Week In Review, Jan. 24, 2020
Jan. 24, 2020
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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“State of the City” Jan. 29
Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker and the City Council will present the annual State of the City Address, Wednesday, Jan. 29 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Eisemann Center’s Bank of America Theatre. The Address is free and open to the public with a reception to follow in the Leftwich Grand Foyer. The Address will also be available to watch live online or on the City’s cable access channel and will be made available to watch on-demand a day after the event.
RPD Headquarters Grand Opening Saturday
The Richardson Police Department will host a Grand Opening Jan. 25 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at its new headquarters building, 200 N. Greenville Ave. The facility is part of the larger Richardson Public Safety Campus funded by the 2015 Bond Program.
The 77,000-square-foot Police headquarters building features more space for existing and future staff and numerous security and operational enhancements, including secured parking for staff and a new surveillance system. A new glass-enclosed skybridge connects it to the adjacent, existing detention center, which has undergone renovations to its lobby and façade.
The entire Campus includes the new Fire Station 1/Fire Department Administration building that opened in October 2019, as well as a 7,000-square-foot police support building to be constructed later this year.
Property Taxes Due Jan. 31
Property taxes owed to the City of Richardson are due Jan. 31, 2020 and should be paid to either the Collin County or Dallas County Tax Office, depending on where the taxed property is located. The City of Richardson contracts with Collin and Dallas counties for the collection of property taxes.
Collin County residents
- City, school and Collin County tax payments
Collin County Tax Office
920 E. Park Blvd., Plano, TX 75074
Dallas County residents
- City and Dallas County tax payments
North Dallas Government Center
6820 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75240
- Richardson Independent School District tax payments
RISD Tax Office
420 S. Greenville Ave., Richardson, TX 75081
New Toll Discount Program for HOV/TEXpress Lanes
Drivers who use the TEXpress lanes on area freeways may qualify for toll discounts with a new program called GoCarma, which launched today. The new program replaces the previous “Drive on TEXpress” discount program and promises to be more high tech and user-friendly.
Like “Drive on TEXpress,” GoCarma involves the use of an app—each person riding in the car needs to have the GoCarma app set up on their phone. In addition, drivers keep a small Bluetooth device in their glove box so that during peak periods, GoCarma verifies HOV status automatically. The toll discounts appear on North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) toll bills.
More information and a link to download the app is available online. The program is co-sponsored by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Texas Department of Transportation and NTTA.
U.S. Census Bureau Recruiting Census Takers
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. Positions include census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff and supervisory staff.
The jobs offer competitive wages that are paid weekly and feature flexible hours—a perfect fit if you are looking to earn extra money and have other commitments. It’s also a great way to support your community—Census results are used to determine your representation in Congress, and they help inform how billions of dollars are distributed for hospitals, schools, roads and more.
Lane Closures Expected on Eastbound Campbell Road
The left and center lanes of eastbound Campbell Road at Edith Circle, Waterview Drive and Greenhaven Drive are expected to be closed, alternately in three stages, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to utility pole replacement. The project is expected to be complete by mid-February.
City Photo Contest Ends Sunday
There are still a few days to submit photos for the Parks and Recreation Department’s annual photo contest. Both students and adults are invited to participate, and may enter up to two color photos and two black and white photos in each of 13 categories. Plaques, ribbons and gift cards will be awarded to winners.
Deadline to submit entries is Jan. 26. Entry fees (per entry) are $5 for ages under 18 and $10 for ages 18 and up. Photos are required to be submitted both in print and online.
Date Change: Free AARP Tax Help Begins Week of Feb. 3
AARP’s annual tax preparation assistance for seniors begins Monday, Feb. 3 in the Library’s Basement Program Room from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Huffhines Recreation Center. (Note the change in date for the Library’s event—it was originally planned to begin Jan. 27.)
The free help will continue every Monday at the Library and every Friday at Huffhines Rec Center, through April 13. Bring social security card, a copy of your 2018 tax return and all pertinent tax forms, including Social Security statements. No registration required—assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The service is for low- to moderate-income taxpayers, with an emphasis on seniors.
Family Theatre Series Preview Party Jan. 25
All ages are invited to the Library’s Basement Program Room Saturday, Jan. 25 for an afternoon of crafts and games and to learn about the upcoming shows in the Eisemann Center Presents: Family Theatre Series. The shows (and the crafts and games) are based on the popular children’s book characters Dog Man, Judy Moody and Stink.
The fun takes place from 2-3:30 p.m. No registration is required.
Lunchtime Lecture: African Photo Safari Jan. 28
Dr. Frank Allen will take the audience on an “African Photo Safari in Tanzania and the Serengeti” at the next Lunchtime Lecture, Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room.
