CITY OF FRISCO NEWSLETTER | SEPTEMBER 2007
Never a dull Frisco Athletic
moment Center to open
As our summer winds down and school
starts for the 2007-2008 year, there will
continue to be a flurry of activity in Frisco.
Visitors to our city are always amazed by
all that is happening here; new construc- The new Frisco Athletic Center is set to open
October 29. The final stages of construction
are underway on this 100,000 square foot
complex. Take a peek at our progress on Page
Mayor’s 4. Find out how you can become a Founding
Message Member on Page 5.
City urges precautions against mosquito bites
tion about to be completed, a never-ending
array of fun family events; and all of the
new openings occurring. We just had a
couple visit us from Georgia, friends that
had not been to Frisco since we first
moved here in 1997. They live in a fast
growing city outside of Atlanta, but they
were amazed when they got the tour of
Frisco. They could not believe that in just
the past twelve months, we have opened a
new city hall, library, police station and
central fire station. They saw the new
recreation and aquatic center, which will
open in October, and the Heritage Center, City of Frisco health inspector, John
which will open in early 2008. These are Riley, has been trapping mosquitoes
more projects than most cities tackle in 5 since May. The City sends a mosquito
to 6 years; and yes, they saw all the road sample weekly to Austin for testing by
construction but felt we were building bet- state health officials. As of August 23,
ter infrastructure and doing it faster than no mosquito collection from Frisco has
most cities. tested positive for West Nile.
Something for Everyone The Collin County Health Care Services DRAIN all standing water response plan. Currently, the City of
They also saw that Frisco is providing reports Frisco has one confirmed human DRESS in light-colored, long sleeve Frisco is taking steps to approve a spray
something for every age group. They were case of West Nile virus (WNV). As of clothing when outdoors program in areas where either a positive
totally impressed with our Frisco Fire
August 23, a second case is under investi- DEET … Use mosquito repellants that human case has been identified – OR areas
Safety Town, all the safety programs being
gation. The confirmed case is in the 75034 contain Deet. where mosquitoes have tested positive for
taught, the parks for our children and fam-
ilies and the expansion of our Senior ZIP code. In the case under investigation, DUSK or DAWN… Avoid outdoor activ- WNV.
Center for our more mature, active citi- the person lives in the 75035 ZIP code. ities during these hours when mosquitoes The City of Frisco continues to treat
zens. They loved our Dr Pepper Ball Park, Both persons are Collin County residents. are most active city-owned areas that have stagnant water
went to a RoughRiders game and got a In the confirmed case, the resident Since May, city staff has been testing with larvicides. Frisco has been using lar-
tour of the Dr Pepper Stars Center. They moved to Frisco August 10; however, the mosquitoes for WNV. As of August 23, no vicide briquettes to treat city owned prop-
also toured the Frisco Conference Center resident reported symptoms prior to mov- mosquitoes have tested positive for WNV erty since 2002; however, the City of Frisco
and Pizza Hut Park, home of FC Dallas. ing here. in Frisco. “Every year, beginning in May does not treat privately owned areas.
They were amazed at how new everything City officials recommend you take and through October, our city staff ships Residents may purchase larvicide bri-
is and remarked on how all of this could steps to protect yourself and your family mosquitoes to state laboratories on a quettes at home improvement stores.
have happened in such a short time. We against mosquito bites through the end of weekly basis,” said Julie Stallcup, For more information about West Nile
often take this progress for granted, but October or until the first freeze. Registered Sanitarian, Health Division. Virus and the City of Frisco’s West Nile
our visitors give us “A’s” for vision, plan- The City of Frisco supports precaution- “Once in Austin, the insects are tested for Plan, go to www.friscotexas.gov, or con-
ning, execution and commitment. We can ary steps promoted by the Centers for West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne tact the City of Frisco’s Health and Food
do this thanks to a city that is full of citi- Disease Control (CDC) and the Texas diseases.” Safety Division of the Planning &
Department of State Health Services. They The City of Frisco is in the process of Development Services Department at 972-
See NEVER, page 10 are commonly referred to as “The Four D’s”: updating its existing West Nile virus 292-5304.
FRISCO STORYTELLING FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 12 & 13 – CITY HALL PLAZA -SEE PAGE 9 FOR DETAILS
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HOW TO REACH US
U.S. postal service at City Hall
firstname.lastname@example.org U.S. POSTAL
Dana Baird IN FRISCO:
Director of Communications & Media
972-292-5080 U.S. Post Office
8700 Stonebrook Pkwy.
Sgt Glynda Covington
Frisco Police Department U.S.P.S. Contract Units:
Community Services Division
email@example.com Preston Wade Storage
Linda Drake 8749 Wade Blvd.
Senior Recreation Leader
Senior Center at Frisco Square Frisco Storage Center
firstname.lastname@example.org 9500 Frisco St.
Adult Services Publicity Coordinator Frisco City Hall
Frisco Public Library 6101 Frisco Square Blvd.
Jeremy Starritt A new contract postal unit
Environment Education Coordinator
972-292-5914 is now open for business
inside the George A. Purefoy
Steve Walsh Municipal Center. The USPS
Parks & Recreation Dept contract unit is located on the
972-292-6505 first floor of City Hall, across
from the Utility Billing area.
Ryan Wolford The hours of operation are Mayor Mike Simpson joined other representatives of the City of Frisco and the United States Postal
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday Service at the Aug. 21 grand opening of the USPS contract unit inside City Hall.
Frisco Fire Department
972-292-6311 through Friday.
The contract postal unit purchase stamps and mail let- are not available include customers do not have to pay
PHOTOGRAPHY offers most of the shipping ters and packages across Global Express shipping and a surcharge to use the ser-
Aaron Cobb services you use at the regular town, or across the world. A post office boxes. vices at the contract postal
post office. Customers can couple of USPS services that USPS officials stress that unit.
Visit us on
the Web! NTTA TollTags available at City Hall
Looking for detailed informa- The City of Frisco has a convenient way under one account will initially pay $80. at the main toll plazas, will pay 70 cents.
tion about a City of Frisco ser- for you to purchase a North Texas Toll The NTTA plans to open Phase 3 of the Cash customers, who now pay 75 cents, will
vice or event? Check out frisco- Authority (NTTA) TollTag. Just stop by the Dallas North Tollway (DNT) extension at the pay $1. The new toll plaza, opening with the
texas.gov. new U.S. Postal Service contract unit inside end of September. The extension runs Phase 3 extension, will charge a higher rate.
Look for the latest alerts and City Hall to establish your TollTag account. through Frisco, to US 380. TollTag customers will pay $1.05. Cash cus-
press releases on the home page, The location can only service new accounts. Frisco drivers who use the DNT can also tomers will pay $1.30.
or sign up to receive City of Those with existing TollTag accounts should expect to pay higher toll costs starting NTTA officials say the higher toll rates
Frisco news to your email contact the NTTA for service. Saturday, Sept. 29. The NTTA reports the will offset inflation, maintenance, repair and
account. An initial charge of $40 will allow you to increase will have cash customers paying 40 expansion costs. The increased toll rate also
To subscribe, click on the open an account with up to three TollTags. percent more than TollTag customers. applies to the President George Bush
Communications tab, and then Customers who need four to six TollTags TollTag users, who currently pay 60 cents Turnpike.
choose E-News List Serv.
