5/22/2017 There was a Public Meeting to discuss park planning efforts on May 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, 1700 W. Independence. The City’s consulting landscape architect firm, CLS and Associates, presented the preliminary drawings for Boy Scout Park, KidSpace Park, Woodland Park, and other downtown park planning options. The City of Shawnee received feedback and participation from the public at this meeting. If you would like to provide your feedback please send us your comments by May 31, 2017, to jbryce AT shawneeok.org or you can call 405-878-1529. The pdf drawings from the meeting can be viewed at the following link. Expires:6/22/2017 Link: http://www.shawneeok.org/Publications/Files/PRESENTATION_SHAWNEE_PARKS_DESIGN.pdf
NEW MASS NOTIFICATION SYSTEM IMPLEMENTED BY CITY OF SHAWNEE
4/27/2017 “I am pleased to announce the implementation of a new mass-notification system for the City of Shawnee, “Don Lynch Emergency Management Director announced today. “Our new Citizen Alerts program is now being implemented to make sure that our citizens know about public safety issues, City utility service interruptions and community events. Our citizens will be able to receive important messages via email, phone, text, and more, he added.”
The success of this service relies on Shawnee citizens. “Having our citizens current contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact them in an emergency, Lynch said.” We are encouraging our citizens to please sign up on the City of Shawnee Website – http://www.shawneeOK.org/citizenalerts
It only takes about a minute to enroll! Even if citizens were registered under the City’s previous mass notification system, they will need to re-register for this program since the City was not able to import any of the data from the previous system into this new system.
“With Spring storm season upon us, it is important that we get the information to as many of our citizens as we can and encourage them to sign up,” Lynch commented.
For those without access to the Internet, Emergency Management will also be placing manual sign-up materials at several locations around our community in the coming two weeks.
The City of Shawnee will not share or distribute registrants’ personal information, unless required to do so by law. Additionally, the City will never use information for any purpose other than to send emergency notifications or official information pertaining to the City.
Residents who sign up will automatically receive Tornado Warning messages at the same time as those messages are being sent by the National Weather Service to the news media and other informational outlets. Additionally, our citizens can opt-in to receive, watch and warning information about other hazardous weather including flooding, severe thunderstorms, winter storms, and fire warnings. For these messages, citizens can choose a period of quiet hours if they wish when those messages will not be sent. Tornado Warnings however, will always be sent as they occur.
The alert process begins when The City of Shawnee issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Next, our Citizen Alerts program sends a message to the primary contact path. If citizens dont confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach their second contact path and continue trying to reach them until they confirm receipt.
4/24/2017 The City of Shawnee is nearing completion of a strategic planning process that begin in late-2016 with the Shawnee Community Survey. The City Commission voted to establish a Strategic Planning Subcommittee comprised of Mayor Richard Finley, Vice-Mayor James Harrod and Commissioner Lesa Shaw on January 17, 2017. The subcommittee has spent considerable time and effort preparing the draft Strategic Plan that is now available for public review and comment. Adoption of the final plan is expected to occur in June.
A series of public meetings have been scheduled to provide an opportunity for public review and comment of the draft plan. The dates, times, and locations are included in the link below.
The format of each meeting is the same and will consist of a short introduction of the planning process, a summary of the Shawnee Community Survey, and a question and answer session. The events will also include visual displays where individuals can review parts of the plan and interact with staff and elected officials in an open-house format after the more formal portion.
For more information please contact Justin Erickson, City Manager at 405-878-1601 or at Jerickson AT shawneeok.org. The draft Strategic Plan is available for viewing in the link below.
The Shawnee/Pottawatomie County Emergency Management Agency announced an initiative on Friday, June 8, 2001 to catalog the location of all residential safe rooms and underground shelters in Pottawatomie County. This is a voluntary program that will provide a list of the location of shelters to assist fire and rescue personnel in the event of a tornado.
“By submitting information to us, citizens will be assisting us in developing a list of these shelter locations which will be given to the fire departments to assist them in finding these shelters that may be covered in debris, resulting in faster and more efficient rescue efforts.” Donald Lynch, Emergency Management Director said.
The inspiration for this program came from a similar program recently announced in Midwest City. Many residents will remember seeing the piles of debris around homes affected by the May 3, 1999 tornadoes. Fire and rescue personnel spent a good deal of time searching through debris looking for victims who might have been trapped in underground shelters. Having experienced the brunt of the tornado, Midwest City developed a registration program to assist their personnel with easily locating these shelters in case of future tornadoes. “When we heard about the Midwest City program, we thought a similar program would be of great benefit to our county. A couple of days later, Mrs. Betty Rogers called and asked if we had heard about the program. She thought is was a great idea also and volunteered to assist us with the project.” Lynch said.
“We’re delighted that Mrs. Rogers will be assisting us with this project. She will be very helpful to this effort.” Lynch commented.