Nov. 20, 2020
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.
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The Mayor and City Council wish everyone a safe and happy holiday this Thanksgiving and urge residents to do their part in protecting the community by following the guidance of health officials throughout the holiday season!
Health Officials Stress Distance/Safety During Holidays
For the Thanksgiving holiday next week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, with the agency’s website suggesting virtual Thanksgivings to lower transmission risks.
For extended families wishing to be together in-person, health professionals suggest outdoor gatherings with separations such as storm doors or windows. Smaller gatherings and shorter gatherings also help to reduce risk of viral transmission.
The guidance for the holiday season is being provided since gathering indoors with people who aren’t members of your household is considered by health professionals to be a high-risk activity for the transmission of COVID-19. It also comes at a time when infection rates for COVID-19 across North Texas have been on the rise for several weeks.
The CDC recommends for those choosing to attend a gathering to take these additional precautions:
- Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups and utensils.
- Wear a mask and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
- Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
- Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates and utensils.
For more information on celebrating safely this Thanksgiving season, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html.
Trash and Recycling Schedule/Impacts for Thanksgiving Holiday
The Thanksgiving holiday will impact trash, Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) and recycling collection schedules for some residents next week. There will be NO trash or BABIC service for residents on the Thursday and Friday collection routes and recycling collection service will be altered according to the makeup day schedule below.
A full listing of the City’s holiday trash and recycling schedule is available at www.cor.net/trash.
Recycle Makeup Days
|Thursday, Nov. 26||Wednesday, Nov. 25|
|Friday, Nov. 27||Saturday, Nov. 28|
For the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 26-27, City facilities and services will operate according to the following holiday schedule.
(Contact Richardson’s Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues.
|Closes at 5 p.m. Nov. 25
Closed Nov. 26-27
|City Hall/Civic Center, Municipal Court||Closed Nov. 26-27|
|Eisemann Center||Closed Nov.26-29|
|Huffhines and Heights Recreation Centers||Closed Nov. 26
Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 27
|Gymnastics Center||Closed Nov. 25-27|
|Library||Closes 5 p.m. Nov. 25
Closed Nov. 26-27
|Tennis Center||Closed Nov. 26|
|Sherrill Park Golf Course||Open|
DART Announces Thanksgiving Holiday Service Schedule
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has announced the following changes for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday:
- Buses, light rail trains and Dallas streetcar services will operate on a Sunday schedule Thursday, Nov. 26, and a Saturday schedule Friday, Nov. 27.
- The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will not operate Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 and will provide Saturday service Friday, Nov. 27.
- DART Mobility Management’s Paratransit Call Center will be closed Nov. 26-29.
- DART’s Customer Information Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day and open Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The administrative offices, Customer Care Center and Lost and Found will be closed both Thanksgiving Day and Friday.
DART Silver Line Wall Sample on Display Outside City Hall/Civic Center
A sample of a 15-foot-tall betterments/sound wall to be installed in Richardson as part of the DART Silver Line project is now on display outside the west doors of the City Hall/Civic Center complex. The sample is one of several on display in the North Texas cities that are along the 26-mile Silver Line route. It provides the public an up-close look at the wall color and finish selections being used. Attendees will see the Durisol Absorptive Wall System that will be used on the track side of the alignment and the Precast Concrete Reflective Wall to be used on the neighborhood side of the alignment. The wall shown in the Richardson sample is planned for the south side of the rail line southeast of the intersection of Synergy Park Boulevard and West Renner Road.
The wall color and finish for each city/neighborhood were voted on by residents and stakeholders through an inclusive community engagement process. The viewing will be available through Jan. 29, 2021.
2019-20 Budget Results Reviewed
City staff presented final totals from the 2019-20 budget at Monday’s City Council work session. The year-end financial report focused on “unaudited actual” numbers from the budget, which closed Sept. 30, across the five major operating funds. It was reviewed using comparisons with June 2020 budget estimates, a reconfiguration of estimates from fall 2019 that was necessary due to the pandemic.
Highlights from the report include:
- The General Fund’s ending balance was up $13 million due to increased sales tax revenue and funds received from the Dallas County and Collin County CARES programs, which provided $7.2 million for public safety, IT, EMS and other municipal needs related to the pandemic.
- The Golf Fund’s ending balance increased by $300,000. The pandemic has caused many people to take up golf or increase their golfing—95,689 rounds of golf were played at Sherrill Park in 2019-20, or 21,112 more than in 2018-19.
For more year-end budget details, view the presentation here.
