As I approach my last meeting as mayor of McKinney due to term limits, and my last mayor’s column, I reflect on my 14 years of public service on the McKinney City Council as Councilman and mayor. I think about where McKinney was when I started, those that I served with, where McKinney is today and my hopes for McKinney for tomorrow.
In the past 14 years we have seen passage of $650 million dollars in bonded infrastructure projects that have improved roadways, water lines, parks and recreation facilities and revitalized our downtown area.
We saw the construction of the Public Safety Building, the John and Judy Gay Library, the Senior Center, Gabe Nesbitt Park, Bonnie Wenk Park to name a few.
Sam Rayburn Tollway was a two-lane road when I started, and expansion of 75 was not on the horizon at that time. We built a new runway at the airport, a new control tower acquired and built new hangers and received national recognition and accreditation of our airport as we also saw an increase in corporate aircraft at our airport. We have also seen commercial expansion during that time with companies like Torchmark, Raytheon, Encore Wire, Wistron Corporation, UPS, Emerson Process Management to name a few.
Even as I leave we continue to see new projects come to fruition with new companies moving to McKinney, a new development in downtown McKinney and a new resort hotel and conference center in the McKinney Craig Ranch Corporate Center on the horizon.
The city also expanded its relationship with Collin College with the construction of the Higher Education Center, the Health Science Center and we are currently under construction with a new police and fire training center. We were honored to be recognized by Forbes Magazine as a top 10 city to relocate to and Money Magazine rankings of 14, 5, 2, and ultimately No. 1 best place to live during my…