The Town of Prosper discussed a few items at its bi-monthly meeting last Tuesday. Before Mayor Ray Smith opened the public discussion, Sandra Rybicki of the United States Postal Service gave a presentation to the council and residents who attended.
Rybicki, who is in the Facilities Purchasing Department, explained to the council the legal routes the USPS is required to take when looking for a new post office facility. “Under the Community Relations Regulations, 39 CFR 241.1, (we are) required to do a few things,” Rybicki said. “We are required to notify and send a letter to the Mayor and hold a public meeting.”
Residents have thirty days to file an appeal, Rybicki said. Once the appeal time has lapsed, then the final decision is made. The mayor must be notified of the final decision.
Rybicki said location and size of the building are the biggest factors in the search for a new site.
“We are trying to stay within three miles of the current location,” Rybicki said. “The building needs to be at least 15,000 square feet, and on at least two and a half acres.” The building needs to be that large because it is going to be a postal service and a retail center. The relocation will alleviate the problem of overcrowding, like what is happening at the current site, Rybicki said.
Council member Michael Korburly asked what might influence the decision for the site. Rybicki replied there were many factors that will go into the resolution.
“We will look at visibility from the road, so people could spot it with ease, and the size of the building.”
Curry Vogelsang, Jr., another council member, asked “what kind of timeline are we looking at?” To this Rybicki replied, “After the thirty-day allotment for appeals, it will be a fairly quick event.”
Mayor Smith asked if there was anything the council could do to help. Rybicki jokingly said, “Do you have any property to sell?” Once the laughter from the residents died down, Rybicki said if anything pops up to let her know. The council approved the item.
One of the hot button issues on the agenda was the possible rezoning for the Brookhollow neighborhood. Some of the residents thought the rezoning would bring multifamily homes to their area. Those residents approached the city council to give their opinions against the rezoning.
Resident Rod Stewart said he was hesitant to speak to the council at first but felt he must to stop events that have happened to him and his family in the past.
“My family and I lived in our last town for seventeen years,” Stewart said. “The area we lived in was rezoned for a multifamily complex. We were physically threatened by the people that had moved into the apartments.”
Stewart said he and his family moved to Prosper to feel safe again and was worried the rezoning would bring unwanted people to the area. A few more residents echoed Stewart’s sentiment.
Smith notified the residents that the types of housing allowed into the proposed rezoned area were approved in 2006, and the only item being voted on was the rezoning.
“All we’re voting on is rezoning the area, so it will be divided up by the owners,” Smith said.
“Even if we deny the proposal, the owners can still continue with what was originally planned. Approving this helps the council make sure that the developers are following procedure.”
The council approved the agenda item.