What is it about Thursdays??? I work an unusual schedule this time of year so I don’t have time to research all of this but, since it is time sensitive, I’ll post what I have right now with the promise to find out “the rest of the story” this weekend.
For those who don’t know, the MPAC is the McKinney Performing Arts Center that either is or occupies the restored Courthouse that is the centerpiece of the Square.
Apparently, there was an article in McKinney Today’s Wednesday edition written by Ann Royer and titled “The MPAC Debate”. I have no link. I think it may only be available in print. I have tried every Google I could think of to find it but no luck. Remember, the printed form of McKinney Today is supposed to be available at Jason’s Deli, IHOP and Bill Smith’s cafe. I’ll try to see if I can get one tomorrow. The text of the article was sent to me in an e-mail but I feel sure that reprinting it here would violate some law. I will, however, try to summarize.
Apparently, there was some “drama” at last week’s city council meeting but was based on erroneous information. No point in continuing the drama, so I will leave that at that.
The discussion concerns the city budget for supporting the MPAC and ways to bring down those expenses to be in line with its peers as defined in an August 2009 study completed by the Institute of Public Affairs at UTD.
The McKinney Arts Commission is working with McKinney’s Park and Recreation Department (whose budget includes the management of MPAC) to get input from “organizations and other members of the arts community”. A proposal will be drafted and presented in “early spring”.
The topic will be discussed again at the next City Council meeting on February 2nd at 5:30 pm in the City Hall.
The article closes with a solicitation of opinions by January 29th to Anne Royer at her personal e-mail. I don’t want to print that here because of spam spiders so I have to make it cryptic. It’s her name with no spaces, followed by the number 2, at gmail and that’s a dot com. That, guys, is tomorrow; hence the rush to post.
I will see what I can find out over the weekend.
Until then, here are pertinent links that I have found so far. By the way, the videography on the City Council meeting from the 19th is really, really good. Kudos to whoever is putting that together.
Archives of Videos of City Council Meetings – The one from the 19th is 40 minutes, discussion of MPAC starts just after 4 minutes in with citizen comments. That ends around 9 minutes in. Interestingly, at about 23 minutes in they approve an analysis to be performed regarding paid parking for the downtown square, item 10-026. At 33 minutes in they mentioned a group working with the Main Street to create a geo-coded walking tour. Not much drama, really. Maybe she meant this week’s meeting. That video isn’t available yet.