Sept. 1, 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.
Richardson Responds to Harvey Relief Effort
|Many people and agencies from across the city have pulled together to assist with relief efforts due to the devastation and other impacts caused by Hurricane Harvey. Photo provided by Richardson emergency worker serving at NRG Stadium
Last weekend, first responders with the Richardson Fire Department were among the first to be called up to prepare for rescue efforts and were placed on standby at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio. As soon as the storm cleared, they were sent in to the impact area to assist with search and rescue efforts in Aransas County and moved east during this week until they were stationed in Houston. Today they remain in Houston continuing to help with search and rescue while one member is also involved in helping to run the emergency services staging area at NRG Stadium. It is one of the largest multi-jurisdictional coordinated activations in Texas history. At the location they are staging and deploying ambulances, state troopers, AmBus, ambulance strike teams, mobile medical units, medical helicopters and command elements.
Members of the Richardson Police Department are also assisting. One 911 operator was sent to the Houston area and officers are stationed around the clock at the Mega Shelter for evacuees in Dallas at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. Members of the City’s Office of Emergency Management are also serving on staggered shifts at the Dallas Emergency Operations Center and two Richardson police officers are providing aid through their service with the Texas National Guard.
In all, 17 emergency services personnel from Richardson are currently serving as part of the relief efforts, and more personnel from the City are expected to be activated in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the Richardson community also has many other activities underway through local agencies, houses of worship and individual relief efforts.
The Richardson Independent School District collected supplies at all of its campuses through yesterday and tonight will be selling “CANTSTOPLOVE” T-shirts at the Wildcat-Ram and Eagle-Mustang Stadiums tonight during the high school football games.
The University of Texas at Dallas also held campus events all week through the Office of Student Volunteerism, and the Network for Community Ministries is continuing to accept supplies and donations at its volunteer and distribution center located at 741 S. Sherman St.
How You Can Help
Emergency workers in the impacted area wish to express their sincere thanks for the outpouring of support from people wishing to help. The fastest, easiest and most needed way to help is through a financial donation to your charity of choice. Agencies like the American Red Cross and Salvation Army are able to leverage tax-deductible donations to make a greater impact to hurricane victims.
Donations of hygiene and other items can also be made. Emergency workers ask that you coordinate delivery of materials through one of the agencies listed in the attached flyer or directly between houses of worship or other groups and to please avoid sending unsolicited assistance to the impact area or to shelters due to a lack of ability for aid workers to sort, inventory, and distribute items. Please feel free to print and share the flyer as needed with anyone in your social networks.
Richardson Named Fifth Best Real Estate Market in U.S.
The Dallas Morning News reported this week that Richardson has been named the Fifth Best Real Estate Market in the U.S. in a study conducted by personal finance outlet WalletHub. WalletHub analysts compared 300 cities of varying sizes across 21 key indicators of housing-market attractiveness and economic strength, including home price appreciation, home sales turnover rate and job growth. Among small U.S. cities (population less than 150,000), Richardson ranked third. Five of the top 10 cities in the overall U.S. rankings are in Texas.
Click here to view the complete list of cities and to learn more about the study, including a breakdown of specific points earned by cities for each variable.
Tax Rate/Budget Hearing Held
A public hearing on the Proposed 2017-18 Budget and a second public hearing on the proposed tax rate for the 2017-18 fiscal year was held at Monday’s City Council meeting. Following a 1-cent reduction in the tax rate in 2016-17, the proposed $265,102,751 budget maintains the 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.
The City Council will vote on adopting the 2017-18 Budget at the Sept. 11 Council meeting. For more details about the proposed budget, including on-demand video replays of both the Aug. 21 and 28 hearings, visit www.cor.net/CITV.
No City Council Meeting Sept. 4
Due to the Labor Day holiday, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Monday, Sept. 4. The Council will next meet Monday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. For future agendas and meeting dates, go to www.cor.net/CityCouncil.
City of Richardson Labor Day Holiday Schedule
On Monday, Sept. 4 City facilities and services will operate according to the following holiday schedule.
