Week In Review, March 29, 2019
March 29, 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.
Bond and C.O. Sale Moves Forward
This week the City Council received and accepted the final pricing for the sale of General Obligation bonds and Certificates of Obligation and passed two ordinances allowing the issuance of both. The bonds and C.O.s have low interest rates (2.78 percent and 2.58 percent respectively), a benefit of the City’s recent “Triple A” reaccreditation from both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s credit rating agencies.
The sale will provide $17.4 million in funds for projects approved by voters in the 2015 Bond Program and $32 million for the City’s Capital Improvement Plan, which includes water and sewer infrastructure improvements, emergency services equipment, information technology equipment, streets, park trails and public facilities including the Public Safety Campus and Fire Station 3.
To view a presentation about the sale given at Monday’s work session, click here.
Deadline Approaching for Businesses to Sign Up to Participate in Mayor’s Summer Internship Program
Businesses wishing to participate in the Mayor’s Summer Internship Program need to sign up by April 11. Employers can provide a life-changing experience to a high school student who lives in the City of Richardson or attends Richardson ISD, all the while investing in Richardson's future workforce by sponsoring an intern fellow at your workplace or a local nonprofit this summer.
Begun last year, the Program is a collaboration between the City, RISD and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce that enables incoming high school seniors to receive eight weeks of paid summer employment at a local business, nonprofit or government agency. Students gain invaluable real-world experience and exposure to careers in which they’ve expressed an interest, work 20-40 hours per week and earn a minimum of $10 per hour.
Library Reveals Plans for 60th Anniversary Celebration
Library staff gave City Council members a glimpse back into the Library’s storied history Monday during an update on plans to commemorate the City’s 60th year of providing library services. The presentation included several vintage photos and recently restored and digitized film footage of the current Library building’s 1969 groundbreaking.
Richardson library services began in November 1959 in a new, 5800-square-foot building on Tyler Street, after a store on Main Street (Cash Dry Goods) housed a collection of books for adults and children for a few years. The 60th anniversary celebration will officially kickoff June 1 with a party featuring activities for all ages, and additional events are planned for the fall. A commemorative 60th anniversary library card is already available for patrons.
To view Monday’s presentation, including the photos and video, click here.
Library Earns 2018 Excellence Award
The Richardson Public Library has received an Achievement of Library Excellence Award by the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association for the 14th consecutive year. The annual award recognizes Texas libraries that meet benchmarks of excellence over the past year in a broad variety of areas, including summer reading programs; services for underserved populations; cultural, topical and educational programming for adults and families; literacy support for all ages; and training opportunities for staff at all levels.
The Library is one of only 51 public libraries to have received this award this year, out of the total 548 in the state.
Voter Registration Deadline for May 4 Election is April 4
Time is running out to register to vote in the May 4 City Council election, and in Texas, you cannot register to vote online—voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 4 or brought in person to the county registrar’s office by end of business on that day in order to participate. The postage-paid application is available online (for printing out) at www.votetexas.gov as well as at the Richardson Library.
New registered voters will receive their voter cards by mail. Early voting begins April 22.
DART Platform Extension Work Rescheduled to Begin Next Week
DART’s platform extension project, scheduled to begin at Galatyn Park Station this week, is now expected to start next week. The project will lengthen rail station platforms to enable more cars on DART trains. Work is expected to continue for the next four months. Rail service will not be disrupted but riders need to be aware that there will be an active construction zone at that station. Users of the Galatyn Park shuttle buses should note that the drop-off/pick-up spot at Galatyn Park Station will be moved slightly to the north (see map).
For questions or concerns, contact the DART customer care center at 214-749-3333.
DART Train Service in Downtown Dallas to Temporarily Close on Weekends
Shuttle buses will replace DART trains in downtown Dallas on weekends starting tomorrow, Saturday, March 30, when DART begins replacing rail along the Transitway Mall. The weekend construction will continue into September.
Work will impact all rail lines in downtown: the Red and Blue Lines between the Pearl/Arts District and Union Stations, the Green Line between Deep Ellum and Victory Stations, and the Orange Line between the Deep Ellum, Pearl/Arts District and Victory Stations.
Five separate DART shuttle bus routes (three Express and two Local) will operate during the closures to provide service between the affected downtown stations; an additional Express route will connect the Mockingbird and Bachman Stations. Customers should look for red “Rail Disruption” signs marking the bus stops.