‘Late Night Hours’ Ordinance to take effect Frisco Fire Department accepting applications for fall classes
The Frisco City Council has midnight and 2 a.m., any day of cations for Community Emergency Response Team
approved a ‘late night hours’ the week. The ordinance does
Citizen’s Fire Academy (CERT) Class No. 12, which starts September 10. CERT
ordinance which allows restau- not apply to store sales. The Frisco Fire Department is now accepting classes train citizens to give critical support to first
rants to extend the hours for The ordinance takes effect applications for the Citizen’s Fire Academy (CFA) responders during emergencies and to provide assis-
alcohol sales to 2 a.m. with August 31; however, restau- Class No. 20, starting September 6. CFA classes pro- tance in the event of a major disaster.
approved permits. rants may not begin sales until vide the community with information about the oper- The program is open to those persons over the age of
At the August 21 City after the business has received ation and organization of the Frisco Fire Department. 18 who either live or work within the City of Frisco.
Council meeting, the City permit approval from TABC. The academy is open to those over the age of 18 who During classes, citizens study a variety of disaster topics
Council voted 4 to 3 to approve TABC will begin accepting per- live or work within the City of Frisco. such as medical operations, severe weather, infection
the ‘late night hours’ ordinance. mit applications after August Applications are available for download at control, team organization, light search and rescue and
The Mixed Beverage Late 31. www.friscofire.com or can be picked up at any Frisco many others.
Hours Permit must be acquired Those who sell alcohol dur- Fire Station. This nine-week program meets on The program wraps up with a disaster scenario in
from the Texas Alcohol & ing late night hours without a Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. which team members must respond effectively and pro-
Beverage Commission (TABC) permit could face penalties and ficiently using the skills they have learned in their CERT
after review of the permit appli- fines of up to $500, for each Community Emergency classes. Applications are available for download at
cation by the City. If approved, separate offense, as authorized www.friscofire.com or can be picked up at any Frisco
permit holders may sell alcohol by the ordinance and other Response Team Class Fire Station. This nine-week program meets on Monday
and mixed beverages between state law penalties. The Frisco Fire Department is now accepting appli- nights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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Explaining ET Controllers Recycling
MELODY EMADIAZAR troller to only allow watering once the moisture
WATER EDUCATION COORDINATOR reading falls below the acceptable level. Rainfall
and scheduled water events add credit to the, let’s
Did you know, on average, nearly 70 percent of say, controller’s “water bank account.”
all residential water usage happens outdoors? It is The rest of the approved ET controllers are
easy to pass by the sprinkler system unit in your weather-based systems. Rather than directly mea-
garage without thinking twice about it, but it is suring the soil moisture capacity, these ET con-
important to make sure that you do not over-water trollers indirectly measure the rate of evapotran-
landscaping. spiration based on weather conditions, and then
To encourage proper outdoor water manage- calculate the amount of water needed, based on
ment practices, the City of Frisco has implemented plant types and site conditions.
the ET Controller Program, built on the measure- Depending on the manufacturer, these con-
ment of evapotranspiration. trollers receive their weather data either through
daily updates from a network of weather stations
What is evapotranspiration or from an onsite weather monitor.
Evapotranspiration is the amount of moisture
Controllers with an on-site weather monitor
absorbed into the atmosphere through evaporation
from the soil and transpiration from plant surfaces. incorporate programmed ET data and on-site
Several factors such as temperature, relative weather conditions to help manage water use.
humidity, wind speed, and solar radiation affect These monitors are situated on the side of the
evapotranspiration values. home attached to the roof, rain gutter, or mounted
Based on these variables, ET controllers man- on a pole near the controller in the garage. ET con-
trollers with on-site weather monitors come as a D o - I t - Yo u r s e l f d i s p o s a l
age zone-specific irrigation conditions all year
round, allowing your sprinkler system to water one-time cost to the homeowner. Just in time for fall cleaning, City of Frisco
your landscape with only the amount of water Some controllers manage ET data collected Environmental Services would like to share some
that’s needed, when water is needed. from weather stations owned by public or private helpful hints for do-it-yourself trash disposal. The
agencies. ET data from weather stations is Custer Transfer Station, located at 9901 Custer
processed at a central server before it is transmit- Road, is available for self-disposal of all non-haz-
ted to the controller wirelessly or via internet. This ardous trash and lawn trimmings. Frisco residents
technology involves an annual subscription fee for
the outgoing information service. The City of may use the Custer Transfer Station, Monday
Frisco recently purchased an ET weather station through Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
which, upon installation, will also provide local ET Free-of-charge disposal is limited to two visits per
information. month. Proof of residency is required at the gate.
Regardless of which ET controller you select to You must show your valid Texas driver’s license and
install or already have, you should see a healthier either the original copy, or a certified copy, from
landscape, a more efficient method to managing Frisco Utility Billing of your current Frisco water
watering schedules, and a reduction to monthly
bill. When transporting materials, all loads must be
covered in accordance with state law. No uncovered
City of Frisco ET Controller loads will be accepted. For more information about
Rebate Program do-it-yourself disposal at this or other facilities,
please contact City of Frisco Environmental
Part 1 – Services at (972) 292-5900, or visit us on the web at
Frisco ET weather station www.friscotexas.gov. Click on the Departments tab
The City will link our data to the Texas A & M
Benefits of ET management Irrigation Technology Center (ITC). The ITC will
and then choose Environmental Services
• Promotes a healthier root zone use ET data, compute irrigation recommendations
• Allows for zone-specific water recommenda- Recycling at work
and provide weekly emails to any Frisco resident
• Makes seasonal adjustments. on the day before their selected watering day. This City of Frisco Environmental Services encourages
• Reduces water use for irrigation information will also be provided on the city Web everyone to recycle. Frisco businesses have the abil-
• Prevents operation during and after rainfall, site. ity to recycle the same way residents do. Many local
during freezing temperatures and during high businesses already participate in recycling programs
winds Part 2 –
ET retrofit (rebate program)
with amazing results. If you or your business would
• Prevents operation from 5 – 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
– 6 p.m. For existing water customers: like to learn more about commercial recycling in
• Prevents excessive watering that allows • Install unit from the City of Frisco list of Frisco, please contract Environmental Services at
runoff to paved areas or other water waste approved ET controllers. (972) 292-5900.
• Helps save money on water bill • Require $25 annual city registration and
inspection fee. Keeping up appearances
How ET controllers work • Receive $100, one-time rebate on water bill.
