Board may up funds for SEDF

Vicky O. Misa | | (405) 214-3962 | Twitter: @Vicky_NewsStar

When Shawnee City Commissioners meet Tuesday, they may approve a prorated increase in funding to the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation (SEDF) in accordance with the clause related to the merger with the Greater Shawnee Area Chamber of Commerce in the agreement between the City of Shawnee and SEDF for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. The item was previously deferred from the Feb. 5 City Commission meeting.

The City maintains an annual agreement with the SEDF. The contract for the current fiscal year was approved in June by the Commission.

“Anticipating a merger between the SEDF and the Greater Shawnee Area Chamber of Commerce, the contract includes a provision related to increased funding that would be required to facilitate the new organization (Shawnee Forward) and get it up and running,” the agenda reads. “The merger was approved by both entities in January 2018, triggering this clause for consideration.”

According to the agenda, staff recommends that the City Commission approve a pro rata increase to SEDF in the amount of $4,167 per month from February through June for a total amount of $20,835 over the remaining fiscal year.

The city also is set to consider approval of a contract with RDG Planning and Design for an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

“For growing communities, it may be necessary to revise or update the comprehensive plan every five to ten years in order to keep the plan current and relevant to the community,” Community Development Director Justin DeBruin said.

This Plan updates the city's current comprehensive plan, which was last modified in 2005, and will be coordinated and developed in the context of other plans and studies previously prepared by the city.

In other business, City Manager Justin Erickson plans to present Employee of the Month, Rebecca Reyes, of the utility billing department.

The board will acknowledge that Randy Newton, of the Animal Shelter, is retiring after years of service.

Commissioners intend to present a resolution of appreciation to Diane Smith for more than 33 years of service to the City of Shawnee.

The board also is slated to hear the monthly update on sales tax collections.

On the Municipal Authority agenda, commissioners may give staff authorization to rent a belt press for removal of sludge at the Northside Water Treatment Plant.

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

Due to the observance of President's Day Monday, the 6:30 p.m. meeting will, instead, take place Tuesday in the Bertha Ann Young City Commission Chambers at City Hall, at 16 W. 9th St.