Week In Review, Feb. 22, 2019
Feb. 22, 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.
May City Council Election Ballot Finalized; Candidates Announced
A random drawing for the order of candidates on the May 4 City Council election ballot took place Monday after candidate applications were certified by the City Secretary (the filing period for candidates ended Feb. 15). The list of certified candidates and the order they will appear on the ballot, including names for uncontested seats, are as follows:
- City Council Place 1
- City Council Place 2
- City Council Place 3
- City Council Place 4
Raymond DeGuzman, Sr.
- City Council Place 5
- City Council Place 6
- Mayor (Place 7)
Main Street Redevelopment Update Given to City Council
City staff updated the City Council Monday on the Main Street Redevelopment/Reinvestment Project. The Project is finishing up its design phase and construction work is expected to begin in July, to take advantage of adjacent vacant parcels of land for staging, contractor parking, etc. and so the Project’s completion can coincide with the completion of the nearby Public Safety Campus in fall 2020.
Street improvements and public amenities that will take shape along Main Street:
- Complete pavement replacement of Main Street
- Several traffic enhancements at the Main Street/Greenville Avenue intersection, including new turn lanes and a signal replacement
- Reconstruction of the Main Street and Abrams Road intersection, with a new signal installed
- The creation of a more pedestrian-friendly and bike-friendly area, with new, wider sidewalks, lighting fixtures, picnic tables, benches, trash receptacles and bike racks, and a pedestrian crossing signal installed at Main Street and McKinney Street
- Trees planted along both sides of Main Street and the construction of a tree-lined median
- Two new park areas, to be located at the northwest and northeast corners of the intersection of Main Street and Greenville Avenue, with public parking added at the northwest corner
For a complete list of planned improvements and amenities, view Monday’s presentation by clicking here. Future updates on the Project will be made available via a dedicated web page (www.cor.net/mainstreet), a Facebook page (@richardsonredevelopment), in RichardsonToday, Week in Review and on RichardsonToday.com.
Richardson Sites Named “Best Real Estate Deals” Finalists
The finalists for “Best Real Estate Deals of 2018” were announced this week by the Dallas Business Journal, and several are located in Richardson, including the new Public Safety Campus. Judges representing various sectors of commercial real estate evaluate projects from across the DFW Metroplex each year and choose “the very best of what the industry had to offer” in the past year. More than 50 new developments, facilities, expansions, land transactions, reuse projects and lease renewals were chosen as finalists—those in Richardson and the categories in which they were nominated are:
- City of Richardson Public Safety Campus—Community or Neighborhood Impact
- The UT Dallas Engineering Building—Education
- Fossil Group Headquarters—Lease Renewal
- Methodist Richardson Medical Center Expansion—Medical
- Parc Northeast—Industrial Developer
For a complete list of finalists, click here. An awards event, where winners in each category will be announced as well as the “Deal of the Year,” will be held April 9.
Police Department Year-End Report Given
Richardson Police Chief Jimmy Spivey gave his department’s End of Year Review for 2018 at Monday’s City Council work session, highlighting accomplishments and comparing 2017 and 2018 crime statistics. Spivey reported that though total crime has increased by 8 percent, Richardson’s violent crime rate remains “far below” the state and national average. Other crime statistics discussed:
- Robberies of individuals decreased by 65 percent, with 23 incidents reported in 2018 versus 65 in 2017
- Residential burglaries decreased by 1 percent
- Of Richardson’s 6,800 businesses, 28 reported robberies in 2018, a decrease of 8 percent
- Incidents of car thefts and BMVs (burglary of a motor vehicle) have increased by 13 percent and 11 percent respectively, with unlocked vehicles a factor in 25 percent of auto thefts and 70 percent of BMVs
Accomplishments highlighted include:
- There are now close to 1,000 Neighborhood Crime Watch volunteers and more than 400 registered video cameras in the Neighborhood Video Crime Watch program.
- Richardson’s National Night Out 2018 event made the “top 10 list” in the nation for the first time in its new, larger population category, coming in at ninth place with 174 registered block parties. In addition, 6,192 pounds of food were collected for Network of Community Ministries.
Spivey noted that the department is transitioning its crime data reporting method this year from Uniform Crime Reporting to National Incident Based Reporting which is mandated by state law. This will enable more detailed and quality reporting and greater crime analysis, providing the ability to capture separate offenses within the same reported incident/single crime occurrence, and will also allow for electronic crime statistic submission.
To view Monday’s presentation, click here.
