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 five year Consolidated Plan is available to the citizens of Shawnee. The Consolidated Plan describes priorities and needs for housing over five years. The Action Plan describes the actions to be taken by the Urban Renewal Authority to meet accomplishments in providing safe, decent housing within the city of Shawnee. The Consolidated Plan can be picked up at: Urban Renewal Authority, 23 E. 9th, Room 319, Shawnee OK. Contact Carla Clemons 405.878.1542 if you would like to have a copy mailed to you.
The One Year Action Plan FY 2013-2014 is available for pickup or mail at the Urban Renewal Authority Office. The Action Plan describes the actions to be taken by the Urban Renewal Authority to meet accomplishments in providing safe, decent housing within the city of Shawnee. The One Year Action Plan can be picked up at: Urban Renewal Authority, 23 E. 9th, Room 319, Shawnee OK. Contact Carla Clemons 405.878.1542 if you would like to have a copy mailed to you.
A CAPER is a final year end report submitted to HUD reporting the annual activities and expenditures of the CDBG Program. This Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) covers the fiscal year FY 2010 through FY 2011.
The Median Family Income (MFI) limits are established by HUD at the beginning of each calendar year. The income limits are used to qualify applicants for assistance. Qualified applicants must fall within 30% to 80% of the MFI limits. The following are the 2015-2016 income limits:
1 person $22,600
2 persons $25,800
3 persons $29,050
4 persons $32,250
5 persons $34,850
6 persons $37,450
7 persons $40,000
8 persons $42,600
Emergency Home Repair:
1 person $36,150
2 persons $41,300
3 persons $46,450
4 persons $51,600
5 persons $55,750
6 persons $59,900
7 persons $64,000
8 persons $68,150
Total Household Income cannot exceed the above MFI limits established by HUD to qualify for all programs.
The Urban Renewal Authority was enacted by Congress in 1971 and Shawnee was one of the first Cities to become and entitlement city receiving an annual allocation from the Federal government.
CDBG stands for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Federal funding is received from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Office under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.
Shawnee has sucessfully administered the CDBG Program for thirty four (34)years.
Emergency Assistance (EA) - Earned Grant:
A five (5) year mortgage will be placed on the home and the owner(s) will earn 20% of the rehab amount each year the owner resides in the house.
Home Repair (HR) - Grant/Loan:
The owner will repay 50% of the rehab amount at 3% interest over a five (5) or ten (10) year period with the remaining 50% earned at a rate of 20% each year the owner resides in the house.
First Time Home Buyer (FTHB)- Grant/Loan:
50% of the Loan amount shall bear interest of 3% per annum, payable in a maximum of 240 equal monthly installments of principal and interest. The remaining 50% shall be paid back in the event the real property and dwelling are sold, leased, rented or if the title or possession is otherwise transferred by the owner.
The Emergency Assistance shall be paid or otherwise earned as follows: 50% is a loan and will be repaid when the property is sold or title is transferred. The remaining 50% is a grant and repayment is not required.
For Home Repair 50% is a loan and will be repaid at 3% interest over a 5 year period. The remaining 50% is a grant and repayment is not required.
The City of Shawnee annually receives Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
To be eligible for housing rehabilitation programs, the applicant must own and have occupied their home continuously for one (1) year. The applicant must meet pre-determined income guidelines and their home must have some deficiency with the City Code and HUD’s Housing Quality Standards.
Housing rehabilitation programs are designed with the intent to create safe, decent and affordable housing in the City of Shawnee. The following is a list of housing rehabilitation programs offered by the City of Shawnee, through its’ agent the Shawnee Urban Renewal Authority (SURA).
Due to a reduction in funding, the Emergency Assistance Grant is the only grant we are offering at this time.
Emergency Assistance (EA) – Earned Grant – A five (5) year mortgage will be placed on the home and the owner will earn 20% of the rehab amount each year the owner resides in the house for five (5) years.t.
To apply, contact the Urban Renewal Office, call (405) 273-1938 during regular business hours.