Plano Mayor Bob Hausler told council members Monday, Feb. 11, that the city’s sponsoring of an ice fishing event at Foli Park on Feb. 2 was a huge success.
He thanked the many volunteers who worked at the event and said they made it the most successful one they’ve had so far.
He said they held a raffle and raised $2,680, most of which will be used to restock the lake with additional fish.
“This was the biggest number of participants we’ve had so far for the annual event. At one time I think we had more than 300 people on the ice,” he said.
Hausler gave a special thank you to Plano Molding for donating all the raffle prizes for the event.
Census volunteers sought
In other action, Hausler said the city is looking for volunteers to help with the 2020 city census that will be taking place soon. He said anyone interesting in helping by serving on the census committee should call his office to sign up.
“It’s very important that we get a complete census count in the city of Plano. Many of the local funds we get are attached to the population. The closer we can get to the actual numbers, the more state funding we will get,” he said.
Hausler said he believes the city has grown since the last census, so the population numbers will be much higher than the ones they are now using.
Kathleen Miller, city clerk, said the city’s annual spring cleanup will be held on April 8-11.
Public works update
Nate Bullard, city engineer and public works director, said he has used about 823 tons of salt for snow melting so far this year.
He said 1,100 tons were delivered to the city and he has 500 tons in the storage yard and 900 tons in the county storage, so the city should be in good shape for the rest of the season, depending on the weather.
In the Water Department, Bullard said they have 182 water meters that need to be exchanged this year. They plan to replace 15 to 20 at a time, some of which are 15 years old and some over 20 years old.