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Projects east of SH5 could be accessed through the deck park.

SH 5 REVISED McKinney could partner with the Texas Department of Transportation to make SH 5 better connect the city’s downtown to its historic district. Shown is one possible option the city is looking into. See the other two options on Pages 28-29.

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City sta are considering building a deck park, or an open space, that would bridge downtown and the east side of SH 5. (Rendering courtesy Kimley-Horn)

McKinney to seek public input on options for SH 5 deck park The city of McKinney is scoping out what could be an ambitious project to reimagine SH 5. McKinney City Council three dierent options for a deck park, which would use community spaces to bridge the two sides of the highway. BY MIRANDA JAIMES

lanes of trac and having any vehic- ular conicts,” Assistant City Manager Kim Flom said. “The notion there is that we can possibly leverage the potential of some dynamic public space to really reconnect two parts of McKinney that SH 5 historically has kind of separated.” This is the latest project the city is

looking at to refresh the east side of town. Plans are in place to move City Hall and Tupps Brewery to the east side of SH 5 as well as conduct various road improvement projects and a neighbor- hood preservation study. The goal of the projects proposed in this area is to better CONTINUED ON 28

SH 5 bisects the downtown cultural district and the city’s historic neigh- borhoods on the east side. At an April 26 work session, city sta presented to

“Ultimately, the council wanted to connect these two neighborhoods ... so that a pedestrian could cross [SH] 5 without worrying about crossing big

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DR. MOLSKI’S BOOK community Luxe of McKinney featuring one- to four-bedroom plans with private- ly fenced homes and attached garages is coming to McKinney. The community will be located at 7117 Caspian Blvd. and is expected to have its first move-ins in mid-August. The community will offer luxury apartment-style amenities, such as a fitness center, a Starbucks Wi-Fi cafe, a resort-style swimming pool with a tanning ledge and private cabanas, and more. 940-432-5618. www.luxemckinney.com 6 Glaze Ceramic Studio will open in July at 610 Elm St., Ste. 1450, McKinney, at the old cotton mill. The studio will offer be- ginner, intermediate and advanced courses in hand-building and wheel-throwing pottery creations. Glaze Ceramic Studio laundry and housekeeping services, trained staff available 24/7, and customized social and recreational programs for residents. 281-208-5876. https://villagegreen alzheimerscare.com/mckinney 4 Greystar Real Estate Partners broke ground this spring on the McKinney Airport Trade Center , located at FM 546 and Harry McKillop Boulevard in McKinney. The industrial campus is Greystar’s first industrial center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to an April 25 news release. Greystar acquired 70 acres with room to build up to five buildings with two phases that will total more than 750,000 square feet upon completion, the release stated. The average tenant size is expected to cater to small-to-medium user markets in the service industries. Construction has begun on the trade center, and the first phase is expected to be completed at the end of 2022. 5 A new single-family rental home

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NOW OPEN 1 100% Chiropractic opened April 11 at 1925 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 400, McKinney. The wellness clinic offers chiropractic care, massage therapy and a line of nutritional supplements, according to the company website. 469-663-1808. www.100percentchiropractic.com 2 Hotworx opened a new studio at 3194 W. University Drive, Ste. 300, McKinney, next to Crumbl Cookies. The studio opened to the public March 1 but held a grand opening May 12. Hotworx is a fitness studio that uses infrared technology to boost the effects of workouts, including 30-minute isometric workouts or 15-minute high-in- tensity interval training sessions. The studio offers a variety of fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates and barre-style

workouts, available to members 24 hours a day. 469-744-7410. www.hotworx.net/ studio/mckinney-universitydr COMING SOON 3 Village Green Alzheimer’s Care Home is scheduled to open by late May at 3149 Medical Center Drive, McKinney. The community, which will serve seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory impairments, was originally set to open in February, but the opening was delayed, Community Relations Director Megan Hes- ter said. Amenities include open common areas, family-style dining with care part- ners and team members, private suites, a courtyard, a patio area and a walking path. Additionally, the community offers home- cooked meals, security cameras, in-house

