The McKinney City Council meeting this week included the lowering of the speed limit on Virginia Pkwy. from West Park Dr. to Jordan Rd. from 45 mph to 40 mph. This roadway is operated by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), which dictates that the speed limit in a school zone cannot be lower than 15 mph below the regular speed limit. The speed limit within the Slaughter Elementary School zone during the hours of 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. on school days will now be 25 mph maximum.
Also, the council amended the Capital Improvements Program budget to fund parking expansion projects to construct additional parking at the John and Judy Gay Library and at the Public Safety Building. Funds will be transferred from currently available funds in the John & Judy Gay Library Project and Municipal Building Project.
The council accepted the request from Imagine Schools of North Texas expressed in written communication to the City Manager withdrawing its offer to lease the McKinney Performing Arts Center for the coming school year.
Redistrcting was also up for discussion. Council discussed draft illustrative plan options for redistricting single member districts. City Council has been involved in the process to redistrict the City Council districts based on recently issued 2010 Census data. The U.S. Constitution dictates single member districts must have approximately equal populations. Since the rapid growth of the last 10 years, City Council districts in McKinney do not fit these criteria. After discussing two Council committee plans and a plan put forth by the consultant firm Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP, City Council voted to move forward with one illustrative plan and reconvene the Council committee to draft an additional illustrative plan upon which the citizens may comment at an upcoming public hearing. The date of the public hearing will be communicated on the city website, www.mckinneytexas.org.
City Council approved item 11-348 for construction of parking lot improvements on a tract of land adjacent to the Flour Mill, between Virginia and Louisiana St. just east of S.H. 5, in an amount not to exceed $225,000. The item was approved by the MCDC board at the June 23 meeting and must be approved by Council because the amount exceeds $100,000.
Finally, The City of McKinney anticipates receiving $511,257 in CDBG funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the coming program year starting Oct. 1. Community input helped form the list of organizations receiving funding. The City Council adopted the 2011-2012 Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan with funding allocations as follows:
• The Samaritan Inn $ 8,023
• Community Lifeline Center $ 8,323
• Health Services of North Texas, Inc. $ 6,423
• Communities in Schools, Dallas $ 6,923 (used at Malvern Elementary School in McKinney)
• CASA of Collin County, Inc. $ 7,523
• Collin County Committee on Aging $ 8,934 (used for Meals on Wheels)
• Children and Community Health Center $ 8,593
• Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County $ 5,000
• Community Dental Health $ 9,023
• Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County $ 7,923
• North Collin County Habitat for Humanity, Inc. $ 20,000
• Housing Rehabilitation Program $ 312,318
• Grant Administration $ 102,251