Collin County – Texas High School Football Roundup

Brian Bearden’s Collin County – Texas High School Football Roundup

CLASS 6A

Allen 35, Plano East 13

Denton Guyer 52, Denton Ryan 7

McKinney Boyd 48, Hebron 10

Plano 45, Lewisville 7

Plano West 44, Flower Mound 9

Rockwall 63, Garland 33

CLASS 5A

Denison 52, Prosper 25

Frisco 14, Frisco Liberty 7

Frisco Heritage 52, Little Elm 14

Frisco Wakeland 60, Frisco Independence 13

The Colony 34, Frisco Centennial 33

Lovejoy 57, McKinney 28

Wichita Falls 49, Denton 14

Wylie 42, McKinney North 20

Wylie East 62, Sherman 0

CLASS 4A

Anna 20, Aubrey 14

Celina 52, Krum 7

Melissa 59, Nevada Community 48

Texarkana Liberty-Eylau 48, Princeton 27

CLASS 3A

Farmersville 42, Pilot Point 28

CLASS 2A

Blue Ridge 53, Trenton 21

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Argyle Liberty Christian 52, Plano John Paul II 34

Bishop Lynch 48, Prestonwood 42

Dallas Christian 42, Prince of Peace 0

Frisco Legacy Christian 51, Shelton 20

McKinney Christian 56, Dallas Lutheran 0

PASSING HIGHLIGHTS

Allen’s Kyler Murray (24-37-2) passed for three touchdowns and 326 yards vs. Plano East.
Anna’s Gage Scribner (9-22-0) threw for two touchdowns and 128 yards at Aubrey.
Celina’s Nathan Elliott (14-23-1, 201 yards) passed for two touchdowns at Krum. Elliott also kept once for a TD at the Krum 1-yard line late in the third quarter.
Farmersville’s Chase Hacker (19-22-0) threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns at Pilot Point.
Frisco Centennial’s Court Walker (12-20-0) completed a TD pass and passed for 187 yards vs. The Colony.
Frisco Heritage’s Malik Walker (17-24-0) passed for 272 yards and three TDS at Little Elm
Frisco Independence’s Kyle Sadler (25-45-3) completed passes to six receivers vs. Wakeland.
Frisco Wakeland’s Jimmy Wilkins (7-8-0) passed for 150 yards and a TD vs. Independence.
Liberty Christian’s Chase Moake (6-13-1, 92 yards) passed for two touchdowns at Dallas Shelton.
Lovejoy’s Bowman Sells (10-16-1) threw for 277 yards and three TDS at McKinney.
McKinney’s Brian Sutter (9-15-0) passed for 155 yards and three touchdowns vs. Lovejoy.
McKinney Boyd’s Grant Restmeyer (12-15-0) completed a dozen passes for 158 yards and four touchdowns at Hebron. … Kassidy Woods, Dedrick Scrivens and Jeremiah Campbell all scored on passes from Restmeyer.
McKinney Christian’s Reece Shaw (9-23-0, 121 yards) threw for four touchdowns at Dallas Lutheran. His TD passes included a 5-yarder to Isiah Gore, 5-yarder to Jackson Brock (2-24 yards), 19-yard completion to Hayden Foote (3-56 yards) and an 8-yarder to Caleb Wysong.
McKinney North’s Nick Hutchins (10-27-0) threw for 128 yards and a 22-yard TD pass to Gabe Constantine vs. Wylie.
Melissa QB Taylor McGehee (6-13-1) passed for one TD and 54 yards at Nevada Community when not running the ball for 12.8 yards a keeper.
Plano East’s Miklo Smalls (10-22-0) threw for 150 yards vs. Allen.
Plano West’s Robert Colmery (6-15-1) scored his team’s first three touchdowns on QB keepers and passed for 77 yards.
Prestonwood’s Ryan Cash (34-50-3) passed for 326 yards and four touchdowns against Bishop Lynch. Six players caught passes from Cash.
Princeton’s Colt Collins (10-21-0, 162 yards) passed for two touchdowns against Liberty-Eylau.
The Colony’s Andrew Lotz completed 5 of 10 for 146 yards and a 75-yard TD to Austin Myers vs. Centennial.
Wylie’s Carson Cook (15-25-0) passed for 274 yards and three touchdowns at McKinney North.
Wylie East’s Braden Shewmake (4-5-0) passed for 67 yards and three touchdowns at Sherman.