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has a new name. Morgan Properties announced it purchased the community at 1999 Skyline Drive, McKinney, in a May 2 news release. The multifamily property owner renamed the neighborhood Elevate at Skyline as part of its rebrand. The 136-unit community offers one-, two- and three-bedroom townhomes with private backyards, in-unit washers and dryers, and smart thermostats. This is Morgan Proper- ties’ first build-to-rent property and third rental community in Texas, according to Hugs Training Academy is an initiative from Hugs Cafe Inc., a McKinney-based nonprot restaurant and greenhouse that employs people with disabilities. Students at the academy learn about the food service and hospitality industry. Classes began this spring at Trinity Presbyterian Church, located at 5871 Virginia Parkway in McKinney. Academy graduates are paired up with Hugs Inc. partners to nd employment. Now a new home is on the horizon. McKinney East, a local real estate developer planning a new village next to the upcoming municipal complex in downtown McKinney, has gifted Hugs Cafe Inc. a parcel of land to be the headquarters for Hugs Cafe Inc. operations and the future Hugs Training FEATURED IMPACT IN THE NEWS An academy to help those with intellectual and developmental disabilities join the workforce has been given a permanent home.

Academy facility. The land is located east of Hugs Cafe, across Andrews Street from the new Tupps Brewery complex. “The Hugs Training Academy facility will provide a pool of skilled restaurant employees as well as a community awareness to inclusive hiring,” an April 12 news release from Hugs Cafe Inc. stated. Owner of MSC Design Matthew Crittenden is taking the lead on the project design for the new headquarters, the release stated. In a March interview, Lauren Smith, director of development for Hugs Cafe Inc., said the academy should continue to operate out of the church location for the next two years. 940-367-7016. https://hugscafe.org/training-academy

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10 The McKinney location of Preston Trail Community Church permanently closed in April. The church was located at 1611 Wilmeth Road. While the McKinney location closed, the Frisco campus of the church remains open. It is located at 8055 Independence Parkway. The nondenomi- national Christian church offers services in person and online and has age-appropriate programming for birth through high school. 972-668-1244. www.prestontrail.org

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in the next year. 469-793-8900. www.tacobueno.com 4 Legacy Auto Spa opened in early May at 290 S. Custer Road in McKinney. Legacy Auto Spa offers both full-service and express washes. Every wash pack- age includes drying by hand from the Legacy Auto Spa team. 469-678-6774. www.legacyautospatx.com COMING SOON 5 CareNow Urgent Care will open this summer at 6200 W. Eldorado Parkway, Ste. 100, McKinney. The facility will offer care for minor injuries and illnesses as well as exams, immunizations, physicals, drug testing and on-the-job injury care. The center will be open seven days a week and offer care after normal business hours. www.carenow.com/dfw RELOCATIONS 6 HBCU Hub , a company that operates a mobile application connecting stu- dents to recruiters at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has relocated to McKinney from Carson, California. The company is housed at Regus Craig Ranch, a coworking space located at 6800 Weiskopf Ave., Ste. 150, McKinney. CEO Jonathan Swindell said the relocation

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allows the company’s team to visit client schools as they train staff on the new version of the app, which launched May 10. Since its founding in 2018, HBCU Hub has closed more than $100,000 in data management sales and has been used in over 80 countries, a release said. 504-564-3099. https://hbcuhub.us ANNIVERSARIES 7 Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes is celebrating its 15th anniversary at all U.S. locations, including its restaurant at 3201 W. Eldorado Parkway, Ste. 300, McKinney. In celebration, the restaurant is offering 15% off orders for Mooyah loyalty mem- bers from May 15-19, according to a news release. Mooyah is known for its variety of burger options that cater to all dietary needs, including keto, paleo and vegan. The restaurant also serves hand-cut french fries and milkshakes. 972-540-5016. www.mooyah.com NEW OWNERSHIP 8 An Austin-based company has ac- quired McKinney Marketplace , a nearly 17,000-square-foot retail center at 9241 Virginia Parkway in McKinney. Weitzman, FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Jason Graman with Fork & Fire in Plano is bringing his restaurant concept to Hub 121 in McKinney. Fork & Fire will be located at 7540 SH 121 in McKinney and will oer a ne-casual setting with many of the same menu items as the Plano location, Graman said. “We are trying to really elevate our brand and focus on some of the things that have helped us set ourselves apart with Fork & Fire in Granite Park, which is our bar,” he said. “Here in McKinney the bar is going to be centric to our dining room space, and we’re going to elevate it just a notch.” The goal is to bring some of the air of Dallas or other parts of the country for a nice date night into the neighborhood, Graman said. Food at Fork & Fire will be protein- focused, with chefs preparing meals on

a wood re grill at 650 degrees to sear in the avor, Graman said. The salmon is sourced from the Faroe Islands, and the steaks are kin to Kobe beef and raised in Texas. Drinks are made with the restaurant’s own simple syrups, “and very little of them,” Graman said. The restaurant will also oer an expansive patio that will overlook the green space provided at Hub 121. Construction will take place this spring and summer, with the restaurant slated to open by late summer, Graman said. www.forkandre.com