City Council Updated on Civic Center
City staff updated the City Council Monday regarding past, present and future uses of the Civic Center, in preparation for further discussions related to a 2021 Bond Program and the possible renovation of the City Hall/Civic Center complex. The Civic Center features 13,750 square feet of space available for City-sponsored events and meetings as well as for public rental (temporarily suspended during the pandemic).
Four future scenarios for the Civic Center were discussed, including:
- Continue as is using the current configuration
- Reconfigure the space to allow for better safety/security
- Assess relocating the Civic Center to a different site, possibly in an economic redevelopment area, to serve as a catalyst/support for other projects
- Discontinue Civic Center operations
A second briefing on Civic Center options will be given in winter/spring 2021, utilizing City Council feedback given at Monday’s meeting.
No City Council Meeting Nov. 23, 30
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Nov. 23 and Nov. 30. The City Council will next meet for a work session and meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 7.
Two-Lane Closure Expected Near Campbell/Jupiter Intersection
The left lane of westbound Campbell Road between Jupiter Road and Spring Way may be closed to traffic at all times due to concrete replacement/rehab work taking place in the area, part of the City’s annual Street Pavement Repair Project. In addition, the center lane of westbound Campbell Road may be closed during the work, but only from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The work is expected to be completed by late December.
Still Time to Make Mini Floats for Shoebox Holiday Parade
“Santa’s Village on Parade: A Virtual Shoebox Parade,” sponsored by Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Richardson Woman’s Club, Richardson East Rotary Club and Golden Chick, will take place via online video Dec. 12 and will benefit Network of Community Ministries. Participants will use materials from home to build a shoebox float inspired by Santa’s Village. Float entries have the opportunity to win a variety of awards and prizes, which will be announced in the video.
Entries are due at Heights Recreation Center Nov. 30 no later than 7:30 p.m. Entry fees, profile form, rules and regulations can be found at www.cor.net/santa.
Register for “Letter from Santa”
Hear from Santa via the mail thanks to a holiday activity offered by the Parks and Recreation Department:
- “Letter from Santa”—children of all ages may receive a personalized letter from Santa. Each letter is addressed specifically to the individual and sent on special stationary. Cost per letter is $5. Sign up here. No registrations will be taken after Dec. 7 to ensure delivery before Christmas Eve. Letters will start being mailed the last week of November.
Virtual “Gobble Hobble” Nov. 21-30
Richardson’s annual Gobble Hobble race and fun run is going virtual this year, continuing support for the Boys & Girls Club of Richardson while helping runners and walkers burn off extra holiday calories. The event will be held Nov. 21-30 and participants may choose a 5K or 10K course of their choosing, download an app to help track the run, such as MapMyRun, and submit their time online.
Cost is $43 for the 5K or 10K (registration ends Nov. 21 at 11:59 p.m.) and $17.50 for the Fun Run (registration ends Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.). Sign up here. Major sponsors of The Gobble Hobble are Methodist Richardson Medical Center and Geico; the City of Richardson is an in-kind sponsor.
Books, Video Highlight Thanksgiving Paper Crafts
Get the whole family involved in making Thanksgiving decorations using scissors, paper and some tape or glue with the help of several books available at the Library focused on Thanksgiving paper crafts. Titles include “Creating Thanksgiving Crafts,” by Dan Meachen Rau, “Thanksgiving Origami,” by Ruth Owen and “Paper Crafts for Thanksgiving,” by Randel McGee. Books may be checked out inside the Library (by Richardson residents) or available to all cardholders via curbside pickup (see hours in story below).
For inspiration, watch Library staff in a recent video demonstrate how to cut a stand-up turkey out of a paper plate (an easy table centerpiece).
Reminder: New Library Hours in Effect
The Library has extended hours as of Nov. 9 to better serve Richardson residents, particularly students and their families. Due to COVID-19 building capacity restrictions, only Richardson residents are allowed inside (must show proof of residency) and patrons are reminded to try to make their visits short to allow for more people to enter and check out materials. Curbside services (limited to 10 items) will continue to be available three afternoons per week to serve all cardholders and residents who are not yet comfortable entering the building.
Weekly operating hours (closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 27):
- Monday-Saturday—10 a.m.-6 p.m. (closing at 5 p.m. Nov. 25)
- Sunday—2-6 p.m.
Curbside checkout hours (not available when Library is closed):
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday—2:30-5 p.m.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors are open. Access to the basement reference floor is available by appointment for Richardson residents. Seven public computers are available.
- “Rocky Mountain High—A John Denver Tribute” Tonight
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $49.50-$59.50.
