June 4, 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 Police Chief Sworn In
Gary Tittle was sworn in Tuesday as Richardson’s Chief of Police. Tittle takes over for Chief Jim Spivey, who retired May 31.
Tittle has been with the Richardson Police Department since March 2018. He started as a captain over the department’s Technical Services Division and was promoted to various positions within the department before being promoted to assistant chief in March 2020.
Tittle started his career with the Dallas Police Department as a patrol officer in 1987. He served more than 30 years with Dallas PD, progressing through the ranks, attaining the title of assistant chief at the height of his career there. During his time in Dallas, Tittle gained law enforcement experience and accolades serving in multiple areas including work as a patrol officer, detective, supervisor over internal affairs and public integrity divisions, held various appointments to community boards and served as a liaison with state legislators.
Neighborhood Pools Open for Summer June 5
The City’s four neighborhood pools (Canyon Creek, Cottonwood, Glenville and Terrace) will open for the summer June 5. Due to a shortage of lifeguards, the pools will be open four days per week unless additional staff can be hired. Additionally, the Heights Family Aquatic Center, which opened May 29, will change to a five-days-per-week schedule beginning June 5.
More information about prorated refunds on swim passes will be available once the pool schedule is finalized around mid-June.
Runoff Election Day is June 5
The runoff election for City Council Place 6 is Saturday, June 5 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Election Day voting for both Dallas County and Collin County Richardson voters will take place in the Parks Room at Richardson Civic Center/City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Depending on their county of residence, voters may also vote at other polling locations designated by Collin County and Dallas County.
Richardson Earns Regional Development Excellence Award for Richardson IQ® Form Based Code
The City of Richardson has earned a 2021 Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Award from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for its Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development & Innovation District Form Based Code. The code, which was adopted unanimously by Richardson City Council in December 2019, was developed over a 12-month period with property owner and stakeholder engagement, including input from the district’s award-winning Block Party. In 2020, the Collins/Arapaho area was rebranded as the Richardson Innovation Quarter, the 1,200-acre urban hub focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.
The project was identified as one that greatly exemplifies the 12 Principles of Development Excellence, and one the jurors felt provided an example of Development Excellence in the North Central Texas region. The City was awarded a CLIDE Award in 2019 for the Collins/Arapaho study that led to the form based code.
Created in 2003, the biennial CLIDE Awards program encourages innovative development projects and practices that help accommodate expected population growth and ensure a sustainable North Texas for generations to come. This year’s CLIDE Award was Richardson’s 10th overall. Richardson has been recognized with at least one CLIDE Award in each of the five award program categories.
Now is a Great Time to Adopt Pets from the Animal Shelter
The selection of dogs and cats at the Richardson Animal Shelter has never been better. Kittens and puppies are born at a higher rate in spring and summer, so this time of year is always a busy one for the Shelter. With people often moving during the summer months, the Shelter also receives more owner surrenders than at other times of the year. All of this means that the Shelter has a great selection of dogs and cats that are looking for a home. As an added incentive, adoption fees are being waived for all adult dogs beginning June 5.
To book an appointment to visit the Shelter, or to see a list of adoptable pets, visit www.cor.net/adoptme.
DART Seeks Input on New Bus Routes
DART will hold a virtual public hearing Tuesday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. to gain input on proposed changes to its bus service that would go into effect in January 2022. To attend the hearing, click here. Public comments can also be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com prior to the public hearing.
Proposed service changes to the bus system include:
- replacing all local bus routes with a newly designed bus network featuring more frequent service and consistent hours of operation,
- adding new GoLink Zones and expanding existing GoLink Zones,
- restoring light rail service to pre-pandemic levels with 15-minute peak service,
- more frequent evening light rail service on weekdays.
A second virtual public hearing is scheduled for June 22. For more information, visit www.dart.org/meetings.
Lane Closure Expected on Jupiter Road North of Campbell Road
The right lane of northbound Jupiter Road between Portsmouth Drive and Springpark Way may be closed to traffic daily from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. as Atmos Energy installs a gas pipe. The work is expected to last until late September.
Fiber Optic Line Installation to Cause Sherman Street Lane Closure
The right lane of northbound Sherman Street at Lingco Drive may be closed to traffic daily from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for a fiber optic line installation. The work is expected to last until late September.
IQ® Brew: All About Network of Community Ministries
Cindy Shafer, CEO of Network of Community Ministries, will be the featured speaker at the next virtual IQ® Brew, Thursday, June 10 from 9-10 a.m. Shafer will be talking about Network’s upcoming move from its location in southern Richardson on Sherman Street to a new facility at 1500 International Parkway in the Richardson IQ®.
