Jan. 22, 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:
Texas Department of State Health Services Provides Vaccine Timeline
The Texas Department of State Health Services advises that COVID-19 vaccinations will not be readily available for most Texans until late spring or early summer 2021. Texas continues to receive doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, and is distributing statewide to hospitals, pharmacies, local health departments, freestanding ERs and other clinics.
Right now, front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities (called Phase 1A) plus people over 65 or with a chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID‑19 (called Phase 1B) are eligible to receive the COVID‑19 vaccine.
Phase 1B recipients include:
- People 65 years of age and older
- People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
- Solid organ transplantation
- Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
If you are in Phase 1A or 1B, you have two options to get the vaccine: you can get vaccinated at a large vaccine hub or a local vaccine provider. Visit the City’s website at www.cor.net/coronavirus for vaccine registration links or more information.
Collin County Launches Vaccine Waitlist Confirmation
This week Collin County launched a waitlist lookup for people to confirm their registration on that county’s COVID-19 vaccine waitlist. All appointments for vaccines are made from the unified Collin County vaccine waitlist hosted by Collin County and its partner agencies. The waitlist is open to all Texans who are eligible according to the DSHS Phase 1A and Phase 1B definitions.
Collin County has developed a cooperative vaccine partnership with 29 other local jurisdictions, including Richardson, to provide vaccinations as efficiently as possible to all residents of Collin County and Texas.
Dallas County Reopens its DCHHS Emergency Housing Assistance Program
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has reopened its Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) to provide short-term, rental, mortgage and utility assistance to Dallas County residents living outside the City of Dallas facing economic hardship in the wake of COVID-19. Assistance for EHAP 2021 is eligibility based and will be processed through a lottery system.
The pre-screening application form is available in both English and Spanish. Individuals who do not have access to the internet or are unable to access the pre-screening application online may call 214-819-1968. Pre-screening applications are accepted by phone Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Please note that submission of a pre-screening application does not guarantee eligibility or an offer of assistance. Only completed applications meeting eligibility requirements, and supported by required documentation, will be considered for assistance, based on the availability of funds. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply.
State of the City Address Premieres Jan. 27
The Richardson City Council invites the public to view the 2021 State of the City Address beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27. This year’s Address is only available on video for viewing at www.cor.net/sotc, as the city continues to take precautions due to the ongoing pandemic
The Address will feature the City’s many significant accomplishments of 2020, as well as the City Council’s future vision and priorities for moving the community forward in 2021. Mayor Paul Voelker and members of the City Council will deliver the presentation through video segments produced in-house by Richardson Communications Department staff.
After the initial stream, the presentation will be available for watching on-demand.
Network in Need of Coats
Network of Community Ministries, 741 S. Sherman St., is in need of donations of new or gently used coats in children and youth sizes. The nonprofit organization has recently received several calls from school counselors and teachers trying to find coats for their students as temperatures have turned colder—some of the students don’t own a coat, and others wear coats that are too small.
Donations may be dropped off at Network’s main entrances Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Property Taxes Due Jan. 31
Property taxes owed to the City of Richardson are due Jan. 31, 2021 and should be paid to either the Collin County or Dallas County Tax Office, depending on where the taxed property is located. The City of Richardson contracts with Collin and Dallas counties for the collection of property taxes.
Collin County residents
- City, school and Collin County tax payments
Collin County Tax Office
900 E. Park Blvd., Ste. 100
Plano, TX 75074
Dallas County residents
- City and Dallas County tax payments
North Dallas Government Center
6820 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75240
- Richardson Independent School District tax payments
RISD Tax Office
420 S. Greenville Ave., Richardson, TX 75081
Lane Closures Planned for Greenville Avenue
The right lanes of southbound Greenville Avenue just south of N. Texas Street may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for cable installation. The work is expected to be finished by mid-April.
Nighttime Lane Closures Expected South of Jupiter/Belt Line Intersection
City of Garland sewer rehabilitation work taking place near the intersection of Jupiter and Belt Line roads is expected to close the right and center lanes of northbound Jupiter Road (between Ridge Oak Drive and Belt Line Road) in two stages from 7 p.m.-5:30 a.m. each day. Message boards will be placed on the road to notify drivers. The work is expected to be complete in late January.
MLK, Jr. Essay Contest Closes Jan. 29; Art Contest Continues
Students in grades 4-12 are encouraged to participate in the City’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest, which ends Friday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. The contest asks students to write about how they can use the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to contribute to our diverse community and help promote inclusion. The City is also sponsoring a “Black History Month: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion” Art Contest for grades Pre K-12, which continues through Feb. 26.
Rules and more information about each may be found at www.cor.net/ArtandEssayContest. Winners will be recognized at a future City Council meeting.