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CATCH THE HEAT The Comedy Arena will host Mental Heat, McKinney’s Saturday Night Live-style comedy troupe as they perform a variety of sketches. These humorous scenarios will range from everyday to bizarre situations. Each show will feature a new cast, so the show is never the same twice. 10:30-11:30 p.m. $17. 305 E. Virginia St., McKinney. 832-622-8676. https://tinyurl.com/mckmentalheat 24 EAT LUNCH AND LEARN Millhouse McKinney will host Collin College professor Brianna Burnett as she leads a session on the inuence of women on photography. This workshop meant to highlight underrepresented photographers is part of Millhouse's Lunch Bunch series. Lunch will not be provided but attendees are encouraged to bring their own. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. 610 Elm St., Ste. 1000, McKinney. 202-810-2101. www.millhousemckinney.com 28 THROUGH 29 GO TO A BALLET SHOW Sperry Performance Hall at McKinney High School will host the Texas Youth Ballet’s performance of “Sleeping Beauty.” This performance will tell a story lled with “magic, hope and the power of love to conquer all,” Director Jennifer Dulin said in an email. 7 p.m. (May 28), 2 p.m. (May 29). Tickets range from $15-$30. 1400 Wilson Creek Parkway, McKinney. 214-477-9434. www.texasyouthballet.org JUNE 01 TRAIN YOUR EYE Author Clay Small will be the featured speaker at the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts’ art history lecture. Small’s lecture is titled “How to Detect an Art Forgery.” This session is intended to inform art lovers who buy noncommissioned pieces. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Carriage House, 205 W. Hunt St., McKinney. 972-569-6909. www.heardcraig.org

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The city of McKinney will host a festival in Towne Lake Park in celebration of Juneteenth. The event will feature live music, food trucks, a kids zone and free tness classes. Those interested in becoming a vendor may apply online. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. 1405 Wilson Creek Parkway, McKinney. 972-547-7500. www.mckinneytexas.org/juneteenth (Courtesy City of McKinney) guest speaker, a luncheon, tea, desserts and a tour. This event is part of the center’s Summer Tea and Conversation series and will explore the times The Beatles were in the area. 2-4 p.m. $30 (members), $40 (nonmembers). 205 W. Hunt St., McKinney. 972-569-6909. www.heardcraig.org/events 18 THROUGH 19 APPRECIATE ART The McKinney Cotton Mill will host the Wine and Walls Mural Fest. This outdoor festival gives community members the chance to watch artists paint original designs on the historic cotton mill. Attendees can take home their favorite designs by bidding on the art. Local wineries and food vendors will be on-site, and those who purchase VIP tickets will receive a commemorative wine glass and T-shirt. Local vendors will oer jewelry, art and other handmade goods. Noon-6 p.m. Free (admission). Add-ons and VIP packages range from $20-$100. 700 Anderson St., McKinney. 202-810-2101. www.millhousefoundation.org/muralfest

02 LISTEN TO LOCAL ARTISTS Music lovers can head to Bonnie Wenk Park Amphitheater to enjoy a live performance from Danni & Kris, an acoustic pop group from Fort Worth. 7 p.m. Free. 2996 Virginia Parkway, McKinney. 972-547-7500 www.mckinneytexas.org 04 BECOME A BETTER FRIEND The Sheraton McKinney Hotel will host a friendship retreat created by nonprot A Motivating Love. The retreat will be organized by age groups. Friends In Reach Everyday, or FIRE, is designed for adult women to learn the fundamentals of empowering each other and supporting great friendships. FLAMES, or Friends Learning Applicable, Meaningful Evidence of Sisterhood is designed for girls ages 12- 17 to learn how to navigate relationships with other young girls. Lunch will be provided. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $50 (one person), $80 (two people). 1900 Gateway Blvd., McKinney. 972-265-9856. www.amotivatinglove.org/programs 08 TALK WITH TEA The Heard-Craig Center for the Arts’ Magical History Tour will feature a Drink connoisseurs should go to Chestnut Square for the annual Bar Wars, where local bars and restaurants will compete for the title of best margarita maker. Attendees will be able to sample entries and enter raes. 6-9 p.m. $25. 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney. 972-562-8790. https://tinyurl.com/barwars2022 (Courtesy Chestnut Square)

