Week In Review, Nov. 8, 2019
Nov. 8, 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.
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Storm Recovery Update
Disaster response efforts are making progress three weeks after the EF-3 tornado hit Richardson Oct. 20. Large trailers hired by the City to remove storm-related debris in the most severely impacted areas surpassed 700 trips this week. Trash and recycling collection in the tornado-damaged areas are back to normal.
The amount of debris caused by the severe weather is unprecedented in the city’s history. So far, almost 40,000 cubic yards of vegetative matter have been removed and close to 9,000 cubic yards of construction/demolition material have been hauled away to the landfill. After the first round of debris is removed, the City’s contractor will then follow-up with another round of removal on the affected streets.
Much of the vegetative matter will be turned into mulch and compost through the City’s partnership with Texas Pure, a regional program that provides mulch and compost to five area cities and offers it to residents at a discount.
New Tax Notices to be Mailed To Impacted Property Owners
The Dallas County Commissioners Court authorized the Dallas County Appraisal District (DCAD) to reappraise properties damaged by the Oct. 20 tornado that impacted Richardson and North Dallas. Both the City of Richardson and Richardson ISD have also already passed similar relief.
People whose property was impacted by the tornado can expect to eventually see a new tax bill that will reflect any change in the prorated value, or refund if the bill has already been paid.
E-mail questions: email@example.com
Dallas County Appraisal District (DCAD): 214-631-0910
Richland College Offers Free Storm Recovery Classes
Richland College announced this week that it will offer tuition-free continuing education classes on storm recovery for affected community members. The free sessions will be offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 16 in Sabine Hall, room SH118. Attendees may sign up for single sessions, multi-sessions, a half day or a full day.
The classes include:
- DIY Home Repairs After a Tornado
- Protect Yourself AFTER the Storm (how to spot home repair fraud)
- Navigating the Insurance Process After a Tornado
- Basic Home Safety (reviewing emergency planning)
- Disaster Planning for Small Business
- Community Resources in a Time of Crisis (learn what local help is available)
- Emotional Support After a Natural Disaster (meet with trained counseling staff to discuss ways to cope with emotions related to loss)
More information and to RSVP: www.richlandcollege.edu/storm-relief
Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas.
Second Richardson CARES Graduates
Members of the second Richardson CARES (Citizens Academy & Resource Education Series) were recognized at Monday’s City Council meeting. The class recently completed seven weekly sessions at a variety of City venues learning about the various functions of municipal government and its day-to-day operations.
Class members cuddled Shelter puppies, peered inside a water tower, explored backstage at the Eisemann Center, got up close to numerous pieces of heavy equipment and watched an active shooter demonstration at the Emergency Operations Center, among many other experiences.
The first CARES class graduated in 2018. The free, annual program is open to anyone age 18 and over with an interest in learning more about the City of Richardson’s municipal government.
Applications for the third Richardson CARES will open in summer 2020.
Library Catalog Upgrade Moved to Nov. 13
The Library’s planned catalog upgrade originally scheduled for Nov. 6 has been moved to Wednesday, Nov. 13. Several online services will be unavailable that day, including:
- checking in and out
- account access
- online catalog databases
- the MyRPL app
In addition, the Library’s public computers will be unavailable.
Customers can still check out items in person that day, 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.
Richardson Fire Department Begins Annual Toy and Food Drive Nov. 15
Donations of unwrapped toys and canned/shelf stable food are needed for the Richardson Fire Department’s annual toy and food drive, benefiting the clients of Network of Community Ministries. Items may be taken to any Richardson Fire Station, to the City Service Center (1260 Columbia Dr.) and to City Hall (411 W. Arapaho Rd.), Rooms 105 and 202, beginning Friday, Nov. 15 (during normal business hours) through Thursday, Dec. 12.
Utility Work to Affect Traffic On, Near Main Street
Drivers near Richardson’s downtown area should be aware of the following projects that are expected to begin this month:
- During the month of November, two lanes of traffic will be maintained in both directions between Abrams Road and Sherman Street. The first major lane reduction will occur near the end of the month when traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions between Abrams Road and Sherman Street. The work is part of the Main Street Redevelopment project.
- The northbound and southbound lanes of Abrams Road between Main Street and Polk Street may be narrowed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to fiber optic work associated with the new police building. The work is expected to be completed in early April.
Senior Center Holiday Bazaar Today and Tomorrow
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Richardson Senior Center, as its annual Holiday Bazaar is taking place there today (Nov. 8) until 5 p.m. 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.
Citizen Training on Redistricting Nov. 9
The League of Women Voters, the Texas Civil Rights Project and the Fair Maps Texas Coalition invite the public to take part in a Citizen Training on Redistricting from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center. The training is aimed at mobilizing the community for participating in the Texas Legislature’s upcoming public input hearings regarding the redrawing of state and federal legislative districts. Public comments at the hearings are used to assist the Legislature when it draws district boundaries and can provide critical information about a region’s unique geographic and demographic characteristics.
Hearings are tentatively scheduled for Collin County on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Other future
hearing notices can be found at: https://capitol.texas.gov/Committees/MeetingsHouse.aspx.
Admission to the training is free but registration is requested.
Registration and more information: www.eventbrite.com/e/citizen-training-on-redistricting-tickets-77874461611
“Coffee and Cops” Nov. 12
The Richardson Police Department will hold its next “Coffee and Cops” event from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Starbucks, 1401 W. Campbell Rd. Officers will be on hand to discuss any concerns you may have or to answer questions. Stop by to say hello at this informal, come and go gathering.
