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Q:Can pregnant women drink chloraminated water?
Yes. Everyone can drink water that contains chloramines.
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Q:Can you safely wash an open wound with chloraminated water?
Yes. It is safe to use chloraminated water in cleaning an open wound because virtually no
water actually enters the bloodstream that way.
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Q:Can you safely water plants, vegetables or fruit and nut trees with chloraminated water?
Yes. The small amount of chloramines in the water should have no effect on plants of any type.
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Q:Chloramine Public Notice March 7, 2007
For many years, public water systems have added Chloramines to drinking water as a primary or secondary disinfectant. This is because of concerns of formation of disinfection by-product as the result of using free chlorine. The City of Shawnee is conducting a pilot study to evaluate the viability of using Chloramines as post oxidant...
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Q:Do I need to buy a water softener?
Some companies sell ''water softeners'' to reduce the hardness of the water. The softener's purpose is to improve the aesthetics or ''feel'' of the water. Hard water contains high concentration of calcium compounds. The calcium in the water can deposit on faucets and shower curtains as a heavy white residue (which is most easily cleaned with a rag soaked in vinegar). Shawnee's drinking water hardness fluctuates throughout the year between 75 to 100 parts per million or 4.3 to 6.0 grains per gallon (one grain per gallon equals 17.24 parts per million). Water is considered ''hard water'' above 250 parts per million. Therefore, residents on Shawnee's water supply have soft water, and do not need a softener. By the way, even hard water is fine to use and drink without a softener.
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Q:How do I know that my water is safe to drink?
Shawnee Water Treatment Plant has trained laboratory technicians and uses the service of the ODEQ Environmental Services Laboratory to analyze the quality of the water. Personnel from the lab monitor water quality at the water plant and at homes and businesses around the city to make sure that the water is safe to drink. Sampling and analysis is done continually throughout the year to make certain that the water meets or exceeds all E.P.A. and ODEQ quality standards
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Q:How much fluoride is added to the water?
Currently we do not add flouride to the water.
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Q:If chloramines are harmful to fish, how can people safely drink the water?
Chloraminated water is no different than chlorinated water for all of the normal uses we have for water. Water that contains chloramines is totally safe to drink. The digestive process neutralizes the chloramines before they reach the bloodstream. Even kidney patients can drink and bathe in chloraminated water.
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Q:What about the 2012 Yield Study?
In 2011-2012 the City of Shawnee (City) contracted with CDM Smith to evaluate its three municipal water supply reservoirs: Twin Lakes #1 and #2 (collectively called Twin Lakes) and Wes Watkins Reservoir. The primary purpose of this project is to establish the expected water supply capacity from each reservoir when operated individually and when operated as part of a complete water supply system. Other project tasks included evaluation of each reservoir's watershed and development of drought management plan. This report documents the methods and results of the hydrologic assessment and provides recommendations for future actions.

For the purpose of this study, firm yield is defined as the average daily withdrawal from a water supply system that can be sustained through the available record of inflows without entirely depleting the system storage. The available record of inflows (1953 to 2011) includes the drought of record which is defined as the period July 1954 to April 1957. This analysis was conducted in accordance with the guidelines established in the 2012 update to the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP). Hydrologic estimates of streamflow for both of the ungaged contributing watersheds within the system were generated using transposition by area ratio method and a dynamic simulation model was used to simulate the drawdown and recovery of the multiple reservoirs.

The firm yield estimates for the Twin Lakes (in this study, Twin Lake #1 and Twin Lake #2 were modeled as a single reservoir with two connected volumes as described in Section 6.1) and Wes Watkins are presented in Table 1‐1. The table lists the firm yield of the reservoirs operating individually, and also conjunctively, in the preferred operating mode of balancing water surface elevation and constraining withdrawals to permit allowances.

