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Work Begins on New Fire Training Center
If you live near the intersection of McDermott Road and Robinson Road, you’ll have prime viewing as the Plano Fire-Rescue Fire Training Center comes to life. On Oct. 9, a small groundbreaking ceremony kicked off the project. 

“This facility will allow Plano’s training staff to simulate infrequent high-hazard events and to allow our firefighters to practice new techniques in a safe and non-emergency setting,” said Fire Chief Sam Greif. “The complex is unique and innovative and will provide quality training opportunities for years to come.” 

The Fire Training Center, a 2-acre complex, includes the: 
  • Training administration building with office space 
  • Training/classrooms 
  • Women’s and men’s locker rooms 
  • Fitness area 
  • Mock three-bay apparatus room 
  • Two-story single-family home training prop 
  • Six-story burn tower 
  • Two-story multi-family apartment prop 
  • Technical rescue training facility
 
Funding for the project, $14.8 million, comes from the 2017 bond approved by voters. Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects designed the center and Byrne Construction Services is building the complex, which should be complete by early 2022. 
Dispose of Drugs Responsibly on Oct. 24
Are unused and expired drugs overtaking your medicine cabinet? Clean out the house during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24. 

Bring your people and pet drugs to this free event offered by the Plano Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). During the drive-through event, simply: 
  • Black out your name and address on the prescription bottles, or  
  • Pour medications directly into a disposable bag and bring it 

Medicines in tablets, capsules and solid forms are accepted. This is a safe and legal way to get rid of prescription pain pills and controlled-substance medications which can only be accepted for disposal with law enforcement present. 

Visit drop-off sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:  
  • Clark High School, 523 W. Spring Creek Pkwy. 
  • Plano East Senior High School, 3000 Los Rios Blvd. 
  • Plano Senior High School, 2200 Independence Pkwy. 
  • Plano West Senior High School, 5601 W. Parker Rd. 

Needles, syringes and inhalers are not accepted at this event. Visit our website for safe disposal options for sharps and other medical waste. 
Use the Library’s Grab and Go Service without an Appointment
You are now free to visit any Plano Public Library location for Grab and Go service and computer access without an appointment. The appointment requirement has been lifted. Grab and Go service allows you to browse materials and pick up holds using self-checkout. Shop the Friends lobby sales during this quick visit. Computer access is available for 2-hour sessions on a first come-first served basis. 

Current library hours are: 
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 
Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  
Sunday: 1-5 p.m. 

Wear your mask at all times during your Library visit. To keep the area safe for everyone, seating, in-house programs, kids play areas and meeting rooms are not available for use at this time. 
Happenings

Saturday, Oct. 17
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Plano Event Center
2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. 

If you live in Plano, stop by this free family event. Masks and social distancing required. Get free flu shots while supplies last. Bring your kids for free dental screenings. Join in the virtual job fair.


Monday, Oct. 19 7 p.m. (regular meeting) videoconference  

The meeting agenda posts to the P&Z Commission webpage the Friday prior to the meeting. Instructions on how and when to submit comments or speak are on the agenda.

Watch the meeting live on Facebook or planotv.org

Leaves are beginning to fall on lawns. Rake your piles into compostable lawn bags and place them out for free weekly yard trimmings collection. We'll compost them into Texas Pure Products and you'll do your part to keep our recycling stream clean.

Our water supplier the North Texas Municipal Water District is continuing to make progress on construction of the new Bois D’arc Lake reservoir. Once it is complete in 2022, Plano and residents of the 12 other member cities will be drinking water from this lake. Learn other facts about the project.
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