Frisco’s historic park never looked better
On May 31, the town of Frisco and the Frisco Historical Society held “Be A Tourist In Your Own Backyard” at the Frisco Historic Park.
The event was designed to acquaint locals with the park and to showcase recent improvements.
Buildings in the park are spic and span as a result of a new “Adopt a Building” program in which locals have volunteered to clean and maintain them.
In addition, new audio systems in four (soon to be six) of the buildings now offer narrations about the buildings and their history.
The General Store in the park was open and will be for most of the summer when volunteer children are available to staff it. The store offers a mix of nostalgic candies and merchandise.
If you haven’t been to the park in a while or if you’ve never been there, I encourage you to visit and learn about how it used to be in the “good old days” here in Frisco.
I want to thank all who picked up trash in the public areas around town on Clean Up Day May 17. Your efforts made our town a lot more attractive. I encourage everyone to do his or her part to keep Frisco clean this summer.
Business owners should pick up trash in the vicinity of their businesses. The rest of us can help by picking up litter in our path and depositing it in one of the omnipresent trash receptacles around town.
I also want to thank all who attended the State of the Town Breakfast May 24. In the past the event has been held over lunch on a Friday.
But second homeowners cannot make a Friday event. This year the event was held over breakfast on a Saturday. It was a resounding success. Almost 100 people attended, about half of whom were second homeowners.
The first big summer event will be Fiesta Frisco noon to 8 p.m. June 21, co-sponsored by the town, the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and many local businesses.
Fiesta Frisco was conceived as a way to celebrate the cultures of the Latinos who live and work among us.
Plan to attend and bring your friends and neighbors for mariachis, margaritas and food at the historic park.
The entertainment will be nonstop.
RUMOR: The potential benefactor who had requested and received permission to purchase and erect a statue called “The Lady in the Garden” in the new park in front of the post office has withdrawn his offer.
FACT: That rumor is true.
Here is an update on Frisco’s budget situation: Sales tax revenues run two months behind. The latest figures we have are for March, which was down 12.04 percent compared to March last year.
While this decrease follows the monthly trend so far this year, it was not as bad as we had feared.
March is the first month the new Target in Silverthorne influenced sales of our retailers, especially Wal-Mart. It is apparent Target’s impact was not as bad as we had anticipated.
Revenues from Frisco’s other major source of revenue, the real estate investment fee (REIF), also have dropped through April. Compared to the last year, REIF is down 5.69 percent.
Because the town anticipated declining revenues in the 2003 budget, so far our budgeted revenues and actual revenues are virtually the same.
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