By Rodney K. Hays

Editor

At last week’s town council meeting, mayor Ray Smith was busy with three proclamations to begin the meeting.

In the first proclamation, the town officially recognized the week of April 14-20 as the Week of the Young Child in the Town of Prosper. The proclamation was set aside in anticipation of a later presentation. Police chief Kirk McFarlin and assistant police chief Gary McHone were on hand to accept the proclamation.

The Mayor then invited representatives of the Prosper Police Department and the Prosper 9-1-1 Dispatch Operators to the front of Council Chambers. He read a proclamation declaring the week of April 14-20 as National Telecommunicators’ Week in the Town of Prosper. McFarlin, McHone, dispatch supervisor Sidney Snyder and dispatch operator Holly Rodriguez accepted the proclamation.

Finally, the Mayor read a proclamation declaring the month of April 2013 as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in the Town of Prosper. The Mayor asked Chief McFarlin and Chief McHone to accept both the Week of the Child and the Child Abuse Prevention proclamations on behalf of Town residents.

The mayor also recognized a long-time Prosper resident who passed away recently. The family of Mildred "Juanice" Stanton was honored for Stantons’ service to the Prosper community. Stanton died on Sunday, April 7.

In other business:

n Town manager Harlan Jefferson introduced new Town secretary Robyn Battle. Battle started full time on April 15.

n The council approved the consent agenda, including previous minutes, two rezoning cases and two amendendments to previous planned developments.

n The council approved a park land dedication in the proposed Frontier Estates on 124 acres, located on the south side of Frontier Parkway and east of Preston Road.

Following a staff presentation by development director Hulon Webb, council asked about the preliminary plans for the proposed parkland, including questions regarding the availability of adequate parking facilities, the direction of lighting, if any, the plot’s compatibility with the construction of playing fields versus passive parkland, and the overall desirability of the plot of land being proposed. The presence of some protected trees on the proposed plot along with the planned configuration of the development were seen as mitigating factors on the choice of the park location. After some further discussion regarding the terrain features of the proposed plot, Council voted unanimously to approve the dedication.

n The council approved a park land dedication in the proposed The Parks at Legacy on 95 acres, located on the south side of Fishtrap Road and east of Teel Parkway.

After staff’s presentation, council sought to compare the proposed plot for parkland in this development with the parkland envisioned in the Town’s Future Land Use Plan. Receiving a satisfactory response, Council voted unanimously to approve the dedication.

n The council tabled a proposed park land dedication within the limits of the preliminary plat of Tanner’s Mill, on 138 acres, located on the east side of Coleman Street.

Once the staff presentation was completed, council brought up the issue of parking, accessibility of the proposed park by residents of other subdivisions, and the open question of the construction of an elementary school within the development. Citing a number of unanswered questions, Council voted to table discussion and action on this item until staff can meet with the developer and continue discussions regarding the open issues.

Council voted to adjourn at 8:51 p.m. The mayor and all members were present at the meeting.