Read more about the study and download the document by following the provided link.
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Q:What about water rationing?
Water conservation and rationing falls under the ordinance passed on April 17th, 2006. The ordinance provides the City Manager with authorization and direction to declare the emergency and authorize rationing as needed. The water conservation plan as outlined in this ordinance can be viewed on the WATER CONSERVATION PLAN PAGE.
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Q:What are Chloramines?
Chloramines, also known as combined chlorine, are a combination of chlorine and ammonia compounds which are used to kill potentially harmful bacteria in water.
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Q:What are the major benefits associated with chloramination?
Better disinfection in the remote areas of the water system, therefore making the water safer to drink. Chloramines greatly reduce objectionable taste and odor in the water. Chloramines have been found to be very effective at reducing levels of by-products that are normally formed with free chlorine.
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Q:What do I do if my water does not flow?
If your water unexpectedly stops, there may be a break in the underground line near your house. Crews can he reached 24 hours a day to fix broken water lines. During business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. contact Line Maintenance at 273-1960. After hours contact the Water Treatment Plant at 273-0890. Crews will be sent to repair the line.
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Q:What is the metal content of the water?
Shawnee water is surprisingly low in dissolved metals. The lake water contains negligible amounts (much less than 100 parts per billion) of Silver, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Mercury, Nickel, Lead, Thallium, Selenium, and Antimony. Small amounts (less than 5 parts per million) of naturally occurring Aluminum, Iron, Manganese Sodium, and Zinc are also present in the lake water. The treatment process removes nearly all of these metals from the drinking water. The metals content in the drinking water is always in compliance with E.P.A. guidelines.
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Q:What special precautions should fish owners take with chloraminated water?
Chloramines are toxic to fish, reptiles, turtles and amphibians, just as chlorine is toxic and must be removed. Chloramines can be removed from the water by using a water conditioner containing a dechlorinator or by using granular activated carbon.
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Q:What special precautions should kidney dialysis patients take with chloraminated water?
Chlorine and chloramines must be removed from the water used in kidney dialysis machines. There are two methods to accomplish this, by adding ascorbic acid or by using granular activated carbon treatment. Medical centers that perform dialysis are responsible for purifying the water that enters the dialysis machines. Dialysis systems already pre-treat their source water to remove chlorine. However some modifications may be necessary to remove the chloramines.
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Q:Where do I find the Consumer Confidence Reports for each year?
The Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR) are published as provided from the Utility division on the Publications and Presentations page of the Water/Wastewater system. Follow the link to view past and present reports.
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Q:Where does my water come from?
All of Shawnee’s water comes from the Shawnee Twin Lakes and Wes Watkins Reservoir. It flows by gravity from the lakes to the water treatment plant where it undergoes aggressive treatment to remove all particulates and is chlorinated to destroy any pathogens. The water is then pumped to water towers around the city and it flows by gravity to your home. The water treatment plant can treat 8.7 million gallons per day to replenish water as it is used by residents, businesses and industries.
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Q:Why are chloramines a problem for kidney dialysis patients and aquarium owners?
Chloramines are harmful when they go directly into the bloodstream. In the dialysis process, water comes in contact with the blood across a permeable membrane. Chloramines in dialysis water would be toxic, just as chlorine in dialysis water would be toxic. Fish also take chloramines directly into their bloodstreams.
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Q:Why does my water sometime taste or smell like swimming pool water
Chlorine is added to the drinking water as a disinfectant (required by Federal Law). The amount added is only enough to ensure that the water at your house is free of bacteria and parasites. Usually, this amount is about 1 milligram of chlorine for each liter of water (1 part chlorine per million parts of water). A slight chlorine odor or no odor indicates that the chlorine is working properly as a disinfectant. Some customers buy sink filters to remove the chlorine for taste reasons. This is fine, but do not let the filtered water set too long since it no longer has its disinfecting abilities.
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Q:Why does my water sometimes look brown?
Brown water occurs when normal sediments in the water lines become agitated. Agitation can occur when the lines are turned off for repairs or when a line breaks. The brown color is from iron (rust) particles that come off the pipes with age. Although it is undesirable, the water is safe to drink. The color can stain white clothes in the washing machine. Try to eliminate the brown color by running your cold water for 15 to 20 minutes (run from an outside faucet). If the color does not go away, contact line maintenance and they will send a worker out to flush the brown water out of the lines at a nearby fire hydrant.
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Q:Why does my water sometimes look ''milky'' or ''cloudy''?
Cloudy water is usually the result of dissolved air in the water lines. Air may be introduced into the lines as a result of line repairs or fire hydrant operations. This condition is usually temporary, although it may take several hours for the air to dissipate in the lines. To check if the cloudy water is due to dissolved air, fill a glass with water and leave it on a counter for a few minutes. The water should become clear again. Cloudy water of this type is safe to use.
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Q:Will chloramines be removed by boiling the water?
No. Boiling is not an effective method of removing chloramines from water.
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Q:Will chloramines dissipate, or dissolve, out of the water?
No. Unlike chlorine, which dissipates when water sits for a few days, chloramines may take weeks to dissipate.
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Q:Will there be any noticeable changes with chloraminated water?
When the chloraminated water first flushes out the chlorinated water there may be a slight taste and odor, and possibly discoloration for a short period of time. This will not compromise the safety of the water. Try running your water taps for a few minutes to flush it out.
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Christmas Parade Replay Nightly at 6pm
The Shawnee Downtown Christmas Parade from December 4th, 2014 as organized by Save Events for Families will replay nightly at 6pm - 7pm on local cable Ch3 and streaming at for your viewing unless preempted by other broadcasts such as City Commission Meetings. If you missed the live parade or want to learn more about the parade entries and activities catch up from the podium view.


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City Commission Tasks Justin Erickson for Interim City Manager Duties
Mr. Erickson has been the Citys Community Development Director since August 2008 and will fill in as the Manager until a replacement is found by the City Commission.

The Commission also discusses the future process of searching for a new Manager in this meeting.

