Week In Review, June 8, 2018
June 8, 2018
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.
Fire Department Maintains Highest ISO Rating
At Monday’s City Council work session, the Richardson Fire Department was again recognized as one of the top departments in the state and the nation when it was awarded the ISO 1 rating by the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Insurance Services Office. The rating reflects the overall effectiveness of fire protection in a community and allows residential and commercial property owners the opportunity to obtain the best possible insurance rates.
Richardson has held its ISO 1 rating since 2014 and is one of only 305 municipalities in the U.S., and one of only 52 departments in Texas, to receive a Class 1 rating.
During the presentation, Richardson was commended for its excellence not only in fire protection but for how departments work together to provide that excellence. Earning the top rating required a coordinated effort among multiple City departments including Fire, Public Services, Information Technology, Capital Projects and the 911 Communications Center.
To view the presentation, click here.
City Council Updated on North Texas Water/Wastewater/Solid Waste Projects
Staff from the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) provided an overview Monday of NTMWD’s systems and discussed initiatives planned to meet future demand and maintain water quality. Demand is expected to increase by 150 percent over the next 40 years, and several projects are in progress to meet those demands, including:
- the newly-named North Texas Municipal Lake in Fannin County, the first new major reservoir in Texas in 30 years, scheduled for completion in 2022
- a new Main Stem Pump Station located at the Trinity River, featuring a 17-mile pipeline, scheduled for completion in early 2019 (it will double the amount of water currently cycled through the NTMWD’s East Fork Wetland Project and put back into Lavon Lake, Richardson’s main water source)
- a new wastewater treatment plant scheduled for 2023 and upsizing/optimization of Richardson’s existing wastewater facilities taking place in 2018-19.
While both water and wastewater rates are expected to increase over the next 3-4 years while construction catches up to demand and aging infrastructure is improved, NTMWD projects the cost of treated, delivered water will stay close to 1/3 cent per gallon.
Solid waste rates are projected to remain flat or decrease. NTMWD staff said the improvements to the City’s Lookout Drive transfer station have been a big success, resulting in fewer trips to the landfill and fewer trucks on the streets. Staff also mentioned that the 121 landfill will soon be generating more than $1 million per year in revenue thanks to a high BTU gas plant that’s been located there since December, allowing the private sector to purchase methane generated by the landfill.
To view Monday’s presentation, click here.
Report Presented on City’s Water, Wastewater System Maintenance
Water and wastewater system maintenance strategies conducted by the City’s Public Services Department are on track with goals set for 2017-18, according to a report given at Monday’s City Council work session. The Water Utilities division has been busy this year with facilities maintenance as well as with its valve replacement, meter replacement, fire hydrant servicing and water main replacement programs, including the replacement of water mains at four locations and multiple valve replacements near the intersection of Renner and Shiloh roads. Though proactive assessment and replacement of system components is ongoing to prevent service disruption, infrastructure aging is also ongoing, and the department has repaired 162 water line breaks so far this fiscal year (since 10-1-17), a slightly higher trend than in 2016-17.
Plans for 2018-19 include:
- the beginning of construction for the new Northside water tower
- replacement of 3,000 water meters
- replacement of three large valves at the Centennial elevated tower
- replacement of 5,000 linear feet of water main.
In the area of wastewater management, system assessment is being conducted in the Duck Creek Basin area of Richardson, as evidenced by the smoke testing which recently began there, a method of testing for leaks in pipes. System inspection with TV cameras is also taking place in the Duck Creek Basin this year, as well as manhole inspections. Thanks to similar testing completed last summer in the Floyd Branch area, pipeline and manhole rehabilitation is now underway and is scheduled to be completed in early 2019.
Other wastewater system maintenance plans for 2018-19 include:
- a condition assessment in the Cottonwood Basin area
- construction of the Lookout Drive lift station
- construction of three sewer projects (Ocean alley, Northhill alley and Dorothy Drive).
To view Monday’s presentation, including current budget information and future projections, click here.
Maintenance Strategies Outlined for Streets, Alleys and More
City staff updated the City Council Monday on the current strategy for maintenance of streets, alleys, bridge railings, traffic signs and pavement markings, as well as plans and proposed budget needs in those areas for 2018-19. Highlights of the report include:
- The budget for street and alley maintenance has tripled in the last five years, with street maintenance up 17 percent in 2017-18 from 2015-16. This is in line with the City Council’s emphasis on improving infrastructure.
- Small street name signs are being replaced at a rate of two zones per year, part of a six-year replacement plan started in 2015. FY 2018-19 plans also include replacing 1,000+ traffic control and guide signs.
- One mile of new bike lanes is proposed for 2018-19, including southbound Waterview Drive from Frankford Road to Campbell Road; Floyd Road from Lookout Drive to Campbell Road; and Alma Road from Arapaho Road to Greenville Avenue.
