June 26, 2020
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.
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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Update on RPD Policing Policies and Practices
Richardson Police Chief Jimmy Spivey appeared before the City Council Monday, providing a briefing on the Department’s use of force policy.
Richardson officers are prohibited from using chokeholds or other neck restraints unless the use of deadly force is justified. Officers are also trained to use de-escalation techniques and exhaust all alternatives before shooting, with deadly force only allowed and lawful when there is an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury to any person. Spivey said that all police employees have a duty to intervene to stop the use of excessive force by another employee when it is safe and reasonable to do so.
RPD is a three-time recipient of the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Best Practices Recognition Program, a voluntary process where participating police agencies in Texas prove their compliance with 166 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. Of the 2,739 agencies in Texas, only 167 have received recognition.
In addition to speaking about the use of force policy, Spivey highlighted the Department’s recruitment and training practices.
To see Spivey’s presentation, click here.
Neighborhood Pools Open July 1
Richardson’s four neighborhood pools will open for the summer swim season July 1. The Canyon Creek, Cottonwood, Glenville and Terrace pools will operate at 50 percent capacity, the maximum amount currently allowed by executive order. Capacity levels will be increased as allowed by changes in Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive orders. The Heights Family Aquatic Center will not open this summer due to staffing shortages.
Due to COVID-19 there will be several changes to the way the neighborhood pools operate. Swim time is limited to two-hour sessions, with 30-minute cleaning breaks between each. Additionally, pools will be available to Richardson residents and their guests only until further notice and patrons will need to provide their own chairs as deck furniture will not be available. Please note that season passes will not be sold this summer.
Early Voting for Primary Runoff Election Begins June 29
Early voting for the July 14 primary runoff election will be held June 29-July 10. Registered Dallas County voters may vote early at City Hall or at any of the other Dallas County early voting locations. Collin County voters may vote early at any of the Collin County early voting locations. For more information including locations, visit www.cor.net/elections. See below for early voting dates and hours.
Below are the dates and times for early voting in Dallas County:
- July 29-July 2—8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- July 3-4—No Voting
- July 5—7 a.m.-7 p.m.
- July 6-10—7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Below are the dates and times for early voting in Collin County:
- July 29-July 2—8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- July 3-4—No Voting
- July 5—1-6 p.m.
- July 6-10—7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Election Day voting will take place Tuesday, July 14 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
No City Council Meeting Monday
Due to June 29 being the fifth Monday of the month, there will be no City Council work session or meeting that day. The Council will also not meet Monday, July 6 due to the Fourth of July holiday. The Council will next meet Monday, July 13 for a work session and meeting beginning at 6 p.m.
Time Remains to Fill Out Census Form Before Aug. 14 Deadline
Have you responded to the 2020 Census? There’s still time to complete your form before the Census Bureau begins in-person follow-up with non-responding residents.
- It’s quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire only takes about 10 minutes to complete.
- It’s safe, secure and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.
- You can respond securely online, by mail or by phone.
- Correspondence from the Census Bureau includes a unique 16-digit Census ID linked to your address or you can enter your address manually.
The Census is mandated by the Constitution, and everyone living in the United States is required to participate. A complete and accurate count is critical for Richardson. The results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, emergency services strategies and more.
Current response rates as of June 26:
- Richardson – 64.1 percent
- Texas – 56.5 percent
- US – 61.7 percent
Richardson Today in Mailboxes Next Week
The July issue of Richardson Today will be mailed next week and should be in mailboxes by next weekend. The issue includes information on the City’s new paperless utility billing campaign as well as information on the 2020-21 budgeting process.
Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city. Keep up with Richardson Today stories as they happen, including video, at www.RichardsonToday.com. A digital version of the print edition of Richardson Today may also be accessed there. Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.
Special Interest Classes Now Offered at Recreation Centers
Now that Richardson’s recreation centers have reopened, in-person classes offered by the Parks and Recreation Department are back as well, at 50 percent the usual capacity. Some instructors are offering virtual classes at a reduced cost. Heightened cleaning procedures for the classrooms take place between classes and at the end of the day. Masks are worn by instructors and encouraged among students; social distancing is practiced as well.
Among the classes being offered are martial arts classes for all ages plus youth dance, Lego design, soccer and cooking classes. Adult classes being offered include yoga, Pilates, Zumba, dance and fitness boot camp.
Cost and skill requirements vary by class. Visit www.cor.net/parksonline for more information including a full listing of classes and to sign up online.
Belt Line Lane Closures
The right and left lanes of eastbound and westbound Belt Line Road between Wake Court and Frances Way may be closed to traffic alternately from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through late July for the installation of a new water pipe and fire hydrant.
