April 2, 2021
This 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:
Black History Month Art Contest Winners Announced
Winners have been announced in the inaugural Black History Month Art Contest, sponsored by the City Council in partnership with RISD, PISD and UT Dallas. Students in grades pre-K through 12 (who reside in Richardson or attend an RISD school in Richardson) were asked to create a visual image that displays how their unique beliefs and values contribute to a diverse community and help promote inclusion. Entries were judged on artistic excellence, originality and reflection of the theme.
The following winners will be awarded $100 each, have their works published in the May issue of Richardson Today and other City media, and be recognized at the April 26 City Council meeting:
Shaarvi Karthik, for work titled, "Unity in Diversity"
Neil Thakkar, for work titled, "Unity in Diversity"
Oliver Eli Worley, for untitled work
Caroline Huffman, for work titled, "Our Worth"
View the winning works at www.cor.net/ArtandEssayContest.
Network Breaks Ground at New Building
Network of Community Ministries marked the beginning of renovations to its future headquarters with a groundbreaking ceremony March 30. Renovation plans for the expansive 45,000-square-foot, $5.5 million building, located at 1500 International Pkwy. in The IQ®, include creating designated areas for the nonprofit’s many programs including Seniors’ Net, the Food Pantry and the Family Clothing Center, as well as a community room where local organizations/groups can hold meetings and special events, and where Network clients can gather.
The new facility will more than triple the space of Network’s currently leased headquarters at 741 S. Sherman St. and will enable the organization to more effectively serve clients and meet the needs of the community. The pandemic as well as the aftermath of the October 2019 tornadoes have caused requests for services to increase dramatically.
Network plans to be moved in and fully operational by Labor Day.
Several Facilities Closed Sunday, April 4 for Easter Holiday
The following facilities will be closed Sunday due to the Easter holiday. The facilities will reopen Monday, April 5.
Richardson Today in Mailboxes Next Week
The April issue of Richardson Today should start arriving in mailboxes next week. This month’s issue has a special focus on volunteerism, featuring information about organizations in Richardson that rely on volunteers and how to get involved. Several of those organizations will be taking part in the City’s Trash Bash April 24, and an entire page is devoted to details of that event. In addition, the issue features the City’s annual Swimming and Camps Guide, full of summer activities for all ages.
Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city. 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.
Participate in DART Bus Network Redesign April 8
DART is requesting public input as it redesigns its entire bus network. The redesign program, called DARTzoom, is a five-year bus service plan that is planned to begin in January 2022 and will feature new routes, more hours of service and greater coverage.
To learn more and provide feedback, the public is invited to a series of virtual community meetings. The Richardson meeting will be held Thursday, April 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m. and may be joined via computer, mobile app or conference call. Click here for links to join the meeting and more information.
Mosquito Testing Begins This Month
The Health Department plans to begin its annual mosquito collection and testing in a few weeks, with traps set out in 12 areas of the City each Sunday and collected Monday, a schedule that will be repeated through October. Nighttime spraying to control the adult population of mosquitoes is conducted by the City in designated areas only when area samples test positive for the West Nile virus, or if a resident contracts the disease.
Residents are reminded to think of “The Four D’s” when taking personal steps to help protect against mosquito-borne illness:
- Drain standing water
- Avoid being out at dusk/dawn
- Dress in long sleeves and pants
- Apply insect repellent containing DEET or other effective repellents all day, every day
The Health Department provides more information online, including an interactive map of all 12 management areas, with updates for each area. You can also signup for spray notifications to be sent to your e-mail inbox.
Parks and Recreation is Looking for People to Join Its Team
Parks and Recreation is looking for enthusiastic people to join its team this summer. Hourly pay rates are highly competitive. Applications may be filled out online at www.cor.net/jobs. Call 972-744-7855 for information on day camp jobs, 972-744-7892 for aquatic jobs and 972-744-7860 for gymnastics jobs.
Specific positions that Parks is looking to fill include:
- Pool Manager and Assistant Pool Manager
- Slide Attendant
- Swim Instructor/Coach
- Swim School Coordinator
- Day Camp Director
- Day Camp Counselor
- Gymnastics Coach
- Gymnastics Instructor
Holly Water Tower Rehabilitation Nears Completion
The elevated water storage tank rehabilitation project that’s been taking place on Holly Drive (between Mimosa Drive and Dogwood Drive, near West Jr. High/Richardson High School) is nearing completion, as evidenced by painting taking place this week. Crews could be seen stenciling the City’s blue “R” logo on the tower’s 1 million-gallon bowl after the tower received a fresh coat of white paint. The project also included removing and replacing the existing interior coatings and other miscellaneous rehabilitation items such as repairing railings.
