By Rodney Hays

Editor

Last week the Prosper Town Council discussed a plan to develop a new commission to oversee and coordinate the town’s youth sports programs.

The plan was presented by the town’s parks and recreation manager Will Mitchell. He presented to the council what he termed the "board of directors" model.

Under the board of directors model, a separate non-profit organization would be created. The board would be made up of one representative from each of Prosper’s recognized sports league (currently PASO, PYSA and PLL or Prosper Little League) and a board president, vice president, treasurer and secretary.

"It could also include a representative from the Town of Prosper Parks and Recreation Department, a representative from the Prosper Independent School District (PISD), and additional board members deemed necessary by the board," Mitchell told the council.

Several council members expressed concerns about the proposed governing board and the possibility of future voting alliances amongst sports leagues. A resident also addressed council, expressing concern regarding the financial aspects of the proposed structure.

After some lengthy discussion council agreed by unanimous vote to direct staff to develop the idea further for later consideration.

The council also approved forming a citizen committee to settle on a sight for the future fire station in the northeast part of Prosper. Fire Chief Ronnie Tucker made the presentation and asked for the committee. Tucker told the council, several sites have been suggested each raising concerns from citizens in those neighborhoods.

The selection committee could be made up of up to 12 individuals and will meet until a location is agreed upon and submitted to council for final approval.

Council voted to direct the Chief to move forward with the committee.

In other business:

n The council approved the consent agenda, including items to rezone 5 acres, located on the west side of Preston Road, north of Broadway Street, from Commercial to Planned Development-Retail; rezoning 135 acres, located on the west side of Preston Road, south of Frontier Parkway, from Agricultural to 127 acres of Single Family and 8 acres of Office; approved an interlocal ggreement for Librarian Services between the Town of Prosper and City of Celina; approved a resolution designating The Prosper Press as the official newspaper of the Town of Prosper for the Fiscal Year 2013-2014; and approved a resolution delegating the authority to the Town’s Purchasing Agent to determine the best method of procurement for the purchase of goods and services, subject to limitations, as stated herein.

Council members Curry Vogelsang and Jason Dixon presented some questions regarding processes and procedures to which Purchasing Agent January Cook responded. Council then approved this item unanimously.

n The council approved the new budget for 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Town Manager Harlan Jefferson presented this item and advised Council of three modifications to the proposed budget that had been discussed in previous meetings. Mayor Smith called on a citizen who had request to speak on this topic. The resident urged the Council to fund additional staffing for the Prosper Police Department. Following a brief discussion, Council voted individually by voice vote on this issue. The budget was approved unanimously.

Following approval of the budget, Council voted to ratify the property tax revenue increase as reflected in the FY 2013-2014 Adopted Budget. The motion was approved unanimously.

n The council also adopted the Town of Prosper 2013 Property Tax Rate of 52 cents per $100 of valuation. Jefferson presented this item. Council voted individually by voice vote on this issue. The tax rate was approved unanimously. The tax rate has been 52 cents for the past eight years.

n The council approved new board appointments to fill expiring terms and vacancies on the following Boards and Commissions: Board of Adjustment/Construction Board of Appeals, Parks and Recreation Board, Planning and Zoning Commission, and Prosper Economic Development Corporation.

The following appointments were made unanimously:

Board of Adjustment/Construction Board of Appeals: Steve George and Tracy Kirl.

Parks and Recreation Board: Barbara Cottone, Drake Dunn, Craig Andres and Mandy Goddard.

Planning and Zoning Commission: Bruce Carlin, Craig Moody, George Dupont and Mike McClung.

Prosper Economic Development Corporation: Roger Thedford and Jim Wicker.

n After the executive session, the council picked up an item that had been previously tabled to consider approving an office lease for municipal offices between MSW Prosper 380, LP, and the Town of Prosper.

Jefferson presented this item, and council entered into a discussion on the topic. Three speakers expressed their opposition to the proposed agreement. Following their comments, Council decided to table the item to allow staff to conduct further research.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m. All council members were present.