Plano City Council Preview

Plano City Council Preview – October 10, 2022

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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 councilcomments@plano.gov. The council meeting will be livestreamed on PlanoTV.org and on the City of Plano Facebook page.

 

Executive Session (starts at 5:00 PM)

(Review agenda here)

  • Legal Advice – Short Term Rentals
  • Litigation – Constance Swanston and Women’s Elevated Sober Living vs. City of Plano
  • Economic Development Consideration
  • Personnel Appointments
    • Board of Adjustment – Members and Chair
    • Building Standards Commission – Members and Chair
    • Heritage Commission – Chair
    • Planning and Zoning Commission – Member and Chair
    • DART Board of Directors – Interim Member

 

Preliminary Open Meeting

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

(Review agenda here)

  • Personnel Appointments
    • Board of Adjustment – Members and Chair
    • Building Standards Commission – Members and Chair
    • Heritage Commission – Chair
    • Planning and Zoning Commission – Member and Chair
    • Animal Shelter Advisory Committee – Member and Chair
    • Community Relations Commission – Chair
    • Cultural Arts Commission – Member, Interim Member and Chair
    • Library Advisory Board – Chair
    • Parks and Recreation Planning Board – Members and Chair
    • Plano Housing Authority – Members
    • Retirement Security Plan Committee – Member and Chair
    • Senior Advisory Board – Members and Chair
    • Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone No. 2 & No. 3 Board – Chair
    • Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone No. 4 Board – Members and Chair
  • Short Term Rental Presentation

 

Regular Meeting (starts at 7:00 PM)

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

(Review agenda here)

Comments of Public Interest: at 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): Amend the Comprehensive Plan for actions outside the focus of the 2020-2021 Comprehensive Plan Review process and for minor updates to maps. See changes in the Supporting Documents here. There are no changes to the Land Use Map other than changing a header from  “Traditional Neighborhood Form” to “Typical Neighborhood Design” for consistency
  • Item (2): Resolution to accept $25,187 in 2022 Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funds for the Plano Police Department in an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Plano, the City of McKinney, the City of Frisco, and the Collin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Item (3): Adopt the 2023 Legislative Program for the City of Plano
  • Item (4): Affirm the appointment of Nathan Barbera as a shared board member with the City of Farmers Branch to serve on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority (DART) Board of Directors
  • Item (5): Comments, Discussion, and Direction re Short Term Rentals

 

Notable Consent Agenda Items

Total of $15,239,154 of your money in proposed expenses

  • Item (c): $2,357,312 to replace approximately 5,300 feet of waterline and 4,900 square yards of street paving in the Parkview Addition neighborhood
  • Item (d): $539,518 for an Electric Refuse Truck with a charging station. This is a scheduled replacement and is also a pilot to evaluate the feasibility of deploying electric refuse trucks in daily collection operations. I don’t know whether a big lightning bolt will be painted on the side
  • Item (e): Third time’s a charm! This item is to approve an amendment to a license agreement between the City of Plano and AT&T for the installation, operation, and maintenance of conduit for telecommunications cable in city right-of-way. This was tabled previously due to concerns about the minuscule fee increase permitted over the 30 years (it allows for 2 10-year renewals with a 3 percent increase each time; that’s 3 percent for 10 years, not 3 percent per year). This new amendment is for a 10-year agreement with a 3% annual increase, for a total amount of $588,544 paid to the city by AT&T over 10 years, as opposed to $513,390 in the previous version of the amendment. This amounts to $75,154 saved over 10 years for the taxpayers of Plano. This highlights the value of questioning and pursuing changes.
  • Item (f): $312,132 extra for drainage improvements to include the installation of a gabion wall behind 1801 Macao Pl. and 3004 Padre Ct. due to significant erosion along the streambank, as well as some channel protection and adjacent storm drain outfall improvements
  • Item (h): $590,100 for sewer improvements at various locations throughout the city to increase the overall capacity and work to reduce or eliminate odors caused by the added flows to the system
  • Item (o): Adopt a 9% rate increase for both water and wastewater. This rate increase is the direct result of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) contract cost increase passed on to the City of Plano.  The 9% increase will provide an additional $10,144,111 to cover the increased contract cost
  • Item (p): Rate increase of $2.50 per 68 gallon and 95 gallon trash bin. This rate increase is the direct result of rising fuel costs, inflation, and increased contract cost from the aforementioned NTMWD, and will provide an additional $2,223,169 to the city

 

Review City Council agendas and minutes here.