Are you also looking for some guidance on how Some of our blue carts need a little help. If the
• Display designated ET yard sign. recycling information on the lid has become illegible
ET controllers work? A good way to break down • Allow for a watering day exemption if day-of-
how these devices function is to divide them into the-week restrictions are in place. or faded, free replacement labels are now available.
two categories: soil moisture-based and weather- Please call (972) 292-5900 to request a new one.
based ET controllers.
Soil moisture-based controllers use a moisture PA RT 3 -
sensor or probe, usually buried 4” to 6” deep in the ET controllers in new homes We l c o m e b a c k G r e e n Te a m m e m b e r s
highest stressed area of the lawn. As the probe New Irrigation Systems: All irrigation systems Frisco Environmental Services would like to wel-
dries, it allows the sprinkler system to water. The installed at the time of new home construction in come all of the Green Team members back to
soil moisture sensor comes with a sprinkler system Frisco are required to have ET controllers. After school. These volunteers help to keep our schools
add-on controller unit. On the controller is a LCD moving in, new residents can register their ET con-
display screen. The homeowner can set the add-on troller with the city to conserve water, lower water
green by recycling. We know that this will be the
controller to their desired moisture threshold. bills, and receive watering day exemptions if water ‘Greenest’ school year ever for Frisco schools!
For example, the homeowner can set the con- restrictions are in place.
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Frisco Athletic Center to open October 29
Recent photos show the construction underway in the basketball gymnasiums and the indoor aquatic
area on the first floor of the new Frisco Athletic Center. You can view construction progress online at
www.friscotexas.gov. Click on the Departments tab, and then choose Parks and Recreation.
Good things come to those 22,000 square-foot fitness room cising, relax in the large dress-
who wait. The wait is over! packed with the latest cardio ing rooms, family changing
The City of Frisco’s new Frisco and weight training equipment; suite, or indoor café.
Athletic Center is opening its two full-size gymnasiums; two The Indoor Aquatic Center
doors on October 29. The racquetball courts; two large is an 18,000 square-foot natato-
pools are filling, the treadmills aerobic studios; two multipur- rium with four bodies of water
are arriving, and the score- pose meeting rooms; the Youth and a large water slide. Kids
boards are operational. The Zone, which is a large space will love the play pool and its
finishing touches are coming designed for the enjoyment of miniature water slides and
together at this state-of-the-art youth and teens; and the Fun interactive toys. Everyone will
facility. Club, which is a 5,000 square- enjoy the flowing vortex and
The Frisco Athletic Center foot suite devoted to entertain- current channel. Sit back and
is the first recreation and ing young children in a super- let the current take you for a
aquatic facility built and oper- vised atmosphere. spin, or exert some energy and
ated solely by the City of While kids are safely play- get fit by tackling the resis-
Frisco. Features of the 100,000 ing, parents can focus on their tance current. Lap swimmers
square-foot facility include: a workout or class. After exer- will have the opportunity to
exercise by doing laps in our
25-yard lap pool. Those wanti-
ng to experience the warmer
side of swimming will enjoy CRAZY RIVER, complete with educate all family members.
the warm water activity pool. interactive slap targets, deto- Earlier this year, the Frisco
Don’t forget the party City Council approved the fee
nators, compressed air objects
rooms. The Frisco Athletic structure for the Frisco
and functional valves, which
Center is the perfect location Athletic Club. No other facility
for your family and friends to will turn your normal float into
a river riot! in the area provides everything
celebrate your child’s big day! listed here, with excellent cus-
Opening next May, the The Frisco Athletic Center
will also host hundreds of pro- tomer service provided by an
Outdoor Aquatic Area has two award-winning department at
large water slides, a large inter- grams, classes and special such an affordable rate. And,
active play pool for the kids events throughout the year. the Frisco Athletic Center has
complete with smaller water Whether you prefer aquatics or no initiation fees!
slides and numerous spray fea- athletics, fitness or education, Get ready to make your
tures, a relaxing lagoon pool, individual or group sessions, workout more than a routine.
and a 600 linear-foot crazy the facility will have more Fitness is fun at the Frisco
river. That’s right. This is a classes designed to inspire and Athletic Center.
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Frisco Athletic Center annual passes on sale September 10
Don’t wait too long. This is
your only chance to become a
Founding Member of the Frisco
Athletic Center. Become a
Founding Member and receive
exclusive benefits including the
opportunity to be one of the first
to workout at the facility, prior
to its official opening.
Only Founding Members
receive an exclusive “one-week
sneak peak,” providing access to
the Frisco Athletic Center on
October 22, one week before the
More benefits include receiv-
ing an additional TWO FREE
MONTHS tacked on to your
Annual Pass. That makes your
first Annual Pass valid until
January 2009! That’s equal to 14
months for the price of 10
months, when compared to the
Founding Members will also
receive an exclusive Frisco
Athletic Center merchandise
Founding Member Annual
Passes are available for a limited
time only, beginning September
10 through October 13. Annual
Passes can be purchased in the
lobby of City Hall at the George
A. Purefoy Municipal Center,
located at 6101 Frisco Square Founding Member Annual Monthly and Daily Passes will
Blvd. Passes are available for Passes are not available for pur- go on sale beginning October 29.
purchase Monday through chase online. You must pay in For additional information,
Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., person with cash, check or cred- please visit www.FriscoFun.org
and Friday through Saturday it card. Visa, Master Card and or send an email to
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. American Express are accepted. FriscoFun@FriscoTexas.gov.
Frisco Athletic Center Fee Structure
Resident Resident Resident Resident
Rates Rates Rates Rates
F I T N E S S A C C E S S PA S S A L L - A C C E S S PA S S
Annual – Youth $170 $260 Annual – Youth $230 $350
Annual – Senior $200 $300 Annual – Senior $280 $420
Annual – Adult $250 $380 Annual – Adult $350 $530
Annual – Family $480 $750 Annual – Family $600 $900
Monthly – Youth $17 $26 Monthly – Youth $23 $35
Monthly – Senior $20 $30 Monthly – Senior $28 $42
Monthly – Adult $25 $38 Monthly – Adult $35 $53
Monthly – Family $50 $75 Monthly – Family $60 $90
D A I LY A D M I S S I O N PA S S
Youth – $6 Adult – $8
PA S S D E F I N I T I O N S
• The Fitness Access Pass provides self-guided use of the Recreation Center elements.
• The All-Access Pass provides self-guided use of the Recreation Center elements AND the Indoor &
Outdoor Aquatic Center elements.
• The Daily Admission Pass provides self-guided use of the Recreation Center elements AND the Splashing around at the City’s two spray grounds was a fun way
Indoor & Outdoor Aquatic Center elements for one day. to cool off this summer. You have a chance to get one last soak-
ing Labor Day weekend. Monday, September 3 is the last day
AGE DEFINITIONS the spray grounds will operate this year. The spray grounds are
• A child age 2 and younger does not require a membership or usage fee. a feature at J.R. Newman Park, located in west Frisco at 8211
• A Youth is defined as an individual 3 - 17 years of age. Twin Falls Drive, and at Shepherds Glen Park, on the east side
• An Adult is defined as an individual 18 years of age and older. of town, at 12102 Shepherds Hill Dr. The spray ground features
• A Senior Adult is defined as 60 years of age or older. are scheduled to open again Memorial Day 2008.
