May 10, 2019
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: City Council | City Plan Commission
Unofficial Election Results Posted for City Council Election
Unofficial results are in for the May 4 Election for Mayor and six City Council places. The candidates, in ballot order, and vote totals are as follows:
City Council Place 1
City Council Place 2
Mark J. Solomon*—4,882
City Council Place 3
Dan Barrios—2,153 Runoff
Janet DePuy—2,648 Runoff
City Council Place 4
Raymond DeGuzman, Sr.—818
City Council Place 5
City Council Place 6
Mayor (Place 7)
The Richardson City Council must canvass the election returns before they are official. The canvass will take place at the May 13 City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Please note that the final numbers may change slightly once all mail-in and provisional ballots are counted. In addition, because no candidate for Place 3 received 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters in that race will take part in a runoff election June 8 (see story below).
Runoff Election Early Voting Information
Early Voting will take place May 28-June 4 for the June 8 City Council runoff election. Voting hours are as follows:
May 28-May 31—8 a.m.-5 p.m.
June 1—8 a.m.-5 p.m.
June 2—1-6 p.m.
June 3 and June 4—7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Information about voting locations will be published as soon as available at www.cor.net/election.
Police Officer Memorial Service Held
In conjunction with National Police Week, which begins Sunday, the Richardson Police Department held a memorial service this morning at the Civic Center Plaza Fountain honoring peace officers killed in the line of duty in 2018 from across Texas. Remarks were given by Chief of Police Jimmy Spivey, Mayor Paul Voelker and Richardson Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association President Bill Rodgers, preceding a three-volley salute and Taps performed by the Richardson Police Honor Guard.
National Police Week was established by Congress in 1962, observed each May during the week that includes May 15, National Peace Officers Memorial Day.
US 75 Through Richardson Officially Named for Fallen Officer
Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law Monday that designates a seven-mile portion of US 75 that runs through Richardson as The Officer David Sherrard Memorial Highway. Sherrard was killed in February 2018, the first Richardson police officer to be killed in the line of duty. Gov. Abbott was joined at the bill signing by Sherrard’s family, representatives from Richardson PD and state legislators who represent Richardson.
The bill was authored by State Rep. Jeff Leach. Privately funded markers will be posted at each end of the designated stretch of highway.
Eisemann Center Announces 2019-20 Season
The Eisemann Center has announced its 2019-20 “Eisemann Center Presents” season. The list of shows and concerts includes:
- Lee Rocker of The Stray Cats
- “Judy Moody & Stink,” part of the Family Theatre Series
- Asleep at the Wheel
- Comedian Tom Cotter
- Mandy Patinkin in Concert: “Diaries”
- Mandy Harvey
- “Cocktail Hour the Show” by Ballets with a Twist
- Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations®
- “That Golden Girls Show: a puppet parody”
- Riders in the Sky & the Quebe Sisters
Plus many more shows and performers that will make for a full season of outstanding live entertainment.
Season subscription renewals for Keyboard Conversations® and the Family Theatre Series end June 14. Single tickets for “Friends” members go on sale June 28 and for the general public July 8.
For the complete list/schedule of “Eisemann Center Presents” shows, go to www.eisemanncenter.com.
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival Begins May 17
The City’s 27th annual Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival takes place next weekend at Galatyn Park, May 17-19, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. Live performances on six stages, plus kids’ activities, an art guitar auction and talent competitions are all included in the price of daily admission, as well as access to numerous food/beverage vendors and the WF! Marketplace.
Headline acts include Good Charlotte, Blue Oyster Cult, Grand Funk Railroad, RATT, Fitz and the Tantrums, Neon Trees, The Jacksons, The Guess Who, and Judah & the Lion.
Discounted single-day tickets are available to City of Richardson residents for $12 with proof of residency (current City of Richardson water bill, utility bill, phone bill or a valid driver’s license with a Richardson address). Residents may purchase up to six discounted tickets per household at the following locations during regular business hours—NOTE: tickets are not available after 5 p.m. Friday, May 17:
- Water Customer Service Department at City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd., Suite 101
- Gymnastics Center, 300 E. Arapaho Rd.
- Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.
- Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd.
- Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd. #100
Children ages 4 and under are admitted free, and tickets for children ages 5-12 are $5 online or at the gate for both residents and nonresidents. Complete ticket and festival information can be found at www.wildflowerfestival.com.
Public, City Council Updated on Senior Center Renovations
City staff revealed updated design plans this week for the Richardson Senior Center, which will undergo renovations next year funded primarily by the 2015 Bond Program. The plans were shown at Monday’s City Council meeting as well as at an open house Wednesday at the Senior Center. Staff incorporated feedback from a fall 2018 open house into the updated designs.
