April 30, 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:
Election Day Tomorrow
The May 2021 Joint Election will be held Saturday, May 1 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Dallas County and Collin County voters may vote at any Vote Center designated by their county, including Richardson City Hall/Civic Center, which is a Vote Center for both counties.
City Receives Record Low Interest Rates on Bond Sale
This week the City Council received and accepted the final pricing for the sale of General Obligation Bonds, Certificates of Obligation, Taxable Certificates of Obligation and Tax Notes, and passed four ordinances allowing the issuance of each. The bonds, C.O.s and notes have record low interest rates (ranging from 1.15 percent-2.03 percent), which is a benefit of the City’s recent “Triple A” reaccreditation from both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s credit rating agencies. Richardson is one of only 10 cities in Texas to achieve both those ratings for 2021.
The total sale will provide close to $53 million in funds for projects approved by voters in the 2015 Bond Program as well as short- and long-term capital expenses, including general infrastructure improvements, information technology, fire and solid waste equipment, water and sewer infrastructure and municipal building improvements.
Richardson “Spring Cleans” in a Big Way during Record-Breaking Trash Bash
Area residents have been cleaning out their closets and garages as well as cleaning up their neighborhoods, as evidenced by the record turnout for last weekend’s Trash Bash event. After being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, this year’s Trash Bash offered drive-thru drop-off opportunities at both City Hall and the Richardson Square Mall parking lot, as well as individual trash pick-up/environmental cleanup opportunities.
Here’s a look at the event by the numbers:
- More than 1900 cars showed up for the electronics/paper shredding event, almost double the average number from past collections.
- About 48,000 pounds of paper were collected for shredding and more than 30,000 pounds of electronics
- 300 boxes containing an estimated 8,000 used books, DVDs, CDs and vinyl records were collected by the Friends of the Library (FOL)
- 382 participants picked up supplies to pick up trash
- Three bins full of clothing and 768 pounds of food and hygiene items were collected for Network of Community Ministries.
Dog Park Closures Planned for Turf Revitalization Project
Canine (and human) visitors to Bush Central Barkway, Richardson’s dog park, can look forward to improved turf at the park thanks to a revitalization project scheduled to take place there over the next two months. The aerating, soil flushing and fertilizing planned will help the grass recover from the normal heavy use coupled with the effects of last winter's weather.
As the project progresses, the park will be closed on various dates for varying lengths of time, from two days to four weeks. Following is the planned schedule of closures: May 4-5, May 11-12 and May 19-June 18.
Closure dates may be affected by weather; stay up-to-date on the Barkway via the dog park recorded information line, 972-744-4301 (option 9).
Essay and Art Contest Winners Recognized at City Council Meeting
The winners of the City’s inaugural MLK, Jr. Essay Contest and “Black History Month: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion" Art Contest were recognized at Monday’s City Council meeting. Both contests were launched in January in partnership with RISD, PISD and UT Dallas, with the essay contest wrapping up in late January and the art contest concluding in March. The contests were open to students who reside in Richardson or attend any school in Richardson.
The Judging Committee, which consisted of representatives from the Richardson Cultural Arts Commission, RISD, PISD and UT Dallas as well as two members appointed by the Mayor, was also recognized.
The seven winners selected each received $100 and their works have been featured in several City media outlets including at www.cor.net/ArtandEssayContest and will be included in the May issue of Richardson Today.
NTPGA Foundation Presents 2021 Sherrill Park Scholarship
The second annual Sherrill Park Golf Course/Two Dads and a Coach scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, was presented earlier this week to Berkner High School senior and women’s golf team member Trinity Malott. The annual scholarship is endowed through the Northern Texas PGA Foundation thanks to the generosity and support of Berkner alums Nathan and Bonnie Shea of Richardson and Kevin and Cristi Ryan, also of Richardson.
The words, “Two Dads and a Coach,” are in honor of Bonnie’s father, Coleman Looper; Kevin’s father, Terry Ryan; and Nathan Shea, who was the Berkner High School golf coach from 1990-1998. Looper and Ryan are longtime golfers at Sherrill Park Golf Course.
