Aug. 18, 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.
2017-18 Proposed Budget Presented
The City of Richardson’s proposed budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year was presented to the City Council Monday night. The $265,102,751 proposed budget was prepared after a preliminary review during July’s budget workshop with the City Council.
Following a one cent reduction in the tax rate in 2016-17, the proposed budget maintains the tax rate of $0.62516. Earlier this year the Richardson City Council also approved increasing the City’s senior property tax exemption to $80,000 for 2017-18 and thereafter.
Other proposed budget highlights include:
Public hearings on the proposed 2017-18 budget and tax rate will be held Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The hearing will be streamed live on the City website at www.cor.net and broadcast live on the City’s cable TV station on Time Warner Cable, channel 16, and AT&T U-Verse, channel 99. On-demand replays of the hearing will also be available at www.cor.net/budget.
- A total of approximately $4.9 million in street/alley maintenance
- Hiring of two additional police officers and a crime analyst
- Eligible public safety employees will receive up to 5 percent merit-based step increases, and three percent market adjustments for all public safety employees
- 3 percent merit-based increase for general employees
- 9.5 percent rate adjustment in water and sewer services
For more details about the proposed 2017-18 budget, visit www.cor.net/budget and click here and here to watch Monday’s presentation.
Richardson Resident Tests Positive for West Nile
The Dallas County Health Department reports that a Richardson resident living in the 75080 zip code has tested positive for West Nile. City health workers plan to spray in the neighborhood (see map below) around the finding tonight and Saturday night, weather permitting.
More information on the City's mosquito control efforts and how to protect yourself from mosquito bites is available at www.cor.net/mosquito.
Mosquito Spraying Continues Tonight
The Richardson Health Department sprayed an area last night (see map) and will spray the area 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 a trap located within the subject spraying location 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.
Some Traffic Changes in Store for First Day of School Aug. 21
RISD and PISD start classes for the 2017-18 school year Monday, Aug. 21, and the City’s Traffic and Transportation Department reminds drivers that school zone flashers will be in full operation. In addition, extra travel time may be needed near the following schools due to construction/street changes:
- Apollo Jr. High/Dartmouth Elementary—southbound Yale is still closed due to the Duck Creek bridge reconstruction, with southbound traffic sharing the east side of Yale next to a northbound lane
- Yale Elementary—due to continuing construction on the front entrance, there may be some traffic congestion on East Collins Boulevard
- Mark Twain Elementary—due to roadway rehabilitation and weather, expect some missing markings on Glenville Drive as well as a relocated school crossing (and crossing guard), from Greencove Lane to Larkspur Drive
- Richardson High School—there is still some building construction going on around the school which may impact traffic, but the roadway portions are to be done before the start of school
Heights Family Aquatic Center to Follow Modified Schedule After Aug. 20
The Heights Family Aquatic Center will be open only Saturdays and Sundays after Aug. 20, with the exception of Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day). Hours of operation are noon-8 p.m.
The Center closes for the season Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. For admission prices and other information, visit www.cor.net/pools.
Darbey’s StoryWalk® Opens at Library
Adults, preschoolers and early elementary age children have a new “must-see” destination in town: Darbey’s StoryWalk®, which officially opened at the Library Sunday. Named for its benefactor, Library Board chair Doris Benner (Benner goes by the name Darbey as an author), it enables visitors to walk along a designated path outside the Library while reading pages of a children’s book at 16 different stations. The pages are displayed under Plexiglas mounted on steel posts, at a child-friendly height. By the time a visitor completes the path, they’ve read an entire book (and added some physical activity to their day).
Selections will change monthly, with several copies on hand for check out. The first book featured is “Stuck” by Oliver Jeffers, about a boy whose kite gets stuck in a tree.
Darbey’s StoryWalk® begins at the Friends Garden just north of the Library’s main entrance and continues along one side of the fountain plaza and back to the front of the Library. It is free and open to the public around the clock, seven days a week. Free printed maps of the stations are available at the Library.
