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Staff Activity Report for May 12 -18, 2013
No report submitted this week due to working the tornado disaster that happened on Sunday, May 12, 2013.

No report submitted this week due to working the tornado disaster that happened on Sunday, May 12, 2013.

(No updates this week on any of the projects)
* Kickapoo Street Widening Project
> ODOT awarded this project to Haskell-Lemon Construction for a total project construction cost of $10,930,517.98 (including water line costs). Work on the project is proceeding with installation of new, larger water main(s) that will be located from outside of the street paving instead of under the paving as where the existing lines are located. Water line replacement has proceeded from the Spur to north of Wall Street thus far. The existing traffic signals have been taken down from the intersections of Kickapoo & the Spur and Kickapoo & Independence, and temporary signals on span wire have been erected as the Contractor is readying the section from the Spur to Independence to be able to start actual roadway construction in that area. Project is scheduled to be completed by May of 2014
* Airport Trails Project
> City Commission awarded project to Bishop Paving in the amount of $633,409.90. All the asphalt is in place for the track/trail, and people are able to use the facility. The Contractor is working on the concrete replacement for driveways and ramps along the section of the track that is adjacent to Airport Drive. Also, work on backfilling the asphalt track/trail with topsoil is in progress. Anticipate construction being completed by June 2013.
* Rehab Concrete Streets Project (FY11-12)
> Project awarded to All Roads in the amount of $387,409.00. Work on Independence was halted on May 3, 2013, because the only sections remaining to be removed and replaced are right in front of Sequoyah Schools drives. We will wait until school is out on May 17, 2013 to have the Contractor (All Roads Paving) back onsite to have the sections of paving repaired that would result in blocking the schools driveways that they use to drop off and pick up the school children.

* Federal Street Bridge Repair Project
> Project awarded to PbX Corporation in the amount of $685,565. All the utilities, ie, water, ONG, and OG&E have moved their facilities from underneath the bridge deck and construction work could be started, however, we are still waiting on the BNSF to give approvals to PbX Corp to proceed. The bridge being over the railroads right-of-way gives them jurisdiction over construction and we are in need of their approval before proceeding. Contact was made with the BNSF this week and although Contractor and BNSF have executed an Agreement, the railroad (BNSF) is still holding up construction start date until their Demolition Division has approved the Contractors method of operations. Start date has now been pushed back till at least May 28, 2013.
* Bell Street Streetscape Project (from Farrall to 7th Street)
> Project awarded to All Roads Paving in the amount of $98,500. Project is approximately 95% completed, but has been put on-hold while Shawnee Municipal Authority (SMA) installs a water meter and vault. SMA indicates they will be completed with their work within the next 2 weeks, and we will then be able to have the Contractor complete the sidewalk portion of this project. The project also includes an enhanced crosswalk at Farrall with in-paving strobe lighting, and that is scheduled to be installed within the next two weeks. OG&E will install decorative lighting along the east side of Bell Street upon completion of the sidewalk project, and OG&E is tentatively scheduled to begin their lighting installation in four weeks.
* ADA Sidewalk and Ramps Project
> Project awarded to All-Roads Paving in the amount of $127,337.75. We are targeting ramps at the intersections along 10th Street from Harrison to Bell Street. Contractor has started work at the intersection of Tucker & 10th Street, and work is in progress.
* City Hall Parking Lot Improvements
> Project awarded to All Roads Paving in the amount of $195,235.40. Project consists of constructing a new 73 space concrete parking lot and milling/overlay the existing asphalt City Hall parking lot and alley. 90 calendar days are allotted to the project by contract, but a start date has not yet been determined. A Pre-work meeting was held and a Notice to Proceed for this project has been issued effective June 3, 2013. Contractor will start construction the week of June 3rd.
* Main Street Streetscape Project
> Preliminary design work has been started as time allows on this project. Project design will follow closely the design layout that was used on the Bell Street Streetscape Project. Preliminary design is approximately 80% complete. ODOT has announced that the City of Shawnee was approved for the $400,000 enhancement grant, and with funding from the Downtown TIFF District, 302 Street Fund, and SMA, the City should be in shape to have full funding for the project. A landscape architect will be employed to finalize irrigation and landscape plans, and the City may be able to advertise this project sometime Fall 2013.

