March 5, 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:
City Reviewing Changes as Gov. Abbott Announces New Mask Mandate, Capacity Limits
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday he will rescind the statewide mask mandate and capacity limits on businesses effective Wednesday, March 10, 2021. The change does still allow for individual businesses, organizations and school districts to set capacity limits and/or mask rules. Both RISD and PISD have said they will continue requiring masks for all students and staff during in-person school activities while they are awaiting further guidance from the Texas Education Agency. Updates to the City of Richardson’s COVID-19 municipal ordinance information will be posted prior to the effective date of the Governor’s new order, after the Richardson City Council meets Monday, March 8.
Retail Pharmacies Begin Receiving Shipments of COVID-19 Vaccines
Select pharmacies across the state of Texas have begun receiving shipments of COVID-19 vaccines as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination program. While many of the pharmacies that received the first round of vaccine may not currently have any available, more vaccines are expected to be delivered.
Texas pharmacies that are participating in the program include:
- Good Neighbor Pharmacy and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation’s pharmacy services administrative organization (PSAO), Elevate Provider.
Some pharmacies are offering online sign ups when vaccines are available. Sign up links for the participating Texas pharmacies can be found here.
City Council Authorizes Storm Relief Programs
The City Council approved a resolution Monday authorizing the City Manager to take “necessary action” to provide relief measures for Richardson residents and businesses impacted by last month’s winter storm, specifically:
- provide water customers with a one-time “drip credit” of $15 to be applied during a future billing cycle;
- provide free one-week rental of eight-yard dumpsters on a first-come, first-serve basis, including the set-up, drop off and pick-up, for repairs related to the winter storm damage; and
- waive building permit and plumbing permit fees for repairs and work related to the winter storm damage.
During the 10-day winter weather event, water customers were asked to drip faucets to prevent pipes from freezing. City personnel performed almost 1,000 emergency water shutoffs and responded to 26 water main breaks. Water usage climbed during the week to 32 million gallons in one day, double the average 16 million gallons/day for this time of year.
Winners of MLK, Jr. Essay Contest Announced
Three winners have been announced in the inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest. The contest was held in January and open to students in grades 3-12 who live in the City of Richardson or attend a Richardson ISD or Plano ISD school in Richardson. The Richardson City Council, in partnership with Richardson ISD, Plano ISD and UT Dallas, sponsored the contest as a way to promote, embrace and celebrate the diversity and inclusion that is present in Richardson and across the nation.
The winners are:
Students were asked to write an essay explaining how the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. can be used to help promote inclusion and contribute to our diverse community. Each winner will receive $100, have their essay published in a future edition of Richardson Today and on the City’s other communications channels, and will be recognized at a future City Council meeting.
To read the winning essays, visit www.cor.net/ArtandEssayContest.
Art Contest Ends; Judging Begins Next Week
After a one-week extension due to the winter weather event, the City’s “Black History Month: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion” Art Contest ended today at 5 p.m. Judging will begin next week with winners scheduled to be announced in late March.
The contest was open to students in grades Pre-K through 12 who live in the City of Richardson or attend a Richardson ISD or Plano ISD school in Richardson.
Community Revitalization Award Winners Announced
The City Council recognized 12 local, private projects March 1 that are winners in the annual Community Revitalization Awards. The program recognizes property owners’ efforts in the previous year to enhance the community by making significant investments and exterior enhancements to their properties.
The winners include five commercial properties and seven residential properties. They are:
- Dobat residence, 3002 Canyon Creek Dr.
- Dodson residence, 411 Fall Creek Dr.
- Sheff residence, 2214 Sutton Pl.
- Hahn residence, 2107 White Cliff Ln.
- Morgan residence, 516 Lawnmeadow Dr.
- Bailey residence, 1215 Cheyenne Dr.
- Roberts residence, 1905 Drew Ln.
- Digital Realty, 900 N. Dorothy Dr.
- Bishop Barristers, 522 Bishop Ave.