RUSHING HIGHLIGHTS

Allen’s Kyler Murray ran 11 times for 131 yards vs. Plano East. Murray scored on a 20-yard run late in the fourth quarter. … David Feliciano gained 5.3 yards per carry for 58 yards and scored on a 20-yard run in the second quarter.
Anna’s Daunte Rose averaged 7.0 yards per rush en route to 84 yards rushing and an 8-yard TD run at Aubrey. … QB Gage Scribner gained 42 yards.
Celina’s Jarren Alexander ran for 97 yards and 8.8 yards per carry at Krum. … Trace Young, Shane Gerths and Nick Grant each scored a TD rushing. Young scored on a 49-yard early in the second half. Grant punched in TDs from the 2- and 1-yard line of Krum. … Gerths had the first TD of the game with a 2-yard run.
Farmersville’s Darrin Pennington had 21 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns at Pilot Point. Pennington scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter, and closed out Pilot Point’s hopes with a 55-yard run in the last two minutes of the game. … Cole Anderson scored on a 1-yard run.
Frisco’s Idress Ali averaged 5.0 yards and scored one TD on a 2-yard run while gaining 136 yards for the evening on 27 attempts. … Paul Terry picked up 4.0 yards per carry and 52 yards rushing. … Frisco’s Kyle Reddington scored on a 1-yard run in the first overtime for the win against Liberty.
Frisco Centennial’s Anthony Pegues (5.4 yards per carry) scored twice and ran for 135 yards vs. The Colony. Pegues had TDs on runs of 17 and 16 yards.
Frisco Heritage’s Kene Nwangwu gained 19 yards per carry on way to 171 yards rushing at Little Elm. Nwangwu ran for a 64-yard TD in the first quarter and scored from 65 yards away in the third quarter. He also drove through for a 2-yard TD rushing in the third. … Amare Jones added 68 yards and gained 9.7 per rush. … Jacques Norris scored on a 1-yard run in the win at Little Elm.
Frisco Independence’s Ryan Houston gained 8.6 yards per carry and scored on a 5-yard run vs. Wakeland.
Frisco Liberty’s Udgam Goyal gained 76 yards rushing on 14 tries. Goyal averaged 5.4 yards and scored on a 2-yard run vs. Frisco Liberty.
John Paul II’s Danan Brown scored four touchdowns vs. Argyle Liberty Christian and rushed for 202 yards. Brown averaged 11.9 yards on 17 attempts. Brown scored from the Liberty 10-, 24-, 9- and 6-yard lines.
Frisco Wakeland’s Jay Orji gained 81 yards rushing while picking up 10.1 yards per carry. Orji scored on a 3-yard run. … Mason Doerr scored on a 79-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Liberty Christian’s Chase Eisenmann rushed for 325 yards and scored on runs of 21, 14 and 40 yards at Dallas Shelton. Eisenman averaged 13 yards per carry on 25 attempts. Eisenman also caught two passes for 49 yards, including a 33-yarder for a touchdown. … QB Chase Moake gained 109 yards on 14 keepers, and scored on a 3-yard run. Moake gained 7.8 yards per keeper. … Thomas Dreger picked up 7.7 yards per carry on nine attempts and scored on a 27-yard rush. … Luke Baumgardner averaged 8.0 yards per rush.
Little Elm’s Josh Savage ran for 99 yards on 20 attempts against Heritage.
Lovejoy’s Hunter Pfaff gained 104 yards on a dozen carries at McKinney. Pfaff scored three times with TD runs from the 1-, 12- and 2-yard line. … Nick Parker gained 45 yards and had a pair of touchdowns on runs of 3 and 1 yard in the third quarter.
McKinney’s Damon Witmer scored on an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter.
