The Plano City Council approved four multimillion-dollar street and sidewalk construction projects during its last meeting.
Following the successful passage of the mid-cycle $44.7 million bond, the Plano Public Works department is ready to start funding overdue street repair projects.
Over the last several years, infrastructure has been the single biggest expense and investment from the city of Plano. Public Works Director Gerald Cosgrove reported potholes are popping up all over the city, and residents are requesting road repairs, sidewalk repairs and alley repairs in droves.
“We can’t afford to replace everything that’s getting old. It’s like your car. You’re not going to go out and buy a new car every time yours gets old. You do maintenance. And over time you do more than just maintenance, and that’s where we’re at right now,” Cosgrove said after the bond was approved. “Our infrastructure is getting older, and rather than replace everything, we’re going to extend that life as much as possible.”
Council approved a $1.3 million sidewalk construction to repair 100,000 square feet of sidewalks anywhere east of Independence Parkway. They also approved a $1.6 million pavement maintenance contract, which involves over 18,000 square feet of arterials walkways, an $1.8 million sidewalk repair projects and another $3.8 million road repair project for Parker Road, between Custer Road and K Avenue.
Many of the projects are expected to take up to two years to complete. Construction will begin immediately on residential streets and alleys as well as high traffic areas in need or repair. All of the funding from these projects was taking from the city’s capital maintenance fund. Cosgrove said he doesn’t expect any complete road closures during construction, but some lane closures will likely be temporary.
Council also unanimously approved several amendments to the city’s farmers market ordinance, now allowing non-food vendors and clarified language on where food truck vendors can be staged, permanently or temporarily.
During the public comment section, three residents reignited conversation about Mayor Harry LaRosiliere’s alleged public corruption and alleged campaign fraud surrounding the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship program.
The speakers criticized LaRosiliere’s behavior during the last council meeting and reminded council of the state mandate regarding open meetings and residents’ rights to speak during the public comment section.