Malott will be attending Montana State University this fall where she plans to major in mechanical engineering.
Rock Garden Debuts in May Outside City Hall
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival staff have been putting together the new Wildflower Rocks! Community Rock Garden this week thanks to submissions of painted rocks from the community, and it will be available for viewing at City Hall Fountain Plaza during the month of May. The garden will be free to view; viewers are asked to look but don’t touch. Children may pick up a scavenger hunt list of rocks to try to locate in the garden at the Richardson Public Library or print it from www.wildflowerfestival.com/rocks.
City Hosts Bike Parking Scavenger Hunt Throughout May
May is National Bike Month, promoted annually by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. For 2021, the City of Richardson is marking the month with a Bike Parking Scavenger Hunt, to engage with cyclists, encourage people to get outside in a socially-distanced way and locate where there are secure bike racks throughout the community. In addition to Richardson’s nearly 23 miles of bike lanes, secure bike parking is a vital part of making cycling possible to travel to your favorite restaurant, coffee shop or other destination, and we want to make sure there are also places to park your bike once you get there.
Following the month-long challenge, the City will compile the submissions and release an online map to help Richardson cyclists know where they can conveniently park their bicycles around the city. This information will also help identify areas without inadequate bike parking where future investment could be directed.
To participate, use the online map (compatible with both computers and smart phones), and submit the locations where bike racks and other bike parking exists in Richardson. The more locations you submit, the more likely to win some great prizes from Bike Mart.
For the map, a list of prizes and more information, click here.
Richardson Today in Mailboxes This Weekend
The May issue of Richardson Today should start arriving in mailboxes this weekend. The issue has a special focus on new projects in Richardson, featuring information about the Belt + Main mixed-use development, the new City of Richardson/UT Dallas facility in the IQ® and renovations underway at Network of Community Ministries’ new headquarters. In addition, it includes the winning essays and art from the recent MLK, Jr. and Black History Month essay and art contests.
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.
Utility Work to Close Lanes on Campbell Road
As Phase 3 of the Campbell Auxiliary Lane Project, the left lane of westbound Campbell Road between US 75 and Prairie Creek Drive may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for street light removal and reinstallation. The work is expected to be complete by mid-May.
In addition, the right lanes of both eastbound and westbound Campbell Road between Coit Road and Lennox Square Place, and also the outside left turn lane of southbound Coit Road onto eastbound Campbell Road may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for cable installation. The work is expected to be complete by early August.
CityLine Outdoor Music Series Continues Tonight, Saturday
Free, outdoor live music is being presented every Friday and Saturday through June 4 from 6-9 p.m. at CityLine Plaza, 1150 State St. The Spring 2021 “CityLine Live” lineup includes groups and individual performers in a variety of musical genres including alt-country, classic country, rock, Americana, R&B, pop and soul.
Tables and chairs are provided on the one-acre plaza and several restaurant patios line the perimeter. Picnic blankets and personal chairs may be brought to the plaza as well.
For the full lineup of singer/songwriters, click here. In the event of inclement weather, the live music will be moved inside. Check the CityLine Facebook event page for the latest updates.
Register for May 14 RWC Golf Tourney by May 1
Registration is underway for the Richardson Woman’s Club’s 14th Annual Golf Tournament taking place May 14 at Sherrill Park. Cost per player is $130; registration includes lunch and dinner.
Deadline to register is May 1; registration forms may be found at www.rwctx.org. Proceeds help fund scholarships for RISD seniors.
“Ramadan Around the World” May 2
All ages are invited to register for “Ramadan Around the World,” to be held via Webex Sunday, May 2 from 2-4 p.m. Join Library staff to learn about Ramadan and its practices around the world. Activities include a game and storytime, plus demonstrations of popular Ramadan treats (with recipes), crafts, Arabic calligraphy and henna.
Registration is required; call 972-744-4376 to register or for more information. You will receive a link in your e-mail to join the program.
