Week In Review, Aug. 23, 2019
Aug. 23, 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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Groundbreaking Held for Main Street Revitalization Project
The City Council and City staff took part in a ceremonial groundbreaking Saturday to commemorate the beginning of construction work for the Main Street Redevelopment/Reinvestment Project. The groundbreaking took part at the site of an open space and public parking area to be constructed at the northwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and Greenville Avenue.
The project will also include:
- Complete pavement replacement of Main Street from near Sherman Street to just east of Greenville Avenue
- Several traffic enhancements at the Main Street/Greenville Avenue intersection, including new turn lanes and a signal replacement
- 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
City staff will hold weekly meetings with downtown tenants and a website at www.cor.net/mainstreet has been created to support future outreach and keep people updated on the project. It includes traffic impact updates, project time lines, information on project specifics and a sign-up for direct e-mail updates. The project is expected to be completed in October 2020.
Tax Rate Hearing Held; Tax Rate/Budget Hearing Scheduled for Aug. 26
A public hearing on the proposed tax rate for the 2019-20 fiscal year was held at Monday’s City Council meeting, and a second public hearing on the tax rate as well as a hearing on the proposed 2019-20 budget are scheduled for the Aug. 26 City Council meeting, beginning at 6 p.m. Anyone wishing to make comments regarding the budget may attend the meeting in person.
The hearings may also be viewed live on the City website at www.cor.net/CITV and on the City’s cable TV station on Spectrum, channel 16, and AT&T U-Verse, channel 99. On-demand replay will be available at www.cor.net/CITV.
For details about the tax rate and the proposed 2019-20 budget, visit www.cor.net/budget. To watch the Aug. 19 hearing, click here.
2020 Census Update Presented to City Council
City staff gave an update to the City Council Monday on the 2020 Census and the City’s role in helping to support and promote the effort next spring. Changes in store for the 2020 Census include the ability of individuals to respond, for the first time, online. People will also still be able to phone in or send their response by mail.
The City has been working with the Census Bureau over the past year to provide a local update of addresses and is collaborating with other cities and counties in Census promotional efforts to highlight the message that the 2020 Census is “easy, important and safe.” A Complete Count Committee, made up of local business, education, cultural and nonprofit representatives and City department liaisons, will augment communication efforts by creating strategies to reach “hard-to-count” populations, including college students, children under the age of five, people who face language barriers and people with mental or physical disabilities.
The 2020 Census will be conducted between January and July 2020. For more information, visit www.cor.net/census.
Census Workers Begin Address Canvassing in Richardson, Nationwide
The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced the launch of address canvassing, the first major field operation of the 2020 Census. Address canvassing improves and refines the Census Bureau’s address list of households nationwide, which is necessary to deliver invitations to respond to the Census. Sixty-five percent of all addresses have already been verified using specially designed software that incorporates satellite imagery, and Census Bureau employees (known as “listers”) have started walking through neighborhoods across the country, including Richardson, checking on the 35 percent of addresses not verified.
To help identify themselves as listers, employees have badges, bags and laptops indicating their affiliation with the Census Bureau (people may also ask them for a picture ID from another source to confirm their identity). They will knock on doors and ask a few simple questions to verify the address and any additional living quarters on the property for inclusion in the Census. If the lister does not find anyone at home, they will verify or update address information by observation.
The canvassing will continue through mid-October. For more information, including a video with images of a lister badge and gear, visit www.cor.net/our-city/address-canvassing.
Mayor Celebrates Completion of Second Year of Internship Program
The Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program wrapped up its second year with a celebratory luncheon this week for the 2019 interns and their supervisors at the Eisemann Center. Guest speakers included Mayor Paul Voelker and RISD Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone.
Forty-one students participated in this year’s program, a 73 percent increase over 2018 participation. The program includes job skills workshops, a job fair and eight weeks of paid employment. Forty-five companies, individuals and departments served as program sponsors, intern sponsors or host locations.
The program is a collaborative project between the City, RISD and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. To view a video about the event click here. For more information, go to www.rmsip.org.
Nominations Open for the 2019 Community Revitalization Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2019 Community Revitalization Awards. The Richardson City Council created the awards in 1994 to recognize people who have enhanced the community by making significant improvements to their properties. Residential and non-residential properties are eligible for consideration, with more than 270 properties recognized since the program’s inception.