View the Video Here

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City Hall Closed Weds and Friday, 12/24 and 12/25 for Christmas
City Hall and administrative offices will be closed on Wednesday, 12/24 and Thursday 12/25 for Christmas. Offices will be open on Friday 12/26 for business.

Have a Safe and Merry Christmas this year!

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Winter Weather Preparation Time is Now
Winter weather will be here before we know it and it presents many safety challenges. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of falls on the ice or traffic crashes, you may also face potential indoor hazards.

Being prepared and following safety precautions can help you stay safe and warm through the winter season. These simple, low-cost steps that individuals and families can take to be ready include setting aside emergency supplies, making a family emergency plan and staying informed about local conditions.

Additional winter safety tips include:

- Keep space heaters at least three feet from other objects and never leave space heaters unattended.
- Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to make certain they are working properly.
- During a power outage, use flashlights as lighting sources.
- Avoid exertion as cold weather puts extra strain on your heart. Remember to stay hydrated as well.
- Make sure your home address is visible and take a few minutes to clear snow away from fire hydrants.
- When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as your fireplace, woodstove or space heater, take the necessary safety precautions.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy; ensuring everyone knows how to use it properly.
- Use portable generators cautiously. Make sure they are operated only out-of-doors in a well ventilated area. Refuel a generator only after it has cooled. Do not connect your generator to your home’s electrical system except through an approved transfer switch installed in compliance with the local electrical code.

Be smart, get a head start!


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What’s on the Web? Lets talk about Jobs at the City
What’s on the Web?

This time let’s talk about: Jobs at the City

The City of Shawnee is constantly looking for qualified applicants to join our “City Family” and help take care of our citizens.

Are you looking for a career? Or maybe someone you know is? All job openings with the City are posted on… guess where? Correct, the web.

Our Human Resources page lists all the current job openings within the City including a job description, starting pay range, job functions, etc.

You can even, and should even, complete an application for the job you want on the website using the fillable PDF form. This makes your information flow much easier into the HR tracking system.

Sure you don’t want to have to check the website every day for new job openings so sign up for email notification when a new job is posted!

Looking for a City job, it’s to get there.

And that’s “What’s on the Web”

What’s on the Web is a short little review of what type of information you can find on the City of Shawnee’s website at


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Staff Activity Report for September 7 - September 20, 2014
CITY MANAGERS OFFICE/Brian McDougal, Manager
• Attended the International City Managers Association Conference in Charlotte NC.
• Met with City Attorney and Staff regarding the Citizen Potawatomi Nation detachment request.
• Attended the COEDD regular quarterly meeting.
• Attended the SEDF regular monthly meeting. Presentation by Tom Miller regarding our new Geographic Information System (GIS) manager.

• Met with Superintendent of Shawnee MarketPlace Development Project to go over Shawnees bonding requirements for maintenance bond(s) submittal to get City to accept improvements once they are completed. Also spoke with him about main entrance and intersection (traffic signal) improvements, and that we are still waiting on final design plans for the signal improvements to both entrances.
• Met with Rick Austin and his Engineer (Crafton-Tull & Associates) to go over previous plans for the Woodsong and Woodsong Garden subdivisions. Mr. Austin has purchased the property associated with phase 3 of those projects and is looking at changing the layout that was presented several years ago when those properties were preliminary platted.
• Engineering Dept. Staff has been mapping the tracts of land requested to be de-annexed by the CPN. CPN submitted petition with 43 legal descriptions of separate tracts of land that they have control over.
• Stone Creek Addition (Acme Road), we have stopped all review and comments on submitted improvement plans until de-annexation issue is decided by City Commission. Developer has petitioned his property to be de-annexed from the City.
• Vision Bank Channel Improvements have come to a halt while the property owner and their Engineer explore other options available to realign the channel differently.
• Deer Field Estates: Planning and City Commission approved the Preliminary Plat, and staff are still awaiting submittal of their waterline, sanitary sewer, paving and drainage plans for our review that is required. Also, awaiting submittal of their storm water / detention calculations and construction plans from developers Engineer.
• Got letters to OG&E as official requests from the City for proposals for decorative lighting project(s) on our Main Street Streetscape Project and around our completed Airport Trails Facility Project. This coming week, we will also get out two additional letters for our Kickapoo Street Paving Project (MacArthur to Midland) and for the private development of Shawnee MarketPlace Development.
• Main Street Streetscape Project: Have met with Downtown Task Force Committee and the Downtown Merchants Association for input to design elements of the project. Also, have submitted 90% design complete plans to ODOT for their review and comments, and we have provided all City Commissioners same for their review and comments.
• Kickapoo Paving Project (Spur to Farrall); we held plan review meeting with ODOT (various divisions) for their comments on Tuesday, Sept 23rd. We will cause the plans to be revised to address their changes and comments, and then have prepared a detailed construction cost estimate based on the design plans to date. Next step after getting true accurate costs for entire project, and broken down into phases, will be to meet with ODOT officials to discuss funding and levels of participation that can be realized.
• Traffic congestion we have been experiencing in the MacArthur-Bryan streets area in the immediate vicinity of Grove School.

