Week In Review, Dec. 13, 2019
Dec. 13, 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:
City Council | City Plan Commission
Santa’s Village Opens; Parade Winners Announced
Santa’s Village 2019 officially opened Dec. 7 with the lighting of the giant pecan tree, followed soon after by the grand arrival of Santa Claus in a Richardson fire truck. Prior to the tree lighting ceremony, awards were handed out to winning entrants in the Richardson Christmas parade, held earlier that day. The top three specialty awards announced:
- Mayor’s Award—YMCA Adventure Guides (Mohawk Elementary)
- Grand Marshal’s Award—YMCA Adventure Guides (Young Bucks)
- Chairman’s Elf Award—Daisy Troop 3333
Remaining dates and hours of operation for Santa’s Village are Dec. 13-15 and Dec.19-22 from 6-9 p.m. Admission is free as well as adjacent parking, with a free ticket required for the Dec. 19 “Hometown Thursday” (see story below). Each of the tiny buildings features a treat and/or activity for children, including a visit with Santa at Santa’s House and Workshop and free Santa photos. Attendees can also enjoy live performances and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and other treats sold at the Castle Café.
Santa’s Village is located on the City Hall/Civic Center plaza at 411 W. Arapaho Rd. behind the Richardson Public Library.
Hometown Thursdays Continue Dec. 19
Thursday, Dec. 19 is the date of the final 2019 “Hometown Thursday,” a night at Santa’s Village reserved especially for Richardson residents. A free ticket is required to attend. Tickets are available (while they last) at the following locations during normal business hours:
- Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
- Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd.
- Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.
Richardson residents must show proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or water bill, to receive up to eight tickets per night. A limited number of tickets are available.
New Zoning Ordinance Adopted for Collins/Arapaho District
The City Council voted Monday to amend the comprehensive zoning ordinance for the Collins/Arapaho TOD and Innovation District. The vote represents a major step toward achieving the City’s vision for the near 1,200-acre area to be a premier tech hub in Texas and comes after a year of drafting and refining proposed zoning changes, with continual input from the public, stakeholders, the City Plan Commission and the City Council. In 2018, a visioning study was completed and accepted by the City Council that established the framework for the new zoning.
The ordinance, which went into effect when adopted, includes regulations intended to create a visually unique, walkable and bikeable area with more flexibility for property development/redevelopment than previously existed. The district has four distinct sub-districts, with specific regulations in each for allowed uses such as restaurants, retail, collaborative coworking, microbrewery, winery, commercial entertainment and residential in select locations. Other standards addressed in the ordinance include parking, street types, landscaping, signage and architecture.
City Council Adopts 2019-21 Goals
The City Council adopted its 2019-21 Statement of Goals at Monday’s City Council meeting. The Council’s vision, four goals and 11 strategies were developed after several meetings to review past goals, get updated on accomplishments and determine continued priorities as well as changes/additions.
City staff are now in the process of developing tactics to meet the strategies outlined by the Council. A presentation on the tactics will be presented to the Council early next month.
Fire Department Delivers Toys, Food
The Richardson Fire Department delivered items from its annual Toy and Food Drive to Network of Community Ministries this week (497 pounds of food and 396 toys). Items donated will be used by Network to help make the holiday season brighter for families in need.
Further donations can be made throughout the year to Network of Community Ministries at 741 S. Sherman St. or online at www.thenetwork.org.
Police Department Moves Into New HQ
The Richardson Police Department staff officially moved into its newly constructed headquarters building this week.
The 77,000-square-foot Police facility is adjacent to the new Fire Department headquarters and Station 1 and is part of the Public Safety Campus, located at the northeast corner of the Greenville Avenue and Main Street intersection.
The more than $80 million Public Safety Campus was made possible by the passage of the voter-approved 2015 Bond Program.