Currently, City crews maintain 600 miles of pavement, 22,000 signs, bridge railings at 135 locations, and more than 400 miles of pavement markings, including lane line buttons, railroad crossings, bike lanes, school zone crosswalks, signalized intersections and parking spaces/fire lanes in 38 City parking lots.
To view Monday’s presentation, including maps showing completed work, current projects and future areas targeted to receive maintenance, click here.
US 75 Closures June 16-18
Drivers planning to travel on US 75 near President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT) June 16-18, both northbound and southbound, need to be aware of the following closures due to construction at Plano Parkway:
- From 2 a.m. Saturday, June 16 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 18, weather permitting, both northbound and southbound main lanes will be closed just south of 15th Street in Plano to just south of Renner Road in Richardson, due to construction at Plano Parkway. Closures include the off-ramps from southbound US 75 to PGBT and on-ramps from PGBT to northbound US 75. For more information and suggested detours, see map below.
Duck Creek Bridge Demolition Begins June 11
Demolition of the bridge over Duck Creek on southbound Yale Boulevard, between Drake Drive and Apollo Road, should begin the week of June 11, weather permitting. Southbound traffic on Yale Boulevard in that area has been diverted to the northbound side of the road (and northbound bridge) since May 2017, after a state inspection showed significant erosion around one of the southbound bridge’s structural supports. Engineers originally hoped that the bridge could be repaired, but further inspections showed the damage was too extensive to fix.
Construction to build the new bridge should begin the following week, with the work completed by October, weather permitting. During off-peak travel hours, there may be some short-term traffic stoppage while trucks and equipment are moving in and out. For repair updates, visit www.cor.net/projects. For questions or more information, contact Henry Drexel at 972-744-4278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TCS Education System Employees Learn About, Improve City
Executives from TCS Education System spent a full day volunteering and getting to know Richardson Thursday, helping the environment (see story below) and helping rehabilitate a home in need of repair. One group collected trash at two locations and another group braved the heat to participate in exterior painting, fence repair and yard maintenance at the east Richardson home as part of the Community Services Department’s Volunteer Assistance Program.
The program pairs groups and individuals with homeowners who cannot properly maintain their property due to age, finances or disability, and Community Services provides expertise and materials donated from area businesses. All projects are completed at no cost to the resident or the City.
For more information about the Volunteer Assistance Program and other ways to volunteer with the City, visit www.cor.net/volunteer.
Richardson Ranked Seventh Most Popular Large City to Relocate
A website that specializes in helping people connect with high quality moving companies has determined that the City of Richardson is the seventh most popular large city to relocate to in the United States. HomeBuddha compiled a list of the 25 most popular large cities with populations between 100,000 and 200,000 and Richardson is the only city in Texas that finished in the top 10.
HomeBuddha used data from its “move cost calculator” to determine the 25 cities on its list. You can see the full report here.
“Off the Beaten Path” 5K/Trail Run CANCELLED
The City of Richardson Parks and Recreation Department’s “Off the Beaten Path 5K/Trail Run” scheduled for Saturday, June 9 at Breckinridge Park has been cancelled due to low registration.
Full refunds will be issued to those who registered. Call 972-744-4585 with any questions.
Senior Health Fair June 13
A free health and information fair will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at the Richardson Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd. The fair will feature health screenings and information tables on a variety of subjects, including financial planning, home health care, assisted living facilities, nonprofit agencies, HMOs and other topics of interest to seniors. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.
There is no cost to attend. For more information, call 972-744-7800.
Corporate Cleanup Held at Barkway, Duck Creek Channel
Richardson is cleaner and prettier thanks to corporate volunteer cleanup efforts that took place Thursday. Executives of TCS Education System made time while in town for a training session to pick up litter at Richardson’s dog park, Bush Central Barkway, as well as conduct additional cleanup along the drainage channel that feeds into Duck Creek.
Their efforts were part of the City’s Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program, an Environmental Partnership Initiative facilitated by the Health Department that provides a variety of ways for businesses, nonprofit organizations and other groups to help spruce up the City.
For more information about the program, visit www.cor.net/epi.
Phil-up to Appear at Whole Foods, Other New Locations in June
Phil-up the Blue Bag, the City’s recycling mascot, appeared this week at the Library and the CityLine location of Whole Foods Market, with more appearances scheduled for later this month including a June 26 stop at McDonald’s, 550 Centennial Blvd. Wherever Phil-up appears, expect free blue bag vouchers and other “Richardson Recycles” goodies as well as hugs and high-fives, part of a comprehensive outreach program to educate the public about recycling.
To see where Phil-up is appearing next, visit www.cor.net/philup.