The program is for adults and teens only; registration is not required. Attendees may bring their own lunch.
“Cookies, Crafts & Crayons” Jan. 31
Take a break and come snack, craft and color at the Library, Friday, Jan. 31 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. All ages are welcome and admission is free.
Just drop in when you can—there is no registration required and all supplies and snacks are provided.
RCAS Hosts Free Monthly Art Demonstrations
Thinking of trying a new art form or hobby? Interested in getting involved in an active, “hands-on” arts organization? Check out the Richardson Civic Art Society’s (RCAS) monthly meetings, held on the third Tuesday of the month—from September to May—in the Library’s Basement Program Room. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and are followed by a demonstration from an artist in any of several media. Visitors are always welcome to attend.
This week, artist Tom Hands demonstrated drawing and painting. Upcoming meetings will feature demonstrations of watercolor, oil, fused glass and abstract acrylic and resin.
RCAS, founded in 1966, is a nonprofit organization funded in part by the Cultural Arts Commission. In addition to the monthly meetings/demonstrations, the group sponsors five juried shows each year, numerous solo shows and small group exhibits and several workshops conducted by accomplished local and national artists.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Lone Star Wind Orchestra Jan. 26
2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $12-$42.
The orchestra performs selections from movie soundtracks by composer John Williams, including “Superman,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Lincoln,” the Harry Potter series, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and others. The show also features projections of movie trailers.
- Piano Battle Jan. 31
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $45.
Internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis go head-to-head on stage with a variety of classical pieces. The two artists, with distinctly different performance styles, take turns performing pieces by composers such as Chopin, Liszt and Debussy or improvise based on the tunes the audience requests.
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:
- N’awlins Gumbo Kings Jan. 25
8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Tickets are $15 and are available here.
The Gumbo Kings blend trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, piano, trombone, bass, drums and vocals to create lively, authentic New Orleans-style music. Band members have performed with such notable musicians as Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton and Ellis Marsalis.
- Guitarist Gabriel Guillen Jan. 31
8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Tickets are $15 and are available here.
Guillen performs solos from his native Venezuela and duos with UT Dallas faculty Enric Madriguera. Repertory includes Venezuelan waltzes by Lauro, “Usher Waltz” by Nikita Koshkin and music for two guitars by Granata and Koshkin plus Latin America compositions.
Learn About Gardening in North Texas Jan. 25
The fourth annual “Newcomers Guide to Gardening in North Texas” event will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the McKinney ISD Community Event Center, 4201 Hardin Blvd. in McKinney (south end of the MISD stadium). Designed for those new to gardening and/or new to North Texas, it features presentations and Q&As with local experts along with numerous vendors/information tables.
The event is cosponsored by 15 public and private partners including the City of Richardson. Admission is free—register online to reserve a seat.
Time to Give Lawn Sprinklers a Break
With widespread rain in the area over the past two weeks, and more predicted for next week, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s “Water My Yard” program has been sending out the “no watering required” message lately to Richardson-area subscribers. While that may seem obvious, many water customers “set it and forget it,” putting their lawn sprinklers on automatic year-round. This practice wastes water and increases water bills, not to mention that watering during times of precipitation is prohibited under the City’s Water Conservation Plan.
The best way to manage lawn watering with a sprinkler system is to set it to “manual,” and “Water My Yard” is a great way for busy people to remember/know when to turn it on and for how long. Sign up for the free service online with a few short steps and receive weekly reminder e-mails or text messages based on your type of watering system and local weather conditions for your ZIP code area.
Meter Maintenance Technician ($2,833-$4,380 monthly)
Meter Shop is seeking an individual that is experienced in mechanical repair work and has the ability to read gauges and record figures accurately. A HS diploma or GED is required, along with the knowledge of small tools. Must have or obtain an appropriate Certificate of Competency as issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality within two years of appointment.
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 Pool Manager-seasonal ($13.50-$14.79 hourly)
Parks Department-Pools is hiring for Summer 2020. Applicants must have a minimum of one year’s experience in lifeguarding, pool operation and pool maintenance. Applicants must also hold current certifications in lifeguard training (YMCA or American Red Cross), CPRPR, first aid and a Texas, Class C driver’s license. A Lifeguard Instructor Certification is preferred.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This beautiful girl is named Peanut! She is a spayed female boxer mix with a black and white coat. Peanut is 10 years old but energetic and friendly and would do best in a single animal household. She knows many basic commands, is fully potty trained (will paw at the door to go out), great with kids and loves laying on the couch! Peanut is fully vaccinated, microchipped and ready to be adopted to a new home! Please come visit her today.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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