Week In Review, Nov. 1, 2019
Nov. 1, 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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Disaster Response Report Given to City Council; Disaster Declaration Ratified
City staff briefed the City Council Monday on Richardson’s extensive disaster response efforts associated with the EF-3 tornado that hit the city Oct. 20. Numerous photos and maps were shown that illustrate the severity and breadth of the damage. In the nine minutes that the tornado passed through, more than 670 structures were affected.
Response efforts spanned numerous departments, assisted by 15 area cities. A Volunteer Coordination Center established by the City deployed more than 160 volunteers.
Contractors hired by the City continue removal of storm-related debris from public property and public rights-of-way.
A disaster declaration was made by Mayor Paul Voelker earlier Monday, which the City Council ratified Monday night. The local disaster declaration enables the City to seek federal financial assistance if it becomes available.
FEMA Tours Richardson
Representatives from FEMA, along with state, county and Richardson emergency management teams, toured tornado damaged areas Tuesday. The tour was part of a federal damage assessment underway that will determine whether local governments will be eligible for financial assistance to reimburse the costs of things like debris removal, new traffic lights and other government infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the tornado.
In Richardson, the tornado damaged or destroyed 30 traffic signals and more than 300 street signs and some park facilities. A portion of the cost for debris removal in impacted neighborhoods could also be eligible for reimbursement.
It is expected to take up to 30 days before local governments will know whether federal funds will be made available to help cover the costs of the storm.
SBA Tours Richardson
Representatives with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also toured Richardson’s tornado-impacted areas this week. Different from FEMA, the SBA determines whether renters, homeowners, businesses, private non-profit organizations and others impacted by the Oct. 20 tornado will be eligible to apply for low-interest, long-term loans for losses not fully covered by insurance or other means.
The SBA is expected to make an announcement on the availability of loan support in the coming week.
Early Voting Ends Tonight
Early voting for the Nov. 5 election ends tonight (Nov. 1) at 7 p.m. in both Dallas and Collin counties. 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).
Dallas County website: www.dallascountyvotes.org
Collin County website: www.collincountytx.gov/elections/Pages/default.aspx
Election Day is Nov. 5
A Constitutional Amendment/Special Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Richardson residents living in Dallas County are voting on state constitutional amendments and RISD Board of Trustees members; Richardson residents living in Collin County are voting on constitutional amendments only.
Information about polling locations is available at www.dallascountyvotes.org and www.collincountytx.gov/elections.
Voters must show identification; click here for a list of acceptable types.
Free DART Rides on Election Day for Voters
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) customers may ride for free Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. by showing a valid voter registration card. The free rides are available on DART buses, light rail, Paratransit and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) commuter rail between CentrePort/DFW Airport station and EBJ Union Station.
Library Upgrades Catalog Nov. 6; Some Services Unavailable
The Library has announced that several online services will be unavailable Wednesday, Nov. 6 due to the upgrading of its catalog. These services include:
- checking in and out
- account access
- online catalog databases
- the MyRPL app
In addition, the Library’s public computers will be unavailable that day.
The Library will be open Nov. 6 and customers can still check out items in person, but the check-outs won’t show on their accounts in real time. The Library will manually update accounts as soon as the upgrade is completed.
Animal Shelter Honored by Dallas County Health Department
Animal Services was recognized by the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department (DCHHS) with a plaque presented at Tuesday’s Animal Services Advisory Commission meeting. DCHHS staff thanked Animal Services staff for their continuing assistance with homeless and injured animals found in unincorporated areas of Dallas County. The partnership has existed for several years and has saved the lives of dozens of animals.
Altrusa Honors Local Women, Presents Symbolic Check
Altrusa International of Richardson, Inc. held its 16th annual “Outstanding Women of Today … Builders of Tomorrow” awards luncheon earlier today. During the event, members of the Richardson City Council were presented a ceremonial check for $253,638 representing the hours of volunteer time invested in the city by the organization in the past year. Altrusa provides support to City departments and local agencies including the Richardson Public Library, Animal Shelter, RISD and Network of Community Ministries. It also helps make the Richardson Reads One Book event possible.
Also at today’s event, Altrusa honored six women (out of 23 nominees) as “Outstanding Women of Today … Builders of Tomorrow,” chosen for leadership in the categories of Small Business, Corporate/High Tech, Education, Government/Municipal, Nonprofit and Health Care. In addition, one woman was named “Outstanding Woman of Tomorrow,” an honor given to a nominee 35 years old or younger who is employed in one of the six categories.
