Aug. 11, 2017
Here is the latest edition of Week In Review - a series of weekly messages from the Mayor and City Council to help Richardson residents and businesses keep up to date on events at City Hall. If you would like to sign up to receive this in a weekly e-mail click here.
Mosquito Spraying Continues Tonight
The Richardson Health Department sprayed two areas last night (see maps) and will spray the areas again tonight, weather permitting, in order to help prevent the spread of the West Nile virus. The decision to spray comes after City Health Department workers were notified that traps located within the subject spraying locations returned mosquitoes that tested positive for carrying the disease. Spraying begins at 9 p.m. and ends by 4:30 a.m.
For more information on Richardson's mosquito abatement program, please visit www.cor.net/mosquito.
School Zones Begin Flasher Testing Next Week
In preparation for the start of RISD and PISD classes, Traffic Operations is busy repainting pavement markings near schools and testing school zone lights. All Richardson school zone flashers will be tested Aug. 15 and 16 from 1-2:30 p.m. The first day of school for both RISD and PISD is Aug. 21.
Right of Way Ordinance Reviewed
City staff led a discussion of possible changes to the City’s Right of Way (ROW) Management Ordinance at the Aug. 7 City Council meeting, in light of recent state legislation regarding small cell providers. Beginning Sept. 1, small cell providers will have the right to place network nodes in municipal ROWs, specifically on municipal poles, street lights and traffic signals as well as on provider-installed poles. Numerous small cells placed throughout an area (versus a few tall cell towers) can increase the signal density of a cell phone network, allowing for faster and improved service.
While a uniform annual rate and application fee that municipalities may charge providers for the ROW use has been set by the legislation (SB 1004), cities are allowed to determine permitting procedures as well as certain placement and other restrictions. Suggested changes to Richardson’s ROW ordinance discussed Monday include updating permitting time limits; adding a design manual for small cells; defining the types of provider-installed poles allowed; updating requirements for clean-up and restoration; and determining placement restrictions for new poles in certain districts including parks and residential areas.
The City Council will vote on the revised ordinance at the Aug. 21 City Council meeting. Future ordinance revisions may be made as necessary based on feedback from right-of-way users.
Click here to view the presentation from Monday’s meeting, including more suggested ordinance revisions and photos of installed small cells.
City Council Votes to Deny Oncor Rate Hike
The City Council passed a resolution Monday denying a request made by Oncor earlier this year to increase system-wide electric transmission and distribution revenues by $317 million, including an 11.8 percent residential rate increase. Richardson is part of a coalition of 159 cities denying the request, after the group spent three months evaluating Oncor’s filing.
Oncor will have 30 days to appeal the decision to the Public Utility Commission if a settlement agreement cannot be reached.
Corporate Challenge Kicks Off Tonight
The 20th annual Richardson Corporate Challenge, a 10-week, Olympic-style competition among more than 12,000 employees, spouses and retirees from 55 local companies, kicks off at Galatyn Plaza Friday, Aug. 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m. (Expect some road closures if you’re traveling within the Galatyn area.)
The 2017 Corporate Challenge is coordinated by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by GEICO Texas. It will feature 24 events conducted throughout the City ranging from athletic sports such as soccer, volleyball and bicycle racing to non-athletic contests such as dominoes, cornhole and Texas Hold ‘Em.
Since the program’s inception in 1998, it has raised $2 million for Special Olympics Texas and its programs across the region. It is the only event of its kind in Texas, and is believed to be one of the three largest multi-day corporate competitions in the U.S.
Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 11-13
The annual back-to-school Tax Free Holiday begins today and runs through Sunday, Aug. 13. In Texas, the 2017 event exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (priced under $100) from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. The exemption applies to purchases made in person as well as online, by phone and mail. Shoppers can also use layaway plans to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.
Some exclusions apply; go to www.TexasTaxHoliday.org for more information.
Canyon Creek and Terrace Pools Close Aug. 13
Two more neighborhood pools will end their summer season this weekend, as the Canyon Creek and Terrace pools close Sunday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m.
