June 21, 2019
Here 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.
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Election Results Canvassed; New City Council Member Takes Oath of Office
The City Council passed a resolution at Monday’s City Council meeting canvassing and declaring the results of the runoff election for City Council Member Place 3 official and issuing a certificate of election to Janet DuPuy. Following remarks by outgoing Place 3 Council Member Scott Dunn and remarks by other Council Members recognizing Dunn, DuPuy took the Oath of Office.
To watch Monday’s proceedings, click here.
Parking Changes Announced for Richardson’s Family 4th Celebration
Make plans to attend Richardson’s annual Family 4th Celebration Thursday, July 4 at Breckinridge Park. This traditional, patriotic salute is free and open to the entire community and features children’s activities, food trucks, a performance by the Richardson Community Band and one of the largest fireworks shows in North Texas. Complete information about the evening event is located at www.cor.net/family4th. Be sure to note the following:
- Children’s activities, strolling entertainment and concessions for purchase begin at 6 p.m.
The Richardson Community Band will perform at 8:15 p.m. and fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.
- Since parking at the park is limited, free round-trip shuttle service will be offered from two different offsite parking locations this year beginning at 6 p.m., with the last shuttle departing at 9 p.m. Shuttles will make return trips at the end of the fireworks show.
3300 Renner Rd. (Collins Aerospace)
2791 Telecom Pkwy. and 3521 Breckinridge Blvd. (Fujitsu)
Due to limited space on the shuttles, please bring only items that you can carry and place on your lap.
BABIC Still Catching Up After Storm; Delays Possible
Though online requests for the City’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) generate an automatic date and time stating when the items will be picked up, Public Services reports that collection may be delayed due to the large amount of debris generated after the June 9 storm and the increase in BABIC requests (more than 5,000) received. If BABIC crews do not pick up your items at the scheduled time, leave the items out and crews will get to them as soon as possible, likely by the following day.
For more information about BABIC, visit www.cor.net/BABIC.
No City Council Meeting June 24
Due to the July 4 holiday, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Monday, June 24 and Monday, July 1. The Council will next meet Monday, July 8 for a work session at 6 p.m. and regular meeting at 7 p.m. For future agendas and meeting dates, go to www.cor.net/CityCouncil.
Richardson Named Third Best City to Live in Texas
ChamberofCommerce.org, a website dedicated to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs, recently released its 2019 report detailing the best cities to live in for each state, and have named Richardson to the Texas list. Richardson placed third out of 100 Texas cities with a population of more than 25,000. The report notes Richardson’s well-educated populace and its 5,000+ businesses.
Rankings were determined using information gathered from both the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, designating different sets of data to one of five factors (employment, housing, quality of life, education and health) and assigning weights to each. To read the report, click here.
Miss Texas Pageant Activities Begin Tomorrow
For the sixth year in a row, Richardson’s Eisemann Center will be the site of the Miss Texas/Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen scholarship pageants, which kick off this weekend. Sign toppers welcoming the pageants have been installed on street signs in Galatyn Park Urban Center, and the Eisemann Center and Renaissance Hotel are getting ready for the 86 contestants, their guests and pageant fans.
The first event will be the Arrival and Masquerade Gala Saturday at the hotel, where contestants will be introduced followed by dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Individual tickets to the event are $25-$85; for tickets, click here.
Pageant preliminary competitions and finals take place at the Eisemann Center next week—see item below for more information.
Art Piece Installed at Fire Station 1
Drivers along Greenville Avenue got a “first glimpse” of the completed “Insignia Lattice” art piece this week, the first of several public art pieces to be installed at the City’s new Public Safety Campus. “Insignia Lattice” covers part of the main entrance of the new Fire Station 1 and is a cutout, red metal screen that incorporates a Maltese cross (historically a symbol of firefighting) as well as the City of Richardson’s border outline. The piece features multiple “looks” depending on how light, both natural and artificial, interplays with its components.