The honorees, pictured below are, from left: Lily Morgan, Nancy Phillips, Amanda Rockow, Kaylan VanPelt, Wendy Sheriff, Amy Brunson and Kandy Fleming.
Daylight Saving Time Ends Nov. 3
Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night since Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 3. As part of the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign, the Richardson Fire Department encourages everyone to also change smoke alarm/carbon monoxide (CO) detector batteries at this time. Having a working smoke alarm/CO alarm doubles the chances of escaping and surviving a home fire or carbon monoxide leak.
Richardson Today Has Been Mailed
The November issue of Richardson Today was mailed earlier this week and should begin arriving in mailboxes this weekend. The issue has information on the City’s response to the Oct. 20 tornado and a special focus on the Richardson Public Library, including its history, services, programming and upcoming 60th birthday reception.
The Winter Recreation Guide is also included in the November issue, full of classes and events scheduled by Parks and Recreation during December-February.
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 and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.
Utility Work to Affect Areas Near Jupiter/Belt Line and Jupiter/Spring Valley
Manhole repair and replacement may cause a variety of lane closures over the next five months near the intersections of Jupiter Road/Belt Line Road and Jupiter Road/Spring Valley Road. Specific areas include:
- the left lane of eastbound Belt Line Road between Spring Creek Drive and Jupiter Road
- the left lane of northbound Jupiter Road between Trellis Place and Ponderosa Drive
- the left lanes of both southbound and northbound Jupiter Road between Poppy Lane and Spring Valley Road
- the right lane of southbound Jupiter Road between Spring Valley Road and Eastpark Drive
The lanes may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Work is expected to be finished by late March.
Possible Lane Closures Expected East of US 75/Renner Road
The rights lanes of eastbound and westbound Renner Road between US 75 and Routh Creek Parkway may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for drilling and aerial work related to fiber optic installation. The work is expected to be complete by late January.
RISD Spirit Run Tomorrow
The 2019 Richardson ISD Spirit Run 5K and Walk/Fun Run will be held tomorrow 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 8:45 a.m. and $25 for the Walk/Fun Run, which begins at 8:15 a.m. Onsite registration begins at 6:30 a.m.
“Actualize” Seminar Nov. 2 at Civic Center
Optimize your career at the Actualize 2019 “From Frozen to Finish” seminar, Saturday, Nov. 2 from 5-10 p.m. at the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center. The business skills and training seminar features several guest presenters covering topics such as how to actualize business growth, market your product, differentiate yourself from your competition and build your network.
Tickets are $30.
Senior Center Holiday Bazaar Nov. 8-9
The Richardson Senior Center will host its annual Holiday Bazaar Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and features shopping opportunities for handmade holiday gifts among numerous tables.
The Senior Center is located at 820 W. Arapaho Rd.
All-ages Sesame Street Birthday Celebration Nov. 2
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first episode of “Sesame Street,” Saturday, Nov. 2 from 3-4 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Enjoy a read-aloud of the book, “The Monster at the End of this Book,” followed by crafts (such as making a Sesame Street puppet) and games (such as Cookie Monster’s Cookie Walk, Oscar’s Trash Toss, Zoe’s Hopscotch) and more.
All ages are welcome. There is no fee to attend and no registration required.
“Mr. Sun Rexall Drug” Presentation Nov. 5
Authors Nanci Kaplan Duplant and Carol Sue George discuss their book, “Mr. Sun Rexall Drug: Our Family’s Lasting Legacy in Pharmaceuticals,” Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Listen to stories and memories about David Kaplan and the Sun Rexall Drug Store, which he opened in Richardson in 1958.
For adults and teens; registration is not required and there is no fee to attend.
New Rubik’s Cubing Series Begins Nov. 4
UT Dallas students return with an encore presentation of “CubeTroop,” a three-part Rubik’s Cubing series for ages 10-13 that will be held Nov. 4, Nov. 6 and Nov. 8. The students will teach how to master the Rubik’s Cube using algorithmic thinking and problem-solving.
Each class will be held from 4-5:15 p.m. in Studio RPL. Admission is free but registration is required. Attendees are expected to participate in all three sessions.
More information and registration: 972-744-4358
Book Helps Children From All Cultures, Backgrounds
The Communications Department recently produced a video about a Richardson Public Library selection that has an empowering message to any child who has ever felt different. Titled, “The Day You Begin,” the book encourages young readers to find the beauty in their lives and culture and share it with the world. It was the featured selection in the Library’s outdoor “Darbey’s Storywalk” in October and now may be checked out—find it in the Children’s Area in the Easy Book collection.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Renée Elise Goldsberry Nov. 2
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $48-$59.
