Posted on: December 7, 2017

Reduce Your Chances of Experiencing Package Theft!

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This is sadly the season for opportunists to make big efforts to relieve you of your Christmas packages. Criminals take advantage of the steady caravan of UPS, Fedx and USPS trucks making deliveries to door steps in neighborhoods like yours. What can you ...

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

BIG TURNOUT for the 2017 Holiday Luncheon

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Craig Barnes, Human Resources Strategic Solutions Manager, provides a recap of the day: 

"Another great Holiday Luncheon is in the books! The day began with the delicious meal YOU chose of carved turkey with all the fixings, along with a dele...

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

Sell Vacation and Sick Leave Hours NOW for Cash LATER

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Who doesn’t want extra money around the holidays? Unlike the sweet treats Now & Laters (taffy candy that lasts a long time), you must take immediate action to cash in on these leave options. Infuse your bank account with additional funds nex...

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

Collecting Luncheon Trash Helps Plano's Landfill

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Properly discarding food and paper waste at the holiday luncheon helped the entire community.  Members of the Sustainability and Environmental Education division (SEED) were on hand at the annual employee event to lend direction on how to dispose...

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

Accounting's Holiday Deadlines are Approaching

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The mad dash to wrap up 2017 business means adhering to a couple of important deadlines. The Accounting staff has already sent information about the holiday schedule surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Day. Seasonal office closures mean adjustm...

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

Give Your Pet a Hazard-Free Holiday

Holiday hazards for Pets

While you are busy making plans for the holidays, please don't forget to include your pets. Yes, the holidays are a time for giving, but some things should not be shared with your animal friends. Once you know the hazards, a little precaution makes the ho...

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

Stay on Real Appeal and Committed to a Healthier Holiday Season!

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Remember to maintain your Real Appeal to a healthy lifestyle for Christmas and the new year. With the holidays upon us, we may find ourselves busy planning, shopping, cooking or traveling. Even during this hectic time, there’s a lot you can do to be healt...

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Posted on: November 30, 2017

Decking the Halls in Plano...Save the Dates!

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The city is bursting at the seams with Christmas cheer and an endless selection of merry things to do. You’ll definitely need to pull up the old Outlook calendar to help plan your yule tide event schedule. How else are you going to keep the 2017...

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Posted on: November 30, 2017

Register Now for 2018 Recreation Programs & Classes

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Hurry and reserve your spot in several of Parks and Recreation’s programs using the new online registration system. Enjoy a new kind of leisure experience of engaging courses, programs and events listed in the 92-page catalog, Plano Recreation.

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Posted on: November 30, 2017

BRAVO to Finance Department for Earning Industry Award

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Happily, the City’s Finance department accepted another Government Finance Officers Association honor (GOFA). Mayor Harry LaRosiliere presented staff with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting at the November 27 Ci...

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Posted on: November 30, 2017

Send a Care Package to a Homeless Person

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Help the Collin County Homeless Coalition (CCHC) supply some basic human needs to a deserving group in Plano, those without permanent residences. Each year the Coalition participates in a nationwide initiative to identify and serve our homeless population...

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Plano Employees Proactively Save for Retirement

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Six out of 10 employees are taking action to ensure they can achieve their retirement dreams? Are you one of them?

In addition to the retirement plans through the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) and the Retirement Security Plan (RSP), the City has...

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Procurement Receives Coveted Excellence Award

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Congratulations to Diane Palmer-Boeck, procurement and project management director, and her staff on earning the prestigious (AEP) Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award®. Presented by the National Procurement Institute (NPI), the program ...

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Perils & Pleasures of Turkey Frying, Plus FOG Disposal

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Many households engage in turkey frying at Thanksgiving time in the quest to serve a moister fowl to the family. But how many of you actually know the proper and safe way for a turkey to meet hot oil? As with everything, there is a right way and a wrong w...

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Wellness Recreation Center Memberships Update!

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We heard you, TeamPlano! You want to have discounts for the recreation centers. Connect4Health and the Parks and Recreation department are happy to announce spouse and legal dependents of a qualifying employee are now eligible for a 50% discount on family...

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Posted on: November 8, 2017

Veterans Day in Plano…A Hero’s Snapshot

Floydett Carter

From the days when the first war was fought on American soil to the present-day battles in foreign countries, brave soldiers have died and brave soldiers have lived to tell the tale. There are more than 21 million vets in the United States who’ve served i...

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Posted on: November 2, 2017

Winter Watering in Effect as of November 1

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Lower temperatures in North Texas bring about changes to the environment and our natural resources. As of November 1, Plano’s Winter watering guidelines go into effect for residents. The once-a-week watering is a proactive way to “cons...

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Posted on: October 26, 2017

It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot!

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You can’t go anywhere without running into people coughing, sneezing, sniffing and sounding like a bull frog. What do you do? If you did not make it to one of our onsite flu shot clinics this month, you can still get a free flu shot for yourself and famil...

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Posted on: October 19, 2017

Pickleball Now Offered at High Point Tennis Center

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A new sports craze has hit the local courts of Plano’s eastside. The pickleball obsession combines features of badminton, tennis and table tennis and allows two, three or four people to play at a time. The Parks and Recreation department announc...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

UPDATE: A Delay for Installing New Phones

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The anticipated new Skype for Business system is going to happen soon! Here’s a message from the Technology Services director:

Technology Services (TS) has been in the process of modernizing the phone system for the last 14 months, working to pro...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

Oak Point Rec Center Employee Aids in Houston Rescue Efforts

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Kelley Crimmins, Parks and Recreation’s public relations and community outreach specialist, shares a heartwarming story about an employee caring for others...

