June 5, 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.
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Library to Temporarily Close Saturday due to Gathering
The Richardson Public Library will close Saturday, June 6, due to a planned gathering set to take place nearby Saturday morning. While the Library building will be closed to the public, curbside pickup will take place as scheduled from 2:30-5:30 p.m. The Library will be open Sunday from 2-5:30 p.m. according to the Library’s current modified COVID-19 schedule.
The demonstration is expected to remain peaceful, but the temporary suspension of services at the Library will help to ensure the safety of participants, patrons and staff and will also allow for parking facilities to be available for participants.
Preliminary Dallas and Collin County 2020-21 Tax Roll Information Released
The Dallas Central Appraisal District (CAD) and the Collin CAD recently released preliminary tax roll figures, which City staff presented to the City Council Monday. Estimated property values for Richardson as of Jan. 1, 2020 were approximately $19.9 billion, compared to $18.1 billion from the final 2019 certified roll, slightly more than a 10 percent increase. When TIFs are factored in as well as the higher amount of tax protests expected due to the coronavirus pandemic, City staff predict that the taxable value will drop to $17.3 billion, a 4.8 percent increase.
The roll is normally certified by the CADs in late July so that cities can use the numbers to budget and set tax rates; however, this year the CADs will be providing cities a “certified estimate” with a final certified roll expected later this year.
DART Provides Future Plan Overview
DART staff addressed the City Council Monday with a comprehensive look at DART services and future plans as well as COVID-19 impacts.
Highlights included information about proposed improvements to the GOPass app and an update on the Silver Line. Utility relocation and removal of old track along the Silver Line’s route began in November, and design work is about 60 percent complete, with modifications remaining to be finalized for the at-grade crossings at Coit Road and Hillcrest Road. Targeted opening date for the Silver Line is still 2022 despite financial setbacks from COVID-19.
DART safety protocols being followed to limit the spread of the coronavirus include cleaning trains every 60-90 minutes, reducing capacity and having bus passengers enter from the rear doors until driver shields are installed.
CFAAA Awards Scholarships
The Richardson Citizen Fire Academy Alumni Association (CFAAA) recently announced the recipients of its 2020 scholarships. Through generous contributions and membership fundraising, the CFAAA was able to award two $1,500 scholarships to deserving children of Richardson Fire Department employees.
The recipients are William Hauptrief, son of Daron Hauptrief, an A shift firefighter at Station 3; and Mackenzie Sherburn, daughter of Brad Sherburn, a driver/engineer/paramedic on the A shift at Station 3. The CFAAA’s Scholarship Selection Committee believes that “these scholarship recipients exemplify the dedication to education, hard work, service, leadership and personal development that we, as a volunteer organization, are proud to support.”
Lane Closures Expected Near Abrams/Buckingham Intersection
The right lanes of northbound Abrams Road 400 feet north and south of Buckingham Road, and the right lanes of southbound Abrams Road 400 feet north of Buckingham Road, may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to utility work. The work is expected to be complete by early July.
Registration Continues for City Day Camps
Registration continues for the Parks and Recreation Department’s Kinder, Elementary and Playground camps, which will open June 15 based on guidelines from Gov. Greg Abbott’s phased reopening of businesses and services in Texas. The camps will enroll less campers than in previous years, and the first two weeks of camps will also limit availability due to staffing and the implementation of new procedures to keep campers and staff safe. More openings are expected to be available by the week of June 29.
Parents who registered their child for camp before registration was closed due to COVID-19 received an e-mail containing more information. Registration information for children not previously registered is posted online at www.cor.net/corcamps.
Contact: 972-744-7850 (Heights Recreation Center)
Registration Closes Wednesday for Father’s Day Virtual Fishing Tournament
The Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating Father’s Day by hosting its inaugural Virtual Fishing Tournament. Online registration is available at www.cor.net/parksonline through Wednesday, June 10. Entry fees are $20 per person ($28 if you would like a Hooked on Dad fishing photo frame) and include a T-shirt.
The tournament will be held from June 17-21. Participants may fish anywhere and should take a date-stamped picture of the fish they catch next to a ruler or tape measure and submit the photos via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The longest fish in each category and age group wins a trophy!
