July 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:
City Council Budget Workshop Available for Viewing
On-demand video of the City Council’s two-day budget workshop held this week is available to view online. It can be seen on the City’s website at www.cor.net/Budget, and replay broadcasts will be shown on the City’s cable channel (Spectrum channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99) at 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 15.
The budget workshop is held annually and is a time for the City Council to provide feedback on funding priorities to the city manager in preparation for the proposed budget that will be presented to the Council, this year on Aug. 9. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Aug. 23.
Recycling, BABIC Collection Day to Change in Some Areas Beginning Aug. 3
Approximately 1,800 Richardson residential addresses west of US 75 that are in the Friday BABIC/recycling zone will be moved to the Tuesday collection zone starting Aug. 3 (see map). Trash pickup for these homes will continue both Tuesday and Friday.
The change was made to help balance service in Richardson’s four collection zones. The current BABIC and recycling zones were created in 1992 when the city had a population of about 76,000. As the city grew to its current population of about 117,000, much of the growth happened in the Friday collection zone, specifically the panhandle region of Richardson.
By expanding the boundary of the Tuesday collection zone, the City hopes to be able to get all BABIC and recycling collections completed in a more timely manner.
If you have any questions about the change, call the City’s 24-hour response line at 972-744-4111 or e-mail Paula Johnson, Environmental Services Superintendent, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collin County Offers Mobile COVID-19 Vaccinations
Collin County Health Care Services is offering no-cost COVID-19 vaccinations via its Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Teams. The services are only available by request/appointment and in accordance with staff availability. The vaccine teams will focus on traveling to homebound individuals, long-term care facilities, businesses that would like to get its employees vaccinated, organizations, clubs and special events.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, e-mail email@example.com or call 214-491-4821.
Glenville, Cottonwood Pools Close July 31
Summer officially starts winding down on the City’s aquatics calendar this weekend, as the Cottonwood and Glenville pools will close for the season July 31.
Hours of operation July 31 for both pools is 1-8 p.m. For more information and the schedule of operation for the City’s other pools, visit www.cor.net/aquatics.
Spring Creek Trail near US 75 to Close at Various Times for Silver Line Work
A portion of Spring Creek Trail between Alma Drive and US 75 may be closed at various times over the next few months due to construction of the DART Silver Line. Bicyclists and runners/walkers looking for an alternate east-west trail may want to consider the Renner Trail, shown here.
For an interactive map showing all of Richardson’s trails and bicycle routes, click here.
Sales Tax Holiday Begins Aug. 6
The annual back-to-school Tax Free Holiday begins Friday, Aug. 6, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 8. In Texas, the 2021 event exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (priced under $100) from sales and use taxes. The holiday applies to items purchased from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas.
Some exclusions apply; go to www.TexasTaxHoliday.org for more information.
Fire Station 3 Gets New Ambulance
There's a shiny new ambulance at Fire Station 3, more specifically a 2021 Frazer ambulance on a Dodge chassis. The ambulance is part of a five-year replacement schedule followed by the Richardson Fire Department at every fire station; when replaced, an "old" ambulance becomes a reserve ambulance that is used when RFD front-line ambulances are out of service for one reason or another. After being a reserve ambulance for three years, the ambulances are retired, so they have an eight- year lifespan with RFD.
Fire Station 3 houses one fire engine with an aerial ladder and one ambulance. The station's engine is also new, placed into service when the new Fire Station 3 opened last year.
RFD Receives Donation from Atmos for Safety Equipment
The Richardson Fire Department (RFD) recently received a $5,000 donation from Atmos Energy, to be used to replace two of the Department’s gas detection monitors. They are called “Sensit Gold G2 4-gas monitors,” and are RFD’s main device used in detecting natural gas leaks, carbon monoxide issues and sewer gas leaks. Every fire engine and truck in the city is equipped with a monitor, and the Hazardous Materials team has several as well, the same detection monitors used by Atmos field crews.