UTILITY DEPARTMENT/Steve Nelms, Interim Director
* Water Treatment Plant (Staff of 10)
> Average production: *MGD - 4.098 Last week: *MGD - 3.862
> Pumped 528,585,000 MG to date compared to 506,411,000 MG for same period last year
> Performed routine plant maintenance
> Performed routine water testing for Shawnee and PCDA
*MGD: Million Gallons Daily
* Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant (Staff of 7)
> Flows averaged: *MGD - 1.573 **BOD - 15 mg/l ***TSS - 3 mg/l
> Performed routine maintenance and testing on the plant
*MGD: Million Gallons Daily **BOD: Biochemical Oxygen Demand ***TSS: Total Suspended Solids
* Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant (Staff of 7)
> Flows averaged: *MGD - 2.264 **BOD - 3.7 mg/l ***TSS - 5.0 mg/l
> Hauled 258,500 gallons of bio-solids so far this month
> Performed routine maintenance and testing on the plant
*MGD: Million Gallons Daily **BOD: Biochemical Oxygen Demand ***TSS: Total Suspended Solids
* Water Distribution (Staff of 11)
> Service Calls - 126, Main Breaks - 1, Leak Checks - 21, Cut-offs Replaced - 3, Reset Water Meters - 14, and Water/Sewer Line Locates - 192
> Repaired a main break at Shawnee Mill
> Worked Shop Tickets
> Leak Checks - 3, Total Tickets - 9, and Water Line Locates - 7
> Total Miles: 260
> Total Man Hours: 11.65
* Valve Maintenance (staff of 3)
> Located/performed serviceability check on valves at 13 different locations
> Located/performed serviceability check on fire hydrants located at 6 different locations
> Installed a valve at the following location: Kickapoo & Chapman
* Wastewater Collection (Staff of 7)
> Sewer lines flushed - 25,475 ft. Flushed (year to date) - 353,427
> Total Service Calls - 50, Sewer Lines Checked - 38, Lift Stations Checked - 22, and Emergency Sewer Calls - 2
> Worked on the preventative maintenance flusher list and maintenance on Lift Stations
* Capital Projects
> Water Line Replacement Project Midland Street
All new lines are active and old lines are dead. Contractor is tying up any loose ends.
> Kimberly Sewer Lift Station Rehab
Jordon Contractors was awarded the bid. Contractor is waiting on other utilities to be relocated. ONG is scheduling relocation of gas lines; OG&G has lowered all their lines; waiting to hear from the cable company.
> Sanitary Sewer Rehab Project (Pipe Bursting) (no change on project)
Budgeted project amount is $1,000,000.00. Project awarded to Jordon Contractors. Contractors are reviewing the sewer line list and are videoing lines to find service on the first 5 lines on the list. Review of manholes to be replaced will be done on a line by line basis.
> North Park Block 5 Sewer Line Replacement Project (no change on project)
Trent Construction was awarded the bid. Contractors have completed laying the sewer line and stubbing up all services. Contractors are taking care of settlement around service line clean out. This project is about 90% complete.
> Utility System Master Plan (no change on project)
Contract awarded to SRB (Smith Roberts Baldischwiler, LLC) for an amount to not exceed $549,460. The Water Hydraulic Model will be completed by the end of this April. SRB has started work on the Wastewater Hydraulic Model. Staff met with SRB on March 22nd for a basis of planning meeting.

