Monday , 21 May 2018

City Council Notebook: TAPS Approved, Ussery Re-Elected Mayor Pro Tem

By Ben Lane, TSB Staff

The members of the McKinney City Council approved multiple motions and agreements during their meeting on Tuesday evening.

TAPS Approved: The McKinney City Council officially endorsed the city of McKinney’s agreement with TAPS to provide its transportation services during their meeting of the on Tuesday evening. The motion passed unanimously. The transition from CCART to TAPS will now begin.

West Responders Honored: Earlier in the meeting, members of the McKinney Fire Department who assisted in the recovery efforts in West, Texas were honored. Keri Grant, who traveled to West with a K9 unit, and Ronnie Taylor, who is the leader of McKinney’s Fire Department Honor Guard, were recognized and honored by Fire Chief Danny Kistner and Mayor Brian Loughmiller. Kistner recognized Grant for her service in the recovery efforts and Taylor’s Color Guard for their contributions to the funeral services of all of the first-responders who perished in the West fertilizer plant explosion.

Ussery Re-elected as Mayor Pro Tem: Travis Ussery was re-elected as McKinney’s Mayor Pro Tem during a meeting of the McKinney city council on Tuesday evening. Ussery has served as Mayor Pro Tem for the last four years and will now serve in the same position for the remainder of his council term.

Randy Pogue to Serve on Tax Increment Reinvestment Board: New City Councilman Randy Pogue was elected to serve on the McKinney Tax Increment Reinvestment board. All of the city council members serve on this board and Pogue was elected to fulfill the term of departed Councilman David Brooks.

Mayor Loughmiller Establishes Council Liaisons to City Boards and Commissions: In an effort to improve communication between the city council and the various city boards and commissions, the city council approved the appointment of its own members to serve as liaisons between the boards and commissions and the council itself.

This represents a change from the current practices, in which the leaders of various commissions and boards report to the council with periodic status updates. The newly approved plan will see two council members serving as liaisons to the boards and commissions and the council members will report back to the council as a whole on an as-needed basis.

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