May 14, 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:
(Pictured from left: Steve Mitchell, Joe Corcoran, Jennifer Justice, Paul Voelker, Janet DePuy, Bob Dubey, Ken Hutchenrider)
Newly Elected City Council Members Installed; Outgoing Members Recognized
After officially declaring the results of the May 1 municipal election and the runoff election date of June 5, the 2019-21 City Council concluded its two-year term at Monday’s City Council meeting, held at the Eisemann Center’s Bank of America Theatre.
Remarks from outgoing City Council members Mark Solomon and Kyle Kepner were given as well as remarks by other Council members recognizing them, prior to the new City Council being sworn into office. After the new Council took the oath of office, both newly elected and re-elected members gave remarks.
The newly elected 2021-23 City Council includes returning members Mayor Paul Voelker (Place 7), Bob Dubey (Place 1), Janet DePuy (Place 3) and Ken Hutchenrider (Place 5). New to the Council are Jennifer Justice (Place 2) and Joe Corcoran (Place 4).
Council Member Steve Mitchell (Place 6) will remain on the City Council until after the June 5 Place 6 runoff election between Marilyn Frederick and Arefin Shamsul.
Bush Central Barkway Closed May 19-June 18
Now that Parts 1 and 2 (aerifying, soil flushing and fertilizing) have been completed in the turf revitalization project for Richardson’s dog park, it’s time for part 3: waiting for the new turf to establish. Bush Central Barkway will be closed May 19-June 18 to allow that to happen. The park’s turf had become “bare” from heavy use coupled with the effects of last winter.
Closure dates may be affected by weather; stay up-to-date on the Barkway via the dog park recorded information line, 972-744-4301 (option 9).
SOS: Lifeguards Needed
More lifeguards are needed to keep City pools at their full schedule this summer. Lifeguards must be at least 15 years old and have a current lifeguard certification. For applicants who are not certified, the City will provide certification training and hire upon successful completion. Flexible hours are available; pay range is $9.50-$12.72 per hour.
The City offers outdoor swimming at four neighborhood pools and the Heights Family Aquatic Center. The Heights Family Aquatic Center opens for the season May 29; neighborhood pools open June 5.
For more information and to fill out an application online, visit www.cor.net/jobs (click on “Seasonal”).
Space Documentary Series Highlights Birth of Telecom Corridor®
A new three-part documentary series entitled, "The Collins Story: Connecting The Moon To Earth,” features Richardson’s Telecom Corridor® and its early tech pioneers that enabled the development of Collins Radio Company space communication systems.
The Collins Radio campus in Richardson played an important role in the history of space exploration. Of note in Episode 1, it was in Richardson that one of NASA’s earliest missions known as Echo I accomplished the first ever 2-way voice transmission and the first image ever transmitted from space to Earth in August 1960.
Collins’ successful work with the space program brought more telecommunications-related companies to Richardson, creating one of the largest technology centers in the United States known as the Telecom Corridor®.
“Episode 1: Steps to the Moon,” which premiered last week, explores the early research and development projects at Collins Radio that led to the subsequent highly successful communication systems on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. The episode’s premiere coincided with the 60th anniversary of the Mercury flight (Freedom 7), which launched the first American astronaut (Alan Shepard) into space.
DVDs of the series will soon be available for check-out at the Richardson Public Library; episodes may also be viewed via online streaming here ($5 for 24 hours).
Miss Belle’s House Journeys to New Location (Watch Video)
Miss Belle’s House, the City-owned, historic landmark that has resided for decades near the intersection of Plano Road and Lookout Drive, became a “mobile home” today as it was transported a few blocks down Lookout to its new temporary location at the Fire Training and Emergency Operations Center.
The wooden, two-story house, also known as the Hill-Robberson House, had been at the former Owens Spring Creek Farm site for more than 40 years but needed to be moved due to development of the surrounding land. City staff and community leaders plan to meet over the next year to decide on a permanent location for the house.
Built around 1887 at 206 Sherman St., Miss Belle’s House served as a private school (run by Virginia Bell “Miss Belle” Robberson) as well as a home to several families before it was donated to the City in 1979 and moved to the Owens site. It was designated a Texas historic landmark in 1982.
