Week In Review, July 12, 2019
July 12, 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.
Throughout the year the City Council or City Plan Commission will hold meetings on topics of significant interest to local neighborhoods or the community in general. Links to view all City Council or City Plan Commission meeting documents that may have topics of interest to you can be found here:
City Council | City Plan Commission
Council Elects Mayor Pro Tem
Newly elected City Council Member Janet DePuy was chosen by her peers on the Richardson City Council to become Mayor Pro Tem at Monday’s City Council meeting. DuPuy represents Place 3 on the Council.
To learn more about DuPuy and all the City Council members, click here.
Bush Turnpike-to-US 75 Ramp Closures Begin Tonight
TxDOT will close two “direct connect” ramps from President George Bush Turnpike to US 75 this evening beginning at 8 p.m. as part of an interchange improvement project. The eastbound President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT) ramp to northbound US 75 will be closed through Tuesday, July 16 at 5 a.m. and the westbound PGBT ramp to northbound US 75 will be closed through Saturday, July 20 at 5 a.m.
During the closure, eastbound PGBT traffic will be detoured through the frontage road to Campbell Road to access northbound US 75. Westbound PGBT traffic will be forced to exit at K Avenue to the frontage road; drivers will access northbound US 75 through a new entrance ramp just south of Plano Parkway. Temporary signals will be installed at the intersection of the northbound US 75 frontage road and the westbound PGBT frontage road in order to assist with traffic flow.
For more information, see the detour map below and visit www.DriveTexas.org.
City Council Receives Updates Prior to Budget Workshop
City staff updated the City Council Monday on the condition and future needs of park assets and the City’s vast inventory of signs, markings and traffic signals, in preparation for the Council’s upcoming two-day budget workshop, scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday, July 15-16, at City Hall. The workshop is a time for the City Council to provide feedback on funding priorities to the city manager in preparation for the proposed budget that will be presented to Council on Monday, Aug. 12. The workshop will be broadcast live on the City’s CITV station next week Monday and Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m.on the City’s cable TV station (Spectrum channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99). On-demand video will be available at the City website (www.cor.net/CITV) and replay broadcasts on the cable channel will be aired at 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 4.
To learn more about maintenance work being done in the Parks and Transportation and Mobility departments, watch Monday’s presentations by clicking here.
Changes Planned for CPC Broadcast July 16
Due to the City Council Budget Workshop being broadcast live July 15-16 (see story above), the City Plan Commission (CPC) meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 16 will not be broadcast live. Video of the CPC meeting will be available online at www.cor.net/citv beginning July 17.
Summer Interns Spend Day of Service at Network
High school students taking part in the 2019 Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program (RMSIP) spent today learning about the importance of community service while working at Network of Community Ministries. Their activities included sorting food donations, stocking Network’s Food Pantry shelves and sorting clothing donations for the Clothes Closet. The students also enjoyed a pizza lunch, where Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker, RISD Deputy Superintendent Tabitha Branum and RISD Trustee Kim Caston spoke briefly about the importance of volunteering and learned about the students’ work experiences in the program.
This is the second year for the RMSIP, which has included a community service day each year. The Program is open to incoming high school seniors and provides eight weeks of paid employment at area businesses, nonprofits and government agencies. The students are chosen for the program after participating in workforce readiness training, a job fair and interviews in the spring.
For more information, visit www.rmsip.org.
Smoke Testing to Begin Next Week in West Richardson
Testing to look for leaks in the City’s sewer system along the Cottonwood Creek drainage basin will begin next week in the western part of Richardson (see map). The testing, conducted by the RJN Group, will involve the use of smoke to identify where storm water may be entering underground sewer lines. The smoke is nontoxic, with minimal odor, but it could be very visible in areas where leaks are detected.
Testing will start in the southern part of the basin and progress north, and is expected to last approximately 14-16 weeks, weather permitting. Testing on specific streets within the study area should only take 20-30 minutes. If you live in the test area, you will see a notice placed on your front door at least 24 hours prior to the test. Street signs will also be placed at each end of the blocks where testing is underway. Smoke testing cannot be conducted if it is raining or has recently rained. If crews are unable to conduct testing in the notified areas due to weather, the areas will be re-notified before testing is conducted at a later date.
