Special Council meeting, St. Philips Episcopal, Lessons & Carols Service, Boals Elementary, FC Dallas new Head Coach
FCS Division 1 Championship
This week every year has become one of my favorite weeks in Frisco. It is the week of the FCS Division 1 Championship Game. The top two NCAA Division 1 teams come to Frisco for a week of festivities which concludes with the Championship Game. On Wednesday evening, the returning champions North Dakota State University Bison and the challenger Eastern Washington University Eagles arrived in Frisco. As the tradition, Visit Frisco, Frisco Chamber and many of us greet the two teams as they arrive in Frisco.
Miracle League of Frisco
On Thursday evening, the Bison and the Eagles both participate in community outreach. At Performance Indoor Training off of North County Road, both teams came to play football but for a special purpose. Miracle League of Frisco provides opportunities for special needs children to play sports. Each child was paired with a “buddy” from NDSU or EWU. The children range in age from 5 to 19. Some of them are in wheelchairs or need to depend on crutches. It is so rewarding for everyone involved to see the excitement in these children’s eyes.
NTX BBQ Bowl
After the football game with the Miracle League, we went to the NCAA Great Texas Barbecue Bowl at Main Event. The teams have an enjoyable evening of eating Texas barbecue and bowling. These players worked hard to get to this position and this is one of the opportunities to relax and have fun.
Last year’s NCAA Division I FCS Championship Game impacted the Frisco and surrounding area’s economy by over $8.1M. We want to provide a memorable and welcome experience to these teams so they want to stay longer and look forward to coming back, especially in the case of North Dakota State! Frisco will be full all weekend. So if you see a Bison or Eagle fan, thank them for coming to Frisco.
Special City Council Meeting
We had a special City Council meeting on Wednesday evening. Normally, it would be held on the first Tuesday but it was New Year’s Day. Council voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the 2012 Master Service Agreement with Exide Technologies. This is a major milestone for Frisco. We finally have a plan for cleaning up the battery recycling company’s closed operating plant site and protecting Stewart Creek from future contamination. This agreement effectively ends pending litigation over the MSA and adds new details about how to clean up Stewart Creek and the former operating plant. There are two important items to understand. First, Council pursued a boardroom rather than courtroom strategy. Several years back when I was on Council, we realized Exide was not good for Frisco. Many wanted to employ litigation to force Exide to leave. Thankfully, others along with City Manager George Purefoy, wanted to try to work out this agreement directly with Exide. If we had pursued litigation on the outset, it would have cost the taxpayers dearly. The lead plant stopped operations in 2012 and later filed bankruptcy. Exide filed a lawsuit in early 2018 and Wednesday’s approved amendment ended it. The other item of particular interest to many of our residents is the Exide land itself. As part of this amendment, we have an agreed upon plan to remediate the land and Stewart Creek. The Exide property is 93 acres located in the heart of our city, east of Dallas North Tollway and north of Stonebrook. Due to the proximity to the future Grand Park, Downtown Rail District, and Frisco Square, we now have more options to connect these areas or expand them. Closing out Exide has been a goal for the City and Council for many years. However, there was always one person who would not give up and was determined to see it through, City Manager George Purefoy. Thank you, George, for your wisdom and patience.
At Council, Frisco Fire Department explained the implementation of the Pre-Hospital Blood Transfusion Program. The Fire Department knew waiting for a transfusion at the hospital after experiencing trauma could be fatal. Frisco Fire Department worked to decrease the precious minutes for someone to receive life-saving blood. They worked with the U.S. Military to learn how they administer blood products on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan. It took two years to implement the program. The first week they started the program, a construction worker at The Star was struck by 6000 pounds of material. Frisco Fire Department was able to quickly move the 6000 pounds of construction material and provided the transfusion at the site of the accident. He is now in “serious but stable condition.” Thank you, Frisco Fire Department, for continually searching for more ways to keep our city safe. Frisco is the first city in North Texas to have this capability.
Frisco Amongst Safest Cities in America
This leads me to another award which Frisco was recognized this week. Smart Asset announced the Safest Cities in America. Frisco was listed as #6. When you read stories like the one above, you really are not surprised that we are #6.
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Meet Frisco Artist, Brandi Mieger
On Thursday, I met Brandi Mieger. She is the artist whose photography work is displayed this quarter in my City Hall office. We change out the art every quarter to promote and bring awareness to local artists. When I have meetings, people ask about the art and it gives me an opportunity to talk about it and our vibrant arts community. Frisco has an abundance of visual artists. In the past couple of years, the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco’s membership has more than tripled. The VAGF works with our Public Art Coordinator to identify art and artists for the office Council and I share at City Hall. Thanks, Brandi, for sharing your photography on Frisco. Also, the art is for sale.
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