Week In Review, March 15, 2019
March 15, 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.
Letters Mailed for Free Blue Recycle Bags
Letters were mailed today to Richardson homeowners that can be redeemed for two complimentary rolls of blue recycling bags at several locations around the city. Through the Blue Bag Program, residents can combine all of their recyclable material into one blue bag and place it out for weekly pickup service.
Visit www.cor.net/recyclingguide for a complete list of recyclable items and www.cor.net/recycling to find your weekly recycling day. Visit www.cor.net/bluebags for a list of locations where you can redeem your letter for the free blue bags.
Richardson Named to “Top 100 Places to Live” List; Highest Ranked in Texas
Livability has named Richardson to its annual “Top 100 Places to Live” list. The company specializes in data-driven rankings for small- to mid-sized cities, showcasing the “unsung awesomeness” of these communities. Richardson ranked 34th in the U.S. and was the highest ranked Texas city. Richardson was recognized for its low crime rate, “fantastic” job market and infrastructure, including access to four DART rail stations and numerous bike trails.
For more information on Richardson’s ranking as well as the complete list, click here.
Spring Valley Road Project Progressing
Capital Projects staff report that the Spring Valley Road Rehab project, taking place along Spring Valley Road between Coit Road and Weatherred Drive, is 70 percent complete after February rains delayed the project slightly. Work completed in the past six weeks includes lighting upgrades between Coit Road and Waterfall Way and traffic signal upgrades at Waterfall Way and at Weatherred Drive.
The bridge replacements at Hunt Branch and Cottonwood Creek continue, including pavement work on the south side of Spring Valley Road between Waterfall Way and Weatherred Drive. Improvements still to come include finish-up work on the new medians between Coit Road and Waterfall Way, more pedestrian crossings along Spring Valley Road and traffic signal upgrades at Esperanza Road and at Waterview Drive.
All lanes along Spring Valley Road within the project area are expected to be open in late May or early June, weather permitting. For more information on Richardson road projects, visit www.cor.net/projects.
“Picture Perfect” Informational Campaign Continues Re: Photography in City Parks
As spring photography is about to “bloom” in Richardson parks along with the City’s wildflowers, City Parks staff would like to remind everyone that the City has photography guidelines in place, created in 2018 to help maximize enjoyment of our parks. The nine guidelines, which cover topics such as photography props, blocking access to park areas and how many photographers may occupy a park feature at any given time, are posted on signs near some of the City’s most picturesque areas in parks and included on a web page (www.cor.net/photography). Water bill stuffers listing the guidelines were mailed to Richardson water customers last year and will be mailed again in May.
Anyone who is taking photos or video in a Richardson park (professional or amateur) is asked to please follow the guidelines to help maintain a positive park experience for everyone, as well as the integrity of the City’s parks. Violators may be reported by using the MyRichardson app, calling 972-744-4111 (available 24/7) or filling out an online form at www.cor.net/photography.
DART Increases Service Saturday for St. Patrick’s Festivities
DART will increase rail service tomorrow, Saturday, March 16, to accommodate riders who are traveling to the 40th Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival and the Dash Down Greenville 5K. Changes include additional trains for the Red and Orange lines from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. between Plano and the Mockingbird, Lovers Lane and Park Lane stations.
For more information, including bus routes affected by the festivities, visit www.dart.org or call 214-979-1111.
Lane Closures Near Prairie Creek, Canyon Creek
The left lanes of westbound and eastbound Lookout Drive between Custer Parkway and Vista Cliff Drive may be closed to traffic at all times through early April for median renovation.
In addition, the bike lanes along northbound and southbound Collins Boulevard between Fall Creek Drive and Campbell Road may be closed from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through late April due to cable/fiber optic work.
Stamp Show at Civic Center
The Texas Stamp Dealers Association is hosting a stamp show and sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow, March 16, at the Civic Center. Admission and parking are free.
For more information, visit www.tsdastamps.com.
“Coffee and Cops” March 22
Enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with Richardson Police Friday, March 22 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Communion Cooperative, 514 Lockwood Dr. The Richardson Police Department hosts “Coffee and Cops” events several times a year to help the community get to know their officers.
For more information, contact Officer David Beregszaszy with the Richardson Police Crime Prevention Unit, at 972-744-4938.
Movie Matinee Saturday, March 16
All ages are invited to enjoy a showing of the PG-rated animated film, “Smallfoot,” Saturday, March 16 from 2-4 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room. Admission is free and snacks are included.
For more information, call Youth Services at 972-744-4358.