Animal Shelter Closed Half Day Aug. 23
Due to staff training, the Richardson Animal Shelter will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Normal hours will resume from 1-7 p.m. To see adoptable animals online and learn more about the Shelter’s pet adoption fees and procedures, visit www.cor.net/animalshelter.
Dog Splash Day Aug. 19
It’s “back to pool” time for area dogs Aug. 19, when nonprofit Richardson AnimaLuv hosts its annual Dog Splash Day at the Terrace Pool, 300 N. Lois Ln., from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. In addition to a splashing good time, the event features entertainment, exhibitors, rescue groups and concessions.
Admission is $5 per dog (humans are free), with proof of current rabies vaccination required to enter the pool area. All proceeds benefit the Richardson Animal Shelter.
Clear the Shelters Day Aug. 19
The Richardson Animal Shelter is once again participating in the annual nationwide “Clear the Shelters” event Saturday, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Shelter will waive adoption fees for all adoptable pets although a $5 registration fee for Richardson residents will still apply. All regular adoption guidelines apply and new owners will still be required to have the pets spayed/neutered and vaccinated for rabies if it has not been done so already. A valid Texas driver’s license or ID is required and new owners must be 18 or older.
Approximately 5,000 pets will be available for adoption at North Texas area shelters during the event. Learn more at www.cleartheshelters.org, and view animals available for adoption at the Richardson Animal Shelter at www.cor.net/animalservices.
Network Hosts Back to School Health Fair Aug. 19
The 12th Annual Back to School Health Fair will be held Saturday, Aug. 19 at Saint Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Belt Line Rd. from 9 a.m.-noon, sponsored by Network of Community Ministries. Free immunizations will be available for children and teens, as well as free backpacks, bicycle helmets and school supplies. The event also includes games for children, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, and hearing and vision screenings as well as information about dental health, children’s health insurance, poison control, healthy weight and dermatology.
Immunization records required. Children covered by private insurance may not be eligible for immunizations.
Texas Stamp Show at Civic Center Aug. 25-26
Hunt for unique finds or sell a collection at the Texas Stamp Dealers Association’s Stamp Show Aug. 25-26 at the Civic Center. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.
The Texas Stamp Dealers Association is a group of professional stamp dealers who buy and sell stamps throughout Texas and require members to abide by an eight-point pledge involving fair pricing and truth in advertising. For more information on TSDA, go to www.tsdastamps.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.
Richardson Community Band Wraps Up Summer Season Aug. 20
The Richardson Community Band invites you to get ready for the solar eclipse by enjoying an outdoor concert Aug. 20 with “out of this world” performances. The concert will feature clarinetist David Barrientos playing the John Williams favorite, “Viktor’s Tale.” In addition, watch for new conductor Robin Owens to treat the crowd to a saxophone rendition of “Over the Rainbow.”
The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center fountain lawn. Admission is free and attendees are welcome to bring chairs, blankets, picnics and dogs.
For more information, visit www.richardsoncommunityband.org.
“Adventures in Green Gables” Continues at Read Play Love Through Aug. 19
Read Play Love, 1251 S. Sherman St., presents its latest original musical Aug. 18-19—“Adventures in Green Gables,” a new, colorful twist on the Green Gables books by L.M. Montgomery.
Show time is 7 p.m.; tickets are $5-$10. For more information, visit www.readplaylove.com. Read Play Love is a nonprofit family creativity center sponsored in part by the Cultural Arts Commission.
“The Drowsy Chaperone” Opens Tonight 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.
STEM Space Workshop Aug. 19
Make a solar eclipse viewer and participate in other STEM-related activities Saturday, Aug. 19 from 2-4 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Admission is free and no registration required.
For ages 8 and up. Call 972-744-4358 for more information.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Khaleesi! She may not be a “mother of dragons,” but she sure is a great “mother of kittens.” She has raised a litter of her own six kittens that have already been adopted, and she also cared for seven orphans. She definitely deserves the “mother of the year” award! Khaleesi is very loving and calm, about a year old, spayed, up to date on vaccinations and litterbox trained. Please help her find a forever home.
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