• Coordinated with Tom Miller to obtain GPS coordinates for shelters located the county for COEDD
• Registered multiple private storm shelters in database
• Prepared drought report for County Commission Meeting
• Turned in and recorded numerous 911 remittance checks
• Attended LEPC meeting and conducted treasurer’s report
• Attended Board of County Commissioners Meetings on Monday afternoon Sept. 8 and 15
• Participated in OKWIN Governance conference call on Friday mornings August 29 and Sept. 5
• Continued work on draft Emergency Operations Plan update.
• Worked on issues and tasks and answered several telephone calls concerning operations of the Safe Room/Storm Shelter Rebate grant program
• Attended City Commission meeting on evening of September 15.
• Met with Daniel Shaughnessy to develop video segments on LEPC for Channel 3
• Met with representatives of U.S. Department of Labor and Workforce Oklahoma on Sept. 16 to provide information on grants management on temporary help we received
• Met on morning of Sept. 18 with Mindy Wood of Shawnee Magazine on article for October edition of the magazine
• Conducted weekly tests of outdoor warning devices.
• Worked on development of scenario and Master Sequence of Event List for Earth Wind and Fire 2014 Exercise

UTILITY DEPARTMENT/Steve Nelms, Director
Water Treatment Plant (Staff of 10)
Average production: *MGD: 3.855 Last week: *MGD: 4.658
*MGD: Million Gallons Daily
• Pumped 1, 018,494,000MG to date compared to 1,862,000MG for same period last year
• All lab hourly testing was completed.
• All cleaning and maintenance was completed.
Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant (Staff of 7)
Flows averaged: *MGD: 1.143 **BOD: 9 mg/l ***TSS: 7 mg/l
*MGD: Million Gallons Daily **BOD: Biochemical Oxygen Demand ***TSS: Total Suspended Solids
• Performed routine maintenance and testing on the plant
Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant (Staff of 7)
Flows averaged: *MGD: 1.481 **BOD: 2.0 mg/l ***TSS: 2.8 mg/l
*MGD: Million Gallons Daily **BOD: Biochemical Oxygen Demand ***TSS: Total Suspended Solids
• 286,500 gallons of bio-solids have been hauled for the month.
• Performed routine maintenance and testing on the plant
Water Distribution (Staff of 11)
Service Calls: 116, Main Breaks: 1, Leak Checks: 44, Cut-offs: 8, Reset Water Meters: 7, Service Lines: 2; Water/Sewer Line Locates: 358
• Worked on shop tickets, and service orders from customer service.
Wastewater Collection (Staff of 7)
Sewer lines flushed: 56,025 ft. Flushed (year to date): 802,395 ft.
Total Service Calls: 78, Sewer Lines Checked: 74, Lift Stations Checked: 55 Emergency Sewer Calls: 4, Camera Lines: 0 ft., and Camera Inspections: 0
Valve Maintenance (staff of 3)
• Located/performed serviceability check on valves at 13 different locations
• Located/performed serviceability check on fire hydrants at 56 locations
• Performed annual fire hydrant flow testing at 1 locations
* Capital Projects
Utility System Master Plan- On June 18, 2012 the Commission authorized the Shawnee Municipal Authority to enter into a contract with Smith Roberts Baldischwiler, LLC for an amount to not exceed $549,460. There was $300,000 budgeted for the 2011/12 fiscal year and $300,000 for the 2012/13 year. A Notice to Proceed was issued on June 25, 2012. Data loggers have been installed and flow meters have been received, and will be utilized for gathering data once installed. SRB conducted a site visit on October 10th, 2012 to collect data for computer model. The Water Hydraulic Model will be completed by the end of April. Staff met with SRB on March 22nd, 2013 for a basis of planning meeting. SRB has started work on the Wastewater Hydraulic Model. The Water Hydraulic Model has been completed; staff had training on it Tuesday, July 9th, 2013. Staff met with SRB on Friday, August 9th, 2013 to go over Waste Water Collection, Waste Water Treatment, Water Supply and Treatment, and Water Distribution. On August 19th, 2013 the Wastewater Hydraulic Model Software was approved by Commission. Currently waiting on installation of the software. SRB conducted a Filter Media Evaluation on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 which lasted fourteen hours; results are still pending. Staff also had a meeting with SRB the same day, discussion of getting Commissioners updated were among the topics. Staff and Carollo Engineers met with DEQ on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 to go over possible options for the wastewater treatment system. SMA staff sent SRB information requested for the Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant, and an updated list of manholes needed for the sewer model software. Staff will meet with SRB on Friday, September 13th, 2013 to receive training on the hydraulic water model software. Staff had a conference call with Carollo Engineers on Wednesday, September 18th discussing the Wastewater Plant’s immediate needs. Staff had a conference call with SRB on