Shawnee City Commissioners have some decisions to make regarding two somewhat controversial items set before them on Monday — a proposed speed limit change along the north end of Kickapoo and a rezone request to place a cell tower between Shawnee Middle School and a neighborhood to the west.

Shawnee City Commissioners have some decisions to make regarding two somewhat controversial items set before them on Monday — a proposed speed limit change along the north end of Kickapoo and a rezone request to place a cell tower between Shawnee Middle School and a neighborhood to the west.

The Traffic Commission’s recommendation is a request by staff to lower the speed limit to 35 miles per hour on Kickapoo Avenue from MacArthur Street to Westech Road.

City Engineer Michael Ludi said two things were looked at to address first along the north end of Kickapoo: to set an appropriate speed limit and to link and coordinate the traffic signals.

“As we analyzed the traffic data that we collected we calculated that 85 percent of the traffic throughout a 24 hour period was traveling at 35.9 mph and that the average speed was 25.5 mph,” he said. “The speed of the 85 percent is an important value and is a nationally recognized standard for setting an appropriate speed limit.”

In his memo to Interim City Manager Eric Benson, Ludi said the situation was just as staff suspected — average vehicle speeds were higher in the early mornings and late evenings and slowed down as traffic increased, with slowest average speeds being recorded through the noon to 1 p.m. lunch hour.

“The average highest speed time was found to be around 4 a.m. at 38 mph, and the average lowest speed time was 12:30 p.m. at 19.5 mph,” he said.

Ludi also said 265 reported accidents in that area from 2010 to now, plus the recent growth of many retail businesses were factors in proposing the change.

The item unanimously passed in a recent Traffic Commission meeting. Since the vote, many area residents took to social media to air various opinions on the topic.

Another item on the agenda is consideration of an ordinance to rezone property just south of West 45th Street behind Northside Veterinary Hospital, which sits on the north section of the property.

AT&T — facing opposition to its goal to install a cell tower near a residential area — received a nod from Shawnee Planning Commissioners after making some changes to its original plan.

Before the recent revisions, the request was denied by Planning Commissioners flanked by several area residents who are against the proposal.

Health, safety and aesthetics were cited among concerns, as well as the fear of declining property values.

Due to space restraints, the original cell tower height of 140 feet was reduced to 120 feet — making the fall radius smaller, and AT&T shifted the placement of the antenna a bit to the northeast, which put the site farthest east from the residential area as it could go.

City Planner Rebecca Blaine said the revisions AT&T recently made meet all the city's zoning requirements.

In other business, the board will hear the monthly sales tax and City Treasurer report.

Also, Girl Scout Troop 314 will be sitting in on the meeting, being introduced to City Commissioners as they pursue their Government Badge.

On the Airport Authority agenda, commissioners may increase rental rates for all airport properties to compensate for inflation. The proposed increase of 1.9 percent is based on the rate of inflation established by the Consumer Price Index for calendar year 2018.

“Staff is also seeking the authority to renew existing hangar leases for a period of one calendar year, for tenants in good standing, and to execute standard hangar leases for new tenants throughout Fiscal Year 2020,” the agenda reads.

Also, airport staff is requesting permission to solicit bids to lease 200 acres of the North Airport Property for the purpose of harvesting hay.

Shawnee Regional Airport Manager Bonnie Wilson said leasing the property generates income for the airport and allows for routine access to the land by the Shawnee Municipal Authority and the Shawnee Police Department training facility.

The only item set for the Municipal Authority is to approve the minutes from its last meeting.

The 6 p.m. meeting will take place Monday in the Bertha Ann Young City Commission Chambers at City Hall, at 16 W. 9th St.