Week In Review, Dec. 20, 2019
Dec. 20, 2019
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Last Weekend for Santa’s Village
There are three more chances to experience the energy and excitement of Richardson’s Santa’s Village 2019—tonight through Dec. 22 from 6-9 p.m. The colorful, outdoor wonderland features 16 tiny buildings to visit, each with a treat and/or activity for children, including talking with Santa 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.
Admission is free as well as adjacent parking, with no free ticket required. Santa’s Village is located on the City Hall/Civic Center plaza at 411 W. Arapaho Rd. behind the Richardson Public Library.
City Council Updated on Tornado Recovery
The City Council received a briefing Monday on the City’s efforts to recover from the Oct. 20 tornado. The initial rounds of storm debris removal utilizing outside contractors are now complete, with future debris removal being handled by City crews. In total, 43,500 cubic yards of vegetative debris and 16,000 yards of construction debris were removed.
To date, the City has issued 290 building permits related to the tornado, including 173 for residential roof repair and 49 for residential fence repair, with additional permit applications expected. The City is allowing express permitting for tornado-related construction and waiving building permit fees for tornado-impacted properties as well as fees for water reconnection and construction debris container rental. Building Inspection is providing extended inspection hours, and the Communications Department has provided new online and print resources for property owners and contractors.
In addition, impacted residents and business owners can apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Preparation Begins for Future Bond Program
City staff briefed the City Council Monday on the current activities and future steps planned in preparation for a possible 2021 Bond Program. Up to 20 studies across a wide spectrum of capital asset types are planned, with four already underway: Civic Center/City Hall/Library; Streets, Alleys, Signs and Markings; Erosion/Urban Lakes; and Fleet. Future studies will include Breckinridge Park; Main Street Open Space/Plaza; City Service Center and Eisemann Center Lobby. The City Council will be given preliminary results in summer 2020, with more updates through the year as studies are completed.
Possible bond propositions would be created and refined in 2021, with a possible bond election in November 2021. The process is similar to that undertaken for previous City bond programs.
City of Richardson Recycling, Solid Waste and Facility Schedule for Christmas and New Year's Holidays
There will be NO recycling, solid waste or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Tuesday, Dec. 24, Wednesday, Dec. 25 or Wednesday, Jan. 1. There will be NO makeup days for trash collection or BABIC service. The table below shows the makeup days for recycling service.
Recycle Makeup Days
|Recycle collection days affected by holiday||Makeup day|
|Tuesday, Dec. 24||Thursday, Dec. 26|
|Wednesday, Dec. 25||No Makeup Day Necessary|
|Thursday, Dec. 26||Friday, Dec. 27|
|Friday, Dec. 27||Saturday, Dec. 28|
|Wednesday, Jan. 1||No Makeup Day Necessary|
For the Christmas holiday Dec. 24-25 and the New Year's Holiday Jan. 1, City facilities and services will operate according to the following holiday schedule.
|Facility||Open / Closed Status|
|City Hall/Civic Center, Municipal Court,||Closed Dec. 24-25, Jan. 1|
Administration Offices Closed Dec. 24
|Recreation Centers, Senior Center and Tennis Center||
Closed Dec. 24-25,
5 p.m. Dec. 23 and Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
|Gymnastics Center||Closed Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1|
|Closed Dec. 24-25,
5 p.m. Dec. 23 and Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
|Sherrill Park Golf Course||Closed Dec. 25|
DART Announces Christmas Schedule Changes
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has announced changes to its schedule for Dec. 25:
- DART administrative offices, Paratransit Scheduling Center, Customer Information Center, Customer Care Center and Lost and Found will be closed.
- DART buses and light rail will operate on a Sunday schedule.
- Paratransit service will operate on a Saturday schedule. Regular subscription trips will be canceled.
In addition, the Trinity Railway Express will not operate that day.
MRMC Celebrates Opening of $85 million Expansion
City Council members and City staff joined representatives from Methodist Richardson Medical Center (MRMC) for the opening of the first of two new floors that are part of the facility’s $85 million expansion. The new, sixth floor features 50 beds with 25 soon to follow. The total expansion includes 150 private patient rooms, the hospital’s ninth operating room and a 671-space, seven-story parking garage.
The hospital, located at 2831 E. President George Bush Turnpike, opened in 2014 but fast-tracked expansion plans due to an increased demand for specialized patient care.
More Lane Closures Planned Near Crowley Park Neighborhood
Drivers near the Crowley Park neighborhood may experience lane closures to the north of the neighborhood in addition to those already announced for the southern edge on Lookout Drive (now expected to begin Dec. 26). The new lane closures are planned for the southeast corner of the intersection of Renner Road and Jupiter Road—the right lane of eastbound Renner Road and the right lane of northbound Jupiter Road may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. as crews conduct concrete replacement/rehabilitation for the Crowley Park neighborhood entry feature. The work is expected to be completed by early January.
Lane Closure Expected on Arapaho Road
The right lane of westbound Arapaho Road between International Parkway and Glenville Drive may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to cable/fiber optic work. The work is expected to be completed by mid-April.
Dorothy Drive Closure Begins Next Week
Dorothy Drive between Main Street and Polk Street will be closed to traffic beginning Thursday, Dec. 26, as part of the ongoing road reconstruction project. The closure is expected to be in place for 4-6 weeks. In addition, the eastbound and westbound Main Street turn lanes onto Dorothy Drive will be closed during this time.
AnimaLuv Christmas “Paw-ty” Dec. 21
Richardson AnimaLuv will host a Christmas Paw-ty for pooches and people Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Richardson Animal Shelter, 1330 Columbia Dr. Stop by for hot cocoa and other treats and take pictures of your pet with Santa. There will be an ugly Christmas sweater contest for both pets and people; entry fee is $5.
