Week In Review, Aug. 16, 2019
Aug. 16, 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:
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Budget Presented to City Council; Tax Rate Hearing is Aug. 19
The City Manager presented the 2019-20 proposed budget and property tax rate to the City Council Monday. Key highlights of the 2019-20 proposed budget include:
- Certified Tax Roll increase of 7.51 percent
- Maintains tax rate of $0.62516
- Increases Senior Tax Exemption from $85,000 to $100,000
- Includes approximately $5.8 million in street/alley maintenance
- 7.5 percent rate adjustment in water and sewer services
Public hearings on the proposed tax rate will be held Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 26 at 6 p.m.; a public hearing on the proposed budget will also take place at 6 p.m. at the Aug. 26 City Council meeting. All hearings will take place in the City Council Chambers. The meetings will be streamed live on the City website at www.cor.net/CITV and broadcast live on the City’s cable TV station on Spectrum, channel 16, and AT&T U-Verse, channel 99. On-demand replays of the meetings will also be available at www.cor.net/CITV.
For more information, read the press release here.
Help “Clear the Shelters” Aug. 17
The fifth annual “Clear the Shelters” pet adoption event will be held tomorrow from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., a nationwide event in which participating animal shelters waive or discount fees. The Richardson Animal Shelter, 1330 Columbia Dr., will waive adoption fees for all adoptable pets, although a $5 registration fee for Richardson residents will still apply.
Animal shelters typically have more animals in the summer months due to spring births as well as pet owner relocations. Approximately 5,000 pets will be available for adoption at North Texas-area shelters during Clear the Shelters.
To view animals available for adoption at the Richardson Animal Shelter, go to www.cor.net/adoptme. Note that during the Clear the Shelters event, all regular adoption guidelines apply and new owners will still be required to have pets spayed/neutered and vaccinated for rabies if it has not been done so already. A valid Texas driver’s license or ID is required and new owners must be 18 or older.
To view a video about the event produced by the City’s Communications Department, click here.
Collins/Arapaho Open House Aug. 21
The public is invited to an open house Wednesday, Aug. 21 to learn how plans are shaping up for the Collins/Arapaho TOD and Innovation District. The open house will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Travelers Insurance Office Building at Collins Square, 1301 E. Collins Blvd. Format for the evening is come and go, with an overview presentation at 6 p.m.
Over the past 16 months, hundreds of stakeholders have contributed feedback and creative ideas for the 1,200-acre area, and the open house is an opportunity to see how the new draft zoning for the district builds on these ideas, and to give additional feedback.
Attendees should enter on north side of building. For more information, visit www.cor.net/collinsarapaho.
Heights Family Aquatic Center Begins Modified Schedule
The Heights Family Aquatic Center began a modified schedule this week as the summer swim season winds down. It is now open Saturdays and Sundays from noon-8 p.m., with a final day of operation Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day) from noon-8 p.m.
For admission prices and other information, visit www.cor.net/pools.
DART Silver Line Q & A Available
As work continues across northern Richardson and surrounding areas on the Cotton Belt Silver Line project, DART has announced an e-mail address dedicated to answering questions from the public about the project. The Silver Line is scheduled to begin east-west service in 2022 between Plano and DFW Airport, with several stops along the way including two in Richardson.
Questions on Twitter should use the hashtag #SilverLineQandA; send questions via e-mail to CottonBelt@DART.org. Over the next few weeks, DART plans to answer the questions on the DART Daily Blog located at dartdallas.dart.org.
Network of Community Ministries Rolls Out New Mobile Food Pantry
Richardson nonprofit Network of Community Ministries unveiled its long-awaited refrigerated box truck Thursday, beginning a new Network program called Mobile Pantry. Through a partnership with RISD, the Mobile Pantry program will provide food, nutrition information and healthy recipes on a monthly basis at high need RISD schools, for qualifying students and their families. Network will also use the truck to pick up meat, produce, frozen foods and dry goods donations from selected retail partners, which would otherwise go unclaimed due to lack of transport services.
The new truck was made possible through generous donations from the Catholic Foundation, Richardson Rotary and 100 Women of Richardson. For more information about Network, visit www.thenetwork.org.
Spring Valley Road Lane Closures Expected in East Richardson
Drivers are advised to keep in mind the following lane closures planned for Spring Valley Road between Sherman Street and Yale Boulevard that may cause traffic delays:
- The right lane of eastbound Spring Valley Road between Sherman Street and Business Parkway may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through late November due to cable/fiber optic work.
- Westbound Spring Valley Road between Yale Boulevard and Plano Road may be closed to traffic at all times through late August, due to roadway construction that’s part of the 2019 Annual Street Repair Project. Both eastbound and westbound traffic on Spring Valley Road in that area will use the eastbound side.
Annual Dog Splash is Aug. 18
Dogs and their owners are invited to cool off at Richardson AnimaLuv’s annual Dog Splash, Sunday, Aug. 18, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Terrace Pool, 300 N. Lois Ln. The event is come and go and includes concessions, vendors, rescue groups and entertainment, and swimming for both dogs and people (the pool capacity will be closely monitored). Special guest, Miss Texas Chandler Foreman, will be present from noon-2 p.m.
Admission is $5 per dog, with humans admitted free. Dogs must have a current rabies vaccination to enter pool area. All proceeds benefit the Richardson Animal Shelter. Pre-registration is not required, but preferred—register online at www.cor.net/SplashDay. Walk-in registration is welcome onsite the day of the event.
