By Rodney K. Hays
Three members of Brownie Troop No. 1968 in Prosper made a presentation at last week’s council meeting on their recent recycling project. The troop policed the area in and around Frontier Park, separating recyclable materials that had been placed in trash receptacles. The presenters requested that recycling bins be placed at Frontier Park to ensure that eligible items are not placed in the trash. Six of the Brownie Troop members earned a merit badge for their efforts.
In other business:
n The council approved a resolution to protect and defend the Second Amendment’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Town Secretary Robyn Battle made a presentation and responded to questions from Council. Two speakers made brief presentations to Council seeking support of the resolution. After some discussion, Council voted unanimously to approve the resolution.
n Town Manager Harlan Jefferson took a moment to introduce the newly-hired Human Resources Director for the Town, Baby Raley. Raley will begin work on Monday, May 20.
n Councilman Ken Dugger thanked the Prosper Fire Department for the recent assistance they gave to the volunteer fire department in West, Texas.
n Council denied a request to rezone .3 acres located on the north side of First Street and east of Legacy Drive from Agricultural to Planned Development-Agricultural.
Following a presentation by Development Services Director Chris Copple, Council opened the public hearing. A representative of the applicant spoke to Council and distributed supporting written material to Council. The representative’s presentation was followed by questions from several Councilmembers. There was one additional person who made comments to the Council in support of denial of the request. The public hearing was then closed. After some deliberation, Council voted unanimously to deny the request.
n Council approved an ordinance approving the final Project and Financing Plan for the Town of Prosper Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone Number Two.
n The council heard a presentation from IPS Advisors and discussion regarding both an update on the insurance renewal process and also the expected financial impact of the healthcare reform act on the Town of Prosper employee benefits.
Finance Director Matthew Garrett made an initial presentation to Council and invited representatives of the vendor to speak to Council and respond to questions. After a brief presentation, several Council members posed questions to the vendor.
n Council approved a resolution providing for and directing publication of a notice of intent to issue Town of Prosper Combination Tax and Surplus Revenue Certificates of Obligation to fund the construction of water system improvements.
The Finance Director briefed Council on this item and responded to questions. Council approved this resolution unanimously.
n The council discussed the stage Drought Contingency and Water Emergency Response Measures, proposed water conservation programs and potential enforcement program.
Public Works Director Frank Jaromin made a presentation on the reasons why the Town will enter Stage 3 of the water conservation plan, and detailed the particulars of water conservation measures. He also spoke about the work being done to develop a compliance and enforcement program. He pledged to bring the enforcement program to Council at a later date for their review.
n After an executive session meeting, the council voted unanimously to appoint the law firm of Brown & Hofmeister as the new Town Attorney.
Council voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m. The mayor and all council members were in attendance.