Proclamation Recognizes Engineers
Mayor Paul Voelker issued a proclamation Monday declaring Feb. 17-23 National Engineer’s Week in the City, “urging all citizens to support the City’s engineering staff in their contributions to our community as well as support all engineers that reside in Richardson for their contributions to our community, the region and the rest of the world.” Staff accepted the proclamation at Monday’s City Council work session and spoke about the history of National Engineer’s Week, and City engineers from a variety of departments were individually recognized.
The National Society of Professional Engineers created Engineer’s Week in 1951 to raise public awareness of engineers and what engineering contributes to society. It traditionally falls during the week of George Washington’s birthday, in recognition of his work as a military engineer and surveyor.
Long-term Lane Closure on Lakeside Boulevard
The right lane of northbound Lakeside Boulevard between Waterwood Drive and US 75 may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through late June, due to fiber optic utility work taking place at 2400 Lakeside Blvd.
Dallas Record Show Saturday at Civic Center
The Dallas Record Show is back in Richardson Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Civic Center. Find thousands of vinyl LP records, 45s and a few 78s, plus CDs, T-shirts and posters from more than 40 vendors from across Texas and surrounding states. Merchandise includes budget finds (priced as low as $1) as well as higher-priced collectibles.
Early bird admission at 8 a.m. is available for $10. General admission beginning at 10 a.m. is $5. To purchase tickets and for more information visit www.vinylrecordshow.com. Tickets are also available at the door.
Vegas Show Night at Senior Center Feb. 27
The Richardson Senior Center will host “Vegas Show Night” Wednesday, Feb. 27 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The $5 admission fee includes light hors d’oeuvres, dessert and coffee and a fun night of entertainment with Marty Ruiz and Anne Hinson’s “70s Disco Party.” Come dressed in your Vegas evening finery and you could be chosen to spin the lucky wheel for a prize.
Tickets are for sale at the Richardson Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd., but will not be available for purchase at the door the evening of the event. For more information, call 972-744-7800.
Registration for Summer Camps and Swim Lessons Begins March 1
Registration begins next Friday for the City’s 2019 summer camps and swim classes. To register or see a list of classes, go to www.cor.net/parksonline.
The information will also be included in a pull-out Recreation Guide available in the March issue of Richardson Today.
“Cookies, Crafts and Crayons” Feb. 28
All ages are invited to drop by to snack, craft and color Thursday, Feb. 28 in the First Floor Program Room from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Supplies and cookies are provided and there is no admission fee. It’s the perfect afternoon break or afterschool activity!
For more information, call 972-744-4358.
“Medicare and You” Workshop Feb. 28
A free “Medicare and You” workshop for all ages will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. The workshop will cover in detail the four parts of Medicare: A, B, C, and D. Participants will gain a better understanding of Medicare eligibility, election periods, enrollment penalties and the differences between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage (Part C), Prescription Drug (Part D) and the “donut hole.”
Registration is not required. For more information, call 972-744-4376.
AARP Free Tax Assistance Continues
Senior citizens with low to moderate incomes can get free help with tax preparation every Monday through April 15 from trained AARP volunteers, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Assistance is given on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring Social Security card, a copy of your 2017 tax return and all pertinent tax forms, including Social Security statements.
A limited supply of some 2018 tax forms are available at the Library. For more information, call 972-744-4355.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Arlo Guthrie Tonight
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $48-$62.
The iconic songwriter, social commentator, master storyteller, actor and activist presents “Alice’s Restaurant Back by Popular Demand featuring Sarah Lee Guthrie,” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 film, “Alice’s Restaurant,” and the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Guthrie will perform “The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” in its entirety, along with select songs from every full-length studio album he’s released.
- Max Amini Tonight
8 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $35-$55.
The Iranian-American comedian and actor (NBC’s “Heroes”) brings his internationally known stand-up comedy to the Eisemann Center for a return engagement.
- “The Screwtape Letters” Feb. 23
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $41-$91.
Set in an eerily stylish office in Hell, this stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ satiric masterpiece creates a morally inverted universe that reveals unseen spiritual powers and principalities in humorous, vivid and surprising ways.
Recommended for ages 13 and older. Children under age 4 will not be admitted.
- “The Best of Second City” Begins Feb. 28
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $30 for the matinee and $35 for all other performances.
Second City is back with a show that features the best sketches and songs from the comedic group’s history as well as their trademark improvisation. Presented in partnership with the UT Dallas School of Arts & Humanities. Note: This show contains mature content.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets/registration for Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
At UT Dallas:
- Next Comer Collection Photography Exhibit Opens Feb. 23
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the McDermott Library’s Nebula Gallery. Admission is free.