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Monthly Project Update
Our city web site has the most Est. start of construction is
current information on road pro- October 2008.
jects. Go to f r i s c o t e x a s . g o v.
Click on the Departments tab. 8 FM 423 Improvements
Then choose Engineering. Next, (Eldorado - Stewart Creek)
click on Construction, then Scope: Replace existing two-
Project Update. lane asphalt roadway with six-lane
1 CR 712 (Frisco St - North concrete roadway with median,
County) curb, and gutter.
Scope: Complete 4 lane road- Completion of design is pend-
way (Frisco St - RR Crossing) and ing TxDOT (Austin) approval.
2 lane roadway (RR Crossing - Est. start of construction is
North County) 2009
Est. completion of design is
September 2007 9 FM 423 Improvements (US
380 - Eldorado Pkwy)
2 DNT Phase 3 Section XI-N Scope: Replace existing two-
Scope: Construction of main lane asphalt roadway with six-lane
lanes of the DNT from Gaylord concrete roadway with median,
Parkway to Platinum Parkway. curb, and gutter.
Est. open to traffic September Est. start of construction is
3 DNT Phase 3 Section XII-N 10 Independence Parkway
Scope: Construction of main (SH121 - Main)
lanes of the DNT from north of Scope: Construct the western
Eldorado Parkway to US 380. two lanes of Independence
Project also includes construction Parkway from SH 121 to Rolater
of the southbound service roads and four lanes from Rolater to
from Eldorado Parkway to US Main Street. This will complete
380. four lanes of an ultimate six lane
Est. open to traffic September divided roadway.
2007. Est. completion of construction
is February 2008.
4 DNT Phase 3 Section XII-S
Scope: Construction of main 1 1 L e b a n o n ( Vi l l a g e - F M
lanes of the DNT from Platinum 423)
Parkway to north of Eldorado Scope: Construct the southern
Parkway. Project also includes two lanes of Lebanon Road from
construction of the southbound Village to FM 423 including a three
service roads from Main Street to lane bridge at Stewart Creek. This
Eldorado Parkway. will complete four lanes of an ulti-
Est. open to traffic September mate six lane divided roadway.
2007. Est. start of construction is 15 Parkwood Drive Tollway to Hillcrest.
October 2007. ( L e b a n o n - Wa r r e n ) Est. completion of construc-
5 Eldorado Pkwy (DNT - 20 Stonebrook Parkway
Scope: Construction of the two tion is December 2007. (Legacy - Longhorn)
Preston) 12 Legacy Drive (Citation -
western (southbound) lanes Scope: Construct 4 lanes with
Scope: Construct the northern Main)
including landscape, irrigation, 18 SH 121 Freeway FM 544 an underpass at the BNSF RR and
two lanes. This will complete four Scope: Construct the eastern
and street lighting. to DNT a bridge at Stewart Creek. Project
lanes of an ultimate six lane road- three lanes. This will provide a six
way with median and includes lane roadway in this section. Est. completion of construc- Scope: Construct 6 main lanes includes federal wetland permits
three lanes of the overpass at the Landscaping, irrigation, and street tion is October 2007 and 6 lanes of frontage roads
& environmental coordination.
BNSF RR. Landscaping, irriga- lighting are included in this pro- from FM 544 to Dallas North
1 6 S e l e c t e d O l d To w n Tollway. Est. completion of design and
tion, and street lighting are includ- ject. permitting is June 2008.
ed in this project. Design complete. Estimated Streets Est. completion of construc-
Est. completion of design is start of construction is August Scope: Reconstruction of the tion is early 2008.
following streets to concrete with 21 Frisco Square Blvd
September 2007 2007. Estimated end of construc-
curb and gutter: 19 SH 289/Preston Rd (Main (Railroad Crossing)
tion is March 2008.
6 FM 2934/Eldorado Pkwy - First Street (West Main south - US 380) Scope: Street Connection of
(DNT - FM 423) 13 Ohio Overpass (SH 121) to Ash) Scope: Construct a six-lane Frisco Square Blvd. across the
Scope: Replace existing two- Scope: Ohio Drive Overpass at - Third (Oak north to Maple) divided roadway, which will railroad tracks from Cooke Street
lane asphalt roadway with a six- SH 121 - Third (Main south to Ash) replace the existing two-lane to West Main Street. This is
lane concrete roadway with medi- Est. completion of construction - Fourth (Main north to Maple) asphalt roadway. This project will Phase 2 of the Frisco Square
an. This project will be construct- is December 2007. - Sixth (Maple south to be let by TxDOT, which will pay Street Improvements.
ed by TxDOT. Hickory) for four lanes. The City of Frisco Est. completion of design is
Currently, land is being 14 Panther Creek Parkway - Pecan (Fifth to Seventh) will pay for the construction of October 2007.
acquired for the road widening. ( D N T - Te e l ) - Hickory (Fifth to Courtyard the two additional lanes. Two mil-
Scope: Construction of four Dr) lion dollars of the City of Frisco's
Est. completion of construc- four and a half million dollar par- 22 Rolater (Coit &
7 FM 3537 Improvements lane divided roadway including
( C u s t e r- P r e s t o n ) landscape, irrigation, and street tion is July 2008. ticipation in this project pays for Independence)
Scope: Replace existing two- lighting. Extend four lanes of the previous construction of Scope: Construct a four lane
lane asphalt roadway with a six- Legacy Drive to connect with 17 SH 121 Freeway DNT to Preston Road south of Main divided roadway, which will
lane concrete roadway with medi- Panther Creek Parkway. Hillcrest Street. replace the existing dirt road.
an. This project will be let by Est. completion of design is Scope: Construct main lanes Currently, land is being Est. start of construction is
TxDOT. December 2007 on SH 121 from Dallas North acquired for the road widening. October 2007.
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Guests had a chance to sit
inside a CareFlite helicopter
Green Home, and to speak with emergency
personnel who make life-
More than 70 vendors and exhibitors packed the
pavilion at Frisco Commons Park on August 4.
two mobile units
set up to service
those willing to
Lock. Take. Hide. Information from the Auto
Burglary Prevention table explained how to
McGruff stays busy taking a bite out of crime, but he always has time for a hug.
make vehicles less of a target for thieves.
The Frisco Fire Clown Show taught safety
while tickling funny bones.
Green home ven-
products and ser-
vices to help
help save natural
Members of the
the crowd by play- The Parks and Recreation Department
Young sleuths learned how to dust for fingerprints ing favorite big- sponsored a Wiffle Ball derby. One
during a quick lesson from the FBI. band tunes boy had extra help learning how to bat.
