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VOLUME 9, ISSUE 11  JUNE 9JULY 6, 2022

Jail campus expands to meet health needs

The expanded health inrmary will have 450 beds. It will be used to isolate COVID-19 patients and people who have a mental illness or are recovering from substance abuse. INFIRMARY

Federal funds will change Collin County’s campus in McKinney. Six new buildings will be constructed by the end of 2026. CHANGING THE COUNTY CAMPUS

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Population growth drives US 380 project

Association of Frisco headquarters along the US 380 corridor, ocials say expand- ing the roadway is imperative when com- bined with explosive population growth. Work began in April to relieve con- gestion that commonly occurs along 15 miles in Denton County. Ocials expect US 380 congestion near the upcoming Omni PGA Frisco Resort will nearly tri- ple by 2045. CONTINUED ON 36

BY MIRANDA JAIMES

Drivers on US 380 through Den- ton County from Denton to Frisco can expect major road improvements to get underway this summer, as a three-year $140 million project ramps up to relieve congestion and improve safety. With the construction of major devel- opments, including The University of North Texas Frisco in the northern half of Frisco and the Professional Golfers

Ocials mark the US 380 project start. (Courtesy Denton County Commissioners Court)

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NOW OPEN 1 Cibo Kitchens opened April 28 at 7511 Main St., Ste. 190, Frisco. Chefs and caterers are able to rent the kitchen space at Patios At The Rail, which is equipped with commercial-grade equipment. The space can also be used for classes and events. Prospective members are able to book 15-minute walkthroughs of the space through an online form. 214-995-9091. www.cibokitchens.com 2 Louis Ice Cream Coffee Roasters opened in mid-April at 9500 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 200, Frisco. The coffee and sweets shop sells a variety of espres- so-based drinks, according to the online menu, including a latte made with Nutel- la and a Cookie Lover Frappe. In addition, homemade ice cream and several baked treats are for sale. 940-465-5054. www.louisroasters.com COMING SOON 3 Drs. Carla Gustovich and Rachel Quin- by plan to open Magnolia Dermatology in July at 13192 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 620, Frisco. The doctors have been practicing for more than 15 years. The office will offer both medical and cosmetic services for patients of all ages, and most com- mercial insurance plans, including Medi- care, will be accepted. 972-668-3376. www.magnoliadermfrisco.com 4 Three Empires Brewing Co. will open this fall at 6990 Main St., Ste. 200, Frisco. The facility will offer a rotating variety of beer and seltzers produced on-site. A small outdoor biergarten and patio is also includ- ed in the plans. “We are extremely excited

to be a part of The Rail District business community,” said Mandalyn Wible, a Three Empires Brewing Co. representative. Three Empires Brewing Co. was originally planned to open at the Main Street Food Hall on John W. Elliott Drive. However, plans to open the food hall have stalled. www. facebook.com/3EmpiresBrewing ANNIVERSARIES 5 Clean Origin’s one-year anniversary was celebrated in April at Stonebriar Centre mall, located at 2601 Preston Road, Ste. 1053, Frisco. Clean Origin is known for its environmentally friendly, lab-grown diamonds. The store sells rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Diamond shapes range from round, oval and cushion to princess, pear and mar- quise. The Frisco location has hundreds of diamonds and mountings to choose from, Clean Origin’s head of retail Melis- sa Scott said in an email. 469-827-8105. www.cleanorigin.com NEW OWNERSHIP 6 Crunch Fitness , a fitness club located at the intersection of Preston Road and Warren Parkway, has come under new ownership. CR Fitness is the largest fran- chisee of Crunch Fitness in the southeast region and has acquired the property. A representative stated they hope to own and operate 100 fitness clubs by 2026 and that the company currently holds 40 clubs. Crunch Fitness in Frisco offers cardio and strength training equipment, a group fitness studio, a pool, child care, a cycling studio, saunas, locker rooms and other amenities. 469-342-0456. www.crunch.com

