Oct. 25, 2013
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.
KDC Announces Plans for CityLine Development
The 186-acre master-planned development under construction along Plano Road and the President George Bush Turnpike will be known as CityLine, developer KDC announced Friday. In addition to 1.5 million square feet in three office towers leased by State Farm, the first phase will include restaurants, retail, multi-family residential units, a park with trails and a hotel.
The $600 million initial phase will also include CityLine Plaza, an urban plaza that will be constructed at the heart of the development, which will be designed by the same architect that designed Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. Along CityLine Plaza, Plano Road and another major street will be 92,000 square feet of space for retail, restaurant and entertainment uses.
The first phase of the CityLine development is expected to be complete in early 2015.
Click here for a full story about the CityLine project or visit cor.net/Bush75 for more information.
Huffhines Art Trails This Weekend
Nearly 150 artists will display and sell their work during the annual Huffhines Art Trails, set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Huffhines Park, at Plano and Apollo roads. The free festival will also include live music, food vendors and activities for children.
A 10-foot scarecrow will be a new attraction this year and provide another fall photo op. Other first-time features will include recycling activities for kids and a hospitality area for the artists.
Terrell Powell of Austin is this year’s featured artist. He is known for creating colorful paintings of birds, but he also uses clay, wood and metal in his work.
For more information, visit huffhinesarttrails.com.
Council Discusses Stage 3 Winter Conservation Plan
The City of Richardson will implement modified Stage 3 winter water restrictions on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. The modification follows guidance by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), which is facing critical shortages in its water supply due to below average rainfall, declining water levels of NTMWD reservoirs and the ongoing prohibition of pumping water from Lake Texoma due to a zebra mussel infestation.
As part of the Stage 3 winter water restrictions, watering is limited to the first and third Saturday for service addresses ending in an even number and the first and third Sunday for service addresses ending in an odd number.
The schedule below is based on guidelines approved by the NTMWD:
||1st and 3rd Saturday (any time of day; as needed)
The NTMWD is Richardson’s water supplier, and will monitor water supplies through the winter to determine the level of needed restrictions to take place after March 31, 2014.
Landscape experts point out that lawns become dormant during winter months and require less water. Soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems can continue to be used for foundations, trees and other ornamental landscaping. Outdoor watering will not be allowed during times of precipitation, and excessive water runoff from any landscaped area onto any impervious surface is prohibited.
The City Council discussed the ongoing drought in North Texas and the modified Stage 3 plans at a Monday work session. Watch the presentation at bit.ly/18Hqr2k.
Council Reviews Overnight Parking at Parks
The City Council on Monday discussed a proposal to outlaw overnight parking in City parks. The Park and Recreation Commission recently recommended approval of an amendment to the Richardson Code of Ordinances that would prohibit parking between 10:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following day in City parks. Several other municipalities ban overnight parking in parks, but current City ordinances do not address the issue.
The City Council is expected to vote on the proposed amendment at its Oct. 28 meeting. Watch the work session presentation at bit.ly/1acRbbo.
Early Voting Continues
Early voting continues next week for the Nov. 5 Constitutional Amendment and Plano ISD tax rate election.
Qualified voters in Dallas County may vote at any of the 30 early voting locations, including City Hall, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday through Wednesday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 1. View a list of early voting sites in Dallas County at dallascountyvotes.org/early-voting-information/.
Early voting hours for Collin County residents, which includes the Plano ISD vote, are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Monday through Nov. 1, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Votes may be cast at any early voting site in Collin County. See a list of all sites at bit.ly/1glarJ7.
The Nov. 5 election will be the first in Texas to require voters statewide to show a photo ID at the polls. Nearly 50 Department of Public Safety driver license offices will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 2 to offer free Election Identification Certificates (EIC), an approved form of identification for those without a photo ID.
