Welcome to Plano City News, your weekly update
on what's happening in the City of Plano.
Dig into this Week's Lookback Report
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Aug. 4, 2020
The Weekly Lookback Report is designed to give you additional information on trends over a specific time period. Report data includes: 
  • Collin County hospital bed occupancy number, along with increase/decrease since the last report 
  • Collin County ICU occupancy rate, along with increase/decrease since the last report 
  • Collin County ventilator usage rate, along with increase/decrease since the last report 
  • Active Plano cases – increase/decrease since the last report 
  • Recovered Plano cases – increase/decrease since the last report 
  • Current Collin County test count 
  • Collin County positive test rate 
  • Collin County negative test rate 
  • Plano positive case trends by age group – increase/decrease since the last report

Look for future reports midday on Mondays on the City’s Facebook page

Please continue to:
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from others 
  • Wear a mask or facial covering 
  • Wash your hands often for 20 seconds with soap and water
Learn the latest on City service updates and find fun online programs
on the City’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on plano.gov.
Ask Questions About the City’s 2020-21 Budget
Thursday, Aug. 13, 7-8 p.m.

Join us by phone or online as Budget and Research Director Karen Rhodes-Whitley and City Manager Mark Israelson discuss the 2020-21 City budget that begins Oct. 1, 2020.

Participate or just watch it:
Where’s the Safest Pool in Plano?
Don't let the summer go by without taking a dip in Plano's first facility to be awarded the Bureau Veritas SafeGuard Label - Jack Carter Pool. The label demonstrates the City has addressed risks specific to pool operations and met strict hygiene standards. 

After the COVID-19 pandemic began, we made these operational changes to protect you and our employees with safety and hygiene at the pool:
  • Patrons must wear masks at entry to facility. They can take off masks as they get to their swimming areas.
  • Groups are limited to 6 people. If in the same family, the maximum is 10 people.
  • Loungers and picnic tables are spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart.
  • Staff wear masks as they serve customers.
  • Staff is assigned specific disinfecting tasks during the cleaning period between sessions as well as during visiting hours. This is checked by the site supervisor/manager.
  • Staff disinfects all equipment on loan to patrons during their visit.  
  • Social distancing markings and signage are installed throughout the facility.
  • Hand sanitizers are available on site to promote safe hygiene.
  • Touchless payment is encouraged.
  • Signage posted throughout facility promotes safe hygiene practices.
  • Capacity is reduced to 25% of normal visitor load. 
The certification of Jack Carter Pool is only the beginning. The contractor is testing, inspecting and certifying nine other City sites. Next in line are Haggard Library and Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center. Other facilities to be inspected are Plano Municipal Center, Police Headquarters, Fire Administration, Fire Station 1, Municipal Courts, Sam Johnson Recreation Center, Public Works and Heritage Yards.

Plano is the first U.S. city to go through this rigorous process. “The bottom line is we want to ensure that our residents and employees feel safe,” said Rachel Patterson, director of Environmental Health and Sustainability. “The third-party inspection process should enhance confidence in the safety and health of our public facilities.”
Get the Latest Details on the DART Silver Line Regional Rail
Thursday, Aug. 20
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Conference ID: 562 156 23

Attend this virtual quarterly community meeting to review the progress of the DART Silver Line Regional Rail Project. DART and the design-build contractor will be on hand to outline the latest developments and answer your questions. The project will provide regional rail service along the 26-mile long Silver Line Corridor from DFW International Airport to Plano.

Presentations include:
  • Updated project drawings showing track configurations and station layout
  • Status of track grade separations (bridges)
  • Betterments Program Progress
  • Station Design Progress
  • Design-Builder's early design and construction schedule
  • A general summary of project information
  • Identification of contacts for FAQs and community concerns

Participate in the Wyland Foundation’s National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation during August. Mayor LaRosiliere challenges you to pledge to use water efficiently and protect water resources. You may even win a prize.

Wednesday, Aug. 5
5 p.m. 

This special called joint meeting focuses on the comprehensive plan. Review the meeting agenda on the city council agenda webpage.

Comment on an item one of these ways: 

Watch the meeting live

Aug. 3-13

Ask questions and get help completing your 2020 Census questionnaire at U.S. Census Bureau drive-thru events at Plano Public Library locations. Internet devices will be available so you can submit your form there.

On Sunday, Aug. 9, Census takers begin knocking on doors of those who haven’t submitted forms yet.
Looking for a silver lining to a weird COVID year? How about faster road construction? A panel of road & traffic experts join the #podcast to give us details. Plus it’s time to dig into the City’s budget. Subscribe to Inside Plano.
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