Archive for May, 2008

City Council Meeting – May 20, 2008

Tonight was all about the changing of the guard.  We said farewell to Mike Simpson and Matt Lafata and welcomed new Mayor Maher Maso and Council Member Scott Johnson.  Council Member Jim Joyner will be serving another month while we await the results of the runoff election.  Although we are sad to see them go, we are also excited about our new team with Mayor Maso and Scott Johnson.  There is no question that Mayor Maso will continue the high level of excellence that our Frisco Mayors have displayed.  I look forward to working along side both or them.

The evening began with a special tribute to the Simpsons as we dedicated the Plaza in front of City Hall in honor of Mike and Sandy Simpson.  I cannot think of a more fitting tribute than to have Simpson Plaza in front of the George Purefoy Municipal Center. We then moved inside to continue the tribute.  Mike had a very touching tribute to Sandy that included photos of them over the last 6 years.  The significant others of the Council Members cannot get enough credit for the support they give us to allow us to serve the City in this manner.  I know I could not do it without the support of my wife, Dana.

I want to again thank Mike for being such an outstanding role model for me as a Council Member.  When I was elected, we went on our first work session less than a week later.  From the very beginning, Mike welcomed fellow Council Member David Prince and myself and encouraged us to share our ideas.  We were a part of the “team” from day one.  That is the mark of a leader.  I said at the meeting last night that when I get asked what a Mayor is supposed to do and act like, I simply respond by saying “Mike Simpson.”  Frisco has been so lucky to have Mike as a Mayor.  I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to serve with him.  I consider Mike a dear friend, a role model, and one of the most influential persons in my life.  Sandy has been a wonderful role model for my wife Dana and a fitting second mom to me.  Mike and Sandy Simpson are some of the most wonderful people I know.  Although I know they will be active in Frisco, I will miss seeing them on a daily basis and working alongside both of them.

I also want to thank Dr. Jim Joyner for being a good friend and mentor to me as well.  I sat next to Jim for the last year and we quickly became good friends.  If you do not know Jim then you need to know that he enjoys the title of resident comedian.  If you ever saw me start laughing at a Council meeting, it was likely because Jim just whispered one of his one liners to me.  Jim likes to make jokes at my expense, I think because I also have a good sense of humor and can laugh at myself.  He always follows them with the statement that “you will miss me when I’m gone.”  He is right about that. Although Jim and I disagreed on a few issues, we were able to sit down and have active debates for hours at a time.  At all times we respected each others opinions and I think we learned from each other.  I will miss having Jim on the Council. Thank you Jim for being a great mentor for me and a good friend as well.

Following the tribute, Scott and Maher were sworn in and then we took a break for cake.  We should serve cake more often as the attendance tonight was incredible!  The agenda was short tonight but there are still a few things many of you would be interested in knowing.

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Anything but the election…

Frisco just finished one of our most important elections in a long time.  However, there has been much more happening around Frisco than just the election.

This evening is one of my favorite events of the year, the Frisco Education Foundation Scholarship night.  I am proud to have served on this Board for the last 3 years.  This year we will be giving out the most scholarship money we have ever contributed.

A few weeks ago we had tens of thousands of people visit Frisco to attend the Jimmy Buffet and Edgefest concerts.  My wife and I attended the Jimmy Buffet concert and we had a great time.  Pizza Hut Park employees worked around the clock after the Jimmy Buffet concert to be ready for the Edgefest concert the following morning.

These 2 events were 2 of the highest grossing events in the country for the month of April.  Here you can see the top 10 events (our 2 events ranked #1 and #8!):

 

A few weeks ago, the Frisco Dark Park hosted the first annual Rover Rally.  I was honored to be one of the dog judges for the show.  The turnout was very impressive and everyone seemed to have a great time with their dogs.  My favorites were the winners of the cutest dog and the tail wagging contest.  To learn more about this group visit www.friscodogpark.org.

First Annual Rover Rally

 

On May 3rd we celebrated the opening of the Heritage Center.  This new museum is located east of City Hall and next to the upcoming Babe’s Restaurant.  Thanks to staff and the Heritage Association for all of their hard work on this project as they were working late nights to have it ready for the opening.  Please stop by to learn more about Frisco’s past.  It is a great educational opportunity for the kids as well.

Frisco Heritage Association

Speaking of Babe’s Restaurant, we received a sneak preview of what is going to be a destination restaurant in Frisco.  Several years ago, George Purefoy had bet the Mayor that he would eat a meal in Babe’s before his term was up.  Well there have certainly been delays in the construction and it is not scheduled to open for a few months.  However, George made good on the bet as we hosted a party for the Mayor a few weeks ago at the restaurant and Babe’s catered the food from another location.  I had never eaten at Babe’s before but now I see why so many people are excited about their opening.

Frisco hosted our Relay for Life Event in April.  I was honored to be co-chair of the event along with Maher Maso.  The attendance was phenomenal and the funs raised were in excess of $150,000.  Our Frisco-Online.com team took home the first place award for the most funds raised again this year.  Maher is already talking of stealing that title from us next year.  Sounds like a challenge to me!

Mayor Simpson also hosted the First Annual DFW Mayor’s Conference. This is one of Mike’s projects that he wanted to accomplish before his term expired.  Mayor’s and Council Members from across the metroplex came to Frisco to share ideas and best practices.  Everyone was very complimentary of Mayor Simpson and Frisco staff for hosting a well-organized event.  We are all hopeful the event continues and other cities take turns hosting it each year.

Summer is wuickly upon us and Frisco will be hosting many Family events for you to enjoy.  I hope to see many of you around Frisco this summer!

Election Results are in!

Congratulations to our next Mayor of Frisco, Maher Maso, and our new “rookie” Council Member Scott Johnson.  David Prince and myself are glad to finally lose the “rookie” title.  In Place 5, there will be a runoff election between Bart Crowder and Tim Nelson, two highly qualified candidates.  Whoever wins this race will be another strong addition to the Council.  We are all excited about our new “team” and look forward to continuing the high level of excellence that Frisco is known for.

In other races, Richard Beaver and Brenda Polk were both re-elected to School Board.  The relationship the City of Frisco has with their school board is the envy of the state.  In addition, 57% of the voters voted against the late night referendum which overturns the vote of the Council from last year.

The Finals results were:

Mayor Race:  Maher Maso 77%, Matt Lafata 23%

Council Place 5:  Bart Crowder 47%, Tim Nelson 38%, John Newsome 10%, Antonio Leuvano 5%.  This will result in a runoff election on June 14 between Mr. Crowder and Mr. Nelson.

Council Place 6: Scott Johnson 65%, Jim Tupper 23%, Buddy Clark 7%, LaDella Levy 5%

Referendum #1 (Late Night Ordinance): For 43%, Against 57%

 

City Council Meeting – May 5, 2008

Tonight was a special meeting as it was the final meeting for Mayor Mike Simpson and Council Members Jim Joyner and Matt Lafata.   All 3 have reached their term limits and their successors will be determined this Saturday, May 10.  At the conclusion of the meeting, we had a special tribute to the Mayor where we all thanked him.  Mike has been an incredible ambassador for the City of Frisco and he will surely be missed.  I urge everyone to attend his final meeting on May 20 where we will swear in the new Mayor and celebrate Mayor Simpson’s efforts.

I had joked with Mayor Simpson last week that he was “mailing it in” when we received the agenda.  Initially, there was only a single agenda item.  However, a few more were added later in the week.  Although our agenda was lighter than usual, the meeting still lasted until a little after 10 o’clock.

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