Week In Review, Jan. 31, 2020
Jan. 31, 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.
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Richardson Presented as a Destination at Annual State of the City Address
Mayor Paul Voelker declared that the state of Richardson is strong at the annual State of the City Address Wednesday evening at the Eisemann Center. With a theme of “Destination Richardson,” the public address focused on what makes Richardson one of the best destinations in the Metroplex to create a home or build a business, highlighting 2019 achievements and exciting future projects. Special guests/community leaders who have helped in the City’s success were recognized and videos featuring Richardson residents enhanced the address.
The event was free, open to the public and broadcast live. State of the City will be replayed on Spectrum Channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 6 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 4-29. Videos of the event are also available online.
Bond and C.O. Sale Authorized
This week the City Council received and accepted the final pricing for the sale of just over $47 million in General Obligation refunding bonds and close to $14.7 million of Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, and passed ordinances allowing the issuance of each. The Council also passed an ordinance authorizing the sale of just over $15 million of Adjustable Rate General Obligation Bonds. The refunding bonds and C.O.s were priced with very low interest rates received by the City (1.273 percent and 2.179 percent respectively), due to market conditions as well as the City’s recent “Triple A” re-accreditation from both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s credit rating agencies.
The sale will provide funds for projects approved by voters in the 2015 Bond Program as well as short- and long-term capital expenses, including information technology, fire and solid waste equipment and water and sewer infrastructure.
Collins/Arapaho TOD and Innovation District Gets New Name
The Collins/Arapaho TOD and Innovation District will now be known as The Richardson Innovation Quarter or “the IQ,” announced at a public reveal held Tuesday in the Quarter. The rebranding follows rezoning for the area approved by the City Council in December and is part of the City’s comprehensive plan to revitalize the 1,200-acre area. City leaders, many who were present at the reveal, envision the Quarter as “a premier tech hub in Texas,” supporting innovation and a wide range of businesses.
A new logo for the Quarter was also revealed Tuesday, featuring the new name and abbreviation adjacent to a “spark” graphic. The entire branding package was unanimously chosen by a Richardson Chamber of Commerce task force working with real estate branding consultants and will be used in marketing efforts. Plans are underway for a brand awareness campaign involving a series of special events that will be held throughout the Quarter over the course of this year.
Mayor Honors Teens’ Service Work with Proclamation
Mayor Paul Voelker honored the work of two Richardson High School students this week by proclaiming Jan. 27 as “RHS Strong—Mental Health Awareness Day” and presented them with copies of the proclamation Monday. Seniors Luke Mulvey and Tamjeed Islam won first place in their district DECA (formerly Distributive Education Clubs of America) competition for their work in the community on mental health awareness for teens. Luke and Tamjeed’s “RHS Strong” initiative provided wristbands to students imprinted with a text number that connects them with a text-counseling service 24/7.
DECA is a nonprofit organization that encourages the development of business and leadership skills in high school and college students through academic conferences and competitions.
Police Department Grand Opening Held
The Richardson Police Department celebrated its new administration building Saturday with a public grand opening. The Richardson City Council, Police Chief Jimmy Spivey and other City staff were on hand for the festivities, marking the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Attendees enjoyed refreshments and were able to tour the newly constructed facility, located at the northeast corner of Greenville Avenue and Belt Line Road and part of a larger Richardson Public Safety Campus funded by the 2015 Bond Program.
The new 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 nearby 7,000-square-foot police support building is scheduled to be constructed later this year.
Citizens Fire Academy Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the next Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) class, which begins March 26 and graduates May 28. The Academy is held once a year and is a free, 10-week program open to persons ages 21 and older who either live or work in Richardson or the Richardson Independent School District. Class participants meet one night a week from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Richardson Training Center, 1621 E. Lookout Dr.
The intent of the CFA is not to train people to become firefighters, but rather to help them experience firsthand the duties and responsibilities of firefighters, so that they can use their knowledge to create a safer home and work environment and educate others about the Richardson Fire Department (RFD). Participants receive an insider’s view of the vast services the RFD provides and each is allowed to spend time at fire stations. Applications are available online.
