Week In Review, Oct. 25, 2019
Oct. 25, 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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City Responds in Tornado Aftermath
Richardson City workers continue response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of a tornado that hit the city earlier this week. The response has included:
- Police and Fire conducted search-and-rescue activities, neighborhood security and traffic direction;
- Public Services and Parks crews cleared fallen tree limbs and other debris from roads and alleys;
- Traffic Operations worked to repair and restore downed traffic signals;
- Animal Services rescued injured/lost pets and provided care and shelter;
- Communications disseminated updates via the City’s website and social media channels;
- A Volunteer Coordination Center was established at Huffhines Recreation Center (see story below).
Contractors hired by the City began removal of storm-related debris from public property and public rights-of-way today. Long-term response will include the repair of stop signs and directional signage.
Residents in storm-damaged areas should check the City’s website for detailed information regarding debris collection on residential property. In addition, a call center has been opened for anyone with questions regarding debris clearing and other concerns related to the weather event. The number (972-744-0900) will be operational from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. until further notice.
Volunteer Coordination Center Established to Help Storm Victims
The City opened a Volunteer Coordination Center Thursday to help connect volunteers with storm victims. Volunteer assistance is needed with:
- Vegetation clearing
- Blue tarp installation
- Removal of demolition debris
People wishing to help with these services or to request assistance can call 972-744-0900 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. or stop by the Center (located at Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free Entertainment, Recreation Ease Storm Stress
Several City facilities are hosting free activities that can help Richardson residents relax and have fun this weekend:
- Free temporary recreation center memberships through Nov. 10 (both Heights and Huffhines recreation centers include showers, a cardio fitness area/weight room, a full-sized gym, a game room, free Wi-Fi, a sauna and locker rooms)
- Free, unlimited tickets (and parking) for the Lee Rocker of The Stray Cats concert at the Eisemann Center Saturday night (see story below for show information)
- A free, all-ages “Spookilicious” Halloween party at the Library Saturday afternoon (see story below for details)
The Library also has free Wi-Fi, public computers with internet, Microsoft software and printers. At the Eisemann Center, residents can let the Ticket Office know they live in Richardson and tickets will be provided at no charge. There is no limit on the number of tickets received.
972-744-7881 (Huffhines Recreation Center), 972-744-7850 (Heights Recreation Center)
972-744-4650 (Eisemann Center Ticket Office)
Time to Get Prepared for Future Weather Emergencies
As this week’s storms proved, severe weather can develop quickly and happen anywhere at any time, and many residents were reminded to “up their game” when it comes to emergency notification knowledge and disaster preparedness. Here are some basics to know, from the City’s Office of Emergency Management:
- Warning sirens are activated for several reasons. The main thing to remember is that all sirens are meant to elicit the same response: seek shelter indoors, turn on local media and follow directions from local officials including information provided by the National Weather Service. Do not call 911 when you hear a siren unless you are involved in an actual emergency.
- The Community Notification System that allows the City to rapidly notify residents and businesses of emergencies via calls, texts and e-mails is not used for weather events; click here for more information and to sign up.
- Purchase a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio to provide dependable indoor and outdoor warning information.
Trick or Treating in Richardson is Oct. 31
As is the annual custom, Oct. 31 will be the official day for trick-or-treating in Richardson. The City does not set any official hours for trick-or-treating activities and does not reschedule due to weather.
For trick-or-treating safety tips for both children and homeowners, click here for a printable booklet with information from the American Crime Prevention Institute, compiled by the Richardson Police Department Crime Prevention Unit.
Santa’s Village Taking Shape
Santa arrives in Richardson in just six weeks and City crews began setting up Santa’s Village this week. The City’s miniature holiday town takes about two weeks to assemble and another few weeks to get the buildings fully decorated.
Each year, Santa’s Village comes to life on select weekends in December with children’s activities inside each tiny structure, plus live entertainment, a petting zoo and the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus. The free event has become a tradition for large numbers of area families.
For 2019, Santa’s Village will again offer “Hometown Thursdays,” special nights for Richardson residents, as well as its usual Friday-Sunday schedule.
Registration Begins Nov. 1 for Annual Christmas Parade
Registration begins Nov. 1 for Richardson’s 47th Annual Christmas Parade, to be held Saturday, Dec. 7 on the east side of Richardson and benefiting Network of Community Ministries. This year’s parade theme is “A Lone Star Christmas.” Individuals and groups are encouraged to interpret the theme with costumes, vehicles and floats.
The registration form and parade rules can be found online. Deadline for registration is Nov. 24. For more information, including how to become a Friend of the Parade and receive reserved seating and a parking pass, contact Heidi Scalice at Heidi.Scalice@cor.gov or 972-744-7850.
Early Voting Continues
Early voting for the Nov. 5 General and Joint Election began Monday and continues through Friday, Nov. 1. Richardson residents living in Dallas County will vote for Constitutional Amendments and RISD Board of Trustees Members; Richardson residents living in Collin County will vote for Constitutional Amendments only.