Wednesday, September 25th, items discussed were data needed for the master plan, phased projects, and updates on progress. Staff has gathered, sent part of the data, and is currently compiling the remainder of the data requested. SRB and Carollo Engineers met with City Commission and presented an update with visuals at the Special Call Meeting on Monday, September 30th. Staff had a conference call with SRB and Carollo Engineers on October 9th, 2013. SRB requested more sewer and water flow information for the water and sewer models) staff is currently working on). SRB delivered draft reports on the filter media, and returned plans and documents that were scanned recently on Friday, October 10th, 2013. Staff had a conference call with SRB on October 24th, 2013. SRB requested more sewer information for the sewer model (staff is currently working on). Staff gathered more camera footage for engineers to put in model. Staff sent SRB more data from the hydrant flow loggers, and largest water users. Staff gathered and submitted data for the water tower study. Staff met with newly added Carollo Engineering staff to give them a tour of both wastewater plants on Thursday, December 12th, 2013. Staff is expected to receive the Water and Sewer Treatment Draft after Christmas, from SRB. Carollo Engineers emailed a draft report for the Water & Wastewater Treatment Plants. Staff is currently reviewing this report and will work with the Engineers to evaluate the plan. SRB met with City Commission on February 3rd, 2014 to give a progress report on the Master Plan. Staff completed review and mark-ups of water plant and wastewater plants draft plans and returned to SRB for updates. Staff sent draft master plan documentation including appendices that SMA staff is currently reviewing. Staff gave SRB more data including camera footage for the wastewater model. Staff met with SRB on Friday, March 14th and went over the preliminary draft of certain chapters of the Master Plan. Questionable sections were addressed and explanations were given for some items that were unclear. We await the remaining chapters for preliminary review. Staff met with SRB and Carollo Engineers to review some sections of the Southside Wastewater Plant that needs to be addressed in the master plan. Staff had training with SRB on Friday, April 11th over the Water Model. Staff with meet with SRB on Wednesday, April 23rd to have additional training over the Water Model. SRB gave a presentation to the City Commission on May 5th. SRB will be delivering the Wastewater Treatment Volume III (Final Draft) to the city commission on May 19th. SMA is currently reviewing the Volume II Water Distribution. SMA is reviewing the water distribution draft, and delivering the final draft to the city commission July 7th, 2014. SMA had a work session with the City Commission on Monday, July 14th, 2014 on the Water Treatment CIP, and the Water Distribution CIP. SMA had a special call meeting work session again on Monday, July 28th, 2014 to discuss the Wastewater Treatment CIP and the Wastewater Collections CIP. SMA will have a special call meeting work session again on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 to discuss the Wastewater Treatment CIP and the Wastewater Collections CIP.
Repair and Restoration of the River Bank Failure at the WTP, including sludge removal- Smith Roberts Baldischwiler, LLC is currently in the engineering phase. SRB had their survey team on site August 28th, 2013. Staff met with SRB and FEMA on Friday, September 20th to review the erosion damage. The estimated cost for the repairs to the river bank is around $200,000.00. Staff collected soil samples for SRB for the sludge lagoon project at the Water Treatment Plant. On January 14th, 2014 the Notice to Bidders will run in the newspaper, with the pre-bid meeting to follow on February 11th, 2014. SMA will open bids on February 18th, 2014. SMA received bid packets on January 17th, 2014. SMA opened bids on February 18th, 2014, and will award the project on March 3rd, 2014. Project was awarded to CP3 Enterprises on March 3rd, 2014. Estimated start date is April 10th, 2014. Contractors began work on Wednesday, April 9th with taking the sludge out of the Northwest side of the lagoon. Contractors have hauled a total of 300 semi-truck loads of sludge out of the South Lagoon. All sludge has been removed. CP3 has hauled in more heavy equipment and have started working on the river bank. Contractors have started putting down rip rap along the river bank in stages. Once the contractors get the rip rap along the river they will start building up the dam with more dirt, and put down more rip rap. A change order to the contract was approved by commission on July 7th, 2014 for additional quantities for the amount of $63,963.56. Contractors have started hauling in more rip rap and putting it down along the river bank. This project was completed on August 18th, 2014. On August 22nd SRB and SMA staff will do a final inspection on the project.