Tales for Tails March 17
The friendly canine companions of Texas Therapy Dogs are back for another edition of “Tales for Tails,” Sunday, March 17 in the First Floor Program Room. Readers in grades K-4 are invited to read to the dogs beginning at 3 p.m. and all ages are welcome to meet the dogs at 4 p.m.
There is no cost to participate, but a free ticket is required for admission; tickets will be available at the door starting at 2:30 p.m. the day of the event. For more information, stop by the Youth Services desk or call 972-744-4358.
Lunchtime Lecture Series Continues March 19
Richard Cudlipp continues his lecture series, “Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates,” Tuesday, March 19 with a discussion of the birth of the U.S. Navy.
Lunchtime Lectures are held from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Admission is free and attendees may bring their own lunch. Both adults and teens are welcome. For more information, call 972-744-4376.
At the Eisemann Center
- The Hunts Tonight
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $44.
The indie-alternative-folk band comprised of seven brothers and sisters from Chesapeake, Va. performs “music that moves hearts,” including songs from the group’s most recent record, “Darlin’ Oh Darlin.’”
- PSO March 16
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $19-$85 and can be purchased by clicking here.
The Plano Symphony Orchestra presents a salute to Leonard Bernstein, including music from “West Side Story” with dancers from Chamberlain Performing Arts. The concert also features the grand prize winners of the annual Collin County Young Artist Competition on violin, cello and piano.
- “For the Love of Words” (F.L.O.W.) March 16
7 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $52.
Poets and comedians take the stage at this celebration of spoken word that also features a live band and DJ tunes.
- The Young Irelanders March 17
3 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $37-$49.
The 2019 version of this annual touring group of talented young performers, brought together by the Irish Cultural Academy, features world and Irish national champions in Irish traditional music, song and dance.
- Dallas Ballet Company March 17
3 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $15.
All levels of the Dallas Ballet Company will perform in this spring benefit performance, entitled, “En Avant.”
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.
Garden Show This Weekend
Get inspired for spring gardening at The Garden Show presented by the Collin County Master Gardeners March 16-17 at Myers Park and Event Center, 7117 County Road 166 in McKinney, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is a $2 donation per person; parking is free.
This annual event is held indoors and packed with informative speakers, hands-on activities and demos from local experts. Plants and gardening products will be for sale and lots of vendors will be on hand; be sure to stop by the City of Richardson’s booth to pick up a free “mood pencil” and information on maintaining a yard, composting, recycling and rainwater harvesting.
For more information, visit www.ccmgatx.org/thegardenshow.
Free Leak Detection Pack Available March 18-24
Next week is Fix a Leak Week, an EPA WaterSense program, which is a great time for residents to check for water leaks and drips inside the home. One of the largest water wasters is a leaking toilet, which can waste more than 200 gallons of water a day. Since some toilet leaks are silent, the City is offering a free leak detection tablet pack March 18-24 at one of the following locations during normal business hours:
- City Hall Water Customer Service, 411 W. Arapaho Rd., Suite 101
- Richardson Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr.
- Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd.
- Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.
- Senior Citizens Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd
Keep Pool Water, Lawn Debris Out of Storm Drains
With warmer weather and the flurry of lawn maintenance and pool draining seen around town, the Health Department reminds homeowners to keep pool water and lawn debris out of storm drains and streams—chemically treated pool water kills aquatic life, lawn debris chokes waterways and both pollute our water supply.
Remember: storm drains flow directly to local streams; sewer lines flow to a water treatment plant, so pool drainage, by ordinance, must be connected to a property’s sewer line clean-out. Grass clippings, leaves and brush should not be blown into the street—they can be bagged for trash pickup, placed in a composting bin or set out for composting through the City’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service. Grass clippings may also be left on the lawn; they break down quickly and provide nutrients. If you use a lawn service, consider advising them of these options.
For more information on how to drain and backwash pools, click here. For more information on the City’s BABIC service and making mulch, visit www.cor.net/babic or www.cor.net/mulch.
Materials Technician ($2,494-$3,675 monthly)
Fleet is seeking individuals interested in maintaining warehouse facilities, parts room storage areas, inventories and records.
Assistant House Manager ($2,727-$4,055 monthly)
Eisemann Center is seeking individuals interested in managing all front-of-house operations associated with events and activities scheduled in the Eisemann Center.
Learn-to-Swim Coordinator-part time ($14.28-$19.38 hourly)
Parks and Recreation Department is seeking individuals interested in coordinating, supervising and evaluating swim classes and instructors at multiple city pool locations.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Rex! He is a Lab rottweiler mix, about 4 years old, neutered male. Rex means “king” and this sweet boy deserves a life fit for a king! He needs plenty of room to run, roam and sniff about to keep him happy. Are you looking to add some royal flare to your life? Then we have got just the “king” for you!
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.