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 the 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.
CityLine Outdoor Market June 11
CityLine hosts another free, outdoor market Friday, June 11 from 6-10 p.m. “The Boho Market” will feature local artists and vendors set up on CityLine Plaza, accompanied by nearby live music.
Check the CityLine Facebook page for weather updates.
Explorers Club Kicks off June 8
The Explorers Club is a virtual club for students entering grades 3-5. Join the Library on Webex to explore, investigate, design, tinker and build. The club will meet Tuesdays from 2-3 p.m., with no meeting July 6. Call 972-744-4358 to register.
Young Authors Begins June 11
This is your chance to write and illustrate your own picture book. Richardson residents entering grades 5-9 this fall will become published authors in just eight weeks. The class will meet Fridays beginning June 11 from 10:30 a.m.-noon, with no class July 2. Join by Webex or come in person. Call 972-744-4358 to register through June 11.
- Contemporary Ballet Dallas June 5
12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $12-$23. In-person tickets and livestream tickets are available.The Contemporary Ballet Dallas’ 2021 Spring Concerts highlight the school’s dancers, from the littles to the advanced! Choreography is by CBD instructors and directors. Performances include the School's Recreational students and Youth Performance Program Company dancers.
- DCJ Dance June 5
Shows will be performed at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $22 with a multi-show discount for purchasing all three. This show is at 75 percent capacity and masks are required.
- Academy of Dance Arts June 7-8
Shows are at 6:30 p.m. both days. In-person and livestream tickets are available for $18-$30.
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.
City, NCTCOG Support Rain Water Harvesting
The City, along with the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), encourage residents to consider rainwater harvesting to conserve water and lower water bills. Rainwater harvesting is collecting and storing rainfall as it comes off the roof, using a rain barrel, for use later in watering lawns and foundations.
A dedicated rainwater harvesting page (www.cor.net/rainbarrel) is available at the City’s website that explains Richardson’s Rainwater Harvesting Ordinance and provides links to resources on how to get started. The web page also includes information about the City’s rainwater harvesting permitting process—systems that capture 400 gallons of water or less do not require a permit but must be registered at no charge.
NCTCOG helps promote and support area rain barrel classes on its events page at www.txsmartscape.com. Coming up June 12 is a free, virtual DIY rain barrel class hosted by Dallas Water Utilities; click here for more information and to register.
Real Estate Association Cleans Up Huffhines Park
Late last month the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America helped clean up Huffhines Park. Each May the group picks a community/civic project to get involved in as a way to celebrate “Meaningful May,” which coincides with Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. For May 2021, volunteers from the group collected 20 pounds of trash at Huffhines Park as part of the City’s Community & Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program (CCECP).
The Health Department sponsors the CCECP, providing guidance and supplies to groups wanting to help keep the city clean and prevent trash from blowing into waterways. Supplies provided include plastic gloves, tongs and trash bags, and the City picks up the bags, if needed, when the event is finished. Any group of any size is welcome to participate.
National Trails Day is June 5
National Trails Day 2021 is tomorrow, June 5, and there is no better way to celebrate than by taking a walk or bike ride on Richardson’s 40+ miles of trails and walkways and 5 miles of nature trails. An online, printable map shows you 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, water 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.
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.)
Day Camp Counselor ($8-$10 hourly)
Must have reliable transportation. CPR and First Aid certification required, or must obtain during job orientation. Must be at least 16 years of age. Experience working with children is required. Knowledge or skills in sports, games, arts and crafts, music and/or other recreational activities preferred.
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.
Now is a Great Time to Adopt Pets from the Animal Shelter
The selection of dogs and cats at the Richardson Animal Shelter has never been better. Kittens and puppies are born at a higher rate in spring and summer, so this time of year is always a busy one for the Shelter. With people often moving during the summer months, the Shelter also receives more owner surrenders than at other times of the year. All of this means that the Shelter has a great selection of dogs and cats that are looking for a home. As an added incentive, adoption fees are being waved for all adult large breed dogs for the week beginning June 6.
To book an appointment to visit the Shelter, or to see a list of adoptable pets, visit www.cor.net/animalshelter.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Come fall in love with Trickster! He is a 7-year-old neutered male domestic short hair who is fully vetted and microchipped. He came into the shelter as an owner surrender in April. Trickster is used to living with two large breed dogs and children around the ages of 7-12. He needs to warm up to new people, but once he does he is very affectionate. He would do best in a home where he is the only cat as he does not like other cats. If you are interested in Trickster, make an appointment to adopt by clicking this link richardsonanimalshelter.setmore.com/.
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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