Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Frisco morning roundup for Sept. 5, 2012 - Dallas Morning News (blog)

The Frisco City Council on Tuesday approved a new structure for card-holders at the Frisco Public Library after a discussion about the high use among non-residents. The city accepts non-residents as part of an agreement with Denton and Collin counties, which provide about $80,000 in library funding. But Frisco library director Shelley Holley said the amount of funding the city gets is not comparable with the use from non-residents. She noted that Frisco residents pay $27 per capita in library funding whereas the county residents pay $2.70 per capita for Frisco library use. The measure approved Tuesday calls for the city giving up that county funding. There will be no changes for Frisco residents who have library cards. Residents in McKinney, Allen, Plano and The Colony â€" cities with similar library funding â€" will also be allowed to continue to use the Frisco library at no charge. (That means Frisco residents can also use those libraries for free). All other county residents will be charged a $50 annual fee for a Frisco library card. And because of publisher restrictions, that access for non-residents will not include eBooks. Council member Bob Allen said the changes will ultimately mean better library service for residents.

Also on Tuesday, the council opted not to put in place certain triggers to determine when the city would do aerial spraying for mosquitoes to reduce exposure to the West Nile virus. Council members grappled last week with whether to join Denton County in its aerial spraying. They decided to stick with ground spraying. On Tuesday, staff had proposed establishing thresholds, such as a rate of 10 cases per 100,000 residents, to trigger aerial spraying in Frisco. But council members decided they wanted to be able to react as the situation warrants rather than have automatic triggers. No action was taken on the item.

The council discussed two zoning cases at length at Tuesday’s meeting and heard from several residents opposed to the projects. The first involved 3.1 acres north of State Highway 121 between Legacy Drive and Dallas Parkway for the expansion of an auto dealership. The second involved 0.4 acres on Esther Way near Spears Elementary for a child care center. Both were eventually approved by the council. Check out the video of the meeting when it gets posted to hear the comments.

Construction work begins Sept. 17 on Stonebrook Parkway between Preston Road and the Dallas North Tollway. The $14 million project involves installing a 36-inch waterline and reconstructing the westbound Stonebrook Parkway to widen roadway to six lanes. Work is expected to be completed in November 2014.

Sci-Tech Discovery Center’s online countdown is in milliseconds, but for those of you who prefer a daily schedule, Sept. 22 is the opening day for the center’s new Animal Grossology exhibit. The exhibit is described as “some of the grossest science that you can think of with animals.” Click here for highlights on the exhibit. And click here to learn more about Sci-Tech.

Six tribute bands covering songs from rock and roll legends will perform A Tribute to the Kings of Rock on Saturday at FC Dallas Stadium. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. Click here for ticket information.

FC Dallas will face off against Club Leon FC at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at FC Dallas Stadium. Click here to learn more.

Mark your calendar: The Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour with country music star Eric Church will be at Dr Pepper Arena on Sept. 20. Special guests include Justin Moore and Kip Moore. Click here for details.

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