When Oak Point Recreation Center staff member Micah Cano saw the horrific images from t...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

Could Your Cold or Flu be Something More Serious?

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For such a serious illness, pneumonia is surprisingly sneaky. You might call it a master of disguise. Early on, its symptoms can look a lot like a cold or the flu. In fact, it can even be a cold or the flu at first — and turn into pneumonia.

That...

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

Police Walk a New Beat at Legacy West

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As the City grows, Plano Police extends their presence with a new substation in the heart of the growing Legacy West community. Securing a visible presence in the heart of this area furthers the department’s mission goals “…...

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

It’s a SAVVY for Texas Recycles Day and Todd Rice

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The City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA) announced the 2017 awards and Plano was named. Steve Stoler, media relations director, broke the news that the Texas Recycles Day promotional video won a Savvy when he attended the 3CMA ann...

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

Fire Department Nets Another ISO Certificate

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Bravo to the Plano Fire-Rescue Department on receiving their second ISO Certificate! Most people will live their entire lives not ever hearing the acronym ISO (which, in this case, stands for Insurance Services Office), but everyone benefits when fire age...

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Posted on: September 7, 2017

Shane Sorenson’s TACVB Award for Outstanding Professionals

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The Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus (TACVB) honored Visit Plano’s Shane Sorenson with the first ever Catalyst Award. He was surprised with the gift during the organization’s annual conference held in Fort Worth. Shane is the Visit Pl...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Safety Coordinators Schooled in How to "Stop the Bleed"

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Senior Risk Analyst Tim Billingham treated members of the City’s Safety Coordinator Program (SCP) to a literally life-saving presentation during the group’s quarterly meeting. SCP was developed to enhance safety awareness throughout ea...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Wellness Coordinator Shares Results of the Employee Satisfaction Survey

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Team Plano, we heard you! I’m Michelle Gifford, your senior wellness coordinator, with an important update about Connect4Health (C4H)-related survey responses. In May, Human Resources sent out an Employee Survey to learn what you think about our...

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Posted on: August 30, 2017

Visit Plano Made the Move West

Visit Plano Legacy West

Relocating to the bustling westside of Plano is a positive move for the City’s visitors bureau. Rudyard Kipling wrote “Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,” and the sometimes misunderstood poem&a...

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Posted on: August 17, 2017

Remember: Medicare Coverage Switches to Aetna

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Effective January 1, 2018, Plano changes its Medicare supplemental coverage to Aetna. All retirees are encouraged to review resources materials and see what the change will mean for your coverage. The Medicare Advantage PPO plans with Extended Service Are...

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

MUST-dos When You’re Ready to Retire: It's a Process

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Retiring from the City of Plano is a process with important steps to follow. It’s been a great career and the exact date to start your next great adventure is set, but you can't get the party started just yet. The first thing to do, after formal...

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

Remember to Use the Municipal Reference Library

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It’s a convenient and invaluable reference hub for the many people who work at the Municipal Center. No need to hop into your car when the Municipal Reference Library (MRL) is so accessible on the second floor in suite 202.  Th...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

City Manager Named Business Executive of the Year

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It’s an incredible honor when members of an elite business community like Plano’s recognizes your work ethic and validates your commitment to public service. For City Manager Bruce Glasscock that endorsement came when the Plano Chamber...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

Downtown Historic District Made the National Register

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The National Park Service confirmed Plano Downtown Historic District is now on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation – buildings, sites, structures an...

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Posted on: July 20, 2017

Plano is the 2nd Most Chill-lax U.S. City

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This is one of the few times being 149 out of 150 is a really good thing. WalletHub’s 2017 report on the "Most & Least Stressed Cities in America" is out and the City of Plano was named the second most mellow spot in the United Sta...

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

Health4Me App is Mobile Access to Medical Info

Health4Me App

When you or your loved ones need details about your health plan, you’re not always going to have the info handy. With UnitedHealthcare’s Health4Me App, your smartphone becomes an important tool for lessening your frustration during what could be a stressf...

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

What NOT to Wear to Work. Dress Code Effective July 1

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The new rules go into effect this weekend. Take a moment to review the list of dos and don’ts for work attire. The City of Plano implements a new Dress Code Policy for all employees, unless a uniform is required. Details about the new policy are being com...

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Posted on: August 2, 2017

TMRS NEWS: Online Beneficiary Designation

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Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) members can now designate or update their beneficiaries online - through MyTMRS!

Making sure the correct beneficiary information is listed for your retirement benefit is very important.

After logging in to MyTMRS, members simply click on the Beneficiaries button to make updates or changes.  Select the blue Update button and be...

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Consider Microlearning When Your Time is Limited

Time for microlearning

Not enough time in your workday for career development? The training staff encourages you to checkout Microlearning through SkillSoft. Based on expert research, it seems “workers only have 1% of their work week to dedicate to learning and develo...

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Posted on: June 15, 2017

Mandatory Training for 2017 Focuses on “Diversity on the Job”

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All employees are required to participate in mandatory training each calendar year. The subject matter of the training changes every year. As a requirement for 2017, you will need to complete the SkillSoft course “Diversity on the Job: Diversity and You” ...

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Posted on: July 13, 2017

Training & Development

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The Human Resources Department offers an extensive catalog of training opportunities for all job types and levels. Refer questions to Senior Training Coordinators Tony Beasley or Debbie Speed at 972-941-7339 and 972-941-7217, respectively. Here are some t...

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

What’s All the Fuss about Standing? 10 Ways to Sit Less and Move More

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Standing more often may help improve your health.

Standing more often may help improve your health. Try these fun tips to make it happen — including getting in touch with your inner flamingo. Uninterrupted stretches of sitting may raise your risk of heart disease, diabetes and other serious con...

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