Photo Contest Ends Tomorrow
There’s only about 24 hours remaining to submit photos for the Parks and Recreation Department’s annual photo contest, which ends Saturday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. The contest is open to students (high school age and younger) and adults (amateur and proficient photographers).
Winners in each category (First, Second, and Third Place, as well as Honorable Mention if deemed appropriate by the judges) receive ribbons, with Best of Division winners also receiving a $75 gift card, a plaque and a place in the following year’s Best of Divisions exhibition.
From among the three Best of Division winners, judges will choose the Best of Show winner, who is awarded an additional $50 gift card and the photograph is framed and displayed at the Richardson Public Library.
Entry fees are $5 for ages under 18 and $10 per entry for ages 18 and up.
Virtual Tour of World War II Sites Jan. 26
Senior Center staff are promoting a unique opportunity to tour key sites and battlefields of World War II without leaving home. “World War II and the Western Front,” a free, virtual tour led by George McFall, takes place Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 4-5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Participants will hear about London, the Blitz and the Battle of Britain before following the route of the 175,000 Allied troops across the English Channel from Portsmouth to Normandy. Learn about the monumental operation of the D-Day landings and the Allied final push across mainland Europe in 1944 and visit wartime Paris before heading to Berlin via Bastogne in Belgium—the site of the infamous Battle of the Bulge.
All ages are welcome to participate. No fee. Click here to register.
MLK, Jr. Bookmark Contest Ends Jan. 25
Aspiring young artists have a chance to see their art distributed to many people with the Library’s MLK, Jr. Bookmark Contest. Children and teens ages 3-18 are asked to submit art focused on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy; the winning designs (one for children, one for teens) will be featured on new bookmarks that will be available in Youth Services during February.
Pick up a contest sheet at the Youth Services desk or print one here and create your art on the sheet. Submit artwork to email@example.com or drop it off at the Youth Services Desk by Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.
- Jaston Williams Streaming Event Jan. 29
7 p.m. online. Tickets are $25-$35 and are available here.
In this new, original one-man show set in 1950s Lubbock, Williams takes on nine roles including preacher, hippie, socialite and cowboy, who come together when mysterious lights appear over the town.
- Pegasus Theatre’s “A Trifle Dead! The Movie” Ends Tonight
8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. Streaming tickets are $18.
“A Trifle Dead! The Movie” is another hilarious whodunit from Pegasus Theatre, featuring beloved Pegasus characters Harry Hunsacker, Nigel Grouse and Lt. Foster trying to find a murderer in a mansion full of suspects, on a cold night in 1938. For cost and safety reasons, this show does not employ Pegasus’ special trade-secret Living Black and White® technique, but it was taped in black and white to give the performance a similar look.
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.
- Virtual Asian Culture Forum: “BTS for BLM” Jan. 30
4-5:30 p.m. online. Admission is free. Register by Jan. 27 here.
“BTS for BLM: K-Pop, Race and Transcultural Fandom” will provide an overview of K-pop fans involved in anti-racist activism, examine Black-Korean relations in the U.S. since the 1980s and discuss the K-Pop group, BTS, and their cultural and historic relationship with Black pop cultural forms. The forum is sponsored in part by UT Dallas’ Center for Asian Studies.
Set Lawn Sprinklers to “Manual”
With rain in the area over the past two weeks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s “Water My Yard” program has been sending out the “no watering required” message lately to Richardson-area subscribers. While that may seem obvious, many water customers “set it and forget it,” putting their lawn sprinklers on automatic year-round. This practice wastes water and increases water bills, not to mention that watering during times of precipitation is prohibited under the City’s Water Conservation Plan.
The best way to manage lawn watering with a sprinkler system is to set it to “manual,” and “Water My Yard” is a great way for busy people to remember/know when to turn it on and for how long. Sign up for the free service online with a few short steps and receive weekly reminder e-mails or text messages based on your type of watering system and local weather conditions for your ZIP code area.
Tree Cycling Continues
Tree Cycle Leftover Christmas Trees
Christmas trees are still being accepted for the City’s Tree Cycling program, which turns natural Christmas trees into mulch and compost. Trees may be dropped off through 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
Say hello to Jackson! He is a 71-pound American Staffordshire terrier mix, 3 years old, neutered male. He came to us originally as an owner surrender back in mid-November. Jackson is fully vaccinated and microchipped. He is very well potty trained, good on a leash, and does well with new faces. We know he lived with two young kids and did well with them. Jackson is only $25 to adopt and is available to be taken out and played with. Come and give Jackson a chance and take him home today! If you want more information, please check out our website at www.cor.net/adoptme and schedule and appointment.
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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