“Family 4th at Home” Celebration Begins June 30
The City of Richardson’s Family 4th at Home celebration kicks off June 30 with a variety of activities for the whole family. Each day the City of Richardson Parks and Recreation Department will release a patriotic activity on its website and social media that you can enjoy at home with your family. Make sure to follow Parks and Recreation on Facebook (@RichardsonParksandRec) for more information.
Parks and Recreation is selling Celebration Buckets to get you in the holiday spirit. Each bucket includes sunglasses, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, a flag, a glow necklace, pop it’s, a pinwheel craft and a patriotic crown craft—the perfect combination of everything you need to enjoy a Family 4th at home, minus the hot dogs!
Buckets are $8 each and will be available for pickup at Heights Recreation Center June 28-July 3. Limited quantities available. Order online through June 28 at www.cor.net/Family4th.
RROB Author Lecture Postponed to 2021
The 2020 Richardson Reads One Book author lecture has been postponed until next year due to COVID-19. William Kent Krueger was scheduled to come to Richardson to speak about his book, “This Tender Land,” which in March was selected as the 2020 RROB selection. Krueger’s visit has now been rescheduled for Sept. 14, 2021. Next spring, a 2021 Richardson Reads One Book kickoff party will be held to announce an enhanced RROB program that will include a surprise element to complement “This Tender Land.”
Library Adds Additional Wi-Fi Hotspots for Check Out
The Richardson Public Library has additional Wi-Fi hotspots available for check out thanks to the Friends of the Richardson Library. The organization donated 50 hotspots to the Library, which brings the total number of hotspots available at the Library to 72.
Library cardholders age 16 and up can check out the hotspots for three weeks; they can be renewed depending on reservations by other Library users. Hotspots can be checked out at the Circulation Desk. For more information, call 972-744-4350.
Richardson Community Band Prepares Audio Broadcast of Past Concerts
The Richardson Community Band is celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with an audio broadcast of past performances, which will be available starting Thursday, July 2 on the group’s Facebook page and website. The 45-minute concert is a series of recordings from RCB’s past performances at the Eisemann Center and will include “America the Beautiful” and other patriotic songs, as well as a segment that includes quotes from the Gettysburg Address.
“Shake, Rattle ‘n Roll” at Repertory Company Theatre This Weekend
Repertory Company Theatre (RCT), 770 N. Coit Rd., is reopening with two performances of “Shake, Rattle ‘n Roll Cabaret,” a lighthearted, nostalgia-filled musical revue that pays homage to the heyday of rock and roll. Performance dates and times are June 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth.
Last Weekend for “Mojave” at The Core Theatre
The Core Theatre (518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 115) is presenting “Mojave” through June 28, featuring performers from Theatre Rocks of Ennis. Inspired by a true story from American history, the play focuses on a young woman, kidnapped by Indians as a girl, who confronts her own fears and others’ hostility as she prepares to rejoin society.
Remaining show times are Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students, $25 for adults and $15 for seniors.
Interact with Texas Park Rangers through TPWD’s Virtual Summertime Fun
Join Texas Parks & Wildlife for a fun-filled virtual program and dive into aquatic ecology and the animals that call a pond ecosystem their home. The virtual presentation will take place on Parks & Wildlife’s Texas Outdoor Family Facebook page Saturday, June 27 from 6-6:30 p.m. The program is one of several outdoor skill building presentations in the “Summertime Fun” online series. This Saturday’s program, as well as previous programs, can be viewed at www.facebook.com/TexasOutdoorFamily.
Free “Family Friendly Gardening” Class on Zoom June 27
Texas A&M AgriLife Dallas’ Water University division is presenting “Family Friendly Gardening” live on Zoom Saturday, June 27 from 9-11 a.m. In this free class you’ll learn how to create a safe, beautiful, interactive space every member of the family will love. Discover ways to bring your children back to nature with simple tips for butterfly gardening, edible landscapes and sensory gardening. Practical ways to reduce (or avoid) chemical use, plus toxic plants to steer clear of—for both kid- and pet-proof plantings will also be covered. Shrink your lawn and maintenance bill so your household can explore, learn and grow together. To register for the class, click here. The Zoom link will be e-mailed to everyone who registers for the class.
Past virtual classes may be viewed 24/7 on Facebook or at the Water University website.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This sweetie is Hugo and he would love nothing more than to receive head pets and affection from you. He came into the Shelter as a stray cat earlier this month, but despite the Shelter not knowing his background, he has been nothing but a curious sweetheart. He is a fully vaccinated, neutered male that is hoping to be your new best friend. Meet our charismatic playful man and fall in love with his cuteness. Our Shelter is open by appointment only so please call us at 972-744-4480 to schedule an appointment to see him soon.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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