Texas Music Revolution will be in downtown McKinney. (Courtesy KHYI 95.3) LIVE MUSIC TEXAS MUSIC REVOLUTION KHYI 95.3 presents the 26th annual Texas Music Revolution, a two-day festival featuring some of the most popular names in Americana, alt-country and Texas country music. Downtown McKinney 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney 972-547-2650 https://tinyurl.com/texasmr2022 JUNE 03 Wade Bowen Jack Ingram Ray Wylie Hubbard Summer Dean & dozens more 04 Old Crow Medicine Show Hayes Carll & dozens more

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This path for the US 380 bypass is the route supported in the city of McKinney’s resolution.

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ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF APRIL 22. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT MCKNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. Denton County stated. The project spans from the Denton County/Collin County line and progresses west toward Loop 288. From east of US 377 to west of the county line, the project will wid- en the road from four to six lanes. Timeline: April 2022-2025 Cost: $160 million Funding source: Texas Department of Transportation US 380 IMPROVEMENTS Denton County Commissioners and area ocials broke ground April 19 on the US 380 Improvement Project in Denton County. The project aims to improve mobility, increase capacity and reduce road congestion as well as improve pedestrian access to businesses and schools and bring the roadway up to current standards, a news release from

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McKinney council’s resolution supports potential US 380 alignment McKinney City Council passed a resolution April 5 in support of an alignment and footprint for a limit- ed-access freeway between Coit Road and FM 1827 through the city. much right-of-way would be needed for each option, calculating cost estimates and other factors. Segment A and requires approximately $36 million less than Segment A for relocation of major water utilities.” It also requires fewer combined business and residential displacements. The resolution also noted that Seg-

The city’s resolution supported the route called the Brown Build Alter- native for the US 380 limited-access freeway between Coit and FM 1827. This alternative incorporates Segment B, the more gradual shift between Coit and FM 2478. It stated that Segment B provides a freeway route “approx- imately 18% shorter than Segment A, requires one less interchange than

The resolution supported a more curved route between FM 2478 and Coit Road. It was passed in response to a virtual public meeting the Texas Department of Transportation hosted March 22. The meeting shared the schematic design for four routes determined by TxDOT, examining how

ment B would “avoid direct impacts to ManeGait,” a nonprot organization. TxDOT is scheduled to identify a preferred road alternative and further develop its schematic design by the end of the year. This will be presented at a public hearing in early 2023.

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BY DANICA LLOYD TxDOT declares 2021 as second-deadliest year for Texas roadways Roadways are becoming increas- ingly deadly, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Transportation detailing findings that are part of a larger issue nationwide. TxDOT reported important solutions,” Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan said in a news release. “This is not blame. These are facts. We all have a role. TxDOT can do more, and we accept TRAFFIC TRAGEDIES Reported vehicle crashes in Texas in 2021 1.07M Noninjuries Possible injuries Unknown injuries

SOURCE: TEXAS PEACE OFFICER’S CRASH REPORTS/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER While most traffic crashes did not result in injuries, thousands of Texans died or faced serious injuries on the roads in 2021.

that responsibility. The driving public can do more. For instance, in 2021, a total of 1,522 people were killed because of speed, and a total of 1,219 were killed because they were not wearing a seat belt. These were decisions made by people that could have potentially saved 2,741 lives.” Art Markman, a

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pressures that have had a negative effect on roadways. “We have to remind people that they are part of a community,” Markman said. “We have to start considering everyone as part of our community.” Some of the initiatives being studied include traffic safety campaigns and law enforcement funding grants as well as proven life-saving roadway designs. TxDOT is also reviewing crash data to

UPCOMING ADULT WORKSHOPS Make a Mug Sip and Throw Pottery Glass Fusing Torn Paper Collage and more! reduce the number of deaths. “But make no mistake: This is an urgent call to action for all of us behind the wheel,” Ryan said. “We can do better. We should do better. We must do better—for ourselves, our loved ones and our larger com- munity of Texans. Not a single death on our roadways is acceptable. Let’s end this streak.” identify areas where drivers are more likely to crash. Engineering and enforcement will also help

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TUPPS BREWERY EXPANSION Following the groundbreaking, construction permits have been issued and crews are mobilized on the site of the new Tupps Brewery building, located across from the McKinney Flour Mill on East Louisiana Street. In early May, crews poured the foundation for the brewery building, which is now being erected. The existing building that will house the taproom will be disassembled and reconfigured for heating and air conditioning.