McKinney Boyd’s Dedrick Scrivens gained 75 yards on eight carries and scored on a 19-yard run at Hebron. … QB Grant Restmeyer kept the ball five times for 54 yards, averaging a first down on each run. … Seth Washington finished off Hebron with a 41-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter.
McKinney Christian’s Reece Shaw ran six times for 167 yards vs. Lutheran. The MCA QB averaged 27.8 yards per keeper. … Nick Weideman (5-63 yards) scored two touchdowns rushing with an 8-yard run in the second quarter and a 37-yard TD burst in the third period.
McKinney North QB Nick Hutchins led his team with 110 yards rushing, and he ran for TDs from the Wylie 5 and 21. Hutchins gained 6.5 yards per run.
Melissa’s Taylor McGehee scored twice and ran for 321 yards at Nevada Community. McGehee averaged 12.8 yards on 25 carries, and scored on 66- and 44-yard dashes. … Jordan Fortner ran for 200 yards against Community, averaging 10 yards per rush. Fortner scored on runs of 28 and 61 yards in the third quarter against Community. … Kevyn Dietrich scored on a 19-yard run in the fourth quarter. … Karson Munson popped across from the 3-yard line for his touchdown.
Nevada Community’s Collin Croft ran 20 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns from 1 and 38 yards out vs. Melissa. … QB Jordan Graham ran 13 times for 91 yards and three touchdowns. Graham averaged 7.0 yards per carry. The QB ran in from the Melissa 1- , 1- and 6-yard line. … Dillon McCormick ran for 81 yards and 5.1 yards a carry.
PCA’s Eric Stevenson scored on runs of 36 and 1 yard vs. Bishop Lynch. Stevenson averaged 5.6 yards per carry.
Plano QB Brooks Panahans scored on runs of 1 and 4 yards at Lewisville on way to a 100-yards rushing night. Panhans gained 7.7 yards per keeper. … Brandon Stephens had a 7-yard TD run and gained 48 yards on 4.4 yards per carry. … Lopaka Yoro added 43 yards on 4.8 yards per gain. … Tomas Venegas added a 3-yard run late while gaining 21 yards and 4.2 yards per rush.
Plano East’s Deonte Power averaged 10.3 yards per carry for 72 yards vs. Allen. … QB Miklo Smalls ran the ball 28 times for 65 yards as Allen held him to 2.3 yards per keeper.
Plano West’s David Billingslea gained 108 yards on 16 carries and scored two TDs at Flower Mound. Billingslea averaged 6.6 yards per carry and scored in the third quarter on runs of 5 and 42 yards. … QB Robert Colmery scored on runs of 6, 3 and 35 yards. … Logan Williams added a 5-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Williams (3 for 3 as QB) also passed for 73 yards.
Prince of Peace’s John Bloom ran for 76 yards on 24 tries against Dallas Christian.
Princeton’s George Flores ran 24 times for 182 yards. Flores averaged 7.6 yards per carry and scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter. … QB Colt Collins added a 2-yard run for a TD in the third period.
Prosper’s Noel Sithole scored on a 41-yard run vs. Denison. … QB Easton Murrell dashed for a 56-yard touchdown vs. Denison.
The Colony’s Khalil Banks gained 198 yards rushing on 34 carries and scored four touchdowns vs. Centennial.
Wylie’s Carson Cook ran for 119 yards and 7.0 yards per carry plus a 6-yard TD at McKinney North. … Eli Smith gained 47 yards rushing and scored on a 1-yard run. … Cole Churchwell scored on a 17-yard run.
Wylie East’s Eno Benjamin gained 172 yards on 18 carries and scored two TDs at Sherman. Benjamin scored on 23- and 29-yard runs. … Malik Dean ran for 142 yards on 14 carries and a 60-yard TD run in the third quarter. … Aubrey White finished the scoring with a 5-yard TD run.

