Frisco City Council to consider proposal for $13.49M funding from CARES Act for housing, direct expenses

Frisco City Council will hold a work session at 4 p.m. following by its regular meeting at 5 p.m. in the council chamber of the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center on May 19. (Screenshot courtesy city of Frisco)
Frisco City Council will hold a work session at 4 p.m. following by its regular meeting at 5 p.m. in the council chamber of the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center on May 19. (Screenshot courtesy city of Frisco)

Frisco City Council will hold a work session at 4 p.m. following by its regular meeting at 5 p.m. in the council chamber of the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center on May 19. (Screenshot courtesy city of Frisco)

Frisco City Council will consider a resolution May 19 that would give the city access to $13.49 million in federal funds to help residents and businesses affected by the coronavirus as well as to cover city expenses.

Funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act includes more than $6.7 million for housing grants and more than $6.78 million for the Direct Expenses Grant.

These funds awarded to Frisco are for Collin County residents and businesses. Added grant funding for Denton County businesses could become available once the county receives more federal CARES Act funds, Denton County Judge Andy Eads said last week.

The housing grants provide assistance to Collin County residents who are in or near default on their lease or mortgage and those in danger of losing their housing because of the coronavirus public health emergency. It will also provide for assistance with utilities and food for families whose incomes have been affected by the public health emergency.

The Direct Expenses Grant provides the city direct funding assistance for expenses incurred because of the public health emergency, including grants to smalls businesses for interruption of operations.


The council’s 4 p.m. work session and 5 p.m. regular meeting on May 19 will both be open to the public in the council chambers at the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center.

The public will be also able to listen to the meetings by calling toll-free 888-886-6603. That number will allow for two-way communication between the public and council. People can email comments and questions to [email protected]

The regular meeting will also be streamed live on the Frisco Television Network, which is shown live on the city’s website here or on the following channels:

• AT&T U-verse Channel 99;

• Grande Cable Channel 12 (with cable box), 97.12 (without cable box);

• Time Warner Cable Channel 16 (with cable box), 15.1 (without cable box); or

• Verizon FIOS Channel 37.

During the work session, council will receive a presentation from Visit Frisco on its marketing plan to get travelers back to the city. Council will also discuss a change in term limits for the Planning and Zoning Commission and a request for a ZIP code change with the U.S. Postal Service for the far northwest part of Frisco.

During the regular meeting, council will consider nominations for and the selection of mayor pro-tem and deputy mayor pro-tem since the May 2020 general election was postponed until November. John Keating is the city’s current mayor pro tem, and Bill Woodard serves as deputy mayor pro tem.

Council will also receive the April monthly reports from the city's police, fire, finance and development services departments as well as Visit Frisco.
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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