Swimming will still be available at the Heights Family Aquatic Center, 709 W. Arapaho Rd., through Labor Day, Sept. 4. Regular hours through Aug. 20 are noon-8 p.m. every day, with special “Fun in the Sun” hours for young children and their parents from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday and Friday. Hours after Aug. 20 are noon-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and noon-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4.
For admission fees and other information, visit www.cor.net/pools.
Library Closed Aug. 18 for Staff In-Service
The Richardson Public Library will be closed Friday, Aug. 18 for a staff in-service day. Regular hours resume Saturday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m.
Online Library accounts will still be available for access as well as services such as OverDrive, Hoopla and Zinio, which provide online access to media and materials such as audiobooks, ebooks, music, movies, comics and magazines. For more information, go to www.cor.net/library.
Food Trucks at Heights Family Aquatic Center Tonight
Dine and swim Friday, Aug. 11 at Heights Family Aquatic Center (709 W. Arapaho Rd.) as it hosts “Food Truck Friday.” Food trucks including The Eggstand and Aloha Shaved Ice will be parked in front from 5-8 p.m., and swimming will be available until 8 p.m. as well.
Food prices vary by truck. For pool admission rates and other information about the Heights Family Aquatic Center, visit www.cor.net/aquatics.
Register to be a Literacy Tutor by Aug. 16
The Richardson Adult Literacy Center is seeking volunteer tutors for its ESL tutoring program. No teaching experience is needed nor the ability to speak more than one language. Daytime and evening tutoring opportunities are available, and training is free.
To register for the upcoming tutor training workshop, to be held Saturday, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Richardson Professional Development Center (701 W. Belt Line Rd.), visit www.ralc.org. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Atmos Urges Gas Line Awareness with “811” Campaign
Utility companies nationwide mark Aug. 11 by reminding homeowners that they are required by law to always call 811 before any outside digging/excavation begins in order to prevent damage to underground gas lines. It also prevents damage to high-voltage electric lines, telecommunication conduits and water and sewer lines. When 811 is called, a national call center sends professional locators from your area to the digging site to mark the locations of underground utility-owned lines with flags and spray paint, free of charge.
For more information, visit www.call811.com.
At the Eisemann Center:
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
- Salute to Elvis and Roy Orbison Aug. 19
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $27-$52.
Noted tribute artists Kraig Parker and Al Nelson bring Elvis and Roy Orbison to life, backed by the Royal Tribute Band and Brass.
“Adventures in Green Gables” at Read Play Love Aug. 12-19
Read Play Love, 1251 S. Sherman St., presents its latest original musical, “Adventures in Green Gables,” Aug. 12-19. It’s a new, colorful twist on the Green Gables books by L.M. Montgomery, performed in both a Mainstage and Juniors production. The Juniors production is a condensed version of the musical, primarily featuring younger performances.
Show times are 2 p.m. Aug. 12-13 (Juniors) and 7 p.m. Aug. 18-19. Tickets are $5-$10. For more information, visit www.readplaylove.com
“The Drowsy Chaperone” Opens Aug. 18 at Repertory Company Theatre
Repertory Company Theatre, 650 N. Coit Rd., presents the musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone” Aug. 18-27. A show-within-a-show, it begins when a die-hard musical fan imagines performers coming to life in his shabby apartment whenever he plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 hit called “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Throughout the performance the musical bursts to life as the “Man in Chair” continuously brings the audience in and out of the fantasy. Audiences are instantly immersed in the glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises.
Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth. For tickets, call 972-690-5029 or visit www.rcttheatre.com.
Wild Things Zoofari Aug. 12
Kick off the school year with a variety of live exotic animals Saturday, Aug. 12 from 2-3 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. All ages are welcome and admission is free! For more information, call 972-744-4358.
The program is sponsored by Friends of the Richardson Public Library.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This big beautiful guy is Spartacus! He is a 101-pound, neutered male German shepherd. He is 6 years old and fully vaccinated as well as heart worm negative. Spartacus is absolutely gorgeous and super fluffy! Please come and visit him and take him for a walk! He would love it!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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Mayor Pro Tem
Marta Gómez Frey