RECEIVING HIGHLIGHTS

Allen’s Jalen Guyton caught eight passes for 103 yards and scored the night’s first touchdown against Plano East from 31 yards away. … Cody Butler hauled in eight passes for 89 yards. … Camden Harrison scored a TD on a 17-yard pass in the third quarter. … Lee Morris scored on a 27-yard pass from Kyler Murray, who had six receivers averaging a first down per catch. … Harrison and Jaylen Sharpe added 47 yards each receiving.
Anna’s Steven Lee and Daunte Rose each caught three passes at Aubrey. Lee, who picked up 65 yards receiving, averaged 21.7 yard per catch. Lee scored on a 36-yard pass from Gage Scribner in the first quarter. … Rose gained 9.0 yards a catch. … Barry Sims scored on a 22-yard catch in the third quarter.
Celina’s Chase Marler caught five passes from Nathan Elliott for 84 yards and scored a TD on a 12-yard reception at Krum. … Seven Celina players caught passes, with Jarren Alexander, Riley Nebeker and Conner Pingleton each pulling down two. Nebeker scored on a 13-yard catch late in the first quarter.
Farmersville’s Caleb Twyford (10-215 yards) caught three TD passes in the third quarter at Pilot Point. Twyford scored from 11, 70 and 37 yards out. Cole Anderson had nine catches for 79 yards, and he also was 2 for 2 passing for 10 yards.
Frisco Centennial’s Riley Brasuell had five catches for 95 yards vs. The Colony.
Frisco Heritage’s Bubba Ogbebor wrapped up seven passes for 118 yards and two TDs at Little Elm. Ogbebor scored on 15- and 46-yard TD passes.  …
Keaton White had four receptions for 47 yards. … A.J. Dawson caught three for 64 yards, including a 52-yard TD pass from Malik Walker in the final minute of the first half.
Frisco Independence’s Maxwell Hudson caught seven passes for 116 yards vs. Wakeland. … Myles Russell had eight catches for 80 yards.
Frisco Liberty’s John Blasingame caught three for 30 yards vs. Frisco.
Frisco Wakeland’s Justice Williams had three catches for 70 yards vs. Independence. … Noah Anderson scored on a 45-yard pass.
John Paul II’s Merek Pierce had six catches vs. Argyle Liberty as six players caught passes from Andrew Haidet. Argyle’s defense held John Paul to 50 yards receiving.
Legacy Christian’s Chase Eisenmann, Christian Gregory and Thomas Dreger each caught two passes vs. Lutheran. Eisenmann and Gregory had TD catches.
Lovejoy’s Aaron Fuller gained 112 yards receiving on three receptions at McKinney. Fuller scored on passes of 45 and 28 yards. … Steven Prudhomme turned two catches into 111 yards. … Adam McDaniel scored on a 23-yard pass in the second quarter.
McKinney’s Kyle Robinson pulled down four catches for 83 yards and a 24-yard TD catch vs. Lovejoy. … Rickey Fantroy caught two TD passes from the 21- and 4-yard lines.
McKinney Boyd’s Jeremiah Campbell had five catches for 74 yards and scored on TD passes of 32 and 13 yards at Hebron. … Dedrick Scrivens scored on a 10-yard TD pass play in the first quarter.
McKinney North’s Gabe Constantine had seven receptions for 106 yards.
Melissa’s Dylan Cardwell scored on a 29-yard pass in the second quarter.
Nevada Community’s Tommy Heard caught six for 85 yards and a 30-yard TD vs. Melissa.
Plano’s Matt Kirchner jolted the crowd with a 64-yard TD catch on a pass from Brooks Panhans in the fourth quarter.
Plano East’s Zaddok Wilson had 69 yards receiving on five catches.
Plano West had five of six players averaging a first down per catch. A sixth receiver averaged nine yards vs. Flower Mound.
Prestonwood’s Michael Irvin (11-149 yards) and Jonathan Heasley (13-138) each averaged a first down per catch and scored twice on pass plays vs. Bishop Lynch. Irvin averafed 13.5 yards and Heasley gained 10.6.
Princeton’s Brandon Talley had six catches for 99 yards and a 36-yard touchdown vs. Liberty-Eylau. … Karter Barnfield scored on a 24-yard TD pass in the third quarter.
Prosper’s Zack English caught six for 30 yards vs. Denison.
Wylie’s Darius Carter scored on a 62-yard pass in the third quarter and finished with 128 yards receiving on four receptions. … Kollier Knight scored on a 28-yard pass and had 81 yards on five catches. … Jordan Whaley added a 4-yard TD catch in the first quarter.
Wylie East’s Jared Wyatt had three touchdowns on four receptions at Sherman. Wyatt averaged 16.8 yards per catch. Wyatt scored on an 11-yard catch in the first quarter, a 26-yarder and 24-yarder in the second quarter.

DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS HIGHLIGHTS

Frisco Wakeland’s Charles Robinson returned an interception 30 yards vs. Frisco Independence.
John Paul II’s Zach Goodman scored on a 29-yard interception return vs. Argyle Liberty Christian.
McKinney Boyd’s Brandon Bowling ran back the kickoff 100 yards in the opening moments of the first quarter at Hebron.
McKinney Christian held Lutheran to two first downs and minue-33 yards rushing.
Plano’s Blake Morris recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown at Lewisville.
Plano East recovered three fumbles against Allen. … Alonte Williams scored on a 63-yard interception return vs. Allen’s passing game, which was intercepted twice.
Prosper’s Zack English scored on an 85-yard kickoff return in the third quarter vs. Denison.
Wylie East held Sherman to four first downs, less than a yard rushing and 21 yards passing.