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2007 Property Tax Rates in City of Frisco Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase
This notice concerns 2007 property tax rates for City of Frisco. It presents information The City of Frisco, Texas will hold a public hearing on a proposal to increase total
about three tax rates. Last year's tax rate is the actual rate the taxing unit used to deter- tax revenues from properties on the tax roll in the preceding tax year by 7.60 percent
mine property taxes last year. This year's effective tax rate would impose the same total (percentage by which proposed tax rate exceeds lower of rollback tax rate or effective
taxes as last year if you compare properties taxed in both years. This year's rollback tax tax calculated under Chapter 26, Tax Code). Your individual taxes may increase at a
rate is the highest tax rate the taxing unit can set before taxpayers can start tax rollback greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value
procedures. of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the
In each case these rates are found by dividing the total amount of taxes by the tax base tax rate that is adopted.
(the total value of taxable property) with adjustments as required by state law. The rates
are given per $100 of property value. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 6:00 pm at George A.
Purefoy Municipal Center, 6101 Frisco Square Boulevard, Frisco, Texas 75034 in the
La st ye ar's t ax rate : Vivian McCullum Room.
Last year's operating taxes $23,994,019
Last year's debt taxes $23,704,226 and Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 6:30 pm at George A. Purefoy Municipal Center,
Last year's total taxes $47,698,245 6101 Frisco Square Boulevard, Frisco, Texas 75034 in the Council Chambers.
Last year's tax base $10,599,610,000
Last year's total tax rate 0.450000 /$100 The members of the governing body voted on the proposal to consider the tax
Th is year 's eff e c t i v e t a x r a t e : increase as follows:
Last year's adjusted taxes $44,423,269 FOR:
(after subtracting taxes on lost property) Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Joyner – Place 5 Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem Joy West – Place 3
÷ This year's adjusted tax base $10,621,978,422 Council Member Tony Felker – Place 1 Council Member Matt Lafata – Place 6
(after subtracting value of new property) Council Member David Prince – Place 4 Council Member Jeff Cheney – Place 2
= This year's effective tax rate 0.418220 /$100 AGAINST: None
(Maximum rate unless unit publishes notices and holds hearings.) PRESENT and not voting: Mayor Mike Simpson
This y ea r's roll ba c k ta x ra te : ABSENT: None
Last year's adjusted operating taxes (after $22,347,156
subtracting taxes on lost property and adjusting for C o m p a r i s o n o f P r o p o s e d B u d g e t w i t h L a s t Ye a r ’s B u d g e t
any transferred function, tax increment financing, The applicable percentage increase or decrease (or difference) in the amount bud-
and/or enhanced indigent health care expenditures) geted in the preceding fiscal year and the amount budgeted for the fiscal year that
÷ This year's adjusted tax base $10,621,978,422 begins during the current tax year is indicated for each of the following expenditure
= This year's effective operating rate 0.210386 /$100 categories:
x 1.08 = this year's maximum operating rate 0.227216 /$100 Maintenance and operations 21.12 % (increase)
+ This year's debt rate 0.216847 /$100 Debt service 8.96 % (increase)
= This year's total rollback rate 0.444063 /$100 Total expenditures 16.26 % (increase)
Statement of In cr eas e/Decrease To t a l A p p r a i s e d Va l u e a n d To t a l Ta x a b l e Va l u e
If City of Frisco adopts a 2007 tax rate equal to the effective tax rate of $0.418220 per a s c a l c u l a t e d u n d e r s e c t i o n 2 6 . 0 4 , Ta x C o d e
$100 of value, taxes would increase compared to 2006 taxes by $889,496.
P r e c e d i n g Ta x Ye a r C u r r e n t Ta x Ye a r
Sche dul e A - Une ncum be re d Fu nd B a la nce s Total appraised value* of all property $ 11,067,269,471 $ 12,991,163,709
The following estimated balances will be left in the unit's property tax accounts at the Total appraised value* of new property** $ 1,014,869,447 $ 994,941,180
end of the fiscal year. These balances are not encumbered by a corresponding debt oblig- Total taxable value*** of all property $ 10,577,483,402 $ 12,448,613,236
ation. Total taxable value*** of new property** $ 1,014,833,846 $ 987,811,277
Typ e o f P r o p er t y Tax Fu n d Balance
Maintenance & Operations $21,185,912 Bonded Indebtedness
Interest & Sinking $1,216,928
Total amount of outstanding and unpaid bonded indebtedness $ 282,553,169
Schedule B - 2007 Debt Service
The unit plans to pay the following amounts for long-term debts that are secured by Ta x R a t e s
property taxes. These amounts will be paid from property tax revenues (or additional sales Adopted tax rate for the preceding tax year $ 0.450000 per $100 in value
tax revenues, if applicable). Proposed tax rate for the current tax year $ 0.450000 per $100 in value
Difference in the proposed tax rate and the
Princ ipal or Interest to be adopted tax rate for the preceding tax year $0.000000 per $100 in value
Cont ra ct Paym ent Paid from Other Percentage increase or decrease in the 0.00 % increase
Descripti on to be Paid from Prop erty Amounts To t a l proposed tax rate and the adopted tax
of Debt P r o p e r t y Ta x e s Ta x e s to be Paid Payment rate for the preceding tax year
2003-A C.O. Series $65,000 $69,052 $0 $134,052
2003 G.O. Series $3,505,000 $3,710,425 $0 $7,215,425 T h e s e t a x r a t e f i g u r e s a r e n o t a d j u s t e d f o r c h a n g e s i n t h e t a x a b l e v a l u e o f p r o p e r t y.
2004 G.O. Series $855,000 $1,049,357 $0 $1,904,357
2004 G.O. Series $300,000 $107,300 $0 $407,300 C o m p a r i s o n o f R e s i d e n c e H o m e s t e a d Va l u e s
(Refunding Bonds) Average appraised and taxable values on residence homesteads are compared from
2005 G.O. Series $1,760,000 $2,567,762 $0 $4,327,762 the preceding tax year and the current tax year.
2005 G.O. Series $200,640 $150,493 $0 $351,133
(Redunding Bonds) P r e c e d i n g Ta x Ye a r C u r r e n t Ta x Ye a r
2006 G.O. Series $1,640,000 $2,325,137 $0 $3,965,137 Average residence homestead appraised value $ 266,067 $ 283,911
2007 G.O. Series $0 $312,090 $0 $312,090
(Refunding Bonds) Homestead exemption amount for the taxing unit $ -0- $ -0-
2007 G.O. Series $1,065,000 $2,343,230 $0 $3,408,230 (excluding special exemptions for persons 65 years
1999 G.O. Series $735,000 $213,518 $0 $948,518 of age or older or disabled)
2001 G.O. Series $1,045,000 $993,150 $0 $2,038,150
2001-A C.O. Series $136,833 $43,849 $0 $180,682 Average taxable value of residence homestead $ 266,067 $ 283,911
(excluding special exemptions for persons 65 years
Total Required for 2007 Debt Service $25,192,836 of age or older or disabled)
- Amount (if any) paid from funds listed in Schedule A $0
- Amount (if any) paid from other resources $0 C o m p a r i s o n o f R e s i d e n c e H o m e s t e a d Ta x e s
- Excess collections last year $0 The taxes that would have been imposed in the preceding tax year on residence
= Total to be paid from taxes in 2007 $25,192,836 homestead at the average appraised value (excluding special exemptions for persons
+ Amount added in anticipation that the unit will $0 65 years of age or older or disabled) are estimated to be $ 1,197.30 .