This is the third year of a multi-year schedule for smoke testing of the City’s 410 miles of sewer lines. Over the last two summers, 148 miles have been tested; 97 miles will be tested this summer.
Collins/Arapaho Survey Ends July 14
There are still a couple days left to give feedback on how you’d like to see the Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development District take shape, via an online survey. Anyone may fill out the brief survey, which asks for opinions about many aspects of the 1,200-acre development including architectural styles for buildings, new uses for underused parking lots, building use options such as entertainment, residential and retail and what to develop along the soon-to-be expanded Duck Creek hike-and-bike trail. A dog park, outdoor dining areas and park space with public art are just a few of the trailside options shown via color photos.
For more information about the Collins/Arapaho TOD project and to access the survey, visit www.cor.net/collinsarapaho. Survey ends at 11:59 p.m. July 14.
Heights Family Aquatic Center Named to National Top 10 List
The Heights Family Aquatic Center has been named one of the top 10 must-see pools in the United States by Leslie’s Pool Supplies. The announcement was made Thursday in conjunction with National Swimming Pool Day.
In its announcement, Leslie’s said the pools included on the list “showcase innovative design, thoughtful details, stunning views and unique features. The list includes public pools and aquatic parks as well as high-end hotel pools and resort destination pools, resulting in a collection that offers a variety of options for the ‘perfect pool day.’”
The Heights Family Aquatic Center was one of three Texas pools to make the list, with hotel pools in Houston and San Antonio also being recognized.
For more information on aquatics in the City of Richardson, visit www.cor.net/aquatics.
Traffic Delays Possible Near Arapaho Road at Custer Road
The following projects may cause traffic delays near the area of Arapaho Road at Custer Road due to possible lane closures:
- Cable/fiber optic work along Arapaho Road
The right lanes of eastbound and westbound Arapaho Road between Lindale Lane and Custer Road may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through mid-October.
- Roadway construction on Custer Road
The southbound and center lanes of Custer Road between Arapaho Road and Ridgedale Drive may be closed to traffic alternatively and at all times through late July. This project is part of the 2019 Annual Street Repair Project.
Free Movie at Breckinridge Park Tonight: “Sing”
The Parks and Recreation Department continues its summer Friday Film Series tonight (July 12) with the 2016 animated PG-rated movie, “Sing,” shown outdoors at Breckinridge Park beginning at dusk. Arrive early at 7:30 p.m. to get in on karaoke fun!
Admission is free, with light refreshments available for purchase. Attendees may bring blankets and lawn chairs, as well as well-behaved dogs. Movie location is near Entrance B/Pavilion B, the same location as Richardson’s Family 4th Celebration. The movie series concludes Aug. 9 at Heights Park.
For more information, call 972-744-7850.
Save the Date: Next Dive-In Movie Night is July 19
Float in the pool and watch a movie at the same time at the City of Richardson’s Dive-In Movie Nights at the Heights Family Aquatic Center. The next Dive-In event will be a showing of the 2018 PG-13 movie, “Aquaman,” Friday, July 19.
Tickets are $7; purchase in advance (recommended due to the event’s popularity) at Heights and Huffhines recreation centers and at Heights Family Aquatic Center during regular business hours. Gates will open for the Dive-In Movie at 8 p.m. For more information, call 972-744-7893.
Ink Masters Tattoo Expo Begins July 19 at Civic Center
The third annual Dallas/Richardson Tattoo Expo hosted by Ink Masters Tattoo Show will be held July 19-21 at the Richardson Civic Center. Live tattooing will take place all weekend by over 120 award-winning tattoo artists, with all different styles of tattoos from realistic to traditional and from black and grey to color. Piercings, temporary tattoos, airbrush tattoos, tattoo giveaways and food will also be available.
Hours are Friday from 1-11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tickets, available at the door only, are $20, with $5 off Friday before 5 p.m. A three-day weekend pass is available for $35.
For more information, visit the expo’s Facebook page.
Wild Things Zoofari July 13
Meet the largest gecko in the world, an endangered ruff lemur, a “country kitty,” an armadillo and a surprise guest tomorrow afternoon from 2-3 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Learn about the habits and habitats of these exotic animals and pet one before you leave!