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Congressman Ralph Hall air-lifted to Plano hospital after traffic accident on SH 121

Texas DPS reports that Congressman Ralph Hall is now stable in the Medical Center of Plano on Saturday evening.

Congressman Ralph Hall was air lifted to Medical Center of Plano in serious condition, but has since been upgraded to stable condition.
Update: Congressman Ralph Hall was air lifted to Medical Center of Plano in serious condition, but has since been upgraded to stable condition on Saturday.

The World War II veteran and local Congressman since 1980 was flown to the hospital from Fannin County after a two-vehicle collision around 2:50 p.m. Saturday on State Highway 121 in Trenton, Texas.

Rep. Hall’s trademark quote is “I’d rather be respected at home than liked in Washington.”

DPS told reporters that 23-year-old Zachary Bohannon of Trenton, Texas, was attempting to turn onto County Road 4545 when he ran into the vehicle in which Hall was a passenger.

The 91-year-old Hall is credited with finding a way to cut through a federal bureaucratic log jam recently to get more water flowing again toward Lake Lavon after zebra mussels at Lake Texoma slowed water treatment processes.

The Congressman’s staff reports that the Congressman suffered a hip injury and has minor cuts and bruises. He was said to be in serious condition en route to the hospital. His staff reports that the old soldier is expected to make a full recovery.

The driver in the vehicle with Rep. Hall was taken to a McKinney hospital.

State Troopers report Bohannon was not injured, and the accident is under investigation.

Rep. Hall won’t be on the ballot in November for the first time since Jimmy Carter was president. Republican voters picked John Ratcliffe in the Republican primary runoff.

The 4th Congressional District of Texas is situated in the northeast corner of The Lone Star State and borders Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Congressman Hall, an SMU Law grad, represents Texas on the Energy and Commerce Committee. He has also served as Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. He is a member of both the Energy and Power Subcommittee and the Environment and Economy Subcommittee.

Between 1950 and 1962, he served as County Judge of Rockwall County, Texas, and in 1958-1959 served as President of the State Judges and Commissioners Association. He also was elected and served as a Texas State Senator from 1962 to 1972, serving as President Pro Tempore in 1968-1969.

On November 27, 2012, Congressman Hall became the oldest member in the U.S. House of Representatives to ever cast a vote, surpassing the previous record held by Rep. Charles Stedman (D-NC). The following month, on December 25, 2012, he became the oldest-serving Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in recorded history.

At the  beginning of the 113th Congress, Congressman Hall was named Chairman Emeritus of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, following his service as Chairman of the Committee in the 112th Congress. His efforts on the Committee include:

  • Promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education;
  • Ensuring sound science precedes any regulations imposed by the Administration;
  • Advancing research and development (R&D) for new technologies to keep America
  • competitive;
  • Expanding production of America’s abundant energy resources and seeking alternative sources to reduce costs and increase national security; and
  • Maintaining America’s preeminence in space.

Hall was born in Fate, Texas – Rockwall County – and attended public schools in Rockwall. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II as a lieutenant (senior grade) aircraft carrier pilot from 1942 to 1945. After the War, he received his LL.B. from Southern Methodist University in 1951, was admitted to the Texas Bar, and maintained a private law practice in Rockwall.

Note: Several have called to ask where to send Get Well cards. Congressman Hall’s local office is at 104 N. San Jacinto St. in Rockwall, TX 75087-2508.

– Brian Bearden

Frisco, McKinney fastest growing cities in nation

MSN Real Estate reports that Frisco and McKinney were the two fastest growing cities in America during the last decade, according to figures released last week by MSN Real Estate.

The city of Frisco grew a total of 203.9 percent since 2000, for an estimated population of 102,413 in 2009. The estimated population of Frisco at the end of 2010 was 107,050, and is estimated to be 148,000 by 2015.

MSN Real Estate reported that the population of McKinney grew 135 percent between 2000 and 2009, to 127,672, good enough for second on MSN Real Estate’s list. McKinney’s population is estimated to now be more than 130,000, and its 2015 population is projected at 150,602.
Christopher Solomon of MSN Real Estate said, “No wonder city officials recently gave this city 25 miles north of Dallas the slogan, ‘Progress in Motion.’ It was the fastest growing city with more than 100,000 people in the entire country in the 2000s.”

He explained, “Frisco has some of the best schools in the state. Collin College, Dallas Baptist University, the University of Dallas, and Amberton University all have campuses in Frisco. The city is also home to minor league basketball, hockey and baseball teams, and has quality arenas and ballparks.

