June 3, 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:
“Culture in the CORE” June 4
In honor of its globally oriented community, the City of Richardson will host “Culture in the CORE” Saturday, June 4, in Downtown Richardson. The free event takes place from noon-5 p.m. and will feature a variety of international cuisines and vendors, as well as art displays, dance performances and live music, all representing Richardson’s rich array of cultures.
Free parking will be available near the intersection of Texas and Kaufman streets, with overflow parking at the Richardson ISD Administration Building, 420 S. Greenville Ave. An event bus will provide transportation between the overflow lot and the event from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Annual Smoke Testing Begins Next Week
Testing to look for leaks in the City’s sewer system is scheduled to return next week, this time in the Spring Creek Basin area (see map). The testing is part of an ongoing, citywide, phased examination that began in 2017 and involves the use of a smoke generator to blow nontoxic smoke into manholes. The smoke travels through the sewer pipes and finds its way out, lightly billowing from the ground when cracks in the underground piping exist. The coordinates of damaged pipes are noted by the technicians, to be addressed in future projects.
Sometimes the smoke also emits through interior residential plumbing—the smoke is nontoxic and residue free, with minimal odor, and does not indicate a fire hazard. Residents are asked to run water through infrequently used pipes (bathtubs for example) prior to testing.
Testing takes around an hour for each partial street block section within the testing area. If you live on a block involved in the testing, you will see a door hanger placed on your front door about 48 hours prior to the test.
Dog Adoption Fees Waived at Animal Shelter June 5-11; Kennel Renovations Start this Month
With major construction and temporary down-sizing underway, the Richardson Animal Shelter is waiving dog adoption fees from June 5th-11th in hopes of finding as many forever homes as possible before kennel renovations begin on the 13th. If you are unable to adopt, the shelter could use your help in many other ways – primarily, fostering. Fostering is free, flexible, and endlessly rewarding.
Kennel space will be greatly limited during the months of renovations – going from 44 useable kennels to 19. The shelter’s kennels are being transformed from a dated and worn chain-link style to colorful, solid panel walls with clear acrylic doors, to improve safety, security, disease control, and kennel stress. In addition, there will be improved insulation, to help with Texas’ weather extremes; mounted water bowls, to fix the spilling issue that occurred with the previous buckets; and an improved drainage system.
The shelter renovation project is funded in part by the 2015 Bond Program. Construction is expected to begin mid-June and be completed this fall. The space for the cats at the shelter will not be affected by the renovations. Until further notice, the shelter is not accepting any dog owner surrenders.
CARES Applications Open
The Richardson Citizens Academy & Resource Education Series (CARES) has begun accepting applications for its 2022 program, to be held Sept. 1-Oct. 20. The free, eight-week class is offered to adults ages 18 and up to help them gain a better understanding and knowledge of the structure and function of the City of Richardson.
CARES participants will meet every Thursday from 5:30-9 p.m. and get to know City staff, learn about the day-to-day operations of Richardson’s government and discover ways to contribute and be an active participant. Each session will focus on a different function of the City and be presented by various departments, at various locations. The program will be interactive and include tours, on-site demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions.
RISD Offers Free Meals During Summer Break
Students may receive free breakfasts and lunches at several Richardson ISD schools this summer thanks to a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture nutrition program administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture. The meals will be provided at West Junior High School and nine elementary campuses Monday-Thursday, June 6-23 and July 11-21, and at Richardson High School Monday-Friday June 6-24. All meals must be eaten on site.
Police Help Students Kick Off Summer
The Richardson Police Department’s UNIDOS Program helped several students prepare for summer last week with its Summer Safety Kickoff. The inaugural event was held at Cottonwood Park. Students enjoyed food, free books and games, including playing soccer with some of the department’s School Resource Officers.
UNIDOS is a Hispanic community outreach program designed to provide assistance to Spanish speaking residents in the Richardson area.
Early Voting for June 18 Runoff Election Begins June 6
Early voting for the June 18 Joint Runoff Election is taking place June 6-14. 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.
