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.

We began the evening with a few proclamations:

  • The first was given to Rick Stadt for motorcycle safety awareness week. Their mission is to inform car drivers of the dangers that motorcyclists face and to educate drivers on their “Share the Road” campaign.  There are over 770,000 registered motorcycles in Texas.  Council Member Jim Joyner has 4 alone!  Currently 20-30 cities have begun installing “Share the Road” signs.  Mr. Stadt encouraged us to begin the program here in Frisco and we instructed staff to start looking into it.
  • Members of the Urban Forestry Board accepted a proclamation for being named to the 2007 Tree City USA list for the 5th consecutive year and the 2007 Growth City Award for the 4th consecutive year. This included increasing the number of trees planted as well as educating the public.  I was able to attend the Arbor Day celebration last year at Frisco Commons and take the tree tour.  That park is a hidden gem of Frisco and I was amazed by the variety of trees we have here in Frisco.
  • Marla Rowe, Frisco Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, accepted a proclamation designating May 10-18 as Frisco Tourism Week.  DFW is the #1 tourism destination in Texas and the area contributed $1 billion in local and state taxes through tourism. The Top 10 attractions in the state (in order) are the Alamo, the River Walk, San Marcos Outlet Malls, State Capitol, South Padre Island, Cabela’s, Kemah, Six Flags, Sea World, and Moody Gardens.  Marla discussed our regional partnerships to begin promoting Frisco as a destination as well as our upcoming “Shop Frisco” campaign.
  • Finally, the Mayor surprised City Manager George Purefoy with a framed edition of Public Management Magazine.  Mr. Purefoy was recognized in the magazine for his efforts in building Frisco into what it is today.  With over 9,000 members, this publication is the official magazine for local government.  It is nice to see Mr. Purefoy getting national recognition that all of us in Frisco have always known, that we have the nest City Manager in the Country!

In the reports section, Parks & Rec reminded us that the Frisco Grooves concert series begins on June 6 and continues every Friday in June.  My family enjoyed these last year as it is a great event to pull out a blanket and enjoy some nice summer music.  I hope you all get an opportunity to enjoy this fun event.  On June 7, the outdoor aquatics section of the Rec Center will open for the summer.  If you are not a member, “summer only” passes are now being offered.  This is a great way to escape that summer heat!

For the West Frisco residents, especially those in Frisco Lakes, you have surely noticed the new stop light at 423 and Del Webb Blvd.  This is something the residents of Frisco Lakes have been requesting for over a year. This has undoubtedly made it easier for the residents to enter and exit the community.

The Frisco Library announced they have reached the 50,000 borrower level.  This is quite an achievement for a facility that has been open for just over a year.  In addition, the Frisco Library is in charge of the Heritgae Museum which opened last weekend.  They were working around the clock to have the facility complete for the Grand Opening.  All of the staff that worked on this project should be congratulated for a job well done!

In the consent agenda, we approved a resolution to accept a grant to provide funds for selective enforcement on the “Click it or Ticket” campaign.  We also approved the construction of a new building in safety town that is being sponsored by Fedex/kinkos.

In the regular agenda we discussed the following:

  • we revised our Clean Air Ordinance to make the ordinance more enforceable.  Lately we have been working with the residents in Hunters Creek and Turnbridge Manor to try and improve the standards of our batch plants at Custer and 121.  There was a public hearing at the same time of our Council Meeting.  There will be much more to this issue in future meetings.
  • We officially approved the online meeting streaming software that I have discussed in future meetings.  I am very excited on how this new technology will help us engage more citizens in what is happening within Frisco.
  • We approved a lease with the Boys and Girls Club of Frisco.  They will be moving into the space that used to be occupied by City Hall, the Police, and the Library.  They City will be leasing the property to them for $1/year and they will make substantial improvements to the facility.  They provide a tremendous benefit to our community and we are happy to help them move into a larger space. Approximately 4,000 children participate in Collin County. Of this 550 are registered in Frisco.  The average daily attendance is 146 and these numbers are expected to grow at the new facility.
  • The final item was hearing an ethics complaint filed against Council Member Matt Lafata.  There were 2 separate complaints filed by a single person.  The first complaint was reviewed in a special called meeting last week where Council voted unanimously to take no further action.  The second complaint was heard during the Council meeting and the Council voted unanimously to reject the complaint.

If you have not voted, please remember to hit the polls on Saturday, May 10.  I also hope we have a record turnout on May 20th to say goodbye to Mayor Simpson and to welcome in our new Mayor and Council Members.

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2 Responses to “City Council Meeting – May 5, 2008”


  1. 1 Ann May 7, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Hi Jeff,

    First, thanks for all of your information. Second, since I just spent the morning trying out and learning more about ustream.tv I am interested in knowing what online streaming software you recommended for city council use.

    I work with an NSF grant here at the college and we interact on a regular basis with colleges and businesses around the country. Right now, we use skype and centra. Any other suggested online video, conferencing tools would be most appreciated. Thanks for all you do-

    Ann Blackman
    (I live here in Frisco and work at Collin College in the Convergence Technology Center).

  2. 2 jeffcheney May 7, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Ann,

    We chose a product created by a company called SIRE. The City of Las Vegas also uses it and you can see an example here:
    http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Find/Apr2008.asp

    Out staff reviewed the various products for several months and this vendor was the overwhelming favorite

    thanks


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