Many people are employed in Frisco at the large T-Mobile USA campus. The headquarters and training facilities for the Dallas Stars, a National Hockey League team, are also located in Frisco.”

“North Texas has a lot of fast-growing communities,” Solomon said, “and there’s a lot of competition for where people can live and businesses can relocate. But people have been voting with their feet and trooping to McKinney. They like that they’re within striking distance of downtown Dallas, 30 miles to the south, yet at the same time can live in a place that has elements of small-town charm.”

MSN Real Estate named the 15 fastest growing cities in America. Denton came in at No. 13, having grown 48.5 percent to a population of 122,830 between 2000 and 2009.

The 15 fastest growing cities in America were listed as:

1. Frisco, Texas

2. McKinney, Texas

3. North Las Vegas, Nevada

4. Gilbert, Arizona

5. Port St. Lucie, Florida

6. Victorville, California

7. Round Rock, Texas

8. Elk Grove, California

9. Cape Coral, Florida

10. Peoria, Arizona

11. Miramar, Florida

12. Murfreesboro, Tennessee

13. Denton, Texas

14. Henderson, Nevada

15. Irving, California
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Update on Exide, Frisco zoning

The Dallas Morning News reported that Frisco’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted Tuesday to require Exide Technologies to follow current zoning laws, despite the company’s petition to be allowed to follow rules in place when the plant opened in 1964.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/frisco/headlines/20111227-frisco-officials-reject-petition-from-exide-technologies.ece

Rebecca Brewer, of the Frisco city attorney’s office, told the Planning and Zoning Commission it needed to ignore more than an hour of testimony from residents and plant employees that was based on emotions. Job protection and residents’ health were common themes.

Brewer said there is no evidence Exide filed permits when it opened decades ago and therefore could not have any vested rights in the property.

“What you have before you is based on the law,” Brewer said.

The commission voted 5-0 to deny the battery recycling plant’s vested-rights petition, knowing that the company probably will sue the city.

Exide officials said they will appeal the decision to the City Council.

“We continue to believe our vested-rights petition is legal and will continue to pursue our rights in regard to this petition, including legal actions as necessary,” company spokeswoman Susan Jaramillo said.

Exide’s petition argued that it should fall under the zoning laws in effect when the plant opened in 1964 — or no later than 1977, when other permits were issued. It wanted its use of the property to be grandfathered in so its applications could be processed without City Council or planning commission review.

Levels of lead measured in the air near the Frisco plant have landed a portion of the city on a list of 21 areas in the nation that violate federal standards for the toxic metal. Exide has pledged to make more than $20 million worth of improvements to reduce emissions. But it needs building permits from the city to proceed.

City officials have said Exide’s battery recycling plant is not an authorized use of the property.

Under the city’s current zoning ordinance, Exide is required to apply for a specific use permit first.

If the specific use permit is denied, the company won’t get its building permits. And without those building permits, Exide won’t be able to comply with the EPA’s new air-quality standard for lead.

Bruce Cole, executive vice president of strategy and business development at Exide Technologies, said Tuesday that he was disappointed with how the city has handled Exide’s applications.

Delaying the permits is blocking compliance and slowing air-quality improvements, he said.

Meghan Green, a member of the grassroots group Frisco Unleaded: Exide Out, said the company should be held accountable under current zoning laws.

“It’s time to remove the lead from Frisco,” she said. “It’s a public health nuisance.”

The plant has obtained multiple permits in the past from the city without needing a specific use permit. Officials argued it shouldn’t need one now.

Brewer noted that Exide followed the city’s procedures in effect at the time of each of those permits without filing a vested-rights petition.

Exide employs 134 people at its Frisco plant, which recycles more than 6.5 million used automotive and industrial batteries a year.

More than 100 people attended Tuesday’s meeting. Plant manager Don Barar and dozens of employees attending Tuesday’s meeting wore badges reading “Save Exide — Save Frisco Jobs.”

The plant has been at odds with city officials in recent years over its lead emissions. Besides air-quality concerns, recent inspections on plant property have found contamination on the ground, though the extent is unknown.

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Exide to do thorough tests of soil, groundwater and Stewart Creek to identify contamination from its recycling operations.

The EPA recently approved the company’s plan, and testing at the facility will begin next week.

A separate public hearing on proposed changes to the city’s zoning ordinance that probably would affect Exide was postponed Tuesday. No action was taken by the planning commission or during the Frisco City Council meeting held immediately after the commission’s meeting.

