Plano City Council Preview - November 23, 2020

Please pray for Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Ricciardelli and his wife, who are expecting their third child this weekend!

Monday's meeting will be completely virtual, and will be livestreamed on both and on the City of Plano Facebook page.

If you wish to speak at the meeting, you may register here by 4:00 PM Monday. Please register ONLY if you wish to speak. You may alternatively share your thoughts by emailing by 4:00 PM Monday.

Executive Session (starts at 5:00 PM)

  • Economic Development Consideration

  • Franchise Fee Enforcement - Video Service Providers

Preliminary Open Meeting (starts whenever Executive Session ends)

(Review agenda here)

  • Housing Tax Credit Program Criteria

  • Holiday Charitable Fundraising by Council: spoiler alert, we're going to discuss the idea proposed for this agenda at the last meeting by me and Councilman Grady for the council members to each take a post and ring the bell for the Salvation Army

Regular Meeting (starts at 7:00 PM)

Note: I'm moving the Consent Agenda to the bottom to put the meat first

(Review agenda here).

Proclamations and Special Recognition

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

  • Item (1): First public hearing on next year's bond referendum in the May 1st election. A total of $409 million worth of projects have been proposed. We will need to pick and choose and prioritize to strike the appropriate balance between fiscal responsibility and maintaining our aging city. The proposed projects consist of 58% streets, 31% parks & recreation, 6% facilities, and 5% public safety. See my article on bonds here.

  • Item (2): Public hearing on the drainage rate increase scheduled to start January 1, 2021

Notable Consent Agenda Items

(Total of $2,221,599 of your money in proposed expenses)

  • Item (b): $275,737 for median and right-of-way mowing, with two optional 1-year renewals

  • Item (c): $414,000 for trash and recycling carts when responsibility for their maintenance transfers to the current contractor to an in-house City of Plano service

  • Item (d): $814,207 over 5 years for Cisco Smartnet support for the city's Cisco switches, routers, firewalls and wireless access points (WAPs)

  • Item (e): $257,300 for alley reconstruction

  • Item (i): 3% increase to solid waste container rates (the maximum currently allowed), to reflect the 3.4% CPI increase in Water, Sewer, and Trash Collection Services

Review City Council agendas and minutes here.

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