DART Silver Line Community Meeting Scheduled for Feb. 6
Now that the DART Silver Line Project has officially begun, DART is holding community meetings to give project updates. The Richardson DART Silver Line community meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall/Civic Center’s Richardson Room. DART and project staff will be on hand to answer questions and present information on the following subjects:
- Project Schedule
- Betterments Program
- Station Art and Design Programs
Contact: DART Community Engagement, 214-749-2543
Oncor Plans Tree Trimming During February
Oncor Transmission Vegetation Management will be pruning trees near transmission lines in some areas of Richardson during February, beginning on or near Feb. 10. The trimming will take place both west and east of US 75: along a transmission line that runs from Oncor’s Plano West substation near the intersection of Renner and Custer Roads south to the Spring Valley substation near the intersection of Spring Valley and Mayham Roads; and along a line that runs on the south side of Arapaho Road, from Custer Road east to North Glenville Road and then south to the Plano Road substation near Plano Road and Columbia Drive.
Residents that live at or near the lines will be notified 3-5 days prior to the trimming taking place by means of a door hanger from Oncor contractor ACRT. Oncor’s contractor Wright Tree Service will perform the pruning.
Census Bureau Required to Keep Information Confidential
The U.S. Census Bureau wants you to know that, if you are concerned about confidentiality, all responses to Census Bureau surveys and censuses are confidential and protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Under this law, the Census Bureau is required to keep respondent information confidential. The Bureau will never share a respondent’s personal information with immigration enforcement agencies, like ICE; law enforcement agencies, like the FBI or police; or allow it to be used to determine their eligibility for government benefits. The results from any census or survey are reported in statistical format only.
Individual records from a decennial census are, by law (Title 44, U.S. Code), confidential for 72 years.
In addition, under Title 13, U.S. Code, all Census Bureau employees swear a lifetime oath to protect respondent data. It is a felony for any Census Bureau employee to disclose any confidential census information during or after employment, and the penalty for wrongful disclosure is up to five years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000.
The 2020 Census will be conducted through July.
February Richardson Today Delivered Next Week
The February issue of Richardson Today has been mailed and should begin arriving in mailboxes early next week. This month’s issue is focused on The State of the City and features highlights from the recent State of the City address, including a list of 2019 accomplishments in areas such as economic development, community engagement and neighborhood integrity. Also in the issue is the hot-off-the-presses Spring 2020 Recreation Guide.
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 Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.
Main Street Section to Close Feb. 8-9
A portion of Main Street is scheduled to be closed, weather permitting, the weekend of Feb. 8-9 due to construction of storm drainage infrastructure. The closure will preclude travel on Main Street between McKinney Street and Interurban Street as well as on Interurban Street just north of Main Street. Through travel is expected to resume Monday, Feb. 10.
Drivers are advised to plan for alternate routes such as Arapaho Road or Spring Valley Road.
Lone Star Reptile Expo this Weekend at Civic Center
The Richardson City Hall/Civic Center complex will be home to exotic pets from around the world Feb. 1-2 when the Lone Star Reptile Expo takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Meet top breeders, score deals on cages, supplies and reptile food and view a large selection of snakes, frogs, toads, turtles, lizards, insects, mice, rats and other kinds of pets for sale.
Admission at the door is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children ages 6 and under get in free. Discounts are available online.
Registration Ends Tonight for Daddy Daughter Valentine Ball
There are still a few hours left to register for the Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Daddy Daughter Valentine Ball. The event, this year dubbed “Boots & Bow Ties,” takes place Friday, Feb. 7 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Richardson Civic Center Grand Hall and is open to ages four and older with a dad, grandad or other father figure. Attendees will enjoy a buffet-style dinner and dancing to music from a professional DJ.
Admission is $65 per couple for Richardson residents and $67 per couple for nonresidents. The fee includes a photograph taken by a professional photographer.
Registration is available only via phone or in person at Heights Recreation Center through close of business (10 p.m.) tonight, Jan. 31. Space is limited.