Any Dallas County or Collin County registered voter may vote at any early voting location in their county, including the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. (Dallas County residents) and Methodist Richardson Medical Center, 2831 E. President George Bush Turnpike (Collin County residents).
Hours and links to the complete list of early voting locations and voting information are listed below:
|DATE||DALLAS COUNTY||COLLIN COUNTY|
|Oct. 25||8 a.m.-5 p.m.||8 a.m.-5 p.m.|
|Oct. 26||8 a.m.-5 p.m.||7 a.m.-7 p.m.|
|Oct. 27||1-6 p.m.||1-6 p.m.|
|Oct. 28-30||8 a.m.-5 p.m.||7 a.m.-7 p.m.|
|Oct. 31-Nov. 1||7 a.m.-7 p.m.||7 a.m.-7 p.m.|
Dallas County voting locations: https://www.dallascountyvotes.org/wp-content/uploads/181106_EVLocations.pdf
Collin County voting locations: https://www.collincountytx.gov/elections/election_information/Pages/early_voting.aspx
County Tax Office in Richardson Now Closed; New, Expanded Locations Available
With the building of the new North Dallas Government Center and the expansion of the Garland Government Center, the Richardson location of the Dallas County Tax Office ceased operations last week. Richardson residents needing county tax assistance are asked to visit the new and expanded Centers at the following addresses:
- North Dallas Government Center, 6820 LBJ Freeway, Dallas (see map)
- Garland Government Center, 140 N. Garland Ave., Garland
Both locations have additional staff and automated queuing systems to accommodate the increased usage. Many services are also available online.
Several Lane Closures Possible Near Campbell Road/Jupiter Road Intersection
Short sections of eastbound Campbell Road between Glenville Drive and Jupiter Road (see map) may be closed from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to fiber optic work taking place along Campbell Road. The work may also cause the right lane of southbound Jupiter Road to close between Campbell Road and Meredith Lane, as well as 270 feet of the right lane of southbound Campbell Creek Boulevard. The work is expected to be complete by late February.
Melrose Drive May Become Temporary One Lane Road Near Nantucket Drive
Users of Melrose Drive just west of Custer Road should be aware that Melrose Drive may become a one lane road from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. between Provincetown Lane and Nantucket Drive, due to concrete replacement/rehabilitation being conducted by Atmos Energy. Flaggers will be present to facilitate alternate movement of eastbound and westbound traffic. The work is expected to be finished by late October.
Drug Take Back is Saturday, Oct. 26
The Richardson Police Department will host a Drug Take Back event as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, Oct. 26. The collection will take place at the RPD substation/Fire Station 5, 2003 E. Renner Rd., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bring unused and expired pharmaceuticals, both prescription and over-the-counter, for proper disposal to keep them out of the trash, where pets, children and others might acquire them, and to prevent medications from being flushed down a sink drain or toilet and contaminating the water system. Vape pens and other e-cigarette devices will also be collected—note that batteries must be removed from the devices, by the consumer, or they will not be accepted.
All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
Contact: 972-744-4955 (Richardson Police Department Crime Prevention Unit)
RISD Spirit Run Nov. 2
The 2019 Richardson ISD Spirit Run 5K and Walk/Fun Run will be held Saturday morning, Nov. 2 at Galatyn Park. The event benefits students, teachers and the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation.
Adult registration is $30 for the 5K, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and $25 for the Walk/Fun Run, which begins at 8 a.m. Packet pickup is Friday, Nov. 1 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Heights Recreation Center.
CityLine Free Outdoor Concerts Wrap Up Fall Season This Weekend
Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday Oct. 26 are the last two days you can enjoy free music as part of the “CityLine Live” fall outdoor concert series at CityLine Plaza, 1150 State St. Both concerts are scheduled for 6-9 p.m.; there is no fee to attend and free parking is available.
In case of inclement weather, the live music will be moved inside one of the CityLine restaurants. Check CityLine’s Facebook event page for the latest updates.
“Spookilicious Halloween Happening” Oct. 26
All ages are invited to have a spooky fun time Saturday afternoon in the Basement Program Room with a puppet show, stories, crafts and trick-or-treating. The fun takes place from 2-4 p.m.
“Medicare and You” Workshop Oct. 29
Scott Teagle will present “Medicare and You,” Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. The workshop covers in detail the four parts of Medicare. Gain a better understanding of Medicare eligibility, election periods, enrollment penalties and the differences between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage (Part C), Prescription Drug (Part D) and the “donut hole.”
For adults only; registration is not required.
“Cookies, Crafts and Crayons” Nov. 1
Time to snack, craft and color your stress away Friday, Nov. 1 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room. All ages are welcome—coloring pages from beginner to advanced skill levels are provided.
There is no charge to attend; includes all snacks and supplies.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Lee Rocker of “The Stray Cats” Oct. 26
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $37-$49, free for Richardson residents.
Rocker, one-third of the legendary rockabilly band, The Stray Cats, brings his solo show to the Eisemann Center featuring the musicality and showmanship for which he’s known, including singing while standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass.
