Dec. 18, 2020
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:
City of Richardson Recycling, Solid Waste and Facility Schedule for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays There will be NO recycling, solid waste or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Thursday, Dec. 24, Friday, Dec. 25 or Friday, Jan. 1. There will be NO makeup days for trash collection or BABIC service. The table below shows the makeup days for recycling service.
Recycle Makeup Days
|Thursday, Dec. 24||Wednesday, Dec. 23|
|Friday, Dec. 25||Saturday, Dec. 26|
|Thursday, Dec. 31||Wednesday, Dec. 30|
|Friday, Jan. 1||Thursday, Dec. 31|
For the Christmas holiday Dec. 24-25 and the New Year’s holiday Jan. 1, City facilities and services will operate according to the following holiday schedule.
|City Hall/Civic Center and Municipal Court||Closed Dec. 24-25, Jan. 1|
Closed Dec. 24-27
|Recreation Centers and Tennis Center||Closed Dec. 24-25,
5 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
|Gymnastics Center||Closed Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1|
|5 p.m. Dec. 23, closed Dec. 24-26
5 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
(Contact Richardson’s Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues.
|5 p.m. Dec. 23, closed Dec. 24-25
5 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
|Sherrill Park Golf Course||Closed Dec. 25|
DART Announces Christmas Day Schedule
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) have announced the following changes for Friday, Dec. 25:
- DART buses and light rail will operate on a Sunday schedule
- DART GoLink and the TRE will not operate
- Paratransit Services will operate on a Saturday schedule
- DART administrative offices, Customer Information Center, Customer Care Center and Lost and Found will be closed
- Mobility Management’s Paratransit Call Center will be closed Friday through Sunday
Virtual Christmas Parade Held; Award Winners Announced
The results are in—the City’s first “Santa’s Village on Parade: A Virtual Shoebox Parade” has been a “sparkling” success, with more than 2,700 people watching the parade video so far, at the City’s website, Facebook and the City’s cable channel. In addition, the votes have been tallied for the People’s Choice Award (viewers picked their favorite through online voting) and the winner is Santa Paws, by Olivia Mitchell.
Awards announced during the parade, determined by parade judges, are:
More than 25 floats were entered in the parade and created by individuals, families, businesses and organizations. The parade was sponsored by Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Richardson Woman’s Club, Richardson East Rotary Club, Golden Chick, ER Near Me and Logotology and benefited Network of Community Ministries.
Trees Arrive for Main Street Planting
Twelve trees destined for a new home along Main Street began arriving in Richardson this week, three at a time, from the field in Aledo where they’ve been growing for a little over a year. The bald cypress trees will be planted next week, some at the site of a planned pocket park at the northwest corner of Main Street and Greenville Avenue. Each tree has been growing in a specially designed box; together, the tree/box combos weigh 12,000-15,000 pounds each.
The trees are the first of 105 total trees to be planted as part of the Main Street Redevelopment Project. In addition to bald cypress, the Main Street trees will include live oak, American sycamore, Mexican sycamore and red maple.
City Council Passes Legislative Agenda Resolution
The City Council passed a resolution Monday requesting that members of the upcoming 87th Texas Legislature and the 117th U.S. Congress support the City’s 2021 Legislative Agenda. The comprehensive agenda, which includes six key areas of focus (Fiscal Management, Transportation, Economic Vibrancy, Public Safety, Environment, Education and Workforce, and Regional and Community Collaboration) is guided by a main priority to “preserve the ability for locally elected officials to govern and respond effectively and efficiently to the individual and market-driven needs of its residents, businesses and stakeholders.”
The agenda is similar to one passed in 2018 and is in line with the City Council’s 2019-21 Strategy, “Leverage our regional leadership position to positively impact county, state and federal issues.” It is intended to be a broad policy statement on issues anticipated to be discussed in the 2021 legislative sessions, with additional items reviewed by the City Council as necessary.
For the complete document, visit www.cor.net/legislative.
2021 City Council Meeting Calendar Approved
The City Council approved its 2021 meeting calendar Monday. Each December, the Council is asked to consider and approve a meeting schedule for the upcoming year to help plan for important breaks, holidays, etc., while helping guarantee that attendance at meetings will be adequate to conduct official business and deliberations.
City Council meetings are scheduled on Mondays, with work sessions at 6 p.m. Action meetings follow, typically on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, at 7 p.m. Meetings are not generally scheduled on:
- The fifth Monday of a month
- Recognized City holidays
- The Monday of a holiday week
- The Monday of RISD/PISD spring breaks
The 2021 calendar features 41 meetings including the two-day Budget Workshop scheduled for July 26-27. Note that a meeting may be called at any time if needed in accordance with the Charter and Open Meetings Act.
To view the 2021 City Council calendar, click here.
No City Council Meeting Dec. 21, 28
Due to the upcoming holidays, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Dec. 21 and Dec. 28. The Council will next meet for a work session beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 4, 2021.
