The Citizen Potawatomi Nation may fund repairs to the bridge that crosses the North Canadian River on Gordon Cooper Drive (Spouth Beard Street) Shawnee City Commissioners Monday evening will consider an agreement with the CPN that will leave them responsible for funding work to the southbound lanes of the James W. Allen bridge along Gordon Cooper across the North Canadian River.


The Citizen Potawatomi Nation may fund repairs to the bridge that crosses the North Canadian River on Gordon Cooper Drive (Spouth Beard Street) Shawnee City Commissioners Monday evening will consider an agreement with the CPN that will leave them responsible for funding work to the southbound lanes of the James W. Allen bridge along Gordon Cooper across the North Canadian River.

According to the agreement, the CPN has proposed to repair infrastructure and deck repair on the bridge up to the standards of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT).

“The work is proposed since the southbound Gordon Cooper Bridges is currently in bad condition and in need of repair,” according to the agreement. If approved, the entire project is to be constructed on public-right-of way.

Also during Monday’s meeting, interested Shawnee residents will have the opportunity to appear and be heard by the commission regarding a proposed ordinance change regarding billboards and similar non-accessory type signs in Shawnee.

A public hearing and consideration of the modification of the Shawnee Municipal Code will be held concerning the billboards. After holding four public hearings, the Shawnee Planning Commission is recommending the city prohibit the use of billboards within city limits. The recommendation comes after a moratorium was approved by commissioners on Aug. 20, 2001, and reaffirmed on Oct. 21, 2002. This moratorium prevented the city from issuing permits for “nonaccessory signs.” The moratorium was intended to be temporary and now commissioners must take action to clarify the code.

Commissioners are also expected to hear a presentation on the repair costs to the Municipal Pool. The main repairs will be the stainless steal circulation system, which will cost about $280,000, and the installation of two ADA lift chairs, which will cost approximately $14,500, City of Shawnee Director of Operations James Bryce said.

The commission meeting, open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.