Nov. 15, 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.
City Council Adopts 2013-2015 Goals
The Richardson City Council on Monday officially adopted a Statement of Goals for the 2013-2015 session as well as a vision statement and strategies to achieve the goals. The Council met with a representative from SDI Consulting over the course of several months to draft the goals.
The goals are:
The Council’s Vision states:
- For Richardson to be a place where people are proud to live, work, and engage in the community
- To have stakeholders choose Richardson as the best place to invest
- To increase City revenues without raising the tax rate, and to reduce costs while maintaining and enhancing city services
- To have clear, easy to understand processes and policies that make it easy to do business with the City
City of Richardson is a clean, safe, vibrant, and inclusive community in which residents and businesses enjoy a high quality of life and are proud to call “home.”
All of our stakeholders enjoy superior, responsive city services. Our accessibility, and the quality and variety of our amenities, recreation opportunities, green spaces, housing options, education opportunities, retail choices, and transportation options are locally and nationally recognized.
We have a thriving, diverse business community whose success is supported by a superior infrastructure, access to a talented, well-educated, and engaged workforce, a business-friendly environment, and easy access to the North Texas region.
To help achieve the goals, the Council also adopted 17 strategies, which include attracting and retaining targeted businesses, strengthening property values and increasing the sense of community.
City staff members will begin drafting plans, which will be reviewed by the City Council, to implement the strategies and help the Council achieve its goals.
View the goals, vision and a full list of the strategies online at cor.net/councilgoals. Watch the work session presentation at bit.ly/1e1KoT5.
Richardson Earns Gold Leadership Circle Award for Transparency
The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has reaffirmed Richardson as a Gold member in the State Comptroller’s Leadership Circle Awards for the fourth consecutive year. The award recognizes Richardson for its efforts to make finances open and accessible.
The Gold Leadership Circle Award, the Comptroller's highest ranking, is reserved for those local governments that have met the Comptroller’s highest standard for online financial transparency.
The City’s financial transparency web page went online Dec. 1, 2010, and provides the ability to sort through a variety of municipal financial documents. Of special note, the City Council wanted to provide residents access to the City’s check register. The register makes available information on all payments issued by the City. It shows how much money is being paid for an assortment of goods and services by each department.
The website also provides an assortment of other reporting services such as access to City employee salaries, an online form to facilitate open records requests and a program enabling convenient tracking of projects included in the 2010 Bond Program.
The City’s financial transparency website is located at cor.net/transparency.
Richardson Celebrates America Recycles Day
The City of Richardson helped celebrate the annual America Recycles Day today by distributing free blue recycling bags at several City facilities. Recycling Richie, the City’s recycling mascot, greeted students and helped give away recycling bags at Mark Twain Elementary at the end of the school day.
America Recycles Day is a national program of Keep America Beautiful and is the only nationally-recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on Nov. 15 to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action.
To learn more, visit americarecyclesday.org.
NETWORK Shoe Drive Update
The first full box of shoes collected at a City facility as part of the “Gathering Soles for NETWORK” shoe drive was delivered from the Huffhines Recreation Center to NETWORK of Community Ministries this week.
The shoe drive, being held in partnership with the City of Richardson, will continue through Thursday, Nov. 21. Members of the community are asked to participate by donating new or gently used shoes for NETWORK’s Richardson-North Dallas Family Clothing Center. Donation boxes are set up at NETWORK, most City facilities and several other locations.
Shoes of all sizes and types will be accepted, but NETWORK has the greatest need for children’s shoes.
For more information, including a list of donation sites, visit cor.net/ShoeDrive.
Council Awards Bid for Alley Rehabilitation
The City Council on Monday awarded a bid of nearly $311,000 to Estrada Concrete Co. to reconstruct residential alleys on Blake Drive, Harness Lane and Chaparral Drive. The project will include replacement of existing, concrete alley pavement, associated curb and removal and replacement of adjacent sidewalks and driveways.
The project is funded through the 2010 Bond Program. Construction is expected to begin in January 2014 and be complete by May 2014. Track the progress of all 2010 Bond Program projects through the City’s Bond Tracker at maps.cor.gov:8081/BondTracker2/.
Council Receives Update on DART
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Executive Director Gary Thomas and DART Board Member Gary Slagel, former Richardson mayor, gave an update on the public transportation system and many of its programs at Monday’s City Council work session. Richardson is one of 13 member cities served by DART light rail and buses.
DART is continuing to evaluate options that would speed development of the Cotton Belt corridor, which is currently not planned to be built for at least 25 years. A bill that would have created a Special District to finance its construction died in the Texas Senate earlier this year. The Cotton Belt Rail Line is planned to have stops in Richardson at the existing Bush Turnpike Station and a future station at UT Dallas.