- Houshang Touzie Oct. 26
7 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $40-$100.
Actor Touzie, known for roles in such movies as “Argo,” presents his original play, “The Silver Poet,” about Iranian entertainer Fereydoun Farrokhzad.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
- “Trunk or Treat” Tonight
6-8 p.m. in Northwest Parking Lot T and Residence Hall Northwest. Admission is free.
Residential Life hosts the annual “Trunk or Treat” event, an opportunity for the Richardson and UT Dallas communities to bring their families for a safe, fun alternative to trick-or-treating.
- Russian String Orchestra Tonight
8 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Lecture Hall. Tickets are $20.
Formerly known as the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, the internationally touring orchestra performs under the direction of founder Misha Rachlevsky.
Tickets and more information: https://www.utdallas.edu/ah/events/detail.html?id=1220453338
- Free Lecture Oct. 30: “Medical Nihilism and Gentle Medicine”
7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free. Presented by Dr. Jacob Stegenga of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.
More information: www.utd.edu/ah
- “The Rocky Horror Show” Opens Nov. 1; Free Preview Oct. 31
8 p.m. in the University Theatre, Thursdays-Saturdays through Nov. 9. Tickets are $15, free Oct. 31. “Prop packs” will be available at the show for $5, cash only. The UT Dallas theater and dance programs present Richard O’Brien’s dark comedic musical that spawned the cult classic film, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Tickets and more information: https://www.utd.edu/ah/events/index.php
Chamber Music International Features Violin Gold Medalist Oct. 26
Chamber Music International presents the Dallas area debut of Richard Lin, 2018 Gold Medalist of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Belt Line Rd. Pianist Chih-Yi Chen will accompany Lin, on selections by Beethoven, Ravel, Franck and Frolov.
Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and $10 for students.
Last Weekend for “Into the Woods” at Repertory Company Theatre
Repertory Company Theatre has transformed into an enchanted world of magic beans, towering giants, and handsome princes as it presents the darkly humorous Broadway musical, “Into the Woods,” through Oct. 27.
Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults, $17 for youth (6-18). Repertory Company Theatre is located at 770 N. Coit Rd.
“Little Shop of Horrors” Continues at Richardson Theatre Centre
Scare up some fun with madcap singing plant monster, “Audrey II” and the sci-fi/comedy/horror/rock musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” through Nov. 3 at the Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 113.
Show days and times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22 and include complimentary snacks, sweets and beverages.
“Over the River and Through the Woods” Continues at the Core Theatre
The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 115, is presenting the play, “Over the River and Through the Woods” through Nov. 10. The show focuses on Nick, whose grandparents conspire to keep him nearby when his dream job threatens to move him across the country.
Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10-$25.
Green Halloween Tips Offered by Air North Texas
The North Central Texas Council of Government’s Air North Texas division works to encourage North Texans to consider implementing more sustainable and eco-friendly ways in order to help improve air quality, including during Halloween season. Here are several suggestions they offer for a “green” Halloween:
- Consider making your own costume. Even better, try to make your costume out of recycled material or old clothes.
- Host a costume swap party with your friends and family to exchange costumes.
- Walk around your neighborhood rather than driving somewhere to trick-or-treat. Carpool with friends or consider a rideshare.
- Replace plastic trick-or-treat bags with reusable bags or containers.
- Use natural decorations, such as pinecones, pumpkins and gourds, rather than plastic decorations. Replace front yard inflatables, which use constant electricity, with a homemade scarecrow made from thrift store finds.
- Don’t waste pumpkins by painting them, making them non-consumable and unable to compost. Carving pumpkins into scary or silly faces is more eco-friendly.
Several links are available at the Air North Texas blog with ideas for eco-friendly costumes, parties, repurposed trick or treat bags and decorations.
Winter Water Schedule Begins Nov. 1
Winter water conservation in Richardson begins soon, shifting the time of day when lawns can be watered. Beginning Friday, Nov. 1, residents may water their yards at any time on their twice-per-week designated watering days to avoid watering when temperatures may drop below freezing. If water sprinklers run overnight during freezing weather, they can cause dangerous conditions on roads and sidewalks.
To receive weekly, personalized recommendations on how much water your yard needs, visit www.watermyyard.org.
Accounts Payable Representative ($2,736-$3,954 monthly)
The Accounting Department is seeking an individual with one year of experience in accounts payable processing. Data entry, keyboard skills and use of a 10-key calculator are required.
Environmental Outreach Manager ($3,977-$6,027 monthly)
Public Services-Water Production is seeking an individual with one year of municipal, management, marketing, public relations or accounting experience. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Adobe Pro and Arc GIS software programs experience is required.
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
Meet Hope! She is about 5 years old, spayed female, up to date on all her vaccinations, house and leash trained. Hope is super intelligent and is trained for in-home hospice care, like retrieving items and pulling off a blanket from an individual, as well as knowing basic commands. She is also good with other dogs and strangers. She has a gentle nature and loves toys, especially the squeaky ones. Please help Hope find her forever home!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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