City Council Meeting – 10/21/2008

We finally returned to our regular schedule of Tuesday nights after a few weeks of having to adjust our schedule.  I must first say that I am excited and impressed by our new agenda management system.  We are still testing it internally and it will be available to the public very soon.  The new system will allow our citizens to view live streaming of our meetings as well as to go back and watch the video of any topic.  This will greatly enhance our ability to communicate with our citizens.  I am certain everyone will be very impressed with this new product.

The proclamations this week were for the following:

  • FISD Red Ribbon Week – The Red Ribbon Celebration brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.  I found the history of the celebration very interesting which you can read here.  The FISD and the City participate in many programs including the DARE program, Shattered Dreams, the Student Resource Officer program, Rachel’s Challenge, as well as other education and counseling programs.  Please consider wearing a red ribbon next Wednesday to show your support
  • Chamber of Commerce Week – John Land, Frisco Chamber of Commerce President, was on hand to accept this proclamation recognizing the benefit an active Chamber of Commerce can provide for a city.  I was surprised to learn that the Frisco Chamber of Commerce is the 4th largest chamber in North Texas.  Council Member Tony Felker works for the Chamber and David Prince is the current Chairman.  I have been a member of the Chamber for many years and so I know first hand the benefits they offer.  The Frisco Chamber of Commerce is top notch and crucial to many of our local businesses.
  • Disability Employment Awareness Month – This is a proclamation from our President Bush.  You can read more about it here.  The proclamation is to encourage employers to work together to offer opportunities for those with disabilities.  The statistics are sobering showing that the unemloyment rate for those with disabilities is often 10 times that of the general population.  In addition, those with disabilities are 3 times more likely to live in poverty.  According to the presenter, the retention rate for employees with disabilities is very high.  51% are stay with an employer for more than 5 years and 36% for greater than 10.

Police Report:

There were 58 reported assaults, 42 of which were family violence assaults. Furthermore, all of the aggravated assault victims were either family members or acquaintances of the offenders. Habitation burglaries increased by 9 incidents. Of the 28 burglaries reported, force was used to gain entry in seven homes; ten homes were entered through an open garage door. Entry was gained in four burglary incidents by an unlocked door or window. It is unknown how entry was made in seven homes because there were no signs of forced entry. In addition, there were four attempted burglaries of habitation. Burglaries of buildings increased by four incidents; 11 of the 18 buildings burglarized were in construction sites. Burglaries of motor vehicles (BMVs) decreased slightly in September. Of the 51 burglaries reported, twenty-three vehicles were entered by force, twenty were entered through an unlocked door, and it is unknown how entry was made in eight vehicles as they had no signs of forced entry.

I asked Chief Renshaw about an email I received from a citizen about illegal parking in school zones.  According to the email, parents were parking on the wrong side of the street to avoid getting in the normal line.  Chief Renshaw contacted other staff and is going to try to address the issue with the school SROs.

Fire Report:

The Fire Department responded to 530 calls during the month of September including 260 emergency medical calls and 55 motor vehicle accidents. The Fire Department also responded to 3 structure fires and 1 vehicle fire resulting in combined damages of approximately $56,500. 119 fire safety inspections were completed in September. Overall average response time for first arriving Fire unit is 4:35.

Other report items:

  •  The Convention and Visitors Bureau are starting a new “Keep it Local – Keep it Frisco”. The goal is to bring awareness to CEO’s and decision making Executives that live in Frisco that we have great hotels and venues where they could be hosting their meetings. We need them to visit with their meeting planners and discuss the Frisco options. There will be more to come on this in future meetings.
  • The Planning and Zoning Department will soon be accepting applications for an advisory committee to revise the zoming ordinance. This will be a 23 member committee that will work through a 12-18 month process.

Other Agenda Items:

  • We accepted Debby Hanson’s letter of resignation from the CVB as she no longer qualifies for the position.
  • We approved a resolution authorizing Cities Aggregation Power Project (CAPP) to negotiate and execute an electric supply agreement and committing to purchase energy via CAPP through December 31, 2013. CAPP’s current electric contract will expire on December 31, 2008. This means that CAPP members will lock-in prices for five years that are below electric prices members are currently paying. This is separate from the 24 month agreement CAPP was negotiating that I discussed in the last meeting.
  • Oncor Electric Delivery Company asked the City to approve a 17.6% increase in residential rates, a 9.1% increase in commercial rates, and a 5.8% increase in street lighting rates. According to Oncor, annual rates would increase by approximately $60 for an average residential customer. Council denied the requested rate increase and requires that the Company’s current rates be maintained for all customers within the City.
  • We approved a contract for renovation to Shawnee Sports Complex in the amount of $110,603. This contract provides for design services and construction documents to renovate the concession building, add fencing to allow for tournaments to be held at the facility, add permanent dugout covers, add bleacher covers, renovate the irrigation system, replace chain link fencing where needed, and provide a concrete mow strip under fencing. These renovations are needed because the concession stand does not comply with current health or ADA standards, the complex is not consistent with the facilities that are being constructed today with regards to shade and fencing to segregate warm up areas from spectators. The remainder of the renovations are due to expected and acceptable levels of wear and tear from 13 years of use.
  • We approved a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a boundary adjustment agreement between the City of Frisco and the City of Plano to establish the centerline of SH 121 as the boundary between the two cities.  

Please remember the  Trick or Treat at Safety Town is this Friday, October 24, from 6 to 9 pm.  If you attended last year, you will remember how great of an event it was.  You will also remember to get there early.  I hope to see you there!

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