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RENOVATIONS 7 Dillas Primo Quesadillas is adding a drive-thru to its Frisco location. The fast-casual restaurant is located at 3930 Preston Road, Ste. 140, and has other lo- cations in North Texas and Louisiana. The drive-thru should be operational in early June, a spokesperson said. Dillas serves made-to-order gourmet quesadillas, such as a Buffalo bacon quesadilla and a hot hatch quesadilla. The restaurant also serves salads and build-your-own quesa- dillas. 469-362-6123. www.dillas.com IN THE NEWS 8 La Hacienda Ranch reopened April 30 at 4110 Preston Road, Frisco. The restaurant rebuilt its kitchen after a fire July 27 forced it to close. La Hacienda Ranch has been coordinating with the city of Frisco over the past several months as

it worked to renovate its space and wait- ed on new kitchen equipment to arrive. Mesquite-grilled steaks, fajitas, tacos, enchiladas and more are among Tex-Mex items on the menu. A variety of margari- tas are also available. 972-335-2232. www.laharanch.com CLOSINGS 9 Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Aimee Schimizzi is closing her practice, Preci- sion Hand & Upper Extremity Center , on June 15, she said. An announcement on the center’s website said she has decided to retire from private practice. The Frisco center is located at 12530 Lebanon Road, Ste. 205, and another location is in Dallas. The center provided conservative and surgical therapies for upper extremity injuries and conditions, including arthritis, ligament reconstruc- tion, fractures and more. 844-557-4263. www.schimizzimd.com

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alongside chiropractic services for athletes. 469-287-2072. http://frisco.palmercare.com COMING SOON 4 Ruiz Foods , a frozen Mexican food manufacturer, is opening a regional head- quarters at Hall Park in Frisco, located at 6801 Gaylord Parkway, Ste. 100. The com- pany announced in a May 12 news release that its senior executive team will move to the new office within the next month. The move will place company executives clos- er to its product packaging plant, which is located about 60 miles north in Denison. Employees in the Frisco office will work in conjunction with Ruiz Foods’ other region- al headquarters in Dinuba, California, the release said. Ruiz Foods expects to employ 125 employees in the Frisco area by 2026. Ruiz Foods is widely recognized for its El Monterey brand that includes products such as burritos, taquitos, enchiladas and chimichangas. Other brands include Tornados, Artisan Bistro and Plantivore. 800-477-6474. www.ruizfoods.com 5 Family-owned Frisco Diner is expand- ing, opening a second location that will op- erate under the name Birdies . The restau- rant will offer similar menu items to the original restaurant but will feature its own branding, said Afrim Seferi, owner of Frisco Diner. Frisco Diner is open for breakfast and lunch, and takes a modern approach to comfort dishes, such as waffles, eggs and fried chicken, according to Seferi. The Bird- ies location will be at the Urban Heights at Hollyhock development at 2115 University Drive, Ste. 200, Frisco. The owners expect to gain possession of the building in June, and the project is expected to take four

to five months to complete. The business is slated to open by the end of the year. www.facebook.com/friscodiner 6 Dillas Primo Quesadillas is working to open its second Frisco location. The new Dillas location will be at the Urban Heights at Hollyhock development at the southeast corner of US 380 and Holly- hock Road in Frisco. A spokesperson for Dillas confirmed this location would be a freestanding prototype version of the restaurant. An opening date has not been announced. Dillas serves made-to-order gourmet quesadillas, such as a Buffalo bacon quesadilla and a hot hatch quesa- dilla. Sides include Gorilla Fries, which are seasoned french fries in hatch chile queso; Gorilla Chips; and black beans. The restaurant also serves salads and build-your-own quesadillas. www.dillas.com RENOVATIONS 7 Walmart held a grand reopen- ing ceremony May 13 to celebrate the completion of the remodeling of the Walmart Supercenter located at 12220 FM 423, Frisco. Remodeling began Jan. 31 and finished this month. The store’s new layout includes several department transformations, with the pharmacy moved to the general merchandise side and the addition of a grab-and-go section at both entrances. The store was painted, new signage was installed and floors were polished. The front checkout area was also transformed with more self-checkout and staffed lanes. The Walmart Supercenter offers pickup, delivery, express pay and Walmart Pay. 469-362-8542. www.walmart.com

