Plano City Council Preview - September 28, 2020

First, a shout out to Plano's own Blake Coleman, who is (ironically) playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Finals. Tomorrow night is game 6, and the Lightning are up 3-2.

Council chambers aren’t yet open to the public, but Monday's meeting 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)

  • Chapter 380 Agreements

  • Economic Development Discussion

  • Board and Commission Appointments: Board of Adjustment, Building Standards Commission, Heritage Commission, and Planning & Zoning Commission

Preliminary Open Meeting (starts whenever Executive Session ends)

(Review agenda here)

  • Appointments to the following Boards and Commissions: Board of Adjustment, Building Standards Commission, Heritage Commission, Planning & Zoning Commission, Animal Shelter Advisory Committee, Community Relations Commission, Cultural Affairs Commission, Library Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Planning Board, Retirement Security Plan Committee, Senior Advisory Board, Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zones No. 2, 3, and 4

  • Campaign Finance Presentation

  • Backyard Hen Presentation

  • CARES Act Funding

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

  • Proclamation: October 2020 is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

  • Proclamation: October 2020 is also National Code Compliance Month (is that really a thing? Better trim my hedges, just in case... Although, if "code compliance" is a reference to computer code, that could go hand-in-hand with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Sloppy code costs $$$ and results in breaches. Don't skimp on QA.)

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): Specific Use Permit (SUP) for a Day Care Center to add a Private School use on the northeast side of Coit and Hedgecoxe. Regular readers of this blog may remember the case of Archgate Montessori, which applied belatedly for an SUP to add a private school to its daycare operations. While that ended amicably, it took ten months. Presumably there will be no fireworks this time

  • Item (2): Beacon Square redeux. Five years ago, the development for Beacon Square was approved, but development has not yet begun. The developer requested on August 10 to modify the approved zoning in accordance with changed market and city conditions, but the proposed modifications did not meet with the approval of council, and the request failed 4-4. The developer has since made additional modifications, which are now coming back before council for re-evaluation

  • Item (3): Renewal of the City Manager's authorization of additional authority under the pandemic. His additional authority does not grant him the ability to create new requirements, but to waive them, as well as to make decisions on spending which require speed, and for those expenses to be reviewed and ratified later

Notable Consent Agenda Items

(Total of $5,809,912 of your money in proposed expenses)

  • Item (b): $242,774 for four big 'ol pick-'em-up trucks as scheduled replacements for Fleet Services

  • Item (c): $1,778,400 for brick screening wall repair and replacement

  • Item (e): $73,000 for a market study and economic development strategy for the Silver Line Corridor. If the end result is a through consideration of how our transit corridors can be leveraged to attract quality businesses and enhance the city's economic vitality, I'm all-in. If the end result is a report saying we need a bunch of multifamily, we already get that for free.

  • Item (e): $111,593 (funds provided by a North Central Texas Council of Governments Grant, which means you paid for it to begin with, but might be sharing the cost with taxpayers in other cities) for a Recycling Contamination Pilot Study. We've identified some key things which might contribute significantly to recycling contamination (non-recyclables winding up in the recycling bin, which causes the whole lot to go into the landfill anyway). This pilot program will make changes in a single area, which will be audited for before-and-after contamination rates to see what difference was made, and the anticipated financial impact

  • Item (g): $151,738 for interior renovations for the Animal Shelter (floors, walls, cages). If you've ever had a dog or cat have a go at your furniture, you can imagine the condition the Animal Shelter gets in if it's not kept up

  • Item (i): $1,010,000 for library materials including books, books-on-CD, compact discs, and DVDs

  • Item (m): $268,620 to evaluate the condition of the pavement for approximately 1,147 centerline miles of roadways in the city

  • Item (p): Ratification of $919,801 in COVID-related expenditures

Review City Council agendas and minutes here.

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