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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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Kicking off the “Season” - Are YOU Ready?
Everyone ready for the “Season”? No? Well we, being the City and the Emergency Management group, aren’t enthused about it but we ARE ready for it. Of course we are talking about “Tornado Season”, that wonder time… err, TIMES of the year when Oklahoma weather can be a little over bearing. With some bad weather possible soon you should review your “Oklahoma Weather Kit” and get ready for the Spring time.
So first up let’s talk about that kit, your “Family Disaster Supply Kit” is the official name.

After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it may take days. Your family will cope best by preparing for disaster before it happens. One thing to do in preparedness is assemble a 72-hour disaster supplies kit. Once disaster hits, you won’t have time to shop or search for supplies. But if you’ve gathered supplies in advance, your family can endure an evacuation or home confinement.

There are six basics you should stock in your home: water (one gallon per person per day) , food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items.
Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy to carry container such as a large covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag.
Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the disaster supplies kit in your car.

Changed your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh.

Rotate your stored food every six months.

Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update your clothes, etc.
Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medicines.

Next time we’ll talk about taking shelter, but until then, be safe and be aware!


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Staff Activity Report for February 2015
CITY MANAGERS OFFICE/Justin Erickson, Interim Manager
• Attended the EXPO Board Regular meeting and an additional Special Meeting
• Met individually with Mayor Mainord and various City Commissioners to discuss City business
• Met with the Avedis Foundation to discuss current and potential future projects
• Met with appropriate City Staff to discuss major projects underway including: pool, splash pad, trails and major commercial development
• Attended and presented at the Reimagine Downtown Shawnee Seminar held at Vintage Venue
• Met with the Shawnee Mall Manager to discuss the Mall and City operations
• Met with Staff and others concerning a potential 911 merger
• Met with individuals and groups concerning use of the City Auditorium
• Met with the Shawnee Housing Authority
• Met with the Salvation Army and discussed operations and the homeless shelter
• Attended the SEDF Board meeting
• Coordinated and attended meetings with Jim Nuse of Affion

