Week In Review, Aug. 30, 2019
Aug. 30, 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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Tax Rate, Budget Hearings Held; Budget Modification Recommended by City Manager
A public hearing on the proposed 2019-20 budget and a second public hearing on the proposed tax rate for the 2019-20 fiscal year was held at Monday’s City Council meeting. The proposed budget includes a modification to the originally proposed budget: shifting $400,000 in funding to support future public safety needs in the Police and Fire departments.
The City Council will vote on the proposed budget at the Sept. 9 City Council meeting. For more details, including on-demand video replays of both the Aug. 19 and Aug. 26 hearings, visit www.cor.net/CITV.
No City Council Meeting Sept. 2
Due to the Labor Day holiday, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Monday, Sept. 2. The Council will next meet for a work session and meeting Monday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. For future agendas and meeting dates, go to www.cor.net/CityCouncil.
City of Richardson Labor Day Holiday Schedule
For the Labor Day holiday Sept. 2, City facilities and services will operate according to the following holiday schedule.
There will be NO solid waste, recycling or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. There will be NO make-up days for trash collection or BABIC. The table below shows the make-up days for recycling service.
Recycle Make-Up Days
|Recycle collection days affected by holiday||Make-up day|
|Monday, Sept. 2||Tuesday, Sept. 3|
|Tuesday, Sept. 3||Wednesday, Sept. 4|
Public Facility Schedule for the Labor Day Holiday
| Animal Shelter, City Hall/Civic Center, Senior Center,
Recreation Centers, Gymnastics Center, Library, Eisemann Center and Municipal Court
|Closed Sept. 2|
|Sherrill Park Golf Course||Open|
|Heights Family Aquatic Center||Open noon-8 p.m. Sept. 2|
|Tennis Center||Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
DART Plans Modified Schedule for Labor Day
If your holiday weekend plans involve Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), keep in mind that DART rail replacement work is taking place downtown on weekends, including Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, and that the DART system will be following a modified schedule Monday, Sept. 2 as follows:
- DART bus, light rail and streetcar services will follow a Sunday schedule.
- The Trinity Railway Express commuter rail will not operate.
- DART Paratransit services for customers with disabilities will operate on a Saturday schedule. The Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed Labor Day.
DART route and schedule information can be found at www.DART.org.
DART to Increase Comet Cruiser Fleet
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors has approved the purchase of three new 40-foot buses for use on Route 883, the UT Dallas campus area shuttle. The popular bus service between the UT Dallas campus and surrounding neighborhoods in Dallas, Richardson and the CityLine/Bush Station is known as The Comet Cruiser and has been in operation since 2008. As campus enrollment has increased, so have ridership demands.
The service is free and open to the public—no UT Dallas ID or DART pass is required to ride. For specific route and schedule information, visit www.DART.org.
Cottonwood Art Festival Announces Musical Acts
The City’s Community Events Division has announced the musical lineup for the upcoming Cottonwood Art Festival, to be held Oct. 5-6 at Cottonwood Park.
- American Idol Top 24 Finalist Ron Bultongez
- Texas Flood, a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute band
- The Southpaw Preachers, a high-energy band that performs a mix of soul, funk, blues, jazz, hip hop, R&B and rock ‘n roll
Live entertainment takes place on two stages beginning at 10 a.m. each day. The biannual, free festival, now in its 50th year, also includes a juried art show, craft beer garden, a large variety of food purveyors and a dedicated children’s art activity area.
For more festival information, including the complete music schedule, visit www.cottonwoodartfestival.com.
City Festivals Nominated for “Best Of” Awards
The Dallas Observer has revealed that two of Richardson’s festivals are nominees in the Dallas Observer Best of Dallas 2019 Awards. The Cottonwood Art Festival was nominated for Best Arts Festival, and Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival was nominated for Best Arts Festival and Best Music Festival.