collect only 100.00% of its taxes in 2007 The taxes that would be imposed in the current tax year on residence homestead
= Total Debt Levy $25,192,836 appraised at the average appraised value in the current tax year (excluding special
exemptions or persons 65 years of age or older or disabled), if the proposed tax rate is
This notice contains a summary of actual effective and rollback tax rates' calculations. adopted, are estimated to be $ 1,277.60 . The difference between the amount of taxes
You can inspect a copy of the full calculations at 1800 N. Graves St., Suite 170, McKinney, on the average residence homestead in the current tax year, if the proposed tax rate is
TX 75069. adopted, and the preceding tax year would be an increase of $ 80.30 in taxes.
Na m e of pe rson pre pa ring thi s not ic e: Ke nnet h L. Ma un * “Appraised value” is the amount shown on the appraisal roll and defined by Section 1.04(8), Tax Code.
Ti t l e : C o l l i n C o u n t y Ta x A sse ss o r C o lle c to r ** “New property “is defined by Section 26.012(17), Tax Code.
Dat e Pre pa red: Aug ust 8, 200 7 *** “Taxable value” is defined by Section 1.04(10), Tax Code.
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Laugh ’til it hurts at the Comic book or
Frisco Storytelling Festival graphic novel?
Frisco Public Library
October 12 & 13 Daytime activities will feature
strolling storytellers entertaining the
introduces a new collection
Frisco City Hall Plaza crowd. Artists, craftsmen, musicians,
and puppeteers are also part of the fun.
Tents will provide shade for daytime JOHN MCNAUGHTON
The ancient art of storytelling still shows and activities. ADULT SERVICES LIBRARIAN
plays an important role in the modern Sat urday at 6 p.m.
world. Storytelling whisks the listener Bedtime Stories is a special concert Have you heard the rumors about the new
away on a journey of the imagination for the young children ages 5 and older graphic novel collection located on the fourth
unlike any mass-produced entertain- or the young at heart. floor of the Frisco Public Library? Are you
ment of the world today. wondering about the difference between the
Sat urday at 8 p.m.
During the fourth annual Frisco familiar comic books of your youth and graph-
Laughing Night is the grand finale.
Storytelling Festival, four of the coun-
The performance is sure to bring tears of ic novels? These are good questions, consider-
try's top storytellers will entertain all ing that the definition of what constitutes a
laughter to adults and teens alike with
ages as they spin yarns at City Hall Plaza. graphic novel has been constantly evolving and
This year’s nationally-acclaimed story- rib-tickling, laugh-out-loud tales and
tunes. changing ever since the term was introduced
tellers include Bobby Norfolk, David by artist/illustrator Will Eisner in 1978.
Novak, Doug Lipman, and Beth Horner. Ti cket Pri ces
• Tickets for the three evening per- Eisner had just completed his groundbreak-
Featured storytellers will captivate Foundation. For tickets and more infor- ing book, A Contract with God and Other
the audience with fables from ancient formances are $5 if purchased in
mation, please call (972) 292-5669, or advance, and $7 if bought at the festival. Tenement Stories, and was worried that
cultures, hilarious chronicles of child- American literary critics and readers alike
hood misadventures, rollicking tales, visit www.friscolibrary.com. • Family ticket packs are available for
$60 in advance, or $65 at the festival. would simply regard it as “just another comic
and toe-tapping tunes. In addition to the book”. Comic books had, and to some extent
stories, visitors will enjoy puppet shows, Perfo rmance S ch edu le The family ticket packs include five sets
Fr iday at 8 p.m. still have, the stigma of being a “throwaway”
folk arts and crafts, and other family-ori- of tickets for all three evening concerts.
Favorite Stories is a crowd-pleasing medium, much like an entertainment magazine
ented activities. • Thanks to the generosity of our
or a daily newspaper. And, even though the
All proceeds from the Storytelling show of favorite tales. sponsor Target, all Saturday daytime underground comics (or comix) movement in
Festival will go to the Frisco Library Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. events are free. the late 1960s showed the world that the for-
mat could be used for all kinds of artistic
expression, the mainstream public did not
Events to ‘check out’ at the Frisco Public Library accept comics as serious literature.
Because of the stigma associated with
comic books, the term graphic novel originated
Yo u t h S e r v i c e s P r o g r a m m i n g - Need a break after those long hours at to plan and implement programs, and as a way for artists to separate their work from
September 2007 school? Kids in Kindergarten, first and to make sure that librarians are order- the typical stories about men in tights or the
For more information, second grades are welcome to join us ing all the books, music, and movies collected volumes of Sunday funnies.
call 972-292-KNOW for a fun program every Wednesday that teens love. A signed application, This is not to say that traditional comic
www.friscolibrary.com afternoon. available on the web or in the teen books do not have their place and purpose in
room, is required for official member- the world of sequential art. In fact, the purpose
KIDS PROGRAMS Family Storytime
Saturday, September 1
ship, but all teens are welcome.
of the collection at the Frisco Public Library is
to showcase the entire range of possibilities
Please note: Free tickets are permitted 10:30 a.m., All ages available in this art form.
for entry to our children’s programs. Friends and families are invited to visit College 101 Every floor in the library has a wonderful
These are available on the second floor the library on the first Saturday of Saturday, September 15 assortment of comics or graphic novels.
of the library on a first come, first every month to hear stories, sing songs, 2 p.m. While the collections on the first and sec-
served basis the morning of program- and share rhymes! Grades 9 -12 (parents welcome) ond floors are carefully selected with a
ming. College 101 is designed to answer all younger audience in mind, the graphic novels
Read to Rover your questions about college readiness, located on the fourth floor are influenced by
Babies & Books Saturday, September 9 admissions, financial aid options & the desire to have a wide variety of themes and
Wednesdays: 2 p.m., All ages subject matter, with many different authors
more! Snacks provided.
Newborn to first steps – 10 a.m. Bring your favorite book or choose one and artists represented.