- The Darling Company, 111 E. Polk St.
- Lockwood Distilling Company, 506-512 Lockwood Dr.
- Art Uprising Studios, 707 S. Floyd Rd.
Since its inception in 1994, Richardson’s Community Revitalization Awards program has recognized 289 properties.
Richardson Today in Mailboxes this Weekend
The March issue of Richardson Today has been mailed and should arrive in mailboxes this weekend. The issue is focused on the winter weather events of last month and the City’s continuing response efforts. It also includes information about the upcoming mail-out of letters for free blue recycling bags and photos of the winning entries in the City’s 2021 Photo Contest.
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.
Atmos Work May Affect Section of Abrams Road
Abrams Road between Maple Street and Pittman Street may become a one lane road from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to utility work. The work is expected to be completed by early April.
Lane Reductions Expected on Renner Road West of North Star
The right lanes of eastbound and westbound Renner Road between the Beck Branch Trail crossing and North Star Road may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to fiber optic work. The work is expected to be complete by early June.
Mark Cuban to Speak at Richardson Chamber Annual Meeting March 11
Billionaire entrepreneur, philanthropist, “shark” and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will be the featured speaker at the Richardson Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting March 11. The event will be held online from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, the meeting is the Chamber’s opportunity to share successes from the previous year while recognizing and thanking members for their role in those successes. During the event, the Chamber will honor the Volunteer of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Committee of the Year, Small Business of the Year and announce the Richardson Citizen of the Year.
Tickets are $25. To register, click here.
Register for March 27 “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny to Go”
The Easter Bunny is hopping over to Heights Recreation Center March 27 for a “to-go” breakfast event from 9-10 a.m. that families won’t want to miss. Each registration includes one donut, juice and a small craft to take home. Participants must remain in their vehicles.
Cost is $5 per person; pre-registration is required. To sign up, visit www.cor.net/parksonline and choose activity #23583. Registration ends March 20.
Contact: Heights Recreation Center, 972-744-7850
Play Online Board Games March 6
Children and teens ages 8-18 are invited to join Library staff Saturday, March 6 from 2:30-4 p.m. for a session of the Library’s “Whose Turn is It?” Online Board Game Club. The games are played on Board Game Arena—the group uses Webex to communicate and then plays on the Board.
Register for Virtual Lunchtime Lecture: “Once Upon a Town” March 10
Join the Library’s local history Librarian, Stacey Davis, for an engaging virtual lecture about “Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen” Wednesday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. via Webex. The New York Times bestselling book by Bob Greene tells the true story of a small Nebraska town that created a charming World War II canteen for more than 6 million GIs.
Participation is free but registration is required. Call 972-744-4376 to register and receive the Webex link via e-mail.
- “A Celebration of Friendship” Solo Art Exhibit through May 31Noon-5 p.m. weekdays and during all public events, in the Green Mezzanine Gallery. Admission is free.
Dallas artist Melanie M. Brannan presents a series of more than 20 paintings that chronicle a deep friendship and explore her emotions as her friend struggles with a diagnosis of nodular melanoma. Brannan is donating 100 percent of the net proceeds from the show to the AIM at Melanoma Foundation, and the Eisemann Center is donating back its usual commission on works sold to maximize the donation.
- RSO with Young Artists March 68 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$75; a streaming option is available for $30.
The Richardson Symphony Orchestra presents “Haydn, Walker & Beethoven,” featuring Solomon Ge, winner of the Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition. Ge will perform Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major.”
- “Late Nite Catechism 3” March 13
7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $38-$46.
“‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3” is the latest “class” to be unveiled in the “Late Nite Catechism” comedy series. After teaching countless students about the saints, venial sins, limbo and more, Sister is now offering up hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and the Last Rites, including her own wacky version of the Newlywed Game. Classroom participation is a must, so bring along your sweetie and a sense of humor for a session with the country’s feistiest couples counselor!
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.
- Online Concert: Guitarist Ivan Petricevic March 58 p.m. on YouTube and Facebook. No charge to view. For links to view, click here.
