Frisco gearing up for Fiesta
As you have perhaps read in this newspaper, the latest addition to Frisco’s list of summer attractions is “Fiesta Frisco” or Festival Latino de Verano.
Festival Latino de Verano translates to Latin Festival of Summer. The idea behind this new event, other than to give our citizens and visitors another opportunity to enjoy our wonderful town, is to recognize and salute the cultures of the numerous workers from Mexico, Central and South America, who live and work among us and, without whom, we’d be in a hell of a fix.
The first annual Fiesta Frisco will be held from noon to 8 p.m., June 21, at Frisco Historic Park. It will be sponsored by the town and the Frisco Chamber of Commerce.
We are going to make the fiesta as authentic as possible. To do that, we hope some of our local Latino friends will join the planning committee, the next meeting of which will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Best Western Lake Dillon Lodge.
For more information about Fiesta Frisco or to volunteer your services, call Linda Lichtendahl, the town’s community relations director, at (970) 668-5276, or Vivienne Johnson of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce at (970) 668-5547.
The Frisco Town Council several weeks ago opted not to legislate a ban on smoking in the bars and restaurants of our town. Council members would be pleased to see each bar and restaurant owner in Frisco institute a smoking ban voluntarily. We are not afraid to be the bad guys, but the majority of the council simply does not feel that legislating a smoking ban in private establishments is an appropriate role of our town government.
On Jan. 21, council passed a resolution that encouraged bar and restaurant owners to ban smoking voluntarily in their establishments.
At some point in the council’s smoking ban discussions, someone suggested that we consider passing an ordinance that banned smoking in all town-owned properties, both indoors and outdoors, and at town-sponsored events.
At our Feb. 4 worksession, it was determined there is not enough support among council members for that ordinance. Council, therefore, directed the town manager to drop the effort. Smoking, by the way, is already banned in all town-owned buildings.
Most business owners already know the town’s business license ordinance was revised several months ago. Several major changes were made to this ordinance. First, the business license fee was increased from $50 to $75 per year, the first raise in almost a decade, to compensate for the increased processing costs.
Also added were requirements that applicants submit proof of a place of business in town and a copy of a license or certification, if one is required.
Requiring proof of place of business is designed to preclude an unfortunate circumstance that has happened before – a business license was issued to a gentleman who wanted to open a strip club in Frisco before he had a place to put it.
The license or certification requirement was added so that the town does not issue a business license to a doctor or whomever, who does not have a valid license to practice. We believe these requirements, although some may find them inconvenient, are reasonable and justified.
Despite the recent snow, the drought is still on, folks. Unless the sky falls in the next two months, Frisco residents can anticipate some water restrictions this summer.
Irrigation, the watering of lawns and gardens, accounts for 31 percent of the water used by Frisco residents. So, while shutting off the water while you’re brushing your teeth and taking shorter showers are helpful, the first area of conservation has got to be restricting the use of water where most of the water is used – to make the grass, trees and plants grow.
The Frisco Public Works Department is drafting an ordinance for council approval that will have some graduated water restrictions based on certain benchmarks.
Chances are the ordinance will not only reduce the flat fee allocation of water to each home, but it will also greatly increase the monetary penalties for those who exceed their allocation. The town, incidentally, will comply with all water restrictions placed on our citizens.
Finally, the first “Breakfast with Briley” was held in the last week of January at the town hall. The gathering with Town Manager Alan Briley this time focused on developers and architects. Nine attended.
The purpose was to give local developers and architects an opportunity to become better acquainted with the new town manager and to tell him whether there is anything in the town’s building codes or the way we do business that is unnecessarily making their jobs more difficult or counter to what the town is trying to accomplish.
Frankly, the session illuminated fewer areas that need the town’s attention than we had anticipated, but one issue that needs attention was made perfectly clear by attendees – parking.
In the months ahead, staff will be looking at our parking regulations and codes to see whether the town, unintentionally, is doing anything dumb in those areas.
The next “Breakfast with Briley” will be later this month with restaurant and bar owners.
Bob Moscatelli is mayor of Frisco. His views are his own.
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