Welcome to Plano City News , your weekly update
on what's happening in the City of Plano.
Gear Up for the Next Plano Citizens Academy
Looking for a City experience like no other? Apply for the 2019-20 Plano Citizens Academy . This 12-month program shows you the ins and outs of City of Plano operations. Meet residents with a similar passion for learning about the City as you gather monthly for a two-hour session at locations across Plano. Each class dives into different areas of municipal service such as transportation, economic development, Parks and Recreation and the Plano Animal Shelter.

You'll go behind the scenes with City departments for an action-packed life experience. To participate, you must be at least 18 and live in Plano. Only 40 participants are selected for each year’s class. Watch a quick video , review the schedule and fill out an application no later than Sunday, Sept. 1. Classes start Oct. 1!
Is Your Neighborhood Topnotch?
Make your neighborhood shine. Apply for a BEST Neighborhoods Designation. During the week of Aug. 26, Neighborhood Services is hosting open house hours for neighborhoods interested in applying. Bring your draft application and we'll give it a quick review to be sure you're on the right track. Reserve a 30-minute time slot today!

Submit applications for the 2019 Designation by Tuesday, Oct. 1. Review the program guidelines for helpful tips.

Recognized neighborhoods that go above and beyond to create a Beautiful, Engaged, Safe and Thriving - BEST Neighborhood can achieve designations at one of three levels:
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum

Awardees receive a mention of designation status, use of the designation insignia (for websites, brochures, etc.) and most of all, bragging rights! Platinum also receives two neighborhood entrance signs and inclusion in the online story map .

Any registered homeowners association, neighborhood association or crime watch group can apply. Visit PlanoNeighborhoods.org for an application packet. We only do the designations annually in October, so don't delay!
School Zones Are Active Again
Buckle up and prepare for takeoff. Yesterday, Plano ISD students headed back to school and on Thursday Frisco ISD starts too. Within Plano city limits, 173 school zones support the almost 100,000 students walking, riding, driving or biking to school. Please use extra care and be alert as you approach schools along your route.
Day Labor Center Celebrates its 25th Anniversary
Sometimes you need a little extra help and the City's Day Labor Center always has someone ready to work. On Monday, the Day Labor Center marked its 25th anniversary.

Since 1994, it has given local workers a safe and legal alternative to the old chaotic way of doing things – connecting community contractors with laborers for short-term employment. The center serves an average of 2,500 laborers and 800 contractors per month during the summer. These services lead to 40-50% of laborers finding job placement on a daily basis.

How it Works
  • Laborers are selected for you to interview on site, based on the skill-sets you request.
  • Wages are negotiated and job details are discussed with the selected laborer in the presence of City staff prior to leaving the site. These practices help ensure a fair and transparent experience for everyone.

Next time you find yourself looking for a few extra hands for a project, swing by the Day Labor Center, 805 Ozark Drive.
Happenings

Friday, Aug. 16
8 p.m.

998 E. 15th St.

Bring your friends and test your knowledge for Friday Night Trivia at McCall Plaza, presented by Plano Stages. Teams of no more than five players compete for fun, trophies and more.



Saturday, Aug. 17
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

4028 W. Plano Pkwy.

Adoption fees are waived at the Plano Animal Shelter this Saturday. If you visit and adopt, be sure to stop by the tent outside so we can add your photo to our Facebook family album.



Saturday, Aug. 24
9-11 a.m.

4116 W. Plano Pkwy.

Learn to plant an attractive oasis of foliage and texture to delight the eye - even under the arching canopy of mature trees. Weather permitting, we'll stroll through the demonstration garden!

City Council meets for a budget work session on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Plano Municipal Center, 1520 K Ave. Watch the discussion in person, on planotv.org or live on the City of Plano's Facebook page . For a bite-size view of this year's budget, play the budget video . All the budget documents are available at plano.gov/recommendedbudget .
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