Lane Reductions Begin on Main Street
Eastbound and westbound traffic on Main Street is now reduced to one lane in either direction near Interurban Street due to a utility project taking place in the area, part of the Main Street Redevelopment. In addition, lane reductions near the intersection of Greenville Avenue and Main Street are expected during the week of Dec. 16.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane in either direction through the duration of the Redevelopment, expected to be complete in first quarter 2021. Drivers are strongly encouraged to seek alternate east-west routes, including Spring Valley Road, Arapaho Road and Polk Street..
Contact: RichardsonRedevelopment@cor.gov; 972-744-4280
Lookout Drive Lane Closures Begin East of Jupiter Road Next Week
The left lanes of eastbound and westbound Lookout Drive between North Spring Drive and Spring Lake Drive may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m-3 p.m. beginning the week of Dec. 16, as the Lookout Drive Lift Station Project begins. Later phases of the Project will close other lanes, but there will always be at least one lane in each direction for traffic. The lane closures are expected to take place through June 2020.
Model Trains at Civic Center Dec. 13-15
The Spring Creek Model Railroad Club will show off a layout of model trains tonight through Sunday in the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center’s Richardson Room from 6-9 p.m., a great indoor “side visit” when at Santa’s Village. The layout includes models from the 1880s to the present day.
Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to take photographs and ask questions about the trains.
Register for “Breakfast with Santa” Dec. 19
Create a holiday memory with your child and share breakfast with Santa Claus Thursday, Dec. 19 at Huffhines Recreation Center from 9-10 a.m.
Fee is $10 per child; includes breakfast and a craft. Pre-registration (by Dec. 15) is required. For children ages 2-5.
Website: www.cor.net/parksonline (activity #16396)
Make Coded Jewelry Dec. 14
Tweens and teens ages 11-18 are invited to make beaded jewelry based on ASCII, using codes to create secret messages in bracelets and necklaces. The fun takes place Saturday, Dec. 14 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Admission is free and no registration is required.
Winter Festival of Faiths Dec. 14
The public is invited to celebrate diversity and explore the many faiths and cultures that exist in North Texas as The Interfaith Council of The Thanks-Giving Foundation presents a “Winter Festival of Faiths,” Saturday, Dec. 14 from 6:15-8:30 p.m. in the UT Dallas University Theatre. Art, music, theater and dance performances will be featured that represent cultures from four areas of the world—Central and Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
Admission is free but RSVP is requested.
At the Eisemann Center:
- “The Nutcracker” Dec. 13-15
7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday, in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $11-$52. (Saturday matinee is a sensory-friendly performance specifically designed for children with sensory processing disorders.)
Dallas Repertoire Ballet presents a fast-paced production of the beloved family classic with a cast of more than 130 dancers.
- Ballet Dallas Dec. 14-15
8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $20-$35.
“Inspired Voices: A Holiday Celebration” features three premiere works from local choreographers and New York City Ballet Dancer Silas Farley, backed by choral and instrumental scores.
- Keyboard Conversations® Dec. 16
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $36-$42.
In this latest presentation of his noted concert-and-commentary series, pianist Jeffrey Siegel presents “Warm Romantic Music from the Cold Far North!” featuring a smorgasbord of composers: Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Sibelius.
- Riders in the Sky with The Quebe Sisters Dec. 17
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $38-$50.
Returning to the Eisemann Center, Riders in the Sky and The Quebe Sisters present “Christmas the Cowboy Way,” sponsored by Methodist Richardson Medical Center.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
Contemporary Chorale Holiday Concert Dec. 14
The Contemporary Chorale presents ”Christmas With the Chorale,” Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Belt Line Rd. Tickets are $20.
Artistic Director Melanie Moore leads the all-ages adult choir in “snowy selections” such as “Beautiful December” and John Whitacre’s “Glow” as well as holiday pieces including “What Christmas Means to Me” and “Sing, Sing, Noel.”
