August 13, 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:
Proposed Budget Presented to City Council
The City Council reviewed the budget proposal for the next fiscal year at the regularly scheduled work session meeting held Monday. The proposed budget for 2021-2022 totals $332,365,158, an increase of 6.1 percent over this year’s Revised Budget. The increase is due in large part to $18 million provided to the City by the federal American Rescue Plan.
The Council will vote on the budget Aug. 23. Two public hearings will be available for community input—the hearings will be held in City Council Chambers beginning at 6 p.m. on the following dates:
- Tax rate hearing Aug. 16
- Budget hearing Aug. 23
If adopted, the new budget would take effect beginning Oct. 1, 2021.
City to Host 3-Day Autism Awareness Event in September
The Eisemann Center will be the site of “Inclusion is Magical” Sept. 9-11, an event that will bring awareness to the opportunities and capabilities of those on the autism spectrum. Scheduled activities include an art exhibit, a sensory inclusive magic show and a day-long “hack-a-thon” that will bring together working professionals including therapists, technology company leaders, human resources professionals, people with autism and their families. A trained team will lead participants through a brainstorming process where they will discuss problems facing the autistic community and come up with initiatives to better serve this population. If you are in the human resources, technology or therapy industries, we need your help to participate in the hack-a-thon.
The event is co-sponsored by Methodist Richardson Medical Center, the Richardson IQ®, RISD, UT Dallas and other community organizations. For information about the hack-a-thon or to register to participate, click here. For information about the art exhibit and magic show, visit www.eisemanncenter.com.
Sponsorships are available. Please contact Roni Carrasco at email@example.com or 972-744-4613, or Sarah Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-744-4612 if your company is interested in sponsoring this one-of-a-kind event.
Library Open for Service After A/C Repaired
The Richardson Public Library closed for two days unexpectedly this week (Monday and Tuesday) due to malfunctions with the air conditioning system. The cause of the failure was tracked down to failed bearings in the system’s cooling towers. One of the facility’s two chiller towers is repaired, allowing for the Library to open, but the second tower is not expected to be repaired until sometime next week.
The Library reopened Wednesday. Due to the closures, due dates and hold expiration dates were extended.
Canyon Creek and Terrace Pools Close Aug. 15
Two more neighborhood pools will end their summer season this weekend, as the Canyon Creek and Terrace pools close Sunday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m.
Swimming will still be available at the Heights Family Aquatic Center (709 W. Arapaho Rd.) on the following days and times:
Heights Family Aquatic Center
- Today - Aug. 15
- Noon - 8 p.m.
- Aug. 16 – Sept. 5
- Noon - 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
- Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6:
- Noon - 8 p.m.
Community Revitalization Award Nominations Now Open
Nominations are now open for the 2021 Community Revitalization Awards recognizing property owners who have enhanced the community by making significant improvements to their properties.
Revitalization projects eligible for nomination include:
- Dramatic improvements to properties or structures that halt or reverse decline;
- An exemplary level of ongoing maintenance and/or refurbishment that prevents decline before it begins;
- Total redevelopment of a property or structure—i.e. “tear-down/rebuild;” and
- Infill development—exemplary new development on a vacant parcel in an older neighborhood or district.
Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 8.
The Richardson City Council created the awards in 1994 to recognize property owners who have enhanced the community by making significant improvements to their properties. Nearly 300 properties have been recognized since the program’s inception.
Summer Interns Participate in Community Service
High school students taking part in the 2021 Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program (RMSIP) helped at an RISD back-to-school event last Saturday that benefited families in need. The “Backpack Bash” featured free backpacks and school supplies for families and other back-to-school essentials. Interns helped distribute 1,800 snack bags that included food collected through their recent Healthy Kids Snack Drive.
The interns also got to spend time at Network of Community Ministries the week prior to the event, filling the bags and learning about Network services.
This is the fourth year for the RMSIP program, which provides eight weeks of paid employment at area businesses, nonprofits and government agencies for incoming high school seniors.
PISD Classes in Session; RISD Begins Aug. 17
It’s back-to-school time in Richardson, as Plano ISD began classes Aug. 11 and Richardson ISD begins classes Tuesday, Aug. 17. Both districts announced this week that they will offer temporary, online options for students in kindergarten through sixth grade (PISD is also including Pre-K), due to the increase in COVID-19 cases related to the Delta variant.
UT Dallas Move-in Begins Aug. 17
Next week, UT Dallas’ University Housing welcomes 2,200 first-year students and approximately 2,000 returning students to on-campus living for the fall semester. UT Dallas residence halls and apartments open back up after summer break on a staggered schedule Aug. 17-21.
Fall semester classes begin Aug. 23 (average total enrollment at UT Dallas has been more than 28,000 students for the past five years).
National Weather Service Expands Storm Descriptions, Wireless Emergency Alerts
The National Weather Service has updated its notification services to send more alerts to smart phones.
The change includes messaging for the following categories:
- Destructive Damage Threat-- at least 2.75-inch diameter (baseball-sized) hail and/or 80 mph thunderstorm winds. Conveys that a life-threatening event is occurring with the potential for substantial damage to property, and urgent action is needed
- Considerable Damage Threat—at least 1.75-inch diameter (golf ball-sized) hail and/or 70 mph winds
- Base or Baseline—one-inch (quarter-sized) hail and/or 58 mph winds. (If no category is mentioned in storm announcements, the storm is considered to be Base.)
Storms labeled Destructive now automatically activate a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on smartphones within the warned area (similar to tornado and flash flood warnings).
The NWS reports the new system will better convey the severity and potential impacts from thunderstorm winds and hail.