April Richardson Today Delivered to Post Office
The April issue of Richardson Today was mailed earlier this week and should begin arriving in mailboxes tomorrow. This month’s issue has a special focus on volunteering in Richardson, including information on more than 10 ways to make a positive difference in Richardson through volunteer service. Also included is a detailed guide to Trash Bash 2019, which will be held April 13.
Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is available at recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and the Library. Keep up with Richardson Today stories as they happen, including video, at www.RichardsonToday.com. A digital version of the print edition of Richardson Today may also be accessed there. Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.
Bridge Reconstruction Begins April 1 on West Spring Valley Road
The reconstruction of two bridges along West Spring Valley Road may cause traffic delays starting April 1. Various lane closures between US 75 and Coit Road will be needed from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. as work crews place beams for the new Hunt Branch Bridge and Cottonwood Creek Bridge as part of the Spring Valley Road Project. Electronic signs were placed on West Spring Valley Road this week announcing the upcoming work; motorists are advised to use Belt Line Road as an alternate route between US 75 and Coit Road.
The Spring Valley Road Project is a partnership between Dallas County, the cities of Richardson and Dallas, Dallas Water Utility, DART and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The goal of the project is to enhance mobility along Spring Valley Road, which is a critical part of the City of Richardson and City of Dallas Master Thoroughfare Plans.
Lane Closures Expected Near Coit/Campbell Intersection
The right lane of eastbound Campbell Road between Coit Road and Mimosa Drive may be closed to traffic through late April from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Utility crews will be in the area for cable/fiber optic work.
Lane Closures Expected On, Near Sherman Street
Drivers traveling along Sherman Street as well as near the intersections of Spring Valley Road at Sherman Street and Belt Line Road at Sherman Street can expect several lane closures over the next 4-5 months as cable/fiber optic work takes place. Closures that may take place between 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. include: the right lane of westbound Spring Valley Road just east and west of Sherman Street; the right turn lane of southbound Sherman Street to Spring Valley Road; the right lane of northbound Sherman Street between Lingco Drive and Polk Street; and the right lane of eastbound Belt Line Road just east and west of Sherman Street. Work is expected to be completed in early August.
Reptile Expo at Civic Center Saturday and Sunday
The Lone Star Reptile Expo will be held March 30-31 at the Richardson Civic Center. A large selection of reptiles, amphibians and other creatures will be on hand for viewing and for sale, along with reptile food, cages and other supplies.
Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 7-12; ages 6 and under get in free. For tickets, click here.
“Kindness Weekend” Begins April 5
Altrusa International of Richardson’s “Kindness Action Ninjas” are sponsoring the fourth annual Kindness Weekend April 5-6. Everyone in Richardson and the surrounding areas is encouraged to do an act of kindness, as simple as writing a kind note to someone or paying it forward in the coffee line.
Altrusans will be focusing their kindness efforts on sending 200 care packages to service men and women who are stationed in the Middle East, and providing 200 kits for the “Days for Girls” organization that provides sustainable feminine products for women worldwide.
To help or for more information, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
“Shh! We Have a Plan!” Performers Visit Library Tomorrow
Performers from the Eisemann Center Presents production of “Shh! We Have a Plan!” (on stage at the Eisemann Center March 31, read more below) bring their magic, music and puppetry to the Basement Program Room Saturday, March 30 from 2-3 p.m. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
For more information, contact Youth Services at 972-977-4358. To watch a video about this event, click here.
Camp Write-In April 4
Kids and teens ages 10-17 are invited to banish writer’s block and work on a writing project of their choice Thursday, April 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Studio RPL. Writing prompts, green room interviews, games, snacks and supplies will be available to encourage and inspire.
Admission is free but registration is required. To register, call 972-744-4358 or stop by the Youth Services Desk.
At the Eisemann Center
- Contemporary Ballet Dallas Tonight
7 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $15-$37.
CBD’s Youth Performance Ensembles spring show highlights ballet, tap and hip hop companies.
- “Shh! We Have a Plan!” March 31
2:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $12-$22.
A nonverbal tale featuring magic, music and puppetry based on the Chris Haughton book of the same name. Follow the surprising journey of a family adventuring through the woods, where the youngest teaches everyone that kindness and treating nature with respect is more important than getting what you want at any cost.
- KJ Dance March 31
1 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $15-$35.KJ Dance’s annual “Giving Gala” features more than 100 members of KJ’s Pulse dance company showcasing choreography from the current competition season.
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
- “Photoworks 2019” Opens Today
9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the McDermott Library’s Nebula Gallery (Room MC 3.504) through April 26. Admission is free.
