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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Manage Stress Together for Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

With help from our One Voice Committee, Human Resources shares the message, “We’re in this Together!” No doubt, these are unprecedented times – filled with uncertainty and change. Now, more than ever, it’s...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Coronavirus Update, May 21: More Businesses Open

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Governor Greg Abbott’s May 18 announcement was about Phase 2 openings, homelessness prevention measures and more. Find timelines, guidance and checklists for businesses and customers on the Open Texas Strike Force website.

In the next 10 days, th...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Get an Airrosti Virtual Injury Assessment for FREE

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All employees are eligible for complimentary injury evaluations from expert technicians. Plano’s partnership with Airrosti makes this benefit possible. Add your name to the reservation list for one of these dates:

Wednesday, May 27   &am...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Hear the Latest Parks & Recreation Reopening News

Inside Plano podcast with PARD staff

Dive into the most current reopening news about Plano Parks & Recreation pools, parks, centers and camps. FIRST, congratulations to Plano Parks for ranking #17 among the nation’s 100 largest cities on the Trust for Public Land ParkScore Inde...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Put a Snap in Your Day with Pickled Veggies and Hot Chili

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Summer gardens will soon start to yield a variety of yummy vegetables ripe for the pickin’. If your DIY micro-farm is producing well this year, consider preserving some of the harvest in pickle jars. Pickling is for more than just cucumbers and ...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

City Council Approves Financial Relief for Residents and Businesses

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On May 11, City Council approved two amendments to allocate almost $1.5 million to help relieve financial strain caused by COVID-19. The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partner...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Plan Your Weekend Around these Memorial Holiday Closures and Cancellations

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As you plan your long weekend activities, there are Memorial Day closures and cancellations you should know about.

Plano Public Library Closes for Two Days this Memorial HolidayLibrary book drops are closed Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25 for Memorial Da...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Have You Shot Your Plano Staycation Photo Contest Entry Yet?

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It’s the second week of Parks & Recreation’s action-packed competition with a chance to win awesome prizes! The Plano Staycation Photo Contest theme for round two is “Occupations.” The field is wide open for you...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Take Direction from the May VEER Calendar for Fun & Relaxation

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May brought more than gorgeous flowers with the release of our new VEER Calendar of fun to-dos and must-tries. Forced to rethink how we work and play, Human Resources’ Virtual Employee Engagement & Recognition activities are some engaging wa...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Wooing Nature Can be a Beautiful Thing

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If you don’t want to go to nature, bring nature to your backyard. In this week’s episode of Parks & Recreation’s “Wednesday Walk,” Renee Jordan (Parks Planning Manager) talks about some easy tricks to ...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Try TMRS’s New Town Square…they’re Open for Business

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The Texas Municipal Retirement System has great news about assisting members under COVID-19 restrictions. TMRS is pleased to announce the TMRS Town Square. This new web page contains resources members and cities can access instead of personal contact with...

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Share in Plano’s Thank Yous

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Take a bow as Plano Fire Chief Sam Greif and a legion of firefighters show their appreciation for all the community support.

Listen to “Thank you from Plano Fire-Rescue.”

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Take Advantage of Plano’s Tuition Assistance Program

Tuition Assistance Program

Raise a hand if you want help paying for a continuing education dream. There are funds in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to subsidize the cost of college-level courses for full-time employees. This City benefit only covers tuition expenses for appro...

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Add Zoom Training Courses to Outlook Calendars

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Sometimes we sign up for virtual classes and workshops, but miss out because the events aren’t on our Outlook calendars. This happens more now since COVID-19 halted in-person training sessions.

Typically, an “add to your calendar&rd...

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Can the New, More Precise W-4 Save You Money?

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Many taxpayers last year got an ugly surprise: Instead of the anticipated refund, they got hit with a tax bill. After a 2017 tax law that cut taxes for many, the IRS reduced the amount of taxes needed to be withheld from paychecks. The outcome was that ma...

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Restrictions on Use of City Facilities have Changed

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Governor Greg Abbott’s recent declarations mean changes to previous City facility closures and operations. Here’s what’s different:

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Marc Pate Completes National Executive Officer Program

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Deputy Fire Chief Marc Pate is now certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The training he successfully completed, Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP), is the flagship program of the National Fire Academy (an entity of FEMA). The NF...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Seen the New Emergency Markers Posted on Chisholm Trail?

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Your life may depend on the new information signs recently added to paths along Chisholm Trail. Plano is conducting a “test run” of an emergency marker system to help first responders find patrons quicker when they are on a trail.

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Flexible Spending Accounts and COVID-19 Elections Changes

Flexible Spending Accounts

Due to recent coronavirus-related life events, flexible spending account participants may be eligible to change their elections. For some whose life situations were altered, there are options to suspend, modify or add an election.

Dependent Care Flexible S...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Check Out the Team Plano Smiles from “Remote” Spaces

Heather Harrington Home Office

Team Plano, you were asked to share photos of WHERE you’re working in our current climate of social distancing. Just a couple of months ago, this may have seemed like a strange request; however, things are really looking and feeling different ar...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Embrace the “Excellence” Value with I SEE YOU SERVE

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Send a “pat on the back” when you see someone serving with excellence. Excellence is not only one of our SERVE values (WHAT we are about) but is also part of our brand the “City of Excellence” (WHO we are). Over the...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Addressing Your WELLNESS in a Time of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic changed daily routines, limited social interactions and really has us feeling a little insecure. Mental health experts say it’s ok to feel sad about these changes. Grief is a natural response to loss, whether it’s...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Improve Emergency Response Time with Plano’s Smart911

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One of the biggest issues with calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone is dispatchers can’t see exact locations on screen. Plano’s new Smart911 platform will help to provide a better location. With this service, residents now have the option o...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

GIS Staff Graphs Interactive COVID-19 Stats

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Hearing the straight facts is always good, but having visuals always enhances the message. Communications and Community Engagement sends daily coronavirus updates internally and externally – often several times a day. Now the geographic informat...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Human Resources Shares Details on Employee Self-Care Tools

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Plano has a number of beneficial work-life programs and services in place to help with your physical and mental wellbeing. Don’t wait until you’re in need or crisis to get familiar with what’s available.