The Fire Department had budgeted to replace several of its older monitors that are about to exceed their usable life span, and this donation will reduce the total amount of budget impact for FY 2021-22.
DART Student Art Contest Winners Include RISD Students
Winners in the 2021 Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Student Art Contest include two students from RISD schools: Katherine Ramirez Sosa (8th grade) from Richardson West Junior High won Honorable Mention in the 6th-8th grade category, and Kelly Araujo (12th grade) from Richardson High School won Honorable Mention in the 9th-12th grade category. Their art was selected out of 688 entries.
The 2021 theme for the annual contest was “Everyday Heroes Ride DART” and students were asked to interpret the theme using crayons, paint, markers, colored pencils and/or digital art. The students’ art is currently on display at Love Field Airport through Aug. 31 and at the DART website. It will also be displayed at DART rail stations, on buses and inside trains, as well as at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Network Plans Modifications for Distributions, Donations
Network of Community Ministries has planned modifications to its donation process and food and clothing distribution as it undergoes a move to new facilities at 1500 International Pkwy.
Food and clothing donations are no longer being accepted at 741 S. Sherman St.; food will be accepted at the new location beginning Aug. 9 and clothing will be accepted there beginning Aug. 11.
Beginning Aug. 2, food distribution for clients will be modified to a drive-through box distribution at the Sherman Street location. Beginning Aug. 9, the food box distribution will begin at the new location during the same hours. In-person food shopping will be available at the new location beginning Aug. 16. (Appointments will be needed; call 972-234-8880 ext. 104 to make an appointment.)
Clothing distribution has been put on hold; the new Clothing Closet is planned to be fully operational Sept. 7.
Time Running Out for RMSIP Snack Drive Donations
Donations are still needed for the RMSIP Healthy Kids Snack Drive, benefiting children and families served by Network of Community Ministries. The snack drive is organized by high school interns participating in the fourth annual Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program. Next week they will begin placing snacks and other donated items into backpacks that will be provided to kids in need about to begin the new school year.
Donations may be purchased online via the Healthy Kids Snack Drive Amazon Wish List and must be made by Aug. 5.
Mayor Highlights Early Intervention with Proclamation
Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker joined representatives from The Warren Center to present a proclamation declaring July 29, 2021 as Early Intervention Day in Richardson to highlight the importance of early intervention services for children with developmental delays and disabilities. The Warren Center, located at 320 Custer Rd., provides evaluations, therapy services and support for more than 1,000 children with developmental delays and disabilities throughout the DFW metroplex.
School Zone Signal Light Upgrade, Testing in Progress
Richardson’s Transportation and Mobility Department has begun installing a new time clock system in all school zone signal lights within the city. Plano ISD school zone lights will be upgraded first, as classes begin Aug. 11, followed by Richardson ISD lights (RISD begins classes Aug. 17).
Campbell Road Widening Heads Into Final Phase; Section of Eastbound Lane Temporarily Closed
As part of Phase 2 (Final Phase) of the Campbell Auxiliary Lane Project, the right lane of eastbound Campbell Road between West Prairie Creek Drive and US 75 may be closed to traffic at all times. The work is expected to be complete by late August.
RISD, PISD Back-to-School Fairs Next Week
In preparation for the start of the 2021-22 school year, two free back-to-school events will be held next week, one by each school district that serves Richardson residents:
- Plano ISD Back-to-School Fair
Tuesday, Aug. 3
10 a.m.-noon (or while supplies last).
Clark Stadium, 6600 Stadium Dr.Drive-through distribution will include backpacks filled with school supplies and a box of shelf-safe food. Proof of Plano ISD enrollment is required. No registration is needed;
- Richardson ISD Backpack Bash
Saturday, Aug. 7
Richardson High School, 1250 W. Belt Line Rd.Families may pick up school supplies and learn about RISD programs and services in a back-to-school fair atmosphere. Registration is required and students should be enrolled in RISD schools for 2021-22.