Winners are determined through online voting, which takes place through Sept. 8. To cast your vote, click here. The winners will be featured in the Sept. 26 issue of The Dallas Observer.
Richardson Ranked 10th Best Small Real Estate Market in U.S.
Richardson has been named 2019’s 10th Best Small Real Estate Market in a recent study from personal finance outlet WalletHub.com. To determine the most attractive real estate markets in the U.S., WalletHub compared 300 cities of varying sizes across 23 key indicators. The data set ranges from median home-price appreciation to home sales turnover rate to job growth. Based on the findings, Richardson ranks 25th overall and 10th among small cities (fewer than 150,000 residents).
To read the full study, click here.
Network in Need of Volunteers
Local nonprofit Network of Community Ministries is in need of volunteers. Opportunities are available for individuals to serve in weekly three-hour shifts, in areas such as:
- food pantry
- clothing closet
- Seniors’ Net Handyman Program
To volunteer at Network, attend a volunteer orientation session, held every Thursday at 4 p.m. at Network’s headquarters, 741 S. Sherman St. If you are unable to attend an orientation or would like information about group/organization volunteering, contact the Volunteer Manager at 972-234-8880 ext. 126 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1985 in Richardson, Network helps residents in 14 ZIP codes in Dallas County achieve long-term independence.
September Richardson Today in Mailboxes This Weekend
The September issue of Richardson Today was mailed this week and should begin arriving in mailboxes this weekend. This month’s issue has a special focus on public safety, including information on the new Public Safety Campus, the upcoming Public Safety Expo, the Dog Walker Watch program and the School Resource Officer program.
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.
Lane Closures Expected on Belt Line Road
Due to cable/fiber optic work, the right lanes of eastbound and westbound Belt Line Road between Frances Way and 1056 Belt Line Rd. may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The work is scheduled to be completed by mid-November.
Crosswalk Construction May Affect Lanes on Greenville Avenue
Various lanes of northbound and southbound Greenville Avenue between Arapaho Road and Collins Boulevard may be closed to traffic alternately from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through early September due to construction. A barrier-free ramp and Z crossing are being installed mid-block.
“The Great Ride” Motorcycle Event Tomorrow at CityLine
Ride for a great cause 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 open to the public and 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, visit www.cor.net/greatride.
Ticket Distribution for RROB Author Appearance Begins Sept. 3
Free tickets will be available at the Richardson Public Library beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. for the upcoming Richardson Reads One Book (RROB) lecture featuring Attica Locke, author of the 2019 RROB selection, “Bluebird, Bluebird.” Locke will speak Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson High School auditorium.
Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are available while supplies last. For more information, contact the Library at 972-744-4350.
CityLine Fall Outdoor Music Series Begins Sept. 6
CityLine’s free Live Music Series returns to CityLine Plaza every Friday and Saturday in September and October, beginning Friday, Sept. 6. A lineup of local artists will entertain from 6-9 p.m. each night and guests are welcome to bring a lawn chair and/or blanket as well as pets.
For the complete schedule of entertainment, visit www.citylinedfw.com. Free parking is available near the Plaza as well as in the adjacent parking garage, and guests may also park near Whole Foods Market and enjoy complimentary shuttle service to the Plaza.
“Cookies, Crafts and Crayons” Sept. 6
All ages are invited to take a break and snack, craft and color Friday, Sept. 6 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room. Admission is free and all supplies (and cookies!) are provided.
For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Diabolo Classes Begin Sept. 1
The Dallas Chinese Community Center, located in Richardson’s “Chinatown” at 400 N. Greenville Ave., is hosting diabolo (Chinese yo-yo) classes every Sunday beginning Sept. 1. The classes take place from 1:30-2:50 p.m. Cost is $30 for four weeks, with the Sept. 1 class offered as a free trial.
For more information, click here.
At the Eisemann Center:
Dana Brock-Spring Lines
- Watercolor Exhibition Through Sept. 28
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and during public events, in the Green Mezzanine Gallery. Admission is free.