There are several opti...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

City Tackles Seniors’ Loneliness – No Swiping Right Required

Senior Care Call

Early reports made it clear older persons are more vulnerable to COVID-19 and are highly encouraged to STAY HOME. For a great many seniors, this prolonged period of isolation can be devastatingly lonely! While it doesn’t provide opportunities fo...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

Reduction of Parking Spaces at Arbor Hills Encourages Social Distancing

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Extra safety measures are in effect to promote social distancing and improve the quality of visits to one of Plano’s largest green spaces. Parks & Recreation’s award-winning Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, in response to user comments...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

“Play in Plano” with Parks & Recreation Online

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Plano Parks & Recreation department is bringing its classes and activities to your home—call it our virtual recreation center! At Play in Plano Online, residents can access a variety of fun resources like kid’s activities, family g...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Zone-out at Lunch with Art and Music

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Step back a little from all the COVID-madness to feed your soul with art and music! Delve into free virtual creative experiences courtesy of Plano Arts and Events. Here’s what’s being offered:

Mondays: Free Live Art ClassTake an online ...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Link into John Stanley and Emily Reddington: Every Job Has Purpose

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Human Resources and Communications and Community Outreach departments joined talents on a recent project. The focus, “Every Job Has Purpose.” The series of videos regularly showcase Team Plano members and why they chose to work here.

Th...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

How is COVID-19 Affecting Your Retirement Planning and Investments?

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Everyone’s pulling together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic while shouldering concerns about its effects on our finances. Many of you are thinking about the impact this virus is having on retirement accounts and retirement planning. 

Make...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Tell Someone You Care with an “I SEE YOU SERVE” e-Card

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Organizations where people share values and are valued succeed over the long term in both good and bad times.” This is a quote by Simon Sinek shared in his book “Leaders Eat Last.”

As we continue to work to...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

“Ready with Ron” Videos Could Save Your Life

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Ron Moore knows all about emergencies and shares that insight regularly through “Ready with Ron” videos. He’s the City’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) coordinator armed with a wealth of knowledge to help ...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Employees Set to be “Live Monitors” at Plano Parks

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The City addresses the community’s social distancing concerns at our public green spaces by sending staff to sites. As of April 1, employees from Parks & Recreation and the Plano Public Library will take turns patrolling every major park in ...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Get a Handle on COVID- 19 and Your Mental Wellness

COVID Mental wellness

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and wellbeing. While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.

There is a helpful guide fro...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

How to Practice Social Distancing and Still be Social!

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Here are a few suggestions on how to stay social during these unsettling times! Social isolation is detrimental to one’s mental health and wellbeing, so it’s important to stay connected with the world outside, even if it’s a ...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Conducting City Business on Personal Devices

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Telecommuting and working remotely often means employees have to use their own devices – cell phones, tablets, etc. As a public entity subject to Open Records requests, there are regulations that must be followed when using personal equipment fo...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Affects City Budget

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Key information was shared during the March 25 Management Team meeting that impacts all of Team Plano. The 2020-21 Budget for the City of Plano will feel the COVID-19 pinch. However, Plano is still budgeted well enough to sustain the City’s Exce...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Team Plano Coronavirus DAILY UPDATE

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A lot happens related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) every day. Get the latest on the Team Plano COVID-19 FAQ page.

This should be your first stop for information on benefits coverage for testing and medical care, virtual options for non-COVID medical needs...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Combat COVID-related Stress with a Skillsoft Class

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Relief for what ails you may be just a finger click away with a FREE Skillsoft training class. Take a break from the pressures of coronavirus concerns or everyday challenges. Explore helpful, calming options available with several short Skillsoft videos.

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

City Manager Extends Facility Closures

Mark Israelson

City Manager Mark Israelson announced an update to facility closures. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he is extending closures of all Parks and Recreation facilities as well as Libraries through April 27. This date aligns the closures with the City ...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

New Payroll Codes for COVID-19 Tracking

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Yes, tentacles of the coronavirus are effecting the way we now have to do payroll codes. Payroll Supervisor Brandon Potemra has posted all of the codes needed to properly enter COVID-related business into the system. The complete list of Payroll Guidance ...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Save $$ with PlanoCRX

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Looking for a way to save money on prescription drug? Try PlanoCRX. This voluntary international prescription drug program available to eligible employees, pre-65 retirees and dependents of the City of Plano benefits plan offers:

  • $0 Copays for select BRAND...
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Posted on: March 5, 2020

COVID-19 Healthcare Questions Continue

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UnitedHealthcare knows you have questions about coverage and they have provided a handy COVID-19 FAQ sheet to guide you as you make decisions. Look through this guide, which covers testing questions, virtual visits and more.

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Posted on: January 30, 2020

Say “I SEE YOU SERVE” Electronically

I See You Serve card FRONT BACK

As we work together during an unprecedented time in our City, state, nation and world, it’s important to recognize how our fellow Team Plano members are demonstrating their passion to serve those around them on a daily basis.

Author Margaret Cous...

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