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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Liberty Playground Opens at Windhaven Meadows Park

Windhaven Park All Abilities Playground  (2)

The City unveils our latest universally-accessible playground in the new Windhaven Meadows Park! The 123-acre park opens Monday, September 23 at 11 a.m. Liberty Playground is a place for those of all abilities to play and enjoy nature thanks to a generous...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

GET READY for Open Enrollment, Oct. 30–Nov. 13

Open Enrollment Oct 30

The Open Enrollment process for active employees and pre-65 year old retirees begins Wednesday, October 30. Any changes you make during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1, 2020.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2020 

  • Enhanced life insurance and disability b...
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Posted on: September 12, 2019

Arms UP: Dates are Set for Free Flu Shots

Flu victims

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. Plan to get your FREE flu shot courtesy of the City’s Connect4Health benefit and Texas Health Resources.

Vaccinations are available to all active employees (full-time, part-tim...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Prices Will Increase on Vending Machines at City Sites

Vending machine items

Prepare to pay a little more to enjoy those crunchy Cheetos and fizzy Diet Cokes. The snack and beverage machines found in City facilities belong to a local vending company. The Purchasing department was recently notified of an across-the-board price incr...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Share Your Thoughts on Housing in Plano

HUD funding

The City of Plano is creating its 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, and your input is important. The Plan will outline how approximately $10 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds are spent over the next five years.

These dollar...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

FINAL WEEK….to Meet Your Premium Incentive Requirements

c4h premium incentive deadline

September 30 is coming! Have you completed both your preventive exam and biometric screening? If you and your spouse or domestic partner are enrolled on the City’s medical plan as of January 1, 2019, there are ONLY two preventive items required ...

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

Computer Refresh Prize Winners are Really HAPPY!

Computer Refresh Kelly and Wendy

It’s an awesome day in the neighborhood for the first group of you who completed the Computer Refresh surveys. Technology Services is conducting two short surveys during our citywide Computer Refresh Project, and they are enticing you to complet...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Put Yourself First for a Change...Join Weight Watchers Next Week

Weight Watchers do you need it

Having meetings at the City creates a supportive environment, which helps you reach your wellness goals! We’re excited to kick off another session of Weight Watchers (WW) Wellness Workshops so you can attend even with a busy schedule!

Start your successful...

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

SEED Earns STAR North Texas Award

SEED North TX Star Award (1) WEB

Our Sustainability and Environmental Education division (SEED) was recognized for being stellar stewards of the environment. The City’s Compost Education programs were recently honored with the 2019 STAR (State of Texas Alliance for Recycling) North Texas...

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

Check off this To-Do List during National Preparedness Month

Natl Preparedness Month 2019

Even with advanced warnings, hurricanes like Harvey and Dorian still devastate lives and property. In an emergency, seconds matter and could mean the difference between surviving and not! September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s ...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Plano Planners Elected to National Association Posts

Planners

Two Plano planners will hold offices after recent American Planning Association – Texas Chapter elections. Congratulations to Christina and Esmeralda who are also members of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP):

Christina Sebastian, AICP was...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

Let Shanté Akafia Show You How “I SEE U SERVE” Works

I C U SERVE image WEB

By now you’ve seen the I SEE U Serve Cards in breakrooms and other common areas. But you may need some clarity on how to say “thanks, I saw you serve” using these cards. Watch as Human Resources Director Shanté Akafia made one Team Plano member’s day:

Have...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

You’ve Got College Spirit! Yes, You do!

College colors

The Friday before Labor Day is considered College Colors Day across the nation. Remembering those years of discoveries and traditions brings back fond memories. It’s fun to recall the music, friendships, parties…and the games!

Here are...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

NEW…Age Requirements in Effect for Recreation Centers

Walking track at Oak Point

Parks and Recreation now enforces a new drop-off policy regarding young children.  The department researched the matter thoroughly and considered patron feedback before revising the rules about unattended youth at centers and pools.

