Prosper Town Council met April 28 and discussed updates to town orders surrounding COVID-19, as well as current and future construction projects.

The council approved to align with Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest executive orders, which pave the way toward the state reopening.

Abbott’s ruling supersedes any local government orders. The council felt it was imperative to align with the governor’s order to ensure compliance and maintain eligibility for state and federal aid, if needed.

According to a press release distributed May 1, the Prosper Community Library and 407 Rec Center will remain closed and all town-sponsored activities and events are suspended through May 18.

Prosper Town Hall is open and some municipal court services remain available despite most proceedings having been postponed until June.

The town will continue to monitor the virus’ spread in coming weeks and intends to adhere to all current and future executive orders from the governor.

The current closures and cancellations will be re-evaluated on May 18.

Also at the meeting, the council implemented an order to waive utility charges for residential customers due to financial hardship incurred as a result of the effects of COVID-19.

The Coronavirus Disaster Economic Relief Fund is available to single-family households for two months out of a 12-month period to aid with water and waste utility bills.

The plan will temporarily stop disconnects and late fees for applicants approved by Cornerstone Assistance Network of North Central Texas.

Meanwhile, design requirements for a drainage system at Rhea Mill’s Baptist Church, 5733 N. Custer Road, were also discussed.

The council allowed the church to opt for a dry drainage system as opposed to a wet one.

Kelly Morgan, the architect on the project, stated that due to safety and maintenance reasons, it was requesting a dry system.

“For the money we would have to spend to dig a 4- to 6-foot lake, we much prefer the area back there to be useful for church events,” said Jared Maier, executive pastor of the church.

Construction is being done on several roads within Prosper.

A right-turn lane on Coit Road, leading onto U.S. 380, is set to be repaved by Reliable Paving. The city of Frisco will be responsible for adding pavement markings for the left turn lanes at the intersection.

Improvements to the Prosper Trail and Dallas North Tollway intersection have stalled, as bids for construction have been significantly over budget.

The budget for traffic signals at Fishtrap Road and Teel Parkway has been increased to $400,000. Also, the budget for the signals at Coit Road and Richland Boulevard has increased to $410,000.

The sign for the Kroger store in the Windsong Ranch Marketplace, at U.S. 380 and Gee Road, will be moved due to its proximity to the nearby Chase sign and TxDOT right-of-way requirements.

Discussions for downtown improvements are underway.

The proposed improvements would include enhancing pedestrian areas along Main and Broadway streets, widening sidewalks and creating an open-space area where the town could host community events.

Other improvements are being discussed, however the town has not formally adopted a plan for them.