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City Services Update and Denton County Business Grant
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: June 30, 2020

Due to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in our community, the following service expansions have been adjusted: 
  • Summer recreation classes scheduled to begin on July 6 or later have been cancelled, except for online classes and those at High Point Tennis Center. Recreation staff will be contacting registrants to process cancelations and issue refunds.
  • Plans to start Plano Public Library Browse, Grab and Go service on July 6 are now on hold. Current services continue, including porch side pickup of materials, computer access by appointment, online programs for all ages and access to digital resources (eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers and databases).
  • The Interurban Museum’s reopening date of July 11 has also been postponed.

Special Called City Council Meeting – Tuesday, June 30, 5:30 p.m.
Plano City Council meets this evening, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Watch the meeting on the City’s Facebook page or planotv.org . Review the Council agenda here.

Denton County Small Business Grant Program Accepts Applications
Small businesses in Denton County can apply for Phase 2 of the Denton County OPEN Grant program. Nearly $20 million of CARES funding is available through grants to businesses financially impacted by COVID-19. Applications are open through July 6. Get details and apply at dentoncounty.gov/open .

Become a Pen Pal and Help Texans Stay Connected
Help residents and patients at state-supported living centers and state hospitals across Texas stay connected with their communities during the pandemic. Residents of living centers include people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and patients of state hospitals include people with mental health issues. Socialization is an important part of maintaining good mental health. Due to COVID-19, group activities, communal dining and visits with relatives and volunteers have been limited to prevent the spread of the virus. Encouraging letters and cards make a world of difference! Sign up to participate with an email to VolunteerHHSC@hhsc.state.tx.us .

Jack Carter Pool is open by reservation
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 .
All American 4th Fireworks Shot Higher in the Sky
Plano's All American 4th is still happening just not our usual way. We’ve moved the fireworks to higher ground thanks to Lavon Farms near Plano Event Center. The pyrotechnics will be shot at a higher altitude – nearly twice as high as ever before. As a result, you’ll be able to see the fireworks from a mile away! Watch from your backyard, a parking lot or online.

We’ve even mapped out the best places to see the fireworks . Our only ask is that you practice a little extra care by keeping a safe distance from other Planoites enjoying the show. 

You can also go to the Plano Arts & Event Facebook page to watch the show online.

As always, the display will be set to music on radio station 97.5 KLAK . So grab a spot and look to the sky on Saturday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m. 
Meeting Schedules Shift in July
Planning & Zoning Commission does not meet again until Monday, July 20. Their meetings continue to be by videoconference. If you would like to comment on a specific item, instructions on how to comment are available on that meeting’s agenda .

City Council meets twice in July as required by the City’s bylaws but both meetings are the last week of July: Monday, July 27 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, July 29 at 5 p.m. At the July 29 meeting, City Manager Mark Israelson presents the 2020-21 Recommended Budget and Community Investment Program (CIP). The updated Water & Sewer Revenue model and revised water and sewer rates will also be discussed at the meeting. These documents are available on the City website shortly after the meeting. A budget schedule is posted with these documents to allow you the opportunity to provide input. The budget and CIP are not official until City Council votes in September. They serve as our guiding financial tools from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30 each fiscal year. To provide input on a specific item, follow the instructions on the meeting agenda .

In August, Council Meetings resume the schedule of the second and fourth Mondays with the regular session beginning at 7 p.m. As always, you can watch Council Meetings live on planotv.org ; on television at Spectrum channel 16, Frontier FIOS channels 30 and 31, and AT&T U-verse channel 99 (choose Plano); or on the City’s Facebook page . Council Meetings are available at planotv.org for on-demand viewing normally within 24-hours.

July 3-5

Great news, trash and recycling collections will not be affected by the July Fourth holiday this year. However, some city facilities are closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. 

Voting for the July 4th Lawn Decorating Contest is open! Plano Arts & Events Facebook fans can vote with Facebook likes through Thursday, July 2 at 5 p.m. The photo with the highest number of likes wins a prize pack with prizes donated by Cambria Hotel Plano Frisco, The Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano Magazine and Visit Plano.

Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month. Participate in virtual activities design for all ages and abilities, including Facebook trivia, #ThankaParkandRecPro video contest and more! Follow the fun via the Plano Parks and Rec Facebook , Twitter and Instagram using #WeAreParksandRec

Sunday, July 5-Sunday, July 12 

Plano Fire-Rescue and Plano Police unite to support our community through a Carter BloodCare blood drive. Please consider making a blood donation.

Due to the COVID concerns, you must schedule an appointment online or call 800-433-0208.  

Donors need to wear a mask, if you don’t have one, one will be provided for you.
Plano Fire-Rescue teamed up with Plano Medical Center to discuss fireworks safety. Plano Arts and Events joins the conversation with details on Plano's All American 4th. 
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