Plano City Council approves over $2 million in expenses for upcoming projects, purchases

A series of expenditures and bids were approved at a Dec. 8 Plano City Council meeting. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
A series of expenditures and bids were approved at a Dec. 8 Plano City Council meeting. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

A series of expenditures and bids were approved at a Dec. 8 Plano City Council meeting. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

A series of expenditures and bids were approved at a Dec. 8 Plano City Council meeting. Here is a breakdown of the larger items, which total roughly $2.2 million:

  • High Point Park North will receive a $1,109,000 Athletic Field Lighting Renovation after approval by council members. The renovation will replace existing 35-year-old light poles and light fixtures with new poles and LED light fixtures, according to a memo by city staff. The project also includes removing and replacing all existing underground electric conduits and associated wires and relocating all existing controls and switchgear out of the existing restroom building to improve access. Funds for the renovation will come from the 2020-21 Park Improvements Community Investment Program.

  • Council members approved the $443,359 purchase of 13 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicles for the Plano Police Department. The Tahoes will replace vehicles in the patrol, traffic neighborhood police officer and crime prevention units, according to staff documents. The purchase of new vehicles will avoid additional maintenance costs and slower police response when vehicles require that additional maintenance, per the documents. Funds from the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Adopted Equipment Replacement Fund will pay for this purchase.

  • An amount of $275,000 was approved for landscape architect professional services as part of the Jack Carter Park improvements project. The project is meant to restore and enhance the park after the maintenance facility is vacated next year, according to city documents. Several studies will take place to determine and design potential concrete trails, a potential trail connection on the north bank of Spring Creek at Independence Parkway, trail rest areas, benches, site furnishings, site lighting, drinking fountains, replacement restroom building with storage, parking lot access improvements, sod establishment and irrigation improvements, per the document. Funding for this item will come from the 2020-21 Park Improvements Community Investment Program.

  • An expenditure for a Douglass Sidewalk improvements project was also approved by council members. The $135,500 project will include the construction of sidewalks in the Douglass community located east of U.S. 75, south of 14th Street, and between the DART line on the south and east side, according to the agenda item memo. This update will provide more access to parks, downtown Plano and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit station. Funding for this item comes from the 2020-21 Street Improvements Community Investment Program.

  • Council members approved a $255,761 project to replace screening, sidewalks and alley pavement along Amelia Court, Park Boulevard, Woodburn Corners and Custer Road. The project targets deteriorating and unsafe neighborhood infrastructure, according to staff documents. The 2020-21 Street Improvements Community Investment Program will also fund this project.


These items were all approved as part of the consent agenda.


Full agendas for the city council meetings can be found here, and the meeting can be watched online here as soon as the next day.
By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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