Welcome to Plano City News , your weekly update
on what's happening in the City of Plano.
Get Compost Value Back From Your Food Scraps
Put worms to work for your garden by creating an inviting compost pile for them to live, love and cast their cares. Use specialized red worms to compost your plant-based food waste, then let the fertile soil nutrients they create feed your plants. Learn to set up and maintain a worm bin to harvest and use the worm castings. Register for the Food Waste Composting class on Saturday, Feb. 1, 9-11 a.m., at the Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Parkway (75093). 

Don’t let the thrill of composting stop with food waste; learn the Basics of Backyard Composting from your home during a 1-hour webinar. Pick the session that fits your schedule on Thursday, Feb. 6, 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Both of these classes are FREE.

Follow this class with the free Vegetable Gardening for North Central Texas webinar on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m.
Ask Local Experts How to Apply for Citizenship
Are you considering applying for citizenship? Learn who can apply, how to apply and when to apply at the free Citizenship Information Workshop . Join us on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m. at the Plano Independent School District Sockwell Center, 6301 Chapel Hill. 

Representatives from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, English as a Second Language (ESL) providers, nonprofit organizations and immigration attorneys are coming to answer your questions. Use what you learn to start the process. Meet others like yourself who are starting the path to citizenship. Childcare is not available.
Neighborhood Services Wins National Award
The American Association of Code Enforcement named the City of Plano Neighborhood Services department the “2019 Department of the Year.” Within this department, the Property Standards team, which performs code enforcement, cooperatively works with the Community Services and BEST Neighborhoods divisions. During the normal course of their work, they keep a caring eye on neighbors to watch for bigger needs. Together, they connect these needs with community resources. The department calls it an effort to "create HOPE (help, outreach, partner, enforce) and propel positive change so that people are proud to call Plano home.” 

When residents are in need because of financial or physical hardships, the department strives to find solutions for residents to feel safe and healthy in their homes and neighborhoods. Community outreach is key to educating residents. To do so, they offer free Property Maintenance workshops, short informative online videos, neighborhood meeting presentations, tabling at events and more! 

All Property Standards specialists are state certified code enforcement officers and the senior specialists have zoning inspector, and housing and property maintenance inspector certifications - making this team extremely capable of identifying innovative solutions. 

Volunteers help their neighbors abate code violations through the Plano CARES program. Neighborhood Services is committed to making Plano a healthy and safe place where residents will continue to flourish. 
Do Your Part to Keep our City Looking Sharp
Watch for new litter cleanup stations at both Bob Woodruff Park and the Environmental Education Center (EEC) this spring. A 2019 Green Bag Grant from Keep Texas Beautiful and Texas grocer HEB grant have funded the stations.

Start your own small-scale litter cleanup as you walk along popular Plano trails with bags and gloves from a station. Each station is next to a trash can to make it easy to drop off the litter on your way out. Outside the station is litter information and instructions on how to track and report your cleanup data.

Help us:
  • Decrease litter in parks
  • Increase litter awareness
  • Make supplies available for people who already pick up litter in Plano parks
  • Capture data from small-scale cleanups

Litter cleanup stations may be added to other locations later. If you notice an area in Plano you think could benefit from a station or an organized cleanup, let us know about it.
Know a Nonprofit Helping Plano Residents?
Does your nonprofit serve Plano? The City of Plano announces the availability of 2020 funding through the Consolidated Grant process. Three sources of funds are available to eligible nonprofit organizations that serve Plano residents: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Buffington Community Services Grant (BCSG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Grant.

Applications are due Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Hard copies of the application will not be accepted. Apply online.

To apply, your organization must attend one of these MANDATORY application training sessions:
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m.

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Happenings

Trash and recycling collection is one day later this week.

Don't miss a collection, get a text or email reminder the day before .



Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.

Plano Municipal Center
1520 K Ave.

Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the regular Planning & Zoning Commission meets tonight (Tuesday). 



Thursday, Feb. 6
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Hilton Granite Park
5805 Granite Pkwy.

Plano’s 2020 State of the City is offered as part of the Plano Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. Tickets for the luncheon event are available through the Plano Chamber of Commerce.

 
Receive email updates on the Comprehensive Plan Review process, including the work of the ad hoc advisory Comprehensive Plan Review Committee.
 

Spring Break camps and classes are open for registration. Prices vary with camp for kids 6 to 14 years old. Let them study bugs, take an art camp, up their STEAM skills or just relax their brains.


If you tinker with auto repairs, don’t buy the books. Access the Chilton Library and the Small Engine Repair Reference Center for free from home with your Plano Public Library card .


Don't let a night on the town end with an empty pocket or stolen purse. Crime Prevention Officer Chris Bianez has some tips to protect your valuables. Watch this Plano Police Safety Minute.
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