Independent walkers to 17 months – from the library, and read it to a Heart If you are a fan of syndicated strips, the
Te e n A n i m e C l u b
10:45 a.m. of Texas Therapy Dog! This program is library has classics like George Herriman’s
held on the second Saturday of every Thursday, September 20
Please bring a blanket for your baby. Krazy Kat or Bill Watterson’s ever-popular
month. 5 - 6:30 p.m., Grades 6 - 12
Sept. 5 Nursery Rhymes & Lullabies Calvin and Hobbes. The library also houses
On the third Thursday of every month,
Sept. 12: Cat Tales more epic tales such as Dave Sim’s Cerebus,
Sept. 19: Oh, My! Oh, Dinosaurs! Just for Kids Book club Anime fans are welcome to bring their
favorite anime, manga, graphic novels, which holds the record as the longest running,
Sept. 26: My Big Alphabet Day Monday, September 24 single author, English-language comic book.
4 p.m., Grades 3 – 5 and original artwork to share.
If you prefer more mature themes, check
To d d l e r a n d This special book club just for kids out the quirky observations of David Boring by
Preschool Storytimes meets on the fourth Monday of each Te e n B o o k C l u b ( T B C )
Daniel Clowes, take a peek into the struggles of
Tuesdays and Fridays: month. This September, join us to Saturday, September 22 everyday life in Harvey Pekar’s American
Toddlers – 10, 10:30 & 11 a.m. share and discuss your favorite book! 2 – 3 p.m., Grades 6 -12 Splendor, or delve into stark reality with an
Preschoolers - 11:30 a.m. & 12 p.m. Teens, join us on the fourth Saturday of unflinching look at war-time life in Joe Sacco’s
every month to discuss the books you
Sept. 4 & 7: Noisy Animals (puppet show)
Sept. 11 & 14 : Things That Go! TEEN PROGRAMS love.
The library has graphic novels ranging from
Sept. 18 & 21 : The Starry Sky Frisco Advisory Board T= Talk about the books you are read- the wonderful simplicity of Charlie Brown to
Sept. 25 & 28: Cuddly Kittens Thursday, September 6 ing now! the engrossing complexity of Pulitzer Prize
5 - 6:30 p.m. B= Be the first to learn about the winning works of literature. Be sure to visit the
W O W ! I t ’s We d n e s d a y Grades 6 - 12 newest books at the library! library, take a look at the collection, and give
Wednesdays, 4 p.m., The Frisco Advisory Board (FAB) C= Candy will be provided for all those this amazing, underappreciated art form a try.
K – Grade 2 meets the first Thursday of each month who participate!
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National Emergency SPINNING YOUR WHEELS THE SAFE WAY
Preparedness month Now that summer break is over, dri-
vers should watch out for children riding
met. Make sure the helmet straps are
always buckled. The straps should form a
puddles, branches and animals. You need
your ears to hear traffic and to avoid dan-
their bikes to and from school, and par- “V” around your ears, and you should be gerous situations; don’t wear a headset
The Frisco Fire Department’s Disaster ents please encourage your kids to ride able to put a finger between the strap and when you ride. If you are riding with
Preparedness Guide will be available at all responsibly. your chin. friends and you are in the lead, inform and
Frisco Fire Stations free of charge. Please Riding bicycles, skateboards, scooters point out the hazard to alert those behind
stop by during the month of September to or in-line skates are fun and great ways to S e e a n d be se e n you.
pick up a copy for your family. burn off extra energy, but it is important to Daytime, nighttime, dusk or dawn, you
The goal of the City of Frisco is to pre- remember that safety measures play a key need to be seen by others. Always wear Obey all t raffic laws
pare the City to respond to, and recover role in preventing accidents. neon, fluorescent or other bright colors a nd b e pred ic tab le
from, the effects of disasters and emer- Before using your equipment, make when riding day or night. Also, wear A bicycle is a vehicle and you are the
gencies. sure it is ready for the ride. Always make something that reflects light such as driver. When you ride in the street, obey
As the need arises, additional support sure all parts are secure and working reflective tape or flashing lights. all traffic signs, signals and lane markings.
and assistance will be provided by agen- properly. Wear a properly fitted helmet Remember, just because you see a driver Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it.
cies such as the Texas Governor’s The helmet should fit comfortably and doesn’t mean the driver sees you. Ride in a straight line and not in and out of
Division of Emergency Management, not be able to move when you jerk your cars. Use the correct hand signals when
Federal Emergency Management Agency, head from side to side. It should sit paral- St ay aler t: wat ch for turning to let others know your intentions.
the American Red Cross of North Texas lel to the ground, not tilted back, with a nd a vo id roa d h az ards Alert pedestrians that you are near by say-
and the Salvation Army. about two fingers width between your Use your eyes and ears. Be on the ing, “excuse me” or “passing on your left,”
With September being National eyebrows and the lower edge of the hel- lookout for potholes, broken glass, gravel, or use a bell or horn.
Emergency Preparedness Month, we are
reminded to; Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be
Informed, and Get Involved. Developing
an Emergency Plan in case disaster does
NEVER A DULL MOMENT
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strike can be the best protection for you
and your family.
zens who care and want us to be a unique a budget that will allow continued growth, Saturday, the Frisco Education
Get a Kit city. build infrastructure, provide more public Foundation will hold the Gary Burns Fun
Assemble a disaster supply kit in a bag safety employees and provide the essen- Run. This year will be held around Pizza
or tote that is easy to carry and to find. Busy Months in tial services for a fast growing city. We Hut Park and the George A. Purefoy
Once disaster strikes, you will not have have also sold many of the bonds that Municipal Center. Later that morning, we
time to shop or search for supplies. A few September, October were approved in the 2002 and 2006 bond will again hold our Community Parade. It
When we talk about activity, I was elections. We are trying to ensure that the has taken the place of our old
key items such as water, non-perishable
proud to be a part of the Frisco ISD’s new projected city taxes we told our citizens Homecoming Parade now that we have
food, first aid-kit, sanitary supplies, bat-
teacher breakfast put on by our Chamber were need are generated with rates no four high schools. As with last year, we
tery-operated radio with extra batteries, higher than what we projected during the will have a theme, floats, representatives
flashlight with spare batteries and other of Commerce. The event helped welcome
bond elections. We held a budget work- from all the high school teams, bands, and
important family documents are just a few a group of about 600 new teachers and
shop on August 13, and had our first school organizations, plus many other fun
items that should be included. Store your employees, who filled the Wakeland High
Public Hearing on the Budget at the participants. In the afternoon of October
kit in a convenient place known to all fam- School auditorium. It is amazing to see all
August 21 Council Meeting. There will be 27, the new Recreation and Aquatic
ily members. Change your stored water the excitement of the new teachers who
additional citizen input opportunities on Center will hold an open house and ribbon
and food supply every six months. are now a part of our FISD. We also August 28, when we finalize our tax rate cutting, so our citizens can get a preview
recently had the ribbon cutting of our new and on September 4 and 18 at our council before the scheduled opening of October
Make a Plan United States Contract Postal Unit, locat- meetings as we finalize the budget. The 29. Also that weekend, we could have as
Learn about Frisco’s warning siren sys- ed on the first floor of the George A. tax rate is proposed to be at 45 cents, the many as 500 four-on-four flag football
tem: what the sirens sounds like and what Purefoy Municipal Center. This addition same rate as last year. Thanks to our con- teams in Frisco as part of a new event
you should do when you hear them. Learn means more convenience for citizens, tinued growth in our tax base to $ 12.4 bil- coming to our city. Deion Sanders’ Z
about potential hazards and how to deal allowing them access to post office ser- lion, and our continuing sales tax growth, Football National Championship will fea-
with them. Have a family meeting to dis- vices while visiting our city hall, public we are able to maintain one of the lowest ture teams from all over the country in
cuss your emergency plan and any ques- library or county offices. And we con- city tax rates in the area. various age groups competing for the
tions family members may have. Practice firmed that by the end of November, a sec- national championship of flag football.