Admission is free and no pre-registration is required. For ages 5 and up. Visit the Children’s desk at the Library or call 972-744-4358 for more information.
Lunchtime Lecture: “Brooklyn Bridge” July 16
If you like New York City, history and/or architecture, don’t miss the next Lunchtime Lecture, entitled, “Brooklyn Bridge,” Tuesday, July 16 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Richard Cudlipp will be presenting part 1 of a two-part series that explores the politics and the building of the famous bridge. Part 1 is entitled, “The Need, Roebling’s Solution and Dealing with Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall.”
For adults and teens; registration is not required. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to enjoy during the presentation. For more information, call 972-744-4376.
Lunchtime Lecture Explores History of Civil Rights in Dallas
The Richardson Public Library hosts several lunchtime lectures each month and this week one of the topics of discussion was on the Civil Rights Movement in the Dallas area.
Guest lecturer, Dr. Marvin Dulaney, a retired professor who has studied and written about the movement for 40 years, spoke about the African American experience in Texas. Dulaney said he wanted to show how oppressive and violent the history of Dallas was in terms of race, but at the same time show the progressive things that happened that made Dallas the city it is today, one that that is very democratic and receptive to African Americans and Mexican Americans.
At the Eisemann Center:
- “Old Jews Telling Jokes” Continues
Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. through July 28 in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $39-$65.
A treasure trove of one-liners, double entendres, songs, skits and hysterical routines performed by five actors who pay tribute to and reinvent classic jokes of the past and present. Note: contains adult humor not appropriate for patrons younger than 18.
- Ali Zafar in Concert July 14
6:45 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $29-$109.
Pakistani pop star and Bollywood actor Ali Zafar brings his music to the Eisemann Center.
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:
- “Little Shop of Horrors” Opens July 18
8 p.m. July 18-20 and 2:30 p.m. July 21 in the University Theatre. Tickets are $15 for general admission.
With an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, this campy, Off-Broadway hit musical follows Seymour Krelborn, a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop, who happens upon a strange plant that develops an unquenchable thirst for human blood and world domination.
- “Reading the World” Book Club Continues July 23
6-7:30 p.m. in the Library Administrative Suite Conference Room (MC 4.2/4th floor). Admission is free.
The public is invited to discuss the internationally best-selling 2012 novel, “The Time in Between,” by Maria Dueñas. The club, sponsored in part by UT Dallas’ Center for Translation Studies, meets six times per year to discuss best-selling and literary fiction written by foreign authors while raising awareness of the value of translation.
Last Weekend for “A Reason to Believe” at the Core Theatre
The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 115, is presenting an original production entitled, “A Reason to Believe,” through Sunday, July 14. The play is a riveting drama interlaced with humor about a man whose life changes after “having it all.”
Remaining showtimes are tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for youth, $15 for seniors and $25 for adults.
For more information, visit www.thecoretheatre.org.
Corporate Cleanup Project Helps Beautify Commercial Area
Employees from engineering consulting company RESPEC collected trash along International Parkway Monday as part of the City’s Community & Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program. The program is one of the City’s Environmental Partnership Initiatives and is open to any group who wants to help beautify Richardson. So far in 2019, the City has coordinated more than 20 group cleanup projects, with several more scheduled in the coming months.
All supplies are provided, including gloves and trash tongs, and filled bags are picked up when the project is finished.
Find out more at www.cor.net/epi.
Public Safety Telecommunicator (911 Dispatcher) ($3,134-$5,137 monthly)
The Police Department is seeking individuals interested in receiving requests for police, fire and emergency medical services.
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.
Part Time - Leasing Support Technician ($10-$15.30 hourly)
Civic Center is seeking individuals interested in overseeing client activities, functions and events during assigned hours.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Hi I’m Maddox. I am a 1-year-old Catahoula pup that still has lots to learn and lots to explore! I have a goofy grin that I can’t wait to show you! I have heard that I have a pretty brindle coat. If you are looking for a running buddy, I need a little help with my leash lessons, but I am a fast and eager learner—especially if there is a treat involved. I love to sniff new smells and play with toys. I am currently a medium-sized bundle of love weighing 40-45 pounds.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
City Council Links
To read previous Week in Reviews, visit www.cor.net/WIR.