PARKS/CEMETERY/EQUIPMENT SERVICES/James Bryce, Director of Operations
* Parks Maintenance Division (Staff of 8)
> Worked on Lake Headquarters
> Daily cleanup route on Main Street and in city parks
> Repairing playground equipment in several city parks
> Performing repairs in several city buildings (lights, ceiling tile, wall repair, etc)
* Cemetery Division (staff of 4)
> One burial last week
> Preparing for Memorial Day
> Filling in burial sites that have settled due to the recent rainfall
> Leveling markers
* Central Garage (Staff of 6)
> 23 units in last week with 37 total repairs
> EVT School and testing
* Wes Watkins Reservoir
> Water levels continue to rise with the much needed rain
> Two boat ramps remain closed, but the main ramp on the north side of the lake is open
> RV campsites are full for the holiday and there is plenty of boating activity
* Shawnee Twin Lakes (no change)
> Lake #1 and Isaac Walton Park are closed due to tornado damage. No date at this time as to when they will re-open. Lake #2 will remain open for fishing only and Glen Collins Park will remain open.
* Current Projects
> Municipal Swimming Pool
Will present to the City Commission on May 28, 2013 and request approval
> Glory Daze Games and Fireworks (no change)
This event is set for June 29, 2013 at the Expo Center from 3:00 pm till the fireworks show is complete.
> Auditorium Exterior Restoration and Window Replacement (no change)
We are acquiring bids on this project
> Municipal Court Offices (no change)
We are acquiring bids on this project
> City Hall ADA Restroom Project (no change)
We will bid project in July 2013

AIRPORT/Rex Hennen, Assistant Airport Manager (no change on report this week)
* Fuel Sales
> April 2013 fuel sales were down from April 2012 due to the amount of rain and inclimate weather for the month. Fuel sales are steadily increasing overall:
▪April 2012 = Avgas 2,135.14 Gallons; Jet A 2,003.60 Gallons
▪April 2013 = Avgas 1,579.58 Gallons; Jet A 1,260.40 Gallons
* Foreign Trade Zone Application
> Application has been approved; will work with SEDF to market the Airport’s new designation
* “Oklahoma Certified Site Program - Aerospace Park”
> Application is being completed by SEDF and airport staff

EXPOSITION CENTER/Mike Jackson, Operations Manager
* Events: May 12-18, 2013
> May 15, LEPC, Conference Center, Upstairs
> OGE Meeting, Conference Center, Upstairs
> May 15-18, Baptist Campers on a Mission, Grandstands
> May 17-18, United Bucking Bulls Incorporated (UBBI
> May 17-19, Red Dirt Agility Club, Fred Humphrey Pavilion Section G
> May 18, Arts & Crafts Show, Conference Center
> Poker Run, Conference Center
* IFYR totals as of May 10, 2013
> Contestants Entries – 657 >Event Entries – 1,193 >States – 28

FINANCE DEPARTMENT/Cynthia Sementelli, Finance
> Worked on budget presentation
> Work on monthly allocations
> Worked on retirement issues
> Worked on budget for first public hearing on May 20
> Worked on budget summary
> Began work on year end
> Worked on water account issue
> Prepared Sister Cities financials
> Worked on SMA issues with Steve Nelms

FIRE DEPARTMENT/David Short, Chief
* Fire Chief
> Red Cedar Project
▪ Red Cedar workgroup is working to determine the lease area versus the city owned non-leased area. Consensus is to leave the leased property to the responsibility of the lease holders; Michael has provided maps determining the area divisions.
▪ We have a meeting scheduled on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
* Suppression
> Responded to 105 emergency calls: Breakdown of calls: Fires - 3, Good Intent Calls - 17,
Rescue/EMS - 71, Service Calls - 2, Hazardous Conditions - 11, and Severe Weather & Natural Disaster: 1
* Fire Prevention
Plan Reviews
> Oklahoma Heart Hospital Clinic, 3306 N. Kickapoo (fire sprinkler system)
> GE Pressure Control new addition (fire sprinkler system)
Requested / Administrative Inspections
> St. Anthony Shawnee, 1102 W. MacArthur
> St. Anthony Physicians Family Healthcare, 3204 Medical Park Drive
> St. Anthony Physicians Heart Center, 3208 Medical Park Drive
> Surgery Center at St. Anthony Shawnee, 1106 W. MacArthur
> St. Anthony Physicians Specialty Clinic, 3200 Medical Park Drive
> Solara Hospital, 1900 Gordon Cooper Drive
> Center for Rehabilitation at St. Anthony Shawnee, 1900 Gordon Cooper Drive
Public Education
> Station tour for 80 first graders from Sequoyah Elementary School
> Fire extinguisher class for BancFirst Employees
Consultations / Meetings
> Development review committee meeting
> Consultation with William’s Sprinkler Systems regarding construction
Permits and On-Site Inspections
> Open Burn at the following locations: 3520 N. Bryan, 1910 Katie, and 1810 N. MacArthur
* Training
> Continuation Training for seven (7) Probationary Fire Fighters
> ICS 400 Course
> Texas LAFS Conference in Lewisville, TX
> Confined Space Refresher at G.C.T.C. (all shifts)
> EMS Jane

