Shawnee City Commissioners met Tuesday, they approved a prorated increase in funding to the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation (SEDF) in accordance with the clause related to the merger with the Greater Shawnee Area Chamber of Commerce in the agreement between the City of Shawnee and SEDF for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.

When Shawnee City Commissioners met Tuesday, they approved a prorated increase in funding to the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation (SEDF) in accordance with the clause related to the merger with the Greater Shawnee Area Chamber of Commerce in the agreement between the City of Shawnee and SEDF for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. The item was previously deferred from the Feb. 5 City Commission meeting.

The City maintains an annual agreement with the SEDF, and its contract for the current fiscal year was approved in June.

“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,” the agenda reads. “The merger was approved by both entities in January 2018, triggering this clause for consideration.”

City Manager Justin Erickson said he recommended 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 vote was 5-0-1; Mayor Richard Finley abstained, and City Commissioner Lesa Shaw was not present at the meeting.