City Council Meeting – 11/18/08

Mayor Maso was not with us at the beginning of the meeting as he was filming a tribute to news anchor Clarice Tinsley with Fox 4 News.  Clarice is celebrating 30 years of service.  The Mayor joined us shortly in executive session.  To see more about Clarice’s accomplishment, you can visit her tribute page.

The proclamations this week were:

  • Evan Sousa was recognized for becoming an Eagle Scout.  As part of his accomplishments, Evan helped raise over $1,200 through a carwash benefitting Frisco Cares clinic. Congrats to Evan for this achievement.
  • Jim Gandy, President of the Frisco EDC (“Economic Development Corporation”), was recognized for receiving his Certified Commercial Investment Manager (“CCIM”) designation.  Jim stared with Frisco in 1996 and has been integral in Frisco’s rapid development.  He feels this designation will help him with understanding the perspectives of business owners and developers looking to do business in Frisco.
  • Leadership Frisco Class 12 was recognized.  Leadership Frisco is a Frisco Chamber program where 20 citizens participate in a year long class to learn more about the city and seek leadership opportunities in the community.  Each year they also work on a project that serves as their legacy.  Class 12 announced their project will be social services focused and will seek ways to raise money for our local charities and promote volunteerism.  At a time of tough economic times, I cannot think of a more appropriate focus.  I look forward to seeing the accomplishments of Class 12.

A few weeks ago, staff presented the Budget and Audit Committee a proposal for hiring a 3rd party auditor to review our internal controls.  The Committee is made up of me, David Prince, Bart Crowder, and staff members.  I was pleased with this discussion as a former CPA auditor, I understand the importance of internal testing, even when you think everything is going well.  This process should ensure the city is operating as efficiently and effectively as possible.  I applaud our staff for their leadership in approaching Council with this recommendation.

In our Fire Monthly report, I was extremely impressed with the amount of education that our Fire Department does.  In October alone, staff attended 271 events and reached 36,336 residents to teach about Fire Safety.  Our Fire Department’s policy is the best way to fight a fire is to prevent one.  The dedication to education contributes to our Fire Department’s excellent ratings.

In our regular agenda, our main item was approving the revised Hike and Bike Trail Master Plan.  The previous plan was done in 2002 and needed updating since parts of town have developed differently than planned.  The plan calls for a 5 year goal to link major sections of trails to form larger pieces of connectivity.  Staff also worked very closely with the cycling community to develop bike routes. Improving the connectivity of our trails system was a priority established by Council and I look forward to this work over the coming years.  The finished product will not only connect Frisco, but will also connect to the trails system of other cities as well.

A few other items of note:

·         Speeds limits were adjusted on a number of roads.  You can see a full list here

·         Jeff Snowden was reappointed to the Denton County Transportation Authority

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I am certainly thankful for having the opportunity to live, work, and serve such a wonderful and dynamic community.


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