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NOW OPEN 1 Jonny’s Pizza , a New York-style pizza restaurant, officially opened May 13 at 13225 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 100. In addition to build-your-own and signature pizzas, the restaurant serves subs, cal- zones, classic Italian pastas and desserts. The restaurant also features a range of beers and wine at the bar top. According to owner Jonny Lami, the restaurant is most similar to his Aubrey location but features an updated bar top and modern dining room. 972-292-9845. www.jonnyspizzany.com 2 Bark ‘n Fetch , a boutique pet store, officially opened May 21 at 6959 Lebanon Road, Ste. 122. The pet store sells treats

and pet supplies as well as all-natural, premium pet food, according to owner Heather Denton. The boutique offers free next-day delivery on purchases of $75 or more for any customer within a 5-mile ra- dius. Bark ‘n Fetch customers can access a self-service pet wash station with no appointment necessary. The tiled room features waterproof aprons for pet own- ers, Pure + Good shampoo, conditioner and ear wash, a handheld dog dryer and more. 214-407-8974. www.barknfetchfrisco.com 3 Palmercare Chiropractic opened May 2 at 12020 Teel Parkway, Ste. 104, Frisco. Chiropractors with the company rectify spi- nal misalignments to restore correct shape, according to the Palmercare Chiropractic website. Care for children is available

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JUNE 17 LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC Music lovers age 16 and up can head to City Hall for “Music in the Chamber,” a concert held on the third Friday of each month in the council chambers. The Stockton Helbing Quartet will perform jazz. 8 p.m. $10 (Frisco residents), $15 (nonresidents). 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. 972-292-6652. www.friscotexas.gov/1491/ music-in-the-chamber 18 SUPPORT FIRST RESPONDERS Comerica Center will host a rst responder benet concert featuring Craig Morgan, Morgan Evans and Pam Tillis. Thin Line Events and FirstNet Built With AT&T will donate 100% of net prots to nonprots, charities and foundations that support rst responders, military and their families. The concert will be preceded by a free car show. 4:30 p.m. (car show), 7 p.m. (concert) $18-$38. 2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco. 214-387-5665. www.thinlineevents.com 25 LEARN TO CODE The Frisco Library will host a video game coding class for middle school students. This session is intended for kids with little to no coding

experience. Students are encouraged to bring their own devices. 4-5 p.m. Free. 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. 972-292-5669. www.friscolibrary.com JULY 03 RUN A 5K Frisco’s annual Freedom Fest will start with a “Hotter’n Firecrackers” 5K run at Frisco Square. Participants will sport ashing LED lights and their brightest gear while running or walking to electronic music. All participants will receive a nisher’s medal. Prizes will be awarded for the largest team and most creative. 9-10:30 p.m. $30 (individual), $25 (group), $50 (Fire & Ice Challenge, which is the July race and registration for the Frosty 5K Dec. 3). 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. 972-292-5000. www.friscofreedomfest.org 04 WATCH A FIREWORKS SHOW The city of Frisco, FC Dallas and CoServ will host a reworks extravaganza along with the “Taste of Frisco” to celebrate Independence Day. Vendors, including Kona Ice, Pizzeria Testa, The Pink Company and Dippin’ Dots, will have goods for attendees to enjoy. 4 p.m. (activities start), 9:45 p.m. (reworks). Free (admission). 6101 Frisco Square

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TEXASFEST DALLAS HIDDEN COVE PARK AND MARINA

Outlaw Nation and Go Texan are bringing TexasFest Dallas to Hidden Cove Park and Marina. Attendees can enjoy live music, more than 150 vendors, classic cars, cowboy shows and more at this celebration of the Lone Star State. The Taste of Texas Food Garden and a selection of craft beers will also be available. 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Free (admission). 20400 Hackberry Creek Park Road, Frisco. 404-441-0410. www.texasfestdallas.com (Courtesy TexasFest Live)