A selection of creative work completed by UT Dallas advanced photography students, curated by faculty member Marilyn Waligore. Meet the artists at a free reception April 11 from 7-8:30 p.m.
- The James Gilyard Ensemble March 30
8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is $15.
Jazz bassist, composer and producer James Gilyard helms this touring ensemble of DFW-area musicians including Andrew Griffith (drums), Eric Willis (keyboard/piano), Kelly Durbin (piano), Dana Sudborough (vibes, percussion), Quamon Fowler (sax) and Simone Jackson (vocals).
- Sunday Lecture Series Begins March 31
2:00 p.m. in the Jonsson Auditorium. Admission is free.
The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies begins a Sunday lecture series entitled, “Deportations During the Holocaust,” with a talk by Dr. David Patterson, Hillel A. Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies. Dr. Patterson will speak on “Death and Ghetto Death.” A small reception in the Ackerman Center will be held after the lecture.
- Holocaust Survivor Bert Romberg April 2
9:30 a.m. in the Jonsson Academic Center, room JO 4.802. Admission is free.
The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies hosts a breakfast reception with holocaust survivor Bert Romberg, followed by a presentation regarding his life as a Kindertransport at 10 a.m.
- Theatre UTD: “A Mirror Right Through You” Preview April 4
8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Admission is free.
An original piece created by Theatre UTD students based on research, interviews and personal reflections regarding the growing mental health crisis facing today’s college students. Regular performances begin April 5, when admission becomes $15. For more information, visit www.utd.edu/ah.
“Twelve Angry Men” Continues at RTC
The Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 113, is presenting the classic courtroom drama, “Twelve Angry Men,” through April 7. Show days and times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22 and include complimentary sweets, snacks and beverages.
For reservations, call 972-699-1300. To view a video produced by the City’s Communications Department about the show, click here.
Tomorrow is “Take a Walk in the Park” Day
National Take a Walk in the Park Day is observed annually on March 30, and the Richardson Parks and Recreation Department is reminding everyone that walking in one of Richardson’s many parks is an excellent, no-cost way to clear one’s mind from stress, re-energize and improve health, as well as enjoy nature’s beauty.
The City maintains more than 37 parks, with the goal of having a park within walking distance of every neighborhood. For a comprehensive map of Richardson parks, trails and recreation facilities, click here.
Chlorine Maintenance Ends Monday
The annual 28-day chlorine maintenance being conducted by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), Richardson’s water supplier, is in its last few days for 2019, ending Monday, April 1. The safe treatment is both a water system maintenance function as well as a water conservation measure that helps optimize drinking water quality and reduce the amount of hydrant flushing necessary during the warm weather months. The maintenance also meets guidelines set by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The NTMWD and its 13 member cities continuously test and monitor water quality throughout the year to ensure the water is safe to drink. For more information, visit www.cor.net/chlorine.
Summer Water Conservation Plan in Effect April 1
In keeping with the City’s permanent water conservation strategy, the summer water conservation plan goes into effect Monday, April 1. The plan prohibits watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on residents' designated watering days.
Please water only as needed, based on moisture content of the soil. For personalized, weekly watering recommendations sent via e-mail, go to www.watermyyard.org.
For more information, visit www.cor.net/waterconservation or call 972-744-4220.
Register Now for Free “Water Efficient Landscape Design” Class April 9
Registration is still open for a free landscape design class being held Tuesday, April 9 at the Richardson Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by the City and Water University, a division of Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service, the class will teach the basics of landscape design using the free online ULandscapeIT tool. Learn about plant placement, choosing the right plants, the newest hardscape trends and other elements of how to transform your yard into a beautiful low maintenance, water efficient landscape.
Participants must register in advance online; click here to register. For more information, call 972-744-4410.
Combination Inspector ($3,963-$5,732 monthly)
Building Inspections is seeking individuals interested in inspecting building, construction sites and construction components for compliance with building, plumbing and mechanical codes and laws.
Preventative Maintenance Tech ($2,261-$3,047 monthly)
Fleet Services is seeking individuals interested in performing preventative maintenance and tire repairs on City vehicles and equipment.
School Crossing Guard ($9.74-$15.46 per hour)
The Police Department is seeking individuals interested in assisting children and adults with crossing traffic crosswalks.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This sweet guy is Chato! He has been at the shelter for almost a month. He is a shar pei mixed with a chow chow. Chato has a brindle color with a medium coat. He loves attention and will jump up right in your lap! He is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready for a new family to take him home and love him forever. Please stop by, visit him, and see for yourself!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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