Basically, chi...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

September’s Inside Plano Talks Festivals, Food & Fun!

Inside Plano WEB

It’s getting cooler….just wait for it…and you’ll want to get out again. Well, a quick listen to this month’s Inside Plano Podcast with Shannah Hayley and Steve Stoler takes the guess work out of deciding where to go and what interesting things there are t...

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill for Food Safety

Food poisoning

The symptoms of food poisoning are quite memorable. With September being National Food Safety Month, make it your business to learn how to avoid feeling those symptoms from home-cooked meals.

Improper food handling can cause uncomfortable stomach cramping,...

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Posted on: August 29, 2019

Only 11 Days To Bring in Your Jars of Peanut Butter

Peanut butter jars

A contest to determine our employees’ butter-of-choice has begun. This challenge is part of the Collin County Peanut Butter Drive which invites each of us to donate and help end hunger for those in need.

City Manager Mark Israelson encourages all...

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Posted on: August 29, 2019

Renee Jordan is an NRPA “Directors School” Grad

Renee Jordan at NRPA school

Congratulations to Park Planning Manager Renee Jordan for accomplishing a career milestone. She recently graduated from the National Recreation and Park Associations Directors School. The Directors School is an exclusive two-year professional development c...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

Computer Refresh Survey-takers Can Win BIG PRIZES

Computer Refresh prizes

Seize the opportunity to put your hands in the Computer Refresh treasure box. A wonderful cache of Team Plano prizes await some lucky people who complete either of these two surveys:

  • Computer Refresh Project (CRP) Deployment Survey
  • Computer Refresh Project ...
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Posted on: August 28, 2019

Parks Division Staff Shine at Safety Awards Breakfast

Parks guys WEB

As Tina Turner first sang in 1989, “You’re simply the best…better than all the rest!” The Parks division let their staff know just how appreciated they are at its annual Service and Safety Awards breakfast on Augus...

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Watch the New Peanut Butter Drive VIDEO

Peanut butter drive with Mayor

The fact that there are hungry children in such an affluent part of the world is hard to swallow. Join Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, City Council and the North Texas Food Bank for this month-long campaign. From September 1 to 30, all of Collin County will be o...

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

FEEDBACK WANTED! Is Plano Bicycle Friendly?

Bluebonnet Trail and biker

The City recently applied to renew its Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Bicyclists! As part of their review process, the League wants your input on bicycling in Plano. If you’ve ever biked here, please take a minute ...

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Reduce Sweat with Beat the Heat Tips

Heat Stress

Autumn is a month away, but summers in North Texas tend to go beyond the expiration date. Forecasts are like a broken record, “….extremely hot, reaching temperatures near or above 100 degrees.”

Team Plano employees work in a ...

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Posted on: August 15, 2019

State Citizen Academy Picked Dawson Officer of the Year

Mark Dawson WEB

Police Officer Mark Dawson has served the City for 33 years – earning numerous honors over his career. Most recently he was caught totally by surprise to learn he was named 2019's “Officer of the Year" by the Texas Citizen Police Academy Alumni and L...

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Posted on: August 15, 2019

Plano Police “Take Me Home” System is a Lifesaver

Take Me Home lost senior

The City provides a unique service to residents who become lost and unable to recall even their name. The Plano Police Department’s (PPD) Take Me Home System is a database to help people who are alone. It’s terrifying to find yourself ...

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Posted on: August 15, 2019

Say “Sí” to Learning a New Language with Pronunciator

Library Pronunciator 3

Don’t think that your chance to learn a new language has passed you by! Prepare for next year’s trip to your bucket-list destination by getting a head start on learning a new language now through Plano Public Library’s Pronunciator.

Whether learning a new ...

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Posted on: April 12, 2018

Severe Weather Poster Winner Showcased in Lobby Display

Emergency Preparedness Month (3)

The current Municipal Center display case features the 2019 poster contest winner from Hickey Elementary. The Emergency Management Department’s annual competition encourages Plano kids to get creative in sharing their ideas. This year the contes...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

What does SERVE’s Respectful Value Look Like?

