McKinney November 2020

HIGHLIGHTS COLLIN COUNTY Commissioners voted 3-2 on Nov. 9 to change the COVID-19 dashboard on the county website and remove most of the data; only the information regarding hospitalizations will be left, along with some links to state COVID-19 data. Since the data regarding hospitalizations is provided locally, commissioners decided to leave this information in place. MCKINNEY Council repealed a public health ordinance Oct. 20 that required masks in businesses. Council repealed the ordinance to avoid redundancy with Gov. Greg Abbot’s order that also requires masks to be worn when social distancing is not possible. Collin County Commissioners Court Meets Nov. 23 and Dec. 7, 14 and 21 at 1:30 p.m. www.collincountytx.gov McKinney City Council Meets Dec. 1 and 15 at 6 p.m. www.mckinneytexas.org McKinney ISD Meets Dec. 15 and Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. www.mckinneyisd.net MEETINGSWE COVER

Residents oppose new event center

Architect named to design newcity municipal complex

design,” said Patricia Jackson, the facilities construction manager for the city of McKinney, to council. “It’s been a long time coming.” The new municipal complex would be located on about 13 acres east of Hwy. 5 between Virginia Street and Lamar Street and between the railroad tracks and Throckmorton Street, per city documents. Designs for the new complex will be created and shown to City Council next year. Costs for the architectural and engineering services were approved by council for an amount not to exceed $2.6 million.

BY MIRANDA JAIMES

MCKINNEY A request to rezone about 14 acres for the development of an event venue received a negative recommenda- tion fromPlanning and Zoning Commis- sioners on Nov. 10. This request listed the event center as two stories tall and able to seat approxi- mately 800 people, according tomeeting documents. City sta ! limited the use of outdoor speakers after 9 p.m. and reduced the amount of light that would come from the event center. A gated entrance would also discourage street parking. However, concerns persisted regard- ing potential light pollution, noise, parking, disorderly guests and the build- ing size of the proposed event center. Residents packed the meeting chamber to voice their concerns and turned in letters of opposition for the project. Amotion to deny the project was passed 5-2.The development request will be sent to McKinney City Council on Dec. 1.

BY MIRANDA JAIMES

MCKINNEY City Council approved the hiring of Lake Flato + Parkhill as architect for the new McKinney Municipal Complex and City Hall during a Nov. 3 meeting. According to meeting docu- ments, the municipal complex will take up approximately 180,000 square feet. It will be the hub for the city manager’s o " ce, the city secretary’s o " ce, development services, parks and recreation, and housing and community development. Future developments could also include municipal courts and a structured parking facility. “I couldn’t be more pleased to be here tonight to ask your consider- ation for a resolution authorizing the city manager to engage and execute a contract for City Hall

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