AIRPORT/Keenan English, Assistant Airport Manager
• Oklahoma Airport Operators Association will be represented at OML in September 2014
• Next 2014 Air Show planning meeting will be held August 28, 2014
• Construction Projects
o The airport and their consultants are submitting and Early Development Packet for project funding. Project will include a new rotating beacon and new apron lighting.
• Hangars remain at full capacity
• Hangar 13 project is complete. Project consisted of spraying new foam insulation on the ceiling covering 6,400 sq ft
• The airport is currently working on a contract with the USDA for wildlife management services.
• New pedestrian doors installed in maintenance hangar
• The Airport is currently collecting specifications, estimates, and financing options for a 10 unit T-hangar structure.
• Air Show scheduled for October 4th, 2014.
• International Cessna 140 Association conference will be held October 8 - 12
Fuel Sales
Fuel sales continue to steadily increase:
• August 2013 = Avgas 3,278.41 gal; Jet A 1,223.99gal
• August 2014 = Avgas 3,632.01 gal; Jet 2,998.27 gal
Airport Advisory Board
• AAB meeting was held on Sept. 17, 2014.
• Board recommended the edited contract with Lochner Aviation Services to apply for NPE funding to finance Airport lighting project at the September 17th AAB meeting.

PARKS/CEMETERY/EQUIPMENT SERVICES/James Bryce, Director of Operations
Parks Maintenance Division (Staff of 8)
• Daily Downtown cleanup route
• Routine maintenance on buildings
• Daily Park cleanup and restroom cleaning in all Parks
• Mowing/Weed eating and spraying in all parks and ROWs
• Working on Monthly Park Inspections
• Center for Employment Opportunities has been weed eating intersections, ditches and the Lake damns
Cemetery Division (staff of 4)
• 2 burials
• Mowing /weed eating/spraying
• Daily trash pickup
• Preparing for internments
Central Garage (Staff of 6)
• General servicing and repairs to vehicles and equipment including Expo
• Processing new vehicles
• Department services and repairs 238 vehicles, 206 pieces of equipment, and 4 boats
• 55 units in last two weeks with 71 total repairs
• EVT schools and testing
Shawnee Twin Lakes
• Boat traffic has been slower than normal on Lake #1 this year. The swim beaches are busy every weekend. New Lake building is being engineered and we hope to get under way with construction soon. Mowing continues around the lake.
Wes Watkins Reservoir
• Currently the facility has a Lake Ranger, Part time grounds keeper, Park Manager, and a part time janitorial person for the weekends. Camping and daily use has slowed downed.
Municipal Swimming Pool
• Demolition of the pool is complete. Ground prep work has begun along with some forms for concrete being built. Trusses and other supplies have been ordered, plumbing for the bath house is going good, mason work has been started. The next contractor meeting will be October 23rd.
Certified Healthy Communities
• Staff is waiting to hear about what TSET will do about the two ordinance/policies that the AG’s office ruled that we could not enact in order to be considered for a grant. I have talked with TSET and they say are name is still on the list to be considered but will need to wait to hear from them.
Alternative Fuels
• Staff has joined up with the Central Oklahoma Clean Cities as a stakeholder in hopes to be able to apply for grant monies to convert city vehicles to natural gas or propane. Stakeholders consist of individuals that work in the field of CNG/LPG, install equipment, operate converted equipment, or are looking into and tracking conversion data. Fleet maintenance has a meeting set up with LPG individuals to look at some of our equipment for quotes on conversion. Through information learned at the COCC meetings, staff has made the decision to hold off on conversions for a couple of more years. This is based on our ROI from our conversions; we need to convert vehicles running 35000 miles per year to which we do not have. We have chosen to wait and watch for the price of conversions to come down. We have also learned that UPS in Shawnee along with several other UPS locations in Ok and CO are converting all of their vehicles to propane.
KABOOM grant/YMCA partnership
• The YMCA is back in the running for funding on the KABOOM grant. As soon as a funding partner is found, the YMCA and the City will coordinate installation.
City Hall and Fire Stations Fire Alarm System
• Staff has received all estimates and given them to the Fire Department to apply for grants to install.
Red Cedar Local Emphasis Area
• Staff and one Commissioner has been working on a way to help private land owners remove red cedars from their property in order to make our effort of removing worthwhile. A LEA has been submitted through the NRCS office for grant funding for private land owners. More to come as we hear back.
Other Projects of Importance
• The YMCA received two grants through the Avedis Foundation. Staff will be helping implement these due to the involvement of City Property. Architects are working on drawings for one of the projects.
• Architects are working on the drawings for the new Lake Maintenance building that will be bid out soon.
Parks Master Plan
• Shafer, Kline, & Warren, Inc. is going through the information collected the three days they were here to compile the questions for the survey. Information will be in next week for the Steering Committee to look over.