Earlier this month DART approved continued operation of the Galatyn Shuttle for at least three more years. The shuttle provides bus transportation from the Galatyn Park light rail station in Richardson to nearby businesses and activities. It is available weekdays during morning and afternoon peak periods, with buses operating approximately every 20 minutes.
Other topics covered included the 2040 Transit System Plan, the new GoPass mobile application, the North Texas Regional Passenger Rail Summit and DART’s paid parking pilot program. Watch the presentation online at bit.ly/1gKEaKK and bit.ly/17uKPpp.
Several Lanes to be Closed Saturday Morning for Parade
Several lanes of traffic will be closed from 10 a.m. until about 2 p.m. Saturday for a Sikh Parade in southeast Richardson. Closures include:
-The right lane of northbound Abrams Road from Walnut Street to Centennial Boulevard
-Two lanes of eastbound Centennial Boulevard from Abrams Road to Whitehall Drive
-Southbound Whitehall Drive from Centennial Boulevard and Buckingham Road
Westbound Buckingham Road between Whitehall Drive and Abrams Road will be closed only as the parade passes through.
Vehicles heading north on Abrams Road will be detoured to Greenville Avenue.
HASR Recognizes Volunteers of the Year
Helping Agencies Serving Richardson (HASR) honored 17 Volunteer of the Year nominees in five categories at a luncheon Nov. 12.
Award winners were:
- Community Leadership: Courtenay Tanner, nominated by Altrusa International of Richardson
- Humanitarian: Carla Austin, nominated by Chase’s Place
- Education: Pamela Tomasello, nominated by Richardson Adult Literacy Center
- Group/Business: Preston Meadow Lutheran Church, nominated by Mosaic
- The Dot McCalpin Founder’s Award: Kay Hopper
HASR’s mission is to improve the delivery of social services in Richardson through better communication, coordination and cooperation among agencies in the community.
|Pictured left to right: Denny Stephens (representing Preston Meadow Lutheran Church), Courtenay Tanner, Carla Austin and Pamela Tomasello.
For more information, visit HASR.org.
Operation Christmas Child Drop-off Week
Richardson’s drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child will again be Trinity Bible Church, 400 W. Campbell Rd. National Collection Week days and hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Nov. 23, 1 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 25.
Donors can use an empty shoebox or a small plastic container. The box can be wrapped (lid wrapped separately), but wrapping is not required. The donor determines whether their gift will be for a boy or girl and the child’s age category. The boxes may be filled with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child.
Operation Christmas Child requests a $7 donation for each shoebox to help cover shipping costs. For more information, visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.
Free Composting Seminar Saturday
Learn how to turn your grass clippings and leaves into compost rather than sending it to the landfill at a free seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Richardson Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. Mary Tynes, site editor of mastercomposter.com, will teach participants the basics of backyard composting as well as advanced tips and techniques.
Space is limited. Contact Ryan Delzell at 972-744-4404 to make a reservation.
Southern Fried Chicks Cage-Free Comedy Tour at Eisemann
The Southern Fried Chicks Cage-Free Comedy Tour will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Eisemann Center. The show includes stories, music, audience participation, dancing and more. Tickets cost $35 to $40.
Tickets are available at eisemanncenter.com or by calling 972-744-4650.
Lunchtime Lectures to Wrap Up Session on Tuesday
The final Lunchtime Lecture presentation on Benjamin Franklin will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Richardson Public Library. The lecture will be presented by Richard Cudlipp from Collin College’s Seniors Active in Learning program.
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.
Gobble Hobble Next Weekend
The eighth annual Gobble Hobble 5K will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Galatyn Plaza. The 3.1-mile race will benefit The Counseling Place, a nonprofit victims’ assistance organization that provides free or low-cost advocacy for victims, youth programs and counseling services for those in need.
The event also includes a Family Fun Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. and a Kid Zone with activities for children. Register online at bit.ly/1aD02zi for $30. Learn more at gobblehobble.com.
Food & Pet Food Drive at Library This Weekend
The Richardson Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board will collect items to donate to the NETWORK of Community Ministries food pantry and the City of Richardson Animal Shelter at a Food and Pet Food Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Donations will be collected in the Children’s Department on the first floor of the Richardson Public Library.
Most-needed items include:
-Macaroni and cheese
-Canned fruit and vegetables
-Dog and cat food (Purina and Pedigree only)
-Pet store gift cards
Adoptable animals from the Richardson Animal Shelter will be at the event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Hazelnut! He is a neutered male, about a year old, and up to date on all his vaccinations. This affectionate and handsome guy would be a perfect snuggle buddy! The holidays are coming up and what better way to give back than by opening your home to a new best friend like Hazelnut.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
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