Shawnee Approves Complete Street Policy

 

January 23, 2020

Shawnee student Blu Fox calls the meeting to order as Commissioners Darren Rutherford (left), James Harrod (right) and Mayor Richard Finley (center).

Before any business was conducted, Jefferson Elementary fifth grade student Blu Fox called the Jan. 21, 2020 meeting of the Shawnee Board of City Commissioners to order.

Shawnee Board of City Commissioners approved a resolution to adopt a Complete Streets policy presented by Planning Director Rebecca Blaine.  

"Over 1,500 communities across the U.S. have adopted Complete Streets Policies," said Blaine. "This policy gives us the grounds to implement best practices when we have a roadway or infrastructure improvement."

In a memo to the board, Blaine said, "This policy includes performance measures that will be evaluated on an annual basis, including, but not limited to changes in traffic count, linear feet of new and repaired sidewalks, total miles of new bike lanes, number of new and repaired curb ramps, and miles on on-street bicycle routes. Performance measures provide quantitative and/or qualitative indicators of potential or actual performance of a specific street, corridor, or the whole transportation network. The city will use the most recent design guidelines, standards and recommendations available in carrying out this policy while recognizing all streets are different and the needs of various users will be balanced in a flexible manner.


During public comments, Holly Gordon said, "Complete Streets has been a community goal for a number of years. This is not a new conversation. This is not a new topic. Several community organizations have worked together in recent past years to address streets, connectivity and safety looking at sidewalks, crosswalks and ADA accessibility for all people. This is something that has been happening with the city leadership, with for-profit organizations such as with financial institutions, non-profit organizations, with tribal nations in our community. This has been an ongoing conversation."

"Finally, this Complete Streets policy is a written statement which directly affects our values as Shawnee citizens," said Gordon.

Blaine said the policy was originally heard in Nov. 2018. Minutes from the Nov. 2018 meeting reads, "Community Development Director Justin DeBruin said this policy is in harmony with the efforts over the past three to four years with the sidewalks and connectivity throughout the city. This policy outlines design standards for future projects and provides a commitment to look at performance standards. He noted this resolution and policy has been a joint effort between the City and Blue Zones."


The policy presented at the meeting Tuesday has been looked over and verbiage from the past was cleaned up according to Blaine.

The mass notification system has been activated and is up and running. This was the news delivered by Emergency Management Director Don Lynch to the board.

"All the land-line phones are automatically enrolled for alerts," said Lynch. Citizens can register for mobile phone and email alerts by calling or texting "Alert" to 405-915-0029 or by going to the website, http://hyper-reach.com/okshawneecitysignup.html

Information from press release handed out at the meeting said Citizens can also download the Hyper-Reach Anywhere app on their smartphone. Hyper-Reach Anywhere is a free app that allows individual citizens to manage and monitor the alerts they receive, both for their home and office addresses and for other addresses they care about such as those of elderly relatives or friends located within the city limits of Shawnee.

Finance Director and City Treasurer Ashley Neel reported the January sales tax deposit was $1,932,955.45. She said Sales tax collections are up $825,181 or 6.56 percent over the projected year-to-date budget while Use tax collections are up $497,595 or 50.69 percent of the projected year-to-date budget.


 In other business the board:

•Acknowledged the resignation of Johnie Maxwell from the Shawnee Urban Renewal Authority

•Approved the reappointment of Rex Hennen to the Traffic Commission. Hennen's term will expire Jan. 1, 2023.

• Approved a budget amendment for Capital Improvement Fund 303. Neel said the money was in the account but was being moved to the appropriate line item for the Library, Senior Center and Community Center remodels.

•Accepted eight properties donated by Pottawatomie County to the City

•Approved the deeding of the same eight properties to South Central Industries.

During the meeting of the Shawnee Airport Authority, the board approved a Commercial Aeronautical Services Lease Agreement with Buco Aviation. Airport Manager Bonnie Wilson said some of the things Buco Aviation does is restore and repair vintage, antique, warbirds and other specialty aircraft. 

Buco plans to install a grass turf landing strip which, according to Wilson, could bring additional visitors to the airport.

Shawnee Planning Director Rebecca Blaine

 

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