Altrusa Presents Symbolic Check to City Council
Pictured from left: Mayor Paul Voelker, Altrusa members Bobbi Klein and Lynn Solomon
Members of Altrusa International of Richardson presented a ceremonial check to the City Council Monday for $218,427.72, representing the value of more than 7,000 volunteer hours contributed by club members to the city from June 2019-May 2020. Since 1966, the service organization has provided support to City departments and local agencies including the Richardson Public Library, Animal Shelter, RISD and Network of Community Ministries.
The check presentation is usually made in the fall during Altrusa’s annual “Outstanding Women of Today … Builders of Tomorrow” luncheon, but due to the pandemic, the luncheon was not held this year.
Public Input Being Sought for Richardson Core District and IQ
The Development Services Department is seeking input to help shape proposed branding improvements in the Richardson Innovation Quarter (The IQ®) and the Richardson Core District, through two fun, interactive surveys. With the assistance of Richardson residents, businesses and visitors, the branding that is created for these two districts will provide a sense of place that is unique and representative of Richardson.
Click here for the survey regarding branding for the Richardson Core District (Main Street, Lockwood, Interurban, Richardson Heights, China Town, Spring Valley), and here for the survey regarding branding for the Richardson Innovation Quarter.
The surveys will be available until Jan. 11, 2021.
Fire Department Delivers Toys, Food
Richardson firefighters made a special delivery this week to Network of Community Ministries: several truckloads of toys and food collected as part of the Fire Department’s annual toy and food drive. Collection boxes were set up at all Richardson fire stations, the City Service Center, the Library and City Hall.
The toys benefited Network’s Toyland Express program which helps low-income families provide toys for their children during the holiday season. This year, approved families are able to see the toys online and make their selections prior to coming to the toy warehouse for pick-up.
The food items became part of Network’s food pantry, which has been assisting the community more than ever before due to the pandemic.
Police Headquarters Wins Silver in Nationwide Design Awards
The Richardson Police Department’s new administration building has placed second nationwide in the inaugural Law Enforcement Design Awards program sponsored by LET magazine and Officer.com. The 80,000-square-foot facility placed second in the category for Law Enforcement Facilities Over 50,000 Square Feet. Designed by Dallas-based BRW Architects, it received recognition for its “open and inviting” design, for having a “distinctly local feel” for the use of native stone, and for reinforcing the Department’s commitment to transparency and interaction with the public with the building’s abundance of windows.
The facility was constructed as part of the 2015 Bond program and officially opened in January 2020, part of the 11-acre public safety campus that sits at the northeast corner of Greenville Avenue and Main Street.
DART Celebrates Silver Line Construction with First Concrete Pour Ceremony
Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Archer Western Herzog commemorated construction of the future Silver Line Regional Rail project with a First Concrete Pour Ceremony Wednesday. The event took place near the intersection of Preston Road and Keller Springs Road, a mile northeast of the future Knoll Trail Station in Dallas.
The 26-mile, east-west Silver Line Regional Rail Project stretches from Plano to DFW Airport, traversing several cities including Richardson, Addison, Carrollton, Dallas, Coppell and Grapevine, and will include 10 new stations, with two in Richardson. When completed, the $1.2 billion Silver Line will also connect with downtown Dallas, downtown Fort Worth and various Denton County locations via connecting rail lines. The project is expected to be complete by early 2023.
Section of Floyd Road Near North Junior High May Close Temporarily for Pavement Repair
Southbound Floyd Road between Campbell Road and Cambridge Drive may be closed to traffic at all times while pavement is being replaced, with traffic detoured around the work via West Shore Drive, Brentwood Lane, Wisteria Way and Cambridge Drive. The work is part of the City’s annual Street Repair Project and is expected to be complete by the end of December.
New Year’s Eve Boxes Offered for Stay-at-Home Fun
Ring in 2021 at home with a Family New Year’s Eve Box being offered by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. Each box, priced at $20, includes party-at-home supplies, activities and treats for up to four people.
Boxes will be available for pick-up at Heights Recreation Center beginning Sunday, Dec. 27. Order online at www.cor.net/parksonline (activity #23129); limited supply available.
Save the Date: Annual City Photo Contest Begins Jan. 9
Entry forms are now available for the City’s 2021 Photo Contest, which begins accepting entries Jan.9 and continues through Jan. 23. Download an entry form and find full contest rules at www.cor.net/photocontest, or pick up a form in person at Huffhines Recreation Center.
Entry fees per photo are $5 for students and $10 for adult amateur and proficient photographers.
Make Your Own “Snow”
It’s snowing at the Richardson Public Library—well, at least on their Facebook page, where a video has been posted showing Library staff creating “snow” out of household items. Different types of snowballs are made using just two ingredients each—so gather up some baking soda, corn starch, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner and white lotion, and click here to craft along and see which combos make the best snow!
The video also features children’s book suggestions with a snow theme as well as fun snow facts.
