Plano Manhole

( photo by Mark Harrington)

In just over a few months, a new purchase for the Plano Public Works Department has paid for itself. It’s a process called exercising water line valves. Nate Bullard, Plano’s director of public works, said prevention is the key.

The new machine called "The Spin Doctor" mounted on the back of a new Kubota UTV can apply just the right pressure to release stuck valves, preventing costly valve breakage.

Valves are located under manhole covers in the street marked water. He talked about his staff’s findings under those streets.

In other Plano City Council action, aldermen unanimously approved the planned unit development, the site plan, and preliminary plat for the Gjovik Ford dealership on the city’s east side.

In the committee of the whole meeting, aldermen delayed the Plano Church of God’s request for a maximum buildout of its current former house location at Dearborn and Center streets to their next committee meeting. Plano Official Tom Karpus said the plan commission did not recommend approval but granted less that was requested by the church.

In addition, Kevin Staton’s request to rezone four first-floor vacant businesses to apartment dwellings was moved to the next city council’s agenda. The 800 block location on West Route 34 and near South Street is in an apartment complex area of over 10 buildings.