June 18, 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:
New Place 6 City Council Member Sworn In
Arefin Shamsul was sworn in as the new Place 6 City Council Member at Monday’s City Council meeting, after the vote totals for the June 5 runoff election were canvassed and declared official by the Council. The meeting was held at the Eisemann Center’s Bank of America Theatre.
Prior to the swearing in, remarks from outgoing Place 6 City Council Member Steve Mitchell were given as well as remarks by other Council Members recognizing him for his 30 years of service to the City, including 16 years of service on the City Council, four on the City Plan Commission and 10 on the Sign Control Board. Mitchell served as mayor during the 2007-09 term.
Miss Texas Competition Week Kicks Off Sunday at Galatyn Plaza
Galatyn Park Urban Center has been abuzz with activity lately as Richardson’s Eisemann Center will be the site of the Miss Texas/Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen scholarship competitions for the seventh time beginning next week. Sign toppers recognizing the competitions have been installed on street signs in the area, and the Eisemann Center and Renaissance Hotel are getting ready to welcome the 83 candidates, their guests and competition fans.
The first event will be a “Bluebonnet Arrival and Visionary Brunch” Sunday morning where candidates will be introduced. Individual tickets to the event are $35; for tickets, click here.
Pageant preliminary competitions and finals take place at the Eisemann Center beginning June 22—see Arts/Culture below for more information.
DART Silver Line Construction Activity to Increase
Preparation and construction work related to the DART Silver Line will increase in Richardson this month, as DART heads toward its 2024 start-of-service goal for the 26-mile east-west rail project.
Starting Monday, June 21, crews will begin site clearing and cleaning in the DART right-of-way between CityLine and the intersection of Renner Road at University Trail (see map), and beginning June 28, they will begin mobilization, soil testing and early construction activities for the planned Custer Parkway Bridge. The bridge over Custer Parkway will span between Renner Road and the Bush Turnpike and is an upgrade from DART’s original plans of an at-grade crossing.
The rail corridor work is expected to take place from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Jupiter At Lookout Repairs To Impact Traffic Into Next Week
North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) repair crews working on a broken sewer line underneath Lookout Dr. at Jupiter Rd. say they expect traffic impacts to continue through the weekend and into next week. The NTMWD has been excavating the site since Wednesday to locate the leak and make repairs. The break in the line was found earlier today and repairs are now underway, with road repairs to follow.
Traffic patterns are not expected to return to normal until sometime next week. Approximately 30,000 vehicles travel through the intersection on a normal weekday. Commuters are asked to find alternate routes until road repairs can be completed.
North Texas Experiencing Boom in Mosquitoes
Richardson Health Department staff and other public health experts have reported an increase in mosquito populations in the area over the past few weeks. The increase was expected due to recent heavy rains and flooding.
The rains created a habitat for floodwater mosquitoes, a species whose laid eggs can wait to hatch for several years until water rises to reach them. Heavy rains also provide great environments for container mosquitoes, whose females lay eggs in anything holding clear, fresh water—buckets, old tires, even a bottle cap. Other potential residential habitats include clogged rain gutters, stagnant swimming pools and leaking irrigation systems.
Though there have been no mosquitoes in Richardson that have tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year, other North Texas cities have experienced positive test results, so it’s always good to practice the Four D’s of Protection to prevent mosquito bites:
- DRAIN standing water around the home
- Use insect repellent containing DEET
- Avoid being outdoors at DUSK/DAWN when mosquitoes are most active
- DRESS with long sleeves and pants to reduce skin exposure
Keep Pets Cool During Hot Weather
With a heat advisory posted for the DFW area this past week, the Richardson Animal Shelter took to social media to advise pet owners to keep pets inside, as high temperatures can be dangerous not only for people but for pets. Here are some other safety measures that should be followed to ensure pets stay healthy when it’s hot outside (courtesy of the Humane Society):
- Never leave your pets in a parked car—on a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85 degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes.
- Limit exercise—adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Since asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water along to keep your dog from dehydrating.
For more tips, including how to recognize heat stroke in pets, visit https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/keep-pets-safe-heat
Sherrill Park Launches Facebook Page
Richardson’s Sherrill Park Golf Course launched its official Facebook page this week. Plans are for the page to be populated with posts announcing tournaments, classes, specials and other content; golfers can leave reviews at the site as well.
“Like” the page by heading to www.facebook.com/SherrillParkGolfCourse.
Art Installed at Senior Center
Artistic glass panels were installed inside the Richardson Senior Center this week, adding another finishing touch to the recently renovated space. Designed by artist Taryn McMahon of Ravenna, Ohio, the panels echo other commissioned artwork of McMahon’s found elsewhere in the space that incorporate images from nature and embody an overall theme of “bringing the outside in.” The interior of the Senior Center also features wood accents and glass walls that maximize the natural light from the Center’s many windows.
The public is welcome to tour the facility; visit www.cor.net/seniorcenter for hours of operation.
Lane Closures Expected south of Coit/Spring Valley
Various lanes of southbound Coit Road between Cavalier Drive and Greenhollow Lane (south of Spring Valley Road) may be closed to traffic at different spots from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. while utility pole replacement takes place as well as a cable upgrade. The work is expected to be complete by early August.
Popsicle Party at Senior Center June 21
Anyone age 50 and up is invited to celebrate the official first day of summer by enjoying a free popsicle on the Senior Center’s new patio Monday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m. While there, take a tour of the newly remodeled inside of the building as well! You do not need to be a Senior Center member to attend.
To sign up for the party, call 972-744-7800.