Categories and eligible fish are:
- 7 years and under (any species of fish can be caught and measured)
- 8-13 years (bass or crappie)
- 13 years and older (bass or crappie)
For more information, contact Allison Rhinebarger at email@example.com.
Library Announces Art Contest to Help Create New Children’s Library Card
Children and teens ages 3-18 are invited to submit their art to be considered for the new Richardson Library Children’s Card. Winning artwork will be printed on the new cards, coming out in fall 2020.
Create artwork on the form found here. Make sure to print it at 100 percent, not fit to size. Use any or all of the following art supplies: colored pencils, crayons, markers and paint. Be sure to be bright and colorful!
Deadline is Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. The contest winner will be notified by Aug. 12. Submit artwork by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off in the Children’s Department at the Library. Be sure to print the artist’s name, phone number and parent’s e-mail on the form.
Virtual “Explorers” Club Begins June 11
Imagine a club in which kids can take part at any time of day and has no limit on how many can participate—that’s the Library’s new virtual Explorers Club, designed for kids entering grades 3-5. No registration is required, and activities will be posted every other Thursday, June 11-July 23, at the Library’s Beanstack webpage. Activities include book bingo, an outdoor scavenger hunt and a digital escape room.
The Beanstack page also includes the Library’s online Summer Reading Program, where participants, from toddlers to teens, may log hours spent reading or being “read to” and qualify for prizes.
Eisemann Center Ticket Office and Gallery to Open June 8
The Charles W. Eisemann Center will be open to visitors Monday-Friday from noon-5 p.m. beginning Monday, June 8. The Ticket Office will be open along with the Forrest & Virginia Green Mezzanine Gallery, where the sculpture installation MotherBoard can be viewed. The restart of actual performances at the Eisemann Center will follow Gov. Greg Abbott’s multi-phased “Open Texas” plan and more information will be forthcoming on when events will resume.
“Menopause the Musical” Online Extended through Sunday
There’s still time to buy a ticket to view “Menopause the Musical®,” showing online thanks to a partnership between the Eisemann Center and GFour Productions. The 90-minute show, set in a department store, centers on four women who meet while shopping at a lingerie sale. They find many common bonds and perform parodies of classic pop songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Tickets, good for a one-time viewing through June 7, are $19 and available here. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to The Actors Fund, which provides emergency financial assistance to performing arts and entertainment professionals.
Texas Winds Concerts Continue on Facebook Live
Texas Winds Musical Outreach, a local nonprofit organization of musicians that has been popular at the Richardson Senior Center, has continued to spread joy and music to senior citizens through online concerts. Currently the group is offering a “Nursing Home Happy Hour” Friday concert series on Facebook featuring musician Paul Demer; watch live June 12 and June 19 beginning at 3 p.m. on the Texas Winds Facebook page.
Lake Levels Full; Dry Summer Months Ahead
As the calendar turns to June, the four lakes in the North Texas Municipal Water District’s (NTMWD) service area are all 100 percent full or greater thanks to consistent rain in April and May. Even with lakes full, residents are still urged to water only when needed, as hot and dry summer months are ahead.
Currently, Richardson is in its summer water conservation plan, which allows watering at even-numbered addresses on Tuesdays and Saturdays and at odd-numbered addresses on Wednesdays and Sundays. Watering is not permitted from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Hand watering is allowed anytime when using a hose with a shut-off spray nozzle. For free, customized weekly watering recommendations based on your ZIP code and sprinkler system, visit www.watermyyard.org.
National Trails Day is June 6
Celebrate National Trails Day 2020 tomorrow, June 6, on Richardson’s 40+ miles of trails and walkways found throughout the city. 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.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Come say hi to this cutie! Tori is a 1-year-old domestic short hair with a shy temperament. She will steal your heart once she can warm up to you. This sweetie enjoys cuddles on her head. She came into the Shelter as a stray, is fully vaccinated and microchipped. Come give her a chance at having a forever home filled with love! Call the Shelter at 972-744-4480 to schedule an appointment to come and see her!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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