City Photo Contest Results Exhibit Begins Tomorrow
Be sure to stop by the Third Floor Gallery to see the 2020 City of Richardson Photo Contest Results Exhibit Feb. 1-18. The winning photographs will be announced online Feb. 1. Students, amateur adults and proficient adult photographers competed in categories such as Abstract, Cityscape/Architecture, Fabulous Flora, Furry Friends, People, Scenic/Landscapes, Sports and Action, Still Life and Wildlife.
“Black Cowboys of the Old West” Magic Show Feb. 1
Celebrate black history and learn about the black cowboys of old through an adventurous magic show with Tommy Terrific Saturday, Feb. 1 from 10:30-11:15 a.m. in the Basement Program Room. All ages are welcome and admission is free—no registration required.
Cube Troop: Rubik’s Cubing How-To Feb. 3-7
UT Dallas students will teach how to solve a Rubik’s Cube using algorithmic thinking and problem solving in this free, three-session program. The sessions will be held on the following dates from 4-5:15 p.m. in Studio RPL—attendees are required to attend each:
- Monday, Feb. 3
- Wednesday, Feb. 5
- Friday, Feb. 7
For ages 10-13 years old; registration is required.
“The Life of Dr. King” at Library Feb. 2
The life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. provides the backdrop to live scenes that recreate the Montgomery bus boycott, the March on Washington, the Woolworth sit-ins and more, taking place in the Library’s Basement Program Room from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. This theatrical production is open to second grade students up to adults. Listen to Civil Rights era songs, hear excerpts of Dr. King’s famous speeches and encounter many memorable characters.
Admission is free and no ticket is required.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Piano Battle Tonight
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.
- Beatles Tribute “Classical Mystery Tour” Performs with the RSO Feb. 1
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $20-$80.
The four talented musicians of Classical Mystery Tour, a world-renowned Beatles tribute band, along with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra showcase more than two dozen Beatles tunes performed exactly as they were originally recorded. Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section and “Yesterday” performed with an acoustic guitar and string quartet, enjoy the classical/rock blend on “I Am the Walrus” and the cascading crescendos on “A Day in the Life.”
- Cliburn Gold Medalists Feb. 4
6:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $200.
Cliburn Competition gold medalists Vadym Kholodenko and Alexander Kobrin present a unique duo piano performance that includes a three-course seated dinner served onstage.
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:
- Gabriel Guillen Tonight
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.
RCAS Regional Art Exhibition Call for Entries Opens Feb. 3
The Richardson Civic Art Society has announced that the call for entries for its annual Regional Art Exhibition and Sale will open Feb. 3. The exhibition takes place April 29-May 25 at the Eisemann Center and is open to both RCAS members and non-members. More than $7,000 in cash and merchandise is awarded.
Deadline for entering is March 9.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Hosts Lawn Care Workshop
Learn how to create a lush and healthy lawn at “Put the Care into Lawn Care,” Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Dallas headquarters, 17360 Coit Rd. The free workshop, sponsored by the North Texas Municipal Water District, takes place from 9-11 a.m. in the Water and Land Resources Building and will teach proper maintenance techniques, efficient watering methods and how to simplify fertilizer and pesticide application to reduce weed and disease issues.
Online registration in advance is required.
Project Engineer ($6,228-$9,440 monthly)
Engineering-Capital Projects is seeking an individual with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from a university with an engineering program accredited by the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology. Must be a professional engineer registered in Texas or obtain registration within six months of appointment to position. A TX DL Class C is required. Four years of experience is required in civil engineering practice, preferably with a municipal or county government.
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 Athletics and Aquatics Asst. ($15-$18 hourly)
The Parks and Recreation department is seeking an individual who preferably has two years of experience in a recreation/athletic setting with working knowledge of municipal or other agency operations. A high school diploma or GED, and TX DL Class C is required. An associate’s or bachelor’s degree with a specialization in recreation, or a field related to athletics or aquatics is preferred.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Say hello to Aye! He came to the Shelter back in October after his family’s home was destroyed in the tornado that hit the city. He is a wire haired terrier mix with a black/silver coat with white on the chest and 6 years old. He would love to find a new family to take him in. He is vaccinated and already neutered as well. Aye would love to meet you. Come and see him!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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