City of McKinney authorizes disaster relief measures

The city of McKinney is offering water bill adjustments and other relief efforts to aid residents and businesses affected by the winter storm. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of McKinney is offering water bill adjustments and other relief efforts to aid residents and businesses affected by the winter storm. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of McKinney is offering water bill adjustments and other relief efforts to aid residents and businesses affected by the winter storm. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

McKinney residents and businesses affected by February’s winter storm can now apply for disaster relief, such as waivers and credits.

McKinney City Council authorized the city manager to provide this disaster relief during its March 2 meeting.

“Collectively, these initiatives represent a significant step to provide thoughtful, meaningful relief to our residents and business community after suffering through the winter storm,” Mayor George Fuller said in a city news release. “This has been a challenging time for our city, and we need to step up immediately and provide assistance where we are able.”

These measures will affect water, wastewater, permits and solid waste services from the city.

Water and wastewater


The city’s water customers will receive a water rate adjustment during the next billing cycle, reducing the rate to $4 per 1,000 gallons. Per the city news release, this offers more robust relief as compared to leak credits and also offers savings for customers who dripped their faucets during the storm.

Additionally, the month of February will be excluded from the city’s water consumption calculations that are performed for each quarter. This prevents the overall average from being skewed due to the need to drip faucets during the storm, according to the city news release.

Permits

Standalone and alteration permit fees for residents and businesses will be waived for 60 days, per the city news release. Residents and business owners should check invoices from third-party contractors to make sure that they are not being charged permit acquisition fees during this period.

Solid waste

The water supplier for the region, North Texas Municipal Water District, is waiving construction and demolition material fees at their landfills and transfer stations for McKinney residents through March 31. During this period, residents may drop off debris up to two times at no cost.

Additionally, the city will offer a forbearance period of 10 days for commercial construction waste, the city news release stated.

The city’s Weather Recovery and Assistance webpage provides more information on these and federal and state relief efforts being offered to McKinney residents.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.