Last Weekend for “Mary Poppins” at Repertory Company Theatre
Repertory Company Theatre is giving audiences a “Mary Christmas” with performances of “Mary Poppins” through Dec. 15. The award-winning 2004 musical, based on the books of P.L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, tells the story of a magical nanny and a carefree chimney sweep who prove to misbehaving children and their uptight parents that it’s the little things that keep a family together.
Remaining show days and times are today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17-$28. Repertory Company Theatre is located at 770 N. Coit Rd.
“A Christmas Story” Continues at Richardson Theatre Centre
Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 113, is presenting “A Christmas Story” through Dec. 22. The 2000 stage play adaptation of the classic movie of the same name, it follows Ralphie’s quest for the gift of his dreams.
Show days and times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22. Complimentary beverages, snacks and sweets are available before the show and at intermission.
“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” Now Playing at The Core Theatre
“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,” by Mark Brown, continues at The Core Theatre every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 29. The show is a continuation of the story of Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge and takes audiences into the courtroom for the “trial of the century,” as Scrooge is back to his old ways and suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10-$25. The Core Theatre is located at 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 115.
NCTCOG Offers Ways to Have an Eco-Friendly Holiday
Air North Texas, a division of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, provides a “Monthly Dose of Fresh Air” on its blog with suggestions for eco-friendly living that can ultimately improve air quality. A recent post asks North Texans to consider how they can reduce their carbon footprint during the 2019 holidays, with several ideas, including:
- Use natural decorations, which utilize less resources to manufacture than artificial ones. (Natural Christmas trees, with all decorations taken off, can be composted through the City of Richardson’s tree cycling program beginning Dec. 26. Visit www.cor.net/treecycling for more information.)
- Gift sustainably. If you’re shopping online, plan and buy gifts in advance to avoid expedited shipping by air (airplanes currently account for nearly 11 percent of CO2 emissions in the U.S.). Consider wrapping gifts with recyclable brown paper grocery sacks (add twine or string and a sprig of natural greenery tucked into the bow). Or skip the wrapping and gift an experience instead (ideas: Eisemann Center gift certificates, Richardson Parks and Rec classes or gift certificates from the City’s Cultural Arts partners).
Recreation/Day Camp Coordinator ($3,372-$4,965 monthly)
Heights Recreation Center is seeking an individual with a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration or related field. Six years of relevant work experience will be considered in lieu of a degree. A TX class C driver’s license is required. Two years of experience in the field of recreation is required. Must be computer literate with software for word processing/database. Must also have experience in organization, supervision and promotion of recreation programs.
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 Gymnastics Instructor ($7.50-$26.50 hourly)
Gymnastics is seeking individuals with the ability to teach and communicate effectively. Must be able to present evidence and background/references in gymnastics, cheerleading and child care. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate required ability.
“Twister” the Tornado Dog Gets New Home
The Richardson Animal Shelter was happy to announce this week that “Twister the Tornado Dog” has been adopted. Twister, believed to be a pit bull/terrier/German Shepherd mix, was one of seven dogs found lost after the Oct. 20 tornado that were rescued by the Shelter, and the last one to find a new home (most were reunited with their “original” families).
Twister’s adoption Dec. 9 came as a direct result of the Shelter’s new program, Doggy Day Out, which allows volunteers to “borrow” Shelter dogs for a day or weekend to provide them with more interaction, fun and socialization and to help the community become aware of adoptable pets (the dogs wear a harness emblazoned with the words, “Adopt Me”). Twister was out shopping with a Doggy Day Out volunteer Dec. 8 when he was seen by his new owner, who came into the Shelter the next day to inquire about adopting him.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This beautiful girl is Chyanne! She is a 6 year old Australian cattle dog. She has a beautiful red merle coat and weighs 31 pounds. She came in with a small litter of puppies that she took care of and now she is ready to be adopted. Chyanne has been spayed, fully vaccinated, is very sweet and gentle and loves to sleep on the bed. She would need some training to be an indoor pet and does not handle being crate trained well. Please come and check her out to see if she would be a fit with your family!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
City Council Links
To read previous Week in Reviews,