Road work on SRT exit ramps

From Matt Shaheen
County Commissioner

On the night of Saturday, May 21, crews constructing the Sam Rayburn Tollway (SRT) / Dallas North Tollway (DNT) interchange will reconfigure the traffic patterns at two SRT exit ramps in order to complete critical work on the project.

– The southwest bound SRT exit ramp to Legacy Drive will reopen after a long term closure that allowed crews to build new bridge support structures.

– The southwest bound SRT exit ramp to Parkwood Boulevard will close for approximately three months so that the contractor may build similar bridge support structures in that location.

Prosper Founders Fest

Friday’s Event
Noon BBQ team set up

Saturday Events

7:00 a.m.
5K Registration
Vendor Setup

8:30 a.m.
Family Fun Run
9:45 a.m.
5K Awards
10:00 a.m.
Festival Opens
Battle of the Bands
Local Teen Bands
11:00 a.m.
The E-Flat Porch Band
Acoustic Folk Music
Ghillie Brogue
Irish Folk Music
12:50 p.m.
Historical Committee Awards
1:00 p.m.
Lucas Cook
Cutting Edge Country Music
1:50 p.m.
Historical Committee Awards
2:00 p.m.

Jason Elmore
Classic Country Music
2:50 p.m.
Historical Committee Awards
3:00 p.m.

Maren Morris
Sweetheart of Country Music
3:50 p.m.
BBQ Cook-off Awards
4:00 p.m.

Briefcase Blues
Blues Brothers Tribute
In a Big Band Format
4:45 p.m.
Founding Family Presentation
5:00 p.m.
The Bird Dogs
(Featuring George Dunham)
Red Dirt Country Music
6:00 p.m.
Saturday Concludes

Sunday Events
12:00-4:00 p.m.

Michael Castro
Family Fellowship
Performer times may differ.
Great Gospel Music
Derek Weeks 1 p.m.
Casandra Jones 2 p.m.

Paul Daniel Band 2:30-4 p.m.

Picnic on the Grounds

Commissioner Jaynes joins law firm

County Commissioner Joe Jaynes has announced that he is joining the Collin County law firm of Gibbs Nolte Robison Rose PLLC.

Located in McKinney, Gibbs Nolte Robison Rose PLLC represents individuals and businesses throughout the Collin County area in family law, criminal defense, personal injury, estate planning and employment law, as well as civil litigation matters.

The firm serves clients throughout the north Texas area including Collin, Denton, Dallas and Grayson counties and surrounding communities. The firm’s website is

Jaynes said that two of his major goals coming into office were the expansion of SH 121 and US 75.
“SH 121 is completed and the contract for US 75 has been awarded and will begin this fall,” Jaynes said.

Jaynes also listed other major accomplishments during his tenure.
“We have one of the lowest county tax rates, AAA bond rating, a year’s worth of reserves, three bond elections while lowering taxes, while at the same time we have over $2 billion worth of road construction under way and a new courthouse,” Jaynes said.

Jaynes says he is most proud of: The aggressive preservation of open space throughout the county and increased funding to the county’s volunteer fire departments.

“The men and women who serve in the volunteer fire departments are true heroes. Setting up the scholarship fund so they would not have to pay for their own training was one of the best things we ever did,” Jaynes stated. “It really increased their efficiency and performance.”

Collin County’s voters support for the preservation of open space was another major issue near and dear to Jaynes’ heart.
“It’s a quality of life issue. Over the last 15 years we were able to partner with cities and non-profits in saving over 300 acres of future park land, but that is miniscule compared to the number of acres developed, so this is still a very important issue as development begins to pick up.”

Gregg Gibbs of Gibbs Nolte Robison Rose said, “We are indeed fortunate to have someone of Joe’s caliber to come on board. When people think of Collin County they think of Joe Jaynes. With Joe’s experience and work ethic when people think of legal representation they will think of Joe Jaynes.”

Commissioner Jaynes was elected in 1996 and reelected three times with overwhelming majorities. Jaynes also represents Collin County on the Regional Transportation Council which determines which transportation projects will receive state and federal funding. Jaynes will serve out his current term but will not seek reelection as county commissioner in 2012.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time serving the citizens of Collin County, sixteen years is a quite a run.” Jaynes stated. He also said that he would not rule out politics in the future, “I would like the opportunity to serve again.”

When asked if he will miss being County Commissioner, Jaynes replied, “I’m sure there might be a bit of withdrawal but at the same time I’m excited about the future and look forward to providing both quality and affordable legal services to the citizens of Collin County and beyond.”

Police Memorial Ceremony, 21-gun salute this evening in McKinney

The McKinney Police Department will host a Police Memorial Ceremony on Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 2200 Taylor Burk Drive. This ceremony honors the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting communities and safeguarding democracy.

The Police Memorial Ceremony is a part of National Police Week, which takes place this year from May 15-21. The general public is invited and encouraged to attend this free ceremony.

Participating in the program will be a McKinney police honor guard and the Plano Police Department’s Bag Pipes. The traditional ceremony will consist of the presenting of colors, 21-gun salute and playing of taps. Roll call will be held for the 17 Texas officers and three McKinney officers killed in the line of duty.

There are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including 157 sworn members of the McKinney Police Department. Some 60,000 assaults against law enforcement officers are reported each year, resulting in approximately 16,000 injuries. Since the first recorded death in 1792, more than 19,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty, including three members of the McKinney Police Department.

McKinney’s priority list

The McKinney City Council adopted long-term goals and major priorities for the coming year during their regular meeting last night. The five-year strategic goals include five major points for the community.

• Strong, balanced economy
• Fiscally sound, service-oriented city government
• Vibrant, authentic historic district
• Progressive mobility within, to and from McKinney
• Sustainable, unique neighborhoods

“As a City Council, we are working hard to create a vision to keep our community’s identity as we move from a nationally renowned community into a world-class city. We know that McKinney is an unparalleled place to live, work and play now. By outlining what we are and what we want to be, we are creating the map to help keep us on this path as we grow,” said Mayor Brian Loughmiller.
The priorities and tactics for the coming year to reach the five-year goals were broken into top priorities and high priorities.

2011 Top Priorities
1. City economic development
2. Gateway project
3. Collin County Regional Airport
4. Corporate business park

2011 High Priorities
1. Quality development standards
2. Aquatic center
3. Historic District ordinances
4. Annexation policy

Economic development continues to be emphasized. The direction of the Gateway development at the northeast corner of U.S. 75 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway, Collin County Regional Airport development and development of a corporate business park also top the list of priorities. Other high priorities focus on maintaining the city’s identity of a strong hometown spirit and historic ties by ensuring quality development standards, determining direction for an aquatics center, addressing historic district ordinances and creating an annexation policy.

“Many of the priorities that take precedence this year are tied to the continued economic vitality of our city. City Council can play a big part in not only ensuring new business development, but managing how we develop to ensure that as a community, we keep our unique nature. This is an exciting time for McKinney, and I believe with the pieces we have in place, we will see major achievements in the coming year,” Loughmiller said.

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