Texas Stamp Dealers at Civic Center Aug. 23-24
The Texas Stamp Dealers Association and its stamp show are back for the second time this summer at the Richardson Civic Center, Aug. 23-24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is free. For more information, visit www.TSDAstamps.com.
Miss Richardson Information Workshops Begin Aug. 24
The Miss Richardson Scholarship Pageant is hosting information workshops Aug. 24 and Sept. 7 at the Richardson Civic Center for those interested in becoming Miss Richardson 2020 or Miss Richardson’s Outstanding Teen 2020. Both compete in the Miss Texas pageant, which has been held every summer at the Eisemann Center since 2014.
For information and to RSVP, contact Bobbie Scott at 214-684-5591, firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available at www.missrichardson.org.
Paint a Bluebird at RROB Activity Aug. 24
Friends of the Richardson Library is sponsoring an Intro to Watercolors class in the Basement Program Room Saturday, Aug. 24 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Laura Lester will help adults and teens learn about watercolor and paint a bluebird, in honor of the title of the 2019 Richardson Reads One Book selection, “Bluebird, Bluebird” by Attica Locke.
Admission is free and all materials are provided. Registration is required—call 972-744-4376 to sign up.
“Reading the World” Book Club Brings Residents, Students Together
UT Dallas’ Center for Translation Studies, along with the McDermott Library and the UTD Bookstore, is helping to raise awareness of the value of literary translation by sponsoring the Reading the World Book Club, a group that’s open to the public and meets six times a year to discuss bestselling fiction from all over the world. Past selections have included “The Elegance of the Hedgehog,” by Muriel Barbery, and “Umami,” by Laia Jufresa.
The club next meets Sept. 24 to discuss “My Name is Red,” by Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk; learn more about the book (and the club) in a new video created by the City’s Communications Department, available to view here.
At the Eisemann Center:
- “Elvis Through the Ages” Aug. 17
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $20-$42.
Noted tribute performers Kraig Parker and Victor Trevino, Jr. present the hits of Elvis Presley from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, along with the RTB Band and Brass.
- Rich-Tone Chorus Aug. 24
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$45.
The award-winning a cappella ensemble presents, “Rhythm & Rich-Tones—Totally Off Beat,” featuring several special guests including the Class Ring quartet and STOMP percussionist John Angeles.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
Richardson Community Band Summer Season Finale Aug. 18
The Richardson Community Band ends its 2019 summer concert season on a nostalgic note Sunday, Aug. 18 beginning at 7 p.m. with “Those Summer Nights,” featuring a variety of favorite summer selections including “Variations on a Kitchen Sink,” “Genius of Ray Charles,” “Leroy Anderson Portrait” and selections from “Grease.”
The concert is free and takes place at the Civic Center fountain plaza, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and well-behaved dogs are welcome, and there is plenty of shade to share.
For more information about the band, visit www.richardsoncommunityband.org.
“My First Date” Continues at The Core Theatre
The Core Theatre is presenting an original production, “My First Date,” through Sept. 1. Set in Texas in 1941, the show takes place on a warm autumn afternoon as 19-year-old Anna Erhard waits on the front porch for her “first date” to begin, waiting for a sailor she has been writing to for almost a year, at the same time her family is preparing for the arrival of dinner guests. Will she be stood up and have to endure shame at the hands of her family and their guests? The audience is left waiting to see!
Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10-$25. For tickets, call 214-930-5338 or click here.
“Xanadu” Opens Tonight at RCT
Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., is presenting the musical, “Xanadu,” through Aug. 25. The Tony Award-nominated, roller skating musical adventure about following your dreams is based on the Universal Pictures movie of the same title, set to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar.
Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17-$28. Patrons attending Friday performances will be treated to a special pre-show event beginning at 6:30 p.m. called “Friday Night Magic,” including art displays by local artists and free hors d’oeuvres.
For tickets, go to www.rcttheatre.com.
City Supports Community Gardening Through Partnership Program
Local nonprofit and religious organizations that provide gardening opportunities for Richardson residents through community gardens may receive a water subsidy thanks to the City’s Community Gardens Partnership Program. Through the program, the City provides a 95 percent water subsidy to organizations who meet certain criteria, including donating part of the garden’s produce to local food banks or other charitable organizations.
Learn more about the program and the benefits of community gardens through a new video produced by the City’s Communications Department—click here to watch. Additional information may be found at www.cor.net/communitygardens.
Learn How to Identify Water Leaks with new City-Produced Video
Water bills getting higher? An increase in your water bill may not always be tied to increased water use in the summer. Learn to identify water leaks both inside and outside the home with a new video featuring advice from the Public Services Department. Action steps for what to do if you suspect a leak are also included. To view the video, click here.
Find out more at www.cor.net/epi.
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.
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.
Driver Loader ($2,603-$3,749 monthly)
Solid Waste is seeking individuals interested in driving and operating residential refuse and/or recycling collection equipment.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Ginny! She is a beautiful orange tabby with a calm and quiet demeanor. At the top of her favorite activities is curling up in a cozy blanket because that’s the best way to take a nap! Ginny is spayed, about a year old and current on all vaccinations. Be sure to visit her and all the other adoptable pets this Saturday for Clear the Shelters, a day that we will be waiving adoption fees!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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