Blvd., Frisco. 972-292-5074. www.friscofreedomfest.org

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TRANSPORTATION UPDATES

UPCOMING PROJECTS

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ONGOING PROJECTS

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1 Legacy Drive reconstruction After delays due to franchise utility conflicts, the contractor working on Legacy Drive has been able to make up time, a May public works department report stated. The goal of the project is to reconstruct Legacy’s existing lanes and widen the road from four to six lanes between SH 121 and Warren Parkway. The first phase of the project, which consists of paving the roads, is 95% complete, according to the report. The contractor is paving the remaining right-turn lanes, inlet tops, sidewalks and the barrier-free ramp. Timeline: July 2021-spring 2023 Cost: $18.2 million Funding source: city of Frisco

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2 Town and Country Boulevard widening Construction of Town and Country Boule- vard is ongoing. The project’s contractor is adding median crossovers, temporary pavement, and backfilling and sodding the eastbound parkway. This project will reconstruct the existing westbound lanes, in addition to adding two new eastbound lanes and bike lanes. Traffic will drive on the eastbound lanes until crews finish the westbound lanes. Timelin e: April 2021-fall 2022 Cost: $4.7 million Funding source: city of Frisco

5 Shaddock Creek Lane roundabouts The city is designing roundabouts to be installed on Shaddock Creek Lane. Con- struction bids are being evaluated. The project will convert the existing three- way intersection on Shaddock Creek at 5A Southbury Lane and 5B Thomas- ville Lane to mini-roundabouts Timeline: late spring 2022-early 2023 Cost: $245,000 Funding source: city of Frisco

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

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LEXINGTON PARK Homes are under construction at Lexington Park, and the community is readying to welcome its first residents in July. The community is located at the southwest corner of Charismatic Parkway and Coit Road in Frisco. Crews are continuing to work on the entry walls, and over the summer work will begin on the 12,000-square- foot amenity center that will include a resort pool, splash pads and tanning ledges. Work will also include a 4,700-square-foot fitness center and playgrounds. Timeline: March 2021-summer 2022 Space: approximately 3,000 homes on 900-plus acres

H-E-B FRISCO Construction teams are finishing the exterior of the H-E-B in Frisco so they can move inside for interior work and eventual finish-out. The planned San Antonio-based grocery chain will be located at the northeast corner of Main Street and Legacy Drive. H-E-B officials expect to open the grocery store in mid- to late October. Timeline: June 2021-October 2022 Space: 111,000 square feet

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around the Wollenreich homestead, according to the presentation. “This is really our Phase 1. We’ll bring people in [and] have some parking. We’re imagining a very rustic trailhead,” Coates said. “We want to leave it as natural as we can.” The first three phases will be developed within the western region of Grand Park, Coates said. Work within the northeastern region is dependent upon more progress toward the completed cleanup of the former Exide Technologies battery recycling plant. Frisco purchased land around the Exide plant in 2012. In 2020, Frisco City Council members approved a plan to take over remediation and ownership of the site. Deputy City Manager Ron Patterson said a design firm will only be hired once more progress has been made on the cleanup effort. Mayor Jeff Cheney said the park will be built out over decades and will evolve over time as the city receives input from the community. “This is going to be a park that people will be able to see grow and change—a lot of people, through their entire lives,” Cheney said.

