Town Council meets to discuss sign waivers, the future of Prosper Fire Station no. 4

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press
Additionally, the "Light the Night" decorating contest will be held until Dec. 12, registration for parks and recreation camps are open for the winter season, and town hall will be closed the Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week.

Prosper Town Council met on Nov. 9 for the first of two November meetings.  All members were present for the meeting.  Council Member Cotten announced that the Prosper Annual Christmas Celebration will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Town Hall.  Additionally, the "Light the Night" decorating contest will be held until Dec. 12, registration for parks and recreation camps are open for the winter season, and town hall will be closed the Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week.   

The council heard two sign waiver requests.  The first was for Prosper Chiropractor and the second was for CareNow. 

“Given the width of the right of way, there would be no issue with the approval of these two waiver requests,” Town staff Alex Glushko said.  “In certain situations, a reduction in the set back makes sense.” 

“This request is for the CareNow sign to be the same build as the rest of the signs in the Gates of Prosper,” Glushko said.  “This sign will be subject to our standards.  All signs are lit but do not cause glare for drivers.”

The planners for CareNow agreed to remove the back sign on the property, as this sign only faces a neighborhood. 

Both waiver requests were passed by the council. 

Fire Chief Stuart Blasigame presented information about the architecture firm and plans for Fire Station #4.  “We received plans from eight different firms who placed bids.  The staff that we had reviewed all plans, we all agreed that Brown, Reynolds, Watford Architects are the best suited for our needs.”  

“We are aiming to have a similar look for all of our stations, although this station will be significantly smaller than other stations,” Blasingame said.  “We are looking at different facilities throughout the state, trying to find something that fits with Prosper.”   

This contract was approved by the Town Council.

Blasingame also gave an update on the Central Fire Station and Fire Administration Building. 

“Most of the presentation I have for you here is the same that I have shown you,” Blasingame said.  “One way we were able to reduce our cost is to change the flooring from wood to tile along the stairs.  We want a quality building that looks nice and meets our needs, but we also are working hard to stay within our budget.”   

“We did change the kitchen slightly to make it feel more like home,” Blasingame said.  “We wanted to have softer lighting so it felt a bit less like a business.  We want our staff to feel comfortable.” 

“This has been a very difficult build because of the supply issues,” Blasingame said.  “This team has worked as a true team and I have never experienced something like that.  The architect firm worked with the builders to figure this out together.  We all had to make some decisions but we all feel like we are going to get this building built correctly and within budget.”   

Town Council meets twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays a month at 5:45.