City Council Meeting – June 17, 2008

First, I apologize for the delay in posting this update.  Last week was a very busy week for City Council.  We had a late Council Meeting on Tuesday and then left Wednesday morning to go on our 3.5 day work session.  This is an annual event where we discuss as a Council our priorities for the next year.  We had a very productive work session as we welcomed a new Mayor and 2 new Council members.  We are blessed as a Council to have a group that works well with one another, respects each other’s differing opinions, and all who have the best interest of Frisco in mind.  This meeting kicks off our busy season for City Council as we now role into Board interviews and appointments followed by our budget work.

Click the “Read More” link to read the full summary of our Council meeting.

Our meeting started with saying farewell to our City Secretary, Nan Parker.  Nan has served as our City Secretary for 23 years.  When she began in 1985 Frisco had a population of 3,000.  Nan will certainly be missed by all of us who consider her family.  However, we are happy for her opportunity to move closer to family.  Thank you Nan for all of your dedication to the City of Frisco!

Amy Hardin, President of the Frisco Association of the Arts, gave us their annual presentation.  Through the first 6 months of 2008, they have had 169 events that have been attended by 1,979 attendees. They operate as an umbrella organization to coordinate with the various arts groups in Frisco.  Visit their website to learn more

We reviewed a transit study prepared by a consulting firm we had hired to discuss our demand for these services.  Public transportation needs will be a priority topic for us as a Council for the next few years.  This includes bus service as well as the discussion on commuter rail. This study focused primarily on the local bus demand.  Their recommendation was to implement a “crawl, walk, run” approach.  This essentially means to start small and as demand grows, then further expand services.  The plan looked at a 5 year approach to fully ramp up service.  The route indicated included a continuous loop from the mall, through Frisco Square and downtown, and then to the community college.  They proposed funding from local funds as well as federal funding and grants, etc.  We will continue to evaluate the need and budget for this service as we go through the budget process.

The audience was packed from residents from Chapel Creek to discuss an issue effecting their neighborhood.  The Developer, LandPlan, orginally planned to gate the final phases of the community.  However, the community preferred to gate the entire neighborhood so that it was not divided as well as to prevent cut-through traffic through the neighborhood.  Unfortunately, the developer felt it was cost-prohibitive to gate the entire neighborhood.  They proposed a single gate along Preston Vineyards Drive to restrict public access through the neighborhood.  As proposed, this would be the first time a gate had been used to restrict access along public streets. In gated communities, the streets are private atreets that are built and maintained by the neighborhood. Although it is difficult to disappoint a room full of residents, I was concerned this would have set a precedent for many other neighborhoods to request gates to block private access.  For instance, my neighborhood has the same problem with cut through traffic and our residents have asked me several times about gates as well.  I know 4-5 other neighborhoods that would also request gates if this precedent were set.  Of course, when you gate public streets, that has far reaching impacts on traffic throughout the entire City.  Our traffic engineers have designed our transportation needs based the current design of neighborhood public streets.  Therefore, I found that I could not support this proposal.  Council Member Scott Johnson made a motion to approve their request but it failed due to no “seconds” to the motion.  Council then voted 5-0 (jim Joyner was out of town) to deny the request.  We will monitor the cut-through traffic when this street is built, just as we do in other communities.

A few other noteworthy items include:

  • Fire Chief Mack Borchardt received the annual Community Builder Award from the Masonic Lodge.  George Purefoy received the award last year.
  • Mike Zapata was voted to replace Mike Gibson on the Urban Forestry Board.  Mr. Gibson had to resign from the board and Mr. Zapata has prior experience serving the Urban Forestry Board.

Our next meeting is July 1 at which we will officially welcome our newest Council Member, Bart Crowder.  We will also say farewell to Council Member Jim Joyner, who has reached term limits.  I hope we have a large turnout at this meeting!


4 Responses to “City Council Meeting – June 17, 2008”

  1. 1 Frisco June 23, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Please please please do all you can to get the council to drop this ridiculous idea that Frisco needs any kind of public transportation. I pay enough taxes for useless crap and future useless crap (like the Arts project) none of which I will ever use. In fact I don’t know a single person who would use any kind of public transportation more than maybe once a year. Didn’t Frisco learn anything from the Empty Bus Service? Quit trying to spend spend spend our money on portfolio projects and concentrate on something useful like, I don’t know, roads maybe?

  2. 2 jeffcheney June 23, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Frisco – thank you for your comments regarding the mass transit. The potential demand for any such system would be invetigated fully before ever committing to it. This report was a preliminary analysis of demand in Frisco for public transportation.

    thank you for reading the blog

  3. 3 Thomas June 27, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    I can’t let Mr. Frisco’s small-minded and short-sighted comment stand unanswered. Crawl-walk-run is a fine approach. We need to plan for the future. Frisco is a young city, but as the population grows and ages, and gas becomes more expensive (demand will someday exceed available production), the need will come. (And ironically, the same people who now complain about this “ridiculous” idea will then be complaining about it not already being in place.)


  4. 4 zola June 27, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    I’m with Thomas; we have rising feul costs that will impact our lives manifold ways.
    Eventually, our lifestyles will have to change and Frisco will need public transportation, not just within the city of frisco.
    The Bubble mentality in this case is not the healthiest paradigm for the city. I’m glad our elected officials are aware of this.

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