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INSIDE INFORMATION

LIBRARY BOOKS SELECTED? McKinney ISD defines “instructional materials” as textbooks, library materials, supplemental classroom resources and electronic resources. HOW ARE

MCKINNEY ISD’S School board policy states that any parent, employee or district resident may challenge an instructional resource on the basis of appropriateness. An April letter from the district said that in the past 10 years, only five MISD library books have been challenged. STEP 1: INFORMAL RECONSIDERATION CHALLENGE PROCESS

A principal or other campus designee explains the selection process and the qualifications of the staff who chose the resource in question. The designee also explains the intended purpose of the resource and offers an alternative to be used in place of the challenged material.

A formal reconsideration can be started by:

The representative giving the complainant a form

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The complainant submitting the completed form to the representative

Reconsideration committees are guided by the following question:

STEP 2: CAMPUS-LEVEL RECONSIDERATION COMMITTEE

Is the resource appropriate for its intended educational purpose?

Every school has a reconsideration committee that consists of:

The committee determines whether the material meets the district’s selection criteria. Each member of the committee will review the challenged material in its entirety. A written report goes to the principal or designee, the superintendent and the complainant.

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• library staff • secondary-level students • parents • a member who has experience using the challenged resource with students • anyone else “deemed appropriate” by the principal

Campuses should have a “wide range” of instructional materials that “present varying levels of difficulty” and “a variety of points of view,” per school board policy. The ultimate authority for determining and approving curriculum lies within the school board.

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CAMPUS APPEALS

Selection is an ongoing process that includes removing materials that are no longer appropriate and the periodic replacement or repair of resources that still have educational value. During the process, staff are tasked with ensuring resources: Meet high standards for artistic quality, literary style, readability and educational significance Are age appropriate Motivate students and staff to examine their behavior, understand their roles in society and make informed decisions

Complainants may appeal the decision of a campus-level committee to the district-level reconsideration committee, which includes

Appeals must be filed within seven days of the campus-level committee decision and should include:

• documentation of the informal reconsideration process; • the original form provided by the district; • the campus-level committee’s report; and • dates of conferences with the campus representative.

• a campus administrator • the assistant superintendent; and • the senior director of curriculum and instruction

DISTRICT APPEALS

The district-level committee will review the challenged material in its entirety, along with the findings of the campus-level committee.

The complainant may appeal the decision of the district-level committee with the board of trustees. Challenged materials may not be removed solely because of the ideas expressed.

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CITY & SCHOOLS

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

McKinney City Council Meets at 6 p.m. May 17 and June 7 McKinney City Hall, 222 N. Tennessee St., McKinney www.mckinneytexas.org Collin County Commissioners Court Meets at 1:30 p.m. May 16, 23, 30, June 6 and 13, Jack Hatchell Administration Building, 2300 Bloomdale Road, McKinney www.collincountytx.gov McKinney ISD board of trustees Meets at 6:30 p.m. June 28 MISD Stadium, 4201 S. Hardin Blvd., McKinney | www.mckinneyisd.net MEETINGS WE COVER trustees approved the purchase of the system at its April 26 meeting after a presentation from the facilities department detailed issues with the auditorium. The project, which costs just over $701,500, will also include 1,800 square feet of acoustic panels to prevent sound from bouncing o of the bricks in the space. The district’s 2021 bond for the performing arts will pay for the new system. HIGHLIGHTS COLLIN COUNTY Fireghters in Ukraine received a donation from re departments in Collin County in early May. The McKinney Fire Department announced in a May 4 news release that 17 donated helmets arrived overseas from departments across the county. Collin County resident Sergii Nozhka contacted McKinney Mayor George Fuller in April after learning that his cousin, a Ukrainian reghter, needed equipment. Shortly after, the city requested supplies. Contributions came from McKinney, Lavon, Weston and Princeton re departments, according to the release. MCKINNEY ISD McKinney Boyd High School will gain a new audio system for its auditorium this summer. The district’s board of

RESULTS BREAKDOWN

2 new faces to join Frisco ISD board following May election

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See results from the May 7 election. The school district does not hold runo elections.