Funding for the art was made possible by the City’s “Percent for Arts” ordinance, adopted in July 2015 as an extension of the Public Art Master Plan. Fire Station 1 and the Fire Administration Building are expected to open later this summer, with the entire campus expected to be complete in 2020. For more information about the Public Safety Campus’ public art, click here.
RCAS Donates Award-Winning Painting to Library
The Richardson Civic Art Society has purchased and donated the painting, “Out in the Cold,” by artist Steve Miller to the City for display at the Library. The piece was the Best in Show/Purchase Award Winner at the Society’s 53rd Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition and Sale held in May at the Eisemann Center. RCAS has been donating winning art to the City from the exhibition every year since the group’s founding in 1966, with each piece kept at the Library and hung on a rotating basis.
The annual juried show is open to qualified amateur and professional Texas artists. To view all the award-winning art from the exhibition, visit www.richardson-arts.org. The Richardson Civic Arts Society is funded in part by a grant from the Cultural Arts Commission.
Lane Closures Possible at Belt Line Road/Plano Road Intersection
The left lanes of northbound and southbound Plano Road between Mackie Drive and 320 feet north of Belt Line Road, as well as the left turn lane of westbound Belt Line Road onto southbound Plano Road, may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for utility work due to damaged street lights. The work may last through late July.
Free Yoga Event at CityLine Plaza Tonight
Celebrate International Day of Yoga tonight (June 21) at CityLine Plaza with a free outdoor yoga class set to live music and taught by certified instructors. The music will kick off at 6 p.m. and the all-levels yoga class will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Children are welcome. Free parking is available in the CityLine garages. Classes are weather permitting; check the CityLine Facebook page for updates.
Ham Radio “Field Day” Begins Tomorrow
The Richardson Wireless Klub will host its annual 24-hour wireless radio demonstration from noon-noon June 22-23 at Richardson’s Emergency Operations Center, 1621 E. Lookout Dr. The demonstration is part of a nationwide Field Day event sponsored by the American Radio Relay League. The public is invited to stop by, try their hand at ham radio and observe radio operators test their emergency readiness skills as they make contacts with other stations across the country (and sometimes, world).
Amateur radio operators provide free emergency communications services when electric power and all normal means of communications are down (including internet and cell phone service) due to natural disasters like tornadoes or flooding. Richardson Wireless Klub volunteers also coordinate monthly emergency siren tests with the City of Richardson and provide communications support for other community organizations and events.
For more information, visit www.k5rwk.org.
Texas Stamp Dealers Show Continues at Civic Center
The Texas Stamp Dealers Association is holding its quarterly Richardson Stamp Show at the Civic Center today until 5 p.m. and tomorrow, June 22, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission is free. For more information, visit www.TSDAstamps.com.
“Medicare and You” June 25
Gain a better understanding of Medicare at “Medicare and You,” Tuesday, June 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Scott Teagle leads this workshop, which covers in detail the four parts of Medicare: A, B, C and D.
For adults only—registration is not required. For more information, call 972-744-4376.
A Space Celebration with Kim Lehman June 27
All ages are invited to blast-off with singer/storyteller Kim Lehman Thursday, June 27 from 4-5 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Hear amazing stories, make crafts and sing along in celebration of the sun, moon and stars.
No registration is required. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Meet the Dogs from “Tales for Tails” June 28
Shake some paws and pet some friendly canines at a meet ‘n greet with the dogs and handlers from the Library’s Tales for Tails program, Friday, June 28 from 3-4 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room. All ages are invited to get to know these loveable therapy dogs and listen to their handlers talk about each dog’s jobs, training and history and answer your questions.
For more information, call 972-744-4358.
At the Eisemann Center
- “Dancing for a Cause” June 22
7 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $25 (general admission seating).
Dancing for a Cause (DFC) college student chapters as well as non-DFC teams, crews and solo artists from all over Texas come together for “The Community Project,” a night of performances and inspiration.
- Miss Texas/Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen Preliminaries June 25-28
7:30 p.m. June 25-26, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 27 and 10 a.m. June 28, in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $50-$75.
- Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen Final June 28
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $70-$90.
- Miss Texas Final June 29
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $80-$100.