The air-quality standard for lead strengthened tenfold in 2008 as research in recent years has shown there is no safe level of lead exposure. In children, lead can cause learning disabilities, IQ loss and behavior problems. In adults, lead exposure has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.

A study published this month suggests a link between teenagers’ hearing loss and blood levels of at least 2 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood.

The city of Frisco is …

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Letter: Vote for Maso in Frisco

Letter by Del Harris

In my fifty-plus years of coaching basketball, thirty-five in the NBA, I have had the rare opportunity to have been in 49 of our states and more than half that many foreign countries. I have spent considerable time in every major geographical area of our country. Now that we can live anywhere in the world that we choose, we have chosen Frisco, Texas. When we moved here in 2000 there were less than 35,000 residents, but the folks here had the vision to invest about $500 million in bond money between the late 90s and 2005 to be able to facilitate what Frisco has become today. It is a fact that we have bragging rights for being rated among the best cities of 100,000 plus residents both state and nation-wide in nearly every category, including tax rate, infrastructure, safety and other essential elements of a world class city. Quite honestly, I had NEVER encountered anyone here who is critical of what we have here or less than thrilled to be a part of what we have built here–not until this bogus campaign of Chicago-style politics that is being run against Mayor Maso; one that is filled with personal agenda and stats that are turned to sound effective but in reality that speak half-truths.

Maso is a genuine public servant who has been involved as a part of the great leadership here for much of the past decade that has seen our population quadruple. But because of the vision of our leaders in that time, we have been able to keep pace with the infrastructure, to have the best schools in the area, increased jobs even in the recent downturn, 4th safest city in the US due to great police and fire depts. and wonderful facilities for youth, elderly, sports enthusiasts and on ad infinitum. This has been done while keeping taxes down to near the lowest level in the area. And the only debt we have is a result of expenses that the people voted for—i.e. taxation WITH representation, as it ought to be. This is what true conservatism is: keep government small, keep spending down, and answer to the will of the people. When the people vote to go into debt for items or services they deem necessary or highly desirable, it is up to that government to spend that money wisely, but in line with the voter’s wishes. Frisco does that. It is not a bridges to nowhere citizenry or government.

I hope that those who have not lived here as long, or are just passing through, can vote for the type of folks for mayor, council and school board who had the vision these past several years to keep our city ahead of track due to great planning. This is the critical need for a city that is projected to double in population in the next 20 years or so. To do otherwise is to go backwards. For that to happen we need to rer-elect the man with a positive approach to that vision instead of an outlook of hesitation, doubt and fear. Being mayor of a city of 120,000 is a full time job and that is what Maso gives it. It is not a start-up, part-time position, but one that requires positive public service experience. It is important to keep the same kind of leadership that has moved Frisco to the position it now enjoys. No going backward! Vote for Maso.