The classic music of John Denver lives on via the talents of singer/songwriter Rick Schuler. Schuler not only sings, sounds and looks like Denver, he shares Denver’s humanitarian spirit and incorporates his global works into the show, which includes favorite hits such as “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Take Me Home Country Roads,” “Annie’s Song” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.”
- Vocalist Daniel Emmet with the PSO, Livestreamed Nov. 21
8 p.m. livestreamed from the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $25. (Order online at www.planosymphony.org or call 972-473-7262 for more information.)
“American’s Got Talent” Season 13 Top 10 finalist Daniel Emmet performs with the Plano Symphony Orchestra live from the Eisemann Center, streamed with multi-camera views. A cross-over artist comfortable in the classics, opera, pops, Latin, Broadway and more, Emmet “takes audiences on an emotional journey from spellbinding and mesmerizing, upbeat and entertaining, to breathtaking and stunning.”
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.
- “Falling Into the Unknown” Dance Performance Online Through Nov. 21
Watch here; performance will be taken offline Nov. 22. No charge to watch.
The Fall 2020 UTDance Ensemble program features the Ensemble performing in the outdoor setting of TI Plaza on the UT Dallas campus. Included are new choreographic works by UT Dallas faculty members, including “COVID Reflections,” which opens the show, a collaborative work inspired by the thoughts and emotions of students in the Dance for PD® Dallas virtual dance classes (a group of people with Parkinson’s disease who were brought together through their common interest in dance). The dancers with Parkinson’s join in remotely from Dallas, New York, Florida and Canada.
Community Chorale Posts Online Solo Series
Though the Richardson Community Chorale (RCC) had to cancel in-person performances this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, RCC members are still sharing their vocal talents in Richardson (and beyond) with a new solo series, posted about every three weeks on Facebook. A different member is featured in each post, performing a personal favorite song.
Learn more about the solo series in a new video and watch future editions of Week in Review for information about the group’s upcoming virtual holiday performance.
Keep Grease Out of Drains: Holiday Grease Collection Begins Nov. 27
Dispose of leftover Thanksgiving cooking oil and grease (and help our water system stay clog-free) Nov. 27-Dec. 6 at the City’s free, temporary oil/grease drop-off site, 551 N. Plano Rd., near the southwest corner of Plano Road and Columbia Drive. Bring cooled oil/grease in rigid plastic containers with screw-top lids (the container the oil came in may work) and simply drive up, drop the container(s) in the collection bin and drive off. (DO NOT POUR oil/grease out.) The bin will be available 24 hours a day.
The City partners with Texas-based American BioSource to collect the oil/grease, which is recycled into bio fuels. Go to www.CeaseTheGreaseNTX.com to learn more.
Tips for a Safe, Sustainable Thanksgiving
The North Central Texas Council of Government’s Air North Texas division offers tips on its “Clean Air Corner” blog this month on ways to celebrate Thanksgiving and shop for holiday gifts while protecting our air quality and the environment. Some of the tips included are:
- Go virtual—Virtual Thanksgiving gatherings not only limit unnecessary exposure to COVID-19, they help keep cars off the road and improve air quality.
- Compost or rework leftovers—Consider composting food items you don’t want to reheat or reuse them for new entrees. Food waste in trash/landfills is one of the leading causes of harmful emissions of methane into the air
- Shop smart—If ordering products online, consider shopping locally to reduce emissions from delivery vehicles, and don’t forget about buying “experiences” as gifts such as salon services to reduce packaging as well as delivery.
Links to recipes for reusing leftovers, instructions on how to compost and more ideas on sustainable gift giving are located in the blog post here.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Looking for a new friend to spoil with treats and love? Seeking a buddy to take long walks, hikes and runs with? Look no further than Jack. This handsome 3-year-old, neutered male, black mouth cur pit mix would be perfect. Jack loves attention and someone to play with. When he first arrived at the Shelter, he had a lot of hair loss which was treated by the staff and now he looks better than he did before. Jack needs someone who is an active runner and ready to work on training. Jack is very friendly, but would benefit from some training as he gets very excited. Come give Jack a chance at being your new best friend. Help us find him a home by sharing this information with your family and friends!
The Richardson Police Department has joined the Richardson Animal Shelter in promoting our wonderful pets and supporting our efforts to find each pet their forever home! Sgt. Steinman has joined our efforts to spread awareness about our pets! Please support The Richardson Police Department by checking out their Instagram (www.instagram.com/richardsontx_pd/) and leaving a kind and supportive comment.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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