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The Kenig Konnection

May 2016

Summertime, budget time...


I hope you and your family are enjoying a relaxing Memorial Day. This weekend marks the unoficial start of summer, as the city's swimming pools open and people dust off their grills.

For all of us at the city, summer also signals budget deliberations as we begin reviewing departmental budget requests, revenue estimates, and appropriations for 2017. This is a massive undertaking which involves thorough review, adjustments, and amendments, culminating in a final vote on our total budget of over $100 million, which funds all city operations from snow removal to street repair, public safety (police and fire) to parks and recreation.

Lastly, let us all pause and remember all of those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, protecting and defending our freedoms. I reflect on the many members of my own family who have served in the armed forces, including my cousin who returned only two years ago from deployment in Kandahar, Afghanistan. We forever owe them a debt of gratitude for their selfless service. Our nation continues to be the most free nation on earth, a beacon of hope and opportunity for countless men and women all over the world who see their hopes and dreams realized in our grand democratic experiment.

This infographic is a few years old, but captures the magnitude of the sacrifice, highlighting the American loss of life in every conflict and chronicling the history of the holiday we celebrate today. Let us never forget.


Storm Debris Drop-Off Site

Today is the last day to dropp off limbs

To help residents dispose of tree debris from the recent storms, the City has opened a tree and limb debris drop off location. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO DROP OFF DEBRIS AT THE SITE. Residents can drop off their debris on City property located on the southeast corner of I-435 and Johnson Drive across from the Justice Center anytime between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Vehicles can access the area off of Johnson Drive and Renner Road. 

Proof of residency is required.  Residents with questions about the debris drop off can call Public Works at (913) 742-6008

City Budget Meetings Posted

All documents & budget requests online

Click on the link below to see our meeting schedule and download department presentations and budget numbers from past meetings. All of our meetings are open to the public - please attend and provide feedback as we determine our budget for 2017.

2017 Budget Calendar

Nieman Corridor Visioning

Recent citizen input meetings convened

The City Council recently reviewed proposals for lane reductions to Nieman Road to provide for enhanced walking and biking paths, as well as other proposals that allow for greater pedestrian and bike traffic with minor changes to the artery. The options include: 

  • Four lane section with sidewalks
  • Two lane with center turn lane, shoulder/bike lane
  • Two lane with center turn lane and multi-use (walk/bike) side path 

Improving Nieman Road for foot and bike traffic is one component of our downtown revitalization project as we seek to create a destination downtown district that attracts a greater variety of businesses and provides social and recreational activities to attract families and groups of friends for a more vibrant downtown.

Visit the Nieman Road Corridor Projects page for more information about all projects in the Downtown area. If you haven't been able to review the public feedback meetings, you can review the handouts and information HERE

Click here to take the survey about the Nieman Road Reallocation of Right-of-Way Allocation - the survey is open through tomorrow.

Beware of Scams

Scams targeting businesses, seniors

Beware of these scams. I've heard from several residents and business owners who have been targeted.

Shawnee Business Awards scam

A scam email is circulating in which business owners are receiving emails that claim the business is being recognized for a "Best of Shawnee" award. The email is signed with a generic "Shawnee Business Recognition" label and contains a hyperlink to an URL with the business name appended at the end. The sender's email address also contains the domain, and the scam weblink prompts you to pay hundreds of dollars for your "award." Do not be fooled - this is a scam and not a legitimate email from the city or from the Shawnee Chamber. Click delete.

Thanks to Shawnee resident and entrepreneur Dustin Abercrombie for for the alert and screenshots.

IRS Scam

Several residents, primarily seniors, are receiving harassing calls from callers claiming to be IRS employees, saying that money is owed to the IRS and must be paid immediately via prepaid debit cards or wire transfer and threatening arrest is payment is not provided immediately. The IRS will never request payment over the phone. If your receive one of these calls, call the Shawnee Police non-emergency line at (913) 631-2150.  Also report it directly to the IRS at

Shawnee Community Services Scam

A man is knocking doors in Shawnee neighborhoods claiming to be soliciting donations for Shawnee Community Services. This man is not authorized to act on their behalf. If you're ever suspicious of door to door solicitors, request to see their permit. All approved solicitors in Shawnee are required to carry a city-issued permit at all times.

Old Shawnee Days

Annual Community Event This Weekend

The largest community event in Shawnee that regularly draws tens of thousands of people to our city kicks off this weekend. Old Shawnee Days turns 50 as well - since 1966 families have celebrated Shawnee's pioneer heritage with carnival games, rides, a craft fair, food and merchandise vendors, and live musical entertainment.

The festivities kick-off this Thursday evening as the carnival opens ($15 wristbands for kids 6 and under, $25 for other ages, unlimited rides). Join in on the fun on Saturday as as the band Loverboy performs and stay afterwards for the largest fireworks display in Shawnee.

