Aug. 21, 2020
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Tax Rate Hearing Held; Budget Hearing and Approval Scheduled for Aug. 24
A public hearing on the proposed tax rate for the 2020-21 fiscal year was held at Monday’s City Council meeting, and a hearing on the proposed 2020-21 budget is scheduled for the Aug. 24 City Council meeting. After the Aug. 24 hearing concludes, votes will be taken to adopt the budget and tax rate. Anyone wishing to make comments regarding the budget may attend the meeting in person or may submit comments electronically by clicking here.
The budget hearing may also be viewed live on the City website at www.cor.net/CITV and on the City’s cable TV station on Spectrum, channel 16, and AT&T U-Verse, channel 99. On-demand replay will be available at www.cor.net/CITV.
City Crews Clear Storm Debris
Crews with Richardson’s Parks and Recreation and Public Services Departments were called to action this week for debris removal on area roads and in the park system clearing downed trees and assessing damage from the Sunday, Aug. 16 storms. Workers first cleared trees and limbs that had the potential to be hazards and picked up smaller limbs and trees later in the week.
Solid waste workers expect that area residents will spend part of this weekend clearing their own properties of debris from the storm. If your property has downed limbs or trees, you can schedule a Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) pickup by calling 972-744-4111 or filling out an online form at www.cor.net/babic. Curbside pickup is available on your designated recycling day (as long as the request is made by 11:59 p.m. the night before). If you come across a downed tree in a park, please stay away and report it using the MyRichardson App or call 972-744-4300.
Pavement Marking Work Done This Week
City contractors re-marked two intersections along Campbell Road this week, at Glenville Drive and at Plano Road. Crosswalks, lane assignment arrows and stop bars received a fresh coat of paint, part of the Transportation and Mobility Department’s ongoing pavement marking project. Contractors also replaced lane marking buttons along Coit Road from Campbell Road south to Spring Valley Road.
Richardson intersections and roads receive a refresh as needed after being identified by staff and/or citizens. To report a road or intersection in need of an update, use the MyRichardson App or call 972-744-4330.
Senior Center Renovations Underway
Senior Center renovations entered a new phase this month with interior demolition now underway. The signs that construction has started a new level of intensity are now apparent outside with construction fences up and hard hat area signs also in place. The facility is being completely remodeled inside with enhanced areas for activities and some exterior improvements are being made to provide easier accessibility to the building.
Funded primarily by the 2015 Bond Program, the Senior Center renovation project is expected to be complete in spring 2021.
Nominations Open for Community Revitalization Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2020 Community Revitalization Awards. The Richardson City Council created the awards in 1994 to recognize people who have enhanced the community by making significant improvements to their properties. Residential and non-residential properties are eligible for consideration, with more than 280 properties recognized since the program’s inception.
Deadline for nominations is midnight Sept. 30. More information and a nomination form is available online at www.cor.net/cra. For additional information, contact the program administrator, Keith Krum, Senior Planner, at 972-744-4240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Reading Participants Donate 600+ Books to Network
Network of Community Ministries received a large donation of books Wednesday thanks to the Friends of the Richardson Public Library (FOL) and numerous hours of reading logged by children and teens who participated in the Library’s Summer Reading Club (SRC). Each SRC member who reached a reading milestone was allowed to add a coin to the “Community Chest” located in the Children’s Department, with each coin representing a children’s book to be donated to Network. (FOL made a generous donation that enabled the purchase of the books.) More than 600 coins were collected, so more than 600 books were donated to Network.
The books will be incorporated with Network’s Mobile Food Pantry.
Learn more about the donation and Network’s Mobile Food Pantry in a new video produced by RichardsonToday.com staff.
Lane Closure Expected on US 75 Frontage Road North of Campbell Road
The right lane of the southbound US 75 frontage road between Fall Creek Drive and Campbell Road may be closed to traffic at all times as part of Phase 1 of the Campbell Auxiliary Lane Project. The lane is expected to open back up by late October.
Utility Work May Affect Belt Line Road Near Yale Boulevard, Plano Road
The right lane of westbound Belt Line Road just west of Yale Boulevard as well as between Plano Road and Glenville Drive may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for utility pole replacement. The work is expected to be completed by mid-October.
Richardson’s “Clear the Shelter” Adoption Drive is Next Week
The Richardson Animal Shelter is participating in the “Clear the Shelters” event the week of Aug. 24-29. The Shelter will waive adoption fees for all adoptable pets, although a $5 registration fee for Richardson residents will still apply. All regular adoption guidelines apply and new owners will still be required to have the pets spayed/neutered and vaccinated for rabies if it has not been done so already. A valid Texas driver’s license or ID is required and new owners must be 18 or older.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, you must make an appointment to visit animals at the Shelter. Call 972-744-4480 for appointments and more information.