“ELF” Service Available Year-Round
There’s a helpful “Elf” at the Library, and not just during the holiday season—the Library’s free ELF service helps you manage book loans and holds, and avoid overdue fines, through texts alerts and e-mails that are sent before items are due. The service is especially helpful for:
- Anyone who wants to reduce overdues
- Families with children and lots of Library books
- Individuals with several library cards from various libraries
- Anyone who requests a lot of holds
For more information and to sign up, visit www.libraryelf.com (make sure to have your Richardson Library card number and PIN number if signing up).
- Hip-Hop Nutcracker Livestream Tonight
7 p.m. Dec. 18 online; a VIP package is available featuring 48-hour video-on-demand. Tickets are $20 general admission and $50 VIP; click here to order. Performed at the Eisemann Center to a full house in 2016, this dance spectacle has now been recorded live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and set to Tchaikovsky’s music. It features a cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set. Digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City.
- “The Nutcracker Suite” Dec. 19-20
Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $27-$87.
Collin County Ballet Theatre presents this live performance of the timeless holiday classic.
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.
Lone Star Wind Orchestra Members Fill City Hall with Music
A flute and clarinet duo from the Lone Star Wind Orchestra (LSWO) brightened the day for employees and visitors to the City Hall/Civic Center complex Monday, performing holiday music by the facility’s large indoor poinsettia tree at the end of the work day. LSWO provided the music as a way to show appreciation to the City for its continued support.
The Orchestra was founded in 2006 and is funded in part by a grant from the Richardson Cultural Arts Commission. The group performs classical transcriptions, chamber music and contemporary wind band literature, and has a youth component called the Lone Star Youth Winds.
“2020 Christmas with the Virtual Contemporary Chorale” Now Online
Fans of the Contemporary Chorale who are missing the group’s performances, especially its annual Christmas show, can now listen and watch the 2020 Chorale through a recent virtual performance posted online. “Christmas with the Virtual Contemporary Chorale” features some of the group’s favorite holiday arrangements sung by more than 25 voices, brought together virtually by conductor/artistic director Melanie Moore and accompanied by Crysta Jones on piano. The “musical Christmas card” is available for viewing 24/7 at the group’s website.
The Contemporary Chorale is funded in part by a grant from the Cultural Arts Commission.
Last Weekend for “It’s a Wonderful Life” at RCT
There’s still time to celebrate the holiday season with Repertory Company Theatre (RCT), as an ensemble of eight actors (and an angel named Clarence) present, “It’s a Wonderful Life” through Sunday, Dec. 20. The beloved American classic will be performed live on RCT’s holiday stage set in a new, innovative way.
Remaining show days and times are tonight at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults and $17 for youth (ages 8-18). Complete CDC protocols are in place with social distancing on stage and in the theatre and masks required. RCT is located at 770 N. Coit Rd.
Holiday Box Recycling Fights Crime, Helps Environment
While large items such as computers and flat screen TVs are often popular holiday gifts, setting out their boxes for trash or recycling pick-up can communicate to would-be thieves about what’s inside your home. To help prevent this (and encourage recycling at the same time), the Richardson Police Department and Public Services Department team up each year to offer Holiday Box Recycling.
Temporary drop-off box recycling will be available Dec. 21-Jan. 4 at the following locations:
- Custer Park
700 W. Renner Rd. (near the tennis courts)
- Recycle Center
102 N. Cottonwood Dr.
- 1500 Apollo Rd. (near the Huffhines Tennis Center courts)
- Breckinridge Park
5200 Park Vista Rd. (near the baseball complex)
Note: The temporary locations are for flattened cardboard items ONLY.
Tree Cycling Begins Dec. 22
Turn your Christmas tree into mulch and compost through the City’s Tree Cycling program. Trees may be dropped off Dec. 22-Feb. 1 at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr., or set out at the curb and picked up as part of the City’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC).
Tree cycling guidelines:
- Trees must be natural (not artificial) and unflocked.
- All ornaments, tinsel, tree stands, nails, lights, etc., must be removed.
- Calls for BABIC must be received before the designated collection day (your BABIC day is the same as your recycling day).
The mulch and compost are created thanks to a regional partnership between Richardson, Plano, Allen, McKinney, Frisco and Texas Pure; it is used in landscaping by the cities and offered to the public for purchase. Residents of the five member cities receive a discount.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Petite Cosette is a soft-hearted 2-year-old pittie mix. Her life before coming to us as a stray wasn’t kind, but that hasn’t stopped her from being forgiving with endless love for everyone and anyone. She is spayed, fully vaccinated and is just looking for someone to give her a chance at a great home and friend to cuddle with! Come see her and fall in love with this beautiful soul!
The Richardson Police Department has joined the Richardson Animal Shelter in promoting our wonderful pets and supporting our efforts to find each pet their forever home! Officer C. Moore has joined our efforts to spread awareness about our pets! Please support the Richardson Police Department by checking out their Instagram (www.instagram.com/richardsontx_pd/) and leaving a kind and supportive comment.
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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