The Old Shawnee Days Parade will start Saturday morning at 10 am at Nieman Road and Shawnee Mission Parkway, moving north to Johnson Drive and heading west before ending at Cody Road. Snag a spot on Johnson Drive between Nieman and Cody for the best views.

You'll see me in the parade line-up with some of my friends and campaign supporters - be sure to wave.

For a full line-up and schedule of activities and events, check out the Old Shawnee Days website.

Mayor Michelle Distler holds office hours at the Shawnee Civic Center on the third Thursday of every month, where she provides a city update and takes your questions. The City Manager and city staff are present to assist with any resident issues. Take advantage of this opportunity over coffee to connect with the Mayor on the issues that matter most to you. We have a great mayor who truly values government transparency and accessibility to citizens, and this is just one example of how our city demonstrates that commitment to the public.  

When:   Thursday, June 16th
Where:  Shawnee Civic Center
             13817 Johnson Drive
Time:     9:00 am

Quarterly Q&A with the Mayor

The Mayor will hold her Quarterly Q&A on Thursday, June 23 at Pizza West (5346 Roberts Street) from 7-8 pm.  Mayor Distler will provide a brief City update and then take questions and comments from residents in attendance.

Shawnee Young Professionals

Mayor and I talked visioning to YPs

Mayor Distler and I had the pleasure of addressing the Shawnee Young Professionals a few weeks ago at a morning coffee. I discussed our need to have younger voices represented in city discussions on redevelopment, new residential and commercial development, and downtown revitalization. Mayor Distler updated the group on current issues facing the city and the exercise culminated in an exercise in which the attendees gave us suggestions for how we can attract and retain young professionals in Shawnee - specifically, what they think Shawnee needs to do.

Many of the suggestions centered around more diverse housing options, particularly condos and apartments, and expanded dining and retail options, and greater entertainment venues that would draw and keep young professionals in Shawnee.

Click hear to review all the ideas and suggestions from Shawnee Young Professionals (18-40 years old).

KC Startup Crawl

Thanks to everyone who came out to local Shawnee startup incubator and co-working space The Device Shop, one of the host locations for the KC Startup Crawl. Andrew Nave and Elli Bowen, with the Shawnee Chamber's Economic Development Council, had a fantastic display highlighting the SEED incentives we have to attract business to Shawnee, including the new startup incentives I developed in conjunction with them. I had a blast talking to entrepreneurs and innovators who may bring their startups to Shawnee in the future.

Thanks Andrew and Elli for your hard work and dedication! Here's a pic of Andrew, Elli, and I at the Shawnee display.

Shawnee Police Academy

Nominations now open for 2016 session

Want to know how Shawnee police officers prepare for live-shooter situations? Or how the K-9 unit trains their dogs to locate drugs and contraband? Here's your chance!

The Shawnee Police Academy is an 11-week intensive program that immerses you directly in the police department. It's a combination of classroom experience hearing from officers in various units as well direct experience in the field, including travel to the county jail, assisting at a DUI checkpoint, and honing your skills at the police department's shooting range.

The officers who give up their time to inform and educate in this program are amazing the insights you gain are unparalleled. I completed the Citizens Police Academy last Fall and found it to be incredibly informative. I've learned so much and have such a better perspective of the day-to-day operations of the department and the intense physical and mental rigor required of our officers.

The Academy meets weekly beginning September 8th. To be eligible to participate, you must be 18 years old, live or work in Shawnee, and have no criminal record. The Academy is limited to 26 participants and fills up fast.

An application to apply for the Academy will be available starting on June 6th along with more information.  As your city council member, I'd be happy to nominate interested Ward IV residents and write a recommendation letter on your behalf. Please reach out to me if you have any interest.

Here's a picture of my 2015 graduating class from the Shawnee Police Academy. I'm in the back row, 2nd from the right.


  About Brandon

Ward 4 Map

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Upcoming Events

Bloody Mary Party -
5:00 pm,
Shawnee Town Gazebo
Old Shawnee Days, June 2-5, Shawnee Town
Summer Splash, Splash Cove Pool, 1-5 pm
Council Committee Meeting -
7:00 pm,
City Hall
My Recent Travels
KC Startup Crawl,
      Device Shops
      Shawnee (5/20)
Shawnee Police Awards
      Ceremony (5/20)
Shawnee Young
       Professionals Coffee
       with Mayor (5/18)

Public Private Partnership

New Businesses
Congratulations to the following businesses that have have recently opened in Shawnee. Welcome!

Brandon Kenig
Councilmember - Ward IV
City of Shawnee

Copyright © 2016 Brandon Kenig for Shawnee City Council, All rights reserved.

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