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June 10, 2022

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:

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News

Culture in the CORE Held
Inaugural Culture in the Core Event Held
Richardson’s first-ever Culture in the Core event was held last Saturday in Richardson’s historic CORE (downtown) district, celebrating our globally oriented community through dance, music, food, arts/crafts demonstrations, and a variety of goods for sale from more than 25 vendors. Several countries were represented among the festivities, including Germany, Austria, Africa, India, Cuba, Fiji, China, Turkey, Taiwan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Italy, Lebanon, the Philippines, Spain, Venezuela and the USA.

Culture in the CORE

Richardson has been recognized as the “best foodie city” in Texas for its robust range of ethnic cuisines and has been recognized by the Texas Legislature as the International Business Capital of North Texas. Current estimates are that one of every four Richardson residents was born outside of the U.S.

At the event, Mayor Paul Voelker announced the impending formation of a new City committee focused on diversity and inclusion. The group will focus on providing input for the Library and City Hall renovation projects, Transportation and Mobility Master Plan, and the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Each of the projects are currently under development and expected to produce their final recommendations and plans early next year. 

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IQ Brew
The IQ® Brew 
Matt Winser-Johns, director of the Galerstein Gender Center at UT Dallas, was the featured speaker at this week’s Richardson IQ® Brew event. Winser-Johns spoke about creating an affirming and inclusive environment at work where people are respected and appreciated, and available resources that can help.

The IQ® Brew is a networking and educational series featuring short presentations from entrepreneurs, small businesses and subject-matter experts. Citing the City’s commitment to “supporting the rights of every citizen to experience equality and freedom from discrimination,” Mayor Paul Voelker was at the event to officially proclaim June 2022 as Pride Month in Richardson.

The goal of The IQ® Brew is to share lessons learned and to have the Richardson business community hear about the successes and challenges faced while starting and growing a business. It is open to the public and held every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month!

Website: www.richardsoniq.com

Rec Hour Change
Recreation Centers Change Hours
Heights and Huffhines Recreation Centers are heading into the summer with new hours. Both centers are back to their pre-pandemic schedule, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, as well as expanded hours on Sunday and reduced hours on Friday.

The new Hours of Operation are as follows:

  • Monday-Thursday - 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Friday - 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Saturday - 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday - 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Website: www.cor.net/parks  

Budget Deep Dive
“Deep Dives” Begin for 2022-23 City Budget Preparation
Engineering and Public Services staff gave “strategy overviews” at Monday’s City Council work session, kicking off an annual procession of department reports that prepare the Council for its summer budget workshop, this year scheduled for July 25-26. These “deep dives” provide the Council with detailed information about current programs, infrastructure and maintenance tasks along with proposed work plans and budget requests.

Monday’s presentations included a look at water/wastewater and the Drainage Utility Program; future reports include:

  • June 20 – Transportation & Mobility, Information Technology, Capital Improvement Plan
  • July 18 – Economic Development Strategic Plan

All City Council work sessions and meetings can be viewed live here or are available for viewing via video at the same link.

Website: www.cor.net/budget 

Water District
Water District Reports on New Projects, Long-term Plans, Cost Increases
Staff from the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) gave a comprehensive update to the City Council Monday, outlining the main focus areas of NTMWD (water supply, wastewater treatment, and solid waste) and discussing current and future projects as well as projected costs.

Of note:

  • Texas’ newest lake (and the first to be owned and operated by NTMWD) is on track to supply water to the region in 2023.
  • Another raw water source will be needed by 2036 to meet the area’s future water demands (trends show approximately 55,000 people a year are moving to the NTMWD service area).
  • The water rate for NTMWD member cities is projected to increase from $2.99 per 1,000 gallons to $3.21 (a 13 percent increase), due to labor shortages and increases in construction costs and water treatment chemicals.

NTMWD was created by the Texas Legislature in 1951 and serves 13 member cities, including Richardson, a service area of 2,200 square miles.

