In an executive session among Shawnee City Commissioners, the board on Monday night agreed to authorize an investigation of complaints of the existence of a hostile work environment –– a pending claim which the City, with the advice of the City Attorney, has determined that disclosure would seriously impair the city's ability to process the claim and conduct an investigation in the public interest in compliance with its duty of confidentiality.

In an executive session among Shawnee City Commissioners, the board on Monday night agreed to authorize an investigation of complaints of the existence of a hostile work environment –– a pending claim which the City, with the advice of the City Attorney, has determined that disclosure would seriously impair the city's ability to process the claim and conduct an investigation in the public interest in compliance with its duty of confidentiality.

Ward 5 Commissioner Lesa Shaw –– as she abstained from voting yea or nay –– said she was concerned and conflicted by the approach being used by the board to handle the claim.

City Manager Justin Erickson also was unable to comment, and was absent from the meeting –– he's on paternity leave celebrating the birth of his daughter Chloe.

Other items City Commissioners addressed were:

Plats, demo, rezones

• Consideration of Clara and Juan Guerrero’s appeal of an administrative order requiring the demolition of the residential structure located at 420 South Park St.: (Reconsideration from Sept. 6, 2016, City Commission meeting.) Community Development Director Justin DeBruin said no action is necessary at this time; the owners have filed a remodel permit.

• Consideration of final plat for re-plat of Vision Addition, Section I, 4301 N. Harrison St.; and consideration of a final plat for Vision Addition, Section II, at the same location: Commissioners voted 6-0 in favor of the plats.

• Public hearing and consideration of an ordinance to rezone property at 1500 E. Independence St. from R-1; Single Family Residential to C-1; Neighborhood Commercial; and consideration of a preliminary plat for Avedis Park at the same location: Commissioners voted 6-0 in favor of the rezone.

Shaw said in past contretemps regarding the property, many in the neighborhood have voiced several concerns over how it would be used.

She said the tune has changed for many of them. They are now are in favor of Avedis taking on the the site.

She shared her support of the nonprofit's plan.

Some are still leery though, she said, and she held her ground making those worries clear, urging the planning department to keep them in mind as the plan moves forward.

Mayor appointments

• Traffic Commission: John “Jack” Barrett, partial term –– Replaces Darren Rutherford, who resigned (Expires 1/1/2017) The item was approved by commissioners.

• Shawnee Hospital Authority reappointments: Mike Warwick, Dr. John Robinson, and Charles Skillings (Each expires 9/30/2022) These were approved in a 5-1 vote. Shaw wanted to table the item, expressing concern about the absence of applications with the city from the three appointees –– that motion failed.

Municipal Authority

• Consider bids for Sanitary Sewer Rehab Project (various locations); Water Treatment Plant Sludge Removal. The item was deferred.

The next City Commission meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the Commission Chambers at City Hall.

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.