Plano City Council Preview - May 10, 2021

Happy Mother's Day! The Council Chambers are open to the public! Come one, come all! The new Mayor, John Muns, will be taking his oath of office, along with newly re-elected councilmen Anthony Ricciardelli and Rick Smith.

Members of the public are entitled to participate in person or remotely via broadcast by webinar. For those wishing to speak in person, or attend and speak remotely, registration is required by 4:00 p.m. Monday at this link. You may alternatively share your thoughts by emailing by 4:00 PM Monday. The council meeting will be livestreamed on both and on the City of Plano Facebook page.

Canvassing of 2021 Election Results (starts at 5:00 PM)

(Review agenda here)

  • Canvassing the May 1st, 2021 election results

  • Oaths of Office for incoming and re-elected members of council

  • Remarks from the outgoing Mayor, Harry LaRosiliere

Executive Session (starts after canvassing & oaths of office)

(Review agenda here)

  • Nothing in particular; legal advice on agenda items

Preliminary Open Meeting

(Whenever Executive Session ends)

(Review agenda here)

Regular Meeting (starts at 7:00 PM)

Note: the Consent Agenda is at the bottom of this post.

(Review agenda here).

  • Proclamation: May 17 - 23, 2021 is Bike to Work Week and May 21, 2021 is Bike to Work Day

  • Proclamation: May is Building Safety Month

  • Proclamation: May is National Historic Preservation Month

  • Re-appointment of former Plano Mayor Phil Dyer to the North Texas Municipal Water District Board (he will be Board President)

Comments of Public Interest: every meeting, anyone can speak about anything for up to three minutes, with 30 total minutes allotted for this segment.

Items for Individual Consideration

NOTE: notable items from the Consent Agenda are at the bottom of this post.

  • Item (1): Grant Specific Use Permit (SUP) for for Transit Center/Station and Electrical Substation to DART and Oncor Electric on the west side of Shiloh Road, north of Plano Parkway

  • Item (2): Request to table until June 28th: appeal of zoning case for rezoning to allow multifamily at the site of the Fry's Electrics store at Plano Parkway and Executive Drive. This was denied by Planning & Zoning 6-1. Watch the video of the P&Z meeting.

  • Item (3): Resolution to provide the City Manager additional authority related to personnel, procurement, public meetings, and City Code and policy decisions necessary for issues COVID-19. Council authorized this for the first time when the pandemic began, and have renewed it a handful of times amid fluidly changing circumstances, including when the vaccines started to roll out. This has never authorized the City Manager to enact new law or regulations--only to waive them.

Notable Consent Agenda Items

(Total of $8,909,694 of your money in proposed expenses) Normally I only include notable items, but there are a ton of notable items this meeting.

  • Item (d): $323,649 for replacement of street lights on Legacy Drive from Dallas North Tollway to Parkwood Blvd

  • Item (e): $2,700,840 for a 5-year contract for software to manage Community Investment Team projects in a uniform way. The Community Investment Team consists of numerous departments, including Engineering, Parks, Public Works, etc. This software will allow for efficiencies and reduction of manual effort in management of projects.

  • Item (f): $3,059,896 for a buncha intersection improvements at Parkwood Boulevard and Legacy Drive, Coit Road at SH 190 and Mapleshade Lane. Improvements include adding additional turn lanes, sidewalk ramp replacements, signal modification, and a hike and bike trail on the east side of Parkwood Boulevard between Tennyson Parkway to north of the Legacy Drive intersection, extending the existing walking paths to the north and south.

  • Item (g): $2,495,527 for 5 years of JD Edwards and Peoplesoft software licensing (a one year contract with 4 automatic one-year renewals)

  • Item (p): enact School Zones for Summer School session

Review City Council agendas and minutes here (updated link--bookmark it!).

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