• Rehab Asphalt Streets Project - Contractor will be performing the overlay of Pecan Grove west of Hwy. 102 in March according to the County Commissioner.
• Shawnee Marketplace - Public waterlines and sanitary sewer improvements are completed. Perimeter road and signalized intersections completed. Drainage and storm sewer completed. Work remaining includes widening of entrance between Whataburger and Delta Cafe, installation of sidewalks, and landscaping needs completed. HOBBY LOBBY is open!!!! We have received from Developer maintenance bonds for the water and sanitary sewer improvements, and we are awaiting submittal of the paving maintenance bond and submittal of the As-Built plans for the Public Improvements to be accepted. Upon receipt of those items and completion of work we will bring the item to the City Commission for official acceptance of the public improvements and determination of actual dollar costs of those improvements for sales tax reimbursement calculation as required by the Contract between the City and the Developer.
• COS-PW-13-01 Sidewalk/ADA Handicap Ramps Project (Bryan Trail) - 6’ sidewalk along MacArthur to Bryan complete. Construction of 10’ trail along Bryan south of MacArthur is still in progress. The 10 trail will run from MacArthur to Highland Avenue.
• Vision Bank Property Channel Improvements- 100% of the cost for these drainage improvements are borne by the Developer (Vision Bank). All concrete has been placed for the twin 8’ x 5’ drainage structure that will be under future road extension. Construction of concrete drainage channel continues. Upon completion of all work, Developer will need to submit As-Builts of plans to FEMA for them to issue the Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) that is needed for future development to occur on that site.
• Pool Parking Lot Project- Contract awarded to CGC Inc. in the dollar amount of $369,305.25. Grading of the parking area south of the tennis courts is underway. Fill material has been hauled in to the site. The damage poles still need to be replaced as well as repair to the tennis court fencing. Overall project approx. 15% complete.
• Hyatt Addition- Clearing and grubbing has been completed and rough grading of future streets completed. Silt fencing and stormwater prevention facilities have been installed. Sanitary sewer installation is currently underway. The costs for all construction work taking place is 100% borne by the Developer (Mezdi Azimi).
• Union Sidewalk – MacArthur to Middle School- Obtained survey from street widening project and will create cross-sections of ground for sidewalk placement and grading.
• Main Street Streetscape Project- We have finally received ODOTs comments concerning the completion of ODOTs environmental review portion of the project from them, and have received a Categorical Exclusion which means we will not have to do any further NEPA approvals by FHWA. Finalizing landscaping & irrigation plans are in progress, and have received OGEs cost proposal for providing and installing decorative lighting for project. Tentative schedule is to be in position to advertise the project for bids by late April-early May timeframe with construction starting later this summer.
• Boy Scout Park Splash Pad Project- Water feature apparatus were ordered by the City from ARC, Inc in the dollar amount of $131, 130.00. The City also let for bids the construction and installation of the splash pad and the project was awarded to C3 Construction in the dollar amount of $148,364.00. A PreWork meeting with the Contractor is scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2015, and the Notice to Proceed will be issued effective March 25th. Completion date is tentatively scheduled for May 20th.
• Receipt of two Preliminary Plats- that staff is currently reviewing. One is for Tamarack housing development to be located at the Northeast Corner of Independence & Elm, and the other one is for Cooper Commercial Development located immediately east of the KFC and Holiday Inn Express off of Mall Drive.
• SMA Waterline Looping Project-SMA is planning to bid out a city wide water line looping project. The project will include various locations and will be bid on an estimated quantity basis much like the sanitary sewer pipe bursting projects. Working on preparing the DEQ application for the project.
• Street Selections for Maintenance Work-Currently, existing asphalt streets are being evaluated and rated to determine ranking and priorities of streets selected for maintenance. This work is very time consuming, every street has to be inspected and stress conditions of roadway determined and quantified. Anticipate project inventory being completed by end of June 2015.

o 1100 applications were received. 204 awards have been made.
o 60 notices to proceed have been issued so far.
o 15 inspections were completed and requests for payment were processed.
• Individual Stakeholders meetings were scheduled for March to review the specific functional annexes to the updated Emergency Operations Plan. A Planning Team meeting was scheduled for March to review the Basic Plan.
• The county-wide Hazard Mitigation Plan draft is still at the State Emergency Management office being reviewed prior to re-submission to FEMA Region 6 for approval.
• Staff met with four Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow Campus Homeland Security Degree program students getting them started on development of Hazardous Materials Site Specific plans for the Shawnee Water Treatment Plant, North and South Wastewater Treatment Plants, and Jindal Films plant. A fifth student meeting is scheduled for March 6 to work on the site specific plan for Shawnee Milling.
• We are collaborating with the Local Emergency Planning Committee and emergency services agencies to prepare for a full-scale emergency exercise in May in the Dale area. We will also be activating the Emergency Operations Center for this exercise. Planning meetings have been held and tasks relating to exercise facilitation.

UTILITY DEPARTMENT/Steve Nelms, Director
• PWSC Emergency Generator Project SMA-15-04 - A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for February 3rd, 2015. Bids were opened at the commission meeting on February 17th, 2015. Project will be awarded at the commission meeting on March 2nd, 2015.
• Tennessee Lift Station Rehab Project SMA-15-03 - A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for February 3rd, 2015. Bids were opened at the commission meeting on February 17th, 2015. Project will be awarded at the commission meeting on March 2nd, 2015.
• Southside Waste Water Treatment Plant Emergency Generator Project SMA-15-05 - Currently in the engineering phase.
• St. Anthony’s Hospital Waterline Replacement - This is an in house project. The project is 90% complete.
• Repair and Restoration of River Bank Failure at the WTP - This project was completed on August 18th, 2014. Staff met with PSI on February 10th, 2015 to inspect and discuss the lagoon. PSI came out on February 20th, 2015 to conduct soil testing. Currently awaiting results.