* Police
> Reports: 170 / Total Citations: 86 / Handwritten Citations: 25 / E-Citations: 61 (70.93%)
> Arrests: 34
> Vehicle Pursuit – suspect in custody / narcotics found
> Apprehended burglary suspect and recovered stolen property at apartment complex
* Dispatch
> Managed 2078 calls for service (Police/Fire/EMS)
> 18 Cases Forwarded to CID for Review
> 5 Felony Cases Assigned / 2 Other Cases Assigned
> 8 Felony Cases Cleared / 2 Other Case Cleared
> 4 Felony Cases Filed through the DA’s Office
> 3 Assists with Patrol and Other Agencies
> Running 6 Cell Phone Forensic Case for DA Task Force
* Evidence
> Number of evidence items brought in: 23 > Number of evidence items released: 9
* COP’s Grant Program
> Investigated drug cases
> Westside Neighborhood Watch meeting
> Conducted face book surveillance,
> Basic Man Tracking School
> Assisted evening shift
> Assisted with search for high risk felony suspect
> 3 arrests for city warrants and an additional arrest on another suspect for misdemeanor warrants
> Sentinel and explorer academy
> Neighborhood Child event
> Click-it or ticket-it radio interview
* Animal Control
>Calls Responded: 116 >Animals Impounded: 46 >Animals reclaimed: 7 >Animals adopted: 3

* Accreditation (no changes on report)
Lt. King is the accreditation manager working on preparing the department for State Accreditation
> Accreditation Activity: File maintenance will be an ongoing process
> Working on new hire orientation program
> Working on officer handbook
> Developing crime prevention presentation (fraud) for community groups; first presentation scheduled with the Lions Club for June 6th.
* Staff
> Police Officers - 59 / 3 open positions / 1 in FTO Training / 1 at FBI Training / 1 deployed on Military / 53 available
> Dispatch positions - 13 / 12 available for service / 2 in training status / 1 open position
> Animal Control Positions - 4 / 4 available for service



Interesting Water Facts

You probably use more water each day than you suspect.

Action Gallons
Flushing the toilet 1-5 gallons
Running the faucet 1-5 gallons / minute
Taking a Shower 2-10 gallons / minute
Filling a bathtub half full 20-50 gallons
Running the dishwasher At least 15 gallons
Running the washing machine (clothes) Up to 50 gallons
Real Time Lake Level Data


Multi‐Reservoir Yield and Operations Analysis- The Multi‐Reservoir Yield and Operations Analysis study is now available. Click here to view the document.

Real Time Lake Level Data

Lake Level Gauge Lake Level Gauge

The gauges at the right displays the most recent Shawnee Lake No.1 and Wes Watkins level based on real time USGS data. You can view more data and information on the Shawnee Lake No 1 levels as well as view recent historical level information by visiting the USGS Shawnee lake site. Note this is an external site not managed by the City of Shawnee.

Another useful online site is the US Drought Monitor that tracks current drought conditions across the United States and can be used to visualize the current issues.
Most people are not aware that there is a USGS Shawnee Lake Weather Station set up at the Twin Lakes to record weather data for the area. Visit it to get temperature, precipitation, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, and barametric pressure of the lake area.

