By Rodney Hays

Editor

The Prosper council last week approved a contract for a new architectural and engineering design firm to work on the design of the future second station of the Prosper Fire Department.

The budget for the project is $3.4 million dollars and the money will come from bond package money approved by voters in 2011. Voters initially approved about $3.85 million for public safety facilities in the bond package. Council also voted to approved to issue the bonds.

In other business:

n The council heard a presentation from a business class at Texas Women’s University for their class project, a marketing plan for the Prosper Community Library. The presentation centered on their findings revealing a desire on the part of residents for a free-standing library.

A representative of the Smart 911 system briefed the Council on the program’s implementation in Prosper. The representative, a former police officer and new resident of Prosper, stated that Prosper was the first North Texas community to enter the program. He gave a detailed presentation on the program, answered questions from the Council and several members of the audience and provided handouts. The program, which requires input from individual residents, allows the 9-1-1 dispatchers to share personal and medical information with first responders. More information on the program will be widely distributed in the next few weeks.

n The council approved the consent agenda, including an interlocal agreement between Collin County and the Town of Prosper for animal control services, extending the agreement through FY 2013-2014.

They approved the purchase of one backhoe loader for the Public Works Department, from RDO Equipment Company, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative. Approved of the purchase of three public safety rated sport utility vehicles for the Police Department, from Holiday Chevrolet, through a Tarrant County contract. Approved the purchase of five pick-up trucks for Community and Development Services, from Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford, through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program.

The three items were considered together. Council asked questions of Purchasing Agent January Cook regarding the procedure for the purchase of these items and whether or not purchasing used vehicles was considered. Following Cook’s responses, the Council approved these items unanimously.

n Five citizens addressed the council. A resident of the neighborhood adjacent to Folsom Elementary asked Council to consider making an exception to published regulations and designate a four-way stop at the intersection of Cedar Lake and Buffalo Springs Drives. The citizen expressed concern regarding the safety of pedestrians, especially children and parents walking to and from Folsom to their homes.

Two residents spoke about the disposition of bond funds from the 2010 bond program that were initially designated for streets in the Rhea Mills community. The streets in question, which appeared on the bond election material, have yet to be addressed. He asked Council to consider repairing the streets which have become threatening to home values.

A resident approached Council with a plan to alleviate the long wait that sometimes

occurs when a train is crossing Prosper Trail. The citizen asked Council to consider

median cuts to allow for escape routes, allowing motorists to backtrack away from

the railroad crossing.

And a resident asked Council to consider an SUP to an existing plot of land in the

downtown area that is zoned for office space. The proposed SUP would allow the

landowner to build a house that would reflect the historical nature of the downtown

area.

n The council held a public hearing to consider a rezoning of 12.3 acres, located on the east side of future Windsong Parkway and the terminus of future Acacia Parkway, to amend Planned Development

The developer wants to use a siding product that is not included in the original planned development but is not prohibited. Council approved the amendment.

Mayor Ray Smith called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. All council members were present. The meeting was adjourned at 9:37 p.m.