Senior Center Celebrates National Root Beer Float Day Aug. 6
Head to the Richardson Senior Center Friday, Aug. 6 for a delicious root beer float, in celebration of National Root Beer Float Day. Richardson Senior Center staff will be serving up the treats beginning at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $1 each.
Call 972-744-7800 to register. Need not be a Senior Center member to attend.
Online Music Jam, Pet Storytime July 31
Two free online events for children take place tomorrow, July 31, sponsored by the Library:
- Pet Pages
10:30-11:15 a.m. on Webex
Bring your pet (live or plush) to a virtual storytime and watch videos of other pets listening to stories. Library staff will share animal stories and talk about pets’ behaviors, tricks and quirks.
- Hot Toast Summer Jam
2-3 p.m. on Webex
A sing- and play-along experience led by “Mr. Symon” that promises to be child-centered, interactive and packed with fun and learning.
To participate in these activities, sign up in the Youth Services area or call 972-744-4358 to register.
Beginning 3D Printing with Tinkercad Aug. 3
Adults and teens ages 16 and up are invited to learn 3D printing with the online 3D modeling program Tinkercad, Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Basement Program Room. In this beginner-level class, participants will learn to:
- Navigate through Tinkercad’s main 3D design resources
- Manipulate Tinkercad’s basic geometric shapes
- Export a 3D model for printing
- Print on the Library’s 3D printer
There is no charge to attend, but registration is required; call 972-744-4359 to register. Must be a Richardson resident with a valid library card.
Last Weekend for “Big Fish” at RCT
Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., is presenting “Big Fish, a New Broadway Musical” through Aug. 1. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, “Big Fish” tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman with incredible, larger-than-life stories that thrill everyone around him, and what happens when his adult son, Will, looks for what is behind these tall tales.
Show days and times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults and $17 for teens.
EPA WaterSense® “Your Better Yard” Free Workshops Begin July 31
The Fort Worth Water Department is hosting two free online workshops on Zoom July 31 and Aug. 7 at 10:30 a.m. as part of the “Your Better Yard” campaign, created by the EPA’s WaterSense® program. “Your Better Yard” helps homeowners enhance their landscapes with water-saving techniques and technologies while keeping it attractive. Over the course of the two sessions, you’ll learn the eight types of landscape lifestyles and tips to help you make your preferred landscape fit your lifestyle.
Clean Air Action Day is Aug. 4; NCTCOG Offers Air-Friendly Activity Ideas, Prizes
The North Central Texas Council of Government’s annual Clean Air Action Day takes place this year Wednesday, Aug. 4, and the organization (of which Richardson is a member) is asking North Texans to observe the day by pledging to do simple things in their everyday lives to positively impact air quality both inside and outside the home. Some examples include, but are not limited to, bicycling or walking to work, buying locally grown foods, taking public transit and/or purchasing an eco-friendly vehicle.
Share how you celebrate the day on social media with #CAAD2021 and tag @NCTCOGtrans to be eligible to win a prize.
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.
Finance System Analyst – Full Time ($4,849-$7,274 Salary)
The City of Richardson is seeking an individual with minimum of two years of municipal finance experience. Bachelor’s degree is required in public administration, finance, business management, information systems or a related field.
Gymnastics Instructor – Part Time ($7.50-$26.50 Hourly)
The Richardson Gymnastics Center is looking for individuals who can teach groups and individuals in the gymnastics program. Must present evidence of experience and background in gymnastics and or childcare.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This 8-year-old is our longest dog resident in the building, going on 105 days . Tucker came in as a stray way back in December. His owner was known to us, but never came in for him – he was abandoned in our care. He was adopted, but returned after 3 months because of a change in jobs. From prior interactions with his home, we know that he lived with at least two other large breed dogs for many years. He’s done a meet and greet with an elderly boxer at our shelter – he did wonderfully and was very excited and playful. He’s also been to the dog park with his previous owners and they said he was perfect. So all signs point to Tucker thriving in a pack.
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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