BY MATT PAYNE

Residents will soon be able to explore the beginnings of what Frisco officials consider one of their most ambitious parks. A portion of Grand Park, from Cotton Gin Road to Stonebrook Parkway, is expected to open in the fourth quarter of this year, according to Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Coates. Coates on May 3 presented a multi- phase plan to begin work on the park before City Council. Land dedicated to Grand Park now totals 1,035 acres and spans from near Lake Lewisville up to immediately east of the Dallas North Tollway around the Frisco Discovery Center, according to Coates. Progress on the project has been a top priority for City Council in recent years, and several potential amenities are under consideration for the future, such as an arboretum. Coates said visitors will enter off Cotton Gin Road and be encouraged to “play primitively” in a largely undevel- oped piece of the park. Those walking a trail through this portion of Grand Park will be guided by signage, encounter- ing wetlands and heavily wooded areas

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ARTS FISD, City Council consider increased costs, seating options for performing arts center at Hall Park

TAKING A SEAT The city, Frisco ISD and Hall Park are collaborating on a performing arts center. The chart below shows the ideal number of seats needed for various performances. Current options could accommodate FISD and community groups and limited types of commercial performances.

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$179.5 million and $197.7 million, and a 1,750-seat venue would cost between $198.8 million and $223.3 million. The cost estimate difference between 1,250 seats and 1,500 seats was about $10 million, which the city’s partner Hall Park had pledged to the project, Mayor Jeff Cheney said. The mayor said 1,500 seats would be the minimum needed for the project to be a commercial success for Hall Park. “Then to get to the next step, 1,500 [seats] expandable including a private club is another $10 million, and that version is probably the one that you can actually fundraise and sell sponsorships for and a vision for. So ... that would actually be the cheapest of the three options,” Cheney said. He acknowledged, however, that funding still needs to be determined, and staff agreed. Deputy City Manager Ron Patterson suggested the next steps would be to

fundraising efforts. But the project cost could be more than double. In the May 9 presentation to the FISD board of trustees, Joe Haver, principal and commercial co-sector leader at Corgan, the project architect, said more than 93% of all material costs have experienced a change in the past 12 months. “These numbers are a lot different than what we had talked about,” Deputy Superintendent Todd Fouche said at the FISD meeting. At its work session, City Council examined what it would take to build a 1,500-seat performance venue with the ability to expand that space to 1,750 seats in the future. A presentation outlined cost estimates for several different seat counts at the perfor- mance hall. Based on cost increases, a 1,250-seat venue would cost between $169.2 million and $190.5 million. A 1,500-seat venue would cost between

Financial hurdles need to be overcome for a planned performing arts center in Frisco. Survey findings for the performing arts center were presented at a Frisco City Council work session May 17 and a May 9 Frisco ISD board meeting that included cost estimates and a space analysis of the facility. Early agreements among FISD, the city of Frisco and Hall Park specified a $67 million performing arts center at Hall Park at Gaylord and Warren parkways that would include a 1,250- to 1,500-seat performance hall and an additional community theater. The school district designated $43 million for the project from a 2018 bond. The remaining funds would come in the form of $14 million from the city and $10 million from Hall Group founder Craig Hall. Additional funds toward the project also stemmed from private

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**Examples: “Wicked,” “Hamilton”

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The University of North Texas at Frisco is readying to open its rst building at its new location on the east side of the city. A hard hat tour of Frisco Landing was held May 20. The four-story building is 135,000 square feet, which sits on 100 acres of land at the southwest corner of Preston Road and Panther Creek Parkway. Its spaces are intentionally designed to promote collaboration, transparency and open communication between faculty and students, accord- ing to UNT ocials. Construction began in fall 2020, and the rst classes at Frisco Landing are expected to begin in spring 2023. “We look forward to the spring 2023 opening of our new building, Frisco Landing, as part of UNT at Frisco,” UNT President Neal Smatresk said in a statement. “We are committed to our partners with the city of Frisco, Collin County and Collin College to continue providing the highest-quality educa- tion experience to Collin County and beyond. This new facility will ensure UNT continues supporting programs and partnerships in an area synony- mous with innovative growth.” UNT has been oering classes in Frisco since 2016, with satellite locations at Hall Park and Inspire Park. UNT was the rst four-year institution in Collin County. UNT at Frisco will exclusively oer programs that include project design and analysis, industrial distribution, and applied project deign and analysis. The campus is set to oer 27 undergrad- uate and master’s-level programs.