Highlights of the proposed renovations include:
- Interior improvements, including increased space for fitness and dining
- Parking/safety improvements, including new parking lot pavement and creating one main entrance, with a covered, pull-through drop-off lane
- Accessibility improvements, including pavement grades that will eliminate stairs and ramps into the main entrance
- Aesthetic improvements, including increased greenspace on the south side of the building, new landscaping and a new courtyard
The preliminary project budget totals $6.8 million, with about $4.9 million to come from G.O. Bond funds and $1.9 million from C.O. Bond funds and other sources. Construction is expected to begin in winter/spring 2020. Plans to relocate Senior Center activities/classes during construction will be determined later this year, and a public art recommendation for the Senior Center is expected in the fall of this year.
Second Quarter Financial Report Given
The City’s second quarter financial report was presented to the City Council Monday by City Budget Office staff. Expenditures and revenue across most of the City’s five major operating funds (General, Water and Sewer, Solid Waste Services, Golf and Hotel/Motel Tax) are performing within or close to budget parameters for fiscal year 2018-19.
Revenues in water sales and the Golf Fund are slightly down compared to revenues in the same time period last year due to increased rainfall; sales tax revenue, part of the General Fund, has increased by $1.4 million over last year’s actual receipts in the same time period.
Click here for more details and to view Monday’s presentation.
UT Dallas Commencement Ceremonies Begin Monday
The University of Texas at Dallas’ spring commencement ceremonies will take place May 13-16 at the UT Dallas Activity Center, with ceremonies planned for both the morning and afternoon each day. With almost 4,000 students expected to participate, drivers on roads near the UT Dallas campus should expect an increased volume of traffic on those days, especially Tuesday-Thursday. The university is expected to award more undergraduate degrees this spring than ever before, with 2,528 bachelor’s, 1,878 master’s and 92 doctoral students earning degrees.
For the complete commencement schedule, click here.
New Bike Lanes Installed on Grove Road/Alma Road
Just in time for National Bike to Work Week (see story below in Events), City street crews were painting bike lanes near the Arapaho Center DART station this week, the finishing touches on a long-awaited project on Grove Road/Alma Road. Bike lanes on Grove Road from Centennial Boulevard to Woodall Drive have been refreshed, and new bike lanes have been created along the stretch of Grove Road that becomes Alma Road, from Woodall Drive to Greenville Avenue. Crews have had to wait on pavement repairs and rain delays to install/refresh the bike lanes, which should be completed next week, weather permitting.
Full to Partial Lane Closures Possible for Portion of Eastbound Spring Valley Road
Eastbound Spring Valley Road between Bowser Road and College Park Boulevard may experience full to partial lane closures over the next several weeks, due to a street repair project. If the entire eastbound side in that area needs to be closed, traffic will be diverted to westbound Spring Valley Road, which will convert to two-way traffic. The repairs are expected to be completed in early June.
Richardson Community Band Concert at Senior Center May 15
The Richardson Community Band will give a free concert Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Richardson Senior Center. Refreshments will be served. Contact the Senior Center at 972-744-7800 for more information.
DART Hosts Free Activities May 17 for “Bike to Work Day”
May is National Bike Month, with Bike to Work Week observed May 13-19, and Bike to Work Day observed Friday, May 17. To help spread the word about bike-and-ride commuting, DART is teaming with the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), Bike DFW and other area bike groups and retailers to sponsor free bicycle safety checks, refreshments and more May 17 from 7-9 a.m. at several DART rail stations, including the CityLine/Bush Station.
Bicycles are allowed on DART and TRE trains and bike racks are available on DART buses. In addition, DART offers bike parking racks with bike lids at many rail stations and transit centers, including Arapaho Center Station and Spring Valley Station. For more information, visit www.dart.org/bikes.
Wildflower! Rock ‘n Roll Book Event May 14
While you’re getting ready to rock out at Wildflower! 2019 with “Aeromyth” (an Aerosmith tribute band that will perform daily during the festival inside the Eisemann Center), go “behind the music” with a discussion of the memoir, “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” by Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Tuesday, May 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Find out about Aerosmith’s history, musical influences and more! Attendees will be entered in a drawing for a free Wildflower! T-shirt and two tickets to attend the 2019 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival.
For adults and teens age 18 and up only; registration is not required. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 972-744-4376.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Contemporary Chorale May 11
2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $25-$30.
The local choir presents, “What a Wonderful World,” with special guests, vocalist Denise Lee and The Dallas Street Choir. The Dallas Street Choir’s appearance is made possible by an Ann and Charles Eisemann Arts Innovation Initiative grant.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
International Buddhist Progress Society Hosts Lunches
The local chapter of the Buddha’s Light International Association, part of the International Buddhist Progress Society, offers chef-prepared, vegetarian buffet meals to the public Sunday-Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the second floor of the International Buddhist Progress Society building, 1111 International Parkway. Cost is $7 per person.