There are eight elevated storage tanks in Richardson, with each drained, cleaned and inspected every 3-5 years. The Holly water storage tank was built in 1959.
Pavement Marking on Custer Parkway Next Week
Weather permitting, pavement marking crews will be renewing the buttons on northbound and southbound Custer Parkway north of Campbell Road beginning Monday, April 5, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The first section to be completed will be from Campbell Road to Canyon Creek Drive, with other sections following over the next 3-4 days, up to the Bush Turnpike. The work may cause some traffic disruption; the goal is to keep as much of the road open for as long as possible.
Utility Work to Close Lanes on Spring Valley Near Sherman Street
The right lane of westbound Spring Valley Road 500 feet to the east and west of Sherman Street, and the right lane of eastbound Spring Valley Road between Sherman Street and Lingco Drive, may be closed from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for telecommunications work/underground cable installation. The work is expected to be complete by late May.
Lane on Eastbound Arapaho to Temporarily Close Near Library
The right lane of eastbound Arapaho Road east of Custer Road, between the Library entrance drive and the Civic Center fountain plaza area, may be closed to traffic at all times as a gas main is removed and relocated. The work is expected to be complete in late May.
Day Camp and Swim Class Registration Begins April 5
Registration opens April 5 for Richardson Parks and Recreation’s summer day camps and swim classes. The camps offer a variety of activities for ages 5-15, including indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts, and more. Swim offerings include Parent and Child Aquatics, numerous age-grouped swim skills classes and neighborhood swim teams.
For a complete listing and more information, find the Swimming and Camps Guide online at www.cor.net/recguide and check the April issue of Richardson Today for a printed copy.
“The IQ® Brew” April 8
Monica Scott, cofounder and president of Logotology, a decorated apparel and promotional marketing business in the IQ®, will be the featured speaker at the next IQ® Brew, Thursday, April 8 from 9-10 a.m. online. Scott has run the successful business for 15 years, after decades in the telecommunications and management consulting industry.
There is no cost to attend; attendees are encouraged to grab a coffee from a favorite local coffee shop and join the informal conversation by signing up in advance here.
The IQ® Brew is a free networking and educational series hosted by City Development staff that features short presentations from entrepreneurs, small businesses, innovation ecosystem builders and subject-matter experts. For more dates and speakers in the series, click here.
Senior Center Offers Sneak Peek Into New Facility
Renovations to the Senior Center are slated to be complete this month, with the Center opening at 50 percent capacity on June 1. To give people a look at the new facility, the Senior Center will be offering sneak peeks from May 25-27. To sign up for one of the timeslots, please visit www.cor.net/SeniorCenter.
Virtual “Camp Write-In” April 10
Kids and teens ages 10-17 are invited to a virtual “writer’s workshop” Saturday, April 10 with Camp Write-In, a fun and informative way to work on a writing project of your choice: short story, poetry or novel. Library staff will help participants share stories, get word prompts and play writing games beginning at 1 p.m. on Webex.
Registration is required; call 972-744-4358 to register or stop by the Youth Services Help Desk.
After registration, you’ll receive an e-mail with a link to join the meeting.
Registration Opens Saturday for April 17 Kahoot! Teen Trivia
Teens ages 13-18 are invited to test their knowledge in a variety of topics and compete against fellow teens in an online Kahoot! trivia challenge Saturday, April 17 at 3 p.m. on Webex.
Required registration starts Saturday, April 3; call 972-744-4358 or stop by the Youth Services Help Desk to sign up. After registering, you’ll receive a link in your e-mail to join the fun.
Still Time to Paint Rocks for “Wildflower! Rocks” Community Rock Garden (Watch Video)
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival staff have invited the public to “rock out” and help create the City’s first WF! Rocks Community Rock Garden, which will be on display outside City Hall throughout May.