New Recycling Can Holders at Heights Park
Trash and recycling collection is more attractive (and practical) at Heights Park after recent improvements—pairs of trash and recycling cans now sit together throughout the park on concrete slabs, each can surrounded by round, fence-style holder. The holders are made of recycled plastic and are the same color as the can. They’ve been installed previously around trash cans but this is a first for recycling cans.
Parks and Recreation staff hope the new can setup encourages recycling and hope to replicate the holders/slabs at Huffhines Park next year. Recyclable items accepted in park cans are the same as those accepted in blue bags for residential pickup—click here for the list of acceptable materials.
Trees Planted on Brand Road Median
The City recently planted 25 trees on the median of Brand Road, just south of Keffler Ballpark, part of ongoing tree planting and beautification conducted by the Parks Department. The Department plants about 250 trees across the City each year. To suggest/sponsor additional areas for planting, visit www.cor.net/richardsonplants.
- Mohsen Namjoo and Faraualla June 8
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $35-$99.
Italian female vocal quartet Faraualla join the Iranian singer-songwriter as part of a national tour.
- The Dance Movement June 8-9
7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $9.
The Dance Movement presents the year-end recital for students ages 6-teen entitled “A Time to Dance.”
- DCJ Dance June 9
9:30 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $15.
Dianne Cole Johnson School of Dance presents its annual spring recitals. The first two shows feature “Swan Lake” and shows 3 and 4 are entitled “All You Need is Love and Dance.”
- Royale Ballet Dance Academy June 10
2 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $12-$15.
The dance studio presents its annual recital, entitled “Dance Extravaganza.”
- Academy of Dance Arts June 11-12
7 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$20.
Academy of Dance Arts presents its annual recital.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
Richardson Community Band Outdoor Concert June 10
The Richardson Community Band continues its free 2018 outdoor concert series with “Adventures of Note” Sunday, June 10 at 7 p.m. on the Civic Center fountain plaza, 900 Civic Center Dr. Lawn chairs, dogs and picnics are welcome. Parking is free and available in the nearby Library and Civic Center lots.
For a complete schedule of the band’s summer concerts, go to www.richardsoncommunityband.org.
Summer Reading Kickoff June 9
Sign up for the Library’s Summer Reading Program at the Summer Reading Kickoff, Saturday, June 9 from 1-3 p.m. in the Youth Services Department. Enjoy a concert with the high-energy family funk super-duo “Sugar Free Allstars,” watch stilt-walkers and enjoy Matt Tardy’s world-class juggling, high-energy stunts and comedy.
The event is free and open to all ages. For information about the Summer Reading Program, visit www.cor.net/library or call 972-744-4358.
“15 Years of Richardson Reads One Book” June 12
Book lovers should head to the Library Tuesday, June 12 as the Director and Assistant Director of Library services, Susan Allison and Janet Vance, talk about “15 Years of Richardson Reads One Book” in the Basement Program Room from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Hear about the history of this unique program and the other great books that were considered for inclusion but didn’t “make the cut.”
Admission is free and participants may bring their own lunch. For adults and teens; registration is not required. For more information, call 972-744-4376.
Youth Event: Make “Rube Goldberg Machines” June 12
Kids ages 9-13 will challenge their brains and team up to make crazy contraptions Tuesday, June 12 in the Basement Program Room from 2-3:30 p.m. The “Rube Goldberg Machines” will link
tasks together to create a domino effect—the more complicated, the better! No registration required; call 972-744-4358 for more information.
Free Family Movie June 14: “Wonder”
The Library’s new “Free Flix @ 6” movie series continues Thursday, June 14 with a showing of the 2017 PG-rated family drama, “Wonder,” from 6-8 p.m. All ages are welcome, admission is free and snacks are included.
Location is the First Floor Program Room. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Combination Inspector ($3,774-$5,732 monthly)
Building Inspection is seeking individuals who are interested in conducting commercial building inspections within the City of Richardson.
Crime Analyst ($3,789-$5,738 monthly)
Richardson’s Police Department is currently seeking a Crime Analyst to interpret crime patterns and trends for possible suspects and potential crimes.
Maintenance Helper II ($2,206-$3,196 monthly)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings in Streets, Water and Wastewater for individuals who love working outdoors doing repair and construction to streets and water distribution and waste water collection systems.
For a list of all job openings at the City of Richardson, visit www.cor.net/jobs.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This beautiful girl is Mandy! She is a boxer breed with brown and white markings. She came to the Shelter as a stray dog, very thin but in good spirits! We have spayed and vaccinated her and now she needs a loving home and family! Mandy did test positive for heart worms and will need treatment. Please come by and visit her today!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
To read previous Week in Reviews, visit www.cor.net/WIR.