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Early Voting for June 18
Early Voting for June 18 Joint Runoff Election Ends Tuesday
Early voting for the June 18 Joint Runoff Election began June 6 and continues through Tuesday, June 14. Registered Dallas County voters may vote early at any of 11 designated early voting locations; Richardson City Hall is the only early voting location for this election that’s located in Richardson. Visit the Dallas County elections website for a complete list.

Remaining early voting times are as follows:

 June 10  8 a.m.-5 p.m.
 June 11  7 a.m.-7 p.m.
 June 12  Noon-6 p.m.
 June 13-14  7 a.m.-7 p.m.

 
Election Day voting will take place Saturday, June 18 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Website: www.dallascountyvotes.org 

PD Safety Camp
RPD Hosts Safety Camp
The Richardson Police Department kicked off its annual summer safety camp program this week, a low-cost way for area children to spend a week having fun while learning about a variety of safety topics, including Stranger Danger, Internet Safety, Water Safety and more. Kids (entering grades 1-4 in the fall) attend one of eight weeks offered between June 6 and Aug. 5. The popular camp has been offered by RPD for more than 20 years.

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Richardson Projects

Projects - Renner at Greenside
Bridge Construction Affects Lanes Near Renner, Greenside
The right and left lanes of westbound and eastbound Renner Road east of Greenside Drive just at the railroad (northeast of Point North Park) may be closed to traffic alternately from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for the construction of bridge piers for the DART Silver Line. The work is expected to be complete by early August.  

www.cor.net/projects

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Indoor Mini Camps Begin June 13
Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.
Cost: $98/week (residents); $100/week (nonresidents)
Weekly June 13-Aug. 5
1-5 p.m.

Kids ages 6-9 can get out of the heat and spend some “cool afternoons” at Huffhines Recreation Center this summer for Huffhines’ weekly indoor mini camps, which include crafts, board games, movies, a game room, gym time and more.

Registration: www.cor.net/parksonline
type in “mini camp” on the Activity search bar.

City Line Boho Night Market

Boho Outdoor Night Market Tonight
CityLine Plaza, 1160 State St. 
Admission: Free, including free parking 
Friday, June 10 
6-10 p.m.

Enjoy more than 45 booths at this “Boho Market,” featuring handmade and vintage goods from local makers and vendors plus live music from pop rock singer/guitarist John Herbert.

Website: www.citylinedfw.com

 Library
900 Civic Center Dr., 75080

Encanto
Movie Matinee June 11: “Encanto”
Basement Program Room
Admission: Free
Saturday, June 11
2-4 p.m.

Children and their families are invited to watch Disney’s “Encanto” and take home a free paper flower craft kit after the show. Film length is 99 minutes; rated PG. No registration required.

123 Andres
Family Concert June 17 with 123 Andrés
Youth Services Area
Admission: Free
Friday, June 17
2-3 p.m.

Join Latin Grammy-winning music duo Andrés and Christina of 123 Andrés for a family dance and sing-along! Who knew singing and learning in English and Spanish could be so much fun?! No registration required.

www.cor.net/library

Arts and Culture 
Cultural Partnership Initiative CPI

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At the Eisemann Center:
2351 Performance Dr., 75082

  • GO NOW! Performs the Music of The Moody Blues TONIGHT
    Hill Performance Hall 
    Tickets: $32-$46 
    Friday, June 10 
    7:30 p.m.

    This tribute to Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Moody Blues features Gordy Marshall, who toured and recorded with The Moody Blues for 25 years, and Mick Wilson, lead singer of 10cc for 20 years. Along with Patrick Duffin and Nick Kendall, who have performed with several West End productions, and Ryan Farmery (Dr. Hook, Simply Red, Rick Astley), this “super-group” meticulously recreates the elegance of a Moody Blues concert. Ticket Information

  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra: “Legacy of John Williams” June 11
    Hill Performance Hall
    Tickets: $12-$42
    Saturday, June 11
    7:30 p.m.