(Contact Richardson's Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues; otherwise call 911 for animal related emergencies.)
|City Hall (No City Council Meeting)
|Heights/Huffhines Recreation Centers
|Heights Family Aquatic Center
|Other City Pools
|Sherrill Park Golf Course
||Open 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
City facilities will resume normal operations the following day.
Recycling/Trash/BABIC Services Suspended on Labor Day
There will be NO trash, Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) or recycling service provided Monday, Sept. 4. There will be NO make-up days for trash or BABIC collection.
In addition, the “first Saturday” blue recycling bag distribution at Fire Station 6 has been moved to Sept. 9.
The table below shows the make-up days for recycling service.
Recycle Make-up Days
|Monday, Sept. 4
||Tuesday, Sept. 5
|Tuesday, Sept. 5
||Wednesday, Sept. 6
Heights Family Aquatic Center Still Open; Closed for the Season After Labor Day
Head to the Heights Family Aquatic Center for holiday fun—it will be open for the next three days and then close the summer swim season at 8 p.m. on Labor Day. Hours of operation are Saturday-Monday noon-8 p.m. (Note: All other City pools have already closed for the season.)
Heights Family Aquatic Center is located at 709 W. Arapaho Rd., adjacent to Heights Recreation Center. Click here for admission fees.
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.
DART to Follow Modified Schedule for Labor Day
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has announced it will follow a modified schedule for the Labor Day holiday Sept. 4. DART bus, light rail and Dallas streetcar services will follow a Sunday schedule and The Trinity Railway Express commuter rail will not operate.
DART Paratransit services for customers with disabilities will operate on a Saturday schedule. The Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed on Labor Day. Customers may call today (Sept. 1) to book their trips through Wednesday, Sept. 6. Customers may call Tuesday, Sept. 5, to book trips through Thursday, Sept. 7. X-Press booking, web booking and voicemail will also be available.
Customers with questions about schedules can contact DART's Customer Information Center at 214-979-1111 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. However, DART's administrative offices, Customer Care Center and Lost and Found will be closed. For more information, visit www.DART.org.
NCTCOG Seeks Public Input for Area Transportation Plan
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is currently at work on “Mobility 2045,” the next long-range transportation plan for North Texas, and is seeking public input through a series of surveys distributed online and at community events. The plan will help define a vision for the transportation system in Dallas/Fort Worth (including highways, transit, bike trails and pedestrian paths), guide federal and state transportation funding and address air quality and quality of life issues.
Draft recommendations for the plan are expected in spring 2018. Click here for the first survey and learn more at www.nctcog.org/mobility2045. Survey closes Sept. 20.
September Richardson Today Published
The September issue of Richardson Today has been mailed and should begin arriving in mailboxes this weekend. This month’s issue has a special focus on the Richardson Public Library, including information on the new Darbey’s StoryWalk®, programming for pre-readers and an interview with Daniel Bergner, author of the 2017 Richardson Reads One Book selection, “Sing For Your Life.”
Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is available at recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and the Library. A Richardson Today interactive edition, which includes links to CITV videos, is accessible at www.cor.net/RichardsonToday. Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.
New App, Videos Help Enhance Sherrill Park Golf Experience
Visitors to Sherrill Park Golf Course can know what to expect on all 36 holes thanks to an updated app featuring videos created by CITV. The videos, which can be viewed online as well as on the app, provide an aerial tour of each hole on Course One and Course Two along with narration and tips from Sherrill Park Head Pro Ronnie Glanton. The free app also tracks shot distance and average scoring stats.
For more information about the app and to download, click here. Click here to watch the Course One videos and here for the Course Two videos.
Ticket Distribution Begins Sept. 5 for “Richardson Reads One Book” Author Lecture
Free tickets will be available at the Richardson Public Library beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. for the Sept. 26 Richardson Reads One Book (RROB) lecture featuring Daniel Bergner. Bergner is the author of the 2017 RROB selection, “Sing for Your Life,” and will speak Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson High School auditorium.
Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are available while supplies last. For more information, contact the Library at 972-744-4350.
Library Names 3D Printing Contest Winners
Winners were announced recently in the Library’s first-ever 3D printing contest, held in June and July. Ben Eppich, Zach Park, Caroline Fallin and Rahul Mehta each received a $50 gift certificate for Fry’s Electronics.
Contestants were asked to design an original 3D creation coinciding with the theme “Build a Better World” and print it on the Library’s 3D printer.
For information about the printer and the Library’s 3D printing classes, call 972-744-4376 or click here.
Community Helps Network Clients Start School on a High Note
Last Saturday, more than 150 children and their family members who receive services from Network of Community Ministries were treated to an afternoon of back-to-school fun at First Presbyterian Church of Richardson. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market CityLine, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra (RSO) and local business Logotology, the event featured musical demonstrations by RSO musicians as well as refreshments and a coloring activity. Each child received a small instrument to take home and those who had not already received school supplies through Network’s “Tools 4 School” supply drive received a backpack full of supplies.
For more information about Network, visit www.thenetwork.org.
Seventh Annual “Great Ride” is Saturday
More than 300 motorcyclists are expected at Galatyn Plaza tomorrow morning (Sept. 2) as they participate in the City’s Seventh Annual “Great Ride,” an open-to-the-public, rain or shine motorcycle event benefiting Special Olympics of Texas. For a minimum donation of $20 (plus $10 per passenger), motorcyclists enjoy a two-hour, unescorted group ride kicked off by coffee, donuts and music, with more food and music after.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Plaza, 2351 Performance Drive, and the ride starts at 9:30 a.m. Riders are encouraged to go at their own pace and arrive back for the festivities around 11:30 a.m. The overall route length is less than 100 miles.
The Great Ride is part of the City of Richardson’s Corporate Challenge, an annual, 10-week Olympic-style competition among more than 12,000 employees, spouses and retirees from 57 local companies. (If you are part of one of the corporate teams, be sure to select your company name at registration for “credit” for raising money.)
For more information, click here. To view and share a video about the Ride produced by CITV, click here.
Free Yoga Returns to CityLine Sept. 2
Yoga outdoors on the plaza is back at CityLine this fall with the “CityLine Strong” fitness series, every Saturday morning during September and October at 9 a.m. and the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The complimentary classes are designed for all levels and are led by certified instructors from Reef Point Yoga.
Bring a mat and arrive 15 minutes early to sign a waiver. Complimentary parking is available in CityLine Garage One, Two and Three. (In the event of inclement weather, class will be canceled. Check CityLine’s Facebook page for information on cancellations.) CityLine, a 186-acre, transit-oriented development, is a City of Richardson TIF-supported project located just southeast of the intersection of US 75 and the Bush Turnpike. The plaza is located near the intersection of State Street and Newton Street.
Bite Nite at CityLine Sept. 7
CityLine will host its first Plano Magazine Bite Nite Thursday, Sept. 7 beginning at 5 p.m. Attendees will stroll along State Street, sampling cuisine and beverages from ten different restaurants while enjoying live music in CityLine Plaza. A raffle in the plaza will close out the food festivities at 9 p.m., with music continuing until 10 p.m.
Tickets are $29 per person ($25 per person for groups of 10 or more) and include at least two sample-size entrees and one drink from each of the 10 restaurants. For tickets and more information, click here.
UT Dallas Hosts “Women in Diversity” Networking Breakfast Sept. 8
UT Dallas’ Office of Diversity and Community Engagement invites the public to the “2017 Women Leading in Diversity: Networking Breakfast” Friday, Sept. 8 from 9-10:30 a.m. on campus in the McDermott Library’s McDermott Suite. Business strategist and diversity consultant Melanie Miller will be the guest speaker and five local women leading diversity efforts in their career and/or community will be honored.
Admission is free but seats are limited and registration is required—click here for more information and to register. UT Dallas is located at 800 W. Campbell Rd.
