By Joyce Godwin | Joyce@CedarbrookMedia.com-
The Town of Prosper approved the purchase of a new ambulance during Tuesday’s council meeting and also approved an agreement to use Beacon Emergency Services Team P.A. dba BEST ES as its Medical Director.
In an email before the meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Stuart Blasingame said, “The physicians are based out of Baylor Medical Center of McKinney. It [this change] will increase the level of education that our guys are currently getting and offer additional certification classes.”
The new ambulance will come from Professional Ambulance Sales and Service, the Texas dealer for Horton Emergency Vehicles, through the Houston-Galveston Area Council Cooperative Purchasing Program.
In the regular agenda, the Council held three public hearings. The first was the second of two required hearings to answer a petition from Rhea’s Mill Baptist Church for a voluntary annex of more than 5.7 acres located on the west side of Custer Road, approximately 1,300 feet south of Frontier Parkway.
Alex Glushko, Senior Planner for the Town of Prosper, explained that the church owns the property which is currently in an annexation agreement that requires annexation before any development. The church has plans to develop the property in the future so the request is coming now to go through with the voluntary annexation. No one spoke at the public hearing.
Next was a public hearing concerning an ordinance for a Specific Use Permit for a Utility Distribution-Transmission Facility on less than an acre of land located on the northeast corner of Fishtrap Road and FM 1385. There was much discussion among councilors about the site of the structure and its planned landscaping. Councilor Kenneth Dugger said he is concerned about the safety of the intersection because he thought the landscaping could obscure motorists’ views. Councilor Meigs Miller said, “We have to screen the structure but then we give up viability.” In the end, the item was approved with no votes against it.
The third public hearing was the first to draw dissenting voices from the public. This item requests a variance to the sign ordinance regarding wood frame signs for Tribute Senior Living in the Prosper Town Center development, generally located on the northeast corner of Preston Road and First Street. Andy Franco told the Council he would like the sign to be moved because he can see the sign from his house. “I don’t want to look out my back window and see a sign every day,” Franco said. This item was tabled for a future meeting.
In other business, the Council approved a change order to the construction contract for the Town Hall Infrastructure Project and also discussed a proposed amendment to the sign ordinance regarding banner signs.
The change order is in the amount of $600,000 for the first phase of installation of the drainage system from the Town Hall site, through the alley behind the homes on the north side of First Street, south on McKinley and stopping at First Street.
Prior to the meeting, Councilors showed their support for the Community Library’s One Book One Town program in which each will read the same book and participate in discussions about this year’s selection A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline.
Then at the beginning of the meeting the Town of Prosper was honored with a presentation of the State and Local Government Benefits Association Award for Exemplary Efforts in benefits to members of the Human Resources staff.