Mayor Maso Announces Re-Election Bid

Frisco Mayor Maher Maso Announces Re-Election Campaign Kick-Off

Maher Maso

Maher Maso

Frisco, TX, January 13, 2014—Frisco Mayor Maher Maso announced that he will seek re-election for his third term as Mayor.  Mayor Maso was elected to the City Council in 2000 and first elected as Mayor in 2008.  Since that time, Mayor Maso has presided over a remarkable growth period in Frisco despite a national downturn in the economy.

During his tenure, Frisco has enjoyed one of the lowest tax rates in North Texas and has maintained a low unemployment rate.  Mayor Maso’s vision and commitment to Frisco have played a key role in keeping Frisco on the forefront of quality growth and job attraction.

Mayor Maso, who was first elected as Mayor in 2008 and then reelected in 2011, has been recognized for his strong leadership by being twice appointed to State of Texas committees by Governor Perry.

Mayor Maso is proud to report that Andrea Wright (Campaign Manager) and Coach Del Harris (Treasurer) are both returning in their roles in his upcoming bid for re-election as mayor of Frisco.  Andrea, a long-time resident of Frisco and a trusted advisor, is excited to be part of the campaign.  Andrea has helped guide the Texas Legends D-League team as they have grown to be one of the most successful franchises in the D-League.

Harris, an 11-year resident of Frisco, has had success at every level in his many years of coaching basketball, including the NBA, collegiate and high school. He has served as head coach of the Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, and before coming to the Dallas Mavericks as an assistant and then consultant, Harris was head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, earning NBA Coach of the Year in 1995. He is an active member of the Frisco community and works frequently with many local charitable organizations. Harris is honored to be part of Maso’s re-election team.

The Mayor Maso campaign team will be hosting a free kick-off party at The Westin Stonebriar in Frisco on Friday, January 17th from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.  All are welcome and refreshments and light snacks will be served. RSVP by visiting the facebook page at www.facebook.com/mayormaso or emailing rsvp@masoformayor.com

The Mayoral Election will be held on May 10, 2014.

For more information on Mayor Maso’s re-election campaign, visit www.masoformayor.com or www.facebook.com/mayormaso.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Andrea Wright – Campaign Manager
andrea@masoformayor.com
214-546-1829
 
Chris Martin – Communications
214-232-8439

 

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Gov. Perry Appoints Five to Red River Boundary Commission

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the Red River Boundary Commission for terms to expire Dec. 31, 2015. Pursuant to House Bill 3212 of the 83rd Legislative Regular Session, the Red River Boundary Commission will oversee the redrawing of the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma in the Texoma area.

Texas State Rep. Larry Phillips of Sherman represents House District 62 and is partner at Siebman, Burg, Phillips and Smith LLP. He is chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Select Transportation Funding Committee, and a member of the Investments and Financial Services and the General Investigating and Ethics committees. He is also a member of the State Bar of Texas, Eastern District of the Texas Bar Association, Grayson County Salvation Army Advisory Board and Sherman Kiwanis Club. Rep. Phillips received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. He will serve as chair of the commission for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Bill Douglass of Sherman is CEO of Douglass Distributing. He is a board member of the Texoma Health Care System, Austin College and Muhlenberg College. He is past board chairman of the Sherman Economic Development Corporation, Medical Plaza Hospital, Wesley Village Continuing Care Retirement Community, and Grace United Methodist Church, and past vice chairman of the Higher Education Authority of Sherman. Douglass served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. He received a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College.

Thomas “Ryan” Johnson of Sherman is a member of the Sherman City Council and an attorney with The LeCrone Law Firm PC. He is a member of the Texas, Oklahoma, District of Columbia, American and Grayson County Bar associations. He is also a board member of the Sherman Pregnancy Care Center and a member of North Texas Young Professionals. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and a law degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

William “Bill” Madden of Dallas is president of Madden Asset Management. He is a life member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, past vice chairman of the National Association of Securities Dealers Board of Governors and past chairman of the Dallas Young Presidents Organization. He is also past board chairman of the YMCA of Metro Dallas Foundation and Episcopal Foundation of Dallas, a past board member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and Holy Family School Board, and a past member of The Dallas Assembly. Madden served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University.

Maher Maso of Frisco is mayor of the City of Frisco and manager of Maso Asset Management. He is a member of the National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition, North Texas Commission, Regional Transportation Council, International Council of Shopping Centers, and Metroplex Mayors Association. He is also a board member and past chairman of the Collin College Education Foundation and chair of the Team Frisco NCAA Division I Football Local Organizing Committee. He is a past member of the Texas Select Committee on Economic Development and Frisco City Council. Maso received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Frisco Mountain Biking Month Proclamation

WHEREAS,         The first two phases of the Northwest Community Park Mountain Bike Trail construction was completed in 2012; and

WHEREAS,         The construction was completed by fifty-five volunteers from the Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association, the Shawnee Trail Cycling Club and The Frisco Cycling Club; and

WHEREAS,         The 427 tireless volunteer hours resulted in a first class mountain bike trail with minimal expense to the City of Frisco; and

WHEREAS,         This new amenity can now be enjoyed by all Frisco citizens, as well as by residents of our neighboring cities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Maher Maso, Mayor of the City of Frisco, Texas, in honor of their participation, accomplishment and valuable addition to the City’s park system, do hereby proclaim February, 2013 as:

“Frisco Mountain Biking Month”

And encourage all citizens to congratulate them for their accomplishment and to become active in the sport of mountain biking.