EXPOSITION CENTER/Mike Jackson, Operations Manager
• September 9, FCCLA Conference, Conference Center, 250 people
• September 10-13, Baptist Campers on a Mission, Grandstands East & West 32 rigs, 64 people for 4 nights
• September 11-14, Circle L Productions Barrel Racing, Fred Humphrey Pavilion 460 Barrel Racers, approximately 960 people per day for 4 day barrel race
• September 13, Canadian Valley Electric Coop Annual Meeting 1800 people
• September 13-14, Oklahoma JR High School Rodeo, Grandstands Arena 125 contestants, 375 people per day for 2 day rodeo
• September 16, St. Anthony’s Pal, Conference Center, 80 people
• September 17-20, Spinning Spools Quilt Show, Conference Center Approximately 300 people per day for the 4 day show
• September 20, SC&CDA Board Meeting
• Board accepted bid of Dunlap Construction for repair of horse stall panels and gates Guest at board meeting was Cindy Bowling owner of Triangle Horse Sale and Jim Ware from Weatherford, TX, Cindy Bowling who has been owner of Triangle Horse Sale for 30 plus years and has had the sale at the Expo as long as well made the announcement that Jim Ware has purchased Triangle Horse Sale and ownership will take over at the January Sale

• Staff met with developers to discuss potential future and current development projects.
• Staff prepared materials and presented information at the September 15 City Commission meeting.
• Building inspections staff remain busy with a very high volume of permit requests and inquiries. Several major commercial projects are underway, including the following projects:
o Shawnee Marketplace;
o OBU Dormitory, Thurmond Hall remodel, Nursing Building;
o New restaurants: Chick-fil-A; Qdoba Grill, Panda Express; and
o St. Anthony Hospital expansion.
• Staff is working to implement sidewalk and trail improvements at several locations in the City.
• Staff continues work on revising the City’s Subdivision and Development Standards. This initiative is expected to be complete in 2015.
• The City has opened the fourth round of the Downtown Faηade Grant program. Applications are due October 20. The program provides up to $2,500 in matching funds to individuals seeking to improve the front faηades of their building in historic downtown Shawnee.
• The Action Center is currently investigating the following complaints:
o Dilapidated Buildings: 34 active cases
o Derelict Vehicles: 6 active cases
o Junk/Trash: 12 active cases
o Tall Grass/Weeds: 65 active cases

FINANCE DEPARTMENT/Cynthia Sementelli, Finance
• Worked on SMA fixed asset
• Worked on General fixed assets
• Bank reconciliations
• Worked on compensated absences for audit
• Work on AR for audit
• Worked with CDBG staff to streamline work
• Preparing for year – end
• Did video clip with Daniel S. concerning the budget

City Clerk
• Preparation of agendas for City Commission & Authorities meetings.
• Preparation of minutes for City Commission and Authorities meetings.
• Filed 33 public nuisance liens and 14 public nuisance lien releases with Pottawatomie County Clerk; filed 15 lien certifications with Pottawatomie County Treasurer.
• Normal routine duties including tort claims, management of archived records, research of records for staff and Commissioners, distribution of payroll, preparation of inbound/outbound mail, and overseeing insurance on vehicles and property owned by the City of Shawnee.
Utility Billing/Customer Service
• Zone 1 Cut-off
• Zone 1 billing
• Zone 2 cut-off
• Routine customer service/billing, water and sewer transactions and issues involving payment arrangements, cut-offs, past-due collections and sanitation.

INFORMATION SYSTEMS/Steve Nolen, Chief Information Officer
• Continued project review / management for master projects
o Remote VPN Router Replacements – PD Training / GC Tech deployed and working
o Animal Control VPN migration to cellular – CradlePoint modem deployed and functioning
o TCM Imaging Solution Project – City Clerk Templates developed, vendor updating / installing / testing Tyler Output Processor (TOP) for deployment
o NSA 2600 High Availability VPN Router – Test configuration installed, currently being tested
o Unitrends Offsite Data Vault Project – Equipment on hand, Public Safety Server room installation in progress, IT Server room installation pending 2600 Deploy for rack space,
o Fiber Data Backup Network Deployment – Fiber cabling received, scheduling network buildout
o DataCove Email Archive Upgrade to V5 – Equipment installed, migration scheduled 08/26/2014
o Mobile Device Management Deployment – MDM deployed on Fire mobile devices, testing remote app management and deployment
o Web Server Migration – Virtual server configured, migration pending
o License Plate Reader Server component –Web code for easy lookup / integration lookups left to do / Auto-Download file push to do
o Brazos Citation Import for Global System – Solution installed, still working through bugs with vendors
o GeoSafe Fire Mobile – Fire Hydrant data provided to vendor, waiting for deployment
o GeoSafe Police Mobile – Worked with vendor for Windows 8.1 GPS support, continued deployment
o GeoInfo Web App – Canceled project, SMA GIS is doing similar work at this time
o Police AVL Solution – Geosafe deployed on majority of systems, PD Chief to dictate usage
o Police Mobile Vendor Change – Continued migration to new vendor machine by machine
o Global/Firehouse Interface – Changes to design criteria by Fire, new code being tested
o Ch3 Video Server Replacement – Scheduled review later this year
o XP System Migration – Migration / replacement continues
o LiveScan Replacement – System operational, vendor needs to work out power save settings, etc.
o Afix System VPN Upgrade – Resolved and updated using 64bit VPN configurations, now another vendor says they need 32bit :-/
o Dispatch Center Move – Plans reviewed, IT only responsible for CAD network and systems, waiting for next action
o Animal Shelter Photo Display cloud app – App developed, testing by Animal Control, PD Admin
o Thin Client Deployment – Reviewed/tested with RDP, video, etc. – need live field test next
o Customer Service Display System – Equipment purchased, waiting for power / video wire runs
o Emergency Operations Center Dashboard – Cloud application completed by IT and deployed in EOC displaying GeoSafe, Fire Dashboard, Weather, and basic web cameras
o MobileServer Server Migration – Need new server/virt to handle NetMotion and GeoSafe services, in planning stages
o GIS Map Publication Points – Internal use of hosted GIS services in use, need to publish this data for public use, end user cloud app for managing publication points for easy citizen access

