Week In Review, Jan. 11, 2019
Jan. 11, 2019
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.
Final Design Plans for Fire Station 3 Unveiled; Public Art Concept Chosen
Final design plans for the new Fire Station 3 were presented for the City Council to review at Monday night’s regular work session meeting. The new station is to be constructed at the northwest corner of Custer Parkway and Lookout Drive, across the street from the current facility.
The project is a high priority from the 2015 Strategic Fire Station Plan, due in part to increasing development and population in the service area and was included in the 2015 Bond Program. The new station will more than double the current station’s size to 13,200 square feet, allowing for more trucks, equipment and personnel to meet future demands.
A public art concept for the front corner of the property was also unveiled at Monday’s meeting. The vertical, metal sculpture mimics water shooting out of a vintage brass fire hose nozzle and was designed by RE:site Studio, the team of artists creating the public art at the Richardson Public Safety Campus.
Building construction is expected to begin in March 2019 with the Fire Department move-in planned for March 2020.
To view Monday’s presentation, click here.
Voting Will be More Convenient for Richardson/Collin County Residents
Beginning with the upcoming May elections, Collin County residents will have more location options for early and Election Day voting, including “one-and done” voting locations for Collin County/Richardson residents who previously had to vote in City and Collin County elections at separate sites. The Richardson City Secretary presented the changes to the City Council Monday after several years of working toward a more streamlined voting process with Dallas County and Collin County elections administrators.
- The changes will allow Richardson/Collin County residents to vote early in PISD, Collin College and City of Richardson elections at the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center.
- Election Day voting will not be held at City Hall. On Election Day, residents in Precincts 78 and 110 will now vote at the Richardson Church of the Nazarene, 2101 E. Renner Rd., which will have ballots for both City of Richardson elections and Collin County elections. (The church replaces the Renner Police Substation).
No changes will occur for Dallas County/Richardson residents. For more information, visit www.cor.net/elections.
City Council Election Filing Begins Jan. 16
The first day to file an application for a place on the May 4 City Council Election ballot is Wednesday, Jan. 16. Prospective candidates for Mayor and Places 1 through 6 may look over filing requirements here and pick up an election packet in the City Secretary’s office during normal business hours.
The Richardson City Council consists of the Mayor, two at-large seats and four place (or district) seats. Though Council Members representing Place 1 thru 4 must reside in those areas, all members of the City Council are elected at-large by voters. All City Council seats carry two-year terms and are up for election during May of every odd year.
The last day to file is Friday, Feb. 15 by 5 p.m. For further information, contact the City Secretary at 972-744-4290 or visit www.cor.net/elections.
Zoning Entitlement Process Begins for Collins/Arapaho TOD and Innovation District
Development Services staff presented an initial work plan to the City Council Monday for advancing the Collins/Arapaho TOD and Innovation District vision, that builds on the study that was completed in 2018. Of the 10 key strategies identified in the study, two are related to zoning entitlements and considered high priority for implementation in 2019:
- Allow zoning flexibility in industrial zones
- Redevelop key opportunity sites to bring new uses and activities to the District
These strategies involve a 10 to 12-month zoning entitlement process that will lead to modified development regulations for the entire 1,200-acre district, to allow for more flexibility design features such as building materials, parking, signage and building height for existing industrial properties. The zoning entitlement process will also include the creation of new comprehensive development regulations of key opportunity sites identified in the study, such as the Arapaho Center DART Station, to anchor the District and bring new diverse activities. The process will include ongoing engagement with property owners and key stakeholders and draft ordinance preparation involving community workshops and public hearings.
For more information about the Collins/Arapaho TOD and Innovation District, visit www.cor.net/collinsarapaho.
Rec Centers Note Increase in Use as New Year’s Resolutions Get into Gear
City recreation center usage is off to a good start for 2019, as rec center staff report an increase in members utilizing both Heights and Huffhines recreation centers within the first nine days of 2019 compared to the same time last month. Attendance was up by almost 11 percent at Heights Recreation Center and up by 5 percent at Huffhines Recreation Center.
Yearly membership fees are among the lowest gym fees in the area—$60 for residents and $120 for nonresidents. Memberships include use of both recreation centers, which each include a cardio fitness area/weight room, a full-sized gym including a regulation-sized basketball court, a game room, free WiFi, a sauna and locker rooms. In addition, each offers fitness classes for an extra charge. Nearby outdoor activities can be added on to a workout, such as tennis at Huffhines Tennis Center, swimming at Heights Family Aquatic Center (during the summer), or walking/jogging on the trails of Heights Park and Huffhines Park.
For more information about parks, recreation centers and membership rates, go to www.cor.net/parks. Information about rec center classes may be found at www.cor.net/parksonline. For aquatics and tennis information, visit www.cor.net/aquatics and www.cor.net/tennis.
Library Roof Repairs to Temporarily Limit Parking
Preparations for the Library’s upcoming roof repair project begin Sunday, Jan. 13, which will include blocking off a portion of the south parking lot, close to the building. This will limit parking in the lot, prohibit access to the last page of “Darbey’s Storywalk,” and limit the ability for Library patrons to temporarily drive into the fire lane, jump out and deposit books into the book return. (The book return will still be accessible, but everything south of the center crosswalk will be inaccessible). No handicap parking will be affected.
In addition, patrons on the third floor may experience noise during the roof repair process.
Construction begins Monday, Jan. 14 and is expected to last 3-3 ½ weeks. Additional parking is available in the adjacent City Hall/Civic Center parking lot.
Lane Closures for Jupiter Road Repairs
The northbound right lane of Jupiter Road at Lookout Drive and the southbound right lane of Jupiter Road at Renner Road will be closed the next few weeks. The project is part of the 2019 Street Repair Program and weather permitting, the work should be complete by mid-February.