AIRPORT/Keenan English, Assistant Airport Manager
• AAB recommended a land lease with Johnson Snoball on Saratoga St.
• Oklahoma Airport Operators Association annual conference being held March 8 – 11 in Tulsa, OK
• FAA-AIP-3-0040-0088-16-2015, rotating beacon, apron lighting, and AWOS. Project is waiting for FAA approval. AWOS phase I benefit cost analysis complete and approved by FAA.
• Disadvantaged Business Enterprise has been approved and published.
• Bodard Hangar is undergoing repairs and maintenance on both electric doors.
• Water defense system has been installed on Jet fuel pump system.
• Existing rotating beacon has been repaired.
• Airport’s Ground Communication Outlet has been serviced and returned.
• Addition door rails have been replaced on two T-Hangars.
• Youth Aviation Day is April 11th at the Gordon Cooper Tech Aviation Center.

PARKS/CEMETERY/EQUIPMENT SERVICES/James Bryce, Director of Operations
• Municipal Swimming Pool - Project is moving right along, weather is messing with pouring concrete but the contractor is able to work on other items while the weather is bad. All pools are poured except the splash pad area. Contractor has some decks formed and ready for concrete when the weather allows. Electrician, Plumber, And Heat and Air contractors have also been out working on their end of project.
• Boyscout Splash Pad- The Engineering Department is out for bid on the splash pad and the Operations Department is out for bid on the restroom. Both are due back in for opening on March 16th.
• Certified Healthy Communities- The City finally got word that we were awarded the $110,000.00 grant from TSET. This money will go towards the Boy Scout Splash Pad and Restroom Project.
• 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. On another note, we have been paying a lot less for gas and diesel leaving extra money in the budget that could be used for conversions. Staff is looking at this and hope to be able to convert a few vehicles.
• 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.
• Kiwanis park restroom project at the lake- Canadian Valley Electric has agreed to put in the electric service here as long as the City clears the ROW for them. The process has been started through DEQ for the septic system and well. Staff is working with the Kiwanis group to develop a plan and how much funding will come from each. The DEQ process will take 3 months for their review.
• Parks Master Plan- The Parks Master Plan survey went out and is in the hands of the public. After all responses are in, it should take about another 4 weeks to compile the data.
• Lake Maintenance building- out for bid, due in on March 16th.
• Auditorium HVAC Design-RFQ in front of the commission on March 3rd for approval to advertise.

EXPOSITION CENTER/Mike Jackson, Operations Manager
• February 2, Pottawatomie County JR Livestock Show Pig Roast/Trophy Auction, 500 people
• February 2-6, Eaton Corp. Training, 25 people per day, 125 people
• February 3, Oklahoma Water Resource Board Meeting, 35 people
• February 5-7, Central District Livestock Show, 1,800 entries, 13 counties, approximately 3,600 people
• February 6, News Star Editorial Board, 25 people
• February 7-8, G & S Promotions Gun & Knife Show, approximately 1,200 people
• February 9, Chick-fil-A Dedication Dinner, 120 people
• February 10, St. Anthony’s Heart Event, 180 people
• February 11, McDonald Law Firm Royalties Owners Meeting, 200 people
• February 14-15, Central 4D Barrel Racing, 380 barrel racers per day, approximately 1,200 people
• February 14-15, Buchanan Vintage Market, approximately 500 people
• February 19, Chamber Banquet, 250 people
• February 21, Oklahoma Quarter Horse Banquet, 200 people
• February 26-27, Unit Liner Water Garden Expo, 400 people
• February 27-28, Triangle Horse Sale, 330 horses, approximately 1,000 people