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FRISCO ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES, PLACE 1

BY BROOKLYNN COOPER

48.74% Angela Dunford 51.26% Gopal Ponangi

FRISCO ISD Winners were determined in the races for places 1, 2 and 3 during the May 7 general election. Incumbent Gopal Ponangi will remain in Place 1 with 7,634 votes. His challenger, Angela Dunford, got 7,259 votes. Marvin Lowe won the Place 2 race with 5,989 votes, unseating incumbent Natalie Hebert, who collected 5,936 votes, and Lowe gained more votes than Kelly Karthik, who picked up 3,095 votes. Stephanie Elad won Place 3 on the board with 7,646 votes, beating out candidates Dustin Paschal, who got 6,452 votes and Timothy Soto, who got 771 votes. The board is scheduled to canvass vote totals later this month, per the district website. Ponangi, Lowe and Elad will take an oath of oce at the board’s June 13 meeting.

FRISCO ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES, PLACE 2

39.52% Natalie Hebert 20.61% Kelly Karthik 39.87% Marvin Lowe

43.39% Dustin Paschal 5.19% Timothy Soto 51.42% Stephanie Elad FRISCO ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES, PLACE 3

SOURCES: COLLIN COUNTY ELECTIONS, DENTON COUNTY ELECTIONSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Water district plans treatment plant upgrades

Telecommunications tower moves forward MCKINNEY Plans for a new cell tower received approval needed for construction in McKinney and to provide for coverage gaps in the area. At the May 3 City Council meeting, council members voted to approve the project that would construct a new telecommunications tower near Furr Elementary School. The city is looking to develop that land into a park, which would be developed in a few years. The land would be conveyed to the city free of charge. BY MIRANDA JAIMES

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COLLIN COUNTY The North Texas Municipal Water District announced May 3 that it plans to renovate its Wilson Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant to serve the region’s growing popu- lation while also maintaining its environmental compliance. The North Texas Municipal Water District provides wastewater ser- vices through its 13 member cities, which include Plano, McKinney, Frisco and Richardson. The Wilson Creek plant, which is located at 3020 Orr Road in Allen, is the largest plant in the regional system and the backbone of the

The Wilson Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant will be renovated.

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district’s treatment capabilities, according to a news release. The improvement project includes replacing current mechanisms, increasing the ow for ultraviolet disinfection and adding a new aer- ation control building to the plant, with work to last until March 2026.

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2022

PRIMARY VOTER GUIDE GUIDE Candidates and information for runo elections

COMPILED BY BROOKLYNN COOPER

DATES TO KNOW May 13 Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received, not postmarked)

WHERE TO VOTE

Voters in Collin County may cast a ballot at any polling location during early voting and on election day. Voters who voted with a Republican ballot during the March primary election must vote with a Republican ballot during the runo election. Voters who voted with a Democratic ballot during the March election must vote with a Democratic ballot during the runo election. This guide includes only candidates who serve Community Impact Newspaper’s McKinney coverage area.

May 16 First day of early voting May 20 Last day of early voting May 24 Election day

SOURCES: COLLIN COUNTY ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT, TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

SAMPLE BALLOT

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*Incumbent

Voters can vote in the Republican or Democratic primary, but not both. Only candidates in contested primary elections are listed below.

Comptroller of public accounts

Railroad commissioner R Wayne Christian* R Sarah Stogner LOCAL Texas House of Representatives, District 61 R Frederick Frazier R Paul Chabot

U.S. House of Representatives, District 70 R Jamee Jolly R Eric J. Bowlin D Mihaela Elizabeth Plesa D Cassandra Garcia Hernandez COLLIN COUNTY County Court at Law No. 5

District clerk R Mike Gould R Lynne Finley Constable, Precinct 1 (unexpired term) R Cris Trevino R Matt Carpenter Collin Democratic Party chair D Caroline Werner D Mike Rawlins*

STATEWIDE Lieutenant governor D Michelle Beckley D Mike Collier Attorney general R Ken Paxton* R George P. Bush D Joe Jaworski D Rochelle Mercedes Garza

D Janet T. Dudding D Angel Luis Vega Commissioner of the General Land Oce R Tim Westley R Dawn Buckingham D Sandragrace Martinez D Jay Kleberg

R Randy Johnson R Jimmy Angelino

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