Miss Texas Madison Fuller crowns her successor.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
Core Theatre Opens “Reason to Believe” Tonight
The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 115, is presenting an original production entitled, “Reason to Believe,” June 21-July 14. The play is a riveting drama interlaced with humor about a man whose life changes after “having it all.”
Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees June 30, July 7 and July 14 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for youth, $15 for seniors and $25 for adults.
For more information, visit www.thecoretheatre.org.
Richardson Community Band Free Outdoor Concert Sunday
The Richardson Community Band will present “Good Golly, Miss Molly!,” Sunday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center fountain plaza. Enjoy a mix of musical selections from Holst to Led Zeppelin. Note that this is a repeat of the scheduled June 9 concert, which was canceled due to severe weather, and the Band’s entire summer schedule has been readjusted accordingly.
Admission is free. Lawn chairs, blankets, dogs and picnics are welcome, and plenty of shade is available. Parking is free and available in the nearby Library and Civic Center lots.
For the complete schedule of the band’s summer concerts, go to www.richardsoncommunityband.org.
“Mamma Mia!” Continues at RCT
Repertory Company Theatre (RCT) is presenting “Mamma Mia!,” the hit Broadway musical featuring the music of ABBA, through June 30. The story unfolds on a Greek island paradise when on the eve of her wedding, a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.
Show days and times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults and $17 for youth. For tickets and more information, call the box office at 972-690-5029 or visit www.rcttheatre.com. RCT is located at 770 N. Coit Rd.
Last Weekend to See “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” at RTC
Lunatic Theatre Company, in partnership with Richardson Theatre Centre (RTC), is presenting the Texas premiere of the play, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” through June 23 at RTC, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 113. The play addresses hypocrisy and racial prejudice and is based on the screenplay of the groundbreaking 1967 film of the same name.
Remaining show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22 and include complimentary snacks, sweets and beverages.
Eco-friendly Picnic Tips
There are lots of opportunities to picnic this summer in Richardson, from free outdoor concerts to 4th of July fireworks to corporate and family gatherings at one of the City’s 38 parks, and while picnicking is a great way to get outside and enjoy the natural environment, it can also hurt the environment. Here are some tips to keep your picnics eco-friendly:
- Many of Richardson’s parks contain blue recycling bins. Know what can be recycled in Richardson and what can’t. Visit www.cor.net/recycle for the latest list (it can change due to fluctuations in the international recycling market). Better yet, bring along reusable containers and picnic ware and refillable water bottles.
- Throw wet wipes in the trash. Wipes that say “flushable” on the label really aren’t—they clog park restroom toilets and do not break down in our sewage system, polluting streams and waterways.
- Grilling? Try a portable, reusable charcoal chimney to heat the coals, available for around $15 at most hardware stores. It’s placed on the grill bed and avoids the use of petroleum-based lighter fluid, which releases toxins into the air.
- Though sharing leftover food with nearby wildlife might be tempting, especially for little ones, keep in mind that it can have a negative impact on a creature’s health and natural habitat. For example, the constant feeding of “people food” to ducks, such as bread, chips, popcorn, etc. causes nutritional deficits and birth defects and can result in too many waterfowl living in one area. Instead, bring a camera or journal and teach children how to engage with wildlife in a safe and healthy way (visit www.cor.net/waterfowl for more information).
Maintenance Helper II ($2,316-$3,196 month)
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.
Driver Loader ($2,603-$3,749 month)
Solid Waste is seeking individuals interested in driving and operating residential refuse and/or recycling collection equipment.
Leasing Support Technician-part time ($10-$15.30 hourly)
Civic Center is seeking individuals interested in overseeing client activities, functions and events during assigned hours.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Kaleesi! She is about 3 years old, friendly, spayed and fully vaccinated. She is both a little shy and yet can be cheerfully playful. She loves toys and absolutely loves to explore. Kaleesi would be a purr-fect addition to any home. So don’t wait! Meet Kaleesi today!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
To read previous Week in Reviews, visit www.cor.net/WIR.