Friday , 9 December 2016

City Council Notebook: Architect Approved for Aquatic Center, City Charter Election Date Set

aquatic centerThe McKinney City Council packed a lot of business into a brief one-hour meeting on Tuesday night. During the meeting, the council approved several items that will affect many McKinney citizens in the distend and not-too-distant future.

The Aquatic Center Has an Architect: Council approved Brinkley Sargent Architects to provide architectural and engineering services for the aquatic and fitness facility to be built at Gabe Nesbitt Park.

Initially, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture (BRSA) was chosen to serve as the architect for the aquatic facility after ranking highest out of the 11 architecture firms that submitted proposals to the McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC) and the Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces department. According to the city’s presentation to the city council members, the city was unable to come to a “mutually acceptable agreement” during negotiations with BRSA and negotiations were formally ceased on Jan. 8.

After negotiations with BRSA ended, the city began negotiating with Brinkley Sargent (BSA), which was the second highest ranked firm of the 11 firms reviewed. BSA’s bid for the architecture and engineering of the aquatic facility is $2,524,430.

The resolution approving BSA also states that the cost for the architecture and engineering of the aquatic facility is not to exceed $2,650,250.

BSA has offices in Dallas and Austin and its projects include the Tom Muehlenbeck Center in Plano, Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium in Allen, NRH20 Waterpark in North Richland Hills, and Mesquite’s city hall.

A final budget for the construction of the aquatic facility has not been determined but the funding for the facility will come from bond money approved by McKinney voters in 2006, funds from MCDC and the city of McKinney.

Community Town Hall Scheduled for March 6: City Manager Jason Gray announced that McKinney will hold a community town hall on March 6 at City Hall. Gray said that the town hall meeting will provide citizens the opportunity to interact with city staff members, learn more about the various city departments, and citizens will also hear updates on various city projects.

The town hall meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet session. At 6:30 p.m., the formal presentation will begin.

Council Sets Charter Election for May 10: The city council officially set a date of May 10 for an election to approve an amended McKinney city charter. The city charter is the document that sets the rules and procedures under which the city government operates.

The May 10 election has been scheduled to allow McKinney’s citizens the opportunity to vote on changes to the city’s charter. The changes are outlined in a proposed charter amendment document made available on the city’s website as part of the council meeting packet.

Those changes are as follows:

  • Stating that those seeking to be city council members must live in the district they hope to represent
  • Stating that those seeking to be city council members must be a registered voter for at least one year before being eligible for the city council
  • Stating that those seeking to be city council members must live in the city of McKinney for one year before being eligible for the city council
  • The City Council is not to give any orders to any of the subordinates of the City Manager, privately or publicly. Violation of this “shall constitute official misconduct and shall authorize the City Council, by a vote of not less than four-sevenths (4/7) of its entire membership, to expel such offending member from the City Council if found guilty after a public hearing, and thereby create a vacancy in the place held by such member”
  • No Deputy City Manager, Assistant City Manager or President/Executive Director of a city-funded organizations, including but not limited to the McKinney Economic Development Corporation and the McKinney Community Development Corporation, shall be appointed or removed without prior notice and consultation of the City Council.

Early voting for the charter election will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, April 28, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 2, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 5, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Early voting will be held at the following locations:

  • Collin County Election Office
    • 2010 Redbud Blvd., #102
  • McKinney Performing Arts Center
    • 111 N. Tennessee
  • McKinney Fire Station #5
    • 6600 W. Virginia Pkwy.

The charter election will be held on May 10, 2014 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The voting will take place at the following locations:

  • John and Judy Gay Library
    • 6861 W. Eldorado Pkwy.
  • McKinney City Hall
    • 222 N. Tennessee
  • McKinney Fire Station #5
    • 6600 W. Virginia Pkwy.
  • Slaughter Elementary School
    • 2706 Wolford Ave.

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