    Music Director Eugene Migliaro Corporon and the Lone Star Wind Orchestra “embrace the Force” to honor legendary film composer John Williams, showing movie trailers and performing selections from film scores including “Star Wars,” “E.T,” “Indiana Jones” movies, and more. Ticket Information

  • Essie Graham Photography and Art Exhibit Opens
    Green Mezzanine Gallery
    Admission: Free
    Through June 26
    Noon-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and during all public events

    “From a Different View” features the photography and artistry of Essie Graham. Graham offers new perspectives on daily life through the lenses of a variety of cameras, including instant.

    Website: www.eisemanncenter.com/art  

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office.

Call: 972-744-4650
Website: www.eisemanncenter.com

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UT Dallas:

  • Week-long Juneteenth Celebration Features Music, Food, More
    Various locations on campus
    Admission: Free
    June 13-17
    Various times 

    Celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the US, with the students, staff and faculty of UT Dallas.  Several events take place throughout the week, including:

Richardson Community Band Outdoor Concert June 12
Civic Center Fountain Plaza, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
Admission: Free
Sunday, June 12
7 p.m.

The Richardson Community Band presents “Stories Old and New,” the second performance of the group’s 2022 outdoor concert series. Lawn chairs, blankets, dogs and picnics are welcome. Parking is free and available in the nearby Library and City Hall lots.

Website: www.richardsoncommunityband.org  

www.cor.net/cpi
www.artsinrichardson.com

Environment

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City’s Water Quality Score Released
Richardson has received a “Superior” rating of our water system by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This rating is part of the City’s recently released 2022 Water Quality Report, a.k.a. the Consumer Confidence Report, and reflects the hard work and efforts of our Water Utilities employees to protect the community’s health by delivering and maintaining safe and reliable drinking water. The Water Utilities department is a municipal water distribution and wastewater collection utility owned by the City of Richardson—wholesale treated water is purchased from the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), which has surface water rights from Lake Lavon, Lake Chapman, Lake Texoma and Lake Tawakoni (see further information about NTMWD in News above).

The full report, including information about the City’s water testing process and detailed results, may be found at www.cor.net/CCR. The City is required to make the water quality report available to residents annually to comply with Federal Environmental Protection Agency and TCEQ requirements.

Be Mindful of Ozone Action Days
As temperatures rise, so do the number of Ozone Action Days. Declared by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, these are the days when high ozone levels can cause serious health problems, and inhaling ground-level ozone is especially dangerous for people who have asthma or respiratory problems. NCTCOG asks individuals and business to be proactive and think about strategies to implement not only on the high-level days but also when planning ahead and extremely hot weather is predicted.

Suggested strategies for Ozone Action Days include:

  • Carpool to work
  • Bring lunch to work or carpool to lunch
  • Ride DART, bicycle or walk
  • Reduce idling, including during start up
  • Postpone mowing to a day that is not an Ozone Action Day
  • Drive your most fuel-efficient vehicle when driving is necessary
  • Make sure tires are properly inflated
  • Avoid grilling and burning trash
  • Conserve electricity

The City of Richardson takes steps to reduce emissions year-round, including following a Clean Fleet policy established by a resolution of the City Council in 2015.

More information and to sign up for pollutant-specific e-mail alerts: www.airnorthtexas.org

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Make A Difference

Crew Chief ($48,504 - $65,268 Salary)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings for Crew Chief for individuals with experience in construction and/or maintenance of water distribution and waste collection systems. A Texas Commercial Driver’s License, Class A is required.

Maintenance Helper II ($31,956 to $42,192 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.

Heavy Equipment Operator ($42,048 - $53,616 Salary)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings for Heavy Equipment Operator for individuals with experience operating heavy motorized equipment. Depending on department, a Class A or Class B Texas Commercial Drivers License will be required or obtained within 6 months.

For other job opportunities, visit www.cor.net/jobs

Animals

Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

POTW July

Meet July! She is a spayed 4 years old orange tabby domestic short hair. She came into the shelter as a stray and gave birth to kittens. This sweet mama wants to be snuggled next to you while you watch your favorite tv show. She loves to talk to people and show affection. She would need to be in a single pet home as she is more of a people's cat. If you are interested in July, stop by the shelter to adopt her today! 

For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.

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