IQ® Brew June 24
Rashmi Varma, founder and chief technology officer of innovate5G, Inc., will be the featured speaker at the next IQ® Brew, Thursday, June 24 from 9-10 a.m. online. Innovate5G, a Richardson IQ® company, was established to open up the 5G ecosystem beyond traditional players and enable everyone to participate.
There is no cost to attend; attendees are encouraged to grab a coffee from a favorite local coffee shop and join the informal conversation by signing up in advance here.
IQ® Brew is a networking and educational series hosted by the City’s Office of Strategic Initiatives and Richardson Chamber of Commerce that features short presentations from entrepreneurs, small businesses, innovation ecosystem builders and subject-matter experts. For more dates and speakers in the series, click here.
Pet Pages Outdoor Event Tomorrow Morning
In conjunction with the Library’s animal-themed Summer Reading Program entitled, Tails & Tales, the Library will be hosting the Animal Shelter’s mobile pet adoption trailer Saturday, June 19 from 10:30-11:15 a.m. outside at the fountain plaza. Meet shelter animals and view the winning entries from the recent Tails & Tales art contest!
Note that the Animal Shelter requires everyone to wear a mask to be around the animals.
Tails & Tales Teen Trivia June 26
Teens ages 13-18 can test their literature and animal knowledge against fellow teens Saturday, June 26 from 3-4 p.m. in an online trivia challenge. Participants will use Kahoot! and Webex to compete against others for the most points.
There is no cost to participate but registration is required; call 972-744-4358 or stop by the Youth Services Help Desk to register. You’ll then receive a link in your e-mail for joining the challenge.
- Miss Texas/Miss Texas Teen Preliminaries June 22-25
7:30 p.m. June 22-23, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 24, and 10 a.m. June 25, in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $50-$100.
- Miss Texas/Miss Texas Teen Finals June 26
2 p.m. (Teen) and 7:30 p.m. June 26, in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $70-$100.
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.
At UT Dallas:
- “Up and Coming in the Down Times: DFW Community College Juried Art Exhibition” Begins June 19
June 19-July 17 at the SP/N Gallery, 3020 Stewart Dr. Admission is free.Hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays 1-6 p.m. Click here to make a reservation to view.
The exhibition highlights the work of “up and coming” creatives from area community colleges and celebrates “undercover glimpses from isolated chambers of research and expression” during unprecedented times.
Chamber Music International Hosts Pacifica String Quartet June 19
Chamber Music International is hosting 2021 Grammy Award winner Pacifica String Quartet Saturday, June 19 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s performance will feature guest violist/composer Atar Arad playing his own works as well as those by Prokofiev and Dvorak.
In-person tickets are sold out but live stream tickets are available for purchase online—price is $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and $10 for students.
“Camelot” at RCT Opens Tonight
Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., is presenting “Camelot” June 18-27. A reworking of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical, the production puts a sharp focus on the three main characters and transforms the story of King Arthur’s search for the ideal kingdom into an intimate story of love, hope and leadership. The score features songs such as “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “I Loved You Once in Silence” and “Camelot.”
Show days and times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 for teens and $28 for adults.
Contact: 972-690-5029 (box office)
Free Online Composting Class Saturday
Texas AgriLife Extension Service is co-hosting a free online composting class June 19 from 12:15-1 p.m. Learn how to turn yard and kitchen scraps into lush compost—composting at home can reduce waste sent to the landfill and create soil amendments for a heathy landscape. The class will cover:
- Benefits of composting
- Designing a pile
- Composting container options
- Effective methods to yield high-quality compost
- How and when to use it
There will be a live Q&A after the class.
(If you’re interested but can’t attend during the event, you may register anyway to get access to the recording afterward.)
Reminder: Picking Up Pet Waste Helps Waterways
In light of all the recent rain, the City would like to remind pet owners that leaving pet waste on grass or sidewalks creates an environmental hazard—as rainwater flows through lawns and over paved streets, it eventually collects the waste, carrying it into storm drains and then into streams, creeks and rivers.
Decaying pet waste feeds weeds and algae in lakes and streams, creates ammonia which can kill fish and other wildlife, and creates harmful bacteria that pose a health hazard for people who enjoy swimming and other water sports in natural waterways.
Be sure to carry disposable bags on walks to dispose of pet waste in the trash, as required by City ordinance.
Lifeguard ($11.50-$14.72 hourly)
This position is for summer 2021. Must be at least 15 years of age with current certification in Lifeguard Training (YMCA or American Red Cross, CPR and First Aid.)
Pools Cashier/Slide Attendants ($9.50-$12.72 hourly)
This position is for Summer of 2021. Minimum age 16. Completion of 9th grade and basic computer skills are required. Knowledge of Class software is preferred. Must be able to work weekends and evenings. Spoken and written English language ability required.
Swim Instructor/Coach ($12-$35.70 hourly)
Must hold current certifications in CPR, and First Aid. Must present evidence of experience and background/references. Must be able to demonstrate required ability.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Come and meet Emily! This beautiful girl came to the shelter two weeks ago with a litter of kittens! She was a wonderful mother. All of her kittens have been adopted and now Emily is ready for her forever home. She is a 2-year-old tortoiseshell domestic short haired cat and has been spayed and fully vaccinated. She would do very well in a home that is looking for a laid back and cuddly kitty. She is always looking for a good petting and will make a wonderful companion. She also enjoys perching and enjoying the view outside. If you are interested in Emily, please make an appointment here: https://richardsonanimalshelter.setmore.com/
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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