Plano North October 2020

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News from Plano

DART aims for stronger vote

Closures in place for projects at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

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BY LIESBETH POWERS

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PLANO As decisions loom for Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s bus network redesign, some staff and board members are calling for a two-thirds vote to decide on an approach. The transit agency’s board is set to vote on the balance between ridership and coverage across DART’s entire 13-city bus network. Cities with a desire for higher-fre- quency service would be less affected by a focus on ridership, Board Chair Paul Wageman said during an Oct. 6 committee meeting, adding that rep- resentatives from those cities hold the simple majority on the board. More suburban areas like Plano would be more adversely affected by a smaller percentage of coverage, he said. The board is expected to vote on the ratio at its Oct. 20 meeting.

PLANO Parking and pedestrian traffic will be limited in some areas of Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano until spring 2021. Construction of a new restroom close to the existing bathrooms was expected to begin the week of Oct. 5. Once completed next spring, it will replace the existing restrooms, which will then be converted into a family restroom. During construction, some nearby parking will be limited, and the turnaround and drop-off point will be closed. The existing restroom, playground and pavilion will remain open. Another project, aimed at con- trolling and stabilizing areas with erosion or deterioration, began at

Access to trails and some parking will be limited in the coming months. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Certain trails and portions of the parking lot will be closed through- out these erosion projects, which are expected to be completed in early 2021. Areas undergoing erosion-control projects include Willow Creek, Arbor Hills Pedes- trian Bridge and the parking lot at Arbor Hills.

the preserve in September. The projects include the construction of walls made out of varying materials, a trail overlook area and an under-drain structure. These additions are meant to keep pedestrians safe and reduce maintenance costs, a release from the city of Plano stated.

City allocates last of CARES Act funding

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in a very consistent manner the expenses that the city has incurred.” This decision exhausts the roughly $16 million in CARES funds the city received in May from Collin County. However, the county is still support- ing Plano residents and businesses through its small-business grant and housing and food assistance programs, Israelson said. “If there are other expenses that come up for COVID, we would respond to those as we would respond in any other situation with city funds to make sure that we are providing appropriate actions and responses,” Israelson said.

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Total: $16M*

Here is how the city allocated its CARES Act funds. $6M in direct city costs $4.5M in salary increases for civil service employees $4M in salary increases for COVID-19 responders

equipment and the allocation of the remainder of the $4.5 million to Plano civil service salaries were both given the go-ahead at a Sept. 28 City Council meeting. Lewisville ISD has also shown a need for additional PPE, and the city expects to provide the district with a grant when the exact amount of need is better known. “We feel very comfortable with this approach,” Israelson said. “Applying these funds to salaries allows the city to track and audit

PLANO Frisco ISD, Lewisville ISD and civil service staff will receive the remaining amount of Plano’s funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. At the recommendation of City Manager Mark Israelson, the city of Plano held roughly $4.5 million of its relief funds in reserve to monitor COVID-19-related changes over the summer. The allocation of a $14,000 grant to Frisco ISD for personal protective

$1M in small business grants $500,000 Plano ISD grant $14,000 Frisco ISD grant *This number has been rounded.

SOURCE: CITY OF PLANO/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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