Volunteers Needed for “Feeding Children Everywhere”
The Richardson Interfaith Alliance is seeking volunteers of all ages to help assemble 100,000 bagged meals Sept. 10 to distribute in the community and internationally. The “Feeding Children Everywhere” meal-bagging event will be held from noon-5 p.m. at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Bagging shifts last 75 minutes.
Visit www.feedingchildreneverywhere.com/richardson2017 for volunteer and contribution information.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Southwestern Watercolor Society Exhibition Through Sept. 30
10 a.m.-6 p.m. and during all public events, in the Green Mezzanine-Gallery. Admission is free. The 54th Annual Southwestern Watercolor Society Membership Exhibition features 81 paintings selected from members of the Dallas-based SWS, one of the largest watercolor societies in the nation.
Fall Outdoor Music Lineup Begins Sept. 1 at CityLine
CityLine’s Live Music Series is back for another season of free outdoor concerts on the plaza, beginning tonight and continuing every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 28 from 6-9 p.m. Concert goers may listen from adjacent restaurant patios or bring their own blanket or chair to the plaza.
Click here for the full lineup of singer/songwriters.
AIR to host Pop-Up Art Show
Arts Incubator of Richardson will showcase two Richardson abstract artists Roy E. Vance and Carrie Jepsen at its next Pop-Up art show, Thursday, Sept. 7 from 5-9 p.m. at Nexixen, 1403 E. Campbell Rd. #105. In addition, Ash+Ames representative Timla Healey will be on hand with artisan jewelry for purchase and music will be provided by Carol Casmus and Liz Conrad. Complimentary light bites and beverages will also be available. For more information, visit AIR's Facebook page.
Free Money Smart Workshop for Entrepreneurs/Small Businesses Sept. 2
Thinking of starting a small business or already involved in one? The Library is offering free workshops presented by SCORE to help your business be a success. “Money Smart for Small Business: Entrepreneur’s Guide to Credit and Money” is the topic of tomorrow’s workshop, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Basement Program Room.
Both adults and teens are welcome. Registration is required, call 972-744-4376 to register or for more information. SCORE, a nonprofit association for more than 50 years, is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Its volunteers are dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.
Lunchtime Lecture Sept. 5: The U.S. Constitution
Richard Cudlipp presents part one of an informative two-part Lunchtime Lecture series entitled, “The Constitution of the United States,” Tuesday, Sept. 5 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Topics covered in the series include:
Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. Call Vrena Patrick at 972-744-4376 for more information.
- Why the Constitution? Deficiencies of Articles of Confederation
- Constitutional Convention—Key Compromises
- Ratification and Amendment Process
- Content of Articles and Amendments
- Judicial Review
RROB Panel Discussion Sept. 7: “The Importance of the Arts in Education”
The Junior League of Richardson will host a panel discussion about the life-changing impact of arts in education, featuring the true stories from the books, “Sing for Your Life” and “Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung” Thursday, Sept. 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. “Sing for Your Life,” by Daniel Bergner, is the 2017 Richardson Reads One Book selection and the story of “unlikely” renowned opera singer Ryan Speedo Green. “Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung,” a memoir by Min Kym, details Kym’s youth as a violin prodigy and how her life unravels as an adult when her prized violin is stolen.
Admission is free and registration is not required; both adults and teens are welcome. The evening includes complimentary coffee and cookies. For more information, call 972-744-4376 or visit http://onebook.cor.net.
Learn MS Word 2010 Sept. 8
Free instruction in Microsoft Word 2010 is available from 10 a.m.-noon in the Library’s Basement Training Room Friday, Sept. 8. Registration is required as well as a Richardson Public Library card. Call 972-744-4359 to register and for information.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This handsome guy is Bubba! He is a gorgeous orange tabby neutered male. Bubba was surrendered to us because the owner could no longer care for him. He is short haired and only a year old. He is fully vaccinated and ready to adopt. Bubba loves to get out and hang around the cat tree here at the Shelter. Come and visit him!
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