Senior Center Staff host “Drop Everything and Read” Book Club Aug. 25
The novel, “Karolina’s Twins,” by Ronald Balson will be discussed via Zoom Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m., part of the “Drop Everything and Read” Book Club. The club is one of many virtual activities currently being offered by Richardson Senior Center staff. To participate, call 972-744-7800.
Online Catalog Gets New Look
The Library’s online catalog got a new look this week, with a new homepage debuting Monday. The catalog homepage (found here) includes a search bar at the top where you can search for one of more than 268,000 items in the Library’s collection, including books, DVDs and audiobooks. For patrons wanting to get reading ideas and quickly find out what’s popular, the current New York Times hardcover best sellers are featured prominently in the center of the page. There’s even a tab at the top called “Classic Catalog” for those who want to search for titles, subjects and authors “the old way.”
Winning Artwork Chosen for New Children’s Library Card
The children’s art contest held this summer to choose the art that will be featured on the new children’s Library card recently wrapped up, and the winning art (and finalists) were announced on social media.
The winning art, which will be printed on the new card in the fall, depicts classic storybook characters including Little Red Riding Hood, the Gingerbread Man and the Three Little Pigs. Library staff reported that there were so many creative entries that it was very hard to pick a winner.
Check out the winning artwork plus first and second place entries and honorable mentions at the Library’s Facebook page, and meet the winning artist in a video created by RichardsonToday.com staff.
RSO Posts Third Episode of “Portraits in Music” Podcast
The Richardson Symphony Orchestra (RSO) has posted the third installment of its podcast, “Portraits in Music.” In Episode 103, Maestro Clay Couturiaux and Ross Sivertsen host conversations with Gerry Leftwich (former Richardson City Council member), Frank Leftwich (former RSO Board Chair), Bonnie Perry (former RSO Executive Director) and Peggy Tucker (RSO Violist).
Save the Date: RCT Begins “The Porchlight” Outdoor Cabaret Music Series Aug. 29
Repertory Company Theatre (RCT), 770 N. Coit Rd., is presenting “This Little Light of Mine,” an evening of Broadway songs Aug. 29 at 8 p.m., kicking off its new “Porchlight” cabaret music series. The performances take place outdoors on RCT’s “twilight patio,” with café table seating available with a limit of two persons per table.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling the box office. Early purchase is recommended as seating is limited. Limited concessions will be available and CDC protocols will be strictly observed. Masks will be required for patrons to go inside for restrooms.
Request to Stop Unwanted Newspaper Delivery
If too many free newspapers are being thrown on your driveway or lawn, try contacting the publication to let their Customer Service department know about the issue. Since the material is free, there is no “subscription” to stop, but publications can notify the carriers of your concern and in some cases, get the deliveries stopped.
For “Briefing” or “Al Dia,” contact the Dallas Morning News at www.dallasnews.com/help/contact-us/.
Note that newsprint is recyclable in Richardson’s Blue Bag Recycling program; visit www.cor.net/recycling for more information.
Time to Order Next “UPlantIt” Garden
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Water University is continuing to make it easy for gardeners (and non-gardeners) to design and plant a garden with its ongoing UPlantIt boxed garden program. The next type of box offered is the sun-loving Pollinator Garden, available Sept. 26. Each box includes three “plant-by-number” garden design layout options and 32 starter plants that are tagged and numbered to correspond with the designs. The plants, hand-selected by Water University horticulturalists, are water-saving, native and adaptive and attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators and are proven to flourish in North Texas’ soils and unpredictable climate.
The boxed gardens may be ordered online now through Sept. 20 and must be picked up Sept. 26 between 8 a.m.-noon at one of four designated pick-up locations in the DFW area. Cost is $95. To order or for more information, click here.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Come and say hello to Garrett! He is a sweet boy but he likes to hide because he is shy. Garrett arrived at the Animal Shelter June 30 as a stray. During his time here, he has slowly started to come out of his shell, but we know that he will thrive in a home that he can call his own. He is a 3-year-old, neutered male domestic short hair and is fully vaccinated. Garrett would do best in a home that has cozy, quiet places to rest and someone who will take the time to interact with him to help strengthen his bond and develop trust. If you are looking for a peaceful cutie who would enjoy watching your favorite show with you, Garrett is your guy! If you are interested in Garrett, please call the Shelter at 972-744-4480 to schedule an appointment to see him.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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