Fully Vaccinated People No Longer Need to Wear Masks, Socially Distance According to CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that fully vaccinated Americans may now resume pre-pandemic activities. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear face masks or socially distance, except where required by law, including local business and workplace guidance.
People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
DART to Continue to Require Facemasks
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will continue to require a CDC-approved face mask be worn over the mouth and nose by passengers and operators at all times while on DART vehicles or properties including buses, trains and paratransit vehicles, Trinity Railway Express trains, at DART stations, on platforms, in buildings and on-board the Dallas Streetcar. The decision comes after the Transportation Security Administration extended the face mask requirement for all transportation networks, including public transportation, through Sept. 13.
Face masks and hand sanitizer dispensers are installed on all buses, light rail vehicles and Dallas streetcars and will continue to be available to all passengers.
If a DART passenger is concerned with someone not wearing a mask, they can contact DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111, or use the DART Say Something app, which can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play for free.
You can find more information about how DART is working to keep our passengers safe at www.dart.org/health.
All Texans Ages 12 and Older Now Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
Everyone age 12 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. The change was announced this week when the Pfizer vaccine was approved for use in 12-15 year olds. Previously the Pfizer vaccine was approved for people ages 16 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only approved for people ages 18 and up.
Dallas County is now offering vaccines at its Fair Park Community Vaccination Center with no appointment needed, although scheduling your shot in advance will speed up the process. Dallas County residents can to go here to register and make an appointment for their vaccine. Individuals may also call 1-888-IMMUNE9 (855-466-8639) for an appointment. Appointments are still required to receive a vaccine at one of Collin County’s providers. For a list of providers and to register, click here.
A number of pharmacies including CVS, Walgreen’s and Walmart, as well as doctor’s offices also have shots available, some with no appointment required. For more information on vaccine providers, visit www.cor.net/coronavirus and click COVID-19 Vaccination Update.
Police Memorial Service Held
In conjunction with National Police Week, which began May 9, the Richardson Police Department held a memorial service Monday morning at police headquarters honoring peace officers killed in the line of duty in 2020 from across Texas, as well as those lost due to COVID-19. The ceremony included a 21-gun 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.
Utility Work to Close Lane 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 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for the installation of an HDPE (flexible plastic) gas main along Jupiter and part of Heather Hill Drive. The work is expected to be complete in late September.
Free Wildflower! Concert Streams Tomorrow (Watch Video)
Rock music fans have the chance to experience a free concert in their living rooms Saturday night (May 15) courtesy of Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. The streamed concert, featuring local tribute band, Back in Black, promises to be a high-energy reproduction of a performance of Australian rock legends AC/DC, including tribute performances of both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson. Free “tickets” have been available for several weeks and so far, more than 500 people have signed up to watch.
Virtual doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the concert starting at 7 p.m. To access the streamed concert, get your FREE ticket by clicking here. The concert will be available to view May 15-31 by logging into your account. Note: In-person tickets will not be available.
CityLine Outdoor Market May 14
CityLine hosts another free, outdoor night market Friday, May 14 from 6-9 p.m. “The Boho Market” will feature 30 local artists and vendors set up on CityLine Plaza, accompanied by nearby live music. Other upcoming dates for the event are June 10 and July 9.
Animal Art Contest Begins May 17
Children and teens ages 4-17 are invited to create an animal-themed design on posterboard, based on a book, and enter it in the Library’s “Tails and Tales” art contest. Winning artwork will be displayed on the Animal Services trailer outside the Library June 19 and later displayed inside the Library.
Winners will be chosen in two age groups (Ages 4-9 and 10-17). Entries will be accepted beginning May 17 at the Youth Services Help Desk in the Library; deadline is noon June 14. Original work only.
Harry Potter-Themed “Virtual Hour of Code” May 21
There is no cost to participate but registration is required. Call Youth Services at 972-744-4358 to register and for more information.
- Studio 3 Dance Recitals May 20-23
7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, streamed from the Bank of America Theatre. Streaming tickets are $30.