The International Buddhist Progress Society is a member of Richardson’s Interfaith Alliance, which is comprised of more than 45 local religious, social service and government organizations. The Alliance works to increase respect of all faiths through education and increased awareness, and to coordinate and enhance faith-based services for the betterment of the community.
“Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?” Continues at RTC
The Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd., Suite 113, is presenting Del Shore’s comedic play, “Daddy’s Dyin’… Who’s Got the Will?” through May 19. Set in a small Texas town, the play concerns the reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a physically as well as mentally disabling stroke.
Performance days and times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22 and include complimentary sweets, snacks and beverages. For reservations, call 972-699-1130.
Free Outdoor Movie May 10-11 at Richardson Restaurant Park: “Grease”
The 1978 movie, “Grease,” will be shown outdoors at the Richardson Restaurant Park May 10-11 as part of an ongoing Sunset Cinema series, with two showings each night at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, cushions and/or pillows, though low chairs with low backs are allowed.
For more information, visit the Richardson Restaurant Park on Facebook. The Richardson Restaurant Park is located at 744 S. Central Expwy.
Free Live Music Continues this Weekend at CityLine Plaza
CityLine continues its live, outdoor music series tonight and Saturday night, from 6-9 p.m. at CityLine Plaza, 1150 State St. The event is free and open to the public and attendees may bring blankets and picnics.
CityLine Live continues through May 31. For more information including the complete lineup of performers, visit www.citylinedfw.com.
Dallas Bar Association Cleans Up SCNA
Members of the Dallas Bar Association spent part of their day last Saturday in helping to clean up the Spring Creek Nature Area, part of the Health Department’s Community & Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program (CCECP). The volunteers collected numerous bottles and cans, as well as an old, rusted bike in Spring Creek and even a car bumper.
CCECP promotes team building while benefitting the environment and community and is open to any group looking for a service activity. All supplies, including trash bags, vinyl gloves and tongs, are provided by the City and filled bags may be left at the cleanup site for City pickup. The City also provides direction in choosing an area needing assistance.
To schedule a group cleanup event, call 972-744-4078. For more information, visit www.cor.net/cleanup.
City Offers Ordinance, Tips for Rainwater Harvesting
With all the recent rain, the City is reminding residents that they are welcome to set up systems on their property to collect rainwater and use for irrigating their landscapes later, thanks to the City’s rainwater harvesting ordinance. The ordinance ensures the health and safety of the community while simplifying the process homeowners must go through to install rainwater harvesting systems, from simple collectors such as a plastic barrel or large plant pot to larger, more extensive systems such as multiple barrels and roof-high metal tanks.
Resources are available at www.cor.net/rainbarrel regarding system requirements, maintenance requirements and the permitting process (for systems exceeding 400 gallons); free online registration is available there for systems holding less than 400 gallons.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Water University offers local classes and online instruction in how to build a rain barrel; click here for more information (click on “Events” for class listing).
JB Sands Wetland Center Hosts Festival Tomorrow
If you’ve been wanting to check out the 2,000-acre East Fork Wetland Project, part of the North Texas Municipal Water District’s water system (that includes Richardson), this weekend might be a good time to visit. The John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, located in the middle of the project, will host a Mudbug Festival Saturday, May 11, including a 5K, 10K and kids’ run as well as live animal presentations, educational booths, children’s activities, live music, food trucks, crawfish and more. The runs start and end at the Center and take runners on the levees through the wetlands.
Runs kick off at 9 a.m. with most other festival events starting at 10 a.m. Admission is free ($20-$25 for the adult runs). The Wetland Center is located at 655 Martin Ln. in Seagoville. For more information about the Wetland Project, the Center and the festival, visit www.wetlandcenter.com.
Facilities Maintenance Superintendent ($5,880-$8,861 monthly)
Facilities Maintenance is seeking individuals interested in providing strategic planning as it relates to City of Richardson facilities by making recommendations and overseeing the division budget, participating in short- and long-term planning and overseeing related service contracts.
Senior Financial Analyst (Tax) ($4,506-$6,827 monthly)
Finance is seeking individuals interested in providing analytical support related to economic development, property taxes, hotel/motel occupancy taxes and other Finance projects.
Leasing Support Technician-part time ($10-$15.30 hourly)
Civic Center is seeking individuals interested in overseeing client activities, functions and events during assigned hours.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Kiara! She is a lady who loves to lounge about and is ready to be promoted to her own corner window in a forever home. Kiara has been interviewing prospective family members since March and knows that her new family is out there. She is about 3 years old, spayed, fully vaccinated, great with kids, friendly and house trained. Please come visit with her today!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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