In addition, $5 off Shelter pet adoptions will be offered with a donation from AnimaLuv’s wish list.
Save the Date: City Photo Contest Begins Jan. 11
The City’s 2020 Photo Contest will accept entries Jan. 11-26. Entry forms are available at Huffhines Recreation Center or online. Photos must be a minimum size of 48 square inches and a maximum of 16” x 20”, mounted on 16” x 20” foam core. Two color photos and two black and white photos are allowed per entrant per category—there are 13 categories including Cityscape/Architecture, Furry Friends and Anything Goes.
Cost to participate is $5 per entry for students and $10 per entry for adults.
Traveler Alert: Wi-Fi Hot Spots Available for Checkout
Richardson Library cardholders are reminded that if they are traveling over the holidays and need Wi-Fi, portable Wi-Fi hotspots are available for check-out for up to seven days. The hotspots may be renewed depending on reservations by other Library users. To check out a hotspot, head to the Information Desk along with a valid Richardson Library card (in good standing), where you’ll fill out a quick form.
UT Dallas’ “Reading the World” Book Club Announces Next Selection
The Reading the World Book Club, co-sponsored by UT Dallas’ Center for Translation Studies and the UT Dallas Bookstore, has announced the first reading selection for its 2020 series: “Go, Went, Gone” by Jenny Erpenbeck.
The brown-bag discussion about the book will be held Tuesday, Feb. 11 from noon-1 p.m. in the McDermott Library. The book club is free and open to the public.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Tuzer Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Dec. 21-22
1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$80.
Tuzer Ballet presents its 35th annual production of the holiday ballet. This season features two guest principal dancers appearing courtesy of the Boston Ballet—Seo Hye Han and John Lam.
- CCBT’s “The Nutcracker” Dec. 23-24
7:30 p.m. Monday and noon Tuesday in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $27-$87.
Collin County Ballet Theatre presents the classic ballet backed by the Plano Symphony Orchestra. Returning this year are Cuban ballet stars Adiarys Almeida and Taras Dimitro. Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped, new toy to benefit Toys For Tots.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
Last Weekend for “A Christmas Story” 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 follows Ralphie’s quest for the gift of his dreams.
Remaining performances are tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee 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” Continues 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.
City Recognized for Air Quality Efforts
The City of Richardson received a Bronze Award this week as part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition’s Fleet Recognition Awards. The awards are given annually to recognize cities’ and organizations’ efforts to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency of fleet vehicles. Richardson has won a Fleet Recognition Award five years in a row, since the awards program began.
The 21 public-sector fleets recognized Tuesday were required to provide details about their move toward cleaner operations through the DFW Clean Cities annual report. Strategies can include using alternative fuel vehicles, reducing idling and using technology to improve efficiency of operations. The Coalition reported that the winning cities contributed to a total regional reduction, in 2018, of:
- 23,243,022 gallons of petroleum
- 753,602 pounds of ozone forming nitrogen oxides (NOx)
- 41,493 tons of greenhouse gas emissions
State Farm Employees Help Beautify Spring Creek Nature Area
Nine employees from State Farm Insurance helped clean up Spring Creak Nature Area last week as well as a portion of Foxboro Park as part of the City’s Community & Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program. The program is open to any group looking for a service activity and provides a great way for groups to contribute to the community by improving the quality of the environment.
The State Farm group collected almost 10 large bags of trash. All supplies, including trash bags, tongs and vinyl gloves, are provided by the City and filled bags may be left at the cleanup site for City pickup. The City also provides direction in choosing an area needing assistance.
Time to “Tree Cycle”
The City is encouraging residents to “tree cycle” Christmas trees by turning them into mulch and compost through the City’s Tree Cycling program. Trees may be dropped off Dec. 26-Feb. 1 at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Drive, or set out at the curb and picked up as part of the City’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC).
The Service Center site will be open 24 hours, seven days a week; for BABIC pick-up, call 972-744-4111 and be sure to request that the tree be collected for composting.
Tree cycling guidelines:
- Trees must be natural (not artificial) and unflocked.
- All ornaments, tinsel, tree stands, nails, lights, etc., must be removed.
- Calls for BABIC must be received before the designated collection day (your BABIC day is the same as your recycling day).
Holiday Box Recycling Fights Crime, Helps Environment
The City of Richardson Public Services Department and the Richardson Police Department have teamed up to help fight crime and recycle at the same time. Instead of putting your new computer box or flat screen TV box out for pickup (and advertising your treasures to thieves), you may drop off the boxes for recycling Dec. 21-Jan. 4 at the following temporary locations (flattened cardboard items ONLY):
- Custer Park, 700 W. Renner Rd. (near the tennis courts)
- Recycle Center, 102 N. Cottonwood Dr.
- 1500 Apollo Rd. (near the Huffhines Tennis Center courts)
- Breckinridge Park, 5200 Park Vista Rd. (near the baseball complex)
If you prefer to throw the boxes away, place them inside a black trash bag and set out with trash.
Maintenance Helper II ($2,316-$3,196 monthly)
Parks Maintenance is seeking individuals with the knowledge to work safely with all types of equipment used in maintenance work. Completion of 11th grade is required, HS diploma/GED is preferred. A Class A TX CDL is also required or must be acquired within 180 days of hire. Work days and hours: M-F, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Accounts Payable Representative ($2,736-$3,954 monthly)
The Accounting Department is seeking an individual with experience in accounts payable processing or similar work experience. Data entry, keyboard skills and use of a 10-key calculator are required.
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 Domino! He is a neutered male, about 3 years old, microchipped, and ready for a home for the holidays! Domino is a calm cool cat that loves everyone. We think he is one of the happiest cats around. Please consider adopting an adult cat for Christmas, you won’t be disappointed especially with a cat like Domino!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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