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CITY & SCHOOLS

News from Frisco, Frisco ISD, Denton County & Collin County

Council denies rezoning for townhomes FRISCO After tabling a decision to rezone property for development of 61 townhomes surrounded by already established single-fam- ily housing, Frisco City Council rejected the change in zoning to allow the project. While the townhome project received support from some Frisco residents encouraging the city to diversify housing options, the council members who voted against rezoning felt the proposal is the right project for the city but in the wrong location. BY JOE WARNER

MAY 24 PRIMARY

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69.1% R Kevin Falconer 30.9% R Dan Stricklin DENTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PLACE 2 TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 61

At its May 17 meeting, council voted 5-1 not to repeal and change zoning on 400.3 acres on the northwest and southwest corners of Legacy Drive and Stonebrook Parkway. Council Member Bill Woodard voted in favor of changing the rezoning. If approved, the rezoning request would have allowed the townhomes to be built on a triangular tract of land in the devel- opment named Heartwood at Edgestone at the northeast corner of Stonebrook Parkway and 4th Army Drive. Dozens of nearby residents spoke against the project at the council’s April 19 meeting. The decision was tabled to allow more discussion between the developer and residents near the proposed project. More than 20 residents addressed the council again at the May 17 meeting. Con- cerns included traffic, impact to schools and higher-density housing.

Council Member Laura Rummel urged the applicant to develop property else- where in the city, saying it is a good project on the wrong property. “The townhomes are beautiful,” Rummel said. “I hope you build them in our city.”

36.1% R Paul Chabot

63.9% R Frederick Frazier

59.29% R Randy Johnson 40.71% R Jimmy Angelino COLLIN COUNTY COURT AT LAW NO. 5 54.24% R Mike Gould 45.76% R Lynne Finley COLLIN COUNTY DISTRICT CLERK 55.53% D Caroline Werner 44.47% D Mike Rawlins* COLLIN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR

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CITY HIGHLIGHTS FRISCO ISD Following a recount of the ballots from the May 7 Frisco ISD board of trustees election, Marvin Lowe remained the winner of the Place 2 race, defeating incumbent Natalie Hebert by 51 votes. After all the ballots were recounted May 21, Lowe received 5,995 votes, or 39.86%; Hebert received 5,944 votes, or 39.52%; and Kelly Karthik received 3,101 votes, or 20.62%. A ceremonial swearing-in for Lowe will be held at the June 13 regular board meeting. Frisco City Council Meets 6:30 p.m. June 21, July 5 City Council Chamber, George A. Purefoy Municipal Center, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco www.friscotexas.gov Collin County Commissioners Court MEETINGS WE COVER

Wes Pierson named new city manager

Planning and zoning chair resigns post

retire June 30. He was appointed in November 1987, according to the Frisco website. His retirement was first announced in a June 17, 2021 news release shared by the city.

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FRISCO Rob Cox will leave his

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position as the chair of the planning and zoning commission to move to a nearby lake and golf course community outside the city. “I’ll miss being part of this,” Cox said. “This is my hometown. We’re in good hands with the commissioners we have.” According to the city website, Cox has served the commission since Jan. 19, 2015. His latest term was set to expire Sept. 30, 2023. Fellow commissioners thanked Cox for his dedication to the city and for his leadership on the commission. Vice Chair David Box was elected the next chair; Ed Kelly was elected vice chair; and Brittany Colberg is the commission’s new secretary. Rob Cox

FRISCO Officials have selected a new city manager following a nationwide search. Wes Pierson will begin in his new role for Frisco on Aug. 2, according to a city news release. Pierson has more than 13 years of

“I’m thrilled and honored to join an amazing team,” Pierson said in a statement. “Frisco is a phenomenal city. I’m going to start by being focused on learning from

city manage- ment experi- ence, including nearly seven as city manager in the town of Addison, where he currently

our people and understanding how our culture works.” Pierson was

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