The Southwestern Watercolor Society’s 56th annual Member Exhibition, a juried show, features more than 80 watercolor and water media paintings, from abstract to realistic, landscapes to floral, and portraits to animal.
- “Celestial Celebration” Sept. 7
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$70.
The Richardson Symphony Orchestra will perform Josef Strauss’ “Music of the Spheres, Claude Debussy’s “Claire de Lune” and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” accompanied by nine video pieces produced by faculty and students of UT Dallas’ School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication. “The Planets” will feature a 22-voice female chorus from the Richardson Community Chorale.
“Celestial Celebration” was made possible thanks to a donation from the Ann and Charles Eisemann Arts Innovation Initiative.
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:
- Landscape Photography Exhibition Through Sept. 14
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays at the SP/N Gallery through Sept. 14. Admission is free.
“Reflections, Projections, Collections: The Landscape in Review” features contemporary photography highlighting five North Texas artists along with selected works from UT Dallas’ Comer Collection and the newly acquired Wesson Collection. For more information, click here.
Last Weekend for “My First Date” at The Core Theatre
The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste 115, is presenting an original production, “My First Date,” through Sept. 1. Remaining show times are tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10-$25. For tickets, call 214-930-5338 or click here. To view a video about the show, produced by the City’s Communications Department, click here.
Time to Make a Rain Barrel
With rain back in the forecast comes the opportunity to collect rain via a rain barrel, a great way to conserve water, capture water for use in outdoor irrigation and foundation watering and lower water bills. Rain barrel collection systems can be simple or complex, homemade or commercially purchased—click here for online do-it-yourself (DIY) directions. In addition, the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Rd., will offer a DIY rain barrel class Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9-11 a.m. The cost is $50 and includes all supplies.
Rainwater harvesting systems must be registered with the City at no charge (if 400 gallons or less). Larger systems require a paid permit. For more information, visit www.cor.net/rainbarrel or call Community Services at 972-744-4180.
CDC, Health Department Offer Advice for Safe Tailgating
With football season upon us, so is the season of tailgating, and Texans especially need to be mindful of a few safety precautions when grilling and spending time outdoors—reported cases of food poisoning peak during warm weather, and maintaining food safety can be tricky when operating out of the trunk of a car when outside temperatures are high. Here is some advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), celebrating National Food Safety Month in September:
- Keep raw meat, poultry and seafood separated from other food items, through containers or plastic bags.
- Keep meat, poultry and seafood refrigerated until ready to grill (i.e. below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in an insulated cooler).
- Use a food thermometer to ensure meat is cooked hot enough to kill harmful germs, which can vary from 145 degrees Fahrenheit to 165 degrees Fahrenheit depending on what you’re cooking.
- Refrigerate leftovers into small portions and place in covered, shallow containers. Put in freezer or fridge within two hours of cooking, one hour if above 90 degrees Fahrenheit outside (i.e. if you’re heading straight from tailgating into a football game, you’ll probably need to replenish the ice in your cooler!).
In addition, the Richardson Health Department reminds everyone that protection from mosquitoes should also be kept in mind when tailgating at evening football games, including wearing insect repellent containing DEET.
For more information about game day food safety and safe grilling practices, click here. For more information about mosquito control, visit www.cor.net/mosquito.
Public Safety Telecommunicator (911 Dispatcher) ($3,134-$5,137 monthly)
The Police Department is seeking individuals interested in answering calls for police, fire and emergency medical services.
Driver/Loader ($2,603-$3,749 monthly)
Solid Waste-Residential 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 School Crossing Guard ($9.74-$15.46 hourly)
The Police Department is seeking individuals interested in assisting children and adults with crossing traffic crosswalks.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Amy, a deaf pit bull terrier mix, is two years old. She is very playful, already spayed and vaccinated and would make a great addition to your family.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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