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|Public Meeting to Discuss Park Planning Efforts|
There will 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, will present preliminary drawings for Boy Scout Park, KidSpace Park, Woodland Park, and other downtown park planning options. The City of Shawnee would like feedback and participation from the public.
|NEW MASS NOTIFICATION SYSTEM IMPLEMENTED BY CITY OF SHAWNEE|
“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.
|City Seeks Community Feedback on Strategic Plan|
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.
|City Manager Report- February 2017|
The February 2017 City Manager report from City Manager, Justin Erickson, has been published. The full PDF report outlines various activities, projects and updates for the City of Shawnee and its local government operations. Follow the link to read the full document.
|Shawnee Releases Community Survey Results|
The City of Shawnee is releasing survey results from its first comprehensive community survey (click here for PDF). A total of 420 households responded to the random sample survey and 480 individuals completed the open online survey. The survey results highlight a number of areas where the City is meeting national benchmarks along with areas where we are not.
A presentation and summary of the survey results was provided to the Shawnee City Commission on February 21st, and a copy of the presentation may be viewed here (click here for PDF). The City would like to extend gratitude to all those community members that participated in the survey. Your feedback is very valuable and will be used to review City services, initiatives, and projects and plan for the future.
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