July 13, 2012
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. A list of links for stories in this edition is available at the bottom of the page.
City Council Approves New District Boundaries
At its regular Monday meeting, the City Council unanimously voted to approve an ordinance revising Richardson's Council District boundaries. The vote followed a Council work session held July 2 and a public hearing by the Council on June 25, when recommendations from the Council District Boundary Commission were brought forward for consideration. Following federal pre-clearance, the new boundaries will govern the districts of the next City Council election, to be held May 11, 2013.
Federal regulations require that the population distribution among City Council districts be approximately equal and that district boundaries be nondiscriminatory. The City Charter requires that the City Council appoint a Commission every 10 years (after the U.S. Census is complete) to review the district boundaries and ensure population equality. Current district boundaries must be realigned because population growth in some areas of the City has led to an imbalance in the population distribution among districts.
On Jan. 30, the City Council appointed the City Plan Commission to serve as the Council District Boundary Commission. Over the course of seven meetings, including two public hearings, the Commission reviewed nine different options. Two options were forwarded for City Council consideration.
New district boundaries were required to be approved by the City Council by ordinance no later than July 30, 2012.
Click the link below for detailed redistricting information:
Community Provides Input on Main Street/Central Expressway Area’s Future
An open house on Tuesday provided participants the chance to give their input on the future of the Main Street/Central Expressway area, the first of three public input sessions to be held as the City studies potential enhancement and redevelopment opportunities in the area.
About 175 interested individuals, groups and stakeholders, including business owners, property owners and other participants attended the open house, held at the Civic Center Grand Hall.
The study area is approximately 415 acres, including the Central Expressway corridor from approximately the southern City limit to Arapaho Road, as well as the City’s historic downtown. Both areas were identified for further study in the 2009 Comprehensive Plan.
Future opportunities for public input will include online questionnaires and surveys, a Facebook page, a community charrette scheduled for Sept. 19 and a third community involvement session in November. Final recommendations are expected to be presented to the City Plan Commission and City Council in December.
Click the link below for information about the Main Street/Central Expressway corridor study:
Council Reviews Support for Joint Recreation Center In Breckinridge
This week, the Richardson City Council supported the Richardson Parks and Recreation Commission recommendation that Richardson and Murphy pursue a 50-50 split of both capital and operating costs if the two cities fund a new recreation center proposed for Breckinridge Park.
Richardson and Murphy have been in discussions for several months about possibly working together to build a recreation center that would serve both communities.
Advantages of a partnership include the ability to share capital and operating costs, which would allow construction of a larger center with amenities that would not be feasible if Richardson and Murphy were to build separate facilities.
The area surrounding Breckinridge Park is considered underserved by indoor recreation opportunities. Breckinridge Park's master plan for the future includes a recreation center to one day be built on the site.
Possible amenities are still being refined but include a gymnasium, a community room/events hall, fitness and weight room areas, a jogging/walking track, an outdoor leisure pool and an indoor family aquatics area.
Construction and operating costs for a future facility will depend on the level of amenities that are included. Both cities agree that creating unique activities would generate the most benefit to try to attract residents. The City of Richardson anticipates that funding for a joint facility would need to be supported by a future bond program that would have to be approved by voters.
Click the link below to watch Monday’s City Council discussion:
City Council Discusses Sherrill Park Golf Course Operations
Budget planning for Richardson’s top-ranked and award-winning Sherrill Park Golf Course began this week with a review of operations during Monday’s Council work session meeting. The discussion continues a comprehensive review of the Golf Fund being conducted with the goals of maintaining the quality of service at Sherrill Park Golf Course and preserving the existing rates for game play; while also increasing operational transparency and eliminating the need for ongoing transfers to support the Golf Fund.
Sherrill Park continues to be an award-winning golf course, with both Course 1 and Course 2 being named Top 10 economy, public-access courses in Texas by The Dallas Morning News this spring. Approximately 94,500 rounds are expected to be played at Sherrill Park during the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year, an increase over last year.
Rounds played at Sherrill Park are expected to be slightly below the 100,000 rounds anticipated in the adopted 2011-2012 Budget, primarily due to rain on key days this spring and 100-degree temperatures in late June.
The review of the Golf Fund is expected to take three to six months, and recommendations will be presented to the City Council later this year.
Click the link below to watch Monday’s City Council discussion about Sherrill Park Golf Course:
Decorative Traffic Pole Program to Complement Neighborhood Beautification Efforts
The City is developing a new program that will allow homeowner associations (HOAs) and neighborhood associations (NAs) to beautify their streets using decorative traffic sign posts.