SERVE Respectful WEB

Well…the best answer is it looks like YOU – on the job…taking care of business AND each other.

Over the past couple of days, Elsa Gonzales-Diaz and Haley Kreidler from Risk Management took to the streets of Plano armed with hydration kits. The care package...

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Posted on: June 27, 2019

Hey! Schedule Your Computer Refresh Training Session

Computer Refresh training 2

The Computer Refresh Project has begun – ARE YOU READY? Everyone gets a new computer or laptop during this citywide project – a huge job. This effort replaces our aging desktop technology and:

  • Improves security while reducing cyber risk...
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Posted on: July 24, 2019

Are Student Loans a Boat Anchor on Your Finances?

Student loan debt

Let the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program relieve the drain on your bank account. First, you must find out if you qualify for student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). In addition, you must be working full-ti...

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Posted on: July 17, 2019

Place the Benefits Guide in the Palm of Your Hand

City of Plano Mobile app WEB

The truth is, benefits info is rarely handy when and where we need it. Many of us skim through brochures once every year and file it away, never to be seen again. Sometimes it’s difficult to find information without flipping or scrolling through...

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Posted on: July 17, 2019

Does Your Home Need Emergency Repairs?

Plano home repair grant

Home repair emergencies often happen out of the blue and pose a real drain on family finances. The City of Plano Housing Rehabilitation Program may be the answer to fixing the problem.

There are grants, through this HUD-supported program, to assist low-inc...

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Posted on: June 13, 2019

SERVE’s “Respectful” Value: What does it look like?

Respect ticket to success WEB

Kindness. Courtesy. Politeness. Treating everyone the same regardless of factors like age, ethnicity or position. These very common character traits aren’t always common in the workplace. Expert reports indicate a workforce’s job satis...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

“Sharing is Caring” with Team Plano Social Recruiting

Social media Sharing WEB

Who likes to share? Were we taught as kids to give a portion of what we had because “sharing is caring?” Popeye fans may recall “I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”…guess that’s s...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

One Voice Committee Helps Spread the Word

OneVOICE (2)

There’s an old saying, “communication is key.” True enough for all manner of human connections – on and off the job. Sharing information involves knowing the WHAT and the WHY in order to “effectively&r...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Michelle’s “Congratulations Emails” Mean You’ve Saved $600

c4h premium incentive deadline

It’s one of the coolest email messages you’ll get this year! If you receive notification from Senior Wellness Coordinator Michelle Gifford (Congratulations! You have earned your Connect4Health Premium Incentive for Plan Year 2020 by co...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Will the Real Jordan White Please Stand Up!

Compass Jordan White

The Human Resources Benefits team wants to introduce you to Jordan White, our Personal Health Pro.

Many of you have used Alight’s Compass Healthcare as a trusted resource when making important medical decisions. Their expert answers complex healt...

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Posted on: June 27, 2019

Need Medical Care While Traveling?

Doc on Demand WEB

The worst thing that can happen on a long-awaited adventure isn’t missing a flight or losing your luggage – it’s getting sick. Even after pre-travel visits to the doctor, as well as packing germ-fighting sanitizers and medica...

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Posted on: June 20, 2019

Human Resources Takes their Benefits Show “On the Road Again”

HR RoadshowWEB

Like Willie Nelson, Human Resources (HR) just can’t wait to get on the road again with YOUR benefits news! The HR Benefits and Wellness Team is bringing their “roadshow” to a conference room, breakroom or vehicle bay near you...

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Posted on: November 29, 2018

Buy PlanoCRX Meds with REVISED Order Form

Plano CRX drug program WEB

Beginning January 1, the City will have a new mail order drug program available for all eligible employees, retirees and their dependents. The new cost saving program, PlanoCRX, can be used for brand name prescriptions.

PlanoCRX is a voluntary&...

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