 

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Outdoor Warning Sirens

It has been a while since I updated the information for the outdoor warning sirens in Frisco.  I received a question from a resident and our assistant fire chief, Paul Siebert, sent this response:

…. You are correct in your assessment of the outdoor warning sirens, they are not designed or located to provide warning inside a home. Home construction today limits the amount of exterior noise that is allowed to penetrate the home, therefore to adequately cover the city with sirens to reach the needed decibel level would be cost prohibitive. As a result, we rely on several methods of notification and awareness for our residents (and ourselves) during times of severe weather or emergency.

The first and most important aspect of citizen emergency preparedness is awareness. Watching or listening to forecasts, the environment and other key indicators is critical to understand the potential for severe weather. Second, have a means of notification within the home. The National Weather Service maintains a notification system that activates weather radios during emergencies. This inexpensive radio can be purchased and setup in the home to alert when activated, and otherwise remain silent so as not to be an annoyance. This provides the necessary notification to address your concern of sleeping through any other notifications. Another service that has come about recently is the use of notifications from local TV/radio stations through “apps” for your phone. I believe almost every local TV station now offers this service. Third is preparation. Having a family plan in place so that knows the means of communication, meeting places and other vital information to help your family through a crisis.

You also asked about the use of the reverse 911 system during severe weather, which we have also considered. It has been our experience, through actual events and discussions with a variety of vendors, that a reverse 911 system is not adequate to provide the necessary notification to every citizen in a short term event such as severe weather. The time it takes to make 60,000+ automated calls does not allow for the relatively short identification time currently provided by the National Weather Service. The Weather Service continually strives to provide as much advance notification as possible, however the severity of a storm changes so quickly that the number of notifications we would send could quickly turn the reverse 911 system into something that our citizens begin to ignore.

We appreciate your interest in your family’s safety and I hope you believe that it is our primary mission as well. We continue to look for new methods and processes to increase notification capabilities. Thank you again for your input…

 

Good information by the chief. To add to chief Siebert’s comments, take a look at this video:

 

and you can read more about the sirens on the City of Frisco website.  I hope this helps!  - Mayor Maher Maso

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Newsletter is Out

Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter – just look on the right side of the home page of www.friscofirst.com (what you are reading now).

You can view the newsletter here:  http://t.co/zqrms8da

Looks like the DFW Rail Line map link I had the newsletter is not working. If you have a problem accessing it, a direct link is can be found HERE

 

 

 

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Standing-Room Only Tickets for FCS on Sale Thursday

STANDING-ROOM ONLY TICKETS FOR FCS TITLE GAME GO ON SALE THURSDAY
Seats all sold out

(December 18, 2012- INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. ) Seats for the 2013 NCAA Division I Football Championship game at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 5, are officially sold out. However, a limited number of standing-room only tickets will go on sale Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m., Central, at NCAA.com/fcs.

Tickets will be $30 and provide entrance to the venue along with access to watch the game from the concourse, but do not include a seat. This marks the second consecutive year that the title game, hosted by the Southland Conference, the city of Frisco and the Hunt Sports Group, has sold out of seats at a capacity of more than 20,500. This year’s championship game, featuring a rematch of last year’s title contest between North Dakota State University and Sam Houston State University, will also air live on ESPN2 at noon, Central.

“We expect this to be another outstanding FCS Championship game,” said Damani Leech, NCAA director of championships and alliances and operations manager for the Division I FCS Championship. “With two great teams playing for the national championship in front of a sellout crowd, the atmosphere will be electric. In addition, many people have put in a lot of time and effort into making sure that the participating teams and their fans have a tremendous experience.”

For fans interested in seats, the NCAA Ticket Exchange at fcs.flashseats.com offers a safe and easy way to buy, sell or transfer tickets through an approved secondary outlet. The NCAA Ticket Exchange is the only guaranteed, NCAA-approved secondary ticket marketplace. The NCAA Ticket Exchange allows fans to buy great seats confidently, knowing that the seats are authentic, never counterfeit.

Fans that do not have tickets are encouraged to enjoy the festivities leading up to the start of the game, which include Tailgate Town, the Stadium Walk and Pep Rally and the POWERADE NCAA Youth Clinic. Tailgate Town is a fun-filled, interactive area that allows fans of any age a chance to experience the thrills, excitement and spirit of college football in the FC Dallas Stadium Parking lot. It will be open from 9 a.m. to Noon, and feature some of Frisco’s best food, drink and live music.

The North Dakota State Arrival and Stadium walk will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by Sam Houston State’s at 9:45 a.m. North Dakota State will kick off the first pep rally at 10:15 a.m. and it will last approximately 15 minutes. The pep rally for Sam Houston State will begin at 10:30 a.m. All walks and pep rallies will be held adjacent to FC Dallas Stadium.

The POWERADE NCAA Youth Clinics are open to boys and girls ages 7-14 at 9 a.m. at the FC Dallas Practice Fields adjacent to the main stadium. The POWERADE NCAA Youth Clinics will be managed by USA Football and former NFL players. Participants will receive sport instruction, get valuable information on fitness, healthy lifestyles and sportsmanship. This is a free event, but registration is encouraged at www.NCAA.com/fcs. Limited walk up registration is available beginning at 8 a.m. on game day. No equipment or experience required.

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