Plano City Council Preview

Plano City Council Preview – August 22, 2022

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I’ve been remiss lately at recording my recaps, largely because during summer vacation, when I get home from the council meetings kids are still up and need to be put to bed, by the end of which, I’ve already changed clothes and am nodding off myself. I also missed publishing my preview last council meeting. With the new school year having started, I’m going to endeavor to be more consistent.

You can sign up online to speak at council meetings in person or via Zoom online at this link up to 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting, which is typically at the 7:00 Regular Meeting. You may alternatively share your thoughts by emailing the council members any time at our email addresses here, or by 4:00 PM the day of the meeting at The council meeting will be livestreamed on and on the City of Plano Facebook page.


Executive Session (starts at 5:00 PM)

(Review agenda here)

  • Economic Development – consider an economic development incentive
  • Council Appointee Evaluations
    1. Chief Municipal Court Judge
    2. City Manager


Preliminary Open Meeting

(Whenever Executive Session, which starts at 5:00 PM, ends)

(Review agenda here)

  • Fire Training Center Update
  • STEMI Case Overview (STEMI stands for “ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction”; a heart attack with a completely blocked coronary artery)


Regular Meeting (starts at 7:00 PM)

Notable Consent Agenda items are at the bottom of this post.

(Review agenda here)

  • Proclamation: Plano Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Hector Guzman are celebrating their 40th anniversary.
  • Proclamation: September 2022 is Hunger Action Month meant to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger.


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): second of three public hearings on the proposed 2022-23 budget, property tax rate, and Community Investment Program (CIP) (see summary packet here). SPOILER ALERT: at the last meeting, council approved proposing the No-New-Revenue Rate for property taxes for the fourth year in a row. The actual vote on adopting that tax rate will occur at the council meeting on Monday, September 12th.
  • Item (2): modify the provisions for the Heritage Tax Exemption whereby historic properties can receive a property tax break to provide more flexibility for applicants, but having the Heritage Commission consider appeals, eliminating an appeal process to City Council.


Notable Consent Agenda Items

Total of $2,316,437 of your money in proposed expenses

  • Item (c): $577,523 for Parr Library roofing and waterproofing replacement
  • Item (d): $600,205 for 69 Cisco network switches to provide data and voice connectivity to computers, phones, and wireless access points throughout city facilities
  • Item (e): $540,601 for building access control system upgrades which will provide an opportunity to consolidate two access control systems into one, and to enhance cybersecurity by allowing city badges to be used for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to sign in to computer systems
  • Item (k): updated City Council Meeting Rules of Procedure
  • Item (o): approve a negotiated rate settlement between the 181-city Atmos Cities Steering Committee and Atmos Energy


Review City Council agendas and minutes here.