Contact: 972-744-4955 (RPD Crime Prevention Unit)
Celebrate International Games Week Nov. 9
Come hang out and play a variety of board games with friends and family Saturday, Nov. 9 from 2-4 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room as the Library celebrates International Games Week 2019 (Nov. 3-9). International Games Week is an annual initiative run by volunteers from around the world to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games.
All ages are welcome, and admission is free (registration not required). All games are provided.
UNIDOS Meeting Nov. 14
The Richardson Police Department will hold its next UNIDOS meeting Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in the St. Paul Catholic Church Parish Center, 900 St. Paul Dr. Begun in 2006, UNIDOS involves quarterly meetings conducted entirely in Spanish, at which Richardson Police provide information, respond to questions and concerns and get to know the community.
Contact: Carlos Lozada, 972-744-4765
At the Eisemann Center:
- RSO Concert Nov. 9
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$75.
The Richardson Symphony Orchestra presents “Mozart & Mendelssohn,” featuring Mendelssohn’s “Italian Symphony” (aka Symphony No. 4) and Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 21,” among other selections.
- Richardson Community Band Nov. 10
3 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Admission is free.
The Richardson Community Band presents, “Tribute,” a concert that pays tribute to many people and events that have shaped our lives musically through the years.
- “That Golden Girls Show” Puppet Parody Nov. 14-16
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $38-$48.
An Off-Broadway hit that parodies classic moments from the TV show, “The Golden Girls,” with puppets.
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:
- Last Weekend for “The Rocky Horror Show” Musical
8 p.m. in the University Theatre, with an additional show from midnight-2 a.m. Nov. 9. Tickets are $15, and “prop packs” are available at the show for $5, cash only.
Tickets and more information: www.utd.edu/ah/events/index.php
- Reading the World Book Club—Brown Bag Event Nov. 12
Noon in the Richardson Room of the McDermott Library (3rd floor, 3.544). Admission is free.
The public is invited to a discussion of Antal Szerb’s 2007 novel, “Oliver VII.” Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch; cookies will be provided for dessert.
AIR Time Nov. 12 Features Movie, “Diner”
Arts Incubator of Richardson presents the next installment of AIR Time, Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-Richardson. The popular interview-and-a movie series will feature a pre-show interview with Kevin Sprague and Kyle Simmons of Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters, discussing the art and science of coffee roasting, followed by the 1982 film, “Diner,” starring Paul Reiser, Mickey Rourke and Kevin Bacon.
The interview begins at 7 p.m. with the movie following at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $5 and include a $5 food and beverage voucher. Attendees are welcome to attend just the interview or just the movie if they are not able to attend both. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-Richardson is located at 100 S. Central Expwy.
Last Weekend for “Over the River and Through the Woods” 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 Sunday, 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.
Remaining show times are tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10-$25.
Free Recycling Bags on “America Recycles Day” Nov. 15
Next Friday, Nov. 15, is a great day to start recycling—it’s America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative and the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Richardson’s Public Services Department will mark the occasion by providing free blue recycling bags to Richardson residents (with proof of residency) at the following locations from 6 a.m.-8 p.m.:
- Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
- Richardson Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr.
Limit one roll of bags per household.
More information: www.cor.net/recycling
Protect Plants, Landscapes When Temperatures Dip
Water University, a division of Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service, has developed a free information sheet that features tips on defending landscapes and plants from the sporadic, unpredictable freezing temperatures in Texas. Here are a few of the do’s and don’ts—get the complete list by clicking here:
- Make sure the soil, and ONLY the soil (not the leaves), is moist when freezing temperatures are expected. Sufficient water inside plant cells can make a specimen more resilient to frost damage, but excess moisture on the outside can contribute to damage as water freezes.
- Water only when temperatures rise above 45 degrees or higher the day before a freeze.
- Turn your irrigation controller or timer to “off” when expecting a freeze.
- Irrigate late in the day, when plants are less likely to absorb water.
- Cause accidents on roads and walkways with ice formed from sprinkler spillover.
West Nile Activity Lowest Since 2012
The Health Department reported this week that the number of mosquitoes found in Richardson this year that tested positive for carrying the West Nile Virus are the lowest for the City since 2012, similar to reports statewide. Friday, Nov. 1 marked the end of the West Nile Virus season, with only one case of the virus found in humans reported in Dallas County through the end of October (not fatal) and none in Collin County. (In 2012, nearly 400 cases were reported in Dallas County alone, with 19 fatalities.)
For the 2019 season, Richardson health officials found four mosquito samples that tested positive for West Nile virus, compared with 12 in 2018 and 28 in 2017. From April-October, traps are set out across Richardson and tested weekly, with spraying conducted as needed whenever West Nile virus is found in trapped mosquitoes.
More information: www.cor.net/mosquito
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.
Heavy Equipment Operator ($3,185-$4,255 monthly)
The Streets Division is seeking an individual with two years’ experience required in all phases of street and alley operations including one year as surface finisher or 10 hours training for surface finishing. One year of training or experience required in operating heavy motorized construction equipment, particularly backhoe/front-end loader.
Part-Time School Crossing Guard ($9.74-$15.83 hourly)
The Police Department is seeking individuals interested in assisting children and adults with crossing traffic crosswalks.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Plex! He came to us back in August as a stray. He had fur loss, eye infections and sores, all of which were treated by our wonderful veterinarian Dr. Gans and staff. Plex is about 7 years old, American pit bull terrier mutt mix, neutered, fully vaccinated, house trained and knows basic commands. Since it’s National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, his adoption fee has been waived! When you adopt a senior pet, you’re not only welcoming a lifetime of love into your home, you’re also saving a precious life. Please consider adopting a senior pet.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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