A $207,693.20 OG&E proposal to provide lighting around the Shawnee Airport Trail was approved at the Monday night Shawnee City Commission meeting.

A $207,693.20 OG&E proposal to provide lighting around the Shawnee Airport Trail was approved at the Monday night Shawnee City Commission meeting.

Interim City Manager Justin Erickson explained the project would provide complete lighting around the facility and said staff was excited about the proposal, which came in lower than expected.

Grant money will further ease costs.

Avedis Foundation, as part of a larger grant, previously gave the city $147,000 to be used for the Airport Trails Lighting project. Taking into account those funds, City Engineer John Krywicki noted the city would have to provide the difference of $60,693.20.

Erickson said the city would “be responsible for the electric” bill, but all maintenance costs are included in the proposal.

City commissioners voted 6-0 to approve the proposal. Commissioner Gary Vogel was absent.

The evening also included two proclamations. Mayor Wes Mainord proclaimed March 2015 “Red Cross Month” and March 1-7 “Severe Weather Preparedness Week.”

Stating preparedness week has an emphasis on tornado safety, Mainord reminded community members about the importance of registering storm shelters with the city.

Emergency Management Director Donald Lynch directed the community to www.ready.gov and www.weather.gov for more on severe weather preparedness. He also said the city could be called for information.

During time allotted for commissioner comments, Mainord said he was amazed “at what Shawnee has going on in it.”

“Little Theater has had a great production going on. I went out to [Oklahoma Baptist University] for a great vocal concert. I went out to the horse show… and now they’ve got the [Pottawatomie County Junior Livestock Show] going on,” he detailed.

Mainord, noting the number of city happenings, added, “We’re mighty lucky.”