Monday , 23 April 2018

City Council Notebook: Public Arts Program and TXDOT’s Air Traffic Control Funding Agreement Approved

By Ben Lane, TSB Staff

The McKinney Public Art Master Plan and the ongoing discussion of funding the air traffic control program at Collin County Regional Airport were among the topics of note at Tuesday evening’s City Council Meeting.

Public Art Master Plan Approved: McKinney’s Public Art Master plan was approved by unanimous vote on Tuesday evening. The plan will bring murals to the alleyways in Downtown McKinney and bring sculptures throughout McKinney.

Councilman Ray Ricchi declared his support for the public art plan and commended the McKinney Arts Commission on their efforts in preparing the public art plan. “I support this wholeheartedly,” Ricchi said. “I think we’re well on our way. Outstanding job.”

For more on the details of the public art plan, click here to read TSB’s Michele Bernard with Arts Commission Chair Linda Spina.

Tentative TXDOT Funding Agreement of McKinney’s Air Traffic Control Tower Approved: Governor Rick Perry announced last week that TXDOT would fund the air traffic control towers set to be closed by the sequestration spending cuts. Under the proposed agreement with TXDOT, the cities affected by the closures would be required to expend the funds initially to continue operations but TXDOT would pay back 90% of the cost.

The McKinney City Council had already agreed to fund the tower operations at Collin County Regional Airport before Perry’s announcement. As part of the consent agenda at Tuesday’s meeting, the council unanimously approved this new arrangement, contingent upon the TXDOT agreement being finalized in Austin.

City Manager Jason Gray stated that the money to fund the tower operations would come from the airport’s reserve fund and the reimbursement amount would be returned to the same reserve fund.

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