Update Mar. 03:

City of McKinney approves resolution authorizing disaster relief measures for residents and businesses

McKINNEY, TX – Today, the McKinney City Council approved a resolution giving the City Manager authorization to provide disaster relief to residents and businesses, including waivers, credits, and forbearance measures for critical areas impacted by Winter Storm Uri.

“Collectively, these initiatives represent a significant step to provide thoughtful, meaningful relief to our residents and business community after suffering through the winter storm,” said Mayor George Fuller. “This has been a challenging time for our city, and we need to step up immediately and provide assistance where we are able.”

Water/Wastewater
Water customers will receive a water rate adjustment during the next billing cycle with all tiers rolled back to the Tier 1 Rate of $4 per 1,000 gallons, which offers more robust relief compared to leak credits. It also provides savings for customers above their usual usage due to dripping faucets during the storm.

Further, February will be excluded from the annual Winter Quarter Average (WQA) calculation. An industry-standard WQA is calculated using December through February water consumption. Excluding February from the WQA calculation will prevent the average from being skewed due to the need for dripping faucets during the storm.

Permits
Stand-alone and alterations permit fees for residents and businesses will be waived for 60 days. Residents should review invoices from third-party contractors to ensure they are not charged permit acquisition fees during this period.

Solid Waste
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) will waive construction and demolition material fees at their landfills and transfer stations for McKinney residents through March 31. Residents may deliver debris two times at no cost.

The city will also offer a forbearance period of 10 days for commercial construction waste.

For more information, visit the city’s Weather Recovery and Assistance page that details other state and federal programs and aid opportunities offered to residents due to Winter Storm Uri.

-------------

McKINNEY, TX -- As we all begin to assess the damage from the severe cold and power outages that devastated many homes and businesses in the area, many of you will begin looking for services that a lot of your fellow Chamber members provide.

Because of that, we are providing you with some member directory listings for products and services that you may need. We have chosen the most common categories, but if you would like to search using your own keywords, you can do that on our McKinney Chamber Business Directory Link below.

Please note that the categories pull directory categories as well as keywords from a company’s information they have provided on their member listing.

We hope you find this helpful, as we know how navigating your way through repairs, housing needs, and insurance claims can be difficult.

If you are a member and don’t see your company listed, please email info@mckinneychamber.com and we can help you update your Chamber Directory Listing.

Not yet a member of the Chamber? CLICK HERE to join!

-------------

Update from Governor Greg Abbott

AUSTIN, TX -- Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference in San Antonio where he provided an update on the state's efforts to provide water and other resources to Texans across the state. The Governor's press conference was held at Port San Antonio, where members of the National Guard are currently unloading water and other resources to distribute to communities in Texas. 

The Governor noted that power and water are continuing to be restored throughout Texas and that multiple state agencies are working together to ensure communities have access to water, food, and other resources as communities begin to recover from the severe winter storm. 

"We are making great progress in our recovery efforts from this winter storm, but many Texans are still without water, food, and other supplies — which is why the state is stepping up make sure Texans have the resources they need to provide for their families," said Governor Abbott. "I thank our local, state, and federal partners for working together to address the needs of Texans and expedite our recovery process. I also want to thank our utility workers for providing crucial services to Texans who have experienced power outages and burst pipes. Together, we will continue to overcome this challenge." 

The state has deployed trucks and aircraft to deliver water to communities, including 162 truck delivers that have delivered a total of 2 million bottles of water and 1.4 million bottles of water that have been delivered by plane and helicopter. State agencies are working with local officials to set up staging sites for distribution. The state has also suspended size, weight, hours-of-service requirements, and more to get more commercial trucks on the road to deliver supplies across the state. Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), blankets, and generators have been provided to communities in need. In addition, the Governor has waived regulations to allow the use of unlicensed kitchens to prepare meals to donate to Texans so long as they abide by guidance issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

Governor Abbott also mentioned that he is working with members of the legislature to address skyrocketing energy bills that resulted from a temporary spike in the energy market. He said that they are working quickly to calculate the total cost of these bills and find ways that the state can help reduce this burden. The Governor stated that the Public Utility Commission has issued a moratorium on customer disconnections for non-payment and will temporarily restrict providers from issuing invoices. This pause will ensure that the state has time to address these bills and develop a solution for Texans.

-------------

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Community Resilience and Disaster Response program exists to provide support for your business and our community during challenging times. 

Click here to view the 2021 Major Winter Storm Resource Page, in addition to finding resources below provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help your business recover.