Every Drop Counts!
Did you know that the average American uses 100 gallons of water every day? But we can all reduce that amount by as much as 30 gallons by taking a few simple steps, such as installing WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures and using water efficiently in our yards.
City of Shawnee/Shawnee Municipal Authority is committed to protecting the future of our national and local water supply through water-efficient practices, products, and services. That is why we are partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring to you WaterSense, a national program that offers people a simple way to make product choices that use less water—and perform as well or better than your existing products.

Why Should You Care?
Using water efficiently will conserve supplies for future generations.

Protecting and preserving the nation’s water supply is critical to our economic future and human health.

  • WaterSense labeled products and services perform as well as or better than their less efficient counterparts.
  • Purchasing WaterSense labeled products can help you protect the environment and help you save money on utility bills.
  • Test Your WaterSense

Think you know everything there is to know about water? You can’t be sure until you’ve played EPA’s “Test Your WaterSense” online quiz! Test Your Water Sense  Maneuver the water-efficiency hero Hydro through water pipes and answer water-efficiency questions while avoiding water-wasting monsters such as Sogosaurus and Drainiac.

WaterSense Labeled Products

Stay tuned as WaterSense labeled products become available at a store near you! EPA maintains an online directory of labeled products Water Sense Product Index 

Learn More
Why water efficiency?   Learn about the benefits of water-efficiency and find links to related resources and state programs. Water Sense Tips
It is our goal to provide sufficient and safe water at the lowest possible cost to the citizens of Shawnee. 

   The City of Shawnee utilizes the Shawnee Twin Lakes and Wes Watkins Reservoir as its raw water source. They have an estimated combined storage of 34,000 acre feet with a surface area of 2,436 acres and dependable yield of 4.3 MGD. The Wes Watkins reservoir has increased the raw water available to the community.   Wes Watkins estimated storage is 11,581 acre feet of water at Normal (municipal) Pool elevations; at its flood pool elevation, the reservoir volume will be 21,869 acre feet and the surface area will be 1,640 acres. The Pottawatomie County Development Authority is the owner and developer of this project in partnership with the City of Shawnee. The dependable yield of the Wes Watkins reservoir is 4.5 MGD. Water from the three lakes will be used on a rotating basis to protect the water rights and provide for the needs of the City, PCDA and other users.

The City of Shawnee has four water storage towers with a total capacity of 2.5 million gallons.










The Wastewater Collection Division, with a staff of 7 maintains 135 miles of sewer mains, and ten lift stations. This includes repair and replacement of sewer mains, manholes, and video inspection of sewer mains. One crew spends eight hours every day jet cleaning sewer mains to keep them flowing properly. This division has flushed millions of feet of sewer line over the years.

The Water Treatment Plant produces an average 4.4 million gallons of potable water each day. The water treatment facility is located on south Kickapoo near the North Canadian River.  The first plant was originally built in 1895.

The Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant increased to 3.0 million gallons per day by a $3,500,000 project completed in June, 1997. The plant currently treats an average of 1.59 MGD of wastewater each day, much of which comes from the industrial area located in the northern area of Shawnee. As a part of the Northside Plant expansion a new interceptor line was installed from Wolverine Road and Harrison to the plant. That project eliminated a lift station and provided increased capacity to the industrial areas north of the plant. Improvements at the plant included two new clarifiers, increased sludge digestor capacity, a new chlorine basin and chemical building.

The Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant currently treats an average of 2.27 million gallons of wastewater each day. It has a capacity of 3.0 MGD. The Southside Treatment Plant serves the area south of the ridge line that divides the city. This includes the central business district and the major residential areas of the City. Both plants have excess capacity. The population equivalent of the treatment plants is 46,000.

The Industrial Pretreatment Program was approved by EPA in 1983 and revised in 1993. Objectives of the program include the following:  

    1. Prevent the introduction of pollutants into the POTW which will pass through or interfere with the treatment operations and/or the use or disposal of the municipal sludge;
    2. Improve the feasibility of recycling and reclaiming municipal and industrial wastewater and sludge;
    3. Enforce applicable Federal Categorical Standards and requirements; and
    4. Generally, to reduce the environmental and health risk, of pollutants discharged to the wastewater collection and treatment system.

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