Lane Closures for Utility Work on Jupiter Road
The northbound right lane of Jupiter Road from Red Oak Lane to South St. Andrews Drive will be closed 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday through late March, weather permitting. Utility cables and poles are being installed.
Annual Photo Contest Begins Tomorrow
The City’s annual photo contest will accept entries Jan. 12-27. Both students and adults are invited to participate. Categories include Abstract, Anything Goes, Cityscape/Architecture, Experimental/Enhanced, Fabulous Flora, Furry Friends, It’s a Small World, People, Scenic/Landscapes, Sports and Action, Still Life, Wildlife and Wonderful Waterscapes. Entry fees are $5 per entry for high school age and younger and $10 per entry for college age and up.
For more information and an entry form, visit www.cor.net/photocontest.
“Adulting 101” for Teens Jan. 12
Teens ages 13-18 can learn about resumes, interviewing, college applications and budgeting when the Library hosts “Adulting 101,” Saturday, Jan. 12 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Admission is free to the event, which features come-and-go stations, and no registration is required. Come early for the Teen Advisory Board meeting from 2-3 p.m. and help shape programming at the Library!
Free Instruction Offered in Beginner Level MS Excel
The Library will offer a class in beginner level MS Excel 2016 Friday, Jan. 18 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the in the Basement Training Room. The training is free, but registration is required; call 972-744-4359 to reserve a spot.
For adults and teens with a valid Richardson Public Library card. Laptops are provided; participants may also choose to bring their own.
Register Now for “Intro to Adobe Premiere Pro” Jan. 19
Discover the essential skills for editing your own videos at “Intro to Adobe Premiere Pro,” Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Students will learn:
- how to use Adobe Premiere Pro to import, optimize and export videos
- how to make basic edits to both audio and video material
- how to improve video quality by utilizing effects
- and even how to perform some movie magic!
For adults and teens; laptops provided. Registration is required—call 972-744-4359 to register and for more information.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Tonight Only: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $39-$51.
Noone, aka Herman, brings his never-aging boyish charm to the Eisemann Center with classic Herman’s Hermits hits such as “I’m Into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Henry VIII, I Am,” “Silhouettes” and more.
- “Liverpool Legends: The Complete Beatles Experience: Jan. 18
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $55-$75.
Four talented musicians and actors handpicked by the sister of the late George Harrison, Louise Harrison, perform songs spanning the entire career of the Beatles, with precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects.
- “Clowning Around with Murder” Continues Through Jan. 20
8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays with 3 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays, in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $29-$44.
Pegasus Theatre presents its 20th Harry Hunsacker adventure utilizing its Living Black & White™ technique. The story takes place in 1935 and finds world-famous detective Hunsacker and his paid-by-the-hour assistant, Nigel Grouse, meeting a variety of clowns, clues and a “copper in disguise” at Fripson Clown College, on the trail of a “murderer in clown white.”
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
At UT Dallas:
- Sign-Ups Open for Jan. 23 “Diversity Dialogues”
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the McDermott Library, Room MC 4.4. Admission is free.
UT Dallas’ Multicultural Center invites the community at large as well as UTD students and staff to enjoy lunch while engaging in a safe, comfortable, facilitated discussion activity that promotes a greater understanding of cultures/backgrounds. A full buffet meal is provided to registered attendees (while supplies last). Register in advance here.
Blue Bag Vending Machine Installed at Fire Station 6
The Public Services Department has installed the City’s first blue recycling bag vending machine at Fire Station 6, 3591 Park Vista Rd. The machine is located in the fire station’s lobby area and is available 24/7 with rolls of 30-gallon bags for $3.50 per roll for both residents and nonresidents. Funds to purchase the blue bag vending machine were generously donated by the Richardson Environmental Action League (REAL).
Note: The vending machine only accepts cash ($1 and $5 bills as well as quarters, dimes and nickels) and provides change. Public Services staff will no longer be present at Fire Station 6 on the first Saturday of each month to sell bags. The bags will continue to be sold “in person” at City recreation centers, the Senior Center, Service Center and City Hall during normal business hours. For more information, call 972-744-4111.
Recycling Mascot Encourages Recycling
Phil-up the Blue Bag, the City’s recycling mascot, is out in the community every Thursday morning this month spreading the word about the benefits of recycling, buying recycled products and how to use the City’s recycling program. He also hands out blue bag vouchers (while they last) to Richardson residents.
Catch him at Walgreens, 500 Centennial Blvd., from 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 17, 24 and 31.
For more information about Phil-up or to schedule a free Phil-up appearance, visit www.cor.net/philup.
Solid Waste Supervisor ($4,425-$6,516 monthly)
Solid Waste is seeking individuals interested in supervising and evaluating daily and long-rage work plans of subordinate field personnel involved in providing citywide collection services for residential refuse, recyclables, brush/bulky items and commercial refuse.
Combination Inspector ($3,963-$5,732 monthly)
Building Inspection is seeking individuals interested in inspecting buildings, construction sites and construction components for compliance with Building, Plumbing and Mechanical codes and laws.
Recreation Support Technician-part time ($8-$13.75 hourly)
Huffhines and Heights recreation centers are seeking individuals interested in assisting instructors with programs and activities and enrolling students in classes and providing parks and recreation information to patrons.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Momma Elisa is still looking for a home! She came to us as a stray with a litter of kittens back in September 2018. Momma cared for her babies and even cared for some orphans too, all of which have now found homes. She has been spayed, vaccinated and is ready for a home of her own. Momma Elisa is friendly, quiet and a little bashful at first, but quick to warm up to those she meets. Remember, adult cat adoptions are only $15 at the Richardson Animal Shelter!
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.