Virtual Storytimes Offer Great Books and Bonding Time
Introduce your baby to books, rhymes and music or engage preschoolers with storytelling, songs and more with the Library’s virtual storytimes. Hosted live on Webex by Library staff, the storytimes are for Richardson residents only and divided by age groups from 6 months to 6 years.
Baby Booksit Online (ages 6 weeks-12 months) will be held Tuesday, May 4 from 10:30-10:50 a.m.; Baby Steps Online (ages 12-24 months) will be held Wednesday, May 5 from 10:30-10:50 a.m.; Wiggle Worms Online (ages 2-3) will be held Thursday, May 6 from 10:30-10:50 a.m. and Storytime Stars Online (ages 4-6) will be held Thursday, May 6 from 3:30-4 p.m.
Call 972-744-4358 for more information and the link to join.
- Contemporary Ballet Dallas May 1
4:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $17.
Now in its 16th year, Contemporary Ballet Dallas presents its 2021 Youth Company Concert which highlights the school’s youth companies including CBD Youth Ballet, CBD Youth Tap Ensemble and CBD Youth Hip Hop Company.
- Lone Star Wind Orchestra May 9
3 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $10-20.
The Lone Star Wind Orchestra returns to the stage with a Mother’s Day afternoon concert featuring lively dances, stately marches and band classics.
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.
At UT Dallas:
- UTDance Ensemble: Composition Jumpstart 3 Online Beginning May 6
May 6-8 at 8 p.m. on the Arts & Humanities YouTube page, www.youtube.com/user/utdarts.
The performance is the final project of students enrolled in Dance Composition and Production Collaboration. All choreography and technical design were created by the students and set in locations both on and off the UT Dallas campus. For more information, click here.
RCAS Regional Juried Art Exhibition Online May 1
The Richardson Civic Art Society’s (RCAS) Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition and Sale will be displayed online beginning May 1. This is the 55th year for the RCAS to conduct the show, with categories this year including Oil/Acrylic on Canvas or Hard Surface; Water Media on Paper; Collage/Mixed Media; Pastels/Graphics; and Digital/Photographic Art.
There is no charge to view; pricing of individual art varies by artist. View the show here.
Celebrate Arbor Day Year-Round with City’s Tree Planting Program
Since today (April 30) is National Arbor Day, the City is reminding residents that a great way to celebrate is to get involved with the Parks and Recreation Department’s tree planting program, in which participants purchase a tree or trees and have them planted on City-maintained land. Whether you want to honor someone with a dedication tree, or plant multiple trees to achieve shady areas in your neighborhood park, the City can help you achieve your desired result.
Trees may be selected from the City’s approved planting list of North Texas natives, and tree locations are determined by the person/group purchasing the trees along with a City representative.
Statewide Nature Challenge Begins Today
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas Master Naturalists are encouraging all Texans to participate in the worldwide 2021 iNaturalist City Nature Challenge, which began today (April 30) and continues through May 3. See which city can document the most species of plant and animal life in this friendly competition—to participate, sign up at www.iNaturalist.org and download the free iNaturalist app. Observe on your own or with a group; area group events are listed here.
Take a picture of any type of plant or animal, and the iNaturalist community will help with identification. Every observation contributes to biodiversity science, from a rare butterfly to a common backyard weed. Note: Richardson and surrounding cities compete as part of the DFW Metroplex.
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, CPR and First Aid.)
Recreation Support Technician ($8-$13.75 hourly)
This position will assist in supervising Heights Recreation Center instructors, programs and activities. Work days and hours will vary.
Swim Instructor/Coach ($12-$35.70 hourly)
Must hold current certifications in CPR, and First Aid. Must present evidence of experience and background/references. Must be able to demonstrate required ability.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Nacho is a 2-year-old neutered male German Shepherd mix. He came to the Shelter April 6 as an owner surrender because he was too big for their apartment and afraid of their cat. He is a friendly, healthy boy that is waiting for a family. If you are interested in Nacho, please make an appointment here: https://richardsonanimalshelter.setmore.com/
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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