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Central Disposal To Pay $900K To City For Transfer Station


February 21, 2019

Countywide & Sun/Suzie Campbell

Shawnee's new Planning Director Rebecca Blaine is introduced to the Shawnee city commission at Tuesday's meeting.

The Shawnee Board of City Commissioners met Tuesday in front of a very sparse crowd. It was a short agenda and surprisingly short meeting with a few newsworthy items.

Top of the list was the proposed Addendum to Contract for solid waste and disposal services between the Shawnee Municipal Authority and Central Disposal, LLC. With the execution of the addendum Central Disposal agrees to make a cash payment of $900,000 to the City of Shawnee in lieu of conveying the transfer station.

The original contract dated July 1, 2010, stated that at the end of fifteen (15) years of the commencement of the first period of the contract that the contractor would transfer ownership of the transfer station, ECO Center and the property it is located on to the authority, or at the authority’s request to the City of Shawnee (“City”) as a gift.

The addendum was presented with a Feb. 2019 date for execution. The commissioners authorized Interim City Manager Eric Benson to “enter into and execute” the addendum.

“Sales and use tax collections for February totaled $2,108,913,” said Finance Director Chance Allison. According to the finance report the overall budgeted increase for both was a modest 0.50 percent. For the year sales tax collections are up $178,637, or 1.37 percent over the projected budget. Use tax collections are up approximately $131,072, or 13.33 percent over the projected budget year-to-date.

During public comments, Rachel Melot with the Blue Zones Project thanked the Shawnee Fire Department for escorts given to kids walking to school. Melot also informed the board that a follow-up meeting to discuss the proposed safe routes to school master plan was held at Theopolis, a new business located in the 400 block of downtown Shawnee. Once this clears the planning commission it will be brought to the board for approval.

“Theopolis is a wine and tapas bar serving small plate foods,” said Melot. “She is scheduled to open, I believe, in two weeks. We’re really excited to have her on Main Street and to have a fine five star establishment.”

Interim City Manager Eric Benson announced a new addition to the city administrative staff. Rebecca Blaine will head up the Planning Department. “Rebecca comes to us from Guthrie,” said Benson.

Blaine said she studied urban design at the University of Oklahoma. She comes to Shawnee with approximately four years of experience. She was previously the community development director for the city of Newcastle before moving to Guthrie.

“I’m impressed by the amount of development going on in Shawnee,” said Blaine. “I’m excited to be here and serve this community.” Blain’s husband is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University.


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