Corporate Challenge Raises nearly $174,000 for Special Olympics Texas
The 16th annual Richardson Corporate Challenge wrapped up 10 weeks of Olympic-style competition last week with a closing ceremony, which included the presentation of a check for nearly $174,000 to Special Olympics Texas, the event’s beneficiary since its creation. A portion of the fundraising proceeds are earmarked annually for the local Richardson Roadrunners Special Olympics team. Corporate Challenge has raised more than $1.3 million for Special Olympics Texas in the last 16 years.
At the closing ceremony, organizers also announced that 2013 title sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has signed on to sponsor the next three Corporate Challenge competitions.
The winners in the size-based divisions were as follows: Division A – PepsiCo; Division AA – Fossil; Division B – Pioneer Natural Resources; Division BB – Markit; Division C – Texas Capital Bank; Division D – Kosmos Energy; and Division E – Mustang Technology Group. Event officials also presented awards recognizing team spirit and outstanding company coordinators to various companies and their employees.
More than 12,000 employees from 54 DFW-area companies participated in this year’s Richardson Corporate Challenge. The Challenge is an Olympic-style corporate competition lasting over two months and featuring 24 events ranging from athletic sports such as softball, basketball, flag football and 3-on-3 women’s basketball, to non-athletic contests such as darts, billiards and miniature golf.
Clean Out Medicine Cabinets Saturday
The Richardson Police Department and the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will host a free prescription and over-the-counter drug disposal day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the south parking lot of the City Hall/Civic Center Complex. The program is part of a nationwide effort to promote safe disposal of unwanted or unused medications.
Participants remain anonymous and may drop off medications without exiting their vehicles. Solid dose medications such as pills or capsules may be dropped off in their original containers or dumped into the disposal box. Pharmaceutical liquids will be accepted in tightly sealed original containers. Intravenous solutions, syringes and illicit substances will not be accepted.
For more information, contact the RPD Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955.
Lunchtime Lectures Begin Tuesday at Library
Learn all about Benjamin Franklin in a series of Lunchtime Lectures beginning Tuesday at the Richardson Public Library in the Basement Program Room. The free program presented by Richard Cudlipp will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. each Tuesday through Nov. 19.
Registration is not required, and participants are welcome to bring a lunch. For more information, contact Janet Vance at 972-744-4376 or Richard Cudlipp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mixed Media Arts & Crafts Workshop at Library
The Richardson Public Library will host a Mixed Media Arts & Crafts Workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Basement Program Room. The free program is for adults and teens age 15 and older. To register, call 972-744-4376 and leave your name and phone number.
Art Installation at UT Dallas
UT Dallas is one of 10 sites in the Dallas area to host a piece of public art as part of Nasher XChange, a program celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Nasher Sculpture Center. The sculpture at UT Dallas is called X and was created by Liz Larner. It will be on display through Feb. 16, 2014. Watch a video about the sculpture at bit.ly/1bQdL8Z.
UT Dallas is at 800 W. Campbell Rd. in Richardson. Learn more about Nasher XChange and see a map of the other sculpture sites at nashersculpturecenter.org/Nasher-Xchange.
Citywide Pet Day is Nov. 2
The ninth annual Citywide Pet Day benefiting the Richardson Animal Shelter will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Owens Spring Creek Farm, 1401 E. Lookout Dr. The event will include a pet parade, $12 microchipping, vintage cars, concessions, adoption groups, nail clipping and more. Admission is $2.
For more information, visit richardsonanimaluv.org.
Animal Shelter to Host Howl’o’ween Bash
The Richardson Animal Shelter will host a Howl’o’ween Bash from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Shelter, 1330 Columbia Dr. The event will include treats, prizes and a best dressed pet contest.
For more information, call the Animal Shelter at 972-744-4480.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Sugar! She would like to tell you that National Pit Bull Awareness Day is Oct. 26 and she would love it if you would come by and see her and the other love-a-bull pitties that are available for adoption. She is a sweet pit bull terrier mix, about 2 years old, good with kids, house trained, spayed, vaccinated and loves to play dress-up!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
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