The photographs in this newest Comer Collection exhibit, entitled, “Take to the Streets: Photography’s Comment on Social Order,” were taken on streets and display more than simply figures in a setting, but also the social behaviors and constructs that shape all individuals.
- Theatre UTD: “The Flu Season” Continues Feb. 22-23, Feb. 28-March 2
8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets are $15. (For tickets, click here)
Winner of the 2004 Oppenheimer Award for Best New York Debut by an American Playwright, this Will Eno play is a “reluctant love story” set in a hospital and a theater.
- Data Ethics Lecture Feb. 27
7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
UT Dallas’ Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology presents “The Promise and the Peril of Artificial Intelligence” with guest lecturer Dr. Casey Fiesler. She will discuss how tweets, blog posts, photos, reviews and dating profiles are all public data potentially being used for scientific research, and the ethical implications.
- Black History Month Research & Film Series Continues Feb. 28
7-9 p.m. in JO 4.102 (Jonsson Academic Center). Admission is free.
Episode 1 of “Roots” (2016) will be presented, with an introduction by Madiina Ssali. Ms. Ssali will offer comparative historical context for the film’s portrayal of Islamic influence in West Africa prior to the Atlantic slave trade.
Time to Plan Ahead to Prevent Weeds
If you’re planning to apply pre-emergent products on your lawn to prevent annual summer weeds, late February-early March is normally the best time to do so. City Parks and Recreation staff say that soil temperatures will be quickly rising soon and weed seeds will start to germinate, so it’s important to have the pre-emergent in the top portion of the soil profile so that any new weed will emerge through the product, then wilt and die. Depending on what type of pre-emergent is used, watering in the product will help the chemical reach and saturate the soil.
Texas A&M AgriLife Research Extension’s Water University recommends that herbicide treatments should always be applied per manufacturer’s labeled instructions and only for the types of weeds specific to your lawn. Use caution when applying chemicals around trees, and avoid “over applying,” as this can cause increased pollution flowing into storm drains and waterways.
For a variety of free online landscaping publications, information and educational materials created by AgriLife Extension specialists, click here.
Water My Yard™ Reminds When, and When Not to Water
Take advantage of recent rains and set your lawn sprinkler to manual, if you haven’t already—you’ll save a vital natural resource, reduce your water bill and avoid over-watering the soil. If temperatures drop, you’ll also avoid runoff that can freeze and cause unsafe roadways.
A free online service called Water My Yard™ can help remind you when it’s time to water and for how long, based on your sprinkler system and the past and predicted weather for your address. The service was created in partnership with the North Texas Municipal Water District and several other Texas cities/districts and sends one e-mail or text per week. To sign up, go to www.watermyyard.org.
Senior Financial Analyst (Tax) ($4,506-$6,827 monthly)
Finance is seeking individuals interested in providing analytical support related to economic development, property taxes, hotel/motel occupancy taxes and other Finance projects.
Driver/Loader ($2,603-$3,749 monthly)
Solid Waste is seeking individuals interested in driving and operating residential refuse and/or recycling collection equipment.
Recreation Support Technician-part time ($8-$13.75 hourly)
Huffhines and Heights recreational centers are seeking individuals interested in assisting with supervising instructors, programs and activities; as well as enrolling students in programs and providing Parks and Recreation information to patrons.
Kitten Shower Feb. 24
Help the Shelter get ready for kitten season at a Kitten Shower, Sunday, Feb. 24 from 1-3 p.m. Spring is the time of year when the Shelter typically sees a significant increase in cats and kittens, many needing extra care due to illness, injury, pregnancy and abandonment. Stop by to drop off a donation and learn about the Shelter’s foster program.
Items needed include:
- KMR (kitten milk replacement)
- Heating pads (with auto shut-off)
- Cat toys
- Baby wipes
- Cat beds
- Flea combs
- Nursing bottles and replacement nipples
- Pet store gift cards
- Items from the Shelter’s Amazon Wish List (under Amazon’s Wish List, search for Richardson Animal Shelter)
The Richardson Animal Shelter is located at 1330 Columbia Dr.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Fester! He is a neutered male, about 5 years old and up to date on all vaccinations. Fester has been looking for his forever home for over a month. He is reserved at first around new people and asks that you allow him to make himself at home in his own time. Fester is grown out of that highly energetic kitten phase and prefers a quiet calm environment. If you are looking for a calm, mature, tuxedo kitty then Fester is for you!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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