The Decorative Traffic Pole Program was created after a request from the Sharp’s Farm HOA, where it is currently being tested. The City Council reviewed the program Monday.
Similar to the popular Sign Topper Program, the Decorative Traffic Pole Program will allow associations to purchase signs and decorative sign posts. The City will set standards for the signage, including sign locations, and the associations will cover the cost of the new signage and installation. The traffic poles will have to be installed by a professional contractor, and associations will be responsible for maintenance.
A program web page is being developed, and interested associations will be provided with information packets about the program.
Click the links below to watch Monday’s City Council presentation on the program:
Fire Department Celebrates New Fire Station 4 Opening
The Richardson Fire Department held a dedication ceremony and open house Thursday to celebrate the opening of the new Fire Station 4.
The new station, funded by the 2010 Bond Program, replaces the old Fire Station 4, which was built in 1973. The new station, located at 1500 Apollo Rd., includes features to fulfill regulatory requirements not able to be met at the old site and will accommodate today’s operational staffing needs and larger fire vehicles.
To view more photos from the event, click the link below:
City Council Budget Retreat to be Televised, Available Online
The City Council’s review of the 2012-2013 Budget will begin with a budget retreat scheduled for July 17-18 at the Richardson Woman’s Club, 2005 North Cliffe. The budget discussions will begin at 6 p.m. each day.
The budget retreat, as well as all City Council work sessions and discussions related to the 2012-2013 Budget, are open to the public. In addition, as part of the City Council’s Transparency Initiative goals, the meetings will be broadcast live on CITV (Channel 16 on Time Warner and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse) and on www.cor.net. Documents presented at the budget retreat will be available online at www.cor.net/budget.
The retreat also will be rebroadcast on CITV and available for viewing on demand on www.cor.net. Rebroadcasts are scheduled to air at 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday July 21-Sept. 2.
Alamo Drafthouse Marks New Territory in Richardson
Richardson's newest economic development partner, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, recently gave the thousands of fans eagerly awaiting its arrival a sign of progress: The Austin icon placed its name on the space it will be moving into later this year at the Heights Shopping Center.
Richardson will be the home to the first Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in the Metroplex as the movie house expands into the region. The theater has developed a loyal following over the years and offers a unique movie-going experience. The 35,350 square-foot Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson will be a state-of-the-art theater with 100 percent digital projection.
Richardson used an economic incentive package to lure the development so it could serve as a catalyst for the shopping center, attracting other enviable retail to the City. The Heights Shopping Center was built in the late 1950s and early 1960s and has been a focus of revitalization efforts by the City and property owners.
Eisemann Center Presents Adds Comedian Jeff Garlin to 2012-2013 Season
Comedy show “Jeff Garlin – Built for Comfort” has been added to the Eisemann Center Presents 2012-2013 10th Anniversary Season for two shows on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre.
Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 6, and are $30 for reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased online at www.eisemanncenter.com or by calling the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650. Ticket Office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. Group discounts are available for 10 or more by calling 972-744-4657.
Visit http://www.eisemanncenter.com/tickets/ for full season information and an order form.
Signups Open for the First Richardson YMCA Kids' Triathlon
Registration is now open for kids to join the first Richardson YMCA kids' triathlon. The event includes two distances: 100 meter swim, 2.5 mile bike, .75 mile run; or 200 meter swim, 5 mile bike and 1.5 mile run. All finishers will receive a medal and the event is for ages 7 to 14.
Visit https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/79324 for online registration and contact information.
Retired SR-71 Pilot to Share Story Behind Air Force Spy Plane
Only 86 pilots flew reconnaissance missions in the ultra-swift SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. One who did was author and Retired Air Force Col. Richard H. Graham, who will tell about his experience in the elite aircraft at UT Dallas at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14.
The free public program will be in the McDermott Library Auditorium (MC 2.410).
Texas AgriLife Center Will Host Drip Irrigation Workshop Tuesday
The Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center will host a drip irrigation workshop 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at 17360 Coit Rd. in Dallas.
The class will learn how essential efficient irrigation is to sustainable landscapes and how to install a drip system or convert an existing system to drip. The cost is $10.
Click the link below to register for the workshop:
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This is DoughBoy! He is a neutered male, domestic short hair, up to date on all vaccinations and has been at the Shelter almost a year. He is almost 5 years old and is great with other pets and children. Also great with a harness and leash, loves to go for walks! Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about DoughBoy or other animals available for adoption.
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City Council videos: http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=752
City Council agenda: http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1006
City Council meeting documents: http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1329
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