and maintain your family emergency plan. ond post office will open at the Main MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR
Find out how to help elderly or disabled Street and Teel Road. intersection. This Family Fun ALL THE ABOVE EVENTS.
neighbors if needed. will be a retail facility offering all services, and Sports Galore
but there will not be carriers working out
Be Informed of this facility. When I say there is never a dull Ribbon Cutting
moment, I can use the events that will take
Discuss the types of disasters that are The City Council has begun board
interviews. We will spend five nights inter- place in September and October as proof. for DNT extension
most likely to happen. Explain what to do The events are just the start of a very Finally, get ready for the ribbon cutting
in each situation. Find out about animal viewing candidates for our boards and
commissions, including two nights of active end to 2007. Our Frisco on the Dallas North Tollway extension.
care after a disaster; some shelters may RoughRiders will begin their champi- All the meetings that we have had with the
not allow animals. Also find out about meeting and greeting sessions. Our
process for interviewing the candidates, I onship run on September 5 and 6, when NTTA confirm that by the end of
disaster plans at other primary places they begin playoffs with two home games. September, we will cut the ribbon on the
your family attends, such as school and believe, is better than other cities around
us because of the time we take with them The Texas Tornado hockey team will start section from Gaylord Parkway all the way
church. their season on September 28 with the north to US 380. This will be a great day
to learn their qualifications, passion for
home opener, and FC Dallas has six home for Frisco and all those who commute via
Get Involved the job and desire to serve the city. We are
games left, with four in September and the Dallas North Tollway.
After preparing yourself and your fam- also fortunate to have a high number of
two in October, before they start their
ily for possible emergencies, take the next applicants applying for all our boards.
playoff run. Frisco continues to concentrate on the
step and take training in CPR and first aid. The appointments will be made at our You should mark your calendars now things that add to your quality of life and
The courses are available from the Frisco September 18 City Council Meeting. for some exciting and fun events coming family fun events. It is never dull here, and
Fire Department, as well as several other in October. On October 12 and 13, the our families have an unending array of
local providers. The Frisco Fire 2007-2008 Budget Frisco Storytelling Festival will again be things to do. We hope you will get
Department also offers Community held at City Hall Plaza with great story- involved, take advantage of these events
Emergency Response Team (CERT) train- and Tax Rate tellers from across the United States. Our and support your community.
ing, designed specifically to prepare citi- The Council and City Staff are also in festival has gained national recognition. It
zens for a wide variety of emergency situ- the final stages of our Fiscal Year 2007- is a great family event, which sells out Sincerely,
ations. 2008 budget. Staff members have been quickly. Later in October, there will be a M i k e S i mp so n
work since March to provide the City with wild weekend on October 27 and 28. On Mayor
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Heroes September 4
s City Council Meeting, Council Chambers,
on the court September 10
s Frisco Square Municipal Management
Thanks to those who attended the first National District Meeting, Conference Room 3A,
Night Out, Frisco Police vs. Frisco Fire Basketball 4:30 p.m.
Game. Police and fire personnel dribbled, shot and s HOA President’s Meeting, Council
slam-dunked for a good cause. The game raised more Chambers, 7 p.m.
than $1,700 for the Frisco chapter of Special Olympics. s Frisco Public Arts Board Meeting,
The score was tied at several points during the
August 4 game, but police scored the victory, winning Conference Room 5A, 6:30 p.m.
79 to 68.
Thanks to the Desperado Dancers for providing the
halftime entertainment! s Downtown Advisory Board, 5th Floor
Conference Room, 12 p.m.
Pictured right: Frisco Police officers wore s Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Meeting,
the blue jerseys and Frisco firefighters wore Council Chambers, 6:30 p.m.
the white jerseys in the Good vs. Good bas-
ketball game. The ultimate winner was September 12
Special Olympics. The game raised more
than $1,700 for the organization.
s Convention Visitors Bureau (CVB), TBD,
s Arts of Collin County (ACC), City of
Allen, 4 p.m.
s Housing Trust Fund, Council Chambers,
s Parks and Recreation Meeting, Council
Chambers, 6:30 p.m.
Pictured left: Fire Chief Mack Borchardt hand- September 17
ed over bragging rights and a trophy to Police s Frisco Neighborhood Watch General
Chief Todd Renshaw at the August 8 City
Council Meeting. Pictured left to right: Police Meeting, Police Department, 7:30 p.m.
Chief Todd Renshaw, Mayor Mike Simpson,
Fire Chief Mack Borchardt September 18
s City Council Meeting, Council Chambers,
s Economic Development Corporation
Board of Directors Meeting (EDC), 6801
Gaylord Parkway, 6 p.m.
s Community Development Corporation (CDC)
Meeting, Conference Room 3A, 6:30 p.m.
s Heritage Association, Council Chambers,
s Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Meeting,
Council Chambers 6:30 p.m.
s Urban Forestry Board, 6726 Walnut
Street, 6:30 p.m.
North Texas Municipal Water District
Frisco seniors celebrate National Night Out s
Meeting, 505 East Brown Street, Wylie,
TX. 4 p.m.
Lee Tillery and Ken Ralston were part of the group who enjoyed National Night Out activities at the Senior Center at s Frisco Public Library Foundation Board
Frisco Square on August 7. Frisco police officers and the Frisco Fire clowns joined the fun. Seniors stayed cool on the
warm evening by playing bingo inside the Senior Center. Meeting, Library Programming Room, 7
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FOR A ‘NIGHT OUT’ TO
An estimated 9,000 people took
part in this year’s National Night
Out program and related activi-
ties. The Frisco Police
Department thanks each person
who made this crime prevention
incentive a huge success!
This is the 14th consecutive
year that Frisco citizens partici-
pated in NNO. A record 130
neighborhoods registered their
block parties with the City. In
fact, more than 65 percent of
Frisco’s neighborhoods held
NNO parties, many featuring
cookouts, water slides, bounce
houses and snow cones.
More than 30 Frisco police offi-
cers, many firefighters and city
dignitaries had the opportunity
to meet hundreds of citizens.
Target, a national sponsor of
NNO, sent employees to hand
out water and pinwheels at
many of the parties.