• Staff met with developers and consultants to discuss potential future and current development projects.
• Staff continues to be very involved in downtown revitalization efforts and attends that monthly merchant meetings and the Chamber’s Downtown Taskforce.
• Building inspections staff remain busy with a very high volume of permit requests and inquiries. There are numerous large construction projects underway throughout the community and several projects have been recently completed.
• Staff continues work on revising the City’s Subdivision and Development Standards.
• Staff refined a draft of a Downtown Maintenance Ordinance for review by the Downtown Task Force. The Planning Commission will discuss the ordinance on April 1.
• Staff prepared reports and attended the Shawnee Planning Commission regular meeting.
• The City condemned one structure on February 12. Three structures have been condemned in 2015. A total of 159 structures have been condemned since 2011.
• Staff met with developers and consultants to discuss potential future and current development projects.
• The Action Center is currently investigating the following complaints:
o Dilapidated Buildings: 45 active cases
o Derelict Vehicles: 6 active cases
o Junk/Trash: 24 active cases
o Tall Grass/Weeds: 8 active cases

FINANCE DEPARTMENT/Cynthia Sementelli, Finance
• Prepare sales tax report
• Did an analysis on use tax/sales tax
• Began setting up budget documents
• Prepared for airport meeting
• Attended the Expo Board meeting
• Attending training from the GFOA for 3 days
• Met with City Manager on various issues
• Worked on personal side of budget
• Distributed budget docs to department heads
• Did monthly allocations
• Had conference call with HR and OMRF
• Did interview with Mindy from Shawnee Outlook
• Attended meeting concerning ACA reporting
• Met with Jim Nuse with Affion
City Clerk
• Preparation of agendas and minutes for City Commission & Authorities regular meetings.

• Conducted interviews for Deputy City Clerk position.

• Filed 5 public nuisance liens and 18 lien releases with Pottawatomie County Clerk; filed 15 public nuisance 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
• Routine customer service/billing, water and sewer transactions and issues involving payment arrangements, cut-offs, past-due collections and sanitation.
• 278 payments made a Homeland Store kiosks resulting in $26,224.48 collected for February.

INFORMATION SYSTEMS/Steve Nolen, Chief Information Officer
• Continued project review / management for master projects
o Remote VPN Router Replacements – Finalizing Federal building, planning Aquatics Center
o TCM Imaging Solution Project – V4 issues, rolled back to previous, deploying in City Clerk
o Fiber Data Backup Network Deployment – Still waiting on scheduled build out
o OneNet Circuit Upgrade – Circuit ordered, vendor on site for location, waiting for build out
o Web Server Migration – Still in schedule queue for time
o GIS Project Prioritization – Merging SMA and IT project list for work scheduling and prioritization
o Dispatch Access Control Deployment – Waiting on construction in Dispatch for vendor schedule
o North City Hall Door Access Control Deployment – Waiting for vendor to advise scheduling
o Dispatch Camera Update Project – Waiting to review options with PD Chief

FIRE DEPARTMENT/Dru Tischer, Interim Chief
Responded to 403 emergency calls broken down by type below:
• Fires: 13
• Rescue & EMS: 293
• Hazardous conditions: 6
• Service Calls: 19
• Good Intent Calls: 53
• False Alarms: 17
• Overpressure Rupture, Explosion: 0
Fire Prevention
Plan Reviews
• 6 locations
New Construction Inspections
• 3 various locations
Requested / Administrative Inspections:
• 9 various locations
Permits and On-Site Inspections
• 6 various locations

• Police reports: 391 / arrests: 136
Total Citations: 300 Handwritten Citations: 161 E-Citations: 139 Traffic Accidents: 44
• Dispatch managed 6,425 calls (Police/Fire/EMS calls dispatched only)
• Police Officers - 59 / 1 Officer at Academy/2 Officers in FTO training/ 58 available
• Dispatch positions - 15 / 10 available for service /3 in training status/ 2 open position
• Animal Control Positions - 4 / 3 available for service


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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

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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.

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