Monday’s Shawnee City Commission meeting brought much discussion about a resolution over a potential tax credit award to Zimmerman Properties, LLC to construct a new 48-unit senior multi-family housing development known as Shawnee Estates just east of Denny’s and north of Interstate 40.

Monday’s Shawnee City Commission meeting brought much discussion about a resolution over a potential tax credit award to Zimmerman Properties, LLC to construct a new 48-unit senior multi-family housing development known as Shawnee Estates just east of Denny’s and north of Interstate 40.

Commissioners were split on whether to approve the measure.

Commissioner James Harrod said he didn’t like that each time a strictly low-income housing project comes to the city, it brings down Shawnee’s per capita income.

Mayor Wes Mainord said, through his experience in working with the Salvation Army, it was his understanding that waiting lists for those needing low-income housing could be up to six months to a year in wait time to get into a home.

Harrod rebutted that it wasn’t due to lack of available housing, as much as it was likely lack of funds by support services to help place those families into them.

“Some of the ones we already have are only at half capacity,” Harrod said.

Commissioner Keith Hall said the city should consider making policies that would require complexes to be percentage-based, where some of the units would be low-income based, but some units could be rented to anyone.

City Manager Justin Erickson said phase one of the project had previously been OK’d for a 60-unit apartment complex.

The resolution for the phase-two project was deferred.

Next, Ward 5 Commissioner Lesa Shaw expressed concern over a budget amendment in the consent agenda regarding repairs to Fire Station No. 2’s temporary home, 1221 E. Main –– at the corner of Main and Oak streets –– while the unit’s new station is being redone.

“It’s not over the price or the repairs,” Shaw said.

She said her concerns lie with consistently holding high the performance of contractors on whatever project the city is paying for. The item passed five to one, Shaw’s being the only dissenting vote.

In other business, City Finance Director Cindy Sementelli reported that December sales tax collected was $1,506,784, up $65,010 (or 4.51 percent) over last year.

“We are 14.58 percent over December 2013 figures,” Sementelli said in the agenda, “putting us up 4.92 percent over fiscal year 2014-2015.”

She said, “We budgeted for 3 percent, and we are at 2.9 percent –– just under budget.”

Also on the agenda, Emergency Management Director Don Lynch discussed his recommendation to award a bid for potential snow and ice removal assistance as needed during the winter months.

Lynch reported PTS Pipeline and Tank Services, LLC, was the only proposal that had been submitted as of Monday, but the figures looked to be in line with expectations. The city voted to award the bid to PTS.

The Jan. 4 City Commission meeting has been canceled due to a low volume of business. The next regular City Commission meeting will be Jan. 18.

There was no new business to discuss or act upon on the Shawnee Municipal Authority or Shawnee Airport Authority agendas.

 

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