FIRE DEPARTMENT/Dru Tischer, Interim Chief
Responded to 197 emergency calls broken down by type below:
• Fires: 8
• Rescue & EMS: 142
• Hazardous conditions: 3
• Service Calls: 10
• Good Intent Calls: 23
• False Alarms: 11
• Overpressure Rupture, Explosion: 0
Fire Prevention
Plan Reviews
• None
New Construction Inspections
• 2 various locations
Requested / Administrative Inspections:
• 8 various locations
Permits and On-Site Inspections
• 4 various locations
- Assigned Shift, Company & Individual Training:
o Annual Fitness Test (All Shifts) (9/2,3,8/14)
o Rope Rescue II Course (9/17-20/14)
o Child Passenger Seat Technician Training (Hotella) (9/18-20/14)
- Tentative Shift, Company & Individual Training:
o Air Management Drills (All Shifts)
o Emergency Vehicle Operations Refresher (All Shifts) (TBD)
- Training Chief Schedule:
o Firehouse Education and Training Seminar (9/23-26/14)
- Training Chief Activities:
o Conduct Air Management Course / Develop Air Management Policy
o Coordinate Agreement w/ WWT for the use of Federal Bank Building
o Update Medial Directors Contract
o Coordinate Fall Training Schedule
o Coordinate w/ EM Director Re: State-Wide Disaster Exercise
o 11 Probationary Fire Fighter Skills Training and Evaluation
o GEOSAFE / CAD / Firehouse iPad Deployment
o FireHouse Administration / Quality Control
o Kaplan Fire and EMS C.E.U. Administration
o 24/7 Fire Course Administration
o N.R.E.M.T. - C.E.U. Program Administration
o Electronic Entry of Dept. Personnel Training Records to FireHouse
- Medical Director Activities:
o EMS Skills Evaluation (TBD)

• Police reports: 227 / arrests: 80
Total Citations: 187 Handwritten Citations: 80 E-Citations: 107 Traffic Accidents: 21
• Dispatch managed 3,550 calls (Police/Fire/EMS calls dispatched only)
Accreditation/Lt. King, Accreditation Manager
• Maintaining Accreditation Files.
• Field Training Program.
• CID duties.
• 43 Cases Forwarded to CID for Review
• 11 Felony Cases Assigned / 0 Misdemeanor Cases Assigned / 3 Other Cases Assigned
• 11 Felony Cases Cleared / 0 Misdemeanor Cases Cleared / 5 Other Cases Cleared
• 6 Felonies Filed through DA’s Office
• 16 No Further Needed (NFN) Cases
• $260 Total Property Recovered
• 6 Pending Assignment (PA) Cases
• 1 Call Out
• 4 Assists with Patrol and Other Agencies
COP’s Grant Program
• Conducted drug house surveillance
• Prepared multiple search warrants returns
• Lowes Picture of Range and Gym
• City Commission Meeting
• Conducted face book surveillance
• SPD firearms training
• Interviewed informants
• Safe Corridor meeting
• MATCS meeting
• Interrogatories responses and discovery evidence collection for distribution and forfeiture case
• Meeting with ADA to prep for court
• Met with Fire and EMG management for upcoming scenario
• Sort and categorized evidence for child pornography case
• Schedule next week Sentinel Training at Airport
• Prepared search warrant for cell phone
• Conducted face book surveillance
• Conducted drug house surveillance
• VALOR training
Media Homicide
• SWAT training
• Met with CID for Seminole State College incident
• Processed phone downloads
• Tecumseh meeting for Officer to assist Drive Sober event
• Searched residence and recovered indoor marijuana grow
• Scheduled National Take Back Initiative
• Drive Sober or get pulled over event
• Number of evidence items brought in: 44
• Number of evidence items released: 12
• Number of found property items taken in: 18
• Number of items submitted to the OSBI: 22
Police Officers - 59 / 1 Officers in FTO program/ 56 available
• Dispatch positions - 13 / 13 available for service / 4 in training status
• Animal Control Positions - 4 / 4 available for service
Animal Control
• Calls Responded: 148
• Animals Impounded: 60 / Animals reclaimed: 13 / Animals adopted: 0


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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 health and environmental risk of pollutants discharged to the wastewater collection and treatment system.

Other Water / Wastewater Information

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