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Focal Point - City of Frisco, TX newsletter

Frisco Freedom Fest is Fast Approaching

Frisco Freedom Fest, the city's famous, family friendly celebration is less than two weeks away.

On the Community Stage, music fans can expect hours of local entertainment - starting with the National Anthem at 3:45 pm on Saturday, July 4th, rocking through when headliners Into the West, an Eagles tribute band, take the stage at 9 pm.

The Party in the Plaza runs all evening Saturday, starting at 4 pm. Children and families will head straight for the Children's Expo, featuring games, crafts, a bounce house and much more. 

Steps away, foodies can test their taste buds at the Taste of Frisco, featuring plenty of palette-pleasing creations from local restaurants. There will also be opportunities to "Shop Local" at the Patriotic Vendor Village, which showcases many of the businesses and civic organizations in our community.

The fun, however, starts on Friday, July 3rd with the second annual Hotter N' Firecrackers 5K Glow Run. This city video from 2014 shows the full visual effect as runners dressed head-to-toe in glow-in-the-dark gear light up the night.

Humans won't be the only ones racing on Friday, either. "Wiener dogs" will chase down prizes, too, kicking off Freedom Fest fun in the second annual Dachshund Races.

The evening caps off with a full fireworks show, starting after FC Dallas takes on the New England Revolution.

Visit the Frisco Freedom Fest event website to help plan your Fourth of July weekend.


Mosquito Surveillance, Outdoor Warning Sirens Top Town Hall Discussion

Know the Difference: Nuisance Mosquitoes vs. Disease Carrying Mosquitoes

After a rainy start to the season, Frisco’s Development Services Department is continuing to monitor the city’s mosquito population.

At the city's Town Hall meeting on Monday, June 15th, residents heard from both city representatives and entomologist Patrick Prather, the president of Municipal Mosquito and the licensed third party contractor hired by the city.

Prather's team sets weekly traps specifically geared toward the mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus, turning around results within 24 hours.

He says while people might be noticing a higher number of mosquitoes buzzing around their backyards, they are likely what are commonly called “floodwater mosquitoes”, which are more of a nuisance than a danger.

“The floodwater mosquitoes you’re seeing that are biting you and your family…those floodwater mosquitoes do not transmit disease,” Prather said.

According to Julie Stallcup, Environmental Health Supervisor for the city of Frisco, the city’s Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan only targets mosquitoes known to potentially carry West Nile Virus.

“Our plan does not address treatment of nuisance mosquitoes or the surveillance of nuisance mosquitoes,” Stallcup said.

“We will not spray or treat for nuisance mosquitoes, otherwise we’d be spraying the area right now.”

However, both Prather and Stallcup say people should still be alert for mosquito breeding areas.

The City of Frisco supports precautionary steps promoted by the Texas Department of State Health Services – and commonly referred to as “The Four D’s”:  
-        DRAIN all standing water;
-        DRESS in light-colored, long sleeve clothing when outdoors;
-        DEET…Use mosquito repellants that contain Deet; 
-        DUSK OR DAWN…Avoid outdoor activities during these hours when mosquitoes are most active.   

No additional pools have tested positive for the West Nile Virus since May 21st.

No human WNV cases have been reported.

Outdoor Warning Sirens - Where You'll Hear Them and Why

The Town Hall meeting also featured a profile of the city's outdoor warning sirens.

According to Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland, the city audibly tests its system on the first Wednesday of every month with thirty seconds of sirens, followed by a verbal announcement of testing. 

Piland says in an actual emergency event, the sirens would be activated for a full three minutes.

In a video prepared for the Town Hall meeting, Piland clarified for residents that the city's outdoor warning sirens are not designed to be heard inside a family's home, rather, warn people who are outside of a severe weather or emergency threat.

"They are not tornado sirens," Chief Piland said.

"They are used for outdoor warnings. Basically, if you're outside and you hear the sirens go off, you need to take shelter."

If you missed the June 15th meeting, you can view it here.
Frisco's next Town Hall meeting will be Monday, October 19th at 6:30 pm.


Frisco CAN Builds Positive Connections

If your neighborhood recognized Frisco Community Awareness Night on May 2nd, check out the highlights at this link.

Frisco CAN is the city's local version of National Night Out, when police officers and other city representatives visit local neighborhood block parties to engage in positive relationships, one street at a time.

Water Park Open For Fun!

Swimmers are now making a splash at the newly expanded Water Park at the Frisco Athletic Center (5828 Nancy Jane Lane). 

The parked opened to the public on Saturday, June 13th with a wet and wild race to the finish of the new Preston Plunge, a 45 foot, four lane mat racer.

Cheering crowds watched on during the grand opening event as members of the city council, Parks and Recreation Department, Parks and Recreation Development Board, and Frisco Community Development Corporation broke in the massive slide.

The Frisco Community Development Corporation funded the $6 million project, which also includes another brand new feature, 'The Fort' - an interactive water playground.

As a friendly reminder, glass products are not allowed inside the FAC outdoor water park. 

City staff members are authorized to check coolers for prohibited containers, as explained in this city release.

Click here for more information about day passes and FAC schedules.

Council Meeting Update

Mayor Recognizes Firefighters for Flood Zone Service

Eight Frisco firefighters are being recognized for answering a call to serve outside city limits.

At the June 16th city council meeting, Mayor Maher Maso recognized two groups of firefighters who had deployed to flood affected areas in the City of Blanco and Blanco County as part of the Texas Interstate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS). 

Battalion Chief Shannon Brinton, Captain Steve Cruz, Lieutenant David Odum, and Firefighter Shane Armstrong were the first to deploy, serving from May 27 to June 3.

They were relieved by 
Battalion Chief Cameron Kraemer, Captain Brian McConnaughy, Firefighter Andrew Valentini, and Firefighter Chris Rayborn who deployed June 3 – 6.

The firefighters responded to structure fires and assisted with search and recovery operations, as well as public education events.

Mayor Maso also declared June 7 – 13 as National Garden Week, recognizing the Frisco Garden Club for its contributions to our community.

Click here to see all the pictures from the June 16th City Council meeting on the City's Facebook page.

LibraryLocker Open for Business

The Frisco Library is testing out new technology at the Frisco Athletic Center (5828 Nancy Jane Lane).

In the FAC Lobby, you’ll now notice the LibraryLocker, a new “one stop shop” for returning items and picking up holds.

Library card holders can pick up items at the FAC by going online, placing a “hold” and selecting “Athletic Center”. They will be notified by text and/or email, depending on one's account preferences, when the items are available.

The project is possible thanks to a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

For a video of the technology and how it works, visit:
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