Silver Line Bridge Construction Project Clears Land, Causes Temporary Lane Closure Near Renner/US 75
The right lane of the northbound US 75 frontage road between Renner Road and the Bush Turnpike may be closed as needed from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for curb cutting/access road installation as part of the construction process for the new DART Silver Line bridge that will span US 75. The curb work is expected to be complete by Aug. 19, weather permitting. On the opposite side of US 75, southbound drivers (and visitors to Bush Central Barkway) may notice land clearing taking place between the Barkway and Renner Road, also part of the Silver Line project.
Lane Closed Near Arapaho/Floyd Roads for Fire Hydrant Replacement
The right lane of westbound Arapaho Road between Rockingham Drive and Floyd Road may be closed to traffic at all times due to fire hydrant replacement. The work is expected to be complete by mid-August.
Boho Night Market at CityLine Tonight
CityLine continues its outdoor night market series tonight (Aug. 13) from 6-10 p.m. The Boho Market will feature live music and more than 30 local artists and vendors set up on CityLine Plaza, 1150 State St. There is no charge to attend. Free parking is available along State Street and on the ground level of nearby CityLine garages.
Check the CityLine Facebook page for weather updates.
National Senior Citizen Day Pizza Party Aug. 20
Stop by the Senior Center Friday, Aug. 20 at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate seniors on National Senior Citizen Day—pizza and soft drinks will be served for only $1 per person. You do not need to be a Senior Center member to attend (this is a great way to check out the newly renovated building if you haven’t been inside yet).
Intermediate Level 3D Printing with Tinkercad Aug. 17
Boost your 3D printing skills with a free, intermediate level Tinkercad class, Tuesday, Aug. 17 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Basement Training Room.
In this hands-on class, participants will learn:
- how to create unique reusable shapes
- time-saving shortcuts
- how to export/import resources
For ages 16 and older; registration and valid Richardson Public Library card required. Bring Tinkercad login information and a laptop, or use one of the laptops provided.
Teen Program: “Codenames” Aug. 21
Teens ages 13-18 are invited to compete to see who makes contact with all their secret agents first at the Library’s Codenames event, Saturday, Aug. 21 from 3-4 pm. in the Basement Program Room. Participants will have fun while working on a team, problem solving and avoiding the “assassin!” Admission is free and registration is not required.
Come early and attend the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting from 2-3 p.m. Receive volunteer hours and provide input on teen books and services and help plan teen programs. Sign up for the TAB: 972-744-4358.
For more information, go to www.cor.net/library.
Richardson Community Chorale Opens 2021-22 Season Aug. 16
The Richardson Community Chorale will open its 2021-22 season Monday, Aug.16 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Richardson, 503 N. Central Expwy. in the Orr Music Suite. The public is invited to join their voices with the Chorale’s as they “Sing For Joy!” Admission is free.
The RCC is a non-auditioned choral ensemble that is funded in part by the Richardson Cultural Arts Commission. It strives to present free, quality choral performances for Richardson and the surrounding communities and to “make Richardson a singing city.”
“Wizard of Oz” at RCT Begins Aug. 20
Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N Coit Rd., is presenting the musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” Aug. 20-29. Based on the novel by L. Frank Baum and featuring the beloved music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, it can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
Show days and times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults and $17 for youth.
Find Shady Parks, Trails with City’s Interactive “Parks Story Map”
As the heat increases this month, those who like to get outside may be looking for shadier spots in which to picnic, observe nature, exercise or just relax. A good place to take an “armchair visit” to find such places is the City of Richardson’s online, interactive Parks Story Map, in which information about the City’s 45 parks can quickly be found, along with color photos of each. Click through to discover, at a glance, those with tree-lined trails, covered bridges and more, such as Prairie Creek Park, Woods Park and the Galatyn Woodland Preserve.
The interactive map includes the location of each park, size and amenities.
Website: View Interactive Map
“Healthy Lawns/Healthy Waters” Class Aug. 18 Includes Free Soil Test
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program will host a residential rainwater harvesting and turf management class Wednesday, Aug. 18 for residents of Dallas, Ellis, Johnson and Tarrant counties. The free event will be offered both in-person and via Zoom online from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (The in-person training will be held at the Ruth Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Pkwy. in Grand Prairie.)
A free lawn soil test for participants will be provided at the AgriLife Extension Service office in Dallas (17360 Coit Rd., just north of Campbell Road) as well as at the Ellis, Johnson and Tarrant County Extension offices. In-person participants may also bring a soil sample to the program.
Maintenance Helper II ($2,316-$3,196 Salary)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings in Streets, Water and Wastewater for individuals who love working outdoors doing repair and construction to streets and water distribution and wastewater collection systems.
Compensation Analyst ($4,765-$6,423 Salary) / Senior Compensation Analyst ($4,880–$7,260 Salary)
The Human Resources Department is looking for an individual with recent compensation/classification experience or general, professional-level HR experience. Bachelor’s degree in HR or related field is required but experience may substitute for degree. Depending on qualifications, individual may qualify for the senior position.
Finance System Analyst ($5106.00 - $7584.00 Salary)
The Finance department is looking for an individual with two years of local government finance experience. Bachelor’s degree in public administration, finance, business management or related field is required.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Come and give Tucker a chance at having a home of his own. This cutie has been with us since April, longer than any other dog. This 8-year-old neutered boxer Lab mix did wonderfully during a meet and greet with an elderly boxer at our shelter. He is a playful, goofball that is very affectionate and sweet and all signs point to him thriving in a pack.
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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