Del Harris, Frisco

Race for mayor in Frisco

League of Women Voters Guide

Maher Maso – Candidate for Frisco Mayor
Contact Information:
http://www.masoformayor.com
maher@masoformayor.com
972-746-1274
Background: The best training
and experience that qualifies me
for the office of mayor are my
seven years as a council
member, four years as Mayor
Pro Tem and three years as Mayor. During that
time, I have served as chair of budget audit
committee, numerous city, regional, state and
national committees. I hold a MBA with Asian
studies certificate from University of Texas at
Arlington, 500-plus hours TML training, four FEMA
certifications and Terrorism Incident training. I
chair the Collin College Education Foundation and
have chaired several other organizations, including
Leadership Frisco.
Finances: Frisco was very proactive in weathering
the economic downturn. A hiring freeze was put in
place and we have delayed or cancelled
purchasing equipment during this period. We also
put a hold on selling bonds, starting when I took
office in 2008, as well as keeping operational costs
flat for three years. All departments were required
to find ways to reduce costs. Meanwhile, Frisco
grew in population by over 20,000 residents during
this period. I will continue to support cost cutting
measures at City Hall and creating new jobs
instead of increasing what our homeowners pay in
property taxes.
Retirement: Frisco is part of the Texas Municipal
Retirement System. TMRS is governed by trustees
appointed by Governor Perry and by strict state
laws. As only one of a handful of elected officials
and other experts, I served on a TML committee to
recommend improvements to the system. Our
proposal has been introduced in a bill to reduce city
expenses by 15-18% while strengthening it for our
employees. I will continue to monitor and improve
our retirement system for both our taxpayers and
our employees.
Tax Rate: Since we have done a good job of
reducing costs at City Hall. Creating over 5,200
jobs and building tourism, we should keep our
property tax rate right where it is – one of the
lowest in all of North Texas. Low taxes are critical
for job growth. Generally, our tax rate is voted on
by the voters as we approve bonds. The city
estimates the rate and the voters get to choose
whether to fund infrastructure and projects. Frisco
has one of the lowest operating costs of any city in
North Texas.
Development: Frisco is blessed to have excellent
economic development program that is the envy of
other cities. Since I have been Mayor, we have
added capital investment in Frisco of $484 million
and 5,270 jobs. This has been a focus area for me
and I spend many hours meeting with CEO’s and
corporations as well as working with our economic
development corporation. Frisco is busier today
from an economic standpoint than we have ever
been. Because of our success, our challenge is to
get more office space built as there is more
demand than supply!
Homelessness: I will continue to work closely with
the Samaritan Inn as well as faith-based groups
and non-profits to stay ahead of any problems in
this area. It is especially disturbing to see children
without homes or part of homeless families. I have
volunteered my time with organizations that help
including Clothe-a-Child, Frisco Cares Clinic, Frisco
Family Services and Frisco Reach out. A recent
Frisco CDBG survey was completed and we are
working with school district to identify homeless
teens in the area.
Other Issues: As I have always said, while I would
love to narrow it down to just three, Frisco cannot
afford to focus on just a “few” issues. As Mayor, I
will continue my efforts on many issues, including
keeping our tax rate among the lowest in North
Texas, working to grow our economy, making our
neighborhoods safe, reducing traffic and fighting for
stringent controls on Exide to protect our families,
children and schools from harmful pollution.

Tom Smith – Candidate for Frisco Mayor
Contact Information:
http://www.smithforfrisco.com
Tom@smithforfrisco.com
972-742-8684
Background: I have 15 years of
experience in business and law
that makes me uniquely qualified
to provide a fresh perspective on
governing the city of Frisco. In
addition, I have developed relationships with
county, state, and federal officials which will allow
me to advocate on behalf of Frisco and its citizens’
needs. I have lived in Frisco for nearly ten years,
and will bring a business oriented, fiscally
conservative, market based approach to city
government.
Finances: The city should weather the current
downturn by tightening its belt. With a budget of
nearly $78 million, the city should constantly look
for ways to save money just as businesses do.
While historically Frisco has operated efficiently, I
believe the city can still find ways to save money
and reduce costs in a budget of this size.
Searching for savings protects taxpayers and
actually can result in meeting critical needs. For
example, finding $2 million in waste from the
budget would allow the city to instead fund a
needed fire station.
Retirement: At this time I do not believe changes
in the benefits package for city employees are
warranted, but as is the case in every city benefits
should be reviewed on an annual basis by the city
manager, and he or she should make
recommended changes or additions accordingly.
Tax Rate: I do not and will not support a tax
increase during my term in office.
Development: Frisco is the fastest growing city in
the country, yet it still faces some challenges
economically. For example, Frisco lacks sufficient
office space currently to attract a large corporation
to relocate. I would address these issues by
leaving the tax rate unchanged and exploring
incentives to encourage further commercial
development so the city can be better positioned to
attract large employers. Frisco also needs a
second destination retail center to coexist with
Stonebriar Mall. I will use the many years of retail
business experience I have to work with retail
executives and developers to do just that.
Homelessness: The best way to combat
homelessness is to have a growing local economy,
with low taxes and a streamlined regulatory
environment, along with a strong support network
of nonprofit organizations and churches to help
those in need. The citizens of Frisco are caring,
compassionate people who will reach out to help
those in need, and as Mayor I will see to it that
nonprofits and churches are supported by the city
so that they can carry out their mission to help
those less fortunate, including the homeless
population.
Other Issues: The three most important issues
facing our City Council are controlling spending,
focusing on core priorities, i.e., roads and public
safety, and maintaining a low tax rate that will
continue to attract residents and businesses to
Frisco. The council must also ensure that the local
regulatory environment does not unduly
restrict builders, developers, corporations, or small
businesses from operating in Frisco. I will work
with the city council and city staff to achieve
success in all of these areas, so that Frisco
ultimately is recognized as the most dynamic
growth oriented city in all of Texas.

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