To participate, paint your favorite flower, greenery and/or bug on a river rock (using non-toxic paint) and turn it in at a designated drop-off location (see below) during regular business hours on or before April 23. “Blank” rocks are available at the drop-off locations if you need one to paint. (Please do not pick up a rock from one of our streams or parks as it may be home to one of the many creatures that live in our area.) Rocks may be up to 5 in. x 5 in. in size. For more information, click here.
Drop-off Locations (note that City Hall is not on this list):
Heights Recreation Center
711 W. Arapaho Rd.
Huffhines Recreation Center
200 N. Plano Rd.
Richardson Gymnastics Center
300 E. Arapaho Rd.
2100 E. Campbell Rd. Suite 100
- “Late Night Catechism 3” April 10
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $38-$46.
Rescheduled from an earlier 2021 performance date, “‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3” is the latest “class” to be unveiled in the “Late Nite Catechism” comedy series. After teaching countless students about the saints, venial sins, limbo and more, Sister is now offering up hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and the Last Rites, including her own wacky version of the Newlywed Game. “Classroom participation” is a must, so bring along your sweetie and a sense of humor for a session with the country’s feistiest couples’ counselor!
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office (credit card only), 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com. Click here for more information about the Eisemann Center’s COVID-19 safety procedures.
Outdoor Music Concerts Begin Tonight at CityLine Plaza
Live music returns to the outdoor plaza at CityLine tonight (April 2) and continues each Friday and Saturday in April and May, from 6-9 p.m. Tables and chairs are provided on the one-acre plaza, located at 1150 State St., and several restaurant patios line the perimeter. Picnic blankets and personal chairs may be brought to the plaza as well.
There is no charge to attend. For a complete schedule of performers, visit the CityLine website. Note: Extra cleaning measures are in place and hand sanitizer is located around the plaza. Guests are asked to practice social distancing. In the event of inclement weather, the live music will be canceled.
Spring Creek Nature Area Benefits from Fujitsu Volunteers (Watch Video)
Employees of the local offices of Fujitsu joined together with a City Parks and Recreation crew today in clearing invasive ligustrum trees from the southeast section of the Spring Creek Nature Area. The work helps in the re-establishment of native prairie grasses and other native plants. While City staff operated heavy equipment, the Fujitsu volunteers helped by hand-cutting the trees and dragging branches.
This is the third year for Fujitsu employees to clear invasive trees in the Spring Creek Nature Area and part of the City’s Community & Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program, one of numerous volunteer opportunities offered by the City for individuals and businesses.
Website: Community & Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program
Richardson Trail Etiquette Guide Available Online
If you’re one of Richardson’s many trail users, you may have wondered about how to best “share the road.” Parks and Recreation staff have clarified proper trail use in a new Trail Etiquette Guide, now available online. Here are some of the rules included in the Guide, which if followed, can increase the safety and pleasure of all trail users (click here):
- Trail users should use the right side of the trail.
- If you stop along the trail to chat or enjoy the view, move to the side and off the trail surface.
- Bicycle riders should pass walkers, joggers and slower riders on the left. Passing bicycle riders should announce their intent to pass with, “Passing on your left!” or similar phrase.
- Dog owners should maintain a short leash length on trails and keep the dog to the right to avoid the dog crossing into the path of others.
Lifeguard ($9.50-$12.72 hourly)
This position is for Summer 2021. Must be at least 15 years of age with current certification in Lifeguard Training (YMCA or American Red Cross, CPRPR and First Aid.)
Day Camp Counselor ($8-$10 hourly)
Must have reliable transportation. CPR and First Aid certification required, or must obtain during job orientation. Must be at least 16 years of age. Experience working with children is required. Knowledge or skills in sports, games, arts and crafts, music and/or other recreational activities preferred.
Gymnastics Instructor-part time ($7.50-$26.50 hourly)
Must have the ability to teach and communicate effectively. Must present evidence of experience and background/references in gymnastics, cheerleading and/or child care. Must be able to demonstrate required ability.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Dora. She came into the shelter last month as an owner surrender because her owner was having a baby and could not keep up with Dora’s energetic personality and a new baby. She’s a spayed female around 18 months old that is fully vaccinated and microchipped. She jumps up on anybody with a goofy smile on her face so she needs some work on manners. She has been around other dogs while on playdates and adventures at the dog park. She is completely potty-trained and knows commands like sit, stay and shake. This lovable goofball is searching for a home and her forever family! If you are interested in adopting, schedule an appointment by clicking here.
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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