Early voting times are as follows:
|June 6-10||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.
Pavement Repair to Affect One-Mile Section of Polk Street Near CORE District
Portions of eastbound and westbound Polk Street between US 75 and Grove Road will be closed to traffic at all times, alternately and in phases, as concrete repair/rehabilitation takes place, part of the City’s Annual Street Pavement Repair Project. The work is expected to be complete by late July.
IQ® Brew June 9
In-person at The Drawing Board, 1900 Jay Ell Dr., and online
Admission: Free (registration and Zoom link located here)
Thursday, June 9
The IQ® Brew welcomes Matt Winser-Johns, director of the Galerstein Gender Center at UT Dallas, who will speak about creating an affirming and inclusive environment at work where people are respected and appreciated, and available resources that can help.
IQ® Brew is an ongoing networking and educational series hosted by the City’s Office of Innovation & Placemaking Initiatives and Richardson Chamber of Commerce that features short presentations from entrepreneurs, small businesses, innovation ecosystem builders and subject-matter experts.
CityLine Outdoor Night Market June 10
CityLine Plaza, 1160 State St.
Admission: Free, including free parking
Friday, June 10
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.
900 Civic Center Dr., 75080
Young Authors Begins June 10
First Floor Program Room
Cost: Free, but registration is required and ends June 10
Fridays: June 10,17 and 24; July 8, 15, 22 and 29; and Aug. 5
For Richardson residents who will be in grades 5-9 this fall, with a Richardson Public Library card. Each participant completes an entire picture book by the end of this eight-week program, including writing and illustration. The June 10 session will occur in the First Floor Program Room from 11 a.m.-noon. All remaining sessions will occur in the Basement Program Room from 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Registration: 972-744-4358 or visit the Youth Services Desk
Must be a Richardson resident with a valid Richardson Public Library card.
RROB Event: Matt Tolentino Performs Songs of Yesterday June 10
Basement Program Room
Friday, June 10
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Accordionist and singer Matt Tolentino will perform ragtime, traditional jazz and early swing songs that pay homage to New York, where the 2022 Richardson Reads One Book selected novel, “Behold the Dreamers,” is set. For adults and teens.
At the Eisemann Center:
2351 Performance Dr., 75082
- GO NOW! Performs the Music of The Moody Blues
Hill Performance Hall
Friday, June 10
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.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office.
- Virtual Talk: “Inkjets: History and Identification”
Wednesday, June 8
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
UT Dallas’ Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History presents Ella Sullivan, master's student at the University of Amsterdam and intern in photographic materials conservation at Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Sullivan will speak about the history and identification of inkjet prints, where an image is created by droplets of dyes or pigments on a printer.
National Trails Day is June 4
National Trails Day 2022 is tomorrow, June 4, and there is no better way to celebrate than by taking a walk or bike ride on Richardson’s 93 miles of paved, off-road trails and six miles of nature trails. An online, printable map shows where they’re located and where to access. Many connect with each other and with other trail systems and many feature amenities, such as mile markers, drinking fountains, benches and public art.
The Parks and Recreation Department reminds trail users to familiarize themselves with the City’s Trail Etiquette guidelines, found online here, to ensure that everyone has a fun and safe experience while enjoying being outdoors.
Free Online Native Plant Design Class June 6
Monday, June 6
Learn how to incorporate native plants into your landscape that help conserve water while providing natural beauty. This class features information from cutting-edge landscape designers that will help you plant like a pro and find the balance between sensational and sustainable. Sponsored by the City of Anna.
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
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
The Shelter will be undergoing construction soon, so we are trying to find forever and/or foster homes for our dogs. Because of this, we will have free adoptions June 5-11.
Niko and Cola are two of the dogs that are looking for a home before construction starts. These brothers are a bonded pair that are neutered, fully vetted and microchipped. They are both senior dogs (Niko is 10 years old and Cola is 11 years old) with lovable and sweet personalities. If you are interested in helping these two sweet fur babies, come visit them or call us at 972-744-4480.
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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