By Angie Bado, TSB Publisher
City Hall was once again a full house at the regular meeting of the McKinney City Council on Tuesday evening. But this time citizens didn’t come out to voice their objections over an agenda item. They came to honor a McKinney icon , Dr. Mack Hill (pictured left). Mayor Brian Loughmiller read a proclamation declaring Friday, May 10 Dr. Mack Hill Day.
Dr. Hill, who is a fifth-generation McKinneyite, turns 90 on Friday. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Hill returned to McKinney in the early 1950’s and became the first pediatrician in Collin County. He retired after 25 years and continued to serve the community in a variety of ways, volunteering his time and talent. Hill is still an active member of the Kiwanis Club of McKinney, the McKinney Rotary Club and First Christian Church, where he sings in the choir.
For nearly 50 years, Dr. Hill has participated in community theater and will once again be part of the cast in this summer’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, presented by McKinney Summer Musicals (MSM).
As Mayor Loughmiller finished reading the proclamation, the crowd stood as applause broke out in his honor. Dr. Hill reminded the crowd to come out and support the summer musical in mid July.
Other Council business:
Council approved the reappointment of McKinney resident and attorney Joe Joplin to the North Texas Municipal Water District’s Board.
Town Center Project:
The topic that drew the most discussion from members of council revolved around staff’s request for council to give their approval for the city manager to begin negotiations with one or more development firms for the re-development of city owned properties in downtown McKinney.
The city-owned properties are part of the Town Center project. McKinney residents were provided the opportunity to attend presentations that were given by four developement firms at the city council meeting on April 8, 2013. Assistant Director of City Planning Kevin Spath told council on Tuesday that public sentiment and staff assessments led to staff recommending that council move forward with the proposal from Zenstar for the main nine-acre site and with InTown Homes for the secondary sites.
Several council members voiced concerns that the Zenstar proposal included a city hall building and that council is not prepared to move forward with that piece of the proposal. Mayor Loughmiller said he isn’t certain that that would be the best location for the placement of a city hall. Councilman Day (Dist. 1) concurred, saying “We need to resolve where we are going to put city hall.”
The Mayor and Councilmember Geralyn Kever (Dist. 2) also expressed concern about keeping the Gateway Project a priority saying that they would prefer city staff to keep focused on completion of that project.
Council voted to table action on moving forward with the Town Center Project indefinitely.
TAPS Selected as Designated Urban Transportation Provider
Council unanimously voted to approve Texoma Area Paratransit System (TAPS) as the urban transportation provider for the City of McKinney, replacing CCART. At the April 22 meeting of the Collin County Commissioners, the Commissioners named TAPS as the Rural Transit District provider of transportaion.
TAPS will begin services July 1 and citizens will not experience a cessation of any available transportation services.
Amendment of Sign Ordinance
Council approved an amendment to the City’s sign ordinance in order to would allow for additional temporary signage and banners for properties fronting on Highway 75 during the ongoing reconstruction process.
Capital Improvement Updates
Council also receved an update from city engineers on various projects, including road construction, that are in progress throughout the city. The city is anticipating full completion of the Bonnie Wenk Dog Park in June.
Meeting agenda attached.