The Texas Guitar Competition 2020 second place winner and audience favorite (winner of The John Nye Audience Award) presents a solo guitar concert.
- Last Week for “Women at Work” Art Exhibition
Through March 13 at UT Dallas’ SP/N Gallery, 3020 Stewart Dr., as well as virtually. Click here for links to view online. Admission is free. Gallery hours are by appointment Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays: 1-6 p.m. (To make an appointment, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The exhibition features work in a variety of genres by female artists, designers and art historians—from professional to emerging talent. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the work recognizes, supports, encourages and promotes women’s diverse contributions.
Summer Theater Camp Registration Underway at RCT
Repertory Company Theatre is offering in-person theater camps this summer for a variety of ages:
- “Once Upon a Mattress Jr.” June 9-26 for ages 12-18
- “The Princess & the Pea” June 14-19 and June 21-26 for ages 8-11 (two sessions)
- “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” a musical theater camp, July 13-31 for ages 12-18
- “Little Mermaids! Under the Sea,” a musical theater camp, July 19-24 and July 26-31 for ages 8-11 (two sessions)
- “The Wizard of Oz” Aug. 11-28 for ages 10-17 (including evening hours to accommodate back-to-school schedules)
Tuition, performance dates and days of the week that each camp is held vary; visit www.rcttheatre.com/workshops-classes-camps.html for more information. Complete CDC safety protocols will be followed.
Know Before You Go: Feeding Ducks Harms Water, Wildlife
Though taking bread to “feed the birds” at area ponds and lakes is a fun tradition for many families, the City’s Health Department wants to remind everyone that more harm than good comes from continuing that practice. Human food is not good for ducks, geese and other waterfowl, and the daily onslaught of “treats” from well-meaning visitors can cause the birds to stop seeking food elsewhere. When birds’ diets consist mainly of foods such as bread, popcorn, french fries and chips, they become malnourished and don’t get vital nutrients, resulting in deformed wings, a decrease in reproductive rates, low energy, loss of flight ability and an increased susceptibility to predators.
In addition, this “extra food” causes larger than normal populations of waterfowl to flock to our parks’ waterways, smothering grass and leading to bare shorelines and erosion as well as a large amount of excrement in the water that causes algae bloom and kills fish.
If left to fend for themselves, the birds will receive everything they need from nature to stay healthy—including earthworms, small fish and fish eggs, seeds, algae and aquatic plants, amphibians and insects.
For ways to continue to enjoy waterfowl without feeding them, as well as a more in-depth look at the issue of feeding waterfowl, click here.
Free SmartScape™ Virtual Lawn Care Seminar: “Green with Envy” March 13
Learn a simple, effective approach to lawn maintenance through a free webinar Saturday, March 13 from 10 a.m.-noon presented by Dallas Water Utilities and supported by Texas SmartScape,™ a landscape program of the North Central Texas Council of Governments. You’ll learn the best lawn care methods, efficient watering techniques and simple fertilizer and pesticide application to reduce pest issues.
The class will be presented virtually via Microsoft Teams. Click here to register.
Texas SmartScape™ promotes efficient, effective water use to help Texans conserve water and prevent pollution in stormwater runoff, and posts a monthly calendar online of free events related to gardening and lawn care. Its website also includes garden design tips and a searchable plant database.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This is Oreo. He is a 6-year-old, neutered, male domestic short hair. He loves getting scratches and dreams of finding a home! He first arrived at the Shelter Feb. 13 and had some health issues. We noticed he was not putting weight on his back right leg. A small lesion was found so Oreo needs a low activity type of home. He has been putting weight on the leg like nothing ever happened and has been purring away! We think he would be a good addition to a home that is looking for a calm cat. He is fully vaccinated, good with adults and kids and seems to be housebroken! Change a life today by rescuing him and giving him a loving home! If you are interested, please schedule an appointment at https://richardsonanimalshelter.setmore.com/.
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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