Deadline for nominations is Sept. 30. More information and a nomination form is available online at www.cor.net/cra. For additional information, contact the program administrator, Keith Krum, Senior Planner in the Development Services Department, at 972-744-4240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Clear the Shelters” Places More than 30 Pets in Forever Homes
The Richardson Animal Shelter recorded 32 adoptions last Saturday, Aug. 17 during the “Clear the Shelters” event, more than six times the Shelter’s typical adoption rate for a Saturday. The adoptions included 14 cats and 18 dogs. The event is held each August nationwide to help ease shelter populations, which historically see an increase of pets in the summer months due to spring births as well as people moving or traveling and unable to take pets along. Participating shelters waive or discount adoption fees during the event.
Regionally, more than 7,500 pets found new homes from 76 participating shelters, and more than 131,000 pets were adopted nationwide. The event began in the DFW area in 2014 and has since grown to become a national event thanks to the sponsorship of NBC-owned television stations and Telemundo.
To view highlights from Saturday’s event at the Richardson Animal Shelter, click here.
Local Pool Filled with Pets During “Dog Splash”
More than 375 dogs and their human friends enjoyed the annual Dog Splash held Sunday at Terrace Pool, an event co-sponsored by the City and local nonprofit Richardson AnimaLuv that benefitted the Richardson Animal Shelter. Health Department staff reported that everyone, including the dogs, got along great and enjoyed a respite from the heat. The event featured an appearance (and flute performance) by Miss Texas Chandler Foreman, DJ-played music and pet-related vendors. Approximately $3,500 was raised by the event through gate receipts, concession sales and donations.
Dog Splash is held each year after the Terrace Pool has closed for the season. Since its beginning in 2009, the event has raised more than $30,000 for the Shelter. To view highlights from Dog Splash 2019, click here.
Lane Closures Expected Near Campbell Road and US 75
Motorists traveling near the southwest and southeast corners of Campbell Road and US 75 should make note of the following lane closures planned to take place between 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through late November due to cable/fiber optic work:
- The right lane of eastbound Campbell Road between Gateway Boulevard and Greenville Avenue
- The right lane of the southbound US 75 frontage road between Campbell Road and Gateway Boulevard
Lone Star Reptile Expo at Civic Center Aug. 24-25
A large selection of reptiles, amphibians and other creatures will be on display at the Richardson Civic Center Aug. 24-25 for the Lone Star Reptile Expo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Meet top breeders from around the country and find deals on pets, cages, supplies and reptile food.
Tickets are $9 in advance or $10 at the door for an adult weekend pass; $5 online and at the door for children ages 7-12 years. Children under 6 are admitted for free. For tickets and more information, visit www.lonestarreptileexpos.com.
“The Great Ride” Motorcycle Event Aug. 31
Ride for a great cause Saturday, Aug. 31 as the City hosts the ninth annual “Great Ride,” a motorcycle event benefiting Special Olympics Texas. For a minimum donation of $25 (and $10 per passenger), motorcyclists enjoy a two-hour, unescorted group ride kicked off by coffee, donuts and water, with lunch provided after as well as music and raffle drawings.
The ride (approximately 90 miles) begins and ends at CityLine Plaza, 1251 State St., with onsite registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the ride starting at 9:30 a.m. Riders are encouraged to go at their own pace and arrive back at CityLine Plaza for the festivities around 11:30 a.m.
The Great Ride is an open-to-the-public event that is part of the City of Richardson’s Corporate Challenge, an annual, 10-week Olympic-style competition among more than 12,000 employees, spouses and retirees from more than 50 local companies. For more information and to register online, visit www.cor.net/greatride.
Register Now for Sept. 8 “Feeding Children Everywhere” Event
The City of Richardson, Richardson Chamber of Commerce, Richardson Interfaith Alliance and Compassionate DFW are teaming up to sponsor the fifth annual Feeding Children Everywhere event Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Richardson Civic Center. Shifts are available noon-4:30 p.m. for volunteers of all ages to help assemble 100,000 bagged meals, which will be distributed in the community and internationally. Approximately 71,000 nonperishable, healthy meals were assembled at last year’s event.
