Nearly all chairs were filled at the Frisco Town Council meeting Tuesday night. The people gathered represented the philanthropic pulse of Summit County, from the health care community to social services and many others."We're glad to see you here," said Frisco Mayor Gary Wilkinson. "We're glad to see a roomful of people wanting money," he joked.The Frisco Town Council handed out checks to 31 local nonprofit organizations at their annual grant presentation. Each year, nonprofits are invited to apply for the grants through the town. The process entails meeting certain organizational requirements and detailing requests, specifically what the grant money will be used for. The town council then looks through the applications and decides which ones will be fulfilled and for how much. For the year 2013, the town budgeted $46,250 toward the grant program. "Our gratitude goes out to you," said Deborah Hage, representing Summit County Rotary Club. She presented the town council with a thank you letter and decorated tote bag."As always, we are grateful for their support, not just in terms of the amount of money they give us, but more so in terms of their flexibility in really using the funds to have the biggest impact on people and working families in the community," said Tamara Drangstveit of the Family & Intercultural Resource Center, which received a grant from Frisco."It's through groups like you that make not only the town but the county really great," Wilkinson said at the meeting. "Good luck for this year."
The council unanimously approved the conditional use request to develop 105,000 square feet of commercial space. The space referenced is the "interstate parcel" located at 120 Lusher Court, where the Whole Foods Market is planned to be built.Discussion revolved around plans to offset the development's footprint, particularly in regards to a nearby wetlands area. An approval process is pending for a plan to mitigate the effect on the wetland by expanding an already existing wetland preserve owned by the town of Frisco.The council also discussed the importance of maintaining the landscape around the development, particularly the trees. In order to ensure that trees planted would survive, the council added the condition that an irrigation system be put in to ensure the trees' survival.The only public comment came from Dave Owens of Frisco, who said, "I think it will be an asset to Frisco."