Monday , 18 June 2018

TownSquareBuzz Town Hall: A Conversation with City Council

By Matthew Bado, TSB Staff

TownSquareBuzz will host a community-wide Town Hall, featuring special guests, Mayor Pro-Tem, Travis Ussery, and Roger Harris, City Council At-Large, on Thursday, June 21 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) beginning at 7 p.m.  MPAC is centrally located in downtown McKinney at 111 N. Tennessee St.

The discussion will center on the city council’s most recent accomplishments and priorities for the fall and into 2013. With the approval of the letter of intent for the Gateway project and the on-street bicycle lanes, the changing face of McKinney will also be discussed.

“A town hall gathering offers citizens the opportunity to hear from local elected officials about items that are on the horizon for action and discussions that shape McKinney’s vision. It also affords a forum to inquire about matters that concern them and a dialogue for future actions,” said Ussery. “These gatherings are essential for McKinney to have cohesive positive progress.”

Harris further elaborated, “A city councilmember serves the public at the pleasure of the voters. Everyday there are decisions made that affect the taxpayers and residents of McKinney. It is helpful for council members to hear concerns and discuss current matters. The public should be able to make their opinions known to the elected officials. A town hall format meeting is an excellent forum to accomplish this dialogue. “

If you have a specific question you would like asked, please post in the comments of this story or email them to our editor.

This event kicks off a new TSB series of conversations featuring city officials and other notables. TSB’s owner and founder, Angie Bado, will moderate these interactive community events.

“I view the town hall interviews as the perfect opportunity for TownSquareBuzz to play a critical role in our community – that of providing the citizens and city leadership an avenue to get together in a relaxed atmosphere and communicate, and then share the interview with those who are unable to attend,” said Bado. “News is what we do, and this is a step above simply providing news to our community.”

Coffee and cookies will be served before the event begins, allowing time for community sharing and networking.  Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for each featured guest.

This event is free and will last approximately 45 minutes. RSVP on Facebook. 

About Our Town Hall Participants:

Mayor Pro Tem Ussery was elected to City Council in January 2009 in District 3 as a second generation City Council member in the same district where he was born, grew up and now calls home. He brings 18 years of experience in various city service roles with him to the position.

Mayor Pro Tem Ussery was born and raised in McKinney in District 3 and attended McKinney High School. He graduated from Texas Christian University in 1980 and returned to McKinney to work for his late father, a CPA who also served on City Council.  Ussery eventually became a partner and later owner of his father’s business, which is located inside the boundaries of District 3.

Ussery was the Chairperson of both the McKinney Planning & Zoning Commission and the McKinney Parks Board. He also served on the board for the McKinney United Way, Inc. and was a member of the Main Street Design Committee in 2004. In 2009 and ’10, he served on the Chamber of Commerce Finance Committee.

Outside of work, Ussery is an avid reader of classic works and history and enjoys playing golf. He invests his time in serving on various boards, including the Samaritan Inn, and was a former coach for the Boy & Girls Club of McKinney. 

Councilmember Roger D. Harris has lived in McKinney for 20 years, along with his wife, Jan, and sons and daughter, Allison, Steven and John. Steven is a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma and John is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas. Allison is a news reporter for KXII in Sherman.

Harris is active in his community and business initiatives, enjoying a 40-year career in the textile industry. He has served in various business capacities, including plant manager, sales engineer, Vice President of Sales and currently as President and CEO of Metro Linen and also has various real estate interests.

A licensed pilot, Harris enjoys flying single engine aircraft, and enjoys riding his motorcycle cross-country.    

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