Studio 3 Dance’s 23rd annual Spring Recital features 2020-21 dance students, from the youngest dancers to graduating seniors, and showcases recreational dancers as well as performance and competition teams.
- “Eisemann Educates Online” Releases Summer Arts and Crafts Schedule
Eisemann Educates Online has released its Summer Series schedule featuring a variety of fun project demonstrations that can be completed with a few simple craft supplies and items found around the house. Projects are posted three times a month at the Eisemann Center’s Facebook page and the videos remain on the site for 24/7 viewing.
Following is the upcoming schedule:
Friday, May 14 Pipe Cleaner Yarn Animals
Thursday, May 27 Magic Nature Wands
Thursday, June 3 Monster Box Feet
Friday, June 18 Kente Cloth Print Making
Friday, June 25 Yarn and Twig Photo Holders
Thursday, July 1 4th of July T-shirt Design
Thursday, July 15 Recycled Plastic Squid Puppet
Friday, July 23 Mess-Free Patriotic Printing
The first video in the summer series, “Egg Carton Flowers,” was posted May 7.
Eisemann Educates began in 2004 as an education and outreach component of the Eisemann Center and has given access to the arts to more than 11,000 children, youth and adults. Its online outreach began in summer 2020.
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.
Chamber Music International Virtual “Concert 5” May 15
Chamber Music International is presenting three superstars of classical music performing works by Schubert, Korngold and Brahms Saturday, May 15 in a live stream-only concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Featured performers are pianist Joyce Yang, violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti and cellist Bion Tsang.
Tickets may be ordered online and are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and $10 for students, with a “household package” for two or more viewers priced at $60.
Chamber Music International is funded in part by the Richardson Cultural Arts Commission.
DIY Drip Irrigation Webinar May 19
Learn the basics of drip irrigation at an upcoming free SmartScape® webinar hosted by the City of Plano Wednesday, May 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. online. The session covers the different types of drip irrigation, components needed, installation process and how to proceed, whether your project is small and “do-it-yourself” or large and professional.
There is no cost to attend; click here to register and receive more information, including the link needed to join.
Texas SmartScape® was created by the North Central Texas Council of Governments to teach residents in North Central and West Texas how to create landscapes that will survive spring rains, summer drought and winter cold snaps, while also protecting our water resources.
May 21 is National Bike to Work Day
If you live/work in or near Richardson, consider biking to work next Friday, May 21 via Richardson’s network of bike trails and bike lanes. It’s National Bike to Work Day, a day set aside annually to encourage commuters to ride their bikes to work as a healthy alternative to driving, and Richardson is the perfect place to celebrate. With more than 23 miles of on-street bike lanes and 93 miles of paved, off-road trails, Richardson’s twice been named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.
While using trails, don’t forget some simple “rules of the road:”
- Trail users should use the right side of the trail.
- If you stop along the trail to chat or enjoy the view, move to the side and off the trail surface.
- Bicycle riders should pass walkers, joggers and slower riders on the left. Passing bicycle riders should announce their intent to pass with, “Passing on your left!” or similar phrase.
For the complete Richardson Trail Etiquette Guide, click here.
To view an interactive Richardson bike trail map, click here.
To find out about a North Central Texas Council of Governments program that offers points and rewards for every mile commuted by bicycle, visit www.tryparkingit.com.
Lifeguard ($9.50-$12.72 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.)
Recreation Customer Service Representative ($8-$13.75 hourly)
This position will assist in supervising Heights Recreation Center instructors, programs and activities. Work days and hours will vary.
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.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Grover has been waiting patiently to be adopted since last November, longer than any other animal currently at the Shelter. Grover is a 7-year-old neutered male pitbull-terrier mix who came to the Shelter with his two siblings, who have since been adopted. He is a big sweet teddy bear who is comfortable with car rides. While he is a little shy when meeting new people, once he gets comfortable you will see his amazing smile. He has been on many Doggy Day Out Adventures and our volunteers have loved their time with him. He is fully vetted and microchipped. Schedule an appointment at this link to see him and adopt.
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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