Frisco council’s action predictable |

Frisco council’s action predictable

George Sherman, Frisco

What happened in the Frisco Town Council Tuesday, July 16, proves more than ever the need for having the Save the Peninsula petition on the ballot for Frisco voters on Nov. 5. Without any input from the public, and without even the active endorsement of a majority of the seven-member council, its paid consultants were instructed “to elaborate” further one of their preliminary options to plant a nine-hole golf course among other recreation amenities on this pristine piece of real estate.

True, this was a working session, where the accent is on informality and formal council votes are not usually the order of business. Those pushing the move insist nothing is binding and the further-elaborated option will be brought back for debate and formal council vote later. But all that misses the point. Once again the council has loaded the deck. With positive nods from only three members (and the acquiescence of two others present), these consultants hired with taxpayers’ money are to focus further on only one of their five preliminary options; not surprisingly, one including land for a golf course.

Then, moving even further into this mire of controversy, consultant Kuhn undertook next time’s round to include an estimated costing of the recreation amenities chosen. Question: Does that include the cost of incorporating the nine-hole golf course, a key element of this so-called “Option C”? If so, how is this costing to be done in any meaningful way without their having any idea of the makeup of said golf course?

This surely raises the question of design and construction – two no-nos in council discourse on the peninsula. How are these consultants (again, hired at taxpayers’ expense) to come up with any near-accurate assessment of costs without going around the voters’ injunction imposed on the council some years ago against “design and construction” of a golf course without direct approval of the voters?

In a word, this council action – as informal and tentative as they claim it is – has taken us another long step down the road to golf.

That was probably predictable from the moment this council embarked on its “planning” exercise. And all this still without giving Frisco taxpayers any chance for input or response to any of the consultant’s options. We shall end up footing the bill. Hopefully, the voters in November will spell STOP to these council shenanigans by voting overwhelmingly to Save the Peninsula from short-sighted partisans who envisage a tourist-infested golf course as a panacea for the supposed economic ills of Frisco.

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