Wednesday , 20 June 2018

City Council Notebook: Council Holds Budget and Tax Rate Discussion

The City of McKinney’s purchase of assets at Collin County Regional Airport wasn’t the only thing the McKinney City Council agenda on Tuesday evening. The council discussed several other items during a busy night of city business.

Council Receives 2014 Budget Update, City to Add New Positions: The council received an update on the proposed 2014 budget. This presentation was the second in a series of public hearings that are be held before the city can adopt its 2014 budget.  As part of the budget discussion, the council also held the second public hearing to discuss the proposed property tax rate for 2014. For more information on the proposed tax rate, click here.

According to the presentation shown to the council by city staff, the City of McKinney will be adding 38.5 positions to its staff in 2014. The breakdown of those new positions is below:

  • City Manager’s Office – 1
    • Communications Outreach Specialist (1)
  • City Secretary – 1
    • Records Clerk (1)
  • Communications & Marketing – 1
    • Communications Specialist (1)
  • Financial Services – 2
    • Accounting Technician II (1)
    • Financial Analyst (Revenues) (1)
  • Information Technology – 2
    • Telecom Engineer (1)
    • System Developer/Integrator (DS/PW/Parks) (1)
  • Police – 13
    • Corporals (funded 6 months) (4)
    • Detectives (2)
    • Lieutenants (2)
    • Sergeants (5)
  • Fire – 4
    • Battalion Chief (1)
    • Firefighter/ Paramedics (2)
    • Fire Inspector (1)
  • Development Services/Planning – 1
    • Assistant Development Services Director (1)
  • Engineering – 1.5
    • Construction Engineering Manager (1)
    • Engineering Technician (Part-Time) (0.5)
  • Fleet – 2
    • Fleet Technician (2)
  • Building Operations – 1
    • Maintenance Worker (1)
  • Parks, Recreation & Open Space – 3
    • Maintenance Specialist (3)
  • Streets & Traffic Control – 2
    • Maintenance Technician (Signs/Traffic) (1)
    • Crew Leader (1)
  • Building Inspections – 4
    • Chief Building Inspector (1)
    • Combination Building Inspectors (2)
    • Permit Technician (1)

Agreement for Public Safety Training Facility Construction Tabled: The council tabled a proposed agreement between the City of McKinney and Collin College for the construction of a new public safety training facility. The agenda item was tabled until the Sept. 17 council meeting, per City Manager Jason Gray’s request. Gray stated that there were still several terms of the agreement that were still in negotiation.

If approved, the facility would be used to train the city’s police and fire department personnel. According the resolution, the city is prepared to offer free use of city-owned land near Redbud Boulevard and Bloomdale Road and fund up to $2.5 million in construction costs. The city expects the facility to be open in the middle of 2015.

Verizon Cell Phone Tower Finally Approved: For the third time this year, the council discussed and eventually voted on a proposed Verizon cell phone tower located approximately 1,500 feet East of Lake Forest Drive and approximately 230 feet South of future Collin McKinney Parkway.

The cell phone tower was previously discussed at the council’s July 16 and Aug. 5 meetings. On both previous occasions, the motion to approve the construction of the cell phone tower was tabled.

Michael Quint, Director of Planning for the City of McKinney, told the council that the city staff saw no reason why the cell tower could not conform to existing zoning regulations and recommended denial of the request. Verizon had requested to build the 100-foot tall “stealth” cell tower to improve cell phone reception in the surrounding area.

The council discussed the cell phone tower at length before voting on approval of the construction of the cell phone tower. Because the planning and zoning commission and planning department both recommended denial of the request, a super majority of six votes was needed to approve the cell tower. The item was approved unanimously.

Council Set to Discuss Aquatic Center on Wednesday: The council will reconvene Wednesday at noon to discuss building an aquatic and recreation center in McKinney. At the joint meeting between the City Council and McKinney Community Development Corporation, the council will hear about the prospective plans for a $32 million aquatic facility to be constructed at Gabe Nesbitt Park.

The plans for the aquatic facility show much more than just an indoor pool. The facility could include fitness facilities, cardio/weight rooms, basketball courts, a birthday room, indoor and outdoor leisure pools, and an elevated running track.

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