Shifts last 45 minutes. Visit www.feedingchildreneverywhere.com/volunteer/ to sign up or to make a contribution to help fund the meal kits.
“Sci-Fi Soda Fountain” Event for Teens Aug. 24
Tweens and teens ages 11-18 are invited to go back in time Saturday, Aug. 24 from 2-4 p.m. in the Basement Program Room at the Library’s “Sci-Fi Soda Fountain.” The event includes sodas, ice cream sundaes and root beer floats from a 1950s-themed soda fountain, viewing clips from 1950s sci-fi TV shows and movies, and a ‘50s trivia game.
The fun is part of the Library’s ongoing 60th birthday celebration. There is no fee to attend, and no registration is required. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Hindus Share Rakhi Tradition with Mayor
In commemoration of Raksa Bandhan, a traditional Hindu holiday that reaffirms the relationship between sisters and brothers, local volunteers with the nonprofit organization Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh visited City Hall Monday to tie a string known as a rakhi around the wrist of Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker. The rakhi symbolizes protection and love and is usually given from a sister to a brother. The volunteers gave the rakhi to Mayor Voelker as a way to symbolize treating City leaders like brothers and sisters.
To watch the presentation and hear more about the rakhi, click here.
Core Theatre Founder Discusses “My First Date”
The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 115, is presenting an original production, “My First Date,” through Sept. 1. City Communications Department staff recently caught up with Core Founder and Artistic Director James Hansen Prince to learn more about the show—to see the interview, click here.
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.
At the Eisemann Center:
- 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.
- “The Nawab Story” Aug. 25
7 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $49-$250.
An evening of personal stories, anecdotes, music, dance and laughter with Bollywood film actor and producer Saif Ali Khan, in conversation with actor, comedian and dancer Javed Jafferi. Get inside the world of Khan, a.k.a. the Nawab of Pataudi, from being born into royalty to carving his own niche in the world of Hindi cinema to becoming a father and creating a well-known family with actress Kareena Kapoor.
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:
- Film Screening: “Persona Non Grata” Aug. 28
7 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Lecture Hall. Admission is free.
Hideo Fukushima, Consul-General of Japan in Houston, will give remarks prior to the screening. The 2015 movie depicts the true story of the Japanese diplomat who acted against orders to save thousands of Jewish refugees in Lithuania from Nazi extermination. For more information, including registration and parking, click here.
- Alumni Photo Show at SP/N Gallery; Reception Tonight
Aug. 19-Sept. 14 at the SP/N Gallery. Admission is free.
The show features the work of six UT Dallas alumni from the classes of 2004-18. An artist reception will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 23, and a Gallery Talk will be held Sept. 12 from 1:30-3 p.m. SP/N Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.
Last Weekend for “Xanadu” 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.
Remaining show times are tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17-$28. Patrons attending tonight (Aug. 23) 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.
Parks and Recreation Offers Education, Advice Re: Webworms
Ever worry about the white, web-like “nests” that may appear in your trees in the spring, summer and fall? City Parks and Recreation staff tell you all about them in a new video created by the City’s Communications Department. The nests are a protected feeding area created by the larval form (a.k.a. “webworms”) of a small white moth, so that they can feed on the encased leaves without being eaten by birds and other predators. Unless there’s a heavy infestation in a tree, there’s minimal chance for tree damage, but they can be unsightly. Find out how to remove them and other helpful information by watching the video here.
Meter Maintenance Technician ($2,750-$4,171 monthly)
Meter Shop is seeking individuals interested in maintaining meters, vehicles, tools and equipment. This position requires indoor and outdoor work.
Driver Loader ($2,603-$3,749 monthly)
Solid Waste/BABIC is seeking individuals interested in driving and operating residential refuse and/or recycling collection equipment. This position requires outdoor work in all weather conditions.
Part-Time Tennis Pro Shop Assistant ($7.25-$15 hourly)
Parks/Tennis Department is seeking individuals with a knowledge and passion for tennis. Duties include selling Pro Shop merchandise, maintaining tennis equipment and frequent interactions with the public.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Say hello to Mona! She is a 14-year-old domestic long haired solid black cat with a gorgeous coat. She is already spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and she was surrendered to us already declawed. Mona is in good health and would love to have a nice quiet house to spend her days in. Please come and visit her today!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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