The Tony Award-winning actress, singer and songwriter known for her performance in the Broadway musical phenomenon, “Hamilton,” brings her solo concert tour to Richardson. The show features Broadway and popular songs from the past and present.
- The Grigoryan Brothers Nov. 5
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $37.
Award-winning guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan perform classical, jazz and contemporary music from around the world.
- B.J. Thomas Nov. 7
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $39-$69.
DFW’s own B.J. Thomas, the iconic American singer and Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 70 million records, invites longtime fans and newcomers to a concert featuring some of his most-renowned songs.
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:
- “The Rocky Horror Show” Continues
8 p.m. in the University Theatre, Thursday-Saturday through Nov. 9. Additional performance at midnight, Nov. 9. Tickets are $15, and “prop packs” are 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: www.utd.edu/ah/events/index.php
- Comer Collection Artist Reception and Gallery Talk Nov. 7
2 p.m. in the McDermott Library’s Nebula Gallery. Admission is free.
Artist/photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales and Curator Jessica Ingle talk about the selections in the current Comer Collection exhibit, “Echoes of History.” The gallery and exhibit are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 20.
More information: www.utdallas.edu/ah/events/detail.html?id=1220453797
RSO Family Concert Tomorrow
The Richardson Symphony Orchestra will present a special family concert Saturday, Nov. 2 from 2-3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Richardson, 503 N. Central Expwy. The concert is filled with fun and familiar music for both adults and children, including Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” (narrated by Chip Waggoner, Fox 4 News Traffic Anchor), Bach’s “Air,” Mozart’s “Overture” from “The Marriage of Figaro” and John Williams’ music from “Star Wars.”
Tickets are $10. The event is funded in part by a 2019 arts initiative grant from the City of Richardson Cultural Arts Commission.
Last Weekend for “Little Shop of Horrors” at Richardson Theatre Centre
Groove along with madcap singing plant monster, Audrey II, as part of the sci-fi/comedy/horror/rock musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” being presented by Richardson Theatre Centre. Remaining show dates and times are tonight (Nov. 1) and Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20-$22 and include complimentary snacks, sweets and beverages. Richardson Theatre Centre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 113.
“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.
Winter Water Schedule Has Begun
Winter water conservation in Richardson began today, shifting the time of day when lawns can be watered. Residents may now 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.
Recycling Mascot Sets November Appearance Calendar
Phil-up, Richardson’s recycling mascot, will spread the word about the benefits of recycling (and provide vouchers for a free blue bag roll to Richardson residents, with proof of residency) at a variety of locations this month:
- Wednesdays, Nov. 6, 13 and 20
Calloway’s Nursery, 2100 N. Plano Rd.
- Fridays, Nov. 8 and Nov. 22
Café Gecko, 1381 W. Campbell Rd.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 15 (America Recycles Day)
City Hall/Civic Center
411 W. Arapaho Rd.
6 a.m.-8 p.m. (Phil-up present 10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
1260 Columbia Dr.
6 a.m.-8 p.m. (Phil-up will not be present)
Note: Blue bags (not vouchers) will be distributed at City Hall and the Service Center Nov. 15.
Limit one roll of bags per household.
Accounts Payable Representative ($2,736-$3,954 monthly)
The Accounting Department is seeking an individual with at least one year of experience in accounts payable processing. Data entry, keyboard skills and use of a 10 key calculator are required.
Buyer II ($3,653-$5,506 monthly)
The Purchasing Department is seeking an individual with at least three years of previous experience in procurement/materials management or contract management (preferably municipal, county, or state government). An associate degree or 60 college hours in a related field is required.
Part-Time Adult Van Driver ($9-$15.30 hourly)
The Parks Department is seeking an individual with a valid Texas CDL, Class A, B, or C, with “P” (passenger) endorsement. This position requires driving a 22-passenger van/bus or a 14-passenger van/bus safely.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Big Guy! He is a strapping, tough looking guy but a sweetie at heart! Big Guy is a neutered male, about 3 years old, current on all vaccinations and litter trained. His favorite pastime is watching